Post # 1
Okay bees I need some help.
My fiancé and I have been debating if we want to have a cater or if we want to buy and cook the food our selves. I did the research and the cheapest cater I could fgind near me was $2,500. If we get all the stuff our selves it will be about $1,500 cheaper. What should I do???? Advice please!
Post # 2
How many people are coming? If it’s tight-knit, like 10 people or under I would say cook the food if that’s what you are comfortable with and happy to do. If it’s more than 10 people then I would go with catering. It will be less stressful and less demanding on you and your Fiance and I think you you would be able to enjoy your day more.
Post # 3
Do you have any experiece cooking at this scale? Catering? Like PP said, if the group is very small most anyone could handle it. Also, you need to have equipment to keep the hot food hot, and cold food cold or risk making a lot of people sink. My DH and I elected to have a vegetarian reception as it saved hugely on the costs. Or, avoid a ‘major’ meal time and stick with munchy foods.
Post # 4
If you don’t cook on the regular and have anything more than 30 people, do not do it. We did it for our 36 person wedding and while it all worked out, plenty went wrong – you need lots of prep time, things don’t cook as quickly (or slowly) as you planned, you realize people are hungry and the meal just isn’t done yet. Luckily for us, part of our meal was DIY salad, so people could chow down on that while we waited for the meat, potatoes and bread to cook. And our guests were all very close to us, so no snotty friend’s girlfriend complaining about how it all went down. Oh, additionally we threw our reception before the ceremony to make it easier for us.
So ultimately if your party is larger than that, you need someone else to do the work. And that’s what you’re paying for.
Post # 5
So how many people are you expecting and what type of food are you planning on having?
I would search for threads on here about it since its been asked before and different people have talked about catering their own food or the struggles of doing something like that. Just a few examples-
Post # 6
So far with just family and close friend we are at 207 people…..
Post # 7
What?! Lady, you’ve got bride brain! $1000 for the peace of mind of NOT having to cater for 207 people is a bargain! I really think you should leave this DIY job to the professionals and save yourself the time and hassle
Post # 8
If you try to cater for over 200 people, you are out of your everloving mind. You will have a terrible wedding day from all the stress. Just pay the money – remember you’re not just paying food costs. They’re keeping it warm, displaying it nicely, serving, doing all the prep and cleanup, putting in seconds as needed, cleaning up spills by guests, making sure no one sneezes on an entree… it’s well worth the extra cash.
Post # 9
Do more research. Are you just looking at conventional caterers? Check out favorite restaurants that may not be traditional caterers and see if your area has a local brides group on Facebook. There are a lot of people who have side businesses in the wedding industry that would essentially be homemade food like what you could DIY but have the skills, supplies and experience to pull it off without adding stress for you, and they’re usually very reasonably priced, like $8 pp. But in the end, I agree with PP, $1K is not an insignificant amount of money but it could seriously be the difference between a happy and enjoyable day for you and your guests or ending up on the “worst wedding” thread.
Post # 10
Haha, oh wow, NOPE I would not cater myself for 200 people. No way! And I have plenty of experience cooking and even prepping easier things for large crowds (like lasagna and enchiladas, for example). Pay for a caterer with a staff to do the work. Not worth the amount of work that will be.
Post # 11
Go with a caterer, 207 people is way too much to cook by yourselves…I host some holidays at my house and that’s for usually 30-40 people and that is very time consuming and stressful, when you’re talking about over 200 people, you won’t find the time to get dressed or ready for your own wedding.
By The Way $2,500 to cater food for over 200 people is very cheap, is that for dinner or just heavy appetizers?
Post # 12
$2500 is really cheap for a caterer. I douibt you could buy and make your own food for that cheap.
Also on the day of it’s one less thing to worry about.
Cater all the way
Post # 13
I would never do it for that many people! I get stressed for Thanksgiving for 30 people!
Also, would your venue even let you do that? Ours only allows licenced caterers, and all food must either be pre-packaged (we are doing a smores bar) or from a licenced caterer or baker (appetizers, dinner, and cake).
Post # 14
Cooking for 200 people is a HUGE undertaking. You need someone monitoring that everything is at the right temperature. You need someone refilling when things get low. You need tons of time to get everything prepped, cooked, and served.
$2500 is super cheap to feed 200 people. Just pay for it and have peace of mind.