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Tips For DIY Wedding Catering

By Laura Firenze

It can be very challenging to balance out having the wedding you want and the wedding you can actually afford, the one that looks as great as the events showcased in the wedding planning books. With the general trend towards more casual food at weddings, many brides are now considering going the DIY route and catering to their own weddings.

Before you decide whether to hire someone or DIY your wedding catering, check out these important tips.

First and foremost, only do your own wedding food if you are having a small reception. Anything more than fifty guests are going to make it very, very difficult to pull off.

The last thing you need to be doing on your wedding day is running around refilling platters or bowls. Nor does your mom want to get all dressed up in a new dress and elegant pearl wedding jewelry to spend the whole event serving food at the buffet.

Worse yet is to let the food run out before your guests are done eating dinner. All the wedding planning books will tell you that is a huge wedding "don't".

For weddings that are small enough to cater to yourself, there are some key things you should know. For one thing, you will not have enough time to cook from scratch for fifty people the day before your wedding!

Buy as much as you can readymade from a store, and then add your own seasonings or extra ingredients to make it special. A warehouse club is ideal for this. You can get huge quantities of classic picnic food like potato salad, rolls, and fruit salad for a very reasonable cost.

Transfer everything into attractive serving bowls to give it a homemade look. There is no need to resort to plastic bowls; the chances are strong that your family and friends will have enough ceramic bowls and trays to lend you so that you do not need to purchase any. You do want your wedding dinner to look elegant, after all.

Something very important to plan when catering your own wedding dinner is having people on hand to fill bowls, clear plates from tables, and so forth. Even if you bring in all of the food, you should still plan on hiring a few servers to keep everything running smoothly. Do not expect that your friends and family will all pitch in to fill this role.

It really isn't fair to invite someone to your wedding as a guest, have them put on their best attire and wedding jewelry, and then put them to work. Some caterers will allow you to hire their servers and rent their silverware, napkins, and plates for a reasonable fee.

You can also hire college or culinary students to be in charge of the dinner, but keep in mind that by the time you pay for the rentals, it might not be any savings to hire the servers a la carte.

Before you make a final decision to be your own wedding caterer, be sure to explore the possibility of having a small local restaurant do the food for your reception.

In some cases, it will not cost any more to have a little mom and pop restaurant cater your event than to buy the food, rent the silverware and dishes, and hire a few servers.

And just think of all the headaches you will be able to avoid if you do not have to worry about food. Whether you decide to hire out the catering or do it yourself, just be sure that you make the choice that will make your wedding the most enjoyable for you.

Laura is interested in wedding planning and wedding trends including jewelry, receptions and gifts. Get more great ideas for your wedding in the exclusive series of wedding planning books [] at [].
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