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Top tips for doing your own wedding day catering

Publish On 2017-01-01 , 6:16 AM

Catering for your guests at your wedding is almost certainly going to be your largest expense.

Brides deal with this in a number of ways. Some just limit the number of people they have at the wedding breakfast and invite others for drinks and dancing afterwards. Other brides just have a small wedding.

Of course, if you’re having a buffet rather than a formal sit down wedding meal then that is going to reduce your costs. It makes for a slightly more relaxed atmosphere and a greater choice of dishes. It’s a bit easier to cater for vegetarians who are coming to the party.

It’s your wedding catering that’s going to use a large chunk of your budget so if you’re thinking about DIY-ing part of it, then that makes sense.

Here are a few ideas for you to be thinking about. Just remember however that you will require people to serve up the food, dish it out and clear it away so you will probably have to pay for a bit of help – even if it’s just the washer-uppers, because you certainly don’t want to be doing that on your wedding day!

A wedding day tea party

You don’t have to serve up a large meal on your wedding day to your guests. If you’re getting married at around 2pm, then you could invite everybody to a slap up tea instead – which is a really easy thing to DIY. An afternoon tea can look wonderful laid out in a marquee prettily decorated with bunting. Plus you can still have traditional speeches and fizz to toast the new bride and groom!

You can hire all the china you’re going to need, from pretty bone china tea cups and saucers through to cake stands. You’ll need to think about who is going to prepare what and you need to keep a close eye on numbers – an afternoon tea works best for a wedding of below 50 or so people. Finger sandwiches are a good start, think of classic egg and cress or maybe smoked salmon, whatever are your favourites. Moving onto the sweeter things, get a baking friend or relative to make you up some batches of scones and offer with dollops of cream and strawberry jam. As for puddings well, you can serve just about anything you want. Why not get your guests to bring their own puddings to share and have your very own DIY desert table?

A DIY wedding buffet

This is the perfect way to DIY your catering if you’re having a rustic-style wedding. Again, work out the numbers of people who will be eating and then plan accordingly. Think about serving cold roast chicken, turkey and other old meats and fish. Then have somebody carving up for the guests as they decide on what they want. Get your cooking friends to each create a salad or two for your guests.

You could have a selection of desserts, from a delicious apple pie with cream to chocolate mousse and fresh strawberries or raspberries when they’re in season.

If you’re doing this you need to plan well ahead so that the meats are cooked the previous day and stored correctly and the salads arrive and are chilled but not soggy.

A barbecue wedding

Everyone love a barbecue so if you’re planning a summer wedding, why not set up some barbecues outside?. Gas barbecues are probably easiest here, just make sure the cylinders are full beforehand and then decide on who is going to do the cooking. This is probably a better option if you don’t have more than about 80 or so guests. Think about the meat you’re going to offer and have a table of homemade salads on a buffet for guests to choose from and a dessert table.

If you like the idea of a barbecue but feel uncomfortable asking somebody to do the cooking, then you could have a hog roast Although these companies will also cater the salads and accompaniments you can save yourself some money by doing this bit yourself.

Fish and chips and ice cream vans

If you’d like to buy in some food but still want a bit of a DIY approach, then you could hire a specialist fish and chip van to arrive at your wedding reception with an ice cream van for dessert.

If you’re getting married late in the day – then you can have the wedding speeches and drinks immediately after the ceremony and then get on with the party. The fish and chip and ice cream vans can be around in the background ready for hungry dancers to pounce on. This is probably a better solution for a summer or early autumn wedding as you won’t want your guests queuing up outside in the cold weather. Not everybody always wants to eat at the same time so this is a good option if you’d like to stagger the food.

None of your guests will mind DIY wedding food as long as it’s delicious and well presented. Unless you’re a professional caterer though, don’t be over ambitious – the best approach is to keep things as simple as possible.


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Top 10 Wedding Theme Ideas for 2017!

Publish On 2017-01-04 , 1:46 PM

Greenery Theme
As one of the biggest trends for year 2016, greenery wedding ideas will be continuously popular in 2017.


Garden Theme (View: Garden Wedding Venue in Tagaytay)
Garden wedding in 2017 also tends to have a strong sense of green floral that will successfully add more elegance and nature to your big day.


Barn Theme  (View: Barn Wedding Venue in Tagaytay)
Barn wedding filled with wooden stump, lanterns, and nature-inspired decor, are more popular than ever.


Vintage Theme
The vintage wedding trend is still going strong!


Neutral wedding theme


Watercolor Theme
2017 is going to be a year full of creative DIY wedding ideas, for instance, you can DIY yourself an unique watercolor wedding. There are pretty Fun ways to bring watercolor into your wedding, like watercolor invitations,watercolor table numbers, menus and escort card.


Boho Theme
For brides who like to have a more casual event, boho themed wedding will be a great and in choice.


Whimsical forest weddings


Fairytale Theme (View: Fernwood Gardens Wedding Venue)
3D wedding dresses continues to be a big trend for 2017.With a strong princess feature, the 3D wedding gown is perfect for brides to wear in a glamorous fairy tale wedding.


Palm tropical weddings


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How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Date!

Publish On 2017-01-19 , 2:10 PM

You're engaged? Congratulations! When's the wedding? This delicate decision is different for each couple, but according to our 2015 Real Weddings Study, the average engagement is about 14 months long. With a little over a year to plan, you have time to check everything off your list—from finding your wedding dress (which can take 9 to 11 months) to booking your wedding reception venue (some are booked a year in advance). Consider the following to pick a day that's both practical and personal.


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How romantic would it be to marry on the date you first met, on the day you officially became a couple or on your grandparents' anniversary? Some cultures use traditional methods to choose a date—Japanese families check out the koyomi, an ancient astrological calendar, to pick the most propitious day, while ancient Greeks use divined pig entrails. (Pork rinds, anyone?) You may not be able to marry on the exact day you want—the venue you love may be booked or that special date could fall on a Monday—but you can probably get pretty close. Tell your guests about any significance of the timing in your ceremony programs.


Weather not only affects your wedding's style and location, but may set a completely different mood. If it's snowing outside, or it's 90 degrees, people will behave differently. Consider your wedding personality, then choose your season accordingly. Free-spirited fun, tropical-inspired cocktails and sun-dappled settings: Stick with a summer wedding. Opulence, snowfall and holiday sparkle: Try a winter wedding. Rich colors, nostalgia and mulled apple cider: Go for a fall wedding. Freshness, pastels and a daffodil bouquet: A spring wedding is your thing.


Budget may affect your choice. June, August, September and October are the most popular times to marry, so prices are inevitably higher. But if, for example, you're planning a wedding in January, March or December, it may cost less because 50 other couples aren't lined up behind you offering to pay top dollar. Days of the week also matter: Saturday nights carry a hefty price tag, but marry during the week and the world is your oyster (venues may even bid against each other to get your business).


If you've always wanted a Nutcracker wedding, or you'd love a heart-covered wedding cake, sounds like you're a holiday wedding couple. If you're Irish, opt for March, when everyone is already in the St. Patty's Day spirit. Try a wedding party in pastels and an Easter egg hunt in March or April. Have a Fourth of July celebration with flags, barbecue and fireworks. A plus: Some holidays fall on long weekends, which might make it easier for out-of-town guests to attend. On the flip side, some guests may not want their holiday weekends upended by a wedding, so take that into consideration as well.

VIP Preferences

Speaking of guests, but only of the top-tier, wouldn't-get-married-without-them variety: If you have limited preferences, you may want to ask your nearest and dearest about date conflicts and plan accordingly. Be forewarned that this is a slippery slope if you ask anyone outside your essential circle of parents, siblings and honor attendants. Keep it simple and don't budge once the date's set.

No-No Days

There are definitely wedding dates to avoid. The weekend before tax day is not the best time to tie the knot—especially if one of you is an accountant or tax attorney. No matter what your career, you probably have your own crunch time at work (inventory always happens in July, the new fiscal year begins in September), so don't marry then. You'll either be stressed or you won't be allowed to take off for your honeymoon. Also, your religion may dictate some times of year, or even days of the week, that are off-limits.


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