Post # 1
I need help figuring out what to do for food. We have no money, and we have to have food at the reception—right? We were looking into a caterer, but it’s going to be at least $1000, anf that may be cheap to some, but we do not have that amount of money. How do you/people feel about having a buffett….like if we made the food the night before….????
Is that “trashy”? Or whatever…
Post # 3
I don’t think inexpensive or a buffet is trashy at all if done the right way. You can just do appetizers which would be cheaper. Also, check out places like Sam’s Club or Costco and see what they have. I know people before have said they have the option of pasta bars, sandwiches, fruit, etc and I’ve also heard that the food is pretty good.
Post # 4
First of all, we are date twins and congrats on picking a pretty awesome wedding date! 😉
Catering is expensive, whether you have a large or small budget and yes, it is nice to have food at your reception. Have you thought about what type of food you want served? IE desserts only, appetizers, entrees, etc. What I think would be cute would be doing a pot luck or family style dining with just a bunch of home cooking type recipes and/or passed down family ones. But of course, that depends on your wedding.
And I personally see nothing wrong with cooking it yourself but with that you have to do some extensive planning. Even though you would obviously be cooking it the week of, I wouldn’t wait until then to have it all figured out and nailed down.
Treat it like you would with working with a caterer. Figure out a menu that is doable, nail it down, do a small test-run, and enlist A LOT of help because you don’t need to be so stressed as it gets closer to your wedding day. Plus when you have people helping and chipping in, depending on the family it might help with price. How many people are you inviting? That can also play into how this would work. And also, you wouldn’t neccessarily be doing all this the night before. You would probably be spreading it out over a couple days. One thing I would really look into is price and make sure that doing it yourself would save you money because making it yourself can add up. Look into wharehouse grocery stores, like Sam’s and Costco, at their premaid trays and things.
It’s very doable and if it’s the best route for yall, I saw go for it!
Post # 5
I also want to add that you can cook it yourself but I’ve also heard that it can be extremely stressful and hard to do without a lot of people helping as the PP mentioned. I think that also depends on exactly what you’re making yourself though.
Post # 6
i dont think a buffet is trashy at all! but does your venuw allow you to bring in food? most do not.
Post # 7
just wanted to say that a buffet is not trashy. Your wedding should be about what you can do not what everyone else wants or expects. I would recommend personalizing it having maybe 3 family recipes ( recipes being passed on to you on your day) or favorite cold foods that are easy to make ahead. On one of the TLC shows a young bride had family and friends all bring food like a potluck. If your family knows that you are having a hard time with the food, I’m sure they would be willing to help.
Post # 8
@mrsmurraytobe: Family potlucks are so cozy 🙂 Plus, you can always make suggestions on what people should bring.
Food in lieu of gifts lets your guests give you something very personal, and it’s guaranteed that they had to put some effort into it!
Post # 9
I love buffets. That is all.
Post # 10
This is what I would do.
First be sure you have enough ovens/microwaves to reheat
Assuming you do…
The month before
Make some baked ziti (pasta, sauce, shredded cheese optional: vegetables, sausage) and then freeze
With boneless, skinless chicken thighs (less likely to dry out with reheating). Marinate in one of your choice and then pan fry. Freeze.
The day before
Clean green beans and top with garlic, olive oil, lemon zest. Only need to heat to retain their crispiness
Buy cherry tomatoes, shred carrots, olives, feta cheese, cucumbers, red onion and assemble a “lettuceless salad”. Store seperately.
Buy fresh rolls
Buy and cut large blocks of cheese and make a cheese and cracker platter for apps.
assemble salad and dress with a light vinaigrette and oregano
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Post # 12
I’m a caterer and have done lots of weddings. I can maybe give you some tips as I see lots of brides attempt diy food and just stress themselves out. I can walk you through some easy menu items that are affordable…and give you short cuts. 🙂
I do my job because I love it. There are lots of things you can do on your own. Message if you would like some advice.
Post # 13
If you cannot afford a full meal of any kind, then have cake and punch at a non-meal time. It’s traditional for weddings anyway and is not rude or inappropriate at all. Asking guests to furnish their own food is rude. Also countless venues do not allow homemade food to be brought in and there is no way to ensure that they are constantly kept at safe temperatures. Do what you can afford.
Post # 15
< Having a buffet… Trust me, you can still make it elegant, tasty, and wonderful for you and your guests without breaking the bank.