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Just Said Yes April 2020

Did Anyone Cater Their Own Wedding

Deb, on February 7, 2020 at 10:28 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 7
My Fiancé and I are both avid cooks, and we decided to cater our own wedding. If anyone has done this, can you suggest ways to make this easier?

We have about 120 people coming, and it’s Mexican food.


Latest activity by Jennifer, on February 18, 2020 at 11:11 AM
  • M
    Expert October 2021
    Megan ·
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    I understand the desire to do this, but I really recommend against self-catering. You have a pretty big guest list, and you're going to be working your own wedding (and likely asking for help from friends/family members). In addition to that, there are a lot of health concerns when it comes to making, storing, transporting, and serving that much food. I've been in the wedding industry long enough to here some unfortunate horror stories about illnesses at self-catered weddings.

    Mexican and Italian food are some of the most cost-effective food types to get catered out there--you can definitely do it without breaking the bank. I highly recommend you look into local options.

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  • Courtney
    Dedicated July 2021
    Courtney ·
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    My first husband and I did this. While the food was delicious and affordable, I would not recommend. My new husband spent most of our reception in the kitchen! My favorite song came on and I was livid he was no where to be found to dance with me. My cousin stepped in to save the da though and I’ll never forget that.. We did hire a couple friends of his from culinary school to help which was a good idea to help pull it off. If you can avoid self catering, definitely don’t do it.
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  • Lex
    VIP September 2019
    Lex ·
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    My husband did this because we used his restaurant he works at as the catering. That being said, most of his time pre-ceremony was in the kitchen. We only had 30 people and it was a lot of work. I wouldn’t recommend it, but it can be done.
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  • Amanda
    VIP December 2020
    Amanda ·
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    No...just no thank you.

    HIRE's going to be so much additional stress, mess, time management. If you want to cater something, maybe your rehearsal dinner? It just seems like a lot of additional pressure on y'all and not something I would wish on anyone.

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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    This. So much.
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  • Angela
    Dedicated February 2020
    Angela ·
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    We are doing our own. We’re having soups and chili with all the good stuff that goes with it. There will be a charcuterie table for cocktails while we do pictures. We’re planning for about 120.

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  • Jennifer
    Master September 2018
    Jennifer ·
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    I am a professional baker, I did my own dessert table and I would have to say NO get a caterer, you need every other single second to focus on yourselves and getting ready for the wedding.

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