(Closed) Has anyone had a non-catered wedding reception – grilled meat, mashed potatoes?

posted 5 years ago in Food
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  • Post # 3
    480 posts
    Helper bee

    Following this because we are considering “self-catering” too! 

    Post # 5
    2297 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    one great idea for apps (that i just saw as a wedding guest) were charcuterie and cheese platters. there were large platters with sliced proscuitto, marinated artichoke hearts, olives, cherry tomatoes, marinated red peppers etc. there were pita slices and baguette portions and you could decide whatever you wanted 🙂

    there were also platters with cheese, berries, crackers, cheese straws and a pesto dip etc. 

    neither of these platters need to be cooked, and the ingredients can be bought ahead, from a few days, to weeks – if there was a big sale on marinated artichokes and peppers for instance, you could stock up months before, because they save.

    they didn’t need to be seriously chilled or heated, so it was very easy to just put them out and let people graze. 

    Post # 6
    1589 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    How much money would you be saving? Would your sister’s friends really help for free?

    Sounds like it will be nice if it works out. Just make sure you can rely on people and it will be cost effective.

    Post # 7
    480 posts
    Helper bee

    @CoCoCourtney:  we just got a quote from the only caterer that has actually called us back, and it was $96/person for apps, buffet dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, china and flatware rentals, and staffing.  Yeah…. no. That’s our entire wedding. Lol. 

    We have flirted with two ideas.  The first is going Italian style – lasagna or chicken parm, a penne pasta bar, garlic bread, a baked tomato/zucchini vegetable medley, and salad. That was my moms idea. My fiancé thinks Italian food is cheap(???). His idea is baked and seasoned chicken or lage prime rib rounds, a mashed potato bar, corn and another veggie, and salad. 

    We would still hire a staff to man the buffet. Appetizers would be, as you said, frozen things from Sam’s Club. Think mini quiche, cheese and crackers, maybe fruit.

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