How to do a DIY Wedding Buffet?

by DIY wedding planner on December 9, 2011

I don’t want to have to pay hundreds on a caterer so I’m hoping to do it myself (with help from friends!)
The wedding venue is 2 hours from the house so Im not too sure how to do it and still have fresh food on the day.
If anyone has any ideas please let me know!

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Its her December 9, 2011 at 4:04 am

It can be done! I did my own wedding buffet.
Have a good few meats roasted, like a large beef, ham, roast of tonnes of chicken legs with a nice marinade on them, and maybe have a whole salmon poached. These are the mains, place evenly along the buffet table. Then, make a huge amount of pasta, and turn it into various pasta salads, have this in pretty bowls, also evenly spaced onthe table(s). Now, make a huge bunch of salad, dress with different dressings (oh, make cute labels for each dish, nobody like guessing what they are eating) Split into bowls blah blah. Then make the little ‘bits’ that people can fill gaps with, sausage rolls, vol-au-vents, boiled potatoes, mini jacket potatoe skins….all of this can be done maybe two days in advance and kept chilled untill travel time. Pack into cool-bags and put in those frozen cool things that are blue….
Be organised,
Good luck!!!!!


iloveweddings December 9, 2011 at 4:25 am

How many people?

What time of the day is your reception?


diamondcollector December 9, 2011 at 4:49 am

is there electricity at the site? garden hose or sink? do you need to bring propane fuel and cajun cookers?

sca folks can do anything. contact your local Society for Creative Anachronism group and ask them how they do feasts for their geographic area. I myslf have done over a dozen multicourse feasts for 250 people

assign dishes or courses to friends. make sure you have two people for cleanup.

what did you have in mind?

answer back.


Another Nickname December 9, 2011 at 5:29 am

Most weddings here are self-catered, buffet style. It can be done very well if you put time and effort into it, and have a lot of help.

The main thing you’ll want to do is serve foods that can be eaten at room temperature. Unless you have an aunt or good friend who will volunteer to miss the ceremony to heat/cook the food, you’ll need things that can be prepared in advance.

We did cold cuts, cheese and veggie trays, fruit trays, croissants and chips, etc.


TAlex88 December 9, 2011 at 5:55 am

Find a VFW hall near your venue or a hall you can rent that will allow you to bring your own food. Google the area. Best wishes. :)


Dot December 9, 2011 at 6:52 am

You have good advice here already.

We have a DIY buffet style reception. Fortunitly my future MIL used to run an awesome catering buisness so she’s handling most of it. But we did roast beef with a variety of sides. Roast beef seems to go well with almost anything and makes an awesome after-party-sandwich LOL.


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