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Cary NC Corporate Catering Tips | Corporate Holiday Parties

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Cary NC Corporate Catering Tips | Corporate Holiday Parties

Since August, we’ve been posting tips to make your Cary NC corporate catering planning a little easier. We wanted to let readers in on the group of tips in this three part series. We’ve already posted tips one – five, so here we have six – twelve.

6. Make The Event All About The Employees! Make sure your Cary, NC corporate catering event is also an employee appreciation event. Making the event all about the employees will give everyone a sense of appreciation. Seat all Senior Management at the back of the room. Seat all the other hard-working individuals in the front. Make sure they know you’re there to applaud them and recognize their dedication to the company.

7. Name-tags are Not Cheesy. But they can be if you want. We feel that incorporating name-tags, at the correct event of course, can be fun. Have your guests include personal information about themselves in a fun way. This is a great way to promote conversation starters and interaction opportunities. Include fun details, such as “likes Cross Fit, The Rolling Stones and Back To The Future Expert.”

8. Beautiful Venues are Not Always The Best Option. If you are having your catered event offsite, make sure you think about all the details before signing a contract. Just because the location is really special and unique doesn’t mean it meets all of your criteria. Will there be adequate parking and transportation? Will other events be taking place at the same time? What are the do’s and don’ts?

9. Take a Moment to Recognize The Employees’s Spouses. Once you have finished congratulating your employees, take the time to honor their spouses also. They’re a part of your team too, albeit indirectly. All the sacrifices your employees have had to make for their job have directly affected their spouse. This will go a long, long way with everyone.

10. Do Not Cut Corners On Service. There is nothing worse than having an employee appreciation event and the catering service turns out to be a disaster. Your employees will always remember the party with the poor service. At Catering by Design, we understand that great service is priceless. That’s why at every Cary NC corporate catering event, we treat you all like members of our family.

11. Play and Give Back. A creative way to get your party guests talking is to use children’s toys as centerpieces and other decor. Have a donation bin set up at the entrance and encourage the attendees to bring an unwrapped gift for charity. At the end of the your Cary NC corporate catering event, you can donate all the toys to a children’s charity. All of your guests will have fun with this idea.

12. Put a New Twist On Something Old. If you are going to have a gift exchange for your employees, have them bring something that would remind them of their childhood. After everyone pulls names, turn the goal of the exchange into a quest for their perfect childhood toy. Let everyone have the choice to donate their winnings or to keep their toy for their children.

We will be back in a few weeks with the third part in this series. We hope these tips will help you when it is time to plan your Cary NC corporate event. We only have a few months left before the holiday season, so call us today to schedule your event.

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Personify Night Live Event | Raleigh Corporate Catering

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Raleigh Corporate Catering | Personify Night Live Event

At Catering By Design, we cater all types of fun events. Recently we had the chance to provide smiles for a great group at Personify Recruitment Solutions. They held a team building event recently called Personify Night Live and we were so excited to be invited back for the second year in a row.

Personify provides complete recruitment solutions with offices in 3 locations. They also have a lot of global experience serving companies in over 20 countries and 3 continents. Their recruiters are industry specialists in each area they target. They are experts at what they do and have the awards to prove it. Just like Catering By Design, Personify values top notch service. Want to see all the pictures from the event? Visit us on Pinterest.

For the event, we had the pleasure of sharing the duties with Only Burger, from Durham, NC.

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They brought their food truck out to serve some of the best burgers in The Triangle, and maybe NC as a whole. If you ever see their truck, make sure to stop by and grab a quick bite. You can also visit their location at 3710 Shannon Rd., Suite 118 Durham, NC 27707.

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Our Butlers started the guests off with our famous Toasted Phyllo Cups filled with Shredded Grilled Chicken, Mango and Cilantro.

The Hors d’ Oeuvres table started off with the lighter stationed appetizers. We featured Grilled Tuscan, Pita and Focaccia Breads that were accompanied by our homemade Hummus, Olivada, and Tomato Basil Spreads. A beautiful tray of Imported and Domestic Cheeses was paired with Assorted Crackers and a Fresh, Seasonal Fruit Garnish.

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The Heavy Hors d’ Oeuvres consisted of Cajun Chicken Wings with Fresh Celery Sticks and for dipping, our Homemade Ranch and Blue Cheese kept the guests coming back for more. The Potato Skins were covered with Melted Cheddar Cheese and Real Bacon, served with Sour Cream on the side.

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Guests also enjoyed the crunchy Spring Rolls with Sesame Ginger Dipping Sauce and delicious Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken Bites with Apricot Mustard. The refreshing Crab Relish on the Sun Dried Tomato Croustade was delightful in the heat of the day.

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For your next event, check out our menus. We have one for every budget. You can order directly off our standard menus or customize your own. We can even incorporate your very own family recipes. Just like our name says, we cater to your design. So no matter the event, whether it be a fall wedding in NC, or a corporate party to close out the summer, you can count on us to provide you with the best service and flavors in North Carolina. Contact us today and let’s plan a meal together.

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Raleigh Game Day Catering

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Raleigh Game Day Catering | NC Special Event Catering

It’s time. Football is finally here. We bet you want to have a kick off party but you also want to watch the game so you’re not sure what to do. Maybe you are going to the big game and you want to wow your friends with the best Raleigh game day catering. No matter the occasion, Catering By Design has the team to make your game day meal easy and flexible. The biggest perk to our Raleigh game day catering is that we do all the work for feeding and serving a big crowd. You can order directly off any of our menus or you can incorporate your own recipes. This will give your event some personal spice and flare.

In the South, we love our barbecue. Its mass appeal makes for a great meal base. Adding local favorites such as coleslaw, potato salad and hush puppies will do the trick for every Raleigh game day catered event. For the kids, we can serve chicken bites, mac-n-cheese, or sliders. We do not want to start a BBQ war during the game, tensions will already be high,  that’s why we will be serving different types of BBQ sauces. We can provide both eastern and western North Carolina style sauces, hot sauce, or any of your own favorites.

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If you want to make your own secret sauces, we encourage it. One overlooked advantage of using our Raleigh game day catering is that this allows you more time to focus on the details. Instead of having to prepare all the food, you can actually make your famous homemade salsa or dip. With the stress of all the major planning and preparing on us, you’re free to pick and choose how you spend your time. Did we also mention that we take care of all the clean up? You’ll have no dishes to wash, no plates to pick up and clean, no trash to throw away and no food stations to take care of. We do all the heavy lifting so you can actually enjoy the game.

If you’re a transplant and new to the area, our Raleigh game day catering can be the perfect ice breaker for getting to know your neighbors. We can incorporate your favorite food items from your hometown before you moved. It’ll be a great conversation starter for most guests.

No matter your catering needs, Catering By Design has you covered. We’ve been around a long time, won tons of awards and have been serving smiles for as long as I can remember. For the best in service, style and flavors … give us call.

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Fall Wedding Reception Trends | Raleigh Wedding Catering

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Fall Wedding Reception Trends | Raleigh Wedding Catering

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. Fall weddings in North Carolina can be magical. Couples that are newly engaged might be inspired to have a fall wedding. It’s understandable. We want to make sure you have some ideas to make planning your fall wedding and reception a hit. Getting married in the Triangle area? Our Raleigh wedding catering will make planning your big day a lot easier. We’re one of the best in NC and have the awards to back it up.

There is just something about a fall reception. Harvest season is so special. The warm, rich colors and the cool, crisp air makes me forget about all the steamy, hot days of summer. Having your wedding and reception in the fall will also go a long way with your guests. Most will appreciate attending in cooler weather. There is nothing like trying to celebrate the couple’s biggest day of their lives with everyone drenched in sweat.

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Table Dressing & Design

For the perfect fall wedding reception, you want your wedding guests to feel comfy, like they feel at home. We’ve noticed a trend of couples breaking free from the formal fare and traditional settings. Try to balance elegance and comfortable. You can still be stylish while keeping your decor rustic and unconventional. Clean and earthy is a good way to look at this style. Try to incorporate old farmhouse tables, anything antique will also add lots of flare, and maybe use old wooden cutting boards as serving trays. If you wanted to try a country farmer’s market theme, incorporate fresh seasonal vegetables as centerpieces or color accents. Try making some of your decor functional. A great Raleigh wedding catering tip would be to set rustic pots at each table filled with fresh herbs. Place antique scissors for guests to use as they snip herbs to add to their food. This follows the rustic theme but also incorporates another major 2014 wedding trend – keeping it interactive.

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If you are going to have a comfy atmosphere, then your wedding menu should also be somewhat comfortable too. A great way to accomplish this is with a dinner buffet. Brides and grooms should incorporate their favorite comfort food items. Both children, and adults, will love interactive food stations such as a make-your-own macaroni and cheese bar, mashed or baked potato station, or interactive grits. For dessert, try serving savory cupcakes along with your wedding cake. Go outside the box with crazy cupcake flavors that fit the season.

For all your Raleigh wedding catering needs, please consider Catering By Design. Check out our newly designed wedding menus. Call us today and ask us about our free wedding menu tastings.

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The Stockroom at 230 | Wedding Reception Catering in Raleigh

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The Stockroom at 230 | Wedding Reception Catering in Raleigh

The Stockroom at 230 is a unique, urban venue located in the heart of downtown, on Raleigh‘s bustling Fayetteville Street. We recently had the great pleasure of catering a wonderful wedding here. The Stockroom at 230 is the perfect venue for brides that want to give their wedding, or wedding reception, that big city feel. Being located right in the middle of the nightlife, your guests will love all the post wedding entertainment options. Checkout our highlights from our recent wedding reception catering in Raleigh. To see all the pictures from this magical day, you’ll have to either check us out on Facebook or Pinterest.

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The wedding reception got started a little later in the afternoon after the weather had cooled off a bit. Our butlers provided some tasty hors d’ oeuvres to the guests as they mingled. Featured above, Ahi Tuna on Wonton Chip with Wasabi Aioli. Next, guests enjoyed a true southern delicacy – miniature Chicken and Waffles. These small, hand breaded chicken bites were fried to a crispy golden brown, served on small waffles, drizzled in locally produced honey and topped with powdered sugar. Can it get much better than that?

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The Stationary Hors d’Oeuvres included a delectable tray of Imported and Domestic Cheeses with a Seasonal Fruit Garnish with Assorted Crackers on the side. Our famous Mango and Cilantro Chicken Salad in mini Phyllo Cups anchored the other side of the table.

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The night’s dinner buffet started off with our fresh summer salad of Romaine Lettuce with Toasted Walnuts, Mandarin Oranges, Dried Cranberries and Goat Cheese. The salad was tossed with our homemade Citrus Vinaigrette – a perfect choice for an August day in North Carolina.

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The wedding guests were then treated to Petite BBQ Sliders with Slaw, and Aioli as well as trays of Pesto Grilled Shrimp. The sides were our house made Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Almandine. The dinner buffet was anchored by a Rosemary Crusted Beef carving station. The top round was served with assorted rolls, butter and an Onion Marmalade topping. Wholegrain Mustard and Horseradish sauces were provided for spice.

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At Catering By Design, we have years of experience serving brides, grooms and their families during life changing events. We know how important your wedding reception is, so let us help you plan a menu that you’ll remember for a lifetime. If you need the very best in wedding reception catering in Raleigh, NC, then you should call us today. When you call, ask us about our free menu tastings.

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Cary NC Halloween Catering | Halloweenies and Other Spooky Treats

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Cary NC Halloween Catering | Halloweenies and Other Spooky Treats

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Cary NC Halloween Catering Tips

Halloween is only a few weeks away. Your family and friends will love these Mummy Dogs, Ghosts, Pumpkins and Apple Teeth. These are all kid friendly so they would work great for any Cary NC Halloween catering event. If you want to be the talk of the “neighBOOhood” then these treats will do the trick.



  • 30 min prep time
  • 50 min total time
  • 5 ingredients
  • 10 servings


  • 1 8 oz can of Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 8 oz can of Pillsbury™ Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheets
  • 2 1/2 slices American cheese, quartered (optional)
  • 10 large hot dogs
  • Cooking spray
  • Mustard or ketchup


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Crescent rolls: Unroll dough; separate at perforations creating 4 rectangles; Dough sheet: Unroll dough; cut into 4 rectangles.
  3. Using a knife or scissors, cut the rectangles lengthwise into 10 pieces. This will make a total of 40 pieces of dough. Slice cheese slices into quarters by taking a half slice of cheese and then cutting it half.
  4. Wrap 4 pieces of dough and 1/4 slice of cheese around each hot dog to look like bandages. Stretch dough slightly to completely cover hot dog. About 1/2 inch from one end of each hot dog, separate “bandages” so hot dog shows through for “face.” Using an ungreased large cookie sheet, place wrapped hot dogs (cheese side down); spray dough lightly with cooking spray.
  5. Bake 13 – 17 minutes or until dough is light golden brown and the dogs are good and hot. Use mustard to draw a “face.”

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Banana Ghosts & Clementine Pumpkins


  • 10 min prep time
  • 10 min total time
  • 4 ingredients
  • 10 orange and 20 banana servings


  • 10 bananas
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • 10 clementines or small oranges
  • 1 bunch of celery


Banana Ghosts:

  1. Peel bananas then cut the bananas in half.
  2. Press chocolate chips into each half so that they look like a ghost face.
  3. Kids will eat it up.

Clementine and Celery Pumpkins:

  1. Peel each clementine or small orange.
  2. Cut celery stalks into one inch pieces.
  3. Insert one of the celery pieces into the top of each clementine, or orange, so that it looks like the stalk of a pumpkin.

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Halloween Apple Teeth


  • 10 min prep time
  • 10 min total time
  • 3 ingredients
  • Servings vary based on apple slices


  • 2 red apples, quartered and core removed
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter, smooth
  • 1 pkg (100g) mini marshmallows


  1. Take an apple quarter and slice it in half length ways, and then half again in the same direction.
  2. Spread peanut butter onto each slice of apple but only on one side.
  3. Line up four to five white mini marshmallows, to look like teeth, on top of the peanut butter side of an apple slice.
  4. Place another apple slice with peanut butter side facing down on top of the marshmallow slice to make a sandwich.

Catering by Design is the number one source for a scary good time for all your Cary NC Halloween catering needs. We make your party easy because we do all the work. Call us today and ask about our specials.

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Cary Corporate Catering Event Tips | Holiday Event Planning

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5 Cary Corporate Catering Event Tips

Catering by Design has been around for a long time. We’ve been serving corporations and families in North Carolina for years and we understand what it takes to host a great event with food. From our years of experience, one thing that we can tell you is that you really don’t have to be a professional event planner to benefit from catering tips from experts like us. Lots of the same techniques that we use in hosting big events can be applied to parties you throw for your job, your neighborhood, and over the holidays.

The holiday season will be here before we know it. These tips will help you get organized before you have to be in full fledged planning mode. We’ve heard our clients tell us in the past that by beginning this process early, you’ll be less stressed come November and December. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to share several event planning tips that we’re sure you’ll find beneficial for this year’s holiday season.

1. Make the CEO and managers happy – As soon as you find out the event details, you can set goals and prioritize accordingly to plan for those in charge. When presenting your budget, show the big bosses that you really listen. Present your plan in a way that shows that you care about the overall goals of the event and make sure to highlight the small details. Attention to detail will really go a long way!

2. Make your boss look good – It is really hard to share credit sometimes, it’s only human nature. If you can give your boss credit for his or her guidance and help in the process, your whole department will benefit from your good will.

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3. Design the event with the goals in mind – Make sure to also have a plan B and C. You never know when there will be one of those unexpected surprises. Plan for extra guests, unruly children, and seating arrangements gone crazy.

4. Advertise the details – To give guests the full experience, make sure you give them all the details. Try to incorporate the floor plan and where the restrooms are located. Note who the Cary corporate catering company is and where they will be serving the food. Make sure you’re organized so your guests can have an easier time navigating the event.

5. Capitalize on the invite – Maximize every opportunity to capture the attention of your guests. Whether it be a quarterly, or weekly meeting, company newsletter, or fliers on a bulletin board, do your best to get the word out.

For the best Cary corporate catering, look no further than Catering By Design. We have menus for any event and budget. Contact us today and let’s get your party booked early.

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A Summer Wedding at The Burwell School | Hillsborough NC Wedding Catering

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A Summer Wedding at The Burwell School | Hillsborough NC Wedding Catering

The Burwell School, located in the charming historic district of Hillsborough, is owned and operated by the Historic Hillsborough Commission. This group, created by an act of the 1963 North Carolina General Assembly, has a mission to: “Maintain and preserve the Burwell School Historic Site; to interpret the history of 19th century Hillsborough for the enrichment of the public; and to celebrate and promote the culture and heritage of Hillsborough and Orange County.”

The Burwell School is a unique landmark. It hosts many events throughout the year and serves as a community gathering place. The site thrives as a place of learning. It offers guided tours and children’s educational programs, as well as hosts lectures, exhibits, concerts, special events, and readings.

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Brides, having your wedding and reception, at the Burwell School Historic Site will make for a lovely and picturesque setting. Being in the heart of Historic Downtown Hillsborough, it is conveniently located near I-85/40 and is very close to Greensboro, Burlington, Mebane, Chapel Hill, and the Raleigh-Durham area. The school has been serving the Triangle for over 100 years.

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The site has a beautiful and expansive lawn, complete with period gardens that surround the beautiful stately frame house. The house has a long, inviting front porch perfect for sitting back in the rocking chairs on summer wedding days. The Burwell home features two parlors and a wide central hall. The handsome mahogany stairway and formal dining room are furnished with period antiques.

We were so honored to cater a magical wedding reception here recently. We’ve sprinkled this post with a lot of our favorite pictures from the day. To see all the pictures, check out our Pinterest page.

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Outside, guests were able to enjoy a summer tray of Imported and Domestic Cheeses with Assorted Crackers while waiting for the bride to arrive. Inside, we started out the reception with Heavy Hors d’ Oeuvres featuring our delicious Grilled Tuscan, Pita and Focaccia Breads. The breads were served with fresh homemade Humus, Spinach Artichoke, and Tomato Basil spreads.

Also featured in this picture, you’ll find a blend of summer Baby Greens with Feta Cheese, Candied Walnuts, and Fresh Strawberries. The salad was finished with a light Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing.

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A refreshing bowl of Seasonal Cubed Fruit, served with Vanilla Yogurt Sauce, really hit the spot on a hot day. For the kids, Parmesan Crusted Chicken Bites with our famous Apricot Sauce were served while everyone loved the Ham sliders on fresh baked Sweet Potato Rolls with Whole Grain Mustard Sauce. For dessert, guests had their choice of miniature Lemon Squares, Cannolis, Cream Puffs and Chocolate Bites. Miniature foods have been a big wedding trend this year.

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There is nothing we love more than serving a wonderful family on one of the biggest days of their lives. At Catering By Design, we strive to serve every single client just like a member of our very own family. We have menus for every occasion and budget. Call us today and ask about our FREE menu tastings.

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Cary Tailgate Catering Tips | Regional Food Favorites

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Cary Tailgate Catering Tips | Regional Food Favorites

It’s almost game day. Football season has arrived and nothing is better than getting together with 50-100,000 of your closest friends to watch the home team kick off. There is no better way to celebrate this time of the year than with a pregame tailgate with plates of regional food favorites. Even if you can’t make it to the stadium, you can still have your city’s favorite dishes with Cary tailgate catering right in your backyard.

At Catering By Design, we have years of experience providing the best regional foods to our fans with fresh ingredients sourced locally. From the Midwest to the East Coast, down South to up North, our team of professionals will do your city proud. Even if you’re from Chicago, we’ve got the pizza covered. From Philly? Our prized cheese-steaks will remind you of home. Our BBQ will water the mouths of any native North Carolinian, no matter if you’re from the mountains, coast, or anywhere in between.

You will definitely score extra points with your tailgate guests, and be able to actually enjoy the game, by having our Cary tailgate catering service provide those favorite regional foods on game day.

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Other traditional game day snacks can include everything from buffalo wings, to brats and even ribs or seafood. We know how fun it is to create these amazing dishes in your own kitchen, but how cool is it knowing that our Cary tailgate catering is just a click away?

Here is a great tip for transplants. If you’re from out of town, show support for your local team by dishing out your hometown’s most prized food items at the next game day party. Your friends will love your creativity and having authentic food ensures a great time even with a loss on the field.

Whether you’re going to Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, or need Cary tailgate catering, Catering By Design has menus for any budget. We also love sitting down with our clients and using their very own family recipes for their game day parties. We are an award winning caterer and have the food and flavors to back them up. We can help you plan a wedding, corporate event, neighborhood gathering, tailgate party, and many more. When you’re ready to plan the meal of a lifetime, give us a call or just stop by the kitchen.

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Durham NC Wedding Catering | More Unique Questions For Your Venue

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Durham NC Wedding Catering | More Unique Questions For Your Venue

In continuing with this series on crazy questions to ask your venue, we’re going to cover the second half. If you’re new to this post, we’re discussing some of the questions that typically just fall through the cracks and many couples forget to ask. Take notes, some of these questions might be ones that you’ve never even thought of.

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In part one, we mentioned that your venue will dictate many aspects of what can and can’t be done during your wedding. If you dreamed of a night send off using the golden light of sparklers, it might be a good idea to check with the venue to make sure sparklers are even allowed. Some might consider these to be an incendiary device capable of starting fires. Always do the research beforehand to save you from disappointment later.

Are taxes or gratuity included?

Most every bride is aware of their budget and what they are spending it on. It’s a great idea to really look over your venue contract to see if any of the taxes, or gratuity, have been included with your package. Weddings are expensive enough so there is no reason to go and pay for things twice.

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Are any other venue events scheduled during your wedding?

In part one of this post, we spoke briefly about the importance of noise levels at your venue. This is even more important if there are other events taking place, on location, during your wedding. These other events can have an effect on all types of aspects of your wedding schedule. From when you set up, to pictures, to parking, all of these can be affected so beware and plan ahead.

Set up and break down fees?

When choosing your venue, make sure you ask them if there will be any charges for the wedding set up and break down. Not every venue uses this type of service. Some venues have them included in your package deal while others require the wedding party to take care of this chore, or hire someone to do it for them. Just make sure all of your bases are covered before and after your big day.

Packing and Unpacking Schedule

The big wedding day is going to be hectic. Be sure to check with your venue to find out if you can set up the day before and break down the day after. This will relieve so much stress and make your wedding day more manageable. Breaking down the decor and rentals the next day allows brides, and their families, to enjoy the end of a wonderful evening. This is much nicer than scrambling to pack everything up.

For all your Durham NC wedding catering needs, please consider Catering By Design. We have menus to fit any budget, for any event. Call us today, or just come by our kitchen.

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