Rehearsal Dinner

Your wedding has taken so much planning, it is easy to overlook the most important part of setting the tone for a great wedding. There’s less than 24 hours to go, relatives are arriving at the airport, the anticipation is growing. Now everyone is finally getting together. You want to be sure everything gets off to a great start. We need to talk about your Rehearsal Dinner.

 

 

What is a rehearsal dinner?

 

Traditionally, it is the dinner the night before the wedding. It can be a formal affair in a great restaurant or a casual affair at home. This is the time for speeches and toasts to the couple. It can often last for several hours after the food has been cleared away. A lot of your friends and relatives will be meeting for the first time. You want them to get along right?

 

What is the Etiquette for the rehearsal dinner?

 

Nowadays, a lot of couples are taking charge of their wedding and making their own rules. So don’t feel like you have stick to tradition. What probably matters most is that it meets your own expectations and that your guests will feel comfortable. Still, there are a few guidelines that you want to be aware of:

 

Send Invitations– immediate family, the wedding party, parents of the flower and ring bearers and out of town guests should all be included.

 

Greet your guests– the wedding night can be a blur, so this is your chance to welcome them as they arrive.

 

Dress Code– Formal or casual? Let your guests know in advance. Themes such as Hawaiian shirts or hoedown outfits are fun.

 

Announcements- review the schedule and include any last-minute details while you have everyone together.

 

Gifts– you may want to hand out gifts to your guests. You can give out a special gift to your bridesmaids and groomsmen.

 

Speeches and Toasts– the parents can make a toast after dinner. The bride and groom can give a speech, then open the floor to others.

 

 

What to avoid at the Dinner?

 

This is such an important moment for setting the tone for your wedding. Here’s how to make sure it goes smoothly.

 

Keep the food light. It isn’t easy meeting the needs of a large crowd, but save the big feast for the wedding dinner.

 

No Drama– Keep things easy-going. I have been at weddings where some drama happened the night before and things got pretty… awkward. This is no time for politics or family drama.

 

Strict rule-If gifts and speeches will be too emotional, a private moment may be a better idea. Don’t forget to have someone take pictures. Especially if your paid photographer is only there for the big day.

 

Keep it Short and Simple- End the event by 10 pm. Your guests need to get home and be feeling well for the next day’s festivities.

 

Remember, at your rehearsal dinner, you will be surrounded by people who support and love you. That will be enough to make it a night you will never forget.

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Wedding Planning

So, you’re engaged! Congratulations! Now, it’s on to the fun part – planning a wedding celebrant. You’re about to enter into a very exciting, and somewhat daunting, experience. It can be hard to know exactly where to begin when planning your wedding. Thankfully, there are scads of resources to help you plan an event that will perfectly reflect who you are as individuals and a couple. Read on for the best tips to get your wedding planning adventure off to a successful start!


WHAT IS WEDDING PLANNING?


Wedding planning is a big job that entails putting together a big event from beginning to end. Many people go into planning their weddings without realizing exactly how much work it is going to be. Think about a wedding you have been to and imagine every aspect of everything you saw and did that day. A planner (or the bride, or couple, themselves) had to plan each one of those things. 


From choosing attire and attendants to finding a venue, trying and ordering cakes, getting wedding attire altered, locating a DJ and planning a menu, decorations, and themes – all of this is planned.


In the excitement of planning, it’s very easy to overlook critical details, which is why it is important to be very organized during the wedding planning process. Keeping careful track of all documents can potentially save you much time and heartache later.


SHOULD I HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER?


Great question. The answer is… maybe. As with everything else in life – and in the wedding planning – the answer is going to be a very personal one, based upon preferences, budget, and planning personality. While it’s true that hiring a planner does cost some cash, you must also consider that planners can ultimately save you money in the end. A planner is experienced in working at a variety of budget levels and will have contacts in the industry that might allow him or her to negotiate deals or think of possible venues or plans that had never occurred to you.


If you have special needs, a wedding planner can be particularly helpful. Perhaps you need to make sure that all accommodations and venues are wheelchair-accessible. Or maybe you need extra help planning a special menu to accommodate dietary preferences. Wedding planners are used to dealing with a wide range of needs, preferences, and experiences and can be very helpful in this type of situation.


That said, some people simply prefer to do their work from beginning to end. Just be prepared to put some serious time into it and to enlist help from willing family and friends along the way. It’ll all be worth it in the end.


HOW DO YOU PLAN A WEDDING ON A BUDGET


The number one tip for planning a wedding on a budget is to prioritize! Figure out exactly what it is that you want to get out of your wedding experience. If you want a big wedding, think about why that is. Is it because you want everyone to be included or because you like throwing parties or some other reason? This reason is what you want out of your wedding. If you enjoy having lots of people around, perhaps it’s about inviting everyone but keeping the ceremony simple. Or if you are wanting something fancier, maybe it’s a matter of trimming the guest list. It’s all about figuring out what is important to you!


Buying a package is another great way to stay within budget. If you can bundle many different costs together for one price, you can eliminate unpleasant surprises further down the road. Just make sure that there is a very firm understanding (in contract form!) about what, exactly, is included in your wedding package. Then figure out anything else you will want to add to personalize and see if it still falls within your budget.


Celebrants and wedding planners, as well as wedding venues,  can help you explore options for packaging services to create an affordable celebration for you.


Whatever you decide to do, take the time to enjoy the process of planning your special day and choosing the type of celebration that best reflects who you are and your hopes for the future!

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Catering Menu

What is a catering menu? 

 

It is the food choices for the catering company’s menu. When someone avails of this company’s services, the items on the menu will be the ones that will be served. A catering company usually has more than one catering menus due to the number of food choices available. You have to believe you will satisfy more people when you have more food on the menu. The menu can increase depending on the number of attendees for the corporate event. There are big companies that could have more than a hundred attendees while there are small companies that only have a limited number of attendees. The menu should contain all the executive chef’s best-sellers. It would be great if different menus are depending on the number of attendees. 
 

 

 
How do you plan a catering menu? 

 

You will hire an executive chef and have a meeting with him. Since you are the owner of an affordable catering company, you will decide what type of food you want on the catering menu. There are no limitations to this option. This is one time when you must be patient though since this will be what you will offer to your future clients. There can be some seasonal offerings now and then but you should stick to one menu.

 

Nobody will like a caterer who keeps on switching menus now and then. It would be best to start with the appetizers then proceed with the main course then finally the dessert. The last thing you should think of is the drinks since it is the least popular among all the items on the menu. The planning should involve all the other people within the catering company. Besides, they may all have some neat suggestions that you were not able to think of. Also, they may feel bad if you were not able to include them in the planning stage. After all, it is the most exciting part of starting a catering company. 
 

 

 

 
What is the best food menu for corporate catering? 

 

The food should have a lot of variety. It is expected that there are people who have some diet restrictions so there should be something for everyone. For example, there will be vegetarians in the attendees so better have tofu and vegetable options there too. There are also meat lovers so prepare the steak and roasted turkey for them. The same can be said for the drinks on the menu. There will surely be alcoholics so better have some wine and beer options on the menu. At the same time, there will be those who prefer to just drink water. Some people look forward to what you have for drinks. Speaking of the main event, a lot of people look forward to the dessert. Most caterers only have one or two dessert dish but that would depend on the number of guests. Don’t forget to include some items specifically for little kids. 

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