choosing a caterer…yum!

16th March, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Choosing a caterer is one of the most important parts of planning your reception– it will probably be the most money spent on your wedding day so it’s important that you’re please all around with whom you choose. This is the meal that all of your guests will partake in and it is what connects and entertains your guests all night. Your caterer or catering company will be responsible for so much more than just putting a plate in front of your guests– it is here that you’ll most likely book your china, linens, hire your servers, and compile your beverage menu. With all of these tasks under one vendor, it’s someone you should be very happy with.

I attended my second wedding menu tasting last week because while I had a great first tasting with another caterer, I wasn’t completely satisfied with the service, all they had to offer, and the pricepoint. I was more than pleased in attending my second tasting and my fiancee and I will be going with this particular vendor.

Here are some questions to ask your caterer before attending your menu tasting:

1. Have they catered a wedding at the reception venue you chose?

2. What is included in their catering quote ?

3. Are they willing to include all rentals and menu choices for a certain price point?

4. How are dietary concerns met? Allergies, low fat, diabetics, etc.

5. What is the timeline from the arrival of the caterer to serving?

6. What serving options are available– i.e. buffet, plated, family style, etc.

7. Are the willing to create a menu on your specific choices, family recipes, cultural desires, etc?

 

Happy Tasting!

A Mediterranean menu tasting for my upcoming wedding!

bring the exotic to your wedding!

12th June, 2011 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Over the past couple years, the sounds and styles of the Middle East culture have become widely popular. The music, style, fashion, and color scheme of the Indian, Arabian, and Moroccan have streamlined their way into society, fashion, and even wedding décor. 

We have some great ideas for a Moroccan themed wedding! The warm, inviting colors and intricate designs on many of the designs offer an original décor that everyone will be talking about. 

The mysterious colors and exotic styles are ones that many brides want to incorporate into their wedding. With this comes elegant fabrics, exotic feathers, decorations and jewels, and rick textures. This is able to be achieved without breaking the bank yet keeping it stylish and classy. 

Utilize fabrics.  Search fabric shops and stores for sale and clearance fabrics that have warm colors, detailed threads, and exotic textures to it. Even if your wedding is months away, it will behoove you to stock up on these sale fabrics to be used at the wedding for an array of decorative items. 

Use Rhinestones. A Moroccan inspired wedding uses jewels and glam throughout the theme. Rhinestones are a perfect way to incorporate that. You can purchase these in various colors and shapes and scatter them on each table, in the floral arrangements, or even as a part of the take home gifts. Rhinestones can sometime appear gaudy so remember: less is more.

Candles, Candles, Candles. Using candles for your Moroccan wedding sets the mood all the way from the ceremony to the reception. Use for centerpieces, on or along the wall (check with your venue about sticking things to the walls!) Or create a Moroccan garden if your venue has an outdoors walkway.

Moroccan Cuisine. Talk with your caterer about creating a menu that is similar to the tastes and dishes of the traditional dishes or Morocco. Here are some common dishes that you can discuss with your caterer to see if they can recreate a version of  these dishes for your wedding :

-Roast lamb,

-Grilled salmon with aromatic spices such as cumin and preserved lemons.

-Moroccan couscous with vegetables or succulent stewed lamb.

- Ovened Moroccan pastilla ( a pie with shrimp or chicken or even pigeon, ground almonds, cinnamon, coriander and sugar).

- Roasted chicken with olives, plums, and raisins.

Of course every morrocan meal must end with soothing mint tea and for those with a sweet tooth, dainty moroccan cakes and cookies. 

The Casbah Tea House  in Montreal actually offers this catering service and will ensure that your guests are served these treats in a traditional manner and authentic manner! How original is that!

Enjoy bringing a taste of Morocco to your wedding, this is certainly an original idea that everyone will be talking about—enjoy!