Griggs Reservoir Boathouse, Columbus Ohio
As I sit here in my long johns, fleece pajama pants and wool ski socks (yes that is three layers) I dream of warmer days and fall colors. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year for weddings. In Ohio it's pretty much the only time of year where the rain forecast is fairly accurate.
All these things are wonderful and lovely, but Lizzie and Steven have that beat! They are so genuinely in love that it gives me chills! I mean look at that photo above! Chills. Another thing that gives me chills is DIY Catering. When L+S said they were picking up food from a food truck (incognito) and then having a rented serving staff serve it to their guests, I had my doubts, but I was surely mistaken! There is a way to do DIY catering without compromising the service, taste and happiness of your guests! It all starts with a extremely organized couple, a laid back attitude, an amazing serving staff and (sound of a tooting horn) a wedding coordinator.
Griggs Reservoir Boathouse is a very charming place to tie the knot. The capacity isn't very liberal but it's perfect for an intimate ceremony and reception filled with cherished friends and family. The large windows open up to the Scioto River and the wood accents inside mimic the serene setting.
The kitchen is a closet - a small closet - and the back of house area in general left something to be desired, but that did not stop the servers from 5 Star Staffing! They are not only professional and efficient, but they have fun while they're working. There's a real sense of camaraderie when you work with them and I can't thank them enough for letting me be their leader for the night.
One of my favorite parts of L+S wedding was their centerpieces! They ordered a different flavor of cake for each table and that acted as the main centerpiece. It was a fun way of including your guests in the ceremonial cake cutting plus it gets them interacting with each other. Some people were going one step further and going to other tables to check out what flavors they had. It's amazing how cake can pull people together.
From the beginning of the ceremony to the end of the night Lizzie and Steven's wedding radiated their commitment to each other....and their love of doughnuts. Love and best wishes from Lu + Birch!
Tips for DIY Catering
Lizzie and Steven are both part of the hospitality/event industry and did most everything DIY, which is not for everyone, but added to the magic of the evening. It was important to them to have great food while also sticking to their budget. Their option was to do the food themselves, or more specifically pick up some of their favorite food truck grub!
The logistics might seem like a nightmare, but it actually worked out really well. You first need to decide the type of service you want to have. For example, there are: Buffet, Plated, Family Style, and Stations. For DIY catering I would stick with either Buffet or Family Style as the other two could be much more labor intensive.
Lizzie and Steven chose family style because it fit with their laid-back feel and style of food. The next step is renting the appropriate plates and serving utensils. This can be a little overwhelming if you have never done something like this before, but it's fairly simple and can be easily solved with an appointment at your local rental company. Lasting Impressions did the rentals for L+S and it's very easy to give them a call to set up an appointment. If you give them enough notice, they will even set-out the plates on a staging table, so you can see exactly how it will look!
The next ingredient to making DIY catering work is an excellent serving staff, which I mentioned above. You need a staff that is "serve-safe certified" ( or the equivalent in your state) and that are comfortable with your style of service. The staffing company also needs to be fully insured and it's best to ask for a copy of their insurance before your event. 5 Star Staffing is all of the above, so maybe you should just call them and skip the research!