How to cater your own wedding

I have the type of friend’s and family that are 180 degrees different from one another, and plan on meshing the 2 culture’s together with my menu, and decorations and theme, it is after all a celebration and I want both sides to know I love them enough to celebrate this day with them.
The venue is a casual sit down dinner in an old barn that was converted into a reception hall. Just trying to execute the menu, it is for sure giving me the most stress.

I have plenty of help. I have a support staff at the hall that will be there and do for me as long as I purchase the food, tell them what I have in mind, and I plan on prepping the week prior to the actual reception with another friend, who has as much experience of large quantity cooking as I.

I have the type of friend’s and family that are 180 degrees different from one another, and plan on meshing the 2 culture’s together with my menu, and decorations and theme, it is after all a celebration and I want both sides to know I love them enough to celebrate this day with them.
The venue is a casual sit down dinner in an old barn that was converted into a reception hall. Just trying to execute the menu, it is for sure giving me the most stress.

My menu to me is possible, yet affordable, and I just want to get advice from an outside prospective.
Appetizers
1. Shrimp cocktail, no if and butts about this!
2, No idea. I want finger foods, it be fun and quirky for the little people that will be attending! Easy prep, simple cooking or no cooking at all.
Desserts
1. Fruit salad or watermelon, cantaloupe and grapes.
2. No idea, want simple prep, simple cooking or baking, not a great baker, but can make a mean chocolate pie, but it being summer do not want to have to worry about a pudding, and do not want to have to make so many pies, then worry about cutting and the like, when I will be having a wedding cake for cutting! No idea if I should even have a 2nd dessert since I am providing and prepping for everything. Needs thoughts on this.

Salad
1. Pasta salad with a plan “country” vinaigrette of vinegar and sugar. Do not yet have the vegetables chosen, but do know using the normal pasta noodles.
2. Debating on a leaf salad with multiple dressings, or a simple bean salad. (Have doubts on a 2nd salad.)

Meat
1. Creamed Tenderloins, using a wine mushroom gravy and tenderloin pork. Doing a pork as I am not a major beef eater, and do not have much experience in cooking large amounts, other than normal grilled burgers. Can easily pull this off with good prep time.
2. Chicken Parmesan: chicken breasts, mozzarella cheese and homemade, simple red sauce recipe I have used many, many times for family dinners. I know my family will appreciate and enjoy!
Using egg noodle pasta for both starches for both dishes. (Any ideas on this idea?)

Side dishes
1. Au-gratin potatoes with ham bits. Can easily pull this off, and it is economical. Can prep this, and bake it days before, freeze and thaw day before and warming trays day of reception.
2. Green beans. Will have fresh green beans from my garden, and another friends garden this year, no problem here. Simple garlic, onion, and simple homemade bacon bits. Will be prepped,and ready for cooking 2 days before. Day before will have many crock pots cooking these and warming trays day of reception.

Desserts
1. Fruit salad or watermelon, cantaloupe and grapes.
2. No idea, want simple prep, simple cooking or baking, not a great baker, but can make a mean chocolate pie, but it being summer do not want to have to worry about a pudding, and do not want to have to make so many pies, then worry about cutting and the like, when I will be having a wedding cake for cutting! No idea if I should even have a 2nd dessert since I am providing and prepping for everything. Needs thoughts on this.

I have 2 friends who are going to help do prepping and cooking. We are used to cooking for 20-24 people and we feel if we multiple the ingredients, prep cannot be that bad since these are dishes we have cooked many many times. – from online blog somewhere on the internet.

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