Post # 1
Hi sorry this is my first post so if i start ranting on ignore.lol
We wont be spending any more than 4k on wedding. im a diy expert lol love anything crafty so will be doing all decor invites et my self, i also make celebration cakes – so ill be doing the wedding cake three tier three different flavours myself.
Hubby being caribeann wants caribeann food classics like curry gost, fish, jerk chicken rice & peas, which i love too but i know some that will be coming wont. So i was thinking half irish (me) and half caribeann??
My sister said that would be ‘sooooooooooo tacky’ (her words….)
But when i think tacky i think of presentation rather than the food so to speak…….?
i mean you could serve chocolate laced in gold foil it’ll still look ‘tacky’ on a paper plate……..regardless.
Ive been looking at local halls as their seriously cheaper than venues that help decorate etc..but then its up to me to provide cutlery….and im thinking plastic knifes and forks with paper plates would definitely be along the lines of tacky lol.
So what do i do?
Do i fork out on pretty serving platters etc and cutlery plates etc?
Anyone else not having their wedding reception in a catering atmosphere?
Post # 3
I’ve been to a nyumber of weddings with paper plates and plastic cutlery – just make sure to get the pretty ones rather than the plain ones! You can also check out rentals in your area and online but they can be pretty expensive, though I guess it depends on the number of people going – the other thing to think about with rentals is the cleaning. And seriously, no one is really going to be paying attention to your plates and forks and napkins.
I like your half-irish half-caribbean theme, that sounds fun! Fiance and I are having two buffets, one with his favorite food and one with mine, so it’s kind of a similar concept. I think it’s a cool way to reflect the personality of the bride and groom through the food.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
We had “fancy” plastic cutlery & it worked :]. How fancy/laid back will your wedding be? At Party City they have every sort of disposable plate in almost every color haha.
Darling Husband & I served Mexican food at our wedding because it’s our favorite! ..& we’re both white! Everyone loved the food & as far as I know, no one thougt it was tacky.
Post # 5
Thank you for the advice ladies. I had been thinking about needing time after to set up, im still wondering whether its cost worthy to rent at all, especally as some places provide certains things which make teh price worth it.
Its going to be pretty laid back but at the same time decoration and presentation is quite important so i do want people to know i put effort in, im just not overally convinced i want to do a big sit down dinner, more a help yourself buffet put well laid out labelled HOT, I dont want cold food, so it would have to be catered right?
The whole reasonf or doing the caribeann / irish buffet is because we want what we like, we’re not into resturant food to be honest, im a big home cooker and both our familys are big on home cooking no fancy names or stuffed mushrooms etc…….
Not that that isnt goregous just not us. We liek hearty stews & jerk chicken!
I guess my main objective first would be to organise and check catering for the above could go ahead as while the hall has a kitchen I dont fancy me or a member of familys heating two three crocks of stew! lol I wonder where on earth would cater irish food…..not thats a hunt in its own!
i think we will go with plastic cutlery plates etc ill get some fancy ones, our theme is gold & lace, since the tables will be covered in lace i think gold plates cutlery? does that sound ok?
Post # 6
I think if you are going to have it at all hall, when the entire event is DIY you may want to create an estimated budget before confirming the hall. Many cost effective DIY projects can quickly add up. For instance at a venue you may pay more but it includes chairs, tables, covers etc.
Have you thought of the theme as a backyard wedding. My friend done this (she is also very crafty) and the fact it was set as a laid back, backyard wedding the paper/plastic plates, knives etc matched the theme.
You could also have two separate catering stations to show the two cultures coming together.
I think as long as you have the theme throughout (so from the engagement party, to invites, reception) then it will go. If you have fancy invites and then casual dining, it tends not to work.
If you are considering a hall, have you considered your own house (or your parents) anyone who will let you have the reception there? You could store pre-arranged food, your cake etc, so that there is minimal work for you to do on the day.
If you ahead with the hall, if it is affordable i suggest hirin it out the day before and after. The day before to setup and the day after to pull down. These are costs that most people don’t think of that are also included at a venue.
Hope this helps