Winter Wedding at Chase Court

Winter Wedding at Chase Court
On the corner of Chase Street and St. Paul, sits a historic architectural gem that was built in 1879 and still shines 136 years later. Chase Court is a Baltimore venue that encapsulates the history of Baltimore in the Mount Vernon area. Brides, who are new to the area, have a hard time getting over that this stone Gothic-style building is in the heart of the historic Mount Vernon district. The neighborhood’s brownstones and townhouses represent a cross-section of 19th century architectural styles, including Georgian, Greek Revival, Renaissance Revival, and Beaux Arts.

Now that you have an image of the area, try to picture it with snow on the ground and with a frost on the windows. The fireplace inside Chase Court roaring, while your wedding ceremony is taking place facing the gorgeous Gothic windows. Your guests meandering around the venue from the library to get cocktails to the ballroom. Some of them even sneak outside to get some fresh air with their coats on, as they take in the beauty of the outdoor gardens. Forgetting that they are even in a major metropolitan city.

That was similar to the setting of Molly and Ryan’s Winter Wedding at Chase Court. Molly and Ryan’s winter wedding took place at 10:30 a.m., so the wedding menu was a beautiful, light brunch buffet. We started with a block of bleu cheese, brie, glazed walnuts, fresh grapes and crackers on the appetizer table. In addition to a fresh fruit platter and an assortment of freshly baked muffins.

Then, for the main meal we served warm biscuits with turkey, ham, sausage gravy, jam, fruit jelly, honey rosemary butter, sliced strawberries, and mayonnaise offered on the side. We also served crab and cheddar cheese quiche that went well with the quiche Lorraine with bacon. We accompanied this with a field greens salad with toasted almonds, dried cranberries, crumbled feta cheese and raspberry vinaigrette. Of course we had grilled asparagus spears with lemon zest too.

It was a pleasure catering this winter wedding at Chase Court. Interested in seeing Chase Court for yourself? There is a wedding bridal show at Chase Court this Saturday, January 17th from 11 am – 3 pm. Tour this beautiful Baltimore wedding venue, meet great vendors, and try our food for free! Bring your fiance, maid of honor, parents, whomever to this Baltimore wedding show. We hope to see you there! Click here for information on planning your winter wedding at Chase Court.

Winter Wedding at Chase Court
Winter Wedding at Chase Court
Winter Wedding at Chase Court
Winter Wedding at Chase Court
Winter Wedding at Chase Court
Winter Wedding at Chase Court
Winter Wedding at Chase Court
Winter Wedding at Chase Court

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Wedding Fails: Week One

Dropped Wedding Cake

We have entered the new year with lots of humor, and hope to ease your worries throughout your wedding planning with laughter. We’re putting to the test what some of our clients consider “worst case scenarios” for their wedding day. In other words, as long as ___ happens, they’ll be content with their special day. What would that be for you, or – what happened to you on your wedding day that you wouldn’t wish upon your worst enemy. This will be a five part series that we will feature weekly to humor you, and ensure that these things never happen on your wedding day under our catering watch (knock on wood, of course).

Wedding fails: Week One – Dropped Wedding Cake
You spend months planning your wedding. Going through every intricate detail to make sure that this day is everything you’ve ever imagined, and more. Between the tasting for the catering company and the wedding cake tasting, you know that your guests are going to LOVE what they have to eat, and will find room for the cake at the end of the event. You were debating between a three-tier cake and a two-tier cake, but after seeing the final product of the three-tier- you are so glad you splurged. Top tier red velvet cake with butter cream frosting, middle tier chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, and the third tier, your absolute favorite. Baltimore Cakery’s Little Italy Cake with their to die-for cannoli icing. You are so happy with how it turned out, and you can’t wait to slice the first cake with your husband and maybe even smudge a piece in his face. The toasts are over, and it’s time to cut the cake. The catering company goes to move the cake to the display table, and then it happens. Your worst nightmare.

The cake goes tumbling to the floor. The hundreds of dollars you spent on the dessert that you were going to even freeze the top layer for to share with your sweetie-pie on your one-year anniversary. It’s gone. Your wedding is ruined. Your guests are in shock, and have no idea how to console you, or to break it to you that they weren’t that excited for the cake anyways. Nevertheless, it was important to you, and to your special day.

This is a real fear that some brides have, and with good reason. Cakes that are high in layer, are at times difficult to transport. If you do not have a staff that is strong enough, or intelligent enough to move the cake in a safe manner – then this could happen to you.

Luckily, for those of you who are our clients, we have highly trained staff who know how to handle these situations. First of all, the cake would never be moved prior to you cutting the first slice. There is a table designated for just holding the cake, and keeping it out of reach so there are no collisions with the cake on the dance floor. Second, when we do move the cake, we make sure to use only our staff who are comfortable and strong enough to move the cake. Most of the times, this means the manager is moving the cake. Others, it is whoever is the strongest of the staff. We take no chances when it comes to this highly important, sentimental dessert. Our one event designer, I won’t name names, but they won’t even move the cake because they do not want to take the chance of dropping it.

We take the moving of the cake very seriously, as we do cutting the cake. We don’t charge a cake cutting fee, as we’re happy to serve your guests as many flavors of cakes that you desire. Some of our clients have a small wedding cake, and then buy sheet cakes for us to cut in the back to then bring out to serve to their guests. No one even realizes, and it is an easy way to save money. We work with three bakeries, which includes Baltimore Cakery, Sugar Bakers and Patisserie Poupon. We are more than happy to serve as the liaison between the bakery, so the only thing on your plate is the cake. You can also have the cake tasting at our office if it is more convenient for you. Talk to your event designed today to learn more about our dessert options and start planning your wedding cake today.

Here are some cakes that were transported in one piece under our watch:

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American Visionary Art Museum Wedding Cake Walker's Overlook Wedding Cupcake Dessert Table Baltimore Catering
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Sea Shells Beach Themed Wedding Cake Zeffert and Gold Catering
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Naked Cake by Zeffert and Gold Catering
Rustic Box Wedding Cake Table
Baltimore Zoo Mansion House Wedding Cake
Baltimore Wedding Cake with Crabs
Ravens and Orioles Themed Wedding Cake
Amazing Baltimore Wedding Cake
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Liriodendron Mansion Garden Theme Wedding Bel Air Maryland Wedding Venue Cloisters Castle Katie and Ryan Lutherville Maryland Wedding Cake
Dani Leigh Photography Custom Designed Cake Topper Terps University of Maryland

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2015 Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award

2015 Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Award
What better way to kickoff the year than with an award from our amazing former clients? We have received word that for the sixth consecutive year, we have been awarded the 2015 Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award. Wedding Wire is the nation’s leading technology company serving the $100+ billion wedding, corporate, and social events industry. Launched in 2007, WeddingWire is the largest and most trusted online marketplace connecting merchants with engaged couples and party planners.

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recognizes the top five percent of local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, winners of the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® are determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over a million WeddingWire newlyweds.

When talking to potential clients, we always recommend that they read our reviews on Wedding Wire or the Knot because they are written by our former clients, who know firsthand what it is like to work with us. We know that we are a dependable, high-quality catering company, but we don’t want you to take our word for it. Take the word from someone who has been in your shoes. Who has felt the stress of planning a wedding in the Baltimore, DC and North Virginia area. Hear what it was like to work with a family-owned company, who has been a leading catering company for 30 years. See how that kind of experience impacts how an event is planned, and how a menu is developed.

We build custom menus, so that your menu is completely personalized for your special day. Do you want a mundane menu that hundreds of people have already used for their weddings? Or do you want a menu that incorporates your families’ recipes and you and your fiance’s personalities and food preferences within your menu. We can do that. We do, do that for hundreds of couples every year, and according to our former clients, we are doing it well. But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself why we have been awarded the 2015 Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/zeffert-and-gold-catering-and-event-planning-baltimore/98a5698df0f493ae.html

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Hippodrome Theatre Baltimore Wedding

Hippodrome Theatre Baltimore Wedding
The Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore was built in 1914 as a movie palace that also showcased vaudeville performances. Sound for the movies was provided by piano, a Moller organ commissioned for the theatre, and an orchestra. This beautiful, historical performing arts center is a breathtaking venue for Baltimore weddings. We had the pleasure of catering Joann and Won’s Hippodrome Theatre Baltimore wedding. The pictures by Ethan Yang Photography captured the eloquent wedding reception that we were honored to be a part of.

The reception tables are positioned on the stage of the Hippodrome Theatre, so guests can peer out into the audience, as though they were an actor in a play. On each table were gorgeous, tall flower centerpieces, draped with beautiful jewels by Sheila Smith Wedding and Floral Design, LLC. Tables were draped in gorgeous grey table linens with royal purple napkins that gave the perfect splash of color on the tables.

Of course we brought many different colors to the appetizer table with our bruschetta bazaar, hand rolled sushi, caprese bruschetta with crystallized basil, and Maryland crab dip. We also had butlered appetizers with shrimp tostada with mango salsa, Latin beef empanadas, scallops wrapped in bacon, duck mandarin pancakes, and baby lamb chops with demi glaze.

For the main meal, we served a field green salad with dried cranberries, toasted almonds and crumbled feta cheese, tossed with raspberry vinaigrette. For the dual entree we served grilled filet mignon and a jumbo lump crab cake with demi glaze and Eastern Shore remoulade. Steamed asparagus spears with Parmesan cheese and garlic mashed red potatoes put this meal over the top.

These pictures speak to the beauty and eloquence that was this Hippodrome Theatre Baltimore wedding. Joann and Won, we were so happy to be a part of your special day!

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2014 Wedding Trends

2014 Wedding Trends
As we enter the New Year, we wanted to review the most popular 2014 Wedding Trends. What some might call the year of the mason jar and resurgence of burlap. Are you ready to say goodbye to these wedding trends? Or will they be making a comeback in 2014? Here is a list of the top 2014 wedding trends.

1. Mason Jars
2014 weddings were loaded with mason jars in every facet of the wedding reception. Some couples used mason jars to hold their signature drink, while others used mason jars as part of their center piece to hold candles, or flower bouquets. While they do add a rustic charm to outdoor weddings, 2015 may be the year of antique milk bottles, or glass-cut pitchers. There’s plenty of alternative ways to add a unique look to a table centerpiece.


2014 Wedding Trends

Debra Witt of Bridal Guide Magazine says, “Centerpieces are no longer confined to the center of the table. in fact, clever brides will be hanging their showcase blooms from above — no more peeking around a tall vase to talk to your table partners!”

2014 Wedding Trends

2. Burlap
This fabric that somewhat resembles a potato sack, but still manages to add the perfect rustic touch to your table linens is staying in 2014. This 2014 wedding trend caught on fire so much so, that guests could almost guarantee a burlap appearance at their friend’s wedding.2014 Wedding Trends

There’s lots of alternatives to burlap that still have texture, but don’t shed as much as burlap tends to do. One wedding trend in 2015 will be dyed muslin linens. It’ll be the hombre of linens, and will be much more unique in the variety of colors than burlap could ever offer.

2014 Wedding Trends

3. Photo booth
Who doesn’t love this wedding tradition? Seeing your guests having a ball and dressing up in silly props. It really is an effective way to make sure you have a picture of each of your guests. But has the photo booth become too cliche? Has it lost its niche?

What about a video booth? This way your guests can leave you recorded messages (that they may or may not want to see the next morning). It would be something different and may be on the rise in 2015.

2014 Wedding Trends

4. Chevron
Much like burlap this patterned fabric was everywhere in 2014. Table runners, cake designs, wedding favors – you name it. Is it time to ditch this print for a more cleaner, classic look for 2015? What about bold linens or watercolor florals? You can also try rope prints, or ikats in tribal, ethnic and geometric patterns. “In my opinion, Mandarin Blue China patterns will be the next hottest trend,” says Leslie Price of In Any Event.

2014 Wedding Trends

5. Barn Weddings
Yee-haw. Who is ready to stay out of the barn yard in 2015? Don’t get us wrong. Barn weddings, especially on farms in Maryland, can really be beautifully eloquent affairs. It just takes a lot of decorating to get the right amount of rustic to the right amount of class. We would suggest looking for venues that have just as much charm in museums, Victorian mansions and other unique venues in Maryland. We’ll always help plan a barn wedding, but make sure your prepared for your dress to get a little dirty in the field.

2014 Wedding Trends

Having recapped five of the biggest 2014 wedding trends, we want to take this time to thank you for such an amazing year. With catering hundreds of weddings, mitzvahs, corporate events and fundraisers, we were blessed to have met thousands of amazing people. Seeing a room transform after months of planning is almost as rewarding as seeing your faces when you see your dream room for the first time. It is truly why we love what we do. We look forward to an even busier 2015 year, and can’t wait to see all of the new wedding trends unfold. Happy New Year!

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Giveaway: Free Deluxe Ice Cream Sundae Bar

ZG Deluxe Ice Cream Sundae

We have a very special giveaway to start off the New Year! From January 1st to March 31st, all new customers who sign a contract for our catering services will win a free deluxe ice cream sundae bar giveaway.We will be giving away our Free Deluxe Ice Cream Sundae Bar giveaway coupons at the Maryland Wedding Expo at the Timonium Fairgrounds this weekend. The Bridal Expo will take place Friday, January 2nd and Saturday, January 3rd. Friday’s show will be from 5 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Saturday’s show will be from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tickets are available online and will be sold at the bridal expo. There will be an extensive amount of vendors present that cover all facets of the wedding planning process. Come to this Baltimore bridal show to complete your wedding planning in one day!

I’m sure when you hear fairgrounds you think outdoors, but don’t worry. This two-day bridal expo will take place inside the Timonium Fairgrounds’ Exhibition Hall. Plenty of room to browse and meet different wedding photographers, vendors, officiants, bakeries, etc. We will be there to discuss your wedding menu, and answer all of your questions. We will also be giving away a Free Deluxe Ice Cream Sundae Bar for all new clients, who book our catering services between January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015. The ice cream sundae bar includes two select ice cream flavors, hot fudge, whipped cream, and a gourmet selection of various ice cream toppings. Your guests will love you for winning this wedding giveaway, and you will save a bundle by not having to pay for dessert. Traditional wedding cakes are no longer trending. Unique wedding desserts that are fun, and don’t taste like fondant are what is in season.

If you can’t make it to the Timonium Fairgrounds this weekend, we will be at plenty of bridal shows throughout Baltimore this month. Come see us at the Chase Court Open House on Tuesday, January 6th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; or Saturday, January 17th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will also be at the Riggs Center Open House on January 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Of course we will be at Cloisters Open House on Saturday, January 10 from 11 am to 3 pm, and Saturday, January 24 from 11 am to 3 p.m. If you have any questions about our free deluxe ice cream sundae bar giveaway, please contact us at 410-944-4481. We look forward to seeing you this month to start planning your wedding.

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Catered Baltimore Surprise Party

Catered Baltimore Surprise Party
The month of December has been busy with catered Baltimore corporate holiday parties and other festive holiday parties. We had the pleasure of catering a Baltimore Surprise Party at Castaway’s Bar and Grill on Saturday. With the help of Innovative Party Planners, we transformed this Fells Point Bar into a Cinderella themed 50th surprise birthday party for Mindy. Mindy’s daughter planned the whole catered Baltimore Surprise Party, and boy – was her mom surprised! Guests arrived around 8 p.m. and were given the welcome drink of Cotton Candy Champagne. We made the pink cotton candy and added champagne to add the perfect, bubbly, pink touch fit for the birthday girl and her guests. For about an hour, guests enjoyed appetizers and drinks, waiting in anticipation for the birthday girl to arrive to her catered Baltimore surprise party. For appetizers, guests enjoyed baked brie with a raspberry coulis sauce, a charcuterie plate of assorted meats, vegetable crudites with a pesto ranch, and an assortment of bruschetta. We also had our staff passing around lobster bisque, cheese steak won tons, Ruben egg rolls, Bang Bang shrimp tacos, and an Asian cinnamon tuna on a seaweed salad with sesame brittle.

Of course we had plenty of appetizers left for when the birthday girl arrived at 9:30 p.m. Mindy thought that it was her daughter’s friend’s surprise party, but upon walking up the stairs she was greeted with a SURPRISE, from her closest family and friends. She had no idea about the party and was so ecstatic to celebrate the rest of the night with her loved ones.

After Mindy greeted her guests and enjoyed a few photos in the fabulous Pixalated Photobooth, it was time to serve dinner. Instead of using regular tables, we used the pool tables that the bar had provided. We served gorgeous seared salmon on top of a Greek salad with foccacia bread and infused olive oil for dipping. We also had beef tenderloin on top of mashed potatoes, topped with caramelized onions and Cabernet sauce. We even had a risotto station with an assortment of toppings for guests to enjoy.

Of course, there had to be a cake that was fit for Mindy’s catered Baltimore surprise party. The chocolate cake with chocolate chip icing was in the shape of an eloquent pillow with a glass slipper on top. It was truly beautiful and mesmerizing for the guests! We also had chocolate covered strawberries, truffles, and macaroons for guests to enjoy too. Happy 50th birthday to Mindy! We had a fantastic time catering your Baltimore surprise party.

Catered Baltimore Surprise Party

Catered Baltimore Surprise Party
Catered Baltimore Surprise Party

Catered Baltimore Surprise Party
Catered Baltimore Surprise Party
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Catered Baltimore Surprise Party

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Wedding at Historic London Town

 

Wedding Catering Annapolis

Zeffert and Gold Catering had the absolute pleasure of working with Katie and Matt on their wedding at Historic London Town. This amazing couple planned an amazing wedding that is sure to leave their guests with pleasant memories for a very long time. Making the day even more special were special little touches that were important to both Katie and Matt.

London Town Wedding Catering

The couple was married overlooking the beautiful South River, with family and friends surrounding them for the fun and comfortable ceremony. With so many beautiful places for a ceremony for a wedding at Historic London Town, this is possibly our favorite. Check out their website for tons of great pictures of setups of this beautiful venue.

Baltimore Waterfront Wedding

Immediately following the ceremony, the guests were ushered to the beautiful garden where guests were treated to an amazing spread of delicious food and a plethora of tasty drinks. This was just the start, after appetizers guests enjoyed a buffet full of delicious breakfast foods. There was such a variety of foods that all guests were able to eat until they were content.

Annapolis Catering

The special touches at this wedding were done by the amazing girls over at Two Hands Studios. They set up an awesome gift table, a dessert spread that would make anyone drool, and cute signs for every detail imaginable.

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We wish Katie and Matt a lifetime of happiness!

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New Years Eve Giveaway

New Years Eve Giveaway

In the spirit of the holidays, we are very excited to announce our New Year’s Eve giveaway. New Year’s Eve is a time where friends and family gather to celebrate 2014, and ring in the new year together. With this special night comes all different kinds of restaurant deals, parties, and other celebrations that leave you ringing in the New Year with a lighter bank account. We want to take the expense out of New Year’s Eve for you with our New Year’s Eve Giveaway.

We are giving away a three course meal for 10 people. This delicious meal will be given to you at no cost, and will allow you to host your friends and family without the expense of feeding them. You will impress your guests with a variety of appetizers that they can enjoy while sipping their cocktails. We will make the appetizers, so that all you will have to do is pick your favorite serving dish to display the savory and delicious starters. Then, comes the main meal. We aren’t giving away what is included in this New Year’s Eve Giveaway, but we will give a hint. Beef tenderloin.

Of course, what is a lovely meal, without dessert? That’s right. We will also be providing a rich and decadent dessert for your guests to savor so much that they will question if they’re ready to let go of 2014. All you have to do is keep the champagne flowing, and decide what wine will best pair with each course. We’re always happy to offer suggestions.

What’s even better is how easy it is to enter our New Year’s Eve giveaway. Go to our Facebook page, and “like” our page, if you aren’t a fan already. Then, comment on our New Year’s Eve giveaway post with your favorite holiday dish. That’s it! We will randomly choose a winner, and announce who has won this New Year’s Eve Giveaway on Friday, December 26th. Happy Holiday’s and good luck!

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Wedding Planning Timeline

It happened. The person you’ve been with, the person who makes you happier than anyone else in the world- has finally proposed. You’re ecstatic. You’re not sure if you’ve ever felt happier in your entire life, and you can’t wait to spend the rest of your life with that person. Your person.

You immediately call your closest family and friends, and they share that feeling of happiness with you. They feel ecstatic for you, and can’t wait to celebrate your love and happiness.

Maybe a day goes by, or a week, or weeks. Then that feeling turns from ignorant bliss to a little more anxious and stressful. You realize that you have to plan the wedding. You have to find a venue, a caterer, a band; or wait, do you want a DJ? Do you want to get married in a church, or having something nontraditional? Who do you invite? How big should your wedding be? Wait, how much is this going to cost?

There are a thousand more questions running through your head. It can be extremely overwhelming, and stressful. We’re here to help alleviate that stress. We broke the wedding planning process down, month by month to help keep your planning on track. Although we’re a catering company, we specialize in event planning, as well. You’re not alone in this process, and seeing your checklist in a wedding planning timeline, should help relax and maybe even help to enjoy the wedding planning process a bit. Even though this timeline is based on a 12-month period, you can apply it to however long or short of time you have to plan your wedding. View this timeline as the order of how you should tackle your wedding planning process.

Wedding Planning Timeline

12 Months Before

  • Book Venue: Venues book up quickly—in some cases, up to a year in advance. We work all over Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. For a list of some of the venues where we work, click here.
  • Draft Guest List: Doing this in a Google Doc spreadsheet is a great idea, so that your family can easily access the list and update as needed. It also avoids the issue of having multiple versions of the same document floating around in your email.
  • Engagement Party: This is completely optional. Traditionally the parents of the bride host the engagement party.
  • Register: It’s better to do this sooner rather than later so people know what to get you if they want to send you an engagement or shower gift. You can always go back and edit your registry so don’t feel like you’re bound to everything you register for. Try to register to 2-3 different stores to get all your must-haves.

10 Months Before

  • Pick an Officiant: Like venues, officiants book up fast.
  • Select Bridal Party: This can be one of the toughest decisions because it can be difficult to include all of your closest friends. Nevertheless it’s good to get this out of the way early so your attendants can plan accordingly.
  • Choose Vendors: First and foremost, book a caterer. We often close dates for additional business up to a year in advance. ESPECIALLY in the fall. I would also choosing a photographer and a florist at this point, too. The rest can be booked later. Use Wedding Wire or the Knot to read reviews on vendors!
  • Take Engagement Photos: This is optional, although many couples like to include an engagement photo in their announcements or save the dates. If you do not wish to include a photo in either, you can take them at a later date or not at all.

8 Months Before

  • Order Your Dress: Believe it or not, a wedding dress can take up to 7 or 8 months to receive after ordering—especially if you are doing something customized.
  • Block Hotel Rooms for Guests: If you have a handful of guests coming in from out of town or you’re doing a destination wedding, you should book a block of rooms at a local hotel for your guests. Typically hotels will give you a discounted group rate if you meet the minimum room block requirement.
  • Cake Tastings + Order Cake: We offer cake tastings at our office if you are interested in Sugar Bakers, Baltimore Cakery or Patisserie PouPon.
  • Begin Hair & Makeup Trails: Once you’ve ordered your dress, it’s a good idea to begin thinking about your beauty look. If you are doing your own hair and makeup, be sure to test out a few styles with some serious staying power. Also, if you are going to get an airbrush tan, I suggest testing out a few different places. Once you find a tan that works for you, book your wedding appointment at least 48-hours before your actual nuptials take place.

6 Months

  • Send Save the Dates: If you are doing a destination wedding, it’s a good idea to send these out with as much advance notice as possible—10 months prior to your date should be sufficient. Otherwise, it’s important to give your guests at least 6 months notice so they can save the date on their own calendars and plan accordingly.
  • Book Honeymoon: Figure out where you want to go and begin researching transportation options and accommodations.
  • Order Bridesmaids’ Dresses: These can take up to 5 months to receive after ordering. Your maids will also need time to get any additional alterations done so it’s wise to order these sooner rather than later.
  • Purchase Wedding Bands: If you are customizing your bands with an inscription, it’s best to order them in advance in case there are any issues with sizing.

4 Months

  • Select Groomsmen Attire: Whether the groomsmen are renting or purchasing, it’s a good idea to get this sorted out a few months before the wedding to avoid any last minute mishaps.
  • Plan Rehearsal Dinner: Traditionally the groom’s family hosts the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding.
  • Confirm Vendors: Confirm and book additional vendors (lighting, cake delivery, sound equipment, furniture rentals, etc.).
  • Decide on Hair & Makeup: Finalize your look and make sure you have the appropriate makeup for touchups on the day of the wedding.

2 Months

  • Mail Invitations: Wedding invitations are typically sent out 6 to 8 weeks prior to the wedding.
  • Write or Decide on Vows/Ceremony: If you are writing your own vows, it’s a nice touch if you memorize them.
  • Purchase Day Of Accessories: Figure out what you will be wearing with your dress—shoes, jewelry, hairpieces, veil, etc. Also, don’t forget the old adage: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue!”
  • Confirm Day Of Transportation: Determine how you, your bridal party, and your families will be getting to and from wedding locations.

6 Weeks

  • Apply for Marriage License: Check US Marriage Laws for your local requirements and details.
  • Get Everything Printed: Make sure you have all of your menus, nametags, wedding programs and the like printed and ready to go.

1 Month

  • Bachelorette Party: There isn’t a textbook rule of thumb as to when you can have your bachelorette party. Just find a date that works for your bridal party. Typically the Maid of Honor plans this with the rest of the bridesmaids.
  • Bridal Shower: Traditionally, the groom’s mother’s close friend hosts the bridal shower. Or your bridesmaids can host a shower as well.

2 Weeks

  • Final Dress Fitting: Be sure to test out how all of your accessories look with the dress and make any changes as needed. Also, it’s wise to start breaking in your wedding shoes at this point.
  • Give Shot List to Photographer: Figure out what photographs are important to you and put together a list of shots you would like taken for your photographer.
  • Review Music with DJ/Band: Touch base with your band or DJ to finalize the playlist and confirm special request songs.

1 Week

  • Final Headcount: Once you have reviewed your RSVPs, you will then need to confirm the numbers with your rental companies (chairs, tables) as well as your caterer.
  • Finalize Seating Chart: Sit friends and acquaintances together whenever possible.
  • Get Facials & Waxings: Sometimes these treatments can cause unforeseen breakouts, so be sure to give yourself a one week grace period post-treatment to give your skin some time to calm down before the wedding. Also, you never want to get waxed after you get spray tanned…unless you’re going for an intentional zebra look.

48 Hours Before

  • Get Tan: If bronzed skin is important to you, get an airbrush spray tan. Aside from tanning beds being incredibly bad for your skin, the risk of getting a last minute sunburn isn’t worth it.
  • Have Nails Done: You want your manicure and pedicure as fresh as possible so try to get this done as close to the wedding as you can. It may be fun to take your bridesmaids with you for mani’s and pedi’s, or this could be used as your bridesmaids’ gifts.
  • Wrap Bridesmaids & Groom Gifts: Don’t wait until the last minute to wrap these—better yet, wrap them upon purchase to avoid any headaches later on.

Day Before

  • Rehearsal Dinner: Attend and enjoy! Drink more water, than alcohol. You want to be fresh & feeling good on your wedding day!
  • Give Bridal Party Gifts: Typically the day before the wedding the bride will give her bridesmaids’ a gift.

Day Of

  • Get married & live happily ever after! No wedding is perfect and things might go astray. Just remember to enjoy the moment (it goes by fast) and have fun! Things that you notice as “incorrect,” or didn’t go as according to plan will NOT be noticed by your guests. Remember to EAT & take time with your partner, as the day will be filled with talking to other guests.If you have any questions about this timeline, please don’t hesitate to talk with your event designer.
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