Monday, November 02, 2009

Leavenworth Wedding, Choosing Location Part IV

Catering can be a stressful and expensive subject. The time of your reception normally dictates which type of foods will be served. Early morning wedding with a brunch reception, late morning, early afternoon wedding with a lunch reception or a evening wedding with a dinner reception?

To start with, most wedding locations do not allow outside foods to be brought in. Health department and insurance are prime examples as to why on-site catering is required. It is not always just to make more money off you. Wedding and reception locations can save on insurance rates (a big savings) if all foods are catered by the wedding location.

If catering is involved, “samples”, “taste tests” may not be available. If a venue or caterer does set menus; choose “A”, “B” or “C” samples may be available. Caterers that customize your menu according to your desires and tastes, don’t normally provide “samples”. Instead, ask for letters of recommendations or written comments by previous guests (ask to see the guest book).

Find out what type of foods and ingredients are used. Frozen foods, dehydrated foods and ingredients or do they use fresh, wholesome foods and ingredients? Ask, it makes a difference in taste!

If you are not sure as to what to do regarding the foods for your reception, ask your caterer for suggestions. Keep in mind, you may not be able to please all your guests as far as foods are concerned. If someone is on a special diet (for medical reasons), it is suggested you try to have something for that person (that everyone else will eat too).

One misconception a lot of people have is that appetizers are less expensive than regular meals. Yes, generally they are less expensive per item than a regular meal. However, there is a formula to figure out how many appetizers per person, per hour of the event and at what time the event occurs. In the long run, to feed your guests properly, it could be much more expensive than a regular meal. Again, ask your caterer for advice.

 

Leavenworth Weddings, Choosing Location Part III

A destination wedding is exactly that, a destination away from your normal routine of life where you are having your wedding. A destination wedding does not have to take place in Hawaii, Virgin Islands, or Bahamas.

Your destination wedding could be somewhere in your home state. Keep in mind, you may be familiar with the area you are having your wedding, but you do not KNOW the area. Listen closely to the suggestions being made to you by the wedding location.

Lodging will be a concern for your destination wedding. If the wedding location says the area books up fast because of a festival or seasonal event, you should listen and secure your lodging ASAP. For your guests that will be traveling long distance and plan on staying the night in the area, they should be told to book their lodging ASAP.

A lot of destination locations have a minimum lodging requirement, whether it refers to number of guests or number of nights, make sure you know what they are before you book your wedding.

Your wedding location should be able to help you with your lodging needs. If your destination location can not accommodate all of your wedding guests, they should be able to provide you will some information for additional lodging.

Traditionally it was the brides and grooms parents that were responsible for ALL lodging costs for a destination wedding. This does not necessarily hold true today. With everyone’s lodging preferences being different, wedding guests normally cover their own lodging expenses. However a lot of time, the parents do cover a portion of the wedding parties lodging.