5 Things to Remember As You Plan Your Wedding Menu

wedding-reception-1967373_1920What will your guests remember the most about your wedding day? Well, they’ll remember the music. They’ll remember the happy couple, smiling and glowing. And they’ll remember the food. What that means for you is that it’s vital that you plan a really appealing menu—one that will provide plenty of fond memories both for you and your guests.

Of course, planning a menu for such a large group of people can be daunting. Here are five pointers we’d recommend you keep in mind as you brainstorm your wedding day menu—five pointers that we hope will provide clarity and confidence.

Guidelines for Your Wedding Menu

It’s Not Just About You

Yes, this is your big day—but it’s also a big party, and you’re hosting it. You need to think about your guests, and create a menu that the people on your guest list will like. This might mean some kid-friendly options, and it might mean some crowd pleasers—like surf and turf, for example—to make sure everyone can find something they love.

The Timeline Counts

How do you envision your wedding reception progressing? A two-course meal, with a quick speech or two, will probably last about an hour and a half. Use that as a baseline, and either shorten or lengthen your dinner service to accommodate the rest of your reception events.

Consider the Cocktails

Your cocktail hour can also have an impact on the meal itself; if you have a longer cocktail hour with a lot of appetizers served, that means you can probably get away with fewer courses in the meal itself.

Don’t Neglect Your Budget

Food will probably be one of the bigger chunks of your wedding budget, but even so, you can make choices here to either splurge or cut back a little, just depending on what your priorities are.

Think Seasonally

Finally, think in terms of the time and place where you’ll be getting married, as that can dictate what you ultimately want to serve. Opt for seasonal ingredients, and food selections that make sense for the time of year.

Talk to the Pros

Here’s a bonus thought: You can call the Mosteller Events catering team any time to talk more about the available options. We’d love to be part of your wedding day planning—so contact us any time!

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Three Types of Signage You Need for Your Wedding

married-1937005_1920If you want to ensure a smooth wedding ceremony and reception, it’s important to make sure the layout and logistical flow are both crystal clear to your guests. Where should they go? Where should they sit? These are questions you can answer easily by employing the right kind of signage.

The signs you make for your wedding can come in pretty much any style you like; we’ll leave that decision to you. For now, we want to highlight three basics types of signage that you’ll want to consider for your big day.

Sweetheart Table Signage

This is a trend we love: At the wedding reception, a small table is set up just for the bride and groom, with two chairs facing each other and allowing the happy couple to receive well wishes and congratulations from all the guests. We recommend you identify this table with a sign; there are plenty of ways to do so:

  • Mr. & Mrs.
  • Bride & Groom
  • His & Hers
  • Come say hi to the happy couple!
  • For the newlyweds

You can use your imagination to think of variations, of course—but these are the most common ways of labeling the sweetheart table.

Directions

On a more practical level, you may or may not need signage for the ceremony, reception area, and bar—just depending on the size and layout of your venue.

Some options to consider include:

  • For the ceremony:
    • Tie the knot
    • The big day is here!
    • I Do’s this way!
  • For the reception:
    • Party over here!
    • Dancing and drinks
    • Celebrate!
  • For the bar:
    • Time to Toast!
    • Raise a Glass!
    • Cheers!

Again, you can brainstorm variants of your own!

Signs for Seating

Finally, you may wish to consider signs for seating—that is, unless you have opted for an open seating arrangement. So, you may have a sign showing that friends of the bride go on one side, friends of the room on the other—but you can also have a sign telling people that you’re all one big happy family, that there’s no need to pick a side, that they can sit wherever they want, etc.

If you’re having your wedding here at Mosteller Mansion, we invite you to ask us about possible signage needs and options; and of course, we’re happy to address any other questions, as well! Contact us today to learn more.

How to Tackle Your Wedding Thank You Notes

thank-you-928217_1920Everyone loves getting gifts; most of us are less thrilled about writing thank you notes, especially when we have 100 or more of them to write. You can’t put if off forever, though. Once the honeymoon is over and you’re settled into your new life, you’ve got to start penning those short thank-yous for all the gifts you and your spouse received.

A daunting task? Sure—but hardly an impossible one, especially not when you follow our tips!

Get Going ASAP

Ideally, you’ll get started before the big day even happens. Using your guest list as a template, keep a running tally of the gifts you receive—at showers, at family dinners, in the mail, and at the wedding itself. You might even consider writing some thank you notes as you go; it’ll be that much less for you to do after the honeymoon.

Buy Custom Stationary

Have some fun picking out cards and envelopes that are personalized to fit your taste, your style, and your personality as a couple. This can interject some much-needed fun into the thank you note writing process! One word of warning: Don’t send out notes with your shared last name on them until after the wedding; that’s simply a matter of bad form and improper etiquette.

Make Yourself Comfy

You’re going to bang out more thank you notes—and have more fun doing so—if you find a comfortable place to camp out. Designate a thank you writing area in your home or apartment. You’ll need a hard surface, comfy seating, and—ideally—close access to wine or some other beverage. A speaker hooked up to your Spotify playlist or Pandora station can also be handy!

Write in Spurts

The decorum is to write a thank you note for every gift you receive—period. This means it’s probably not realistic to try to write all your notes in one sitting. Instead, devote just half an hour a night to writing. You’ll get them done soon enough, and without cramped hands!

You do have some time, after all; good manners dictate having your notes all sent out within a year of your wedding, which is perfectly reasonable. With these tips, you can probably get them done even sooner.

And as a PS: Remember, you can stay informed about all things wedding-related by connecting with our Mosteller Events blog.

Real Talk About Your Wedding Planning

beautiful-1846171_1280As you begin the process of planning your wedding, it can be easy to get hearts in your eyes and big dreams in your head. There’s nothing wrong with that! Wedding planning is a time for dreaming, a time for following your heart. With that said, it’s also important to stay grounded, and focused on the practical dimensions of wedding planning.

In that spirit, we want to offer a little bit of real talk today—debunking some of the misconceptions that exist about the wedding planning process. We hope you’ll find this to be helpful.

You can’t do it all by yourself. Some brides want to be the maestros who pull every string of their perfect wedding—but if you micromanage every single detail, you’re going to find yourself frazzled, and probably won’t enjoy the process much. People are going to offer to help you, and you should take them up on it. That doesn’t mean you have to relinquish control of the big picture. It just means that, if you have an aunt who wants to help you find the right tablecloths, maybe it’s not a bad idea to let her.

The DIY route comes with risks. With that said, you should also be realistic about your own abilities, and the abilities of your friends and family members. You don’t want to end up with a horrible-looking wedding cake because you asked a friend to make it, and it turned out to be something she’s never done before. Some tasks of wedding preparation are better farmed out to professionals, plain and simple.

You don’t have to invite everyone you know. And, you also don’t have to let everyone bring a date. Yes, the more the merrier, and you don’t want to turn people down, but you do have a budget to consider. There’s nothing wrong with drawing a line in the sand when you need to.

It’s okay to say no. When your florist tries to talk you into a big and expensive arrangement that you just don’t like, it’s alright to put your foot down and ask to see something different. That doesn’t make you mean. That doesn’t make you Bridezilla.

Your wedding doesn’t have to be unique. Should it reflect your taste and your personality? Absolutely! But weddings are, by their nature, fairly formulaic. There’s nothing wrong with treading the beaten path.

Want some real talk about your wedding venue? We’d love to tell you about the perks of Mosteller Mansion, and help you determine whether it’s right for you. Contact us today to learn more!

Things You Shouldn’t Say to Your Family During Wedding Planning

family-216825_1280The wedding planning period can be a little stressful from time to time, and your family members won’t always help things. They are well-intentioned, to be sure, but let’s face it: Nobody knows how to push your buttons and get under your skin better than the people in your family!

As such, it can be tempting to speak to them a little too candidly, in ways that could hurt feelings or even burn bridges. What we’d advise is trying your best to be thoughtful. You can start by excising some of these phrases from your vocabulary:

I really don’t need your help.

You are perfectly entitled to feel this way, but it’s probably best not to speak it aloud—and if your family members really want to be involved, try to find a way to let them. It doesn’t have to be anything big. Just get them to help assemble gift bags, or maybe help you narrow down some minor decisions between two color schemes or floral arrangements. Your family members just want to feel like they are part of the process, and helpful to you in some way.

That’s a HORRIBLE idea!

It may be—but why hurt your poor grandmother’s feelings by telling her so? Try to fake an open mind, and just let everyone know that you’ll seriously consider their suggestions, but that ultimately you’ve got to do what you and your fiancée think are best.

Well, if our budget was a little bigger…

If your folks are footing the bill for your wedding, the last thing you want to do is come across as ungrateful—or like you are trying to guilt them into giving you more money.

You have such bad taste!

Again, you’re welcome to think it, and it may even be true—but this is the kind of comment that could lead to hurt feelings between mother and daughter, or between sisters. That’s not what you want during your wedding planning.

This day is all about ME!

The day can mostly be about you, but remember that you have a lot of friends and family members who want to come alongside you, support you, and show you how much they care. Why not let them do so?

Remember: During wedding planning, diplomacy goes a long way. Keep it in mind, but also don’t hesitate to reach out for the help you need. Contact us at Mosteller Events any time!

4 Surprising Considerations for your Wedding Venue

cropped-mosteller-events-catering.jpgThe venue you choose for your wedding will go a long way toward setting the tone and vibe for your big day. You obviously want it to be somewhere special; somewhere aesthetically pleasing; somewhere that can accommodate you and all your guests; and somewhere you’ll look back on with fondness as you reminisce about the day you tied the knot.

As such, doing some research is key. Brides and grooms should have a good sense of the venue’s characteristics, rules, and amenities before signing on the dotted line. And that may include asking some questions, or considering some qualities, you hadn’t thought of before.

For example…

What kind of venue personnel will you be working with?

It’s always good to know who your point person will be as you orchestrate your big day. Is there an on-site event planner, or simply a manager? Is there a separate banquet manager to coordinate your reception? Who is the person you’re supposed to call with any questions, suggestions, or concerns—and how can that person be reached?

How many events does the venue tend to host each day?

Larger venues may host multiple weddings or parties on the same day—and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. However, you’ll want to confirm that you have full access to the facilities you want, when you want them, and that your party isn’t rushed out to make room for someone else’s.

Are there contingency plans in place for bad weather?

If rain threatens your big outdoor event, will there be indoor accommodations available—and are you going to like those indoor accommodations? Make sure you see them before agreeing to them! Also make sure you ask about a back-up power generator—just in case.

What are the technical accommodations?

Your DJ is probably going to bring microphones, speakers, and gear, so that should be no problem—but what about the wedding officiator? Ensure that you have what you need to make him or her heard, even to guests sitting in the back rows.

You may have thought of all of these things already, of course—but if not, make sure you bring them up when speaking with your wedding planner or the venue coordinator! And of course, if you’re looking at Mosteller Mansion, you can call us with your questions any time.