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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Fabulous Food: What Are The Options For Your Wedding Reception?

The food is an important part of any wedding reception, and when you’re planning your big day it’s something you’ll want
to get right. There are more options than you might have initially realized, and you can tailor it based on your budget and
the style of your big day. Here are some to consider.




DIY Buffet
Weddings are expensive, there’s no denying that. If you’re looking for somewhere to cut costs, then food is certainly one
place you can do so, and DIYing a wedding buffet is the way to do it. Along with some close loved ones to help you out,
you can rustle up platters of sandwiches, cold chicken, cakes and sweets and pastries without breaking the bank.
It’s something you could all work on the night before the wedding, making sure everything is carefully wrapped and
taken to the venue the next morning. This would be an obvious choice for a smaller wedding, but it definitely something
you could scale up for more guests if you had the extra help. How about creating a cake table to make things look extra
impressive, along with your wedding cake you could purchase some shop bought gateau, victoria sponges and other large
cakes and put them on stands. Not to mention cupcakes, you can buy packs of these really cheaply and decorate them
yourself with some buttercream icing.


Catering company
If you don’t have the time to create your own buffet, want to avoid the stress of doing things yourself or just want a more
professional finish, why look into catering packages? There will be different options for all kinds of budgets, and you have
peace of mind knowing that your food is sorted on the day. Sometimes your venue will give you the option of using their
caterers, or you can do some research and find a company yourself.


Hog roast
A hog roast is a great, relaxed choice that works well for a summer wedding. A hog roast company will come in and serve pork
and stuffing rolls (with things like baked potatoes for vegetarians). If your venue has outdoor seating it can be a fun and relaxed
way for everyone to enjoy their meal. And the cost per person is much less than some other dining options.


Serve yourself stations
Serve yourself stations are becoming increasingly popular at weddings. They’re a little less formal but give plenty of options
and allow your guests to have hot food. You can get everything from pizza stations to carveries, Chinese food, Indian food and
much more. Guests line up with their plate, choose their options and are served up their meal.


Sit down meal
By far the most formal dining option is a traditional sit down meal. Here your guests will usually be served three courses, with food being brought out by the venue’s servers. If you’ve gone with a very traditional wedding then this might be the best option for you. But it’s also the most expensive, so be sure to bear that in mind. If you have a lot of guests, this is likely to be the priciest part of your wedding.


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Monday, November 5, 2018

Helping Your Child With Wedding Attendance



Heading to a wedding is a wonderful, formal and fairytale occasion for most adults. Children also love them,
but they must be catered to just a little differently. After all, to a young child, this whole effort can seem quite artificial.
They might not understand why people are standing around in lines, waiting for someone to arrive. They might feel a
little oppressed by the large crowd and the venue. They might become a little bored, or want to play, or might need to
burn energy. We all know how children are. We can’t blame them for being little bundles of energy.


However, sometimes, out of respect to the Bride and Groom, it can be worthwhile to ensure your child is taken care of
and well looked after. This can prevent any outbursts due to tiredness or irritation, helping the service go along without
a hitch. Of course, reprimanding a child for being a bundle of energy during a wedding is no use. Not only isn’t it fair,
but it won’t work to sooth them. Instead, consider our tips to help you enjoy the wedding procession, and to ensure your
children have a good time and are well behaved:


Plenty Of Sleep


The preparation for the day begins long before the day. If the bride and groom have been stressing out about this day for
the last four months, one night of early preparation could be a worthwhile thing for you to do. It’s only fair, and we say this
with somewhat of a teasing attitude.
It’s important to allow your child to sleep well the night before. If they are at all cranky in the morning due to a lack of sleep,
you can be SURE that they’re going to vocalize it, and quite rightly. This is especially important if you’re expected to attend
for the full day. Some weddings begin quite early in the morning and the afterparty can last for quite a few hours after food
and speeches have been taken into consideration.


Weddings are quite loud. A child might fall asleep in your arms, but they most likely won’t be able to for long. If you have the
option to choose between a well rested, full of life and energy child and one you must keep comforted the entire time, or try
to keep them relatively quiet in the ceremony, it’s definitely worth considering the first. But of course, children are children,
and must never be reprimanded for vocalizing how they feel unless they are intentionally misbehaving to cause trouble.
Plenty of sleep can help them stay in a good mood. Perhaps read to them, help them burn energy the previous day, or
simply go to bed at a right time to ensure they sleep through the night.


Well Fed


If there’s anything more cranky than a tired child, it’s a hungry child. Make sure they are well fed. Bring small snacks
with you just in case they can’t wait around for the full meal, but make sure they are healthy and low in sugar unless you
hope to see them truly bouncing around the walls. Ensure they are also well hydrated through the ceremony with a water
or juice bottle you bring.


Keep Them Engaged


While the main event is of course the wedding taking place, keeping them engaged might be worthwhile. Bringing a handheld
games console muted in sound could potentially help them focus on something other than running around, or potentially bringing
a few toys to play with during a place space in the church or facility, if relatively quiet, could help them feel less bored with the event,
as young children aren’t usually sure of why this event takes so long in the first place. That being said, it might be worth pointing out
how beautiful the dress is, showing them how amazing the interior of the building is, or trying to keep the event exciting for them in
some small way.


Simplify Clothing


Simplify their clothing. Children might like the idea of dressing up, but when four hours into the daily events and tired, it might be that
the blazer or tiara of flowers they’re wearing can feel extremely annoying when this feeling begins to show. Thankfully, helping them
simplify their clothing, such as buying clip on ties, or wearing comfortable shoes can ensure the child feels less stifled, and more open,
active and comfortable during the span of the day. Of course, always ensure that any dress is respectful, but sometimes opting for
alternatives like this can be a fantastic help for your child to enjoy.

With these tips, you are sure to help your child with wedding attendance in an intelligently composed manner.


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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Wedding Planner for A Summer 2018



A few words from our intern, Maureen, about her summer as a wedding planner....

I had the great opportunity of being a wedding planner for this past summer. I spent May through October of 2018 being a wedding coordinator intern with Tracie so that I may fulfill a requirement for my program plan for school but also, so I could learn more about the exciting world of event management. I first heard of You’re The Bride and Tracie through Lisa, the internship coordinator at Macomb Community College. Lisa showed me style shoots of Tracie’s, and told me how Tracie is known for being a great mentor for all of her interns. To say I was beyond excited to spend this summer with You’reThe Bride would be an understatement. Spending the summer learning how the wedding planner industry works was basically an internship dream come true.


Maureen, Tracie and Samm

This summer I learned a multitude of new things and gained valuable experience. I assisted with day of coordinating, vendor meetings and calls, designed marketing materials, conducted research, and wrote weekly blog posts. The most critical thing I learned was something a college course would never be able to teach me, I learned how to work with clients. I considered myself someone with a great deal of customer service experience (5+ years) but working with brides and families is a totally different ballgame. For many of these brides, their wedding is the day they have been dreaming of ever since they were little girls and it is our job to make that dream a reality. This brought on a new level of stress for me but I am thankful that Tracie was always there to direct me on which tasks are a priority. I was even lucky enough to get recognition in one of the many five star reviews we received during the six months I worked with Tracie.


As my internship draws to end, I am able to look back on each event I assisted with and remember each new challenge that was presented but also the reward of making our clients happy. It was so much fun to work with great venues like the Great Lakes Culinary Center and The Inn at St. John’s.  Every moment taught me something new and has helped better prepare me for a career in the hospitality world.


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