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3 Key Tips for Creating a Special Event Budget

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Budgeting is the least glamorous part of planning special events; however, it is arguably the most important. Budgeting allows you to tell your money where to go and designate where your financial resources are spent. This process helps avoid a shocking tab and overspending at the end of your event. Take some time to do your research and allocate where your money will go in order to properly prepare for any celebration. Here are 3 tips on how to build a budget for your special event: Identify the Major Expense Categories When planning a special event, begin by outlining the…

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4 Tips To Help Choose the Perfect Special Event Menu

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Special event catering is more than just an umbrella term for food served to you at an event. It is the centerpiece of transforming a special event into a memorable one, and is just one detail that requires your time, planning, and resources. Here are 4 tips to help you choose the perfect menu for your special event: Match the Affair Your menu should pair well with the overall tone of special event you’re hosting. If you’re throwing a casual, outdoor family reunion, you may want to consider finger foods or BBQ style, such as brisket and potato salad. If…

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How to Accommodate Dietary Restrictions for Your Special Event Catering

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Up to 15 million Americans have food allergies, according to the Food Allergy Research and Education organization. Beyond food allergies, many people follow particular diets for health or ideological reasons, such as keeping kosher or being vegan. This is a fact that most special events will have to consider and accommodate for. In order to prevent your guests from feeling like they must bring their own dinner, try to accommodate them by working with your special event caterers. Here’s a chart from Convene Magazine that breaks down of the most common types of dietary restrictions you may come across: Here…

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5 Questions to Ask Event Vendors to Avoid Losing Money

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Throwing a big event? Chances are you’re going to need the support of vendors to make it happen. Special event vendors include caterers, photographer, florists, and DJs. Regardless of what kind of shindig you’re throwing – wedding, anniversary, birthday party, bat mitzvah, or corporate gig – here are a few questions you need to ask every vendor before you sign the contract: Is your business insured? You want to make sure your vendor has liability insurance should anything go wrong. If not, you as the event coordinator or host will be responsible for any mishaps. Liability insurance covers their business…

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Top 3 Reasons Why Wedding Insurance is Worth It

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Modern weddings can be elaborate, time-consuming, and downright costly. Couples are investing thousands of dollars to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience not just for themselves, but for their loved-ones as well. According to a 2016 survey conducted by The Knot, “the overall cost of a wedding has soared to new heights, with a national average of $35,329.” And that’s excluding the honeymoon! For such a costly endeavor, it makes sense why some couples choose to spend a couple hundred extra dollars on wedding insurance. Here are the top 3 reasons why wedding insurance might just be worth it in the long…

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7 Forgotten Wedding Costs that Can Add Up

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You think you’ve done it – Completed your wedding budget. You and your partner have spent hours pouring over every last detail to make sure you have dotted your I’s and crossed your T’s so you know what you can expect to spend. Everything’s there: the clothing, the favors, the food…. Or is it? Here are 7 easily forgotten wedding costs that can quickly add up! 1. Postage stamps Sending out all those gorgeous invitations (that cost you about three months’ rent!) can add up quickly. If your invitations are oddly shaped, heavy, or oversized, you could be looking at…

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5 Wedding Invitation Rules to Keep

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We get it. You want your wedding to be fun, unique, and a representation of you and your partner as a couple. Why else would you spend hours agonizing over the right color scheme and what props to include with your photo booth? But sometimes, walking the line between making your wedding your own and observing tradition can be difficult for couples. When it comes to your invitations, there are a lot of ways you can let your personalities shine through and give your guests an idea of what they can expect at your wedding. However, here are 5 wedding…

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Buffet or Seated? A few tips to help you decide what works best for your event!

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So you have picked your perfect wedding venue, now it’s on to picking out the perfect menu for your guests. BUT! The big question is… buffet or seated? Both offer great options, but which service will please your guests and your budget? Here are a few tips that may help you decide: BUFFET A buffet offers lots of variety, and it allows guests to serve themselves as much food as they like (whether that’s on their first trip or their third). Buffets can be stylish and trendy, too. Caterers have options like action stations (where chefs hand-roll sushi or create…

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The Great Outdoor Wedding Location

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As one of our top wedding venues we cater to, we want to acknowledge Walker’s Overlook for their hospitality and wonderful atmosphere to hold the perfect wedding! The serene location allows for the “city” girl to have the most wonderful “country” wedding. Located in Walkersville, Maryland, Walker’s Overlook offers a great location for potential brides looking to escape the busy city life and have a beautiful, laid back weekend with their guests in an intimate setting. Check out our Facebook Page to see the menu and pictures of {Elizabeth & Will’s Wedding} July 27, 2013!

Renting 101

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Beautiful wedding at Ostertag Vistas this past weekend! Thank you for your wonderful hospitality, we had a blast! Helpful Hints: Renting 101 DON ’T: Choose high-end specialty china and silverware. Cut costs and use the standard option, especially if your caterer offers standard china, silverware, and stemware. Besides guests won’t notice the color rim on the china, they’re too busy chatting and enjoying a delicious meal! DO: Choose wooden folding chairs overChiavaris. They are more fitting for an outdoor reception and you’ll save more than $8 per chair. DON ’T: Use multiple rental companies if you can find an all-for-one…

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Fantastic service and delectable menu. Miles ahead of the competition in the area. Chip and his friendly staff made our wedding day even more enjoyable. We received numerous compliments from our guests on the quality of the food. What you get is worth so much more than what you paid. Thank you so much!
Brian