(Closed) Taco buffet, take two.

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think you should plan out, to the minute, how much time it would require for YOU to work on the day of the wedding, and then go from there.  It sounds delicious, and an awesome way to save money, but if it’s going to be a lot of extra work I wouldn’t do it.  The day of my wedding, I was basically only capable, mentally, of focusing on getting dressed and then drinking some champagne…=)

Post # 4
1938 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@peachacid:  THIS 100%


I am the selfish and indulgent bride who wants to not lift a finger on my wedding day. I have a DOC, a makeup artist and hair stylist, caterers, bartenders with alcohol delivery service and florist delivering on site. In other words,  I would NEVER take on DIY catering. But that’s because I want to relax and have fun and let the professionals do it. And I’m paying a hefty amount for that luxury, at times looking at my budget I wish I wasn’t this way!

Post # 5
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

It sounds SO delicious!

Just make sure you have enough warming trays/serving platters/etc.

You may want to hire one or two people for prep work/set up/tear down/keeping an eye on the food levels!

Also, I’d way prefer ground beef over shredded!

Post # 7
2946 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I will put this as a story of caution;

A friend of mine decided to do her own catering.  The meal wasn’t even anything that they cooked, it was just heated up in servers for the wedding. 

It was almost a disastor, as everyone forgot to put it out before the wedding started to heat up.  IT was still frozen and they were planning on dinner RIGHT after the cermony as they were at the same site. A friend, roomate of the B&G and Girlfriend of a groomsmen, figured that out about 10 minutes before the cermony started.  She ended up missing the entire cermony and the other guests treated her like staff (and were even very disrespectful if she was staff) and not a guest.  The B&G did not know until after, but were disappointed that she had to do that. 

If you are going to go this way, you still need someone else in charge of it.  Paying a cater is a good way to make sure it goes well.

Post # 9
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@allyfally:  Have you considered asking a place like Chipoltle to cater? It may save money and the hassle of doing your own and you could always make a few things to go with it! I would be really nervous about doing so much yourselves but I know some bees have self catered so maybe they can give you advice! 

Post # 11
957 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I think you are always better to hire a caterer for a wedding than DIY. It doesn’t have to be an “official” caterer. We have a team of moms in our town that do weddings all the time, but they just work out of their homes. Nothing fancy, but good food and a great price. Or maybe just hire people to watch/restock the food and do the prep/buying yourselves?

You (and your mom) want to enjoy your wedding day instead of worrying about refilling the food or making sure nothing burns. I would advise against going completely DIY.

Post # 12
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think that considering MOST of this stuff can be prepped a day or two a head and just refridgerated, and you can buy things in bulk (i.e. cheese and taco lettuce) and you have very little that you have to actually cook, that this is totally doable.

Just a thought on anything shredded… Typically you have to first slow cook the item and THEN shred, which can be messy and a pain in the ass. I”m sure you can find some recipes that aren’t bad but you might buy pre shredded pre cooked pork and just crock pot it for the sauce/flavor addition.

Post # 14
43 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

Well, if your mama & co. are going to be handling all the prepping/cooking/setting up, and it doesn’t require a lot of your attention the day of, fuck yeah, go for it!

I like your suggestion of the pork, beef and chicken, rather than the two types of beef and chicken. For the black beans – toss them with a bit of cumin and chile powder (or chipotle powder), depening on your taste preferences, before cooking.

I love the whole taco buffet idea A LOT!


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