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:Part 3: A Disclaimer
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Everyone is going to tell you that you're crazy and they won't be completely wrong. Deciding to cater your own wedding is totally doable but it is A LOT OF WORK!!! I can't enforce that enough.
I don't take back what I said in my last post; anyone can do it. The thing you need to reflect on is if you really want to. Besides being the biggest party you've ever planned, there's so much emotion and expectation surrounding an event like this, that no matter how chill you try to be, its difficult not to get wrapped up in it.
You also have to keep in mind if your venue will allow you to do your own food. Many official event spaces require caterers provide insurance to cover personally liable if anyone gets food poisoning or chokes on an olive pit. Make sure you discuss this with your venue so you don't end up a week or two before the wedding with hundreds of dollars of food items purchased realizing you can't serve the food because you don't have the proper insurance. If you want to do your own food, having your event at a private home or private space may be a better option.
I'm not trying to talk you out of this, I'm just trying to impress upon you that this is a real undertaking. Planning a wedding is stressful enough without adding this substantial amount of work as well. I've tried to organize this food plan to be as easy as possible, but it will still require months of planning and hours of labor. However, if you are the type of person who doesn't mind working your ass off and gets more pleasure in doing things yourself, then paying someone to do it for you: you're in the right place.
OK, now that I've gotten that off my chest and we're all on the same page, lets dig in and start planning!
Continued Reading in the Cater Your Own Wedding Series:
A Full Bar vs. Wine and Beer
6 Month Checklist
2 Month Checklist
Final Month Checklist
Final Week Checklist
Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions about my plan or about how to plan your own event.
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