Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life. It’s the day you leave the world of being only one person to become a couple, a family. When you are in the process of planning your wedding, there are many decisions that need to be made; from the dress to the wedding favors, and everything in between.
One of the biggest expenses associated with a wedding is the catering and decorating. You can opt to hire a professional to handle all of this for you, but that usually comes with a big price tag. Instead, you may choose to go for the do-it-yourself route and cater and decorate your own wedding.
Develop a Strategy
Before you even start to think about what you want to serve for food, or even what type of decorations you want at your wedding, you want to plan a strategy ahead of time at home.. Ensure you have the help of extra hands, because remember, it is your wedding day, you are going to need the help of friends and family to get the job done right.
After you got your team together, think about what you want to serve for food, and what type of decorations you want to include.
The food is one of the biggest things that many guests come to a wedding for. If you are catering your own wedding, one way to save money is to make it a potluck reception. This is when you ask friends and family members to bring a certain food dish to your reception and serve it there. This will allow everyone the option to feel as if they played an important role on such a big day. It will also allow you to save a great deal of money by hiring a professional caterer.
Creating your own decorations can be a fun and exciting way to extend the feeling of love and excitement that leads up to your wedding day. The first thing that many guests see upon entering a wedding ceremony is the decorations, so make it count. If they love skateboarding have décor related to that theme. Remember to include a guest book for your guests to sign. You can choose to go the creative route and double your guest book as home décor after your wedding is over. Many people are opting to have a tree framed and have their guests place their painted thumb print on as leaves to the tree. This gives you a unique and memorable picture when your wedding day has gone by. Another option is to have wooden signs of the bride and grooms initials and have your guests sign them. Don’t forget the table décor with added personalized wedding favors to give your guests a little memento to take home.
Because your wedding day is a day you will always remember, it’s important to make it as memorable as possible. Catering your own wedding can be fun and exciting when you develop a strategy and plan ahead of time. Remember to include buffers for the possibility of something going wrong so you are not thrown off track on the big day.
Recently the Southern California School Nutrition Association held their annual fundraiser at The Romanesque Room. The evening had a “Beatles theme” which was carried out in various aspects of the décor including a decorated VW “bug” vehicle, a “yellow submarine”, peace symbols, and large cut-out figures of the “Fab Four”. The tables had accents of tie-dyed material … the room was filled with eye-catching color and props. A cover band, Britain’s Finest, played three sets of the Beatles’ hits, complete with costumes to reflect the various stages of the group’s career. The music was great! Other Beatle memorabilia added to the festive mood and all the guests had a great time!
Castle Catering Chefs prepared the meal which included passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres, the famous mashed potato martini bar, a crepe station, and a slider station. Mini-cheesecakes and brownies completed the menu.
The event was a wonderful success for the organization … and felt like a journey back to the 60’s!
The Romanesque Room was the site of a “tasting” for some of the delicious cuisine offerings that will be available at MonteCedro, a new retirement community soon to open in Altadena.
Their Chefs prepared a variety of delectable dishes for residents and those considering MonteCedro to enjoy. Castle Catering staff provided the service.
The room was set up with “stations” around the perimeter so guests could sample a variety of foods. The stations included: tacos / gnocchi / beef filet / salads / desserts.
Everyone enjoyed the event and left with a satisfied appetite. They received a tasty example of what awaits them when they move into their new community.
MonteCedro believes in “The Art of Creative Living” and creativity and culinary treats were on display at their event. For information about MonteCedro, visit their website at www.montecedro.com. Marketing from SEO Optimizers.
Bethany Christian School, located in Sierra Madre, recently hosted their first annual graduation dinner at The Romanesque Room. BCS began in 1976 and their mission is to partner with parents to educate, develop and nurture students from preschool through 8th grade for a life of excellence in academics, character and leadership. The school wanted to honor and celebrate with their graduating 8th graders and it was a great evening for the students and their family and friends. Bethany Christian has already reserved their date for next year’s graduation dinner so a tradition has begun! The Castle Catering Chefs prepared the meal and it included spring mix salad, two pastas and two sauces, green beans and garlic bread sticks. It was served buffet style. The dessert was lemon bars and Castle Catering’s “signature” chocolate chunk cookies. A mother of one of the students made beautiful floral centerpieces which added to the festive atmosphere. There was a slide show and awards were presented. It was a wonderful celebration and the students can look forward to high school in the fall!
Castle Catering Chefs prepared the food for the event. Two hors d’oeuvres were passed as the students, their guests and chaperones gathered.
The buffet included Caesar salad, two types of pasta (penne and rotelli), two sauces (marinara and white wine tomato basil), chicken strips on the side, hot vegetables and garlic bread. Dessert was chocolate chunk cookies served with milk “martinis”. These were passed later in the evening.
Ken Lyle, Music Entertainment Services, provided the music for the evening. Ken can be reached at (310) 721-6450. The dance floor was crowded throughout the night. Ken also included dramatic uplighting to enhance the ambiance of the room. He provides discounted pricing for clients of The Romanesque Room.
This was a wonderful opportunity for the graduates to celebrate the end of their high school career and to look forward with excitement to the next chapter in their lives! Check it out on instagram.
Last weekend another wedding reception was held in the Romanesque Room. Because the venue is an historical landmark, the architecture is unique and adds to the beauty and ambiance of every occasion.
The couple used one of our preferred vendors for their DJ and lighting needs. Ken Lyle, Music Entertainment Services, provides outstanding DJ services as well as spectacular uplighting and specialty lighting. Ken can be reached at (310) 721-6450. Ken offers special pricing for clients of the Romanesque Room and is very easy to work with.
The couple used a Restaurant Partner, El Metate, for their Mexican buffet. Everaldo was the contact person at (626) 229-0706 … www.elmetate-cafe.com. The guests enjoyed a menu of meat and spinach enchiladas, beef fajitas, rice and beans, salad and bread. Chips and salsa and pupusas were additional items served.
Castle Catering provided two hors d’oeuvres that were passed during the cocktail hour … chicken salad puffs and goat cheese and sundried tomato crostini. King’s Hawaiian Restaurant provided the cake for the event. Natural Area Rugs provided carpeting.
Bill Sullivan, owner of The Bottle Shop in Sierra Madre, provided the alcohol.
Recently the Romanesque Room was the site of a 1st birthday celebration.
The room was decorated befitting a little “Princess” and included a candy buffet and special seating for the guest of honor.
Deshi Food provided a menu of Indian cuisine for the party under the guidelines of our Restaurant Partners Program.
Castle Catering is able to provide our full service catering and Restaurant Partners program at any venue that allows outside caterers. Recently we catered a wedding at the Maxwell House, located in the Western Justice Center in Pasadena. One of our Restaurant Partners, StoneFire Grill, provided the food. This is a great venue for smaller groups (100 guests or less) and is an historical landmark. Ceremonies can be held in their courtyard followed by the reception in their beautifully appointed living room and library.
Two events were recently held in The Romanesque Room. A Sweet 16 birthday party was held on March 27. The theme was “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and the iconic little blue box from Tiffany’s was part of the décor. The theme was carried out in the colored lighting for the room as well as the centerpieces. The group enjoyed food prepared by Castle Catering including hors d’oeuvres and two stations. The Castle Catering “Mashed Potato Martini Bar” was a big hit as well as the Tri-tip and pulled pork sliders. The host provided dessert including a candy buffet which also was decorated in the Tiffany blue and white. All the guests enjoyed music and dancing … it was a festive celebration for a “milestone” birthday.
The following day, on March 28, a wedding reception was held in The Romanesque Room. Food was supplied by a Restaurant Partner … StoneFire Grill (www.stonefiregrill.com) and Curry India Bistro (www.curryindiabistro.com). Curry India Bistro worked with Castle Catering under the guidelines of our Restaurant Partners Program which allows our clients to order food directly from a restaurant and then Castle Catering provides the service for the event. A unique feature was that this was a wedding from two cultures and we were able to combine both Indian and traditional American food into one extraordinary buffet.
Every couple definitely wants to get married in the end after running through a serious relationship with their partner. After all, what is the use of a relationship if it is not finally bound by a sacred wedding, isn’t it? Well, speaking of wedding, there are actually a number of things to consider, one of which is the place to organize the wedding event. To tell the truth, deciding where to organize a wedding event is not as easy as turning over the palm of the hands. Instead, there are a number of factors to take into accounts here. These factors will be described below.
A Hall or an Open Space
When it comes to a wedding, every couple actually has the opportunity to choose whether the couple wants their marriage ceremony to take place at a grand hall or ballroom or at an open space instead. For those couples out there that choose to organize their wedding ceremony at a hall, they will have to make sure that the hall has a large size. Of course, it will be ridiculous if the hall can’t accommodate all the guests to the sacred wedding event, right? Therefore, in this case, couples have to estimate carefully how many people they are inviting to the event.
On the other hand, couples that organize their wedding event at an open venue will not have to be confused about the number of guests to invite. It is an open space, after all. Wedding ceremonies held in such a place often give the married couples unforgettable memories. However, when the ceremony is over, the couples need to think who is going to clear up the mess.
The next thing to take into consideration here is the parking spaces available. It is utterly important that the wedding guests find it convenient to park their vehicles when they attend to the ceremony. Their vehicles should not distract the traffic at the nearby area, either, when parked.
It is common for wedding ceremonies to feature some bands these days. However, it is important that the acoustics in the area are good. Thing is, if the wedding venue echoes a lot, it may be quite disturbing for the band.
Lighting is one of the most vital elements of a wedding ceremony. With proper lighting, a wedding ceremony can become more alive. On the other hand, bad lighting can destroy the event instead. Lighting should be adjusted according to the time of the wedding reception. A good idea here would be to use lighting that can be manually controlled.
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