Ginger and I have been talking and brainstorming today, and it’s gone something like this:
- Man, caterers are expensive. How can we reduce the cost of paying for caterers?
- We don’t need caterers to supply dishes, flatware, napkins or linen. We’ll do it on the cheap.
- We’re doing buffet style, so we don’t need servers. We only need a couple of people to set out food and replenish the serving dishes. It might be nice if they cleaned the dishes, too.
- We’ll have the venue, which includes a large, full kitchen for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We’re already planning to use the extra days for setup and cleanup, so we can prepare things like salads and greeting platters on Friday and refrigerate them. And we can even do dishes ourselves on Sunday. We only really need the caterer to prepare hot dishes for us.
- … Maybe , just maybe, we can prepare the hot food ourselves. Then we just need someone to put it in the oven and serve it.
- Or better yet, we can serve cold platters for dinner (which is not inappropriate for August), and do all the cooking ourselves on Friday and Saturday. Then we can just put our wedding party to work for ten or so minutes laying out the food!
We know: this is taking on an enormous workload. And we probably don’t appreciate the level of stress we will be under to do this. At the same time, Ginger says, “This really feels like us,” and I think I agree. I also kind of like the idea that we’re taking our wedding back from the wedding-industrial complex. We don’t need to pay other people too much money to do things we can do ourselves with some hard work and dedication.