Wedding planning

It can be the most exciting time of your life, or the most daunting. At Catering by Uptown we’re motivated by just one thing – to make the most joyous day of your life just that,  a joy-filled experience!

Yes, there are hundreds of details to planning a wedding, but that doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are some tips we recommend for the different stages of your wedding planning process. We have so much more to share. Learn more about our wedding planning services and contact us for a free consultation. We’re happy to help!

Tips for the Newly Engaged

The first step in planning your wedding should be actually writing out your guest list. It really informs everything- from the size of the venue you need, to the budget- so much is relative to your guest list. Set down together and write out your family list, and then friends and co-workers. We encourage couples to keep it under control and keep it accurate. Think of it this way – If you’re having a party that’s 5 hours and you have 150 guests, then that’s only about 2 minutes to spend per person.
One of the first big decisions to make is your venue selection. Small and intimate? Waterfront? Unique? The first consideration with venue selection is size and ambiance. Thinking about your guest list before hand goes a long way to solving your size requirements. After that, it’s a matter of style and service. Some venues are just straight-forward rentals, leaving a lot of the planning and coordination for you to do on your own. Others, like those at Catering by Uptown, offer full service and include everything from the facility, to the food and drink, to the tables,linens,and chairs.
Selecting your caterer is more than just choosing a good looking menu. You want a reputation for service that gives you confidence that your guests will be well taken care of.  Catering by Uptown is the most-recommended caterer in the area, and for good reason.  We have been making couples happy for decades, and we always take a family-oriented approach to ensuring your wedding gets the unique, individual attention it deserves.  Contact us today to set up an initial consultation.  You’ll be surprised how enlightening and helpful it can be.
This can be one of the most challenging areas of discussion at the beginning of your process.  While it is the initial impulse to call or email venues and caterers that are interesting to you and try to obtain pricing, we have found that these conversations, even when well-intentioned, can be underwhelming in their usefulness.  It is best to come to a few of your first-choice venues and / or caterers with an idea of your guest list (written out and reviewed by everyone in advance is best) and a good/better/best goal for your budget.  Take time to think about your past experiences as a guest at weddings and what you’re looking for.  Bring this to us and we will be in a great place to customize a proposal for your budget and your needs!

Tips for After You Book

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First step after booking your venue, for sure!  Send out your Save the Date cards to all of your guests so that they can put you on their calendar.  This is one of the few things in the planning that is time-specific.  If you don’t let your guests know, they may schedule something else (even another wedding) and that can cause a lot of difficulties.  So, get the word out and share the love!
Throughout your planning process, you’ll have many “to-do” items, but it’s important not to lose touch with your most cherished friends and family.  Take time out to see an old friend who’s in town, to make it to the family reunion, to go to the movies with a friend, and to call your favorite Aunt.  This can help you keep perspective on the balance between detail planning and sharing in the joy of the celebration with all of your closest friends and family.
OK guys, so it’s all about the bride sometimes, it seems…and to a degree, that’s true.  Realize that she’s under a lot of stress to create the perfect day for your guests and your memories, and that EVERYBODY is talking to her about her wedding (the ring is a giveaway) and she gets questions from people at the hair salon, checkout line, anywhere…”Ooooh…you’re engaged.  Have you picked a dress yet?  How are you going to wear your hair?, etc.”  This can be overwhelming.  You are her sanity, hopefully.  Treat her with love and tenderness.  Also, take some time to think about something in the wedding that’s important to you and come up with a thoughtful suggestion…it’ll make her feel you’re in it together!

Tips for Your Wedding Day

This is one of the most important days of your life. The little things do matter. Getting enough rest and staying hydrated will go a long way, but so will taking some time out to breathe and just enjoy yourself. A long bath, your favorite breakfast, and some alone time to think about your future life is a great way to start the day. Remember to be patient with yourself and keep focused on what’s most important – that rain or shine, perfect day or small mishap – at the end of the day you will be married to the partner of your dreams.
For most couples, there can be so many details to focus on, and so many people around you on your wedding day, that you forget to focus on each other. Remember that more than the venue, or the food, or the tables, your guests and loved ones have gathered today to see the two of you in love and starting a wonderful life together. Be kind and patient with each other, especially in the hectic weeks leading up to the big day. Go out to do some of your favorite things together – just the two of you – and remember all the ways you fell in love in the first place.
While you are likely thinking about your venue, menu, flowers, music, etc. it’s really important to balance that out by thinking about your guests.  The details are important, but the guests are essential!  Most of your day will be spent talking and celebrating with your guests–the most important people in your life.  It’s really important to be able to connect with them on the day, and it really helps to do some preparation in advance.  Reaching out to friends by phone, social media, and (if you can) in person really helps.  Also, you can share stories about your friends and family with your fiancé.  This way, when you see your guests on the wedding day, you both have them in mind–which makes even brief conversations warmer and more joyful.