Archive for March, 2012

Myth Busting: Catering Costs

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Myth: A heavy hors d’oeuvres reception is a great way to save money and will always be cheaper than a plated dinner!

Reality: So not true!  Catering costs have several different components – the largest of the two would be food and labor. While half a red skin potato roasted and stuffed with blue cheese and sprinkled with herbs is smaller then a steak or chicken breast think about what goes into making each of them.  You have to halve the potato, roast them, scoop out the center without tearing the outside shell, fill it with blue cheese, put the right herbs on it and broil it to melt the cheese. Now repeat that 175 times.  Pretty labor intensive, right?  That would be why they tend to be a more expensive component of catering costs.

To get the same amount of food that a plated dinner would afford your guests, you will easily spend as much if not more on hors d’oeuvres!  If you don’t plan to give your guests a full meal, hors d’oeuvres can be a good way to cut costs but honestly, it won’t be by much.

Myth: Buffets are always cheaper than plated dinners.

Reality:  It really depends on the caterer and what meals you choose.  A plated dinner means more staffing is needed to ensure everyone is taken care of but a buffet means more food is needed to ensure that they don’t run out.  Plated dinners are portion controlled and the caterer knows that each person is getting one meal – a buffet is generally serve yourself and the caterer must account for the people who take extra servings of items including the main dish!

Check with your caterer to see what the costs really work out to be – you might be surprised!

What other myths do you see floating around regarding catering?  Any comments?  Feel free to chime in!

Weird 2012 Weather Might Equal Flower Troubles

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

I don’t think anyone can deny the weather this winter has been weird – especially in Ohio!  We’ve had basically no snow and it was 80+ degrees in March.  Color me confused but not too upset I didn’t have to pull out the boots this year!

If you have your heart set on certain flowers for your wedding pay attention – that especially means all you ranunculus and peony lovers!  Look outside – see those tulips and daffodils already in bloom?  They’re early this year because of the wacky weather – it stands to reason that other flower growing seasons might be affected too.  Given this fact, there is a chance that some brides who are on the tail end of the traditional growing seasons might be out of luck.

On the flip side, if you were told by your florist that your wedding is too early for certain flowers, this weather might have worked in your favor!

Now bear in mind that all this really only applies to truly seasonal flowers.  Many varieties of flowers – roses, orchids, lilies, hydrangea, daisies and freesia to name a few – are year round flowers and so growing seasons won’t affect them.

Either way, make sure to talk to your florist about what they are seeing from their suppliers and whether the flowers you want are still going to be available for your wedding.  Have the conversation well in advance of your wedding day so you aren’t disappointed then.

And please remember – unless your florist is named Mother Nature, it isn’t their fault!  Getting angry with them isn’t going to do you a bit of good but if you are understanding, they will be more likely to try and pull a rabbit (or a peony) out of their hat.

Wedding Survey 2012

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

A friend of mine, Liene from Think Splendid, is doing a survey on the weddings.  If you are currently planning a wedding or you planned one anytime from 2007 – 2012, please take a moment to answer a few questions.  Just click the picture below and give us less than 5 minutes of your time!

I will be back in the next few weeks with lots of pictures from late 2011 weddings, some important questions to ask your florist this year in particular and some more Etsy Find Fridays from my lovely new interns as well!