Did you know you don’t have to make use of a venue to have a caterer take care of your food on your wedding day? Even if you are planning an at-home wedding, you can get professional caterers in to take the stress of the food off your plate.
Today, many couples are opting for an at-home wedding, whether at their own house or that of a friend or family member. This can be for various reasons, from sentiment to financial decisions. Whatever your reason for choosing to have your nuptials at home and not a venue, you can still feed your guests well. And you don’t have to do any of the cooking, serving, or cleaning yourself. A caterer can do all of that for you.
The logistics for having a caterer for an at-home reception
Before you even start to dream about your menu, first take a look at the space you have available, as well as the facilities and equipment. Will it be an outdoor or indoor reception, formal or informal, sit down or cocktail style? Of course, the space will factor into these decisions, so you will have to think about these factors simultaneously.
Having the canapes outside, then the main meal inside (or in a tent if you want to go that route) works a treat. This way your main reception site stays “unmarked” while you are taking photos, and the guests have something to keep them busy with while waiting. If you have the space in the kitchen, serving a plated main meal is always more formal than a buffet, while a buffet offers more variety and choice, with bigger portion sizes. Buffets do require more space for serving, especially if your guests will have to queue for the food.
If you have limited space, offering a complete finger food or cocktail menu that is waiter-served can be the solution. This way the food is circulated, and guests stand around while enjoying the offering.
Our best tip? Dream up your menu in conjunction with your chosen caterer. They will be able to give you ideas and suggestions based on your space, budget, facilities, and expectations.
Choose your catering company as early as you can
If you are planning on having your wedding reception at your home, it is best to get your caterer in as early as possible in the planning process. If you choose Laughing Chefs, we can help you coordinate and plan many of the things that are associated with the reception.
We are committed to making your wedding day as stress-free as possible, and with our decades of experience, it comes easily. You can be assured that we know what we are doing.
If you are planning your wedding within the Pretoria area, give us a call. We can help to craft the perfect menu, within your budget. Our reviews speak for themselves, our quality cannot be beaten, and we always offer service with a smile.