It’s time for another “In the Kitchen” with Michael Evans, owner of Helga’s Caterers in McLean. This time the topic is vendors …
When you’re planning a wedding, you simply can’t do it all yourself. You need partners. But partnering is more than just burden-sharing. A good partner can help you host a fantastically successful event - without breaking the bank. To enjoy maximum support from your partners, use the following tips:
Work closely with the experts: The more your caterer or venue manager understands your event, the more valuable they will be to you. Make sure you share your goals with this professional. Brief your reception vendor on who and how many will attend. Make sure your wedding partner understands your budget. In addition, take a few minutes to talk about what you’ve liked (or haven’t liked) at other weddings. Experts can use this information to make suggestions and create just the right event for you.
Keep everyone in the loop: Set up a website. This is particularly valuable so out of towners can see where you have booked a block of guest rooms. Use the website to give a schedule of events, RSVPs, directions to the ceremony and reception sites and other important details.
Consider “one stop” solutions: Weddings involve so many factors - location, food, flowers, entertainment, transportation … the more people involved, the greater the chance for important details to be overlooked and for problems to occur. Look for vendors who can help you handle more than one aspect of your event. A caterer can help you with rental items and decor, and give valuable recommendations for sites, florals, cakes and entertainment.
Your venue should reflect your event’s goals: Your site sets the tone for the entire experience. What is the feeling you would like to create for your wedding? Make sure your site fits the guest list - don’t try to squeeze too many people into the venue. And don’t pick a huge site that will make a small gathering feel uncomfortable. And remember, you’re not just choosing a site for an event - you’re also choosing a backdrop for your wedding photos.
To discuss your wedding vision and to learn more about Helga’s Caterers, call 703.556.0780 and visit www.helgascatering.com.