There are two ways to handle food catering for your wedding.The first and usually more preferred is to hire a caterer or a catering service to do all the work for you. Hiring someone to get the job done comes with a lot of benefits – you won’t have to undergo so much stress and you can guarantee the quality of food at your wedding reception. Naturally, it also has downsides with the biggest one being the cost. It’s no secret that wedding caterers charge a whole lot and they sometimes take up most of your wedding budget.
Luckily, you have another option to consider – self-catering. It means exactly how it sounds, meaning you have to prep and serve the food all by yourself or at least without having to pay a professional. At best, you have your family and friends to rely on. There are also pros and cons in doing this and we have them all listed below, so read more to find out!
We’ll be starting with the pros and they are:
The biggest benefit you can get from catering your own wedding and often the reason why people choose to take up the task is it allows you to save a significant amount of money that can then be used on other aspects of the wedding. You can also choose to set aside this money and reserve it for future use – whichever works best for you, really.
As said previously, you mainly depend on your friends and family when you choose to cater your own wedding. They’ll be assigned to prep, cook, and serve the food without any kind of monetary compensation, and this definitely helps reduce costs while still ensuring that your guests have something delicious to eat on your wedding.
Take Control of Your Time
Great caterers are hard to come by and you’d need to dedicate a great amount of time and effort to be able to find the best one for you. What this means is that you have to call up a handful of caterers, visit their sites, and taste countless dishes just to find the perfect people. The last one may not be all that bad, but the first two can definitely stress you out and eat at your time.
If you’re catering your own wedding, you won’t have to go around town looking for a caterer. You just call up your family and friends and ask them for assistance and support. You won’t even have to persuade anyone since they’d surely all be happy to help.
Now for the cons:
Gives You Additional Stress
Catering your own wedding doesn’t only mean cooking the food yourself. It also means taking care of other necessary aspects such as buying the ingredients, designing a menu, plating the food, providing your own fine china and utensils, and serving the food to your guests.
You may think that this is doable but you have to keep in mind that you also have to take care of other aspects of your wedding and that’s on top of doing your full-time job and taking care of your family – no wonder engaged couples lose it a little when planning their wedding.
On the other hand, if you hire a caterer, you’d have one less thing to think and worry about. It may not be much but having someone to share the load with can surely ease your stress.
Reduces Your Food Options
When you cater your own wedding, your food options are much narrower because you’re limited to the dishes that you or the people around you know how to cook. You’re lucky if you’re acquainted with a great chef or you yourself are one but the odds of that are slim to none.
Of course, you can call in favors but then you’d have to pay your cooks one way or another. If that’s the case, you might be better off hiring a caterer that can prepare whatever dishes you have in mind.
Doesn’t Guarantee Quality of Food and Service
Aside from having fewer options for your menu, you also can’t guarantee the quality of the food or the service. You may have a great cook in the house but then what about the service.
Will your guests be properly taken care of on the day of your wedding? Will the needs of you and your partner be met? How about the safety of your food? Can you guarantee that every piece of meat or rice that comes out of the kitchen is safe to eat?
These are things you will never ask if you have a professional caterer by your side because you know they are fully-equipped and highly experienced in making sure the quality of the food and service at your wedding is top-notch.
In all honesty, there is no better way between that two and it completely depends on your situation whether you want to self-cater your wedding or hire a wedding food catering service. So before you make a final decision, make sure to analyze your financial and personal situation and choose which is most appropriate for you!