(Closed) self catering

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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1049 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

A Practical Wedding just did a couple of AMAZING blogs about self-catering. If you haven’t seen it already, check that website out. It’ll give you good tips, but also it might just save your sanity.

Post # 4
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8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

All I have to say is, good luck to you. I would never want to attempt this myself. For me, it wouldn’t be worth the stress.

You still have some time. I would check with more caterers to see what they can offer you. You might find that once you have them put everything together for you, it may end up less expensive than it would by doing it on your own.

Post # 5
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411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you’re passionate about cooking and are great at it, then I say go for it! My brother is really passionate about food, so I wouldn’t be surprised if someone like him preferred to cater his own wedding. However, if this is a first-time-attempt, I wouldn’t recommend it. The stress might not be worth the money you’ll save. If cost is your main concern then you could also go with some student chefs. I’m sure they’ll cost less than regular caterers 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Ours was close to 2000 and we have a small budget like you. Food and venue were most of the budget – but at a certain point it’s worth the money to just pay someone else to do it for you – I’m already stressed about my decision to DIY centerpieces (because you have to figure out transportation and set up and whatnot).

That said if you’re up for the challenge I say go for it – I love to get a bargain as well.

Post # 7
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436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Instead of checking with caterers, consider restaurants.  I found them to be cheaper and to offer more food than wedding caterers.

Post # 8
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321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hmm, $2000 is pretty good for 100 people.  Depending on what you want on your menu you may not be able to save that much money.  Do your quotes include appetizers and the cake?  Perhaps you could save a bit by making cold appetizer trays yourself (with help!) the day before.  Same with the cake, see if a local baker could do it cheaper.  I’m not trying to discourage you, just not sure you can beat that price enough to merit all the work unless you want to serve something VERY inexpensive. 

I really like the restaurant suggestion, you should absolutely try that, I’m sure they could do better than a caterer in terms of cost.  Also, a couple quotes I got that were very reasonable were from butcher shops/farms that did catering.  Mostly picnic style food, and barbecue, but really good value!  Google ‘meat’ and your zip code and see what comes up, I was really surprised how many businesses like that were in my area.  Barbecue shops as well are very reasonable.

I wrote a post about this, maybe it can help you out.  Best of luck!!http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/catered-my-own-wedding-and-you-can-too

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