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Hello Summer! – Dusting Off Those Summer Color Pallets June 6, 2018

Having a hard time finding the perfect summer colors for your wedding? This post is for you! There are so many places to start when choosing your wedding colors. Inspiration can be drawn from just about anywhere or anything. But, most importantly, they should be a reflection of you and your awesome, unique style!  Whether you are inspired by a Pinterest photo, your venue’s theme, or the spring season in general, here are some perfect spring pallets to spark some creativity.

 

Purple, Slate Grey, and Metallics

Purple is a very popular color choice – and for good reason! There are countless shades of purple used throughout every season, but to go for the summertime look you should consider a lighter hue with a neutral accent color. Light purple shades create a whimsical, lighthearted feel that is sure to capture the cheerful summer energy.

Couple purple with slate grey and you can add a touch of elegance to your event as well. This relaxing, classic color will pair well with just about anything! Or, if you’re looking to add a little more glamour and sparkle to your event, consider incorporating metallic pallets. Metallics are sure to brighten up your event and signal to all your guests that you are ready to celebrate!

Summer Berry, Taupe/Beige, Green(ery)

This bright pop of color certainly isn’t lacking in the personality department! This color splash is fun, flirty, and pairs beautifully with neutral colors such as taupe or beige. The softer tone of the beige creates a subdued, peaceful look while remaining bright and cheerful, and is super versatile.

Looking to add a little more summer to your wedding? Consider adding in some greenery! Greenery is easily incorporated into any theme or venue, and immediately brings to mind the fresh flowers of the summer season.

Black, White, and Gold

Aiming to add a touch of an elegant, modern, and glamorous feel to your wedding? Black, white, and gold is definitely the way to go. This timeless look will fit any season and never goes out of style. The classic black and white adds a chic undertone to the venue, while the gold accents will keep things cheery and bright – creating a perfect energy for your summer event!

 

Whatever color combo you choose for your special day, make sure it shows off your own unique style. Your guests are there to celebrate you and will love any theme that you choose!

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The Late-Night Bite Food Truck December 13, 2017

A wedding day can be quite tiresome for your guests. After a whole day filled with bubbly conversation, shuttle services, amazing dance moves, and of course love, your guests may need a delicious ‘pick-me-up’… We introduce: The Late-Night Bite Food Truck!

Acqua Photo

(Photo courtesy of Acqua Photo)

 

In the later portion of your reception, consider booking a late-night bite for your guests. Something to soak up your signature cocktail or even fill them up so they can stay on the dance floor! Late-night bites can vary from tacos to ice cream. Nothing says, ‘don’t stop the party’ like comfort food!

 

We’ve curated a list of our favorite classic and creative late-night bite ideas for all your ‘midnight’ snacking needs:

 

Tacos

Mexicalbi

(Photo courtesy of Mexicalbi)

 

Mac & Cheese

(Photos courtesy of Alison Mish Photography)

 

Grilled Cheese

Zac Wolf Photography

(Photo courtesy of Zac Wolf Photography)

 

We also love when couples share their sweet tooth with their guests by bringing them some sweet treats!

 

Donuts

Abby Jiu

(Photo courtesy of Abby Jiu)

 

Ice Cream

Vintage and Lace

(Photo courtesy of Vintage and Lace)

 

After all, your wedding guests come first. What better way to keep them happy than to keep them full!

Blog by Hello Productions Intern: Molly Mitchell

 

Buffet vs. Sit Down vs. Stations May 16, 2017

In most cases, the bulk of your wedding budget will be spent on food and beverage. When providing dinner service to your guests, you as the host will choose from 3 styles: Buffet, Sit Down, or Stations. Each choice has pros and cons… it just depends on which fits your style!

 

Reception Style #1: Buffet

What is a buffet? It is a meal consisting of several dishes stationed on a long table from which guests streamline through and serve themselves. To create a more formal buffet, servers will sometimes assist guests. But in the end, this style is considered to be the most casual of meal service.

 

Pros: Buffets provide your guests with more options of meat, sides and sauces. You can please the masses without having your guests choose their entrée prior to your event. Buffets also save a small amount of money for wait staff since the caterer needs fewer people tending to the buffet instead of each table.

 

Cons: The downfall of buffets include time. Since guests are not professional food handlers, they tend to move at a slower pace when moving through the line. Also, a buffet requires an overage of each dish to ensure no entrée or side runs out. Caterers cannot guess how much each guest will take; therefore, an overage of food increases the cost.

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Reception Style #2: Sit Down

A sit down, plated style of dinner is considered the most traditional and formal option as guests are served an individually plated meal… in most cases, one they have pre-selected in their RSVP. The meal typically consists of three courses: an appetizer/salad, entrée and dessert. Caterers will usually give guests the option between two entrées, which are selected beforehand, or they will offer a duo plate consisting of two proteins.

 

Pros: All of your guests will be served at the same time! With preselecting meal options, the caterer will know exact amounts. A plated dinner also provides the opportunity to time event formalities (such as dances and toasts) between courses to keep guests entertained and engaged throughout the meal service.

 

Cons: A greater number of serving staff is required to cater every table individually. Also, some venues do not offer a plated sit down due to lack of kitchen space. Imagine 300 entrée plates lined up in the kitchen… that’s some major square footage!

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Reception Style #3: Food Stations

A station style reception is where the event’s meal choices are distributed at various tables in your main event space. Station examples include a carving station, a raw bar, a tapas station, a pasta station, a dessert station, and the list goes on.

 

Pros: A fun variety of dishes can be made available including themed stations (like a pierogi or taco bar) that you might not see at a more formal setting. With “cook to order” stations, guests can request the amount of sauce or level of spice, etc.

 

Cons: Considered a new-age style of event dining, many of your guests treat it like a buffet… taking a full dinner plate of food at each station. Stations are made for snacking, tasting, and enjoying smaller portions of each fun theme. The amount of consumption and waste may rack of up your catering bill.

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