When planning your wedding there are so many options for every decision. Your bar is no different. Below we will try and explain several different options for stocking the bar for your big day.
The open bar has traditionally been the most popular option for many couples. This has the most options, but it is also the most expensive. At a full open bar guests can order almost any drink on the planet and the bartender will be able to oblige. Many catering companies have different levels, each with different price points. At Zeffert and Gold Catering we have 3 open bar options that guests can select from when looking for the right bar for your Baltimore wedding. The positive of these options are the ability for any guests to be able to find a drink that they will enjoy, with the biggest negative being the cost.
With a limited bar you are offering guests a few specified options that they can select from. Most limited bars involve beer and wine or beer and wine and a signature drink or two. The biggest advantages to selecting a limited bar is that you can customize fun drinks to fit your event and it also keeps the cost lower than if you did a full open bar.
Host Provided Alcohol Bar:
The host provided alcohol bar is the option that has been recently growing in popularity. This allows you, as the host, to provide the alcohol to the caterer. The caterer will supply bartenders, sodas, mixers, bar fruit, ice, glassware and everything else that you need besides alcohol. You can supply just beer and wine, or you can opt to offer a full open bar. The big savings on the host provided alcohol bar is that at the end of the event you are able to return any unopened bottles to the liquor store that you purchased from.
Did you just get engaged? Ready to set a date and start planning the wedding of your dreams? Glance over the following dates to see if there are any that you may want to steer clear of when booking your wedding.
Personally Significant Days
Check your own calendar for any reunions, family and friend’s weddings, anniversaries or other events. If you are worried about big conventions or festivals in Baltimore or elsewhere in Maryland check out this calendar. Also, ask about any annual occasions that involve your family or close friends.
Holiday weekend weddings have pros and cons. You’ve got an extra day for the festivities (and recovery!); plus, a Sunday Wedding can be less expensive than a Saturday one. But costs of travel and hotels may be higher. And if you’re looking to marry around Valentine’s Day, be wary of your floral bill, especially if you’ve got your heart set on red roses—they’ll likely be more expensive than at any other time of the year. Likewise, reception sites often charge a higher fee for a New Year’s Eve wedding. Also consider the impact of a holiday weekend on your guest list: Some families have standing plans or traditions that they’d prefer not to miss.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of January 16-18, 2016
Weekend of January 14-16, 2017
Weekend of January 13-15, 2018
Presidents’ Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of February 13-15, 2016
Weekend of February 18-20, 2017
Weekend of February 17-19, 2018
Mother’s Day (always a Sunday) Make sure your moms are okay sharing this weekend with your wedding. And ask yourself: Do you want your anniversary to fall on the same weekend as Mother’s Day when (or if) you become a mom?
Weekend of May 7-8, 2016
Weekend of May 13-14, 2017
Weekend of May 12-13, 2018
Memorial Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of May 28-30, 2016
Weekend of May 27-29, 2017
Weekend of May 26-28, 2018
Father’s Day (always a Sunday)
Like you would with your moms, check with your dads about doubling up on this day. And grooms, make sure you’re okay with celebrating your anniversary the same weekend as Father’s Day if you decide to have kids.
Weekend of June 18-19, 2016
Weekend of June 17-18, 2017
Weekend of June 16-17, 2018
Monday, July 4, 2016
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of September 3-5, 2016
Weekend of September 2-4, 2017
Weekend of September 1-3, 2018
Columbus Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of October 8-10, 2016
Weekend of October 7-9, 2017
Weekend of October 6-8, 2018
Avoid it if you’re terrified that someone might actually show up in costume (and embrace it if you want them to!).
Monday, October 31, 2016
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)
November 24, 2016
November 23, 2017
November 22, 2018
New Year’s Eve
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Monday, December 31, 2018
Religious and Cultural Holidays
Be mindful of religious and cultural holidays (your own and those of your guests) when planning your wedding. There may even be restrictions at your house of worship as to whether you’re allowed to marry at these times.
March 20, 2016
April 9, 2017
March 25, 2018
March 27, 2016
April 16, 2017
April 1, 2018
Passover (begins at sunset)
Friday, April 22, 2016
Monday, April 10, 2017
Friday, March 30, 2018
Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset)
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Monday, July 31, 2017
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset)
Sunday, October 2, 2016, until nightfall on Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 until nightfall on Friday September 22, 2017
Sunday, September 9, 2018 until nightfall on Tuesday September 11, 2018
Yom Kippur (begins at sunset)
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 until nightfall on Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Friday, September 29, 2017 until nightfall on Saturday, September 30, 2017
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 until nightfall on Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Hanukkah (begins at sunset)
Saturday, December 24, 2016 until nightfall on Sunday, January 1, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 until nightfall on Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Sunday December 2, 2018 until nightfall on Monday, December 10, 2018
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Monday, December 25, 2017
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Monday, December 26, 2016 until Sunday, January 1, 2017
Tuesday, December 26, 2017, until Monday, January 1, 2018
Wednesday, December 26, 2018, until Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar)
Tuesday, July 5, until Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Saturday, June 24, until Sunday, June 25, 2017
Thursday, June 14, until Friday June 15, 2018
Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes; the holiday lasts for about four days)
Monday, September 12 , 2016
Friday, September 1, 2017
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Friday, April 15, 2016
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Monday, March 26, 2018
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Monday, September 3, 2018
Days of Remembrance
We’re talking about historically significant days (like the anniversary of September 11) that may be off-limits if you come from a big military family. Or, that could make them all the more meaningful—it’s up to you to decide.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Monday, September 11, 2017
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Friday, December 7, 2018
Major Sporting Events
If you’re die-hard sports fans—or if you’re worried your guests might have a hard time choosing between your wedding and the big game—avoid getting married during popular sporting events. And if a lot of your guests come from the same alma mater, watch out for homecoming weekends and bowl games that might conflict.
Super Bowl Sunday
February 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA
February 5, 2017, in Houston, TX
February 4, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN
Final Four During March Madness
Saturday, April 2, 2016, and Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston, TX
Saturday, April 1, 2017 and Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, AZ
Saturday, March 31, 2018 and Monday, April 2, 2018, in San Antonio, TX
If you’re superstitious, you might want to watch out for these historically inauspicious dates from across several cultures.
The Ides of March For ancient Romans, an “ides” was simply a date that marked the middle of the month—until Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15 in 44 B.C. Since then, “Beware the Ides of March” has become the mantra of this superstitiously unlucky date.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Friday the 13th The unluckiest date of the year has questionable origins. Some historians say it comes from the 13 diners who were present at the last supper, but the famous Babylon’s Code of Hammurabi doesn’t include a 13th law, which suggests this superstition is as old as 1700 BC. And it wasn’t until a successful novel titled Friday the Thirteenth was published in the early 1900s that Friday became part of the unlucky equation.
May 13, 2016
January 13, 2017
October 13, 2017
April 13, 2018
July 13, 2018
Leap Years Greeks and Romans thought that starting any new life event— from getting married to baptizing a child— in a leap year would bring bad luck.
We had the pleasure of catering the last Evergreen Carriage House wedding of 2015. We had so much fun working with Sarah and Mario to make their dream wedding come to life. This Evergreen Carriage House wedding ceremony took place inside in the carriage room. After the ceremony, guests headed to the stalls area, where they enjoyed drinks and appetizers. For appetizers we served lamb meatballs with tzatziki sauce, Maryland crab dip, tomato bruschetta, olive muffaletta bruschetta, and roasted vegetable bruschetta, and our baked brie en brioche served with raspberry coulis sauce.
After cocktail hour, guests were welcomed into the main tent area for dinner. The room looked so eloquent and beautiful with the centerpieces and flowers done by My Flower Box. The guest table linens were a gorgeous silver satin, with white floral centerpieces that absolutely popped. The tall mercury candle holders, interchanged with smaller mercury vases added the perfect touch of color to the table that complimented the linens perfectly. Other unique wedding decor elements was the large mirror that had all of the guests’ table information, displayed on its easel.
For dinner, we served Southwestern Spiced Pork with Chimichurri Sauce, Roasted Vegetable Lasagna, Haricot Vert with Lemon Zest, and Triple Roast of Yukon Gold, Red Bliss and Sweet Potatoes. For dessert, we had an assortment of cakes from our friends at Baltimore Cakery. The cake flavors included the “Pink Flamingo Cake,” which is a pink lemonade cake layered with pink flamingo pie filling, Toasted Almond and Black Raspberry cake, “Dem O’s,” which is a chocolate cake filled with layers of fudge and cookies and cream buttercream icing, and “Minnie the Mocha,” which is a chocolate cake with mocha flavored buttercream icing.
The rest of the evening was filled with dancing and lots of laughter by all of Sarah and Mario’s family members and friends. It was such a pleasure catering this Evergreen Carriage House wedding, and all of the weddings at this wonderful venue this year.
Many University of Maryland Alumni turn to their favorite alma mater when the time arrives to choose a wedding venue. Riggs Alumni Center was the perfect ballroom for Sandra and AJ’s wedding this fall. With enough space to fit up to 450 guests, Riggs Alumni Center comfortably fit Sandra and AJ’s 200 friends and family members.
For cocktail hour, we served miniature tacos, jumbo shrimp cocktail with spicy cocktail sauce, hot Parmesan cheese and artichoke dip, and teriyaki cocktail meatballs. Sandra and AJ decided to have a seated style menu for their main course, so when cocktail hour was over, guests went to their seats and began their first course. We served a classic Caesar Salad with toasted croutons and grated Romano cheese. While their guests enjoyed the first course, Sandra and AJ’s bridal party was introduced into the ballroom, followed by the bride and groom’s first dance. After that, the main course was served. Sandra and AJ’s guests had the option of boneless breast of Parmesan crusted chicken with basil beurre blanc sauce, or teriyaki glazed salmon on a bed of braised spinach, topped with caramelized onions. To accompany the entrees, we served steamed broccoli and garlic mashed potatoes.
After dinner, guests enjoyed mingling and dancing at this beautiful Riggs Alumni Center wedding. For dessert, we served an assortment of freshly baked cookies, brownie shooters and fruit skewers. An assortment of small desserts is the perfect accompaniment to any wedding cake, so that all of your guests will find their favorite dessert of choice.
While the guests all loved this Riggs Alumni Center wedding menu, the decor of this wedding was the real star. The head table had a purple sequence table linen that was absolutely beautiful and so unique. The rest of the guest tables were also purple, but in a different pattern that complimented the head table perfectly. The centerpieces were simple, but lovely flowers that added a great assortment of color to the ballroom.
It’s all in the details. It’s a timeless phrase that couldn’t ring truer for Greer and David’s beautiful Evergreen Carriage House wedding. The crisp white linens, with gold accents and a beautiful navy print table runner left the guests in awe as they entered the carriage house. 2hands Studio did a fantastic job with all of the navy and gold decor accents, both inside for the reception, and outside for the ceremony and cocktail hour.
Greer and David had a beautiful outdoor ceremony facing Evergreen’s fountains. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers on the courtyard patio with a lovely band playing music in the background.
After cocktail hour, guests made their way down to Evergreen’s carriage house for the remainder of the evening. Greer and David enjoyed their first dance together, and then guests were invited to their seats for the first course. We served a Field Greens Salad with dried cranberries, toasted almonds, and crumbled feta cheese, tossed with a raspberry vinaigrette.
For the main course, guests had the option of Singapore Chicken with asparagus and carrots, lightly seasoned with curry, and finished with sweet chili sauce;Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna seared medium rare and served with wasabi cream sauce; Sliced and Fanned Seasoned Tenderloin of Beef with Wild Mushroom Ragout, offered with Bordelaise Sauce; or Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Butter Sauce.
For the rest of the evening, guests enjoyed dancing and celebrating Greer and David. We were so happy to be a part of their special day. Congratulations to this amazing couple!
What comes to mind when you hear a barn wedding? Rustic? Casual? Perhaps a backyard barbecue type of ambiance. Well, Tiffany and Justin’s Monkton, Maryland barn wedding completely transformed any preconceived notion of barn weddings. The string lights and eloquent decor complimented the beautiful barn with its stunning hardwood floors. The top two floors of the barn were used for the guest tables, with Tiffany and Justin’s table sitting on the patio with their family and bridal party. The barn was completely open, so even the guests on the balcony level were close to the bride and groom.
Tiffany and Justin embraced all of the features of the barn including the gorgeous wooden hanging bar, and the large stacks of hay, which they covered in linen. The back of the barn had the perfect cement patio, which was used for cocktail hour and then later for dancing. So many of the tables used for this Monkton, Maryland Barn wedding were stunning wooden pieces, which only added to this upscale, outdoor wedding. With plenty to eat and drink, the guests enjoyed the live band on the patio, under the stars, on a perfect summer night.
For this Monkton, Maryland barn wedding, we served sweet and sour meatballs, Maryland crab dip, fresh fruit and assorted cheeses for appetizers. For the main course, we served fresh Roseda Beef, Teriyaki Salmon with caramelized onions and spinach, Julienne of Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Carrot and Triple Roast of Yukon Gold, Red Bliss, and Sweet Potatoes. For dessert, Tiffany and Justin had a delicious wedding cake for their guests to enjoy. We served the cake directly to the guests on the dance floor, so they wouldn’t have to miss a song!
Congratulations to Tiffany and Justin. We had an amazing time catering your Monkton, Maryland Barn wedding!
One of the greatest parts of designing a wedding, is the transformation of the venue. Jen and Kevin’s Oregon Ridge Park wedding took a practical park venue and completely transformed the room into a beautifully refined, rustic space. The ceremony took place outside, on Oregon Ridge Park’s spacious grounds. Jen and Kevin had colorful umbrellas for their guests to shield themselves from the scorching hot Baltimore summer sun. After the ceremony, guests walked a few steps up to the concert band shell for cocktail hour. The unique space was perfect for guests to enjoy appetizers like buffalo chicken macaroni and cheese balls, mini-chicken and waffles with maple thyme infused syrup, Latin beef empanadas, scallops wrapped with bacon with barbecue sauce and roasted garlic and saffron risotto cakes with sun dried tomato aioli. We even had a Raw Oyster bar for guests to enjoy.
After cocktail hour, guests went inside to Oregon Ridge Park’s largest rental space. Our friends at NoLo Weddings and Events, did a spectacular job with the room decor. With beautiful ivory table linens, dusty rose accents and burlap centerpieces, the room was setup perfectly for this summer wedding. We had three stations for Jen and Kevin’s Oregon Ridge Park wedding. One was our Middle Eastern Bazaar station featuring chef prepared falafel and turkey schwarma served in pita, and offered with our house made yogurt tahini sauce. Guests loved being able to choose all of the toppings that went in their pita like our marinated olives, cucumbers and roasted red peppers. We also had our Fruits of the Sea station with mussels provencale, New Orleans jambalaya, and crab claws. Finally, we had our Argentine Bogota Nights station featuring grilled Peruvian ribs, Argentinean roasted chicken, warm potato salad and quinoa salad.
Jen and Kevin surprised their guests with a late night snack of popcorn, and a cupcake truck! Iced Gems‘ brought an adorable truck full of gourmet cupcakes like the “Bacon up a Storm” cupcake. It was the perfect way to top off this amazing Oregon Ride Park wedding. Congratulations, Jen and Kevin! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!
Meghan and John’s beautiful wedding reception took place at Evergreen Museum and Library’s Carriage House. Meghan and John wanted a variety of fresh food that celebrated the summer season. We worked with them to design a custom menu that catered to all 230 of their guests. Their cocktail hour took place in Evergreen’s beautiful outdoor courtyard. We had stationary appetizers of seasonal vegetables, fresh fruit, imported and domestic cheeses, and Charcuterie, as guests mingled and explored the beautiful property. We also served mini pork belly tacos, smoked salmon canapes, cinnamon seared tuna spoons, candied bacon, and asparagus wrapped with beef sirloin.
After cocktail hour, guests made their way down to the Evergreen Carriage House for the remainder of the evening. The carriage house was decorated beautifully with lights draped in the main dancing room. Instead of a traditional cake, Meghan and John had an assortment of cupcakes for their guests, which was displayed on refurbished tree slices. Mr. and Mrs. Hinder also had their last name in marquee lights directly behind the guest tables in the carriage house. All of the personalized wedding chalkboard signs added to Meghan and John’s wedding decor for their Evergreen Carriage House wedding.
For this summer Baltimore wedding, we had a stations style dinner service. Guests enjoyed our Charcoal Grill Station with chef carved seasoned strip steak and roasted turkey breast with assorted breads and condiments. We also had our From the Shore station with Rockfish Tacos topped with pickled red onion, diced avocado, cilantro lime rice, and sweet chili sauce. The tacos were accompanied with crab claws, and our heirloom Maryland Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad with crystallized basil. To top it off, we served our Summer in the City station featuring blackened chicken breast, blackened shrimp, warm potato salad and Caesar salad.
The details of this Evergreen Carriage House wedding is what made Meghan and John’s celebration so unique. Congratulations to this amazing couple! We loved catering your summer Baltimore wedding.
After a summer full of catered weddings, mitzvahs, and special events, we topped it off with a large corporate catering event for Amazon in Baltimore. The event took place at Amazon’s massive new distribution center in Baltimore. With the help of Loan Bros., Inc., we had tents setup for 6,000 of Amazon’s employees, family members and friends. Each tent was filled with buffets complete with summer barbecue classics like hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, field greens salad, etc.
Delicious catered food wasn’t the only feature of this large Baltimore corporate catering event. We also had several moon bounces available for children to enjoy, and other games like ring toss and ball toss. We even had one tent designated for bingo for guests to play as they enjoyed the summer afternoon. Of course, a Baltimore summer event wouldn’t be complete without snow balls. Our friends at Kavern Snowball supplied a variety of snow ball flavors like mango, cherry, and raspberry.
We had so much fun catering Amazon’s large corporate event. Whether your company is hosting a Baltimore corporate event for 100 or 10,000 of your employees, we are happy to work with you to design a custom menu for any occasion.
With our summer wedding season drawing to an end, we wanted to feature Shavonne and Kahleb’s beautiful Newton White Mansion wedding. Their wedding colors of sage, blush, ivory and gold looked so eloquent in the mansion’s glass-enclosed atrium. If you are not familiar with Newton White Mansion it is a stunning venue located in Prince George’s county. Shavonne and Kahleb took advantage of the picturesque outdoor patio, where their Newton White Mansion wedding ceremony took place surrounding a beautiful outdoor fountain.
The cocktail hour took place in the upper patio, with the bar located on the large porch. Having the cocktail hour on the upper patio allowed for guests to enjoy drinks and appetizers outside, but also gave them quick access to the indoor ballroom in case the July heat became too much. For appetizers we served our sweet and sour cocktail meatballs, Maryland crab dip, seasonal vegetables, and our Natty Boh cheddar cheese fondue. We also served our jerk chicken skewers with a pineapple curry sauce, Asian pot stickers with a wasabi cream, buffalo chicken wonton with a blue cheese sauce, shrimp tostada with a mango salsa, and fresh fruit skewers.
After cocktail hour guests took their seats in the stunning atrium, which overlooks the Enterprise golf course. After the bridal party was introduced and Shavonne and Kahleb had their first dance, we served our Caesar salad with sliced mushroom, diced red onion and toasted croutons. For the main course guests had the option between our boneless breast of chicken stuffed with feta cheese and spinach, topped with our fire roasted red pepper sauce, and our teriyaki glazed salmon on a bed of braised spinach, topped with caramelized onions. All of the entrees were accompanied by garlic mashed red skin potatoes and a medley of sauteed baby root vegetables.
We had a fantastic time catering this beautiful Newton White Mansion wedding. Congratulations to Shavonne and Kahleb!