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5 Ways to Save Money on Wedding Catering

Posted by Kim on Oct 04, 2013

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Sure, your wedding guests are there to see you get married, but they’re also there to celebrate, dance – and eat! One of the biggest expenses of your wedding day will be the catering, so it’s important to set a budget and do your best to stick to it. Here are our top tips on saving money on food and drink.

Choose Hors D’oeuvres Carefully - Cocktail hour is usually held after the ceremony. Guest s will likely be at their hungriest, so while it’s important for food to be plentiful, there’s no need to go overboard with the hors d’oeuvres. We recommend making sure there are at least 5 bites per person, spread out among several different offerings, some passed, some stations. Guests tend to eat more food that’s offered on stationary platters as opposed to passed by servers on trays, so try to serve your most expensive items, like seafood, as passed hors d’oeuvres.  Less expensive foods, like fruit, veggies, and cheese, can be served on stationary platters.

Think About the Bar - Alcohol can be a major budget-buster. If your venue allows you to buy your own alcohol, that can be a great way to save money. You can also skip serving hard alcohol, and just serve wine and beer, or as a compromise serve wine, beer, and a signature drink featuring hard alcohol.

Buffet vs. Sit-Down – or Family Style - It’s common knowledge that serving food buffet style costs less than a sit-down dinner. Depending on the type of food you serve, buffets can get pretty pricey, as guests will eat more and the food needs to be constantly replenished. However, a sit-down dinner is quite labor intensive, as you’ll need enough people in the kitchen and as waitstaff. A good compromise can be to serve dinner family style. Large platters of food will be presented to each table, and everyone can serve themselves. We love the casual feel of this serving style, and it’s very budget-friendly!

Keep It Simple –  When it comes to your wedding cake, don’t go overboard with size or decorations. A simple cake will be the most cost-effective. If you’re having a lot of guests, you can ask your baker to create a small decorated wedding cake, but also have a larger sheet cake on hand to serve.

Serve Brunch - Forget serving dinner, brunch is the most budget friendly meal of the day! For the most part, the food is relatively inexpensive and you don’t need to serve alcohol. And how delicious does a pancake wedding cake sound? Yum!

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Our Favorite Wedding Catering Trends for 2014

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 26, 2013

If you want to go beyond the traditional one-meat and two-sides approach to a plated dinner, have a reception filled with an innovative variety of cuisines. Here’s what we’re predicting to see more of in 2014 — be sure to grab a plate, napkin, and silverware because it’s mouth-wateringly delicious:

Cheese - Brie, gouda, parmesan, asiago, and swiss — the options are endless. Pair your favorites with dried fruit, berries, nuts, and seeds.

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Top 3 Unique Foods To Serve At Your Wedding Reception

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 27, 2013

Can’t decide what to serve at your wedding reception? From hors d’oeuvres to entrees and desserts to late-night snacks, every guest secretly expects the food to be absolutely amazing. Create a standout menu with some of these top 10 options that they can chow down on:

1. Ice Cream

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2. Snow Cones 

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3. Brunch 

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5 Summer Beauty Foods For A Wedding Day Glow

Posted by Alexandra on Jul 18, 2013

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If you want to look your very best walking down the aisle, treating your body right from the inside is key. Incorporate these five foods into your diet this summer and look forward to shiny hair, radiant skin and an overall healthy glow on your wedding day!

Watermelon – In addition to keeping you hydrated and perking up dull, tired looking skin, watermelon is also loaded with vitamin A, which combats oily skin and helps reduce the size of pores.

Tomatoes – Tomatoes are known for being high in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your skin against sun damage and battles signs of aging.

Iced Green Tea – Sip this refreshing summer beverage for a daily dose of EGCG, a potent antioxidant that helps to rejuvenate skin cells. Green tea is also known to stimulate hair growth and battle bloating.

Strawberries – These sweet summer berries are packed with vitamin C, which promotes collagen production and helps smooth and firm skin.

Oysters - Raw, chilled oysters are a great source of zinc, which helps skin cell renewal and repair and promotes healthy hair growth.

Which Type Of Summer Rehearsal Dinner Are You Having?

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 10, 2013

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What’s not to love about a low-key rehearsal dinner? Immediate family, out-of-town guests and of course, bridesmaids, groomsmen and flower girls or ring bearers gather after the ceremony run-through to eat, drink and toast to the future newlyweds. It’s quality time spend with those loved ones, who you most likely won’t have enough time to hold long conversations with during the reception and a way to mellow out any pre-wedding jitters you may have.

Kick off the weekend with our favorite summer cocktails and appetizers and end the outdoor picnic with one of these regional comfort foods below.

Which type of summer rehearsal dinner are you having?

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