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3 Reasons To Cook Your Own Reception Dinner

Cooking your own wedding reception dinner is a huge effort both financially and physically. It’s definitely cheaper than to pay for catering, but the sheer amount of logistics that goes into grocery shopping, food preparation, and serving cannot be underestimated if you want to succeed in your endeavor. But if it sounds too alien of an idea for you to start with, here are a few reasons why you should at least consider cooking your wedding dinner.


Special Menu

A completely tailored menu made with locally sourced produce is kind of a luxury you’ll have to pay for in catering. But it still won’t be as special. If you love cooking, chances are people know your signature recipes or maybe your family have very special holiday meals you can share with guests, which you cannot get with ordered food.

Shorter Guest List

Cooking a lot of food is not cheap and time-consuming, so it might become enough incentive for shortening your guest list. Let’s be honest, you would get less stressed financially and physically by simply inviting less people in general.

Reduced Cost

You can save on appetizers and food in general by simply cooking them yourself. You can actually prepare snacks and hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail hour and hire catering for the main course and save a lot right there. And baking your own wedding cake or cupcakes could save you from $400 to $1,200.

It’s not easy, it require s lots of planning, calculating, and simply peeling, cutting, boiling, and baking but it’s definitely worth it if:

  • you have a big wedding on a budget
  • you want to make it truly unique and special
  • you’re having a potluck wedding
  • you love cooking and want your special day be filled with homemade goodness.


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