As part of our bridal week, we are talking about food & flowers, two important parts of your event planning!
Flowers are probably my favorite part of the wedding, they absolutely make the event and they’ll set the tone for the night. There are lots of “do it yourself” options when it comes to weddings, but I would leave this one to the pros. You don’t have to spend a fortune on your wedding flowers, but I also wouldn’t cut corners here. There are so many talented florists that will make all your floral dreams come true. I’ve found one for you that I think will meet your budget while giving you that amazing design you’ve been pinning…. May Flowers.
To make it even sweeter, May Flowers is giving you a FREE bridal bouquet when you book your wedding with them by September 30, 2015. Read all about them at www.mayflowersutah.com or call for a consultation at 801-661-2855.
Now let’s talk food! When hosting a formal sit down dinner, food planning is easier because you will have guests RSVP but when you are having a buffet at your wedding, here’s a great formula for figuring out how many people to plan for: (#of invitations sent out) X (2) – (60%) = # of people to plan for.
500 invitations, X2 = 1,000 people -60% = 400
You would plan on food for 400 people. Remember to also remove from this number all the out of town people that will not be attending.
Here are a couple of options to consider when planning your day.
There are a lot of catering companies that will let you pick through an entire menu and set up every detail. The benefit of this is that you don’t have to worry about anything after you pick the menu. It will be ready to go when you get to the reception. The downside is that you generally can’t add any of your own food or desserts. You also probably won’t be able to change quantities of food, for example, if you think that your guests will eat less meat and more salads, you might not be able to change that because you are being charged by the plate. But, how wonderful is it to have everything taken care of?
Another option is choosing a restaurant or catering company that will allow you to order exactly what you need and add in some food of your own. The plus side to this option is that it allows you to save lots of money by bringing some of your own food and desserts. The down side is that it is a ton of work and some extra stress. However, if you have some really great helpers, you can have the catered food delivered, add in the food you’ve prepared and set up your buffet table however you’d like.
Lastly, two great ways to serve your wedding cake that aren’t traditional but loved: Mini cupcakes on a cake stand at every table so guests eat sweets while they mingle. Or have a sheet cake version also made of your wedding cake that is served to guests throughout the night. Not just at the end of the reception when the cake is cut. (Read about this idea at Eliza’s wedding here.) Your guests will love eating the cake throughout the party. We have done both of these options for our weddings and they were a hit!
Do you need some cake ideas? Cakes by Katelyn will be exhibiting at the Bridal Extravaganza this weekend and has some beautiful cakes and cookies. We served her sugar cookies at one of our weddings and they were loved! Cakes by Katelyn also has a great surprise for everyone at the show, she’ll be introducing the wedding cookie tower! She and Custom Soda Labels are giving away 4 tickets to come see them at the Bridal Extravaganza, Saturday, April 18 at the South Towne Expo Center 11:00-5:30. Katelyn is also giving one lucky winner a cookie bouquet to pick up at the show! Enter on our Instagram & Facebook pages. We will announce the 3 winners on Friday, April 17.
IMPORTANT! Once the reception gets going, you won’t remember details like taking home left over food. Make sure your catering company or kitchen helpers know that you want all the extra food boxed up to take home. You’d be amazed at the left overs you and your family can enjoy after the wedding is over. You don’t want all that food being thrown away or taken back, you’ll pay the same amount either way. It’s also a great idea to have a little to go bag of food or desserts to send off with the bride & groom. They generally don’t eat enough and are starving after the long day. They would just love to take something yummy with them to their hotel.
Happy planning and remember to enjoy it, it’s not as scary and stressful as you might think. Surround yourself with friends, family and talented businesses that are ready to help and you’ll look back on this time with some amazing memories!
*If you’re still deciding on wedding colors, take a look at our 2015 wedding colors post for some inspiration and great ideas.