Meal Service 101 from A-One Weddings & Events of Cheyenne

Meal Service 101

by Carol Thomas, PWP — A-One Weddings & Events, Cheyenne

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You may know the difference in the cocktail hour (small appetizers and beverages) and the reception dinner (full meal), but did you know there are other options? Let’s take a look at the most common and a few trending styles too!

 Cocktail Reception:

Typically this is a formal alternative to a dinner reception – think a step above business casual so a suit jacket with slacks or a stylish dress. This style of food service encourages guests to mix and mingle so there is limited seating. Food is served in bite-sized portions and can be passed by waitstaff or on buffet style service tables.

 Buffet:

In this style guests to leave their seat and serve themselves. This can allow for a wide range and variety of foods to be served. You can still assign seats to your guests if you would like and we recommend that you have the DJ or another appointed person excuse tables so that you do not have a rush of people standing at the buffet.

Plated Service:

This style is where waitstaff serves pre-selected entrees to each guest. This style offers a more formal feeling as your guests will be waited on throughout the dinner service. There are a few ways that you can have plated service: single entree, duet entree , or plated entree choice. With single entree you select one entree choice that is served to every guest, so every one receives the chicken and veggies. A duet is two entree choices served to every guest, perhaps you selected New York Strip and chicken with veggies to give your guest a variety. Plated choice is when you allow your guests to select their entree on the RSVP card (you know where you check beef or chicken). When choosing plated meal service make sure you allow guests that are vegetarian or have food allergies to let you know so that the caterer can prepare a meal that fits their restrictions.

Buffet:

In this style guests to leave their seat and serve themselves. This can allow for a wide range and variety of foods to be served. You can still assign seats to your guests if you would like and we recommend that you have the DJ or another appointed person excuse tables so that you do not have a rush of people standing at the buffet.

This is a unique food service option where platters of entrees and side dishes are set on each guest table and the guests serve themselves. This style allows for guests to select from the variety offered, but can be a bit tricky as there may not be room on the table for all the platters.

Food Truck:

A unique and delicious way to serve food to your guests. Food trucks are a bit like buffets in that your guests will leave their table to select their food, and is typically a little more made to order for each guest than a plated meal would be – think of a main option like pizza and then guests choose their toppings! If that idea grabs your attention you may want to check out Bella Fuoco Pizza here in Cheyenne!

Late Night Bites:

From simple snacks like chips and dips to more elaborate mini hamburgers  or wrapped burritos served to-go, Snacks or even a second mini meal after an evening of dancing and perhaps drinking can be an amazing addition to the end of night festivities!

Dessert Only:

This is a fun twist if you are having a ceremony that doesn’t align with lunch or dinner service consider serving your favorite desserts and enjoy all the best endings to celebrate your sweet beginning! Make sure that you let guests know that they are going to be enjoying a variety of sweets so they know what to expect.

Consider your personality, the style of the wedding, and the venue when deciding on which style of food service you would like to provide for your guests. There are an infinite combination of ways to make your day unique, and food is just one of your options so have fun and enjoy all the details!

Next month’s FOOD! blog will circle out of the kitchen to discuss what the differences are in a catering manager and wedding planner.

Thoughts, suggestions, or questions? I would love to hear from you email me BlogComments@AOneWeddingsAndEvents.com or comment in the box at the bottom of the page. When commenting please put the blog title so that we all know which topic you are interested in. Thanks!

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Kali & Kord’s 4th of July Wedding

Thanks to Charity & Ricky  for sharing Kali & Kord’s beautiful 4th of July wedding in Cheyenne! Kali is a bride after my own <3, with LOTS of DIY elements in the flowers & American-inspired decor! The Big Day was held at Kali’s parents’ home, and a friend provided the cake & food. LOVE it – what a great way to celebrate a beautiful story…

I have to also share Kali’s story of Kord’s proposal… See if it gives you the response I had…

“We actually met at Kord’s brother Brandon’s wedding. Brandon married my best friend Sara, I was a bridesmaid and Kord was the best man. Kord’s proposal was soo funny! He had planned a romantic date at the Melting Pot, and as we were getting seated the host said, “So I hear we are here to celebrate an engagement!!!” Kord was furious because his surprise was ruined. I simply replied, “Well we are now!!” Both of us cracked up laughing. It ended up working out, because it took the stress of Kord and it was hilarious because nothing is very serious with us.” 

(And for those who will appreciate this last part, as I did … the Melting Pot did make up for the mistake by paying for their meal that night and giving the couple a healthy gift card…)

Check out these lovely details, patriotic decor & emotional images captured by Charity & Ricky



















 

Eye Candy by Brandi: Bibbity Bobbity YOU!

Bibbity Bobbity YOU!

by Brandi Lea Nash, Eye Candy by Brandi 

What’s A Bride To Do?

You are engaged!  Congratulations!! You are going to say, “I Do,” to the person you love most in the entire world.  Every time you gaze at your engagement ring that your fiancé picked out all by himself (see, he has great taste!) you start to day-dream about your wedding day.

You may have envisioned a million times how you want to look and feel on your wedding day.  Do you want to feel like a princess, a bohemian dream, a classy romantic diva, a snow queen or a sun-kissed beach beauty?  There are so many options and it seems as though there is a new bridal trend every time you pickup a copy of your favorite wedding magazine.  Hot looks for 2014 include: braids, cat-eye makeup, pink lips, full eyebrows and flushed cheeks.  Oh, and don’t forget, Pantone’s color of the year is Radiant Orchid which is sure to be seen in many weddings this season.  You may decide to pick one or more of the current trends for your wedding day or none of these may even come close to your style or personality, and that’s o.k.!  Trends are just that… trends.  What is hot today may be as cold as a Wyoming winter the next.

We all believe what is cool today is waaaay cooler than what was happening when our parents got married. My kids will think the same thing when they plan their own weddings.  When I think about what was “in” 34 years ago, blue suits and mutton chop sideburns for men, and for brides, gowns that covered them from the neck down are what come to my mind.  How will you feel about current trends 30, 40 or even 50 years down the road?

Some things to consider when it comes to how you want to look on the day you walk down the aisle:

What is your style? If you are a trendsetter kind of girl and Cosmo is your beauty Bible then you would expect nothing less than to have the latest fashion and beauty trends part of your big day.  On the other hand, if you have never worn makeup a day in your life, wouldn’t be caught dead adorned in rhinestones and would rather be behind the camera than in front of it, then you must honor your own wishes and desires and tune out everything else.  Above all, do what makes you happy. Your happiness will radiate and that’s what makes a bride stunning on her wedding day.

Can you create the look you desire on your own?  If not, I recommend seeking out a professional.  Having a professional hair stylist and makeup artist not only takes the pressure off of you but also allows for some time to be pampered on your big day.  Have a trial run a few weeks before hand and that way you can feel confidant and assured you will look exactly the way you want.  Do not forget about your hands.  A manicure is a definite MUST.  This goes for men, too.

Is your skin healthy?  If your skin is prone to break-outs or other issues you need to work with an experienced esthetician or in some cases a dermatologist at least 6 months prior to the wedding day. Get a on a healthy skin care routine now. You can’t cram last minute when it comes to clearing up your skin.

Lastly, make sure you have a touch up kit with you.  Weddings are an all day event with getting ready, photos, the ceremony and reception.  I can guarantee you your initial lip color application from the morning will not last through all of that.  Here are my recommendations for what to have in your wedding day emergency kit: your lip color, blotting sheets to rid your T-Zone of any mid-day shine, a small compact mirror, breath mints and tissues.

Just remember to be you.  After all, your fiancé loves YOU and he wants to see your natural beauty as you walk toward him.  A classy and timeless hairstyle and makeup application will only enhance your beautiful features and look great in photos.

(and if your fiancé read this with you and his eyes got all gleamy thinking about sporting mutton chops, tell him “NO!”)

 

About the author: Brandi Lea Nash is a licensed esthetician and professional makeup artist.  She owns her own business, Eye Candy by Brandi.  Visit her facebook page www.facebook.com/BrandiLeaNash and website www.brandileanash.skincaretherapy.net

 

ENGAGEMENT SPOTLIGHT: Janna & Isaac

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adore this engagement spotlight from Ardent Photography in Laramie…Janna and Isaac clearly have some serious chemistry — you can practically feel it oozing from these images… I have to say that I *hope* that we get to spotlight these two’s wedding when it comes time for that…*ahem* I’ll let Stephanie of Ardent say more about these two lovebirds…

Janna and Isaac are a sweet couple, deeply in love and have a flare for the dramatic. Their first date was at a historic theater so it only made sense to capture some of that same magic in their engagement session. We chose their locations thoughtfully, making sure to pay special attention for Janna’s love of anything vintage. Their sessions were split between the Historic Atlas Theater and The Train Depot in Cheyenne, WY. What a visual treat their set turned out to be, we cannot wait for their wedding!

Thanks to Stephanie & Rick of Ardent Photography in Laramie for sharing this gorgeous engagement with us — and congratulations to Janna & Isaac on not only a new adventure in their lives together, but on finding such fabulous, palpable chemistry with each other…this is the stuff of which great loves are made…

Kati Hime, Editor

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Kyle & Destinee’s Engagement

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Thanks to Serendipity Photogenics of Cheyenne for sending us this beautiful engagement spotlight! Here’s what Kim has to say about these lovebirds… “Kyle & Destinee met through  mutual friends in the military and are very sweet! Kyle, a Senior Airman in the Air Force proposed on January 11th and the two have been together for a year and a half now. They’ll be married in Las Vegas (where Destinee is from) on September 20th, accompanied by family & friends! Thank you to Kyle from all of us at Wyoming Weddings for your service…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks again to Serendipity Photogenics of Cheyenne for sharing this sweet engagement spotlight with us — and be sure to shoot us an email at brides@wyomimgweddingsonline.com if you’d like to see your engagement or wedding spotlight posted!

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ENGAGEMENT SPOTLIGHT: Haley & Levi

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Thanks to Ardent Photography in Laramie for providing this way super COOL engagement session! Check out these images, built around this special (and oh-my-gosh-how-COOL orange!) GTO!


Here’s what Ardent has to say about Haley & Levi… Haley and Levi purchased their GTO the day they got engaged. Haley had the awesome idea to feature it in their session. Her ring is a family heirloom originally belonging to Levi’s great grandmother. They are getting married in July at a private home in Southeastern Wyoming. OH and did I mention they are super cute, uber in love and some of our FAVORITE clients!


Thanks to Ardent Photography in Laramie for this awesome spotlight! We accept engagement & wedding spotlights all the time — have one you’d like to see up on our blog? We’d love to hear from you! Contact us at brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com for more info!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

editor@wyolifestyle.com

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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Tula Event Productions

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images courtesy Tula Event Productions


From day of wedding planning services to full wedding planning, Tula is a great choice for planning your special day. Owner Mel and her staff are very thorough, assuring you the best service available. Check out their packages for “day of services” offered for your wedding day — each package includes one consultation:

Something New package: Base fee for 10 hours of service — hourly rates apply for 10+ hours. “Our premium package! Bridal consulting to help you with every detail of your day from start to finish! You can select all our offered services (see list below) or select just those needed.”

Something Old package:  “Let us be your own personal wedding search engine! Your choice of any seven services listed below.”

Something Blue package:  “Leave the details to us on your big day! Your choice of any five services listed below.”

Something Borrowed package: “Enjoy your day and allow Tula to set up for you! Your choice of any three services listed below.”

List of “Day of” Services:

Ceremony:

Check ceremony site setup/decorations

Provide water & small refreshments to dressing room sites, if permitted by venue

Assist with last minute dressing challenges

Distribute and pin on flowers

Assist photographer with pre-ceremony photos, if needed

Set up guest book table, unity candle, sand ceremony or other ceremony items

Confirm instructions to ushers on seating plan and VIP guests

Confirm instructions to best man and maid/matron of honor on ring(s)

Keep marriage license and/or kebutah safe

Keep ring pillow and miscellaneous items until needed

Provide wedding day emergency kit

Run errands for bride/bridal party (lipstick, emergency items, forgotten items, etc.)

Coordinate with musicians

Organize processional line-up

Space bridal party in aisle

Ensure no late guests disrupt processional

Direct guests to reception location, have copies of maps/directions

Organize wedding party and family for post-ceremony pictures

Wrap up unity candle/tapers/sand vases and other ceremony items

Organize departure of wedding party to reception site

Attend Bride’s final dress fitting

Reception:

Check room setup, layout and bathrooms before reception

Place favors, table numbers/names, menu cards and place cards on tables

Arrange gifts on gift table (if there is a gift table)

Check band/DJ setup

Review schedule with Master of Ceremonies, musicians and banquet captain; make sure they stay on schedule

Ensure cake, flowers, caterer have delivered on time and to proper location

Bring and place cake topper/server on cake tables

Pay all services that work on the event

Line up Bride/Groom and bridal party for announcements

Cue Bride/Groom, Best Man/Maid of Honor, parents for welcome, first dance, other dances,toast & cake cutting, bouquet toss, garter toss

Pack up miscellaneous items and arrange to be taken from reception

Arrange transportation for personal and wedding items, and gifts (before & after reception)

Visit Events to Tula online at www.tulaeventsproductions.com or call Mel at 970-980-9580.

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ENGAGEMENT SPOTLIGHT: Lanae & Scott

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Thanks to Ken of Beartooth Photography in Casper for providing us with this week’s spotlight!  Lanae & Scott are planning a June 30th wedding — their ceremony will be held at the gorgeous (and oh so popular!) chapel in Esterbrook, and their reception in Cheyenne.  Love these images — some really creative stuff — and I appreciate the mixture of indoor and outdoor images.  Ken does really interesting work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Ken Stoecklin of Beartooth Photography in Casper for sending these images over! Best of luck to Lanae & Scott, and congrats to you as well!

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WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Kelley & Matt’s Nagle Warren Wedding in Cheyenne

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Thanks to Ardent Photography in Laramie for providing this week’s wedding spotlight!  Kelley & Matt were married January 21, 2012 at the Nagle Warren Mansion (for the ceremony) and the Community House in Cheyenne (for the reception).

Check out these tidbits from the wedding from Ardent:  “Awesome to know: He hand made her ring, like even casted the silver after making the wax mold and everything! They had the most darling hot cocoa favors oh and did you see her vintage shoes? To die for… He had a bridesman on his side, they had a very emotional and touching ceremony. The sister of the bride created all the floral arrangements too!”


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOVE THIS!!! Thanks Ardent Photography in Laramie for sharing, and CONGRATS to Kelley & Matt — what a loving couple!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

editor@wyolifestyle.com

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WEDDING FASHION: Embellishments Galore

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We have seen fashion shows in Gillette, Casper, Cheyenne, Laramie and Rock Springs…and the overwhelming new trend this year is embellishments! Whether it be ribbon, feathers, flowers, belts, a little bit of bling… embellishments are in! A few bits of inspiration…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmine with a bit of ribbon embellishment — you can find Jasmine gowns at Mountain Valley Bridal in Laramie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.kentuckystudio.com — An Etsy find via GracefullyGirly


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made to Measure lace gown; www.perfectwoman58.com

 

www.jaksflowergirldresses.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.200shop.com

www.weddingdress7.info

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lovely gown from Hart’s Tux & Gown, Casper — featured in the Wyoming Bridal Extravaganza 2012 in January at the Casper Events Center!

Beautiful! Make your wedding dress more personalized by adding your own embellishments — shop your Wyoming bridal shops, check out Etsy, or be sure to ask those talented crafters and sewers in your life — perhaps they can help you out!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

editor@wyolifestyle.com

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INSPIRATION: Dessert Tables

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www.imbueyouido.imbueyou.com

Our buddy Linda gave us a great inspiration suggestion — dessert tables! It doesn’t take much explanation to get the idea across — it’s so popular right now! From candy tables to ice cream stations (check out David Huber Photography’s image!) to fanciful dessert inspiration…chocolate fountains of course…lots of FUN stuff! Do you have a suggestion or idea to share? Post on our Facebook page or comment here — or — email us at brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com! We’d love to hear from you!  Check with an awesome Wyoming caterer for more information on dessert bars and creative ways to entertain that go beyond wedding cakes — visit with our friends Essence of Life Catering in Casper, Cafe Rio in Rock Springs, Nana’s House of Goodies in Cheyenne, Coalter Loft/Gannett Grill in Lander, Liz’s Cakes in Laramie, and Liquor Depot in Rock Springs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.perfectweddingzone.com


www.savvysoirees.blogspot.com


www.savvysoirees.blogspot.com


 

www.savvysoirees.blogspot.com

www.savvysoirees.blogspot.com

www.weddingbycolor.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.weddingbycolor.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.jacobhenrymansion.com

www.provoweddingguide.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Huber Photography, Worland, WY

David Huber Photography, Worland, WY

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

editor@wyolifestyle.com

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INSPIRATION: Retro Weddings!

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www.loti.com

I was SUPER fortunate to have the opportunity to emcee the wedding fashion shows in Casper & Cheyenne. (THANK YOU to Rocky Mountain Sound and Light in Casper, Hart’s Tux & Gown in Casper and Dan D Party Corner in Cheyenne and Mountain Valley Bridal in Laramie for those opportunities!) I LOVED what Hart’s and Mountain Valley Bridal selected to display for 2012 — one thing I particularly enjoyed seeing what the little retro elements thrown in:  lace, birdcage veils, variance in sleeves (cap/short/long), and be still my 50’s fashion-lovin’ heart… SHORT dresses!!! Eeeeek!  This is one gorgeous dress worn by the beautiful Kelli Erickson, owner of Mountain Valley Bridal in Laramie…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So…50’s weddings.  What do you think of first?  I think of the glamorous elements of the 50’s first — stars like Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly or Elizabeth Taylor…a groom with the look of Paul Newman in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or Montgomery Clift in Raintree County… Then I combine it with the memories shared by my grandmother, who was married in 1954.  The reality of a real, small-town America 50’s wedding:  a small church wedding at the family church, followed by a reception in her parents’ Kearney, NE backyard. The neighbors all came over, and everyone brought a bit of food for a potluck.  There was no band, no dance floor.  No champagne.  She had a short dress, short wristlet gloves, and my grandfather wore a suit jacket and trousers for the ceremony, but lost the suit jacket for the June reception.  My grandmother is the youngest daughter of a seven-child family:  six girls, one boy.  My grandmother’s sisters all eloped — her wedding was the only wedding her parents attended of the six girls.  Sound interesting? I agree! Sound unusual?  Surprisingly, not so much, once I had visited over the years with other seniors that I met through my work and volunteer activities.  There were big, elaborate weddings like what we’re accustomed to today, but they were far more the exception than the rule.  Depression, wars, a view toward a wedding as a beginning of a marriage, much less the elaborate affair we know it to be today…all these things affected the way a true ‘retro wedding’ was assembled.  Justice of the Peace weddings and small weddings were definitely common in small towns across the country.  (Heck, when my parents were married in 1977, their wedding was quite typical according to my mother:  their ceremony took place in the church sanctuary, with their reception held in the church’s meeting hall in the same building.  A receiving line, simple food and cake — no dance floor, no dancing, no toasts.  I had to do some serious educating of my family when it came to our wedding in 2000, lol!)

So here’s what I’m thinking… If my grandmother would have told me in 2000 that I should have a retro wedding like hers, I probably would have cried!  Many of these elements work VERY well for modern couples — and I celebrate that! — but I know for me, and many other brides I visit with every year, we like the idea of the modern wedding.  So when it comes to ‘retro style’, I suggest that we take elements of retro decor and fashion, and perhaps let the retro habits remain celebrated in the annals of wedding lore…unless they float your boat! (And in which case, bravo!)

All right. That was my muse on American pop culture a la weddings for the week.  My Laramie High School Humanities teacher, Mrs. Maxfield, would be quite proud!  Enough of me talking…time to check out some pictures!  Here are some modern twists on retro goodness…50’s style!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.halterneckwedding.onsugar.com


www.trevorhutchison.com


www.yourweddingsupport.blogspot.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.adorablegamine.blogspot.com


www.ruffledblog.com

‘Til Next Time…do you have a retro wedding story? A history to share, or a time period we should explore? We’d love to hear from you!

Kati Hime, Editor

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