Friday, September 19, 2014

Home Sweet Home

Is the perfect venue in your own backyard?

We are seeing more and more couples choose to host their wedding reception in their families homes or even in their own home. There are, of course, pros and cons to choosing to host the event at your own. First and foremost concern would, of course be space. No need to worry though, our catering manager will come to your home and assist you with determining the best logistical set up for ceremony and reception. This also allows us to be prepared for the event itself so if any transition is necessary, we can have our staff prepped and ready to go. 

Another consideration would be lighting, especially if the event is at night. If you need to bring in additional lighting, we can assist in making those arrangements for you or refer you to one of our vendor colleagues who can assist with your specific needs. 

What about parking? Depending on the number of guests you will be having, valet parking might be an option to look into. 

When planning an event that will take place outside we always urge our clients, even if they do not want to, to have a rain plan. Weather can be extremely unpredictable in Texas and you don't want to take the chance that your plans will be rained out! We have seen , first hand, the undue stress that not having a rain plan can cause. Ask yourself is there room to move the event indoors? Would furniture need to be moved? Is the area able to be tented?  

I think one of the biggest pluses to hosting an event in your home is the memories you are creating. Just as with entertaining for any event in your home, your personality and taste are at the forefront and shared with your guests. Even more so with a wedding since you can really focus on the details and giving your guests a stunning experience. 

Many clients are also choosing to host their weddings on family owned properties, such as ranches, vacation homes or even open fields. Yes, these can even be more challenging and you definitely want to leave the planning to the professionals . You could easily drive yourself crazy trying to get all of the logictics in place. When we do a site visit of the location, some of the questions we ask are :
Is there running water? Essential to know before hand !
Are there bathroom facilities? If not, these are easily brought in. 
Is there a prep area or kitchen area to work from? You would be surprised at how little we need to get the job done right, we just have to know in advance what equipment we need to bring. 
Is the location well marked? You don't want your guests driving up and down a dark, dirt road for hours looking for you! Put out markers or signage to let them know where to turn and if they have arrived to the right location. You may even want to charter a bus service to and from a hotel or meeting point if your location is truly off the beaten path. 


 
 

Your menu selections can reflect that homey feel for your event or be a culinary experience for diners. There is really no limit to how exciting you want the food to be. With the proper notice , we are able to bring in the right equipment and power to make sure whatever type do food service or menu you decide on, the production will be seamless and hassle free. 

The whole point of hiring professional is to ease your burden and uncomplicate things. This frees you up to focus on your big day, on enjoying every moment and allows you to be stress free. 

If you are considering hosting the event in your home to save money, just remember this might not be the case. Depending on your number of guests and how your event will run, you may need to bring in rental tables , linens and chairs for seating. You may need outdoor fans or heaters , you may need to tent the space, and so much more. Before you decide , you should definitely compare the pricing of doing it at home and bringing in all the rentals you would need or finding a venue that may already provide a lot of those items. We can definitely help you with determining what works best for you and your budget needs. It's all in the planning !

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Madly in Love: The Food!!

Awesome! Delicious! Incredible!- just a few of the words to describe the fantastic food options we had at the last open house. Our attendees had a vast array of food options starting with our tray passed hors d'oeuvres including our fabulous Miniature Beef Wellington, Stuffed Mushroom Caps Florentine, and Meatloaf Mashed Potato Shooters. 


Multiple food stations of mini plates gave guests the opportunity to enjoy the food at their leisure

Savory Crepe filled with Crawfish Etouffe and Petite Beef Filet

Delicious Bite Sized Philly Cheesesteak Sliders


Create your own Pasta Station

And a sweet ending to the evening 
Build Your Own S'mores Station

Our open house menu definitely captured some of what we are seeing in wedding trends. Action stations and "Create Your Own" items are very popular for all types of events and receptions. Comfort food items are still a huge hit and are often requested with a fresh flavor twist. We are also seeing a lot of requests for a different spin on the carving station, try pairing it with some different sauces or as we did with a new etouffe. 

So by now you know, no one left this event hungry. You should also mark your calendar for our next open house so you can sample some of our tasty items as well. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Madly in Love: The Vendors

Please join us Thursday June 19 at Nuvo Room for our Quarterly Weddings Preview event! The open house is held from 5:00-8:00 PM and is your chance to see Madly in Love come to life! 

We have some amazing vendors that are helping us make this event truly one of a kind!

Fleurs de France: Over 15 years ago Dianne France began her adventure into the world of flowers. Her love of natural beauty pushed her and in 2005 she opened Fleurs de France. Dianne has a passion for floral arrangements that shines through each of the weddings that she is able to work on. 
Not only are Dianne's arrangements beautiful, but they are also unique to each bride. Dianne has been called talented, hardworking, and amazing. Come to Madly in Love to see Dianne's beautiful pieces come to life and you'll see why she can turn your dreams into realities!

The Jenny Layne Bakery: In 2006 Jenny realized her passion for baking and decorating cakes. She had always baked as a young girl, but not until college at Texas Tech University did Jenny truly fall in love. She has a passion fr seeing the reaction of her customers' when she delivers a freshly baked and beautifully decorated cake to an eager bride, a birthday party full of children, or a family celebrating a graduation. 
The Jenny Layne Bakery specializes in cakes for all occasions. She also offers cookies, cake pops, cupcakes, pies, whoopie pies, decorated sugar cookies, and much, much more. Come meet Jenny at Madly in Love and get a taste of some of her specialty items!

Apryl Ann Photography: Apryl Ann is a stunning photographer with an eye for the beautiful details of your special day. Apryl's attraction to photography sprouted while studying architecture in college and has grown into her life's passion. Her studio is based in Dallas with her work featured in numerous publications including Cosmopolitan Bride, Green Wedding Shoes, Ruffled, 100 Layer Cake, Style Me Pretty, Where Magazine, FDLuxe, Daily Candy, and many more. 
Come meet Apryl Ann at our event and see some of her beautiful work. She will be your dream come true when capturing your special moments on your wedding day!

Adam Wilmore, LeForce Entertainment: Adam is a stylized and fun loving DJ, he is not long winded or over the top. Adam's thought is "Weddings are such memorable events. I love the planning, the energy and the emotion." His number one priority is creating the most unique and memorable experience for his client. 
Come by our open house and meet Adam. He would love to help you make your wedding one for the record books. 

Selfie Station: The Selfie Station is a premier company for your photo booth needs in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. All of their photo booths are 2014 models with all of the bells and whistles. All selfie stations are designed for fun, elegance, and flexibility. The decor of the booths fit all occasions and are highly portable. 

We can't wait to see you at the open house and have you meet our amazing vendors! 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Kimmy + Alex

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of catering Kimmy and Alex's wedding reception at 1899 Farmhouse. This is a beautiful outdoor venue and we love working there with all of the DIY touches created by the bride and groom.  




The couple chose to stick with the rustic elegance feel and made a custom freestanding doorway to enter and exit from their ceremony and reception. Their guests loved all of the personal touches throughout the venue as well as the southern comfort passed hors d'oeuvres. As the guests waited for the bride and groom to be announced they enjoyed Texas Goat Cheese Crostini, Mini BBQ Brisket Tacos and Crispy Fried Green Beans with signature drinks of a Moscow Mule and Crown and Coke. This cocktail hour went perfectly with the feel of the reception!




After the wedding party introductions guests were greeted with beautiful tables and a spectacular reception with lighting and music by Bill Cody's Party Time Productions. The menu features our Signature Salad, Sun Dried Tomato Chicken, a vegan entree of Vegetable Wellington, Risotto and vegetables. The bride, groom and their guests were thrilled with the menu selections and it suited the event perfectly. 


Congratulations Kimmy and Alex! 




Monday, April 28, 2014

Unique Venues


Wedding season is in full swing and we are loving the creativity we are seeing! It's so great to see the transformation of an industrial venue to an elegant wedding reception. We recently got to work with an adorable couple whose venue was an airplane hanger at Cavanaugh Flight Museum. Ed's Signature Weddings did a wonderful job on the center pieces to really create a feminine, elegant feel in such a unique space. 



Frosted Art Bakery did an awesome job incorporating the airplane theme into the gorgeous wedding cake! 







Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Signature Drinks for Your Event !

We have seen a big trend the past few years in both weddings and events towards Signature Cocktails! What is so fun and unique about them is that there are really no rules, they can be whatever your heart desires. Many couples chose Signature Cocktails that are in the color palette of the event or that have some significance to them, maybe a fave drink of theirs or a drink they had on their first vacation together or on their first date. "His" and "Her" drinks are also popular. The options are endless.

Martini with Blue Curacao To Match The Wedding Colors!
 
Signature Drinks for Brunch Event
 
The same is true with corporate events ,  open house events, engagement parties, birthday parties, you name it. You can limit your bar options (and costs) by providing one or two signature cocktails for guests in lieu of a full bar.  Creating fun names for the drinks also adds to the "signature" touch. At a recent Open House for Nuvo Room, we created the "Nuvo-Tini" as a signature drink for attendees. 
 
When selecting your Signature Drinks, keep in mind that they do not have to be liquor based. You can easily do a Signature Sangria, Champagne based cocktails or even non-alcoholic based drinks.
 
Our event designers are happy to make suggestions for your event and to offer advice on what selections might best compliment your event.
 

Friday, February 14, 2014

I Do Linens - Now does Linens in Dallas!

We had a wonderful opportunity to meet with the fabulous folks of Atlanta based "I Do Linens". After seeing their samples and swatch book, we have been dreaming of all the ways we can incorporate these linens into upcoming events. Take a look at some of the amazing table covers they offer:

 
 
In case you didn't know, we L.O.V.E. shiny things ! This square block sequins is just gorgeous.
 
 
Again, BLING! Sequins linens are a current trend we have been seeing in weddings. Even if its just for a sweetheart table (to add a little extra pizzazz) or for the cake table.
The sparkle just makes us happy.

 
When we first saw this we thought it was feathers (which would be pretty amazing , actually) but at closer look you can see its layers of tulle. A cake tutu! Love it!
 
 
This is,by far, one of our favorites. The rosettes are huge and show stopping! Simply gorgeous.
 
We are looking forward to offering the I Do Linens line to our clients!