Pizza Bar Catering at Wedding?

April 16th, 2010

My fiance and I are planning a summer wedding. We are on a tight budget, and want to emphasis having fun, celebrating our marriage, and conveying our personality. That being said, we are having it in a barn (posted below), having sparklers, board games, smores, and several other details to reflect us, and encourage mingling, and have fun! Being on a tight budget however, we have had a hard time with catering. We need something cheap – and we LOVE pizza. More than the average person, lol. We were thinking a nice setup of a variety of pizzas, some salads, garlic bread, and possible pasta depending on the place that caters. Everyone loves pizza, would totally reflect us, and im really not concerned about the ‘traditional proper’ food for weddings, I just need to know if this is really tacky!

barn – http://www.flickr.com/photos/34226745@N04/3185612027/
barn -http://www.flickr.com/photos/34226745@N04/3185611809/in/photostream/
barn – http://www.flickr.com/photos/34226745@N04/3185611613/in/photostream/
pizza inspiration – http://www.flickr.com/photos/34226745@N04/3186467910/?eOrig=3185614217
Thanks guys – ya, I was wondering about the logistics of it (keeping it warm etc.). Any ideas?

10 Responses to “Pizza Bar Catering at Wedding?”

  1. Candace says:

    I love it I am doing that too

    Actually I could have posted this. Your wedding will have such a good vibe

    if you want to know how we are doing it you can e-mail me

    The second photo with the burlap tables are stunning!

    don’t go with a pizza hut or a dominos
    use a local pizzeria every town has one they don’t have to cater just have them deliver they will probably be more than willing to work something out

    I am having 100 guests and the food is going to cost about $15-18 per person, not the $85 per plate the caterers were expecting. it’s a win win

  2. Hiya says:

    I love your pics it may b a lilttle weird having pizza hut caturing but not crazii

  3. Ashley D says:

    i love that idea almost as much as the pasta bar my fiance and i are having, cause we’re just as crazy about pasta as you seem to be about pizza, lol.

    if thats what you guys want, rock it. you can make it look classy if that other wedding you posted a picture of did. and ive seen weddings in barns look soo pretty.

    one thing i will suggest is make sure you get one of those pizza server things like they have at pizza resturants so people arent just grabbing with their hands. it generally keeps things neater, or see if the catering company has a few people who can hang around and serve the pizza

    as for keeping it warm, if you go through a catering company that does pizzas, they will have all the tools and equipment needed to keep it hot.

    or talk to the people you do get it from. pizza places all have tricks for keeping the pizzas hot

  4. sunny_happy_daisy says:

    My only concern with pizza is that is it hard to keep it hot and crispy. Food temp soggy pizza would be no good. Just so long as it is not sitting out on the table in the delivery boxes there is nothing tacky about it.

  5. joe says:

    Totally not a bad idea for a young, fun couple. I was at a family reunion (80+ people) that had pizza as a big part of the meal a couple weeks back. It kinda goes with the whole bad economy thing. And I agree with the first person that going with a local place would be better than Pizza Hut or Dominoes if you can afford it. But the chain CiCi’s Pizza has pizza, pasta, and desserts for dirt cheap, but its kinda low quality.
    As for the board games, during summer? I have nothing against board games, but the summer calls more for outdoor activities like water balloon fights, 3 legged sack races, possibly pin the tail on the donkey, and other fair-type games.

  6. daddysprincess0546 says:

    I love the idea of pizza for a wedding so different. I don’t really know how to keep it warm. The barn is beautiful.

  7. SirenSong says:

    I think it sounds like fun would be quite delicious. Not cheap or tacky in the least. Most people love pizza and tend to prefer it over pretentious foods that they can’t pronounce or would never eat otherwise. There was a wedding awhile back on one of the upscale wedding blogs (either StyleMePretty or SnippetAndInk) that featured pizza as the main entree and it looked classy enough. If pizza is what you love, then serve it. If someone doesn’t like it, they don’t have to attend and they can do what they want when it is their turn.

    That said, not all pizza is created equal. If you like Pizza Hut or Domino’s, then serve it. Your guests are not going to see the boxes. As an example, I would rather have either of those than Little Caesar’s or Peter Piper. I’ve had some great pizza from independant pizzerias and I’ve also had bad ones.

  8. Dani says:

    I think your pizza idea is awesome!

    I was actually on here gathering some opinions on having a pizza buffet at a wedding (possibly mine someday). I work for an upscale hotel (at least in my area) serving banquets and weddings, and our food is OK. Some dishes better than others obviously, but $60+ a plate?!?!?!?!? No way!! It’d be cheaper to rent out my favorite sushi restaurant and let everyone have $30 of sushi instead.

    I can’t even describe how obsessed I am with pizza, so I think it’s only fitting if you want it to be truly representative.

    Maybe whatever restaurant/caterer you go through would have one of those pizza hot boxes to keep it hot in the back. That would help some. I’ve never seen – but it might exist, some sort of pizza dish over a burner, similar to what they use for buffets. However, that might not heat evenly. I would think enough people would move through and they’d be replaced promptly you might not have to worry about it.

  9. Pedro says:

    An answer to all your catering dreams (especialy pizzas) !www.funfoodcatering.co.uk
    They make and bake fresh pizzas at you venue, at a speed of one every minute, The make making pizzas entertaining. creative and an experience.
    There is nothing like a fresh hot pizza fresh from the oven to your plate.
    Best service EVER.

  10. Liz says:

    Could someone tell me how the Pizza at wedding reception went?
    How was the display..any pictures
    How did you serve?
    How did you keep warm?
    What else did you serve?
    Any tips, ideas or “not to do”?
    We are planning Pizza for our daughters wedding reception; 200 folks. Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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