Self Catering Weddings

Most wedding experts say that 50% of your budget should go to your food and venue. But what if your budget is smaller than average? Maybe your budget isn’t big enough for a traditional caterer. But don’t get discouraged – there’s lots of other options. One way to stay on budget is by self catering your wedding reception.

It’s important to note that self-catering weddings require careful planning, organization, and a willingness to take on additional responsibilities. Couples should assess their resources, time availability, and culinary capabilities before deciding if self-catering is the right choice for you. However, self catering weddings are a fantastic way to share the load.

Maybe family members can help to take on the responsibility of organizing and providing the food and beverages for the event, rather than hiring a professional catering service. This option allows for a more personalized and cost-effective approach to wedding planning.

But if you’re worried about your cooking skills, there’s lots of other ways you can feed your wedding guests. You can set up a continental breakfast or prepare sandwich stations for lunch. You could plan a simple buffet or food bar. Or you can even order in!

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A few ideas to help you!

Buffet Style:

Assorted salads (green salad, pasta salad, potato salad, etc.)
Pasta station with different sauces and toppings
Carving station with roasted meats (beef, ham, turkey) and sauces
Assorted vegetable and fruit platters
Various types of bread and rolls

Food Stations:

Slider station with mini burgers (beef, chicken, or vegetarian)
Sushi or sushi roll station
Stir-fry station with a variety of proteins and vegetables
Pizza station with different toppings and flavours
Build-your-own pasta station
Oyster bar or seafood station

Ethnic Cuisine:

Mexican: Enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, guacamole, salsa, and Mexican rice
Italian: Lasagne, spaghetti and meatballs, bruschetta, and antipasto platters
Indian: Curry dishes, biryani, samosas, naan bread, and chutneys
Asian: Stir-fried noodles, spring rolls, sushi, teriyaki chicken, and fried rice
Mediterranean: Hummus, falafel, kebabs, tabbouleh, and tzatziki sauce

Family-style:

Roasted chicken or turkey with a selection of sides (mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, stuffing)
Baked salmon with lemon-dill sauce, accompanied by rice and grilled asparagus
Beef or vegetarian lasagne with garlic bread and a fresh salad
BBQ-style ribs or pulled pork, served with coleslaw and cornbread
Paella with a variety of seafood, chicken, and vegetables

Desserts:

Wedding cake (either purchased or homemade)
Cupcake tower with various flavours and frostings
Dessert bar with an assortment of cookies, brownies, and mini pastries
Ice cream sundae bar with a variety of toppings and sauces
Assorted fruit platters or fruit skewers
Cheese and charcuterie board with a variety of cheeses, crackers, and cured meats