What foods are you guys doing? Especially if your making it yourselves. We've been going back and forth with a lot of stuff, but this is something I'm really trying to nail down. It's about 100 guests and outdoors, hopefully with a bug tent, in May.
I worked in food service for years and would not DIY our food. It can be quite risky and family or friends end up working instead of celebrating. (I've seen a lot of this at local weddings) We decided on a cocktail style reception with heavy apps and hors d'oeuvres. It cost us about the same as a traditional buffet and will actually work out better because we will be serving in stages to keep the food fresh and at the right temp.
Were doing a plated service with steak, chicken, and a veg option. With mashed potatoes and some other veggie lol with 2 passed apps at the cocktail hour. Our venue does all of the catering for their events which is totally fine with us!
I wouldn’t recommend cooking it yourself of having family and friend doing it. It is not the same cooking for a party than cooking for a wedding of 100 guest and keep the food hot to serve. I had a buffet and It was the best option for my small group since I wanted a big variety of food.