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More Fun Wedding Reception Games

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Looking for more ways to have a fun and memorable reception? You’ve come to the right place because we’re talking wedding games. In our last post on fun reception games, we talked about gigantic and regular sized Jenga, and prize filled scavenger hunts. Take a look when you get a chance. Below, you’ll find even more game ideas that’ll make any reception fun.

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More Fun Games to Play at Your Wedding Reception

Giant Chess Board

This idea might be a little over-the-top for some, but a giant chess board is something that will make for a memorable wedding game, especially if the bride and groom are chess players. You might want to check a few online rental places as owning a set can be expensive. This also makes for a great background for some fun pictures.

Giant Bowling Game

This is a great game for kids and adults. It can also be hilarious watching the kids trying to throw the over-sized bowling ball at the giant pins. Here’s a set on Amazon that you can check out.

Corn Hole/Beanbag Toss

Nothing gets the competitive juices flowing like a good game of corn hole (or beanbag toss). This is a classic game that’s often played at tailgates, backyard cookouts, and more, so it’s a natural fit for wedding receptions. Even better, it’s a game that kids and adults can play together. For a personal touch, you can even get a few custom made sets made for your big day.

Karaoke

Karaoke takes care of two needs; wedding entertainment and music! That’s right, setting up a karaoke station will be a huge hit. Every time we cater a wedding that uses karaoke, it’s nothing but fun and laughs, and lots of memories.

Got a great idea for a wedding reception game that we missed? List it below in the comments. If you’re searching for an affordable wedding caterer in 2017, keep reading to see how we can help you save money and time.

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Fun Games to Make Your Wedding Fabulous

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If you’re planning your wedding and reception, you may find that figuring out ways to make it stand out can be tough. Being creative and unique is hard. However, one surefire way to make sure your wedding is amazing is by having several fun options for the reception. You cannot just depend on eating, drinking, and dancing to ensure that everyone has a good time, so having some games for everyone to play will be a great way to get your guests moving around and having fun.

Below, you’ll find some of our favorite picks for games people of all ages will love playing at your wedding reception. If you’re searching for affordable Raleigh catering companies in 2017, make the call to Catering by Design. We have options for weddings, corporate, banquets, social events, and more. You’ll love our great prices and awesome customer service. Delivery options are available as well.

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The Best Games for 2017 Wedding Reception

Scavenger Hunt

Here’s to an old-time favorite that will be sure to get everyone up and moving about, especially if there’s a prize involved. Set up a unique scavenger hunt that takes advantage of your venue (to the best of your ability). If you’re near a park or outdoor area, use that as well. For it to be successful, you have to make it worth their while, so be sure to have a good prize for the winner. One idea for a prize is allowing the winner to pick someone in the wedding party to tell a funny story about the bride or groom during the reception.

Gigantic Jenga

This one almost didn’t make our list because there’s some risk involved with people potentially getting hurt. That being said, having a giant Jenga game can also be a “ton” of fun. Here’s a link for a set on Amazon. Now you don’t want the kiddos to feel left out, so be sure to have some regular sized Jenga games out for them to play with as well.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our next post for even more fun wedding reception games. Searching for a 2017 wedding catering company? Keep reading to see why you should call Catering by Design.

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More Romantic NC Weekend Getaways

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Welcome back to the second part of our post on the most romantic weekend getaway spots that are within a few hours drive of the Triangle. In our last post, we talked about the wild horses on the Outer Banks, golfing in Pinehurst, and hitting the slopes at one of the many ski resorts in the western part of the state. Go back and check it out by clicking here. In today’s post, we’re going to switch gears from your romantic and adventurous options to locations that are more pampering and soothing. If you’re looking for affordable Raleigh caterers for a 2017 event, please call Catering by Design. You’ll love our fantastic flavors and amazing prices.

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The Piedmont Picks

The Fearrington House Inn and Spa – Just a few short miles from Raleigh is the town of Pittsboro, NC. Founded in 1787, Pittsboro has a long history and is a really beautiful place to visit. That’s why we picked The Fearrington House Inn as one of our favorite getaway spots for a romantic weekend. Just click the link to see how beautiful this place is. It’s perfect for couples that are looking to indulge in fine dining and need a spa retreat.

Eastern NC Delights

The Inn at Rodanthe – This property might be the most celebrated vacation rental on the entire East Coast. Made popular by Nicholas Sparks’s popular novel, “Nights in Rodanthe,” and the movie of the same name, you and your loved one can enjoy a romantic weekend getaway here. Located on beautiful Hatteras Island, there is lots to do for couples looking to fall deeper in love.

Magnificent Mountain Getaway

The Biltmore Estate is the largest private estate in the United States and a tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. It was constructed from 1889 to 1895. For couples that are looking to really soak in a romantic weekend, it doesn’t get any better than staying at the Inn on the Biltmore Estate. You’ll find 4-star elegance and personalized service not found anywhere else. There’s a winery, village, gardens, fine dinning, access to hiking trails, and so much more.

If you’ve got a great idea for a romantic NC weekend getaway, please let us know in the comments below. Need affordable and dependable catering for your next 2017 event? Keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help you.

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Most Romantic Weekend Getaways in NC

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February is the month of romance! With the groundhog predicting an early spring, and our recent spell of nice weather, it’s got me itching to take a weekend getaway. That means I’m checking the internet for rankings and reviews to see where the most romantic getaway spots in NC are. The best part? All of these are just a short drive away from the Triangle. Check out the first part of our list below. These are our top choices for adventurous couples. In our next post, we’ll reveal our other top picks! If you’re searching for an affordable catering Raleigh NC company, be sure to make Catering by Design your top choice. You’ll love our many menu options and great customer service.

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Where Are the Most Romantic Weekend Getaways in North Carolina?

Coastal Choices

Our first pick for a romantic coastal weekend is checking out the wild horses that roam freely on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. This is a must-do trip for couples seeking a romantic, adventurous, and wild weekend. To see the wild horses, head to Shackleford Banks or to the Rachel Carson Reserve at Beaufort. You can also check out the northernmost coast of the Outer Banks, between Corolla and Carova, to see the wild horses. Visit http://www.ncwildhorses.com/ for more information.

The Picks of Piedmont

The Carolina at Pinehurst Resort – If you love to play golf, there’s no better experience than taking in a few rounds in Pinehurst, NC. Known for hosting the U.S. Open, one of professional golf’s most prestigious events, Pinehurst is a beautiful town that’s nestled deep in the Piedmont area of NC. The Carolina, located at 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst, NC, is a majestic hotel and resort that has a history spanning over 100 years. When you book a stay at the Carolina, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The Carolina has 230 four-diamond guest rooms and suites. Call them at 855-235-8507 if you have questions about rates or if you’d like to book a room and tee-time.

Western NC Wonders

Winter is a great time to visit the ski slopes in the western part of the state, and nothing is more romantic than a winter wonderland. You have several to choose from that are within a few hours drive of the Triangle. There’s Beech, Sugar, Cataloochee, Wolf Ridge, and more. Here’s a great resource for more information on how to hit the slopes.

Looking for even more romantic places for local weekend getaways? Find out where they are by checking out part two of this post. Click here for the big reveal.

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More Great Dates for 2017 Weddings

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Having a wedding date that works for everyone is really important to most couples. Plus, having a wedding that’s fun and unique is the desire of basically every couple. So, how does a newly engaged couple pick the perfect wedding date? Catering by Design, the area’s best wedding catering Raleigh NC company, has put together a list of great dates for 2017. In our last post, we added up the prime numbers and dates, got lucky on St. Patrick’s Day, and had a blast on April Fool’s Day. To go back and read over part one, click here.

Today we’re going to discuss the second part of this list with even more dates you should consider getting married on. For the most affordable wedding catering Raleigh NC has to offer in 2017, look no further than Catering by Design. You’ll love our fresh food, awesome flavors, fantastic customer service, and great prices.
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More Great Wedding Dates for 2017

Days That Add Up to the Number 17

2017 is a big year for numbers, numerology, and math fans. According to numerology, 17 is a highly spiritual number, so getting married on a date that adds up to 17 would be a great choice. Take Friday, May 12, 2017 for instance: 5 + 12 = 17. You can also use Saturday, October 7, 2017: 10 + 7 = 17.

Lucky 7’s

Three 7’s in a row, or 777, is considered to be a lucky and even holy number. This means that getting married during the month of July could bode well for you. 7/7/17 is a Friday and 7/17/17 is a Monday, so these two dates would be something for you think about. Even though July 17th falls on a Monday, it could be just the right date for anyone looking to elope.

Palindrome Month

July is also the best month for palindrome and math fans, especially during the weekend of 7/14/17 – 7/16/17. Getting married on one of these adds up to a really good time.

October 2017

Based on the Chinese calendar, October 21 and 22nd are both great days to get married on. For Saturday 10/21/17, you should consider getting married between the times of 11:00 AM – 12:59 PM, 1:00 PM – 2:59 PM, and 7:00 PM – 8:59 PM. For Sunday 10/22/17, the best times of the day are between 11:00 AM – 12:59 PM and 3:00 PM – 4:59 PM.

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What Are the Best Dates for 2017 Weddings?

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Picking your wedding date can be one of those tasks that seems like it will be easy, then two months later you’re still trying to figure it out. Believe it or not, there’s a lot to take into account. You also know that there are a few dates that you should just try to avoid all together if you’ve been following our blog. So, what are the best dates in 2017 for brides and grooms to consider?

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The Best Dates for Weddings in 2017

Prime Time Weddings

The first eleven prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31. That means 2/3/17 is the first prime number wedding date of the year. So if you’re really into math, or just want to have a quirky wedding date, then choosing a prime combo might just add up! Other prime Saturday wedding dates in 2017 consist of 3/11/17, 5/13/17, 7/29/2017 and 11/11/2017.

St. Patrick’s Day

Want the luck of Irish shining down on your wedding day? Then consider St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17, 2017. You’ll have lots of fun with this built-in wedding theme. Green decor, Guinness beer, Irish music, and more will give you plenty of options to make this date one to remember.

April Fool’s Day

This year, April 1, 2017 falls on a Saturday. So, if you want to have a unique wedding filled with fun and pranks, think about this springtime date.

For more great ideas for the best wedding dates of 2017, be sure to check out our next blog post! If you need great catering at affordable prices for any type of event, please keep reading to see how we can help you save time and money. Want to make sure you’re not picking a wedding date that you’ll later regret? Be sure to check out these earlier posts:

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More Wedding Dates To Avoid In 2017

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Choosing the right wedding date can be a little stressful, especially if you’re trying to cater to everyone’s needs. We understand that you want to try to do everything you can to make sure all the people on your guest list can make it. That’s why the pros at everyone’s favorite Raleigh wedding catering company, Catering By Design, has come up a list of dates you might want to consider avoiding.

In the first part of this short series, we talked about avoiding Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day. We also talked about why Mother’s and Father’s Day weekend makes for a difficult choice. Below you’ll find a few more dates that you might want to steer clear of.

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More Wedding Dates To Avoid In 2017

Major Sporting Events

More than likely, some people that you invite to your wedding will be big sports fan. Therefore, you might want to reconsider getting married the day of a major sporting event. Your better option would be to leave these dates open for the bachelor party. Below you’ll find the dates of these sporting events so you can avoid them:

  • Super Bowl Sunday – February 5, 2017, in Houston, TX
  • March Madness Final Four – Saturday, April 1, 2017 and Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, AZ
  • 2017 Stanley Cup Finals – Occur in June, dates TBD
  • 2017 NBA Finals – Ends on Sunday, June 18
  • World Series – Begins on Oct. 24, 2017, remaining dates TBD

Dates That Are Unlucky

These consist of The Ides of March, which occur on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. This is in reference to when Julius Caesar was assassinated. Since then this date has been held in unlucky superstition.

Also, avoid Friday The 13th, considered by many to be the most unluckiest of days. The next one is October 13, 2017. The history behind this superstition has questionable origins, but an early 1900’s novel titled Friday, the Thirteenth is what made it popular in today’s times.

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Wedding Dates To Avoid In 2017

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Are you engaged, or getting engaged, and need to set a wedding date for 2017 or 2018? If so, you might want to double check your schedule and make sure you’re not picking a bad day to celebrate.

While choosing a wedding date is a personal decision between you and your partner, certain dates will not work too well for your friends and family. Over the next few posts we’re going to highlight the times of the year we think you should avoid. If you have a ceremony planned in 2017, but are still searching for Raleigh wedding catering, stop wasting time and call Catering by Design. You’ll love our affordable menus, customer service, and attention to detail.

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Wedding Dates You Should Consider Avoiding

The Weekends Before A Monday Holiday

At first, this might seem like a great idea. And setting your wedding date so that you’ll have a three day weekend to celebrate with your family and friends seems awesome, right? Especially with everyone having the following Monday off!  You might even think that having your wedding on a Sunday night would be awesome for ambiance and cost savings. However, travel costs usually skyrocket during these holidays. If you’re planning on having lots of people travel to your wedding, know that you might get lots of declined invitations due to highly priced flights and hotel costs. Here are the remaining Monday holidays for 2017.

  • Presidents’ Day – Weekend of February 18–20, 2017
  • Memorial Day – Weekend of May 27-29, 2017
  • Labor Day – Weekend of September 2-4, 2017
  • Columbus Day – Weekend of October 7-9, 2017

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Weekend

If you’re planning on having kids after marriage, then you might want to reconsider having your wedding on either Mother’s or Father’s Day weekend. Trying to celebrate your anniversary over the course of either of these two weekends could be difficult if you have children that want to celebrate with you.

  • Mother’s Day – Weekend of May 13–14, 2017
  • Father’s Day – Weekend of June 17–18, 2017

Granted, some of these dates might work for you. It’s really up to the individual tastes of the bride and groom, and what fits the best with their needs. Just weigh out the pros and cons before deciding. Don’t miss the second post in the series for even more 2017 wedding dates to avoid. If you’re having a winter or spring wedding and are still searching for an affordable catering company, consider calling Catering By Design. Keep reading to learn more about our affordable wedding catering services in Raleigh NC.

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More Tips for Paying Off Your Wedding

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Are you trying to pay off your wedding? If so, it can seem like a never-ending hassle. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way. The pros at Catering by Design have put together a few tips aimed at helping you out. In our last post on paying off a wedding, we talked about the importance of having a budget post wedding for your monthly expenses, and how to break down a monthly payment. Go back and read it by clicking here. Today, our topic will continue with even more money saving tips that will help you pay off your wedding sooner, rather than later. For the best Raleigh caterers for weddings, or any occasion, be sure to call Catering by Design in 2017. You’ll love our prices and top notch customer service.

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How to Pay Off Your Wedding

Free Up Extra Cash

If you want to pay off a debt quickly, think about freeing up some extra cash. You can do this by cutting back. In our last post we talked about budgeting. We asked you to make a list of your monthly expenses and figure out which ones can either be eliminated or cut back on. Let’s expand.

If you eat out for lunch everyday, you’re going to spend between $5 and $10 extra. This equates to between $100 and $220 dollars each month, or $1200 to $2640 each year. If you smoke cigarettes, stop. Not only will you live longer, but you’ll save a lot of money each month. If you smoke 3 packs a week at a cost of $6 a pack, that’s another $72 a month being wasted. If you smoke a pack a day, then your cigarette expenses are even higher. On the low end, stopping smoking will allow you to save about $900 to put towards your wedding expenses.

You should also look at your other expensive habits. Cancel your gym membership or premium TV channels, stop drinking so much bottled water, and reduce your visits to the coffee shop as well. I know this sounds extreme, but the quicker you pay off your wedding expenses, the happier you’ll be with all the extra money you’ll have at your disposal. For great prices and customer service on winter and spring wedding catering, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help.

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How-To Guide for Paying Off Your Wedding

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Weddings in the Triangle area are not cheap. Based on local research from CostOfWedding.com, they can run between $20,000 – $45,000. So how do you go about paying for it?

In the next two posts, the pros at Catering by Design are going to help you out with some amazing tips. If you’re searching for Raleigh catering companies to help with your wedding reception needs, give us a call. You’ll love our prices, customer service and free menu tastings. Be sure to ask about our delivery options.

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Tips for Paying Off Your Wedding

More Budgeting

Remember how important we said it was to have a budget for planning your wedding? The same is true for paying off your wedding. Whether you took out a loan or put it all on a credit card, paying off your debt can be accomplished a lot sooner once you have your monthly budget established.

The trick is being honest about your finances and monthly bills. Start out with a list of all the things you spend money on. Find the things that you can cut out or save on. This will free up a little extra cash each month to pay down your wedding debt.

Simple Math

Another good way to break down your monthly payment on your wedding debt is by dividing by 12. Say your wedding cost $15,000 total. $15,000 divided by 12 equals $1,250. So if you want to get your wedding paid off within the next 12 months, this would be the minimum payment.

Are you a parent of a newlywed? Don’t miss the other posts in this series for more helpful tips.

Need even more tips for paying off your wedding? Check out the next post in this series by clicking here. If you need great holiday catering at affordable prices, keep reading to see how we can help.

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