(Closed) If you were my guest, which would you prefer (POLL)

posted 5 years ago in Food
  • poll: If you were my guest (immediate family), which would you prefer

    Food Truck

    Private Caterer

    Family Made Meal

  • Post # 16
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

    As unique and cool as the food truck would be, I am leaning towards private caterer. My wedding had 32 guests (family and a few close friends) and our venue happened to have catering in the wedding package…but if it didn’t we’d still have sprung for catering.

    As nice as a home cooked meal is, I’d not consider it. The only reason I say this is because I have been involved in super small weddings where it was ‘home catered’ and it put A LOT of unnecessary stress on the people in charge of cooking/making sure the food was taken care of.

    Post # 17
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

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    fromatoz :  If your sister is excited to make the food how about she prep food for a rehearsal dinner? Or brunch the next day? It will be your wedding day and even if she does much of the prep ahead of time I am sure she’d rather be helping you get ready than breaking a sweat in the kitchen to make sure the meal is served timely.

    I voted for private caterer because I feel like you’ll have more options and (if they serve buffet style in aluminimum trays) you can save the leftovers for later on for people to much on as they drink and celebrate.

    Post # 18
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I think the idea of a food truck is cool, i just haven’t heard of it working well in execution unless there were a couple trucks (and still not ideal). What you’re going to end up with is a huge line (due to one station and limited cooking capacity inside) and that will be pretty miserable for your guests. I also wouldn’t want to cook for my own wedding at all because there are sooooo many other things to have to deal with at that time, so I’d get a private caterer.

    Post # 20
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    Bumble bee

    We’ve cooked for events with more than 30+ people. Honestly it’s the best way to ensure good food if you have at least a few very talented people in the family and a lot more dedicated (quality) assistants. We have a few chefs, so as so long as they aren’t the host, cooking is fine.

    Post # 22
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

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    fromatoz :  Definitely caterer because people will have to wait in line for a food truck.  Ideally everyone is eatting at the same time and enjoying a meal together. 

    Post # 23
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

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    fromatoz :  I come from a family of foodies who do big meals all the time. My dad and my uncle especially are amazing cooks. So I can understand the want for a family dinner when the quality is so high! BUT, for a big family event a few years ago, we hired a huge house and got a few chefs to come and do canapés & three courses and it was incredible! Because it was so different and special to how we usually celebrate, it is such a special and fond memory. I vote caterers x

    Post # 24
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: January 2015

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    fromatoz :  it was word of mouth. My in-laws have a house near there, so they knew of the chef. I wish I had more advice to offer.

    Post # 25
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    Bee Keeper

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    fromatoz :  Private catering or food truck. My answer is solely based on food allergy and I usually cannot eat family style at all.

    Post # 26
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I would have the private caterer because to me, a wedding is a really special occassion and when else would you get the chance to have the caterer?  My and my husband’s family loves to cook so our parties turn into big pot luck events.  While that sounds like it would be fun for your family, something about having someone else do all the work just sounds like a really nice time.

    Post # 27
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    The food truck sounds like a REALLY fun idea (I am toying with the idea of a ‘midnight snack’ type of food truck at the end of the night in lieu of favors myself) and I think you could pull it off with such a small guestlist. BUT I feel that catering will be the least stressful option! 

    Post # 28
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2016

    I hear you on the food potlucks. Our group of friends go all out for Friendsgiving and it has to be homemade and it’s amazing. As much as they love it the stress of getting all prepared and to the ceremony, private catering would be nice and no one has to work!

    If it’s literally just dinner, then make sure everyone is ok, and you could do that. Do fancy but easy like high end charcuterie and cheese for appetizer/nibbles and some good quality stuff for entrees that can keep at temp awhile such as shortribs over polenta or etc? Good luck!

    Edit: To get the good home cooked meal you want but with help, have family cook the meal and hire 1-2 helpers to bus, clean, etc? This enable the family meal w/o people cleaning up or serving or heating during dinner.

    Post # 29
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    Bee Keeper

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    fromatoz :  Private caterer sounds very, very boring.  What would you be serving with the family style?  That, I think, is what you could say we did for my wedding and self-catering went over very well with a 30-some guest list, though a bit stressful for me!  If you have the kitchen you need and some practice, there’s no reason it can’t work out well. We did bbq tritip, potatoes, garlic bread and DIY salad.  Lots of compliments.  Food truck also sounds fine, but with one person who can’t eat red meat, that’s a smidge restrictive at least for them.  

    so in summary, if you know she can pull it off, self-cater (if the meal planned is a good one)

    Post # 30
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016 - Painswick Church and the Falcon Hotel

    I’d go with the private caterer 

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