Creating the menu for your Wedding day can be an overwhelming process. The food at a Wedding can certainly make or break it the guest experience, but one thing we have learned in the Wedding biz…guests love options! Rather than going the traditional plated meal route, work with your caterer to opt for interactive food stations for your big day. We love stations for so many reasons. Not only are the options endless and so fun to come up with, but it is a great way to get your guests up and entertained throughout the night through your menu. Consider it a "choose your own adventure!" Interactive food stations are a great way to make your Wedding stand out and keep your guests raving about your Wedding for months to come! Here are some of our favorite menu ideas through food stations on trend right now:
Choose a fun dish, local to the destination of your Wedding or to where you are from! This is a great way to take a foundational piece of your Wedding puzzle and making it fun and personal. It also is a great way to give guests a taste of the local flavor if they are coming in from out of town for your Wedding.
Mini Food and Drink Pairings
This trend is not going anywhere any time soon and the ideas for menu combinations are endless. Take your food to the next level by offering it with a fun drink pairing! This will be a hit with your guests and leads to so many fun photo ops. Any of combinations can be served as a passed item or as a food station.
Food trucks at Weddings has become a huge trend in the industry! It’s a great budget friendly way to feed your guests and the options are endless to create a fun Wedding menu. You can have food trucks cater your entire wedding or opt for them to serve as one piece of the menu. For example, bring in a dessert truck as a late-night surprise for your guests. Not to mention the food truck photos are so sweet!
Roxanne and Zach below used some great local food trucks at their Wedding to put together their menu.
Build Your Own Drink
Interactive stations are not perfect upgrades only for your food menu, but drinks too! Let your guests customize a beverage to their liking by offering a unique drink station. From build your own margaritas, bloody mary stations and even alcohol infused sno cones, these all offer another great form of entertainment and an activity for your guests through your menu.
Take It To Go
For a sweet end of the night treat for your guests - offer a Take it To Go station with sweets and treats the guests can pack up to enjoy later. These can also serve as your wedding favors and can help keep your guests dreaming about the menu even as they walk out the door. We love edible wedding favors and we think your guests will too!
Photos by Nicole Marcelle Photography
When In Doubt - Go With Your Favorites
One of our favorite stations to incorporate lately has been a Bride and Groom favorite snacks station. This is something that can be kept open from cocktail hour through goodbyes and allows a place for guests to always grab something to eat while learning something about the Bride and Groom. It's also one of our favorites because it doesn't have to make sense. The food doesn't need to pair together because it's supposed to be random - it's all your favorite things!
Dreaming of a rustic and charming barn wedding for your special day? One of our local favorites is the Barn at Bradstreet Farm in Rowley, MA! Established in 1635, the Barn at Bradstreet Farm is the second oldest operational farm in the U.S and was in the Bradstreet family until 2007 when it underwent a 3 year renovation…and it is STUNNING! Not only is it a perfect venue for all your barn wedding dreams, but Tiffany and her team at Bradstreet Farm are incredible! We were lucky enough to work with them in 2019 and are looking forward to another wedding with them later in 2020.
Not only does the Barn at Bradstreet Farm offer a beautifully renovated barn for your reception (including heat and A/C), but also multiple picturesque spots for photos, a private cottage for you and your bridal party to get ready in, a sprawling outdoor space for ceremonies and cocktail hours with plenty of room for a tent, fire pits with seating and even baby goats! Extra bonus! The Barn at Bradstreet Farm uses fresh produce and flowers grown on the premise for their catering and wedding florals.
If all of this wasn't already great, add live farm animals, sunsets and rustic furniture included with your rental! Some more favorite perks below:
Photos by Pictus Photography
As planners, we want to help our clients prepare for every possible scenario. The past couple weeks with COVID-19 have been overwhelming and challenged us with a scenario we could have never prepared for. With each day bringing new information and leaving a lot of uncertainty for the upcoming Wedding season, we have been navigating each situation with our clients uniquely to make the best decision for them. We know there are a lot of brides out there who do not have a Wedding Planner, so we wanted to share our process for navigating our couples through this difficult time and offer some tips to hopefully bring a little stress relief.
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Step 1. Breathe
Yep - I know you're skipping over this because everything is telling you to do this. If one more person tells you it will be okay you probably want to hit them over the head. You are fully entitled to all the emotions you are going through and let yourself feel them. It's an overwhelming situation and you are allowed to feel overwhelmed. Take a deep breath, look at your fiance, and take it as another challenge you will overcome together.
Step 2. What's your Priority?
Step 3. Should you Postpone?
The million dollar question. We cannot answer this for you, but we can give you some things to consider:
Step 4. Okay, you decided - now what?
Send an email to all your vendors letting them know you are so sorry but you have decided to postpone for the safety and well-being of your family and friends. Let them know the new date and that you are eager to have all the same vendors. Vendors are going through A LOT right now as well, so patience and understanding will be greatly appreciated.
Step 5. How to Tell Your Guests
If you have already sent out invitations, evaluate the best way to communicate the new date to your guests. The easiest thing for you to manage would certainly be sending everyone an email and asking them to submit a new RSVP through your Wedding website. Another method that's a little more formal and provides a keepsake is sending a postcard to everyone with the new date. If they have a change to their RSVP tell them to contact you. No need to re-print your entire stationary set unless you want an updated one as a keepsake.
Step 6. Other Helpful Things to Consider
Congrats on your engagement! What is it that has led you here looking for information about hiring a Wedding Planner? Maybe you're just starting the Wedding Planning process. Maybe you're in the midst of it and stuck figuring out what to do next. Maybe you have everything planned out and just want someone to be there for you on the day-of so you can relax and enjoy it! Asking for help can be a difficult thing, but it shouldn't be! You are not expected to know how to plan a Wedding, and honestly the best thing you can do for yourself is hire a Wedding Planner to bring your vision to life and ensure it's the best day ever.
But what type of Planning assistance do you need? There are all types of Wedding Planning Services that can help you plan your big day. From Day-of Coordination to Full-Service Wedding Planning - there's lots in between. Take the below quiz as a starting point to see where you may fall!
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