Summer Wedding Menu Inspiration & Tips

Summer Wedding Menu Inspiration & Tips

Summer Wedding Menu Inspiration

Hi friends!

Today on the blog I wanted to chat all things summer wedding menu inspiration and tips. One of my favorite caterers, Kathy G & Co, is sharing all their summer menu tips, ideas, and drool worthy pictures. As a wedding planner, a great caterer is critical to our vendor team. They are the experts on all things food, beverage, and share great ideas for maximizing the culinary experience for your guests. Together your planner, & caterer will work together to be sure this is all created for your guest experience! After this, I am seriously hungry for some yummy food. Thank you Natalie for sharing your amazing ideas!

I do, I do: In your opinion, what is the number one mistake people make when planning their summer wedding menu?

Kathy G & Co: Most of our southern summertime weddings happen to be outside or at least partially outside and I think that when this is the case, people should consider the types of food that will maintain their integrity in intense heat when choosing a menu.

I do, I do: In these hotter months, what are some of your favorite items to serve guests to stay cool?

Kathy G & Co: Anything chilled, fresh & refreshing!  Start with a fun drink (whether a cocktail or ‘mocktail’) that has fresh fruits & juices.  I love a citrus fruit popsicle in a glass of Prosecco or fresh lemonades (with vodka)!  Watermelon, Strawberry, Mango, and Lemon-Lime lemonades in fun glasses with fresh fruit garnishes are always refreshing in the summertime.  For a more ‘handsome’ cocktail, Honey Bourbon with Fresh Squeezed Lemonade and floating lemon is a southern classic.  Keep it simple and clean and guests will stay cool and refreshed!

I do, I do: Gosh that sounds AMAZING right now!

Kathy G & Co: In addition to a fun drink, I love greeting guests with delicious passed bites such as Watermelon with Balsamic Drizzle with a sprig of Mint, Ceviche, anything with Tomato in the summer (Caprese, Tomato Confit Bruschetta, Mini BLT’s), or something like our amazing Ahi Tuna Tartar Wonton Tacos topped with Wasabi Crème & Edamame…always a crowd pleaser!

I do, I do: What are some of your favorite food presentation ideas for summer weddings?

Kathy G & Co: Most of our Kathy G brides want a bountiful food presentation with southern classics such as Fried Green Tomatoes, Mac Bars (mac served in Cast Iron Skillets), Sliders surrounded by Homemade Sweet Potato Chips in a beautiful hand crafted branch basket, Shrimp & Grits, Local Conecuh Sausage ‘Pigs in a Blanket’ topped with Whole Grain Mustard, and our ever popular “Braised Southern” Station that features a Oatmeal Stout Brown Ale braised Pot Roast served over Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes with Horsetail Carrots (served in a Cosmo Glass!) – The biggest crowd pleaser ever!   I also LOVE our Tuscan Table.  It is very bountiful and one of my favorite stations to style!  There are so many elements to it and we use slabs of marble and pieces of pottery to build up and enhance the display and we also garnish the station with fresh produce such as artichokes & asparagus bundles as well as whole French baguettes and boules.  The presentation is just stunning!

I do, I do: I always love a Kathy G presentation! It is always a showstopper!

Kathy G & Co: We also aim to please our brides that want a ‘cleaner’ presentation for the look and feel of their reception.  Our Mini Plate Entrée station is a great example of a station perfect for this look.  It is an action station where chefs build the mini plates at the station and are served on white geometric plates that are displayed on tiered glass shelving.  At Kathy G & Co, we definitely love to create modern displays of food in individual vessels, spoons and glasses.  Our edible spoons (Sweet and savory) and our in-house made wonton cones & taco shells are also great vessels to achieve a clean look.  And still garnishing with fresh produce and micro greens make the presentation ‘clean’ and fresh.

I do, I do: How can someone utilize the color of summer foods in their overall look?   The great thing about summer fresh foods, veggies and fruits in particular, is that they are vibrant in color and texture.  Tomatoes, watermelon, squash, zucchini, okra, and so on – they are a presentation of their own!  I wouldn’t worry about trying to choosing a menu that coordinates with particular colors of food.  Instead choose a menu based on your tastes and your caterer will work with you on making sure your menu is well balanced.  I think the overall look is achieved from how the food is presented – the types of serving platters, display pieces, and the presentation style that coordinate with the ‘look’ of the reception

Thank you SO much to Natalie with Kathy G. & Co. for sharing all her amazing knowledge with us!!

Southern Glam Wedding Ashley & Aaron

Southern Glam Wedding Ashley & Aaron

Oh I am SO excited that this wedding is on the blog today! Ashley & Aaron are a treasured couple for me. They are two people who just make you feel like you’ve been friends for 100 years from the moment you meet them. They are also super special because they are our second ever create clients–meaning they used all of our create vendor partners for their big day! Being our second create couple, we really enjoyed having the experience of working with all our studio partners and we brought this southern glam vision to life!

 

Ashley & her mom Sherry came to me with a specific vision but were struggling with how it was all going to be pieced together and be cohesive. For them, full wedding planning was the way to go due to Ashley’s busy work schedule and their desire for us to design & produce the entire event. We loved bringing in Ashley’s love for moroccan patterns into this southern glam wedding, and her love of all the spring colors. We really wanted some wow factor for the wedding and the hanging gold floral installations CeCe Designs created gave us that wow! Friends and family gathered, they hugged, they kissed & they said I do! Ashley & Aaron, you know you are one special couple to us & we can’t wait for dinner and game night friends!

 

Vendor Friends:

Venue Coordinator vs Wedding Planner–And Why You Need Both!

Hey yall! Happy Tuesday–hope you are having a great start to your week! Today we are chatting about the difference between a venue coordinator, and a wedding planner & actually why you need both.

 

A venue coordinator is typically someone who works for or owns the venue exclusively. Their job is to ensure the venue performs at top notch abilities, things are clean, and anything related to the venue runs super smooth. If your venue includes catering as well, this could fall on their shoulders as well. Sometimes I have heard brides or have had other vendors tell me their brides have said “ well I have a venue coordinator, I don’t need a wedding planner”. Let me be clear–a great venue coordinator is critical to my success as a wedding planner. They need to be just on top of their game as I am on mine. They are an integral part of our vendor team for the wedding day. But I would encourage you to think about all the things a wedding planner provides that your venue coordinator probably does not do or wouldn’t be able to do on wedding day as they may be tending to other things. As a wedding planner, our alliance will always be with you—we will always be acting in your best interest & acting on your behalf. This may include insuring the set up is accurate, that vendors are loading in the correct items–your vendor coordinator won’t know what you ordered from your other vendors. If there is a crisis they need to tend to, and a crisis you may need them for or another vendor, who will tend to that if you don’t have a planner? More than likely it will be up to you solve. They are not going to create a master timeline for all your vendors to follow for the day. Again, they are going to have their own duties to worry about when it comes to their venue–being sure it is in tip top shape for your big day! A planner is going to connect you to vendors that we know fit your budget, style, personality and taste. We are going to stay on top of you on planning tasks and oversee the entire process. Again, a great venue coordinator is critical to my job but just a warning—a venue coordinator is not a replacement for a wedding planner or event coordinator for your big day!

Hopefully today you have learned not only do you need a great venue coordinator who is going to know ALL the ins and outs of your venue but also a great wedding planner that is going to be in your go to planning resource & naviagtor of all things planning.

Thanks for reading today friends! See you next time!

 

Rustic Elegant Chic Wedding at Park Crest Event Facility

Rustic Elegant Chic Wedding at Park Crest Event Facility

Meredith & Dan

I am geeking out over sharing this wedding with you. Meredith & Dan are one of the sweetest couples I have had the chance to work with. Meredith’s parents lived out of town so we did some planning from afar with them. Meredith and her mother Sheila, knew that they would need full wedding planning with Meredith completing her college degree and Sheila being in Atlanta. We hit it off right away and knew we would be the team to make Meredith & Dan’s wedding dreams happen.

Meredith & Dan love the outdoors and wanted a rustic feel with elements that were reflective of their taste but still keeping it elegant and refined. We decided on a buffet style dinner for the guests, with varying table sizes & types to give the room lots of interest. Once we began working with Jacki from Salt & Paperie, we knew that the monogram Jacki would create would become the focus of our design elements. Basically like Reese Witherspoon says, if its not moving, monogram it! From the favor, to welcome boxes, to cups & napkins, we made sure their wreath monogram design was proudly displayed everywhere.

With Meredith & Dan we worked with them on design, production in organizing, researching, and gathering vendor information & communicating with them, managing budgets, payments & deadlines, hotels, stationery design and timeline, welcome bag design, assembly, delivery, transportation, site visits, rental management, timelines & logistics and of course running the big day. It was a great event, full of love, laughter, and maybe the chillest/easiest going Bride & Groom I have ever seen. Meredith & Dan, we are so lucky to have been a part of your love story & wedding day. We love you guys!

Creative Vendor Partners aka ROCK STARS who made this day a dream:

Venue & Catering Park Crest Event Facility

Photography Eric & Jamie Photography

Videography Crooked Tree Productions

Floral CeCe Designs

Cake Cakes by Kim

Linens BBJ Linen Company

Rentals Special Events Company

Pipe & Drape & Photo Booth On Site Productions

DJ Dijital Entertainment

Hair Rawwbeauty

Makeup Porcelain & Pink 

Ashley & Aaron: Engagement

Ashley & Aaron: Engagement

Ashley & Aaron’s wedding week is here! We couldn’t be more excited to get these two down the aisle this weekend. Ashley & her mom have become close friends of the Create Studio. This is our second Create Studio Bride so over here at Create we are all abuzz getting ready for the big weekend!

We love seeing our couples stories unfold over the planning time together & getting to know them so well. A big thank you to AL Weddings for the photos & Rawwbeauty for Ashley’s Hair & Makeup