Do-it-Yourself Catering Tips and Ideas

A Tight Budget May Dictate DIY Catering For Your Wedding

One of the most important aspects of a wedding is the food served to you and your guests. Many times a venue may be tastefully decorated, the floral arrangements may be divine, but if the food is poorly prepared and presented, this can leave a bad taste in the guests’ mouths – literally. As important as the food is, it’s also one of the more expensive aspects of a wedding. The good news is that this is one part of a wedding that you can actually do yourself, and save tons of money. Believe it or not, it’s been done, and done successfully!

DIY Wedding Catering Tips – Here are some tips on DIY wedding catering:

Determine Your Budget

This is the first thing that needs to be done. If you don’t set a budget, than the money you are proposing to save by doing this catering yourself may as well have been spent on a professional caterer.

Write Everything Down

Gather as much information as possible when you are planning what to serve and how to serve it on the big day. You may want to consider using a book that has dividers in order to properly outline each aspect of the catering for your wedding.

Determine Your Serving Method

Depending on the type of guests and number of guests, you’ll want to establish your method of serving the food. Having guests serve themselves in a buffet-style service is definitely the most affordable way to go, considering the smaller number of employees you’ll need to have on hand to serve each and every guest. This works quite well with a large group of guests that may otherwise take a lot more effort to serve individually. A buffet also works well to keep the food warm as guests are served in large numbers rather quickly.


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Have a Master List of Food and Ingredients

Even if your main dish is steak, you can’t just remember to bring the meat. There are many other ingredients that you may forget about, such as the salt, spices, condiments, and any other ingredient that will be going into your meals. Make a master list of absolutely everything, and start investigating how much each will cost so you can ensure it sticks with your budget. In addition, having all the ingredients accounted for eliminates any stress of realizing that you’ve forgotten something important! Online sites like have some great ideas on DIY wedding catering projects.

The Options Are Truly Endless!

Your wedding should be tailored to the way you want it, including what you want to eat and how you want it served. You don’t have to break the bank to make it happen. With a little ingenuity, your DIY wedding catering can be a huge hit!

Jennifer Greenberg, an professional wedding planner and a DIY enthusiast. Jennifer finds joy in helping others plan their perfect day and specializes in making do with what is offered to her. Jennifer is an active food and venue critic at the Local Q&A helping others find the best venue or caterer for their next event!

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