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What To Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Caterer

So here it is! The next in the series of my mini Wedding Planning Guides and this has to be one of my favourites! Why? Because it’s all about the tastiest part of your wedding, your wedding catering!

You might not know but before I created Hannah Rachael Weddings I was a Senior Event Manager for a Yorkshire based wedding caterer. So, this is definitely a topic which is very close to my heart and one I know a great deal about.

And believe me this really is something you want to get right!

The food served at your wedding is likely to be one of the biggest investments after your venue, so why take any risks?! I’m here to give you my 3 top tips on what to consider when choosing your wedding caterer. As well as my 5 MUST ASK questions.

Top Tip 1

Taste the food before you commit to your caterer. This is so important! Just because everything looks amazing on Instagram unfortunately doesn’t mean it is in real life. Make sure you arrange an initial consultation and where possible a tasting before putting down your deposit. Your wedding catering is likely to be the biggest investment after your venue, so make sure it compliments you and your day.

Top Tip 2

Be true to yourselves. Food is such a big part of your day and you cannot please everyone so honestly don’t try to. It’s your day. Use it as the best excuse to have what you want, whether that be a five-course tasting menu or a dirty burger and fries. Eat the food you truly love.

Top Tip 3

Canapés are so important! They bridge the gap between your ceremony and wedding breakfast stopping guests getting hangry (which you definitely don’t want). Guests get peckish, especially if your wedding ceremony falls over lunchtime & they’ve had a few champagnes. Believe me, your guests will remember feeling hungry, so do not let that be the lasting impression of your day.

Now on to my 5 MUST ASK questions. My new Wedding Catering Guide is full of them, but these are my top 5. The 5 you need to ask in your initial consultation in order to get to know the caterer and to understand if they are the right fit for you!

Must Ask Questions

  1. How would you describe your catering style?
  2. What menus do you offer? (plated, BBQ, sharing, buffet etc.)
  3. Can you create a bespoke menu for our wedding?*
  4. Have you worked at our venue before and what do you require from our venue?
  5. Do you offer a menu tasting before we book and is there a charge for this?

*Not everyone will require a bespoke menu for their wedding, however if you are looking for a specific dish or themed menu, you must ask this at your initial consultation. Some caterers do not specialise or offer certain cuisines or variations from their set menus.

I could honestly talk about this ALL DAY LONG. Not just because I love food, but because it is such a pivotal part of your day. There is just so much to talk about from menu styles, service and presentation to how to use your food to tell a story.

But what I really want you to take away from this is; the food served at your wedding is what brings your guests together. It’s what gets everyone talking and will be what everyone talks about, good or bad, long after your wedding. As well as showcasing who you are as a couple.

You spend so much of your wedding day eating, so make sure it truly represents you and is something that you’re excited about. You only get one shot at this, so make sure your caterers are the best fit for you and your unique day.

Now this really is just a quick sneak peek into the world of wedding catering. Everything you need to know, including all my must ask questions can be found in my free Wedding Catering Guide. To get hold of your copy all you need to do is click the button below!

Use my Wedding Catering Guide as a tool to help you hunt out the most delicious menus you can possibly find.

My Wedding Planning Guides are designed for couples looking to create a day which is unique, exquisitely planned and full of detail. Why risk missing any detail when you can have your own mini wedding planner with you every step of the way? Keeping you on track and up to date with everything you need to know.

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Planning Advice, Wedding Planning Guides

Why To Go Bespoke – Your Guide To Bespoke Bridalwear

I am delighted to of collaborated with the wonderful Felicity from Felisiti Greis to bring you my next blog – bespoke bridalwear. We cover so much in this blog including why it is crucial to find the right bridalwear designer for you. How the design process works. As well as the benefits of going bespoke and what you really need to consider when doing so.

I honestly can’t wait for you to venture into the world of bespoke bridalwear with us!

Thoughts from Felicity

Your wedding outfit is without doubt one of the most important outfits you will ever get to wear. You have probably been dreaming about every single detail that pertains to your wedding day and you probably have a clear vision of your dream wedding attire by now. There are so many different options available to you in terms of which journey you want to embark on, in your quest to find your dream wedding outfit. The different options available to you are; bespoke, made-to-measure, made-to-order, off-the-rack/ready-made.

Here are some top tips on how to choose the right bespoke bridalwear designer. As well as how to get the most out of your bespoke experience.

What makes a bespoke wedding garment so special & how can you make the most out of the experience?

Just For You

A bespoke wedding outfit is made with you in mind and is your dream and vision. The final design should be the embodiment of who you truly are. This is why it is so important that you choose a bespoke designer who has the ability to design an outfit that speaks to your individuality. Make sure to express all of your ideas to your designer in order for them to bring your vision to life.

Visualisation & Experience

The bespoke process offers a beautiful experience. One that builds an anticipation towards the completion or final fitting of your wedding gown. Most bespoke bridalwear designers will create a sketch of the final design for you to see and approve before construction of your outfit begins. Since a sketch is all you will have to go by, it is very important to choose a designer who listens. One who has the ability to beautifully translate your ideas into a sketch. This will help you visualise your wedding outfit before it is brought to life.

Trust & Expertise

The bridalwear designer you choose, like any other wedding supplier, should be one that you have total trust in. You should trust them as a person and also their expertise. This is the person/company that you will be working very closely with to bring your dream to life.

To do away with any doubts, it is best that you ask your designer as many questions as you possibly can. Make sure you are happy with all the answers you are given. I also advise to carefully look at the designer’s portfolio and past work to see if they are an expert in their field. Look out for clues like their attention to detail, finesse and the overall fit of their pieces.

Fit

Bespoke has a reputation for a great fit. The process a bespoke wedding attire goes through, requires on average anywhere between 3 to 5 fittings. The first fitting is usually what is called a toile (a toile is an early version of a finished garment made up in cheap material so that the design can be tested and perfected). Once the design is perfected, the designer will then usually start the process of creating the actual wedding outfit. The aim of the toile fitting is to perfect the final design of the garment. Therefore, you should take full advantage of this part of the process and all subsequent fittings.

Voice out any concerns, changes or alterations that you may want made to the design. This part; like any part of the process, requires complete trust in your designer as you see your beautiful dream take shape and come to life right before your very eyes. A great designer offers an impeccable fit and a flattering silhouette that compliments your beautiful body shape.

This is a topic I could talk about all day! With a background in fashion and bridalwear myself, this is something which is very close to my heart. It’s also an area I feel most couples aren’t aware of when looking for the perfect outfit(s) for their wedding.

Going bespoke means you are able to create something which is personal to you. To your style and your vision. Another way to make your wedding truly unique to you.

This is exactly why Felicity and I cover so much more about bespoke bridalwear in my new Wedding Planning Guide! Click the download button below to get hold of your free copy now.

This guide is full of questions to ask your designer, things to think about and how to navigate the bespoke process. You really don’t want to miss out on all this wonderful information.

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Wedding Planning Guides

5 Reasons to Download My Wedding Venue Guide

I’ve worked super hard over the last couple of months to create a selection of mini Wedding Planning Guides especially to help all you wonderful couples planning your unique wedding. Each guide is absolutely jam packed full of top tips, advice, must ask questions and so much more to keep you on track and up-to-date throughout the many many stages of your planning.

Planning your wedding can be such a mix of emotions from happy and excited to overwhelmed and stressed all within a matter of minutes. That’s why these guides are on hand to keep you focused and on top of all your wedmin.

Just think of these as your own personal mini wedding planner. What more could you ask for?!

1. Let’s Start at the Beginning

So, I thought it was only right that my first wedding planning guide covered one of the biggest aspects of your wedding planning – your venue! Be under no illusion, this guide is packed full of industry knowledge, top tips and must ask questions (the types of questions you will need & more importantly want to know the answers to before your wedding day). It is designed to help you from now until the day itself. Whether you’ve already sourced your venue, or are yet to find the perfect one for you, this guide will be your best friend in making sure you don’t miss any detail, no matter how tiny.

2. Top Tips

I have worked extremely hard over the last 9 years to build my knowledge and understanding of the wedding industry and want to be able to share this with you. I really don’t want you to miss a thing when planning your day and appreciate just how much time, effort and consideration goes into every aspect, every decision and every plan you make. That’s exactly why I’ve designed these guides! They are created to give you helpful tips, tricks and advice to make your planning as seamlessly stress free as it possibly could be.

My wedding venue guide discusses the 3 things you should consider before you even look to book a venue viewing. Saving you loads of unnecessary hours look at venues which are just not the right fit for you and your day.

3. Must Ask Questions

I don’t expect you to know or be able to remember everything you want to ask when visiting venues and that’s exactly why this list of must ask questions will be your best friend.

Each section is broken down into a separate part of your day, for instance, set-up/ceremony/wedding breakfast/evening reception etc. etc. These walk you through every detail you need to discuss with your venue from your 1st visit right up until your final details meeting. There is plenty of space for you to take notes, so gone of the days where you spent hours hunting through your emails and note pads looking for all the various scribbles you made.

4. No Overwhelm

Believe me there really isn’t an aspect I haven’t thought of when creating this guide. Absolutely everything you need to is here, all so you don’t have to worry about missing a thing. Each guide is completely free, super easy for you to print off at home and has been beautifully designed (you really will want to print this off and take it everywhere you go). It is yours to use however you want to, so why not print off one for every venue you visit? Making it really easy for you to compare your notes when you get home.

5. Cost & Budgeting

Now this is definitely a big topic when it comes to planning your wedding. It’s something I know you want to avoid discussing for as long as possible. It almost feels impossible to decipher. Well don’t worry, I’m here to take the stress out of budgeting! This guide has a full section dedicated to cost and budgeting. It allows you to breakdown the cost of your venue. While allowing you to see how much you have left to spend on the rest of your day. All with absolutely no fuss and definitely no hassle.

Planning your unique wedding takes up enough time, so let me help by saving you even more time and effort with this super easy, gorgeous mini guide.

To get hold of your free Wedding Venue Guide then all you need to do is click the link below.

I can’t wait to to help you plan your perfect, stress free wedding!

Looking for even more wedding planning tips? Then why not visit my Industry Insider Blog.

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