Fun Pairings for Cocktails and Food Stations

Hamburger sliders and friesOne of the biggest challenges for any caterer or wedding/event planner is to find fun and unique ways to wow guests at an event so fish and chips with mini beersI have been looking around for inspiration for the next wedding we are both planning and catering and will share with you some fun beverage and appetizer pairings for cocktail hour and even for the main course that your guests will love! These appetizers are served a little differently than what we are used to seeing at events and this will work well whether you are having a formal black tie or casual backyard event. In fact imagine inviting your guests to a black tie wedding and then giving them fish and chips wrapped in paper with mini beer shots! So far we have had rave reviews.

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A Chuppah, Arbor or Arch?

chuppah rose colored and ligthsI have recently had inquiries about the difference between Chuppah’s Arches and Arbors so I thought it would be a good topic for a blog post as I am sure there are other couples asking the same questions.

The chuppah, like the one in the picture on the left is a tapestry attached to the tops of four poles. The word chuppah means covering or protection, and is intended as a roof or covering for the couple at their wedding. The “roof” consists of a cloth or sheet, sometimes a tallit which is a Jewish prayer shawl. The tallit could be stretched or supported over four poles, or manually held up by attendants to the ceremony. A chuppah symbolizes the home that the couple will build together. It is said that the couple’s ancestors are present at the chuppah ceremony.

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What is Your Wedding Style?

Great proposal venue!

What is your wedding or event style? When I first meet a couple I suggest that they close their eyes and envision what they want their wedding to look like as though it is the day of. To “look around” for details. I ask them to write down how they feel and how they “see” their surroundings and then we start a vision board using either Pinterest or an actual vision board or vision book. Once they find a venue we discuss how their vision compliments the venue, the challenges it may present and how we can overcome or modify their preferences.

If they envision a hotel or art gallery for the reception then the couple’s style probably leans more toward the elegant and/or modern. If they envision it in a barn, garden, beach or other outdoor space then they could lean more towards the rustic, country chic or casual style. As spring is here and summer is around the corner,  I thought it would be a good time for a blog about outdoor weddings and event styles.

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Why you should hire a wedding planner

Summer Outdoor Wedding

When couples decide to get married one of the first questions that come up is how much are they going to spend, what will they spend it on and whether they need a WEDDING PLANNER. Couples often think that they will save money when they do it themselves but this is far from the truth. Below are some of the reasons a wedding planner is not only a fantastic resource which will make life so much easier for the couple and family but also helpful to keep the budget on track and ensure you thought of everything. Most of all you will be able to enjoy the wedding day while leaving the details to someone else! Here are the top 5 reasons to hire a planner.

 1) Stress – A planner takes on the stress so you don’t have to. A planner will be the one to respond to all of the emails from various vendors and serve as the point person so you only have to deal with one contact. They will coordinate all of the meetings and be there to remember the details, plus ask the right questions. And most importantly, the planner will be there on the big day to make sure everything runs smoothly so you can be with your family and friends.

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5 Quick Wedding Tips….

Table Setting

Here are some quick but important tips if you are planning your wedding.

1. You should like all of your vendors but  you should LOVE your photographer and wedding planner as these two see you in some rather delicate circumstances (both physical and emotional) and you should feel completely comfortable.

2. If you start to get overwhelmed with the design of your wedding, stop reading the blogs. Yes, the eye candy is pretty, but there is such thing as too much of a good thing!

3. Be careful not to say or do anything you’ll regret after the wedding and the dust has settled. Some of these little details are truly, truly mole hills, not mountains. I promise.

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A little of this and a little of that…. event planning tips, recipes, how to’s and more….

Summer 2014
Summer Wedding at the Adamson House

A few years ago I decided it was time for a change… I wanted a new career, reinvent myself and all those cliches… – I wanted to do what I loved every day and help people have a great experience when they celebrate personal milestones and especially weddings.

This all began when I started making lunch weekly for my local community and I suddenly realized that I can actually cook really well and after a while people started to ask me to cook for there events and were willing to pay me quite well! Who knew! This evolved into a catering business and THAT evolved into Wedding and Event Planning! I have done event planning for many years but more the corporate and non-profit/fundraising kind than personal parties but I love it all. I put my creativity into action and love to brainstorm with my clients to find unusual ways to make their event unique and special.

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