Your wedding day is the day that you’re never going to forget and the day that you probably want to be perfect more than any other day in your life. A lot of planning and effort goes into a wedding, and a lot of money goes into a wedding too. To save on funds and have every detail present, you might consider catering on your own. To take the task on yourself can be a challenge, however, so there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind going forward.
Planning Way Ahead of Time
You never want to show up anywhere without a plan, and your wedding is far from an exception. You’ll need to start coming up with a menu as soon as you possibly can and list the ingredients that you’re going to need to make things happen. Prepare to buy in bulk and consider the amount of space that your venue gives you so that you can plan effectively. It’s also a good idea to have backup dishes in case you can’t find the ingredients that you want or things go awry while cooking.
Remember, you don’t need to go all out when it comes to planning your menu. Making simple dishes is still going to please the crowd. Trying to work with ingredients that are hard to find and recipes that are difficult to put together is only going to stress you out more. It may also tempt you to make everything from scratch, to impress your guest, but sometimes it’s okay to have to work with store-bought items to save time. Your guests will still be satisfied. They’re there for you, after all.
Unless you’re trying to send your wedding guests home sick, you’ll need to take all the precautions you can to make sure you handle your food safely. Make sure all of your dishes and equipment are clean, use gloves, work with a food thermometer, and use separate utensils for separate meals. It’s crucial as well to keep our area sanitized when preparing food and after cleaning up.
Getting Rid of Leftovers
Even if your food is a hit, there are probably still going to be quite a few leftovers. Instead of throwing everything solemnly into the trash, offer guests to take home anything left, or take the leftovers yourself.
If no one you know is willing to take the food off your hands, consider donating leftover dishes and ingredients to places nearby who could use that extra food.
Ask for Help
You’re only one you, and you most likely have a dozen other things to take care of when it comes to your wedding. Not to mention, you’re the one getting married, so you won’t have the choice to spend all day taking care of the food.
Ask for help cooking and serving because you’re going to need it, not just because it’s a lot to handle, but because you’re not going to want to stress about the food while you’re getting married to the love of your life. Consider asking acquaintances, mutuals of family friends, or the teens in the area looking to make a bit of money.
Hire A Professional
It can be a bit daunting trying to come up with the meal plans, cooking everything yourself, and finding the right equipment. If it causes you one too many nervous breakdowns, know that there’s no shame in handing things over to a professional.
Or, if you still want to make everything yourself, you can leave the dishes to your team and look for a catering equipment hire that you can rent dishes and cooking equipment from so you don’t need to use your own or worry about buying any new ones.
If you do look into a catering service, remember a few things:
- It’s best to ask your venue if they have any recommendations instead of choosing blindly.
- Internet reviews are your friend.
- Look into services with package deals and pay attention to the flat rates.
- Prices might not be the same as the ones they estimate for you.
- There’s still a chance they may be out of a specific ingredient that you need.
- Always ask to taste the food before it arrives at your wedding place.
Taking care of the catering on your own can be a big task, but as long as you have a plan, a lot of help, determination, and all the supplies you need, you’ll be able to conquer the catering aspect of your big day.