I'm planning this thing myself, mostly to save money, but also because I'm a DIY kinda gal. Out of all the things to plan for this wedding, I have to say I am most concerned about the food. I love food, and it's important to us that the food at our wedding be tasty (because we have both been to weddings where it was not-so-tasty... like Ragu pasta sauce, meat from a can, Safeway cupcakes untasty). Seeing as how I've never had to plan an event where I feed more than ten people, taking each of their dietary restrictions into consideration AND not breaking the bank, I obviously need some outside advice. I want something that everyone can enjoy... I don't want anyone to go hungry!
The groom and I are vegatarian, several of our friends are vegan, and my mother can't eat gluten. Naturally I need foods that are meatless, some that are animal-product-free, and then some sans gluten. Oy. Normally for a party I make some dip and punch and call it good. I'm a bit out of my league.
Basically, I'd like your help, past and present brides of Seattle! Who catered your wedding? Did you go with a typical catering company that did your table settings for you? Did you make them yourself? Did you barter with a friend that has table-setting-talent? Fancy seated dinner? Buffet-style? Appetizers? If you could do it all again, what would you do differently? How did you accommodate your friends' and family's dietary restrictions?
Any tips/advice you can give me will be much appreciated!