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How to pair wines, with your wedding reception’s food menu.

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To ensure a standout wine-paired meal, consider these five tips from Woodrow Hall:
1. When it comes to general wine selection, know that there will always be some guests who are “red wine drinkers” and others who are “white wine drinkers.” It’s important to offer flexible varieties to appease both. A Pinot Noir is fruity, higher in acid, and has softer tannins (the astringent component in wine) than a full-bodied red, making it a versatile option that pairs beautifully with poultry, pasta, veggies, and seafood. A red blend is another crowd-pleaser and can usually convert die-hard white drinkers with its fruit-forward taste.
2. California Sauvignon Blanc is a great choice for a versatile white wine. This style of Sauvignon Blanc can stand up to most food pairings: soft cheeses, salads, seafood, poultry, and pasta. It also has broad appeal covers both ends of the spectrum—the Chardonnay lovers will appreciate the ripe fruit notes and richness, while the red wine crowd will gravitate toward the bright acid and complexity.
3. Surprise, Rosé is the most versatile of all! It has the acidity of white wine and the fruity character of red and pairs with most foods. Hence the reason it’s one of the fastest growing wine categories—more and more wine lovers are discovering the appeal of this approachable yet sophisticated and affordable choice.
4. When pairing wines for a multi-course meal, it’s best to move through a progression, from lighter in body (Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc) to heavier (Chardonnay, Cabernet, red blend), so that you don’t overwhelm guests’ palates.
See More: How to Use Your Registry to Fill Your Own Personal Wine Cellar

5. When making selections, also consider the heaviness of the protein served. Dishes with lean meats should be paired with lighter wines. Alternatively, foods with a high fat content (like meats, cheese, and rich sauces) should be served with highly acidic whites (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay) or tannic red wines (Cabernet), since fats and tannins are a match made in heaven.
6. And of course, if you’re doing a buffet style meal, why not channel the same serve-yourself approach and offer one versatile white and red that guests can self-pour? Just place a bottle of each on the table and let them do their thing. The interactive touch will be reminiscent of a restaurant experience, making your reception less big-banquet and more unique and memorable


Are signature drinks a must have?

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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:


Guide to the Perfect Birmingham Wedding: Ten Catering Tips from Woodrow Hall Wedding Venue

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Food for your reception can vary from simple finger food to a full sit down dinner with numerous courses. The combinations and types of food are virtually endless, but one common denominator is that all but a few courageous brides contract with a caterer. Woodrow Hall has a policy to allow choice, so we allow you to choose a caterer. But we do have some advise on how to choose that vendor.

First, choose a vendor who has experience with weddings. We saw one couple choose a street vendor with a rolling kitchen who sold food at fairs and other outside events… with less than successful results. We have also seen friends, family members and other non-professional people attempt to cater a wedding. Many of these resulted in a disappointed bride and groom as well as guests who were left shaking their heads.

So, we have created a list of ten tips!

1.) Choose a professional

2.) Make sure they are licensed

3.) Ask for references and check them out!

4.) Taste their food

5.) Be honest about your budget

6.) Ask if you can provide some of the food items, especially if you have an aunt who makes killer desserts!

7.) Read and understand the contract

8.) Insist that the caterer coordinate the entire event with the wedding planner, baker, venue and DJ to make sure the day runs smoothly.

9.) Make sure the contract spells out how many servers the caterer will bring. Rule of thumb 1 per 50 guests for buffet, 1 per 25 guests for served dinner.

10.) Hold back 5-10% of the total payment until the venue gives you the all clear sign. Caterers have been known to leave a big mess for the venue and you will face increased clean up charges if this happens.

Woodrow Hall invites you to choose from any caterer on our list of preferred caterers or bring your own. But remember we will have them sign an agreement that covers their responsibilities and will require him or her to be licensed and insured and clean up afterward.

Call Woodrow Hall for a visit or to talk about your upcoming wedding!


The Wedding Reception: Nothing Says Wedding More Than A Beautiful Wedding Cake

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The wedding cake has a long history (see previous entry under Wedding Traditions) but never in the past has the cake taken on such an important role. Some brides are actually planning their entire wedding reception around the design of their wedding cake. Cakes come in a variety of flavors and colors. Here are a few!

White cake and icing: This is the most traditional flavor for a wedding cake; some brides are adding a flavored filling like butter-cream raspberry, or other fruit flavor between the layers.

Chocolate cake: Almost everyone LOVES chocolate. Sometimes this is hidden under white frosting for a more traditional look but the more venturesome are actually using chocolate frosting!

Marble cake: This cake type is for those with who cannot decide…why not enjoy both!

Lemon cake: A perfect summer flavor, tart, refreshing and certainly will make people remember YOUR wedding cake

Carrot cake: Nothing speaks of autumn more than a carrot cake. Traditionally a carrot cake has a cream cheese frosting, but for your wedding there are no rules!


Butter-cream Frosting: This is the most popular frosting on wedding cakes simultaneously being both light and rich. Remember that this frosting needs to be refrigerated until the last minute..

Fondant: One of the most elaborate of frosting’s that looks like a sculpture. Some people feel that this frosting looks better than it tastes so you may want to put extra frosting between the layers of the cake to make up for it. This is an excellent frosting for a hot summer wedding.

Royal Icing and Gum Paste: Makes incredible frosting flowers and other delicate decorations. It is pliable and easily molded.

Decorations now are common on cakes and range from fresh flowers to ribbons to intricate frosting carvings and artwork. One trend it to coordinate the bride’s gown and jewelry to the cake decorations. Lace, faux pearls, embroidery, nothing is off limits if you hire a skilled cake decorator.

Remember, you are spending a lot of money on a cake so go to several cake tasting events. It will be a sweet time for you and your fiancé!


Celebrate Your Wedding Reception With a Dessert Bar

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A wise man once said: “Life is short, eat dessert first!”

"candy bar"


Lets face it, humans were programmed to LOVE sweets!  And what better way to celebrate a sweet wedding day than to have a variety of sweet rewards for your guests!  Sure you will have a cake, but why not have other desserts also?

A selection of special cookies, brownies, fudges, cupcakes, cheescakes and pies would create quite a line at the dessert table!

Southerners have long had the groom’s cake and northerners often have a cookie display, so this idea is not new, but you can take it to a new level.  Another idea is to have an ice cream bar with a variety of ice cream flavors and toppings.

The dessert bar can also take the place of your individual table centerpieces by having them creatively displayed on multi-tier display plates. You can even choose a specific color or flavor for the theme of your dessert selection.

A dessert bar is a wonderful way to personalize your wedding celebration and have sweet dreams to boot!