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Caterers are often the heart of a wedding reception. If the food tastes great and there is plenty for everyone, people will leave the wedding satisfied and with fond memories. However, if you choose a caterer who is not knowledgeable about the amount of food to prepare, your guests will remember this fact, no matter how elegant and special the rest of the wedding was. One great way to find a caterer is to go to wedding festivals. Not only will you find people dedicated to their profession, you will also be able to see how the person reacts in a crowd with a lot going on. Talk to friends who are already married and find out who they used as a caterer. Ask other professionals you are using who they would recommend. Experienced wedding professionals will recommend people who are easy to work with and deliver quality products rather than those who will give them a portion of the fee. When you go to interview a caterer, ask him or her how long he or she has been in business,...Read More
Music makes the party. It is often what people remember the most about your event. When choosing entertainment, do your homework and make informed choices. Set a realistic budget for entertainment. Entertainer rates vary based on talent, experience, emcee ability, service, coordination, equipment needed, music knowledge, ability and personality. Rates for entertainment can range from $650.00 to over $5000.00 with an average of $1200.00 for a 4-hour booking. Ask questions of your potential entertainment before you hire them. Are you insured? Can you supply proof of liability? Many venues are beginning to require proof of liability insurance; so always ask. Will you be willing to play requests and discuss music ahead of time? A versatile entertainer will listen to your suggestions and play your desired requests. They will also accept the fact that you might not want certain songs played. Do you use Professional Equipment? Provide backup equipment? Have a backup plan in case of illness or an accident? The answer should be yes to all of these questions. Do you provide a written contract? It is extremely important to have...Read More
The honeymoon is your time to relax and recuperate from frantic wedding preparations. It is, quite frankly, one of the joys of getting married. The thought of a post-wedding romantic getaway with your new spouse. Selecting a place that both of you will enjoy is a must. Fortunately, the world presents countless honeymoon ideas that have something for both of you. Here are some of the more popular honeymoon destinations for couples of all types. For the Couple on a Budget The newest trend in honeymoon ideas this year is staying at home. In the U.S., for instance, couples are forgoing the expensive costs of acquiring passports, tickets, hotels, rental cars, and food – opting instead to save a few bucks, choose popular honeymoon destinations at home, and remain in their own backyards (so to speak). St. Augustine, Florida, in particular, is one of the more popular honeymoon destinations that continue to attract visitors due to its year round temperate climate, proximity to beaches, quaint restaurants, and great shopping. Called the Oldest City in America, it was founded in 1565, and...Read More
Choosing Your Reception Site Finding a reception site is as equally important as the ceremony site. These are the most important decisions a bride will need to make on the road to planning her special day. To choose a reception site a bride needs to decide on some key points. First, choose a couple of dates. It is highly unlikely both sites will be available on the same day and relatively close to each other. If you pick a couple of dates you will give yourself a bigger list of places to choose from. Second, how many guests will you invite? If you don’t know how many you can’t begin to look. Reception sites vary in how many guests they can hold. You need to know if you want a plated meal or a buffet style meal service. Find out if this number includes room for the cake & gift table with plenty of room for the DJ or band. Will all of your guests fit with room to spare? You don’t want to crowd people just because you love the...Read More