Is a Keg at My Reception a Good Money Saver or a Tacky Eyesore?

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Jun 272013
 
Can you have a keg at a wedding

Photo: Corbin Gurkin

Trying to save money on your wedding reception? Some cost-cutting shortcuts, like DIY details, are a great idea that add character, while others may be a bit less classy. Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your catering questions in our daily post.

Is it tacky to have a keg at the reception? We're supplying the liquor, and bottled beer is more expensive.

"If you're having an outdoor barbecue celebration, a keg could fit in fine," says Jennifer Brisman, president of Jennifer Brisman Weddings, New York. "But it won't work for anything more formal." One way to cut back on your liquor bill at a formal wedding is to serve bottled beer, wine and soda, and forget about mixed drinks.

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Is a Keg at My Reception a Good Money Saver or a Tacky Eyesore?

 Catering, Etiquette, Wedding Etiquette  Comments Off on Is a Keg at My Reception a Good Money Saver or a Tacky Eyesore?
Jun 272013
 
Can you have a keg at a wedding

Photo: Corbin Gurkin

Trying to save money on your wedding reception? Some cost-cutting shortcuts, like DIY details, are a great idea that add character, while others may be a bit less classy. Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your catering questions in our daily post.

Is it tacky to have a keg at the reception? We're supplying the liquor, and bottled beer is more expensive.

"If you're having an outdoor barbecue celebration, a keg could fit in fine," says Jennifer Brisman, president of Jennifer Brisman Weddings, New York. "But it won't work for anything more formal." One way to cut back on your liquor bill at a formal wedding is to serve bottled beer, wine and soda, and forget about mixed drinks.

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Is a Keg at My Reception a Good Money Saver or a Tacky Eyesore?

 Catering, Etiquette, Wedding Etiquette  Comments Off on Is a Keg at My Reception a Good Money Saver or a Tacky Eyesore?
Jun 272013
 
Can you have a keg at a wedding

Photo: Corbin Gurkin

Trying to save money on your wedding reception? Some cost-cutting shortcuts, like DIY details, are a great idea that add character, while others may be a bit less classy. Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your catering questions in our daily post.

Is it tacky to have a keg at the reception? We're supplying the liquor, and bottled beer is more expensive.

"If you're having an outdoor barbecue celebration, a keg could fit in fine," says Jennifer Brisman, president of Jennifer Brisman Weddings, New York. "But it won't work for anything more formal." One way to cut back on your liquor bill at a formal wedding is to serve bottled beer, wine and soda, and forget about mixed drinks.

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Is a Keg at My Reception a Good Money Saver or a Tacky Eyesore?

 Catering, Etiquette, Wedding Etiquette  Comments Off on Is a Keg at My Reception a Good Money Saver or a Tacky Eyesore?
Jun 272013
 
Can you have a keg at a wedding

Photo: Corbin Gurkin

Trying to save money on your wedding reception? Some cost-cutting shortcuts, like DIY details, are a great idea that add character, while others may be a bit less classy. Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your catering questions in our daily post.

Is it tacky to have a keg at the reception? We're supplying the liquor, and bottled beer is more expensive.

"If you're having an outdoor barbecue celebration, a keg could fit in fine," says Jennifer Brisman, president of Jennifer Brisman Weddings, New York. "But it won't work for anything more formal." One way to cut back on your liquor bill at a formal wedding is to serve bottled beer, wine and soda, and forget about mixed drinks.

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Where Can I Buy These Pink Heart-Shaped Wedding Cookies?

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Jun 182013
 
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We can't think of any sweeter wedding dessert than heart-shaped cookies with your name etched in pretty pink frosting! Lucky for you, our wedding experts tracked down where you can order these wedding-worthy treats.

I love these pink cookies I saw on Pinterest. Where can I buy them?

Cake Creamery in Pasadena, California, baked these adorable custom cookies, but they're available to SoCal brides only. Not to worry: Etsy seller ">CoutureConfectionsFL makes similar treats and ships them nationwide.

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Should I Worry About Serving Too Many Cuisines at Cocktail Hour?

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May 292013
 
wedding appetizer ideas

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Cocktail hour is the perfect time to get creative with your finger food, but how many options are too many—especially when they come from a variety of cuisines. Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your catering questions in our daily post.

We want several ethnic cuisines at our cocktail hour. But will the tastes complement each other?

Don't worry about mixing foods; what's important is to have a variety of dishes or hors d'oeuvres that will please most palates, says Philip Pessin, senior catering manager for the Swissotel in Chicago. "That means meat, seafood, and vegetarian choices." Chicken quesadillas, shrimp spring rolls and mushroom ravioli? Bring it on!

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Should I Have a Separate Children’s Menu at My Wedding?

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May 212013
 
flower girls at a rustic backyard wedding

Photo: Lisa Lefkowitz

Planning on inviting children other than your flower girl or ring bearer to your wedding? You may want to consider a special kid's menu. Which options will your younger guests will enjoy the most? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your catering questions in our daily post.

What do we need to think about when serving children? Should they get a separate menu?

"Children are guests, too!," says Charlie Palmer, chef at New York City's Metrazur, Aureole and Asta restaurants. "I think that it's worth the extra time and effort to cater to their needs. Let your caterer whip up a few simple dishes that young palates will love, but can still be formal, like a simple soup (hold the spices!), a delicious four-cheese ravioli for the main course, and ice cream for dessert."

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My Fiancé and I Don’t Drink. Do We Have to Serve Alcohol At Our Wedding?

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May 072013
 
Alcohol Wedding Etiquette

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It's your wedding and you can serve whatever food and drink you want to, right? Not necessarily. Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your catering questions in our daily post.

We don't drink, but some of our friends and family do. Is it rude not to serve alcohol at our wedding reception?

Although it's not rude to have a liquor-free party, if you know your friends and family drink, and you don't have any vehement objections to alcohol, go ahead and splurge on a little booze. You don't have to spend tons of money on a full, four-hour open bar. Instead, host a full bar open for a cocktail hour, followed by a few hours of wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks. Or serve just wine and beer, or festive champagne, all night long. However, if you do feel strongly about passing on liquor, then do so. Offer an exotic fruit punch and flavored sparkling waters. Or hire a bartender to mix "virgin" piña coladas and other fancy drinks. Or maybe even have a flavored iced-tea and coffee bar. Make the drinks you do serve interesting, and your guests will hardly notice what's missing.

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My Fiancé and I Are Vegetarians. How Rude Would it Be to Serve Only Meatless Options?

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Apr 252013
 
vegetarian wedding food etiquette

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Finding delicious vegetarian wedding food options can be a challenge—but what if both you and your fiancé are veg-only? Do you serve an entire menu of meatless food? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your food restriction-related questions in our daily post.

My fiancé and I are vegetarians, and we planned a fantastic meatless feast. My mother, however, thinks that we're being rude hosts by not serving meat to the rest of our guests. What do you think?

It's a tough call. If you feel very strongly about not serving meat, you should go ahead with your vegetarian dinner plans—even if your guests are normally carnivorous, they may really enjoy the enticing menu you have planned. On the other hand, the sign of a good host is someone who keeps their guests in mind when planning a party. If your family and friends are real "meat and potatoes" sorts who might find your menu too exotic for their tastes, compromise by offering one entree that will please the meat-eating crowd, and another for you and the more adventurous types.

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