The Perfect Valentine’s Day Wedding

February 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm | Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding, Wedding Photographs, Wedding Receptions, Weddings | No comment

Getting married on Valentine’s Day? You must be a true romantic. Have your Valentine’s Day Wedding reflect all the romance of your love story with special details. Even if you’re not getting married on Valentine’s Day, consider incorporating some of these touches for a truly inspiring day. Attire: On Valentine’s Day, an old-fashioned look is always romantic. You’ll want to wear a classic style dress and tuxedo. Look to old movies, including Funny Face and legendary weddings including Grace Kelly’s and Jakie O. A second option is to go for a white dress with red accents. Wear your hair pulled back with red roses pinned into your chignon. Wrap a vibrant red shawl around your arms, and carry an overflowing bouquet of more red roses. Have your bridesmaids wear the same dress in varying shades of pink and red, and have groomsmen wear red ties with different red and pink boutonnières. Setting: Make sure you book your location early, as Valentine’s Day is a very popular day to tie the knot. Wed someplace that will allow you to light lots of candles like Woodrow Hall to really set the mood for a late evening ceremony. Alternatively, look for a place warm enough in February. Decorate as you would for a romantic dinner- soft lighting, gauzy fabrics, flowers, candles, and plenty of atmosphere.

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Why do brides choose historic venues for their wedding day?

September 12, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

historicweddingvenuesWhy Brides Choose Historic Venues Like Woodrow Hall!

Different brides will give different answers – “it’s different,” “it’s meaningful to our family,” “it ties in the importance of the community,” “this place is beautiful,” – but regardless of the reason, historical wedding venues can bring about an ambiance you may not have considered before.

The Masonic Temple itself, is rich in Alabama History, the Masonic Temple, known today as Woodrow Hall punctuates a property that goes back to 1914. This property underwent major renovations in order to reveal its rich treasure.  The preservation of the buildings’ architecture was the key focal point during the rigorous restoration process.

As you walk among the 100-year-old building, you start to understand why so many brides have chosen Woodrow Hall as the place for their day.  You feel the majesty of the three-story space and its historical feel as you saunter around the foyer, and the large ballroom with wooden beams and exposed brick planning the exact location of your guests, your vows, and where to have your very first kiss as a married couple.

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Historical locations give your wedding an extra special sense of the two of you, your history, your values, your style, all while adding an additional interest for your guests.  Historic sites also lead to unique wedding photographs for you and your spouse-to-be that will be passed down for generations – creating your family’s own “history” and adding to the site’s importance.

We know there are a number of places you can choose to have your wedding in Birmingham, Al, we also know we’re not the only location with rich tradition and historical stories to share.  At Woodrow Hall, we will work with you to intertwine your story with that of the past and ensure your day is all about you here with us in the present.

Woodrow Hall is one of the premier Birmingham, Alabama venues located just minutes from Downtown. For more information, please visit our website www.wodrowhall.com as well as join our conversation on facebook and Twitter

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The Perfect Guide to a Great Wedding Reception Menu

August 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

The meal at the reception can be one of the most expensive aspects of the wedding. How it is catered can also vary widely, based on the type of wedding, the families involved and the budget limitations. For some weddings–particularly receptions that occur at night–appetizers are sometimes suitable. But if you have your heart set on a dinner at your reception, you have several options available to you.  Below you will find a few options from Woodrow Hall’s Catering Menu appropriate for most Wedding Receptions.

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Tomato & Feta Crostini with a Pesto Spread

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Caprese Skewers

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Cajun Gulf Shrimp Served Over Cheddar Grits

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Roasted Red Pepper Linguini

 

Buffet Dinners

Buffets typically feature a greater number of foods to provide more options to guests. You can have many of the same menu items in a buffet that you would choose for a sit-down dinner. Consider adding other items to ensure all guests will find something they like. Fruit platters and cheese spreads are a good idea, and you can include salad in the buffet line if you don’t serve it at the table. Finger foods like crostinis, crab cakes and stuffed mushrooms also are popular choices for a buffet line.

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Cheddar Bacon Bruschetta Crostini

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Roasted Chicken Salad Croissants & Pimento Cheese Finger Sandwiches

 

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Rosemary Pork Carving Station

 

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Endive Salad with Sweet Apples, Pecans, Cranberries sprinkled with Crumbled Bleu Cheese

Cocktail Receptions

Cocktail receptions don’t feature a dinner menu, but it is still wise to provide food at the reception so that you don’t lose guests early in the night. Finger foods are the primary offering for a cocktail reception. You can serve meatballs and chicken & waffle sliders, or you can offer more elegant items like endive salad, bite-size fajitas and mini crab salad cups. The reduced amount of food, compared with sit-down dinners and buffets, will allow you to purchase more upscale food.

Please contact Woodrow Hall for information about menu options or any of your catering and venue  needs @ 205-243-4243/ tazmine@woodrowhall.com

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Are signature drinks a must have?

July 9, 2014 at 3:24 pm | Adult Birthday Party, Affordable Birmingham Wedding, Alumni Events, Anniversary Party, Birmingham Class Reunions, Christmas Party Venue, Corporate Event, Engagement Party, Food At Your Wedding, Graduation Party, Holiday Party, New Years Eve Party, Party Venue, Rehearsal Dinner, Sorority and Fraternity Parties, Uncategorized, Wedding, Wedding Photographs, Wedding Receptions, Wedding Traditions, Weddings | No comment

If you are wanting to do a signature drink make sure it matches you as a couple. Some are to worried about it matching their wedding colors and the drink may not taste so great! Make sure it taste good and is not loaded with dyes. Also make sure that drink can be made virgin too so everyone can try it. Don’t make the signature drink the only drink available (yes I have seen this done). You can just have beer, wine and your signature drink if you are not doing a full open bar or if you are doing a full open bar,  have a few other fun cocktails. Here are plenty to think about:


Will having a timeline on your wedding day be important?

June 6, 2014 at 5:22 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

If there is one thing that helps a wedding day go smoothly it is a thorough and detailed timeline. Everyone knows that planning and thinking ahead are important, but this is often neglected on a wedding day. I make it a point to try to either get a timeline from the bride or wedding planner to help brides create a timeline for their wedding day. A lot of brides know that they want to have gorgeous pictures of them and their husband, but they are not sure how much time to leave on their wedding day for those portraits or for the bridal party or family photos. One thing that will smooth out the day is a scheduled photo session with the Bridal Party prior to the ceremony, this means while you’re getting dressed and pampered,  your bridal party and photographer are making the most of their time capturing those must have photos from your checklist.  Most importantly leaving just the two of you to a romantic private photo session after your vows are complete. Look for unique backdrops in your venue, for example beautiful stairways, large windows, classic furnished suites, and exposed brick. During this time your guest will be enjoying cocktail hour, perfectly according to your timeline.

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Something Borrowed, Something Blue 16I think that a lot of brides get overwhelmed when it comes to planning a specific timeline because there are just so many things to think about. If you aren’t sure where to start with a timeline and you don’t have a wedding planner, We would be glad to help you put together a timeline to make sure that everything on your wedding day goes as smoothly as possible. Trust me when I say that having a detailed timeline with built-in time for flexibility will help make your wedding day stress free. When I got married my wedding planner helped me plan out a detailed (read as: REALLY REALLY detailed) timeline. Copies of the timeline were then given to, wedding vendors, immediate family, the bridal party and any other people who would be helping that day so that everyone knew where they were supposed to be the day of the wedding. Obviously for photography purposes the “day of” timeline is most important, but the timeline for my wedding even included the two days before the wedding so that everything that needed to get done would get done in plenty of time before the wedding. The result, our wedding was pretty close to being stress free. I know that having a timeline was the contributing factor.

If you don’t have a wedding planner it may be a good idea to give a copy of the timeline to a friend that is not in the wedding party that would be willing to help you keep things moving and make sure that everyone is in their place when they are supposed to be. Please contact Woodrow Hall at 205.243.4243/205.200.6494 or Tazmine@woodrowhall.com for any venue needs, or questions about creating the perfect timeline for your wedding day.

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Birmingham’s Guide to The Perfect Chiavari Chair

May 7, 2014 at 7:43 pm | Anniversary Party, Baby Shower, Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties, Christmas Party Venue, Engagement Party, Party Venue, Rehearsal Dinner, Uncategorized, Wedding, Wedding Support, Weddings | No comment

Chiavari Chairs have long been known as the most popular choice of seating for special occasions such as weddings, and upscale events such as the Grammy Awards and even Dancing With The Stars! Chiavari chairs are so elegant and beautiful on its own but if you want to create something different try dressing up the chiavari chairs with satin ribbons, organza sashes or fresh flowers.

Give your room an open feel & highlights the table décor

When your guests walk into a room filled with chiavari chairs, it is a refreshing and dynamic utilization of space. Since chiavari chairs entail a non-enclosure design, your table cloth and décor can be highlighted with a refine balance that you and your guest can appreciate. Regular banquet chairs can cover the table setup and linens can sometime suffocate space and make the setup look cluttered, chiavari chairs simply opens the entire room up.

 Ideal design for limitless creativity

If you’re a bride with an insatiable desire to decorate, chiavari chairs provides a perfect canvas. Decorate till your heart’s content! Add colorful sashes of satin or organza, loop it around vertically or horizontally, double the sashes for contrasting colors, use different color accents either with flowers or even jewelry, truly the skies the limit. Really there are no rules, you are the artist of your own event.

 

However, Chiavari Chairs are already perfect as they are – bare and beautiful. An ideal ingredient that doesn’t need enhancement or further accentuation. Brides don’t have to spend more on accessories when you’ve already said everything with the ideal wedding chair. With this essential component in place, now you can focus on the table, the dinnerware, and the centerpiece. Chiavari chairs provide the perfect foundation to elevate your décor to a totally new level.

Make this look complete your dream day with us at Woodrow Hall. Woodrow Hall’s Gold Chiavari Chairs beautifully accents the exposed brick, high ceilings, huge wooden beams, and large ballroom adorned with vintage lanterns.  Schedule your tour with us today!! Contact 205.243.4243 or 205.200.6494.  Email us at Tazmine@woodrowhall.com or vintageromance@woodrowhall.com.

Click here for our ideas on Pinterest!! http://www.pinterest.com/woodrowhall5504/chiavari-chair-ideas/

 

Woodrow Hall's Magnolia Room

Perfect for up to about 100 guests!

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Birmingham’s Guide to the Perfect Wedding, Event Venue Offers Thoughts on Accessorizing Your Tables: Jewelry For Your Tables

January 28, 2013 at 2:15 am | Wedding Support, Wedding Traditions, Weddings | No comment

Your reception tables are much more than just seating areas for your guests. The way you accessorize them will give your overall wedding that extra-special and unique look and feel. To really wow your guests, you’ll need to pay attention to every detail, from linens to the rental chairs.

Think of each of your tables as a blank canvas, but keep in mind that they shouldn’t all be identical in design- that’s boring!! Better yet, think of accessorizing your tables the way you accessorize your bridal attire. The elements described in this blog are comparable to accentuating your face with jewels, accenting your gown with belts and gloves, or adding feathers or sparkles to you hair!

*Tablecloth: Visually these linens comprise a large percentage of your reception room, so they add lots of color to the entire space. Using tablecloths adds another element of design to your wedding-it’s like wallpapering a room in your home. The first thing you should know when choosing your tablecloth linens is to get the right size cloth for your tables. The fabrics need to cover your tables completely; no table legs should be peeking out from the bottom!

To figure out the appropriate size tablecloth, take your table size and simply add 60 inches. For example: If you have a 72-inch round table (which seats from ten to twelve guests), you’ll need a 132-inch tablecloth. And if you have an 8-foot rectangular table (which seats eight to ten guests), the size of your tablecloth should be 108 inches by 156 inches. Something else to consider is the type of tablecloth you’ll need for each table. Here are the three basic types:

*Underlay Cloth: This is the first tablecloth linen that’s place over your tables. It provides the base color for your table décor, and complements the accent colors used for your party.

*Overlay Cloth: Often considered the prettier of the two main tablecloth types, the overlay is the linen that lies above the underlay cloth. It adds texture and emphasizes your wedding’s statement color or colors. Remember that the fabrics you choose can really make or break your wedding look.

If your budget doesn’t allow you to have both an underlay and overlay cloth, find out if the venue has full-length base cloths you can use, and then purchase your own inexpensive overlays to dress them up. Whether you use the venue’s tablecloths, rent them, or buy your own, just be sure they’re long enough to reach the floor.

*Table Runners: These are optional linens that can add an extra punch of color or texture to your tables. Running the full length of each table, these cloths cover only the middle section of each table.

*Napkins: Cloth napkins are as much a part of your wedding décor as your tablecloths and centerpieces. When selecting your napkin color, make sure it matches the shades of you underlay tablecloth (that is, if you’re using both underlay and overlay cloths). It’s also important to know how to fold napkins as well as which treatments are-and aren’t- appropriate, so that you can communicate what you want to your caterer.

The two basic napkin styles are the flat fold (the napkin is simply folded into a rectangular shape) and the napkin ring treatment (pulling fabric through a stylish napkin ring). For napkin etiquette, the first thing you should do when you’re seated at your table is to take your napkin, fold it in half, and set it on your lap. And be a dainty bride: Use the corners of the napkin to dab your mouth during dinner.

*Place Setting: Choosing specific utensils, glassware, and china for your guest is a great way to add personality and style to your wedding. The right place settings will also help tie together the overall theme design of the event.

*Charger Plate: Also known as a show plate, this decorative plate adds color, texture, and elegance to each place setting. It rests beneath the dinner plate and salad plate, and should not be removed from the table until the main entrée’ is cleared.

*Glassware: This consists of the wineglasses, champagne flutes, and water goblets at each table. If glassware rentals are in your budget, it’s nice to have fun with them by experimenting with different glass designs, colors, and accents.

*Flatware: Like all other place setting items, your serving utensils should also match your décor. Choose the metal-silver, gold, or bronze-that works best with your color scheme. You can also play with different handle styles and colors.

*China: This includes your dinner plates, appetizer plates, soup bowls, salad and bread plate, dessert plates, coffee cups and saucers. You can use the same pattern for all of your china-or add interest to your table by mixing and matching styles.

To keep the cost of your place settings down, consider using the venue’s glassware and china, and if they do not have your needed color,renting only charger plates and water goblets to add just enough pizzazz to the table.

*Chairs: Your wedding venue may already have seating options-perhaps plastic or wood folding chairs or upholstered chairs. If you’re lucky, these are in good shape and you might need to add only a bit of embellishment. However, if you choose to upgrade your chairs, then you’ll either need chair rentals or custom chairs-the most expensive option. Woodrow Hall has just added Chiavari Chairs, the standard in high end weddings made popular by Jackie Kennedy decades ago.

To enhance the look of existing chairs, you can use chair covers (a custom fabric that enrobes the entire chair), chair backs (a covering that slips over the entire back of the chair and leave the sear exposed), or chair caps (a fabric that covers only the top of the chair back).

Although it’s possible to over accessorize in fashion, you almost can’t over accessorize the tables-it just costs more to do so. When dressing up your tables, the very minimum you should have is full-length tablecloth and matching place settings, even if you have to opt for simple styles!!!

Please visit our website, www.woodrowhall.com, under catering to see the list of services we offer to accessorize your table that will fit within your budget!

Woodrow Hall would love to assist you with your wedding plans!

Call or text 205-243-4243 or 205-200-6494 or contact us by email at Tazmine@WoodrowHall.com or vintageromance@woodrowhall.com

You can also schedule a time to stop by at Woodrow Hall by visiting our scheduling tool on our website:

http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30175518

We look forward to serving you!


Guide to a Perfect Birmingham Wedding: Comments from a Wedding Venue on the Wedding Cake (2 of 2)

January 6, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Wedding Traditions, Weddings | 1 comment

The Wedding Cake is a tradition going back centuries. Cutting the cake is also one of the highlights of the wedding reception. Choosing the cake is actually one of the more complicated decisions you will need to make during your wedding planning.

There are a number of misconceptions about a wedding cake. The biggest is that the wedding cake is for show, not for taste. Nothing could be further from the truth, but the fact remains that you probably have experienced a rather dry, freezer-tasting cake at a prior wedding.
This blog will attempt to simplify the cake-choosing ordeal so your cake becomes one of the fond memories of your perfect wedding!

The initial emotion most brides-to-be experience when looking for a cake is STICKER SHOCK! Cakes are expensive! A typical wedding cake costs between $500-$2000! This does not mean that you are going to have to pay that much, but many brides do. The number of slices and the complexity of the design and decorations heavily influence the cost of the cake. You can save a lot by having several smaller cakes or even cupcakes. You can also save a lot by avoiding the highly decorated cakes for something a little less complex.

The first step in planning for a cake is to find the baker. Ask around. There are numerous options ranging from a solo home based baker to grocery stores to even Walmart and Sams Club! Remember that some places actually use “frozen cakes” to start. Although this may save money, you may sacrifice taste. Ask around, check the Internet, talk to your venue manager and caterer. Talk to a wedding planner. All of these are good sources start with. Remember that all of the decisions regarding the cake are not essential to actually “book” the baker; you can make your choice of the baker prior to completing all of the other steps. Remember that the bakers that are in great demand may “book-up” a year in advance. Also note that a deposit is typically required so plan ahead.

The second step is to choose a design and components. Since the number of guests can influence the design, you will need to have at least an estimate of your guest count prior to this step. Since most cake decisions are occurring about 3 -6 months ahead of the wedding, most brides will have created a guest list for reference by the time you need this number.

Components vary as widely as the number of brides each year! You can choose the flavor of the actual cake, the types of fillings, the flavor of the icing and more! Take some time to consider each of these. Remember that each layer of the cake can offer a different choice so be prepared to explore your options.

Design: as unique as you! As you consider your cake, check out photos of cakes on Pinterest or other web sites. Choose a number and share the photos with your baker. The more communication you have with your baker, the more likely he or she will know exactly what you want. There are numerous basic styles ranging from “traditional” to whimsical. As you look at cakes, you will probably find a few that are very close to what your dream cake should be like. Remember that you can modify it to make it very personal.

Color: can be virtually any color. No rule says that you must have white icing! You can match your wedding colors or even choose a different color. Provide swatches of fabric or even paint chips from a paint store so you baker knows exactly what color you want.

Ask when the cake will be created. Cakes that are frozen for a few days will still taste fine, but the shorter the time between creation to plate the better!

Transporting your cake is a high-risk activity. We advise brides to have the baker deliver and set up the cake. We also suggest this happen late in the set-up process so workers setting up the band equipment, tables and chairs, lighting and other decorations do not attempt to move it. You can find lots of catastrophic stories about wedding cakes on the Internet!

Remember that the cake can include non-edible components such as ribbon or fabric.

Cake Toppers: Unless you have a vintage cake topper from a loved one, don’t top it with a cheesy plastic topper. It will detract from the art-work! Some couples use a topper that has meaning such as a special vase, piece of coral from a trip they took, a monogram, a seasonal item such as a snowflake or autumn leaves.

When should you cut the cake? Traditionally the cake cutting signifies the end of the wedding, but many couples choose to cut it at the end of the dinner so people who wish to leave before the party starts (think of the elderly) can enjoy it.

Plan for a complimentary color for the linen on the cake table.

Use a decorative cake stand to make your wedding cake really stand out. Woodrow Hall has several to choose from!

Woodrow Hall has purchased “pin lights” (compact flood lights that shine a rather focused beam) to shine on your cake to really highlight your masterpiece! Remember that when the room lights are dimmed, most colors look beige or grey! We offer these lights to specifically highlight your creation!

Remember that a Wedding Cake is a piece of art. It will probably vary somewhat from any sketches or photos or colors you are attempting to match.

Woodrow Hall would love to assist you with your wedding plans!

Call or text 205-243-4243 or 205-200-6494 or contact us by email at Tazmine@WoodrowHall.com or Tom@Woodrowhall.com

You can also schedule a time to stop by at Woodrow Hall by visiting our scheduling tool on our website:

http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30175518

We look forward to serving you!


Guide to a Perfect Birmingham Wedding: Comments from a Wedding Venue on the Wedding Cake (1 of 2)

December 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Wedding, Wedding Traditions, Weddings | No comment

A wedding cake is a work of art. And art can come in a variety of forms. Likewise, cake makers use a variety of terms to describe the ingredients and decorating techniques. This first blog on Wedding cakes will define the various terms so you can walk in informed and confident!

CAKE TERMS YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Gumpaste: a mixture of cornstarch, gelatin and sugar used to create realistic appearing flowers and fruit

Cornelli: a decorating technique used to crate lace-like patterns

Pulled Sugar: boiled sugar mixture that is edible and can be pulled to create flowers and bows

Dragees: edible balls of sugar coated with gold or silver

Basketweaver Latticework: a piping technique that creates interwoven basket-like patters of vertical and horizontal lines

Buttercream: a butter-based, creamy smooth icing that stays soft. Can be used to create piping, swags and decorative rosettes. This icing will not survive a hot summer outside wedding, as it will melt! But if your wedding is inside, this icing can be much less expensive and just as good-looking as fondant.

Swiss dots or dotted Swiss: A random piping technique that creates a find dot Swiss fabric

Fondant: an icing made from cornstarch, gelatin and sugar that is rolled out like pie-crust with a porcelain looking finish. It can be stretched over numerous shapes. This icing can handle heat like no other! One of the more expensive icings.

Ganache: Rich sweet chocolate icing or filling that is more dense than a mousse but less dense than fudge. This is a temperature sensitive icing that does not handle hot humid conditions

Torte: a cake with a thick texture that does not use leavening agents such as baking powder or soda

Marzipan Paste: A fondant like paste that can be rolled into sheets or molded into shapes. Made from ground almonds, sugar and egg whites. Beware the nuts if you are hosting to nut allergic guests

Pillars: wood or plastic structural elements to create a tiered cake

Royal icing: A paste like icing that dries to a hard and brittle final product. Made from egg whites and sugar. Used for latticework, beading, bows and flowers.

Whipped Cream: a soft whipped icing that goes well with fruit filled cakes but will not handle outside warm weather temperatures.

Woodrow Hall would love to assist you with your wedding plans!

Call or text 205-243-4243 or 205-200-6494 or contact us by email at Tazmine@WoodrowHall.com or vintageromance@woodrowhall.com

You can also schedule a time to stop by at Woodrow Hall by visiting our scheduling tool on our website:

http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30175518

We look forward to serving you!


Guide to the Perfect Wedding. Wedding Venue Offers Advice on: Food and Beverage: Eat, Drink, and Be Married

December 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Wedding, Wedding Support, Weddings | No comment

The “food and beverage” element of your wedding is yet another way you can tell your wedding story. It’s true! You can infuse personality, style, and culture into the cuisine, in other words, really make your wedding a memorable experience for your guests, without a lot of extra work.

Incorporating your favorite foods is a way to personalize your wedding. Perhaps you have a passion for sweets; your reception can feature a fabulous gelato bar that will allow guests to add their own toppings. Your close friends and family will instantly recognize your well-thought-out touch of infused personality.

For the meal, a “family style” serving method maintains the formality of the occasion, but also opens the table up to lively conversation. This is especially true when there’s a fun, cultural element thrown in-whether that’s tasting Jamaican jerk chicken or authentic Italian bruschetta or something else that’s new and different. Food has always been a great ice-breaker. There’s a reason people congregate in the kitchen when you’re entertaining at home! People see family meals as a form of comfort, and that holds true for the food served at your wedding. But remember, serving family style does not equal sloppy. You should insist your caterer uses great dishes and serving pieces.

When it comes to catering your event, presentation matters! People really do “eat” with their eyes first, so each course should be visually exciting. The colors and textures of the food, from the first course to the dessert, should be an extension of your wedding décor. And that goes for drinks too. For cocktail hour, serve a signature cocktail (either passed or at the bar) that matches your wedding colors, and for that special touch, name it after something meaningful to you and your groom (the place where you met, your song, or something similar).

When creating your wedding menu, keep the following tips in mind:

*At the cocktail hour, stick to finger foods (ideally, five hot dishes and five cold dishes) and be creative. The passed hors d’oeuvres are your chance to inject some personality into your menu. Consider shot glasses filled with your favorite soup or miniature gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Setting up food stations is another great option. Think raw bars, sushi bars, carving stations, stir-fry stations, or pasta stations.

*Never have the first course preset at the reception it’ll spoil the surprise! Have the appetizer course revealed after your guests are seated. It’s always better to keep your guests guessing.

*Remember the thirty minute rule! Each course should be consumed and cleared within half an hour and that goes for family style meals too. A wedding reception is not a dinner party, so the food should be one element of the event, not the focus.

*Don’t balk at buffets. When done right, having buffet stations can add energy to your celebration, because guests will be up and mingling.

*Keep the menu light. You don’t need six courses, stick to the traditional three-course menu (appetizer, entrée, and dessert). Also avoid heavy foods and sauces, which will weigh guests down. It’s a party, you want them up and dancing, and having a fabulous time!

*Experiment with “duets” and “trios” to add a touch of novelty to the meal. Duets and trios give your guests the opportunity to sample different flavors and choices within the same appetizer, entrée, or dessert course. For example, a mac n cheese trip could feature three different preparations of this classic dish and a beef duo could match braised short ribs with petit filet mignon. However, duets and trios shouldn’t be offered with every course. That would be overkill!

*Literally cater to your guests! It’s great if you and your groom are “foodies,” but if the majority of your guests aren’t, then don’t get all fancy on them. You don’t want your guests to feel intimidated by the food, so keep your menu selections simple.

Finally brides, please do not consider cooking your own food or having a potluck wedding. Even if you have a limited budget, you do have other options.

Either ask your caterer to create a simple, less-expensive menu, or consider having a cocktail party reception. Cocktail parties are often more upbeat and celebratory than a dinner reception, so take advantage. Have “passed” food during the first hour, and then open up buffet stations, serving light fare, as the party progresses.

Don’t let the cost of food keep you from having the large wedding you’ve always wanted. It’s better to have a simpler menu and be able to invite all your closet friends and family members than to have a sit-down dinner reception and be forced to limit your guest list. Yes, you need to feed your guests, but having them there is what’s most important.

Woodrow Hall would love to assist you with your wedding plans.

Call or text 205-243-4243 or 205-200-6494 or contact us by email at Tazmine@WoodrowHall.com or vintageromance@woodrowhall.com

You can also schedule a time to stop by at Woodrow Hall by visiting our scheduling tool on our website:

http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30175518

We look forward to serving you!



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