The Five-Year Engagement

five year engagement debut The Five Year Engagement Set to Kick Off the Tribeca Film Festival

Went and saw this movie at the early screening last night…two thumbs up from me! It was hilarious, heartwarming, and quite realistic at times. If you love Forgetting Sarah Marshall, this movie is for you – guys too!

As Tom and Violet showed us, the process of planning a wedding can be overwhelming. I like to tell people that wedding planning comes in waves, or as I like to call them, “humps”…managing the important tasks timely to make sure your whole wedding doesn’t get set back a year, or another year, or five years. The point of getting engaged is to get married! So, read on for the first humps to get over when you get engaged…

Hump 1: Revel in engagement excitement, admire your ring, tell everyone you know, update your facebook status, think to yourself how EASY it will be to plan your wedding.

Hump 2: Research dates & venues. Get overwhelmed by your mom’s opinions, your best friend’s 19 other weddings she’s in that summer, and your fiance’s only request of “open bar”. Probably cry a bit.

Hump 3: The largest and most important hump. Book your date, venue (and caterer if your venue doesn’t provide one), photographer, and band/dj. People & places book up crazy far in advance these days and these are the vendors that can’t work more than one wedding per day. Your dress, cake, florist can all come later.

Hump 4: Drink some champagne to celebrate, because you are on your way to the big day!

Have a wonderful Friday…and go see The Five-Year Engagement when it comes out April 27th! In the meantime, check out Tom and Violet’s wedding blog here!

Choosing a Caterer – Top Tips

As more and more brides move away from a traditional hotel ballroom to a unique wedding venue space, many are tasked with a new level of organization…caterer, event rentals, layout, parking and more are all details to consider that are typically taken care of with a hotel. I’m working with a client on her August 25th wedding, which is going to take place at an amazing new venue in Chicago.  Greenhouse Loft has a set list of caterers that clients must use, so we are working through the list to find the optimal company for this momentous event! The most important vendor for your wedding day is your caterer, since they will be running the show on your wedding day, from set-up and food service to managing the flow of the day and taking care of your guests. Here’s our tips to consider when choosing your caterer.

  • Budget – Make sure to get a quote in writing. You’ll want to know prices of all menu items. Taxes and Fees can add over 25% to the cost of the food service, so make sure these are stated clearly in the estimate. Caterers can charge additional fees for bread service, rentals, bar mixers, water, coffee, and cake cutting. These charges can sting if you aren’t expecting them!
  • Timeline – Caterers, on average, need at least 2 hours to set up before guests arrive and 1 hour after guests leave to tear down. Make sure this fee, including wages for staff, is included in your estimate.
  • Staff – what will the staff-to-guest ratio be? Will the event planner you work with throughout your planning process be present at the event? What will staff be wearing?
  • Experience – how many weddings has the caterer served? What is their average guest size? It’s always a good idea to call references and check recommendations.
  • Food – you want to LIKE what you eat at your wedding, so make sure to schedule tastings.
  • Camaraderie – you’ll be working with your caterer the most throughout the wedding planning process, so make sure you feel comfortable with them! They are working FOR you, so it’s up to them to make you happy.

We can help facilitate caterer meetings, review proposals & estimates, provide feedback, check references and even take the entire process out of your hands. Let us know!