Post # 1
After much debate and frustration, we have given up on finding a restauraunt to host our rehearsal and have decided to host it at our home. We have a very large backyard and will be praying for no rain that day (we can fit everyone inside but would prefer not to). I wanted to do traditional carolina bbq since most of our guests are from out of town. The BBQ catering option I like best has two options. We can pay $8.35/person and the food will be delivered and set up for us. This includes food and all utensils/plates/etc. but we would need to provide tables to put all of that on. This works out to be about $320/person.
Or! We can choose the catering option that is a $450 flat fee. This includes the same food as above but also includes a person to serve the food and tables for food to go on. However, they only stay for an hour and when the leave they take any unused food with them. So basically, it would limit us to an hour to eat which I think is okay? and I feel like it would be nice to have the clean up done for us. If you choose this option, what time would you ask for it to start? We have the rehearsal at 6 and the venue is about 20 minutes away. Would a 7:15 start time work?
Also, we plan to provide beer and wine on our own.
Post # 2
Am I reading that right? The first option works out to be $320/per person? That can’t be right lol…
If it were me, I wouldn’t want to be limited to one hour. Sure, people can eat that fast, but what if a few roll in late? What if people want to go back for more? I would be mortified if someone showed up late and all the food was gone. Besides…I’d want leftovers hehe.
I’d go with option one (assuming it’s NOT really 320 a person!). How much food are we talking? You can’t just set it up inside and have people dish up, THEN come outside? Or could you rent a couple tables for the night from another place?
Also, I think 7:15 isn’t a bad start time. Our rehearsal was under an hour and you can always let the officiant know that you need to be out by X time.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
I wouldn’t do the time limit option. Especially since its only one hour. And that rule they have for taking all the leftover food is crap, unless they plan on giving it to the homeless or something. If its just going to waste thats not ok. But depending on how many guests you have clean up may be a headache. What were your issues with finding a restaurant?
Post # 5
Considering you said Carolina BBQ (I’m from there too and also having it at our wedding, can I come to your rehearsal dinner? ;-)) I would think there are several other pits that would be able to be more accommodating than this place. Can you shop around? Option 2 certainly sounds better, for something like this you probably don’t want the added stress of setting everything up, but their hour time limit and taking all the leftovers is insane. While an hour is still enough time to eat, you don’t want your guests to feel rushed. What happens if someone gets lost or decides to make a pit stop on the way from the rehearsal to your house? You don’t want to be put in the position where they can’t eat because the catering company has a crazy “rule”. Can you add another half hour to an hour to this package?
Post # 6
I like option 1. Having an hour time limit is crazy. If you do not have tables you can rent them from a party supply vendor. I would also suggest purchasing some clamshells so guest can taks extra food home or back to their hotels for a midnight snack.