Post # 1
Hi! Thinking about different catering options beyond the traditional full-service plated or buffet dinners. Did anyone go a different route? For example- food truck, drop off catering, DIY catering, grocery store, etc? Curious how it went, what it took, if you’d recommend it, and (if you’re comfortable sharing) what you might have spent.
We’d like to save money, and I’ve noticed at the weddings I’ve been to recently the buffet/plated dinners weren’t great anyway so I’d like a workaround to still serve good food to people without going crazy. We’re not having a grand ballroom type wedding; holding it at a private home. We’re not super fancy, but we do like quality if not tons of frills. Thinking right now about a wood-fired pizza truck (another question- did anyone have a food truck with *indoor* seating, and how’d that work?) or drop off catering from a restaurant.
Thanks for your input!
Post # 2
pizza food truck and coffee bar!
they just parked outside the building, made them and carried them in.
Everyone loved our coffee bar. We had cold brew on nitro, pour over and espresso.
Post # 3
We had considered Chipotle catering or other fast casual catering. It would have been awesome, but we wanted it delivered and reliably hot.
We also looked into having a gourmet supermarket cater. They didn’t have any warmers to rent, but they said we could buy them for cheap at Sam’s Club or something.
We had planned for about 60 guests, but if we’d had a more intimate guest list, those options would have been more feasible for us. They might fit your needs though. I agree it doesn’t need to be lavish to be wonderful.
Post # 4
We self-catered. Husband did bbq, which made him feel more relaxed anyway. I wouldn’t say it went off without a hitch, but it did taste delicious. We did DIY strawberry shortcakes for dessert after the ceremony and the bbq before it. Rehearsal dinner was DIY taco salad and any salad leftovers were easily used up the next day at the bbq. Day after the wedding we did pick up a couple of pastry trays from a bakery (so freaking delicious I wish I’d gotten more for me), plus grocery store fruit and yogurt. We had a 38 person event, though we invited just under 70 (distance).
I would have loved a pizza wedding – more people should buck tradition in favor of yum!
Post # 5
We self-catered our wedding, because I honestly could stand the thought of paying so much for food. We had our wedding on a family members farm with about 70 guests, so pretty low key, so we decided just to do bbq foods. My uncle smoked brisket and my mom made the pulled pork, and I made pulled jackfruit and a bunch of different sides (black bean avocado salad, green salad, baked beans, potato salad, etc). I was worried it was going to be a lot of work, but it was surprisingly easy. We had several tables set up, put everything that needed to stay warm in crockpots (except the brisket), and it all worked out well. Luckily all of the sides could be made a day or two in advance, and my family was happy to help. All in all, I don’t even think it cost $500 for all of the food.
Before we decided to do it ourselves, we were going to order from a local BBQ place, but it was going to cost $1500 for less food, so the decision was easy.
Post # 6
Obviously not everyone has this option, but my dad is a part-time caterer (and makes the best food I’ve ever had!) and he did our wedding. He made us a full roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes, 2 kinds of vegetables, fresh buns and even a haggis. It cost about $10pp (so about $1000 for 100 people). There were lots of things we had to think of to make sure he didn’t miss any parts of the wedding- so we had a pretty long gap between the ceremony and reception, and we used nice plastic plates and cutlery to make cleanup as easy as possible. In the end it was delicious and an amaxing price!
Post # 7
- Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK
our hotel is providing the food, but instead of a three course sit down meal we have gone with afternoon tea for the main meal, and then a hog roast in the evening 🙂