Tips on Finding Catering, Dessert + Beverages
From cocktails to appetizers to dinner to dessert, plan a menu that will satisfy and inspire.Think about what kind of wedding you want, and translate that into your catering and bar service. A more formal affair calls passed appetizers and champagne followed by a plated dinner served in courses. A more casual event might call for buffet or family-style dining.
Think about what kind of wedding you want, and translate that into your catering and bar service. A more formal affair calls passed appetizers and champagne followed by a plated dinner served in courses. A more casual wedding might call for buffet or family-style dining.
But in today’s weddings, truly anything goes. Make your own rules, and choose the things you love the most. A raw bar paired with champagne for cocktail hour, followed by a decadent mac n’ cheese for an entrée—or a filet mignon entrée followed by a hot dog cart for late night snacks? Why not. The sky’s the limit when it comes to planning a menu that’s distinctly you.
Whatever you do, don’t forget dessert. Wedding cakes have always been a highlight of weddings, but it’s also a growing trend to serve other dessert options. Naked cakes, doughnuts, dessert bars and mini pies are giving a fresh new perspective to this age-old custom. Figuring out a fun way to finish off the dinner portion of your night can be overwhelming with so many sweet and delicious options.
There is no such thing as your “average wedding cake” these days. Cakes can have an array of fillings, flavors, designs and toppers. From ribbons to fresh flowers, the appearance of your wedding cake can go in endless fun directions.
If the traditional wedding cake doesn’t strike your fancy, consider some of the more trendy buffet ideas. Buffets can be a bit more cost effective, but only if you’re willing to do the research. Some items that make for great buffets are macarons, cake pops, mini pies, candy, popcorn, French pastries or cupcakes. Having a mix of these items can be an inviting and eye-catching display.
Cost for your cake will typically be quoted per piece and can range anywhere from $1.50 upwards of $10 depending on the bakery and the complexity of the design. Selecting multiple flavors and fillings will also increase the price. Another thing to remember with a traditional wedding cake is that many venues will have a cake cutting fee—this will range from $1-4 per guest. Sometimes venues will give you a break on this cost if you use the in-house baker, or one from their preferred vendor list.
– TIPPING GUIDE –
All tipping can be done at the end of the night. Give this task to a trusted friend or your wedding coordinator.
Bartenders: 10% of the total bill, to split between bartenders.
Catering staff: 15-20% (if NOT included in your event order)
Dessert delivery: $20-30 depending on the time, distance and punctuality.
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