Seriously considering Papa Murphy's pizza for dinner- thoughts?

posted 1 year ago in Food
  • poll: Is all of this work and planning worth it?
    No. Skip the photobooth, DJ, and second shooter, and let the professionals handle the food. : (86 votes)
    96 %
    It could work. Making room in the budget could be worth it. : (4 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 16
    9729 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    Cut the photo booth not the food. The one thing people care about is the food, no one will go home and say “Man, Karen, I wish they had a photo booth!” but people will say “Ugh, I can’t believe all they offered us was a couple of slices of pizza to eat.”

    Post # 17
    6537 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Another vote to prioritize food over unnecessary things like a photo booth. People won’t leave your wedding early because there’s no photo booth but they will leave if they aren’t reasonably fed, especially if they are drinking. 

    There is nothing wrong with pizza or tacos or other inexpensive food (except for me, I can’t eat pizza–do you have any gluten-free guests?) but you do need to have it served in plentiful quantities and in reasonable time frame. 

    Post # 18
    3710 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

    4 pizzas in one oven will take FOREVER to cook. That is probably your biggest logistical issue. Can you make a bunch of appie platters ahead of time, book a couple food trucks and skip the second shooter and phototbooth? I would still get a DJ because I think they make a big difference, but thats a personal opinion. I wouldnt skimp on the food, but would LOVE to attend a wedding where pizza was served, so I say go with food trucks!


    • cheese, crackers
    • meat, pickles
    • fruit & dip
    • veggies & hummus
    • bruschetta & baguette/crackers
    • spinach dip & baguette/crackers
    • guacamole, queso, salsa & chips
    Post # 19
    5372 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: July 2018

    I would cut the second photographer and definitely the photo booth. Nearly everyone has a great camera on their smart phone so a photo booth is a massive waste of money particularly if you’re on a budget.

    If you go for the $15 per person caterer option it’s only a couple hundred dollars more than the diy pizza option and this way everyone gets fed. It sounds like a nightmare only being able to cook 4 pizzas at a time particularly in an oven over a pizza oven. You want everyone to be eating at the same time, with your DIY route the first table could realistically be finished for more than an hour before the last few tables even get anything.

    Post # 20
    577 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    This would not be my first choice, but I fully understand budget constraints. I would DIY the photo booth and playlist, and nix the 2nd shooter though. 

    I’ve never had Papa Murphy’s pizza so I can’t speak to that really, but if you do decide to do this, I would have at minimum 4 people working the kitchen and serving. 

    Post # 21
    733 posts
    Busy bee

    I love photo booths but I’m going to have to go with the crowd here – it doesn’t make sense to have one if you’re on a tight budget. It sounds like a lot of things could go wrong with prep and serving of the pizza, so I would try to find another option. 

    Make sure your guests are well fed and comfortable. Everything else is bonus.

    Post # 22
    290 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2025 - City, State

    The potential for this plan to go very wrong is too high.  Definitely cut the photobooth, probably skip the second photographer, and consider switching from a DJ to a do-it-yourself playlist.


    Options to think about –

    – Hold the wedding at a non-meal time.  Do snacky foods mid-afternoon or desserts following an 8pm ceremony.  But keep in mind this probably isn’t a great way to go if many of your guests are traveling from far away.

    – Do a brunch or lunch reception, which can be cheaper than dinner.

    – Look for a culinary arts program at a local high school’s voc-tech center or a community college.  They may be able to provide a full meal for less than traditional caterers.

    – Explore business-lunch sort of catering options such as Panera or Chipotle (or a local vegetarian cafe?), that might fit into a tight budget.

    – Place a massive order for pizza delivery, well in advance.  This at least takes out the logistics aspect of cooking the pizza.  Obviously communicate with the restaurant to make sure they can fulfill such a large order at once, with predictable timing.  And get some salad and breadsticks or something to go with it!

    Post # 23
    2042 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Another vote to nix the photobooth and second shooter. If you can find room in the budget for the DJ, that is an important part of weddings to me – that’s my opinion though. If a DJ isn’t important to you, cut that too.

    Hiring people to do the pizza will be much better than take and bake!

    Post # 25
    377 posts
    Helper bee

    I think this will easily go wrong. It’d be a miracle if it didn’t, tbh. 

    IDK what you have in your area but The Old Spaghetti Factory can get you for like 5$ a person at the most pricey of their items. 

    Chipotle can be around 8.75$ 

    Could you get delivery pizza and then just invest in somethings to keep them warm? 

    Something like this:

    I’d nix the other things before doing papa murpheys. 


    Post # 26
    290 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2025 - City, State

    Haha, I love the update.  Nothing like winning a disagreement. laughing


    Now I understand why you told us right in the OP about the silly/unnecessary things you were spending money on.  Usually that comes up when people recall past posts or start prying for more details!


    You’re clearly putting a good deal of thought into planning and making sure all details are taken care of.  I’m sure your wedding will be great!

    Post # 27
    1362 posts
    Bumble bee

    Love the pizza idea but it sounds logistically flawed. Also, keep in mind dietary restrictions. You likely have a dairy intolerant person on your list. Photobooths make me cringe, I’d rather be fed better than do pictures that get trashed/lost anyways. That would be the first thing I would cut

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