Catering vs. Making Your Wedding Food

You are planning your big day, and trying to figure out the most cost-effective way to put everything together, so you are probably thinking that making your wedding food might be a good place to save some money. However, this is not always the case. When it comes to bringing in catering vs. making your wedding food, there are pros and cons to both options. We will discuss some of the benefits and headaches that come with making your own food and hiring a catering company so you can decide which choice works for your big day.

Wedding Food: Should You Hire a Caterer or Cook Yourself? 

Here are a few pros and cons to catering vs. making your wedding food.


Customize Without the Cost

Making Your Own: Yes, when you design and create the wedding menu yourself, you can customize entrees without the added cost that is frequently charged by a caterer. We suggest planning your menu well in advance and making sure there are options that everyone on your guest list will enjoy.

Catering: Cooking for a large group of people and tailoring the food to different tastes is not always easy. Hiring a caterer can take all of the pressure off, but you might end up with limited menu options. The downside is that because a catering company prepares all of the food for you as a service, it can be more expensive than making the food yourself.


Making Your Own: Undoubtedly, setting your own schedule is an added convenience when cooking for a big event, but it can also be a difficult challenge. Coordinating cooking times and keeping the food items hot or cold can leave you stressed throughout your entire reception.

Catering: Professional catering companies are used to cooking for large groups of people, they know what it takes to prepare, plate, and preserve food for the reception – and you won’t have to do anything except make sure they show up and put the food on the right table.


Making Your Own: Buying multiple food items for a crowd can be a huge headache if you don’t know what you are doing. You’ll have to consider portion sizes and how much food you will need. At the event, you will not want to run out of food or have too much left over.

Catering: The catering company you hire should know exactly how much food to purchase and include that in their estimate. Full disclosure: it will probably cost more than if you bought the food yourself. If convenience matters to you more than cost, catering can keep you from having to spend hours shopping for your wedding food.

All About Work

Making Your Own: The fact of the matter is, if you decide to make your own wedding food, you are going to be busy, and it will take a lot of work. For some, this is a welcomed challenge, while for others is an unwanted stressor.

Catering: At your wedding, you want to spend as much time with the guests as possible. You do not want to be too busy or too tired to actually to enjoy the festivities of the occasion. A caterer does all the work for you, so you can spend quality time with your guests instead of worrying if your seafood pasta is cooked correctly.

Want to Make Your Own Wedding Food? Ask For Help

When you decide to prepare your wedding food yourself, you will probably need assistance. You can always ask your wedding party, relatives, or friends to help you. If you find someone you trust with the wedding food that is willing to help, by all means, create a plan with them and get to cooking.

Planning a wedding is never easy. Even in the best of circumstances, it can be a stressful occasion. Weighing out the pros and cons of DIY cooking or if hiring a caterer is more beneficial should be determined at the ground stage of planning. You must know your budget and be honest with yourself about the difficulties of cooking for a large crowd. In many instances, making your own wedding food is just too overwhelming, and you are better off hiring a professional caterer.

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