Ruth Armstrong with Knoxville wedding venue and caterer Calhoun’s Banquets and Copper Cellar Catering has three major wedding catering tips especially for Tennessee brides.
She sat down with me to discuss some major wedding catering tips brides should always keep in mind when trying to put together fantastic food choices for their wedding guests. With all the information about your wedding day food, wedding catering can be a bit overwhelming. The Pink Bride is here to help, whether you are going shabby chic or bohemian glam. Read on for Ruth’s top three must-know wedding catering tips as you plan your big day!
1. When working with a budget for your Tennessee wedding, don’t forget to keep catering in mind.
Everyone is working on a budget, and whether yours is a little tight or you have room to spare, you probably are thinking about things other than catering when you think about spending that money! Ruth mentions that the most important thing to keep in mind is the size of your party. One of the easiest ways to cut back is to scale back the guest list, ladies! A smaller party mean fewer mouths to feed. Another possibility Ruth details for us is to get your catering ahead of time. You can avoid a service charge and the staffing fees if you ask your caterer to deliver the food the morning of or the night before. If you can find a way to reheat whatever you ordered, you can save a lot of money. For instance, instead of having pulled pork sandwiches catered, have the caterer deliver however many pounds of pulled pork and buns you need for your party, then reheat it a few hours before the reception!
2. DIY weddings are all the rage in Tennessee, but should your reception catering be do-it-yourself?
If you are having a DIY wedding, make sure to pick and choose the mountains you are willing to climb, so to speak. There are aspects of your wedding that may be easier (and cheaper!) to end up buying rather than making yourself. Catering may just be one of those items. Ruth particularly mentions liability as a premier issue when you decide to DIY your wedding catering. “So many things could go wrong!” She laughs as she tells us about the possibility of something getting burnt, not being cooked correctly, or even a guest getting sick from the food. Also, catering companies can use their connections to get food in bulk at much better prices. Most likely, you will save money and a lot of headaches if you decide to book a professional for your catering.
3. A bride’s wedding theme is important, and the catering should reflect that!
If your wedding has a theme, choose something that is meaningful to you, and don’t over-complicate it. Not every aspect of your wedding has to be perfectly in theme, but you can use the essence of the theme, such as relating colors, to make everything cohesive. When picking food to fit the theme, don’t try to make it too authentic. Remember that your food is one of the biggest gifts you give to your guests, and it is important to pick foods that will please them. Pick comfortable and familiar foods that relate to your theme. A buffet-style catering option may be the best and most effective way to fit your food with the theme, because it allows your guests multiple options. For instance, if you pick an Italian theme, by having a buffet you can have some more authentic Italian dishes while still having a spaghetti with marinara sauce option to keep your picky guests happy! No matter what theme you go with, make sure you keep your wedding caterer in the loop regarding changes.
Thanks for all the expert advice, Ruth! If you haven’t found a reception space or a wedding caterer yet, make sure to give Calhoun’s Banquets and Copper Cellar Catering a good look! Centrally located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, they combine food from all your favorite Copper Cellar restaurants and can fit almost any budget. If you are loving what you see from Calhoun’s and Copper Cellar Catering, you can check out some of the real weddings on The Pink Bride website that feature them. Give Ruth a call to visit the property and see more of the amazing wedding details they have to offer at (865) 673-3399, and visit their website for more details. As always, tell her The Pink Bride sent you!
Images courtesy of the Calhoun’s and Copper Cellar Catering website.