cooking the food for my wedding…..?

by DIY wedding planner on April 9, 2012

im planning on buying all the food from like sams club in bulk and making easy to make items for my wedding next year but i would like to ideas ….. so if i cook it all… how will it be served should i rent nice buffet things like the silver trays or is that too much if anyone has catered their own wedding please tell me how you pulled it off.. any ideas on a diy menu? for an evening wedding

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Mike Thomas April 9, 2012 at 5:19 am

that might be hard

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Tinker balla April 9, 2012 at 5:43 am

You WILL NOT have time to do it yourself, you will have 100 other things to do on your wedding day. However, you can appoint a bridesmaid or aunt or SOMEONE who is willing, to put everything together on the day of you wedding.

You can do the purchasing yourself in advance.

If you are having an evening reception, you will have to give your guests a full meal. You can get many different appetizers at sams club in bulk, just pick 2 or 3. Then have rolls and butter, big family-style bowls of salad, and big family-style bowls of pasta. I would do both alfredo and marinara, so people have a choice. These are things you can cook in advance, and then just put on burners (also available at sams) to heat them on the wedding day. If you want to do even more, you can have trays of meatballs and trays of fried eggplant with melted cheese to put on the pasta (both frozen at sams) but you don’t HAVE to do that part.

For dessert, just have wedding cake. If you are serving a full meal, you aren’t obligated to have anything more than that for dessert.

Drinks are more tricky, I would say have a “drink station” where you have big bottles of soda and ice and cups. Also have coffee, punch is optional but might be nice. Also, if you want to have alcohol, punch is a nice way to do it *cheaply,* but that’s only if there aren’t kids at the wedding. If there are, you’ll just have to buy beer and wine in bottles.

If you change to an afternoon reception, you can do a “cake and punch” reception with veggies and dip, crackers and cheese, fruits, a variety of desserts, wedding cake, coffee, tea, and punch.

Good luck!

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fizzy stuff April 9, 2012 at 5:56 am

Listen it’s not a good idea. You will be too busy to cook the food. And if you cook it in advance how is it going to stay fresh? Who is going to do all the work? Is there a giant oven and refrigerator at your venue?

DIY your own wedding is a bad idea unless you are talking about a small group like 20 people.

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Kennly Yakamoto April 9, 2012 at 6:52 am

Unless you totally love to cook, I would say don’t do it because you won’t have time to do this during your wedding

However, if cooking is what you totally love and it would make your day to cook your food, then yes I guess there’s nothing wrong with it

But only if it would totally make your day.

Otherwise, hand it off to someone else so you can enjoy your day.

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Because I Said So April 9, 2012 at 7:39 am

you’d have to contact a party supply rental company to get chafing dishes and ALL the other servingware you’ll need. imho that’s too much for a bride to deal with, just hire a caterer. it probably won’t end up costing you any more money than doing the food yourself! even if it does it would be worth it. the meal is the most important thing, it’s how you show respect for your guests. so finger foods from Sam’s would be obviously low budget.

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