Happy New Year!

December 26th, 2016
Happy New Year!  Courtesy of sprungphoto.com.

Happy New Year! Courtesy of sprungphoto.com.

Happy New Year to all!  If you just got engaged, please accept my congratulations.  Enjoy your engagement.  There’s no time like it.  And remember to leave plenty of time to spend with your spouse-to-be, even while you are busy planning your wedding.

Greetings for the Season

December 19th, 2016


For those who celebrate holidays right around now, I’d like to offer my best wishes for your holidays.  May all your dreams come true!

Re-run: DIY Weddings–Catering

December 12th, 2016

It’s time to revisit some articles about DIY weddings.  Here’s a good one:

Of all the things you might want to do yourself for your wedding, the one I would recommend against without hesitation is catering your wedding reception yourself.  You might think this would be obvious, but I have talked to people who thought they could do it.

Did I mention that presentation is a professional catering skill?  Photo courtesy of Artisan Events.

Did I mention that presentation is a professional catering skill? Photo courtesy of Artisan Events.

I have actually heard of self-catered weddings that were pulled off with a lot of help from friends and family.  I know it can be done, especially if there are people with special skills involved.  So, I won’t say you should never, ever do it.  I’m just going to give you a lot of reasons not to.

Caterers do a lot more than cook in quantity.  They also manage the kitchen; order and return rental items; keep the food (and so your reception) on schedule; hire and manage serving and bar staff; set up tables, chairs, and linens; set the tables; and clean up and take the garbage out.  Caterers also have food sanitation licenses, meaning there is a low probability of spoiled food or food poisoning from their kitchens.  They know how much ice to buy and bring.  Some of them own serving equipment that they provide at no charge.   And that is just the minimum of what a professional caterer has to offer.

On your wedding day, you are going to be very much occupied with, first, getting married.  Second, you will want to spend as much time as possible greeting your guests.  You’ll probably also want to have your photograph taken with many of your friends and family, not to mention with your spouse.  These things will take up most of your day, leaving you no time to be the caterer at your own wedding.

I would say that unless you are able to provide everything a caterer brings to the table, and unless you can also delegate all the catering on the wedding day to a trusted party, hire a professional and save cooking for a crowd for another day.

Book Now For Best Prices

December 5th, 2016
Floral urns

Photo by Studio Finch Photography, www.studiofinch.com

Just a reminder:  My prices increase on January 1.  If you want to book my 2017 wedding planning or coordinating services at 2016 prices, call me or email me now so we can get everything signed and sealed before the end of the year.  Wouldn’t it be great to have one more thing out of the way now?