(Closed) Hire a professional caterer or have family do it?

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: Who should do the catering?
    Expensive but reliable caterer : (15 votes)
    54 %
    Mother in law : (0 votes)
    Keep looking for a caterer : (13 votes)
    46 %
  • Post # 3
    2385 posts
    Buzzing bee

    If it were me, I’d hire the caterer. You and your Future Mother-In-Law will be stressed enough the day of the wedding to have the additional HUGE stress of catering for 200 people. Have you thought about just appetizers and finger foods instead of a buffet or sit down dinner?

    Post # 4
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would go with the caterer. Too much at risk. Your FH, the actual getting done, your family’s patience and willingness and their ability to be AT and ATTEND the wedding and not be setting up/cleaning up etc. 

    You could also keep looking at other caterers for someone a little cheaper.

    Post # 5
    13014 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would definitely hire a caterer.  Honestly, your Future Mother-In-Law is going to want to enjoy the day and not wanting to cook a meal for 200 people.  That’s a lot to order, especially without a real industrial kitchen. 

    Post # 6
    259 posts
    Helper bee

    I don’t think you should rely on your Mother-In-Law, on your wedding day im sure she would want to be with you and her son, when your getting ready, and when he is getting ready. If she is put in charge, she will have to be in the kitchen all morning, maybe even during the ceremony! I mean cooking for 175+ people isn’t easy. Even if you hire people to help, if she is in charge they will come to her with every problem and question. I think you should hire a caterer and politely tell your Mother-In-Law, you appreciate the offer, but you want to have her by you and your Fiance side and not in the kitchen

    Post # 7
    9578 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Hire the caterer. Cooking for 200 in a house with a small old kitchen and unreliable electricity sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.  I don’t think it will be worth the hassle.

    If you want to save money maybe look into some cheaper catering options?  I’m not sure whats available where you live or what the $5000 includes (does this include taxes and tip/labor?  or food only?).  If $5000 is food only, that is $25-$28 per person.  You should be able to find something at maybe $12-$15 per person if you’re looking to save some money.  Try some grocery stores or BBQ places.

    Post # 8
    1427 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Hire the caterer and let your Future Mother-In-Law enjoy her son’s wedding day.

    Post # 9
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    $5000 isn’t a bad price, actually. If you were to take 200 people out to a restaurant for a meal you’d pay more than that, and the food is coming to you! Large guests lists mean stuff is expensive.

    Your Mother-In-Law making the food is honestly a disaster waiting to happen. Best to leave it to the pros.

    Post # 10
    4193 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    Get a caterer. Ours had a nut-free facility- wouldn’t even let our third-party cake on their trucks. With an allergy that severe, you don’t want any issues.

    And, your Future Mother-In-Law will be able to actualy enjoy the wedding if she’s not working it.

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