Post # 1
Let me explain…
My fiance and I are students who are broke as a joke. I have the perfect, modest, fun and quirky wedding I have always wanted planned out (along the lines of Mrs. Lime’s beautiful red and aqua affair). But Catering is taking a huge chunk out of our $5000 budget.
My mister’s request was simple, he wants dinner for his humongus family. 150 people. *sigh*
I recently read a post about a couple who did Arby’s for a reception dinner. Although I appreciate the uniqueness, I too agreed that it was terribly tacky. My fiance’s response… "be happy they they actually got something to eat".
So when eating out at Fazoli’s last night I picked up their pamphlet on full-service catering complete with waiters and salad and (of course breadsticks!) all the yummy baked goodness I love from them.
2 choices of pasta dishes: $6.50 PER PERSON! OMG THAT IS HALF THE PRICE OF A TRADITIONAL CATERER WHO WASN’T AS GOOD!!!!!
Now here comes the fear: Is full service catering from Fazoli’s tacky?? OF course my fiance is excited about it, but he would have been excited about Arbys. My maid of honor said it would be "awesome" but she’s just like my fiance.
Post # 3
I say do what works for you. Will some people think that it is "tacky?" Yeah, probably, but do you really care what they think? My husband and I had HyVee cater our wedding. I’m sure people thought we were silly for going the "cheap" route, but it was what worked into our budget and the food was good!
So if you like Fazoli’s and it works with your guest list and budget, do it!
Post # 4
I agree! Do what works for your budget. We are going with a local bbq place to cater ours. They will have 2 choices of meat, 2 vegitables and bread or rolls. Its about $8.50/person. Totally in our budget! And the food is one of my favorite places to eat! They will come set up and clean up when we’re done too! Im all about doing what works for you, you dont have to spend $15000 on food! Thats just crazy!!
Post # 5
I think that your quadruple exclaimation points say it all here! If you’re excited about it and it makes you happy, then go for it!
Who says you have to eat yucky catering food (not all catering food is yucky, of course) just becuase it’s expensive? Besides, if you plate it up, no one needs know. Or if it’s a place that’s special to you- like where you had your first date, or where you eat out for a treat every Friday, then it definitely should have a part in your day, even if it’s just the fantastic breadsticks :).
Post # 6
In reality, who’s going to know which caterer you’re using? It’s not like the reception will be at Fazoli’s! If it works for you and your budget-go for it. In the end your guests will get a yummy dinner.
Post # 7
I think it will be great, so long as *you* are comfortable with it. If you look embarassed at the reception, then that will make your guests uncomfortable too. I would try to work with the venue taher than against it. Your color choice is great because it will match well with the existing decor. Your style is fun and whimsical rather than prim and ornate, so it won’t compete with the venue. I applaud your financial responsibility!!!
Post # 8
Italian tacky? You know its in your budget people will understand! As long as no one goes home hungry, they won’t even notice 😉
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor
Not at all, do what you want! I would reccomend checking into linen and china rentals if you’re planning on using those to make sure they’re not crazy expensive.
Also, did you mean the reception is at fizolis or catered by fizolis, I think either is great I’m just confused.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
You have a budget. That is fixed, finite, and absolute. So you can use the caterer that’s within your budget for 150 people and perhaps feel a little sheepish that it’s "tacky." Or you could cut your guest list and afford a different caterer, though I think you fiance would not agree to that.
But a wedding need not feed everyone dinner either. You can have a lovely "punch and cake" affair with appetizers and a signature cocktail. Your fiance wants 150 people at your wedding. He can compromise on dinner.
Post # 11
I don’t think it’s tacky at all — Fazoli’s has good Italian food, I don’t see why it would be any less appropriate than hiring a "traditional" caterer to make lasagna and pasta for your guests. If your mister has his heart set on a full meal for 150, this sounds like a great way to do it!
Post # 12
ALRIGHT! To clarify, NO we are not having our reception AT fazoli’s lol. We are having them come and set up the buffet and everything.
This was just a good choice because we have so many vegetarian friends. Who wants to have green beans and a dinner roll at a wedding because thats all you can eat?
Our venue is actually a beautiful ballroom at a little known 1920’s hotel in small town indiana. Al Capone actually spent a week there back in the day! The funny thing is, its only $300 to rent for 4 hours and it comes with plates, silverware, glasses, and white linens!! Talk about a goldmine!
Thanks again for all of your confidence-instilling advice. I Love you guys!!!
Post # 13
- Wedding: April 2011 - in the woods
I absolutely love Fazoli’s! :o) YUM! I’d encourage you to go for it; I think it’s a great idea all around! If I was your guest, I would be so excited!
Since pasta is messy, though, maybe you can offer bibs…what fun pictures they’d make! My best friend had lobster at her reception and it was so fun to see everyone wearing them!
Soo go for it and let us know how it turns out!
Post # 14
PLUS I think everyone knows now is a time to watch what you are spending, and I am sure they will respect you guys being financially responsible, even more so since you are students. I would never want people to go into debt so I can have one slightly fancier dinner! It sounds like fun to me!!
Post # 15
DO IT! I love fazolis (more than the expensive italian, I might add). mmm mmm mmm! Can I come? 🙂
Post # 16
- Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn
If the food is good…DO IT!! I helped my best friend plan her low budget wedding a year ago and we got it catered by a local and casual Italian restaurant. We got a great deal on the pricing because there wasn’t the "wedding mark-up" and the food was delicous. The guests loved it because it was awesome food. Plus it will really make the wedding yours!