Here at The Kitchn, we're big fans of incorporating homemade food into wedding celebrations, and some of us have first-hand experience doing that to different degrees. But we were blown away by Forkable's Andrea, who catered an entire meal for 150+ people on a budget of under $1500, for her own wedding!
Her solution? A gourmet sandwich buffet.
Andrea has chronicled her DIY wedding catering experience in a detailed series of posts on her blog, including preparation checklists starting four to six months before the wedding. Organization, she says, is the key to completing such a seemingly daunting task without losing your mind, and still enjoying yourself on the big day.
There are tons of tips included in her step-by-step guide, which highlights her own gourmet sandwich bar approach. Here are just a few:
- Rely on food that can be made ahead of time and frozen. Her platter of roasted vegetables is absolutely stunning and looks no worse the wear from the freezer.
- Mix high-end ingredients like sliced prosciutto and fresh mozzarella with staples of ham, turkey and provolone.
- Enlist help. Lots of it. Offer compensation if the task is a large one.
- Make friends with someone who can buy wholesale.
There are so many more insights, but we don't want to give away too many of her secrets. You'll have to go check them out for yourself!
Thanks to our friends at Drive Thru for pointing us to Andrea's lovely blog!
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(Images: Andrea Newberry of Forkable, used with permission)