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How to Save Money on Your Wedding

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Welcome to part two in our mini-series on how to go about saving a lot of money on your wedding costs. In part one we introduced you to a few really good tips on how to get started with cost effective planning for your wedding and today we will continue with the same theme. Get ready to take notes because you’re not going to want to miss a single tip.

As we mentioned earlier in part one, choosing your venue is one of the most costly, yet important elements of your wedding. At lots of weddings, we see brides opting to have two venues, one for the wedding and one for the reception. Well, a great way to slim down that cost is to find a venue that offers spaces for both. For instance, most local churches have a reception hall for just these sorts of occasions, or think about a mountain retreat or even fancy beach house. One thing you can count on is that your guests will appreciate not having to drive to two separate sites.

You can also try to get a discount by paying for everything in-full, upfront. Most wedding vendors work on a deposit now and pay the rest later format, but you should ask and see if there are any discounts for paying in full at the time of booking. Just get a reimbursement plan worked into your contract to protect you. That being said, you can also try your hand at negotiating. Get several quotes and play vendors against each other for your business. Do not mention the word “wedding” if you can. Try to get your quotes before you drop that word because some vendors will automatically jack up their prices when they hear someone say “wedding”.

You should also plan to get married in the off-season to save some big bucks. Getting married in November or January, instead of the summer months will cut your costs because vendors are more willing to cut prices during this time of the year to drum up some extra business during their slow time.

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Do you need affordable wedding catering Raleigh NC services? If so, call us – Catering By Design! We’re one of the most highly rated catering companies in North Carolina. We have wedding menus that can be fully customized and the best prices on the East Coast. Give us a call today to schedule your free tasting.

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Having a Mother’s Day Party?

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Mother’s Day will be here before you know it and what better way to show her how much you love and appreciate her than to have a memorable Mother’s Day Party that she’ll remember for a lifetime. Also, your mom will really love and enjoy all the attention and being “Queen of the Day”. So go ahead and surprise your mother with a party and call Catering By Design to provide the food. We’re one of the most affordable special event catering Raleigh NC companies and our menus are perfect for all of life’s grand affairs. Give us a call today, or just check out our menus.

Mother’s Day Food Ideas

Other than your mom, the food should be the star of the show. The menu should be full of your mom’s favorite foods. Keep your guests in mind too and try to serve something all of your relatives will enjoy. Take the time to pick up a special mother’s day cake. You can get these from a bakery, or from your local grocery store. If you do not feel like cooking this Mother’s Day and want to be able to kick back with your family, call Catering By Design and ask us about our affordable special event catering Raleigh NC services. The best part, we do all the work and heavy lifting if you require full service catering, but we can also just deliver your meal in disposable trays and leave as well. Whichever type of service you need, you can depend on us.

Mother’s Day Music

We suggest making a playlist of all of your mother’s favorite songs. Make sure to add some lively music of your own as long as it’s tasteful and full of energy. You should also include some light music as well for when the party winds down a little.

Mother’s Day Games

Why not add a little zing to your Mother’s Day Party by adding some fun games? You can do lots of outdoor games like the three-legged race, sack race, egg and spoon race, horseshoes, corn hole, and lots of others. If the weather does not cooperate and you have to take the party inside, then play win, lose or draw, charades, or your mom’s favorite board game or card game.

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Catering By Design is one of the most affordable special event catering Raleigh NC companies if you are looking for great prices, fantastic flavors, and the best customer service in North Carolina. We can even deliver the food and leave if you do not require a full service catering package. Please call us today and let us know how we can help you plan the best Mother’s Day party.

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Money Saving Tips for a Budget Friendly Wedding

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Based on current data, the average cost for a wedding in the United States is $25,200. That is a pretty big number, but do not let that figure scare you away if you have dreams of getting married and paying for your wedding on your own. A wedding is only as expensive as you make it and there are several ways that you can go about planning your wedding so that you are not breaking the bank or sacrificing your honeymoon. In this three part series, we’re going to discuss several tips and ideas that will help you have the wedding of your dreams, just at a fraction of the cost.

The best way to have a cost effective wedding is getting focused right from the start. You have to get into a money saving mindset and start making decisions that will not only save you money and time, but also meet your other needs as well. After you figure out the time of the year you want to get married, you have to settle on your wedding venue. The wedding venue cost can be one of the most money draining elements to your wedding budget so you will have to figure out what is important to you. You can get married almost anywhere these days, so do your research and you might find an awesome venue that’s only a few hundred dollars.

Start your search by looking at the smaller surrounding towns, and avoid the big cities like the plague if you want to save money. Everything is more expensive in the city, so consider getting married in the suburbs. You can potentially save tens of thousands of dollars by moving just an hour outside the bigger cities.

Also, try to avoid getting married on Saturday. It’s no surprise that Saturday is the most common day to get married on. It is just so convenient, and to get all of the other conveniences, vendors will make you pay a premium. Venue prices can be 50% more on Saturday, compared to Friday and Sunday.

You should also look into nontraditional venues. Get creative and look at places that are considered outside the box, or places that might not host a lot of weddings. These places may offer very reasonable prices, and you just might fall in love with something really out of the ordinary. Check out all of the local parks, quaint bed & breakfasts, or even your local art galleries for some inspiration.

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If you’re getting married and are confused by all of the Raleigh caterers out there, make the right choice by calling Catering By Design. We offer free menu tastings for brides and grooms and can even customize our wedding menus to make sure they’re just perfect. Call us today to learn more.

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Mother’s Day Party Tips

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner. How are you going to celebrate this year? We think that you should show her how much you really love and appreciate her by throwing her a Mother’s Day Party that she’ll remember forever. Your mom will really appreciate how much you’ve gone out of your way to make her feel special. Let your mom be “Queen for the Day” and have her sit back and relax while you do all of the work. In part one of this series, we will give you some ideas on invitations and decorations, whereas part two will cover food, music and games. We hope you enjoy these tips and as always, if you need the very best in Raleigh caterers please give us a call, or just check out our menus first and call us later.

Mother’s Day Invitations

If you’re going to plan on having a party for your mother then be sure to invite all of the close relatives and all of her friends. Make sure to include all of the proper details such as date, times, locations, and any other special instructions such as if you want them to bring a dessert, or potluck side. Send your invitations out at least two weeks ahead of time to give everyone invited time to reply and make their plans.

Mother’s Day Decorations

Your mom will really appreciate it if you make sure the decorations for her party are tasteful and represent her. Get a lot of her favorite flowers for centerpieces and put up some of your favorite family photos on a memory board for everyone to see. Maybe even have a guest book for your friends and family to leave sweet messages to your mom. No Mother’s Day party is complete without a banner, so stop by your local print shop, or even Walmart and get a banner that reads “We Love You Mom”, or “Happy Mothers Day”. You can also get streamers and balloons in all of her favorite colors.

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Catering By Design is one of the most affordable special event Raleigh caterers. We are constantly winning awards because we offer great prices, fantastic flavors, and some of the best customer service in North Carolina. We can even deliver the food and leave if you do not require a full service catering package, or stick around and do all of the heavy lifting if you need us to. Please call today and let us know how we can help your family plan the best Mother’s Day party ever.

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Spring Wedding at All Saints Chapel

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In 1875, All Saints Chapel was built on Hillsborough Street, in the downtown area of Raleigh NC by the Reverend Johannes Adam Simon Oertel. Today, this wedding venue is a true historic landmark. In 2005, a third party investor purchased All Saints Chapel and restored it to reflect the original designer’s work.

All Saints Chapel is the perfect place for life’s most picturesque and meaningful moments. Brides will be able to walk down the same aisle that other brides have used for over 130 years. Even the breathtaking stained glass windows are original. The antique wooden aisle that leads to the altar is lit by the natural light from the five clerestory windows that are on both sides of the five-bay nave. All Saints Chapel has an open floor plan and 18-foot cathedral-like ceilings. When you choose All Saints Chapel as your Raleigh NC wedding venue of choice, you will get exclusive use of the chapel and grounds, including the private bridal suite and groom’s study.

We recently had the great pleasure of catering a beautiful wedding here. We wanted to share a few of the highlights from the joyous occasion, but to see the entire gallery, please visit us on Pinterest.

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The wedding reception meal was served family style. While everyone was downstairs enjoying the appetizers, our staff got busy pre-setting every table with a beautiful spring salad of Romaine with Fresh Strawberries, Feta Cheese, and Walnuts finished with our Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette and baskets that were filled with freshly baked breads.

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The meal turned out beautifully and so delicious. The homemade Red Skinned Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Vegetable Medley accompanied the Chicken Breast that had been generously stuffed with Bacon and Gouda and then topped with Pesto Cream. How tasty does that sound?

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For dessert, everyone enjoyed these delicious and fancy cupcakes that had been decorated in the wedding colors along with the bride and groom’s wedding cake.

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If you’re engaged and have yet to pick a caterer, we invite you to call us today and schedule a FREE menu tasting. Catering By Design is one to the top wedding catering companies in Raleigh NC. We have been catering weddings for decades and we understand what it takes to make sure your wedding day goes off without a hitch. Please give us a call, or just stop by our kitchen in Cary, NC.

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March Madness | Final Four Dip Recipes

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The college basketball season is wrapping up and if your favorite team has made it through March Madness and on to the Final Four, then why not celebrate with a catered party? We found a couple great recipes to make your final four party a slam dunk. These fresh and delightful dips will make all your chips and wings taste better. From bleu cheese, to sun dried tomatoes, these chip dips will add excellent flavor and a touch of class to tip off. Give them a try, because we all know that a freshly-made dip wins out over store-bought every time. Both of these dips are very tasty, as well as quick and easy to make. Let us know how your attempts turn out in the comments below.

Baked Bleu Cheese Dip

You’ll absolutely love this warm and creamy bleu cheese dip. This gooey baked decadence is perfect for crudités, chips and buffalo wings.

Prep Time – 5 minutes
Cook Time – 20 minutes
Serves – 8

16 ounces – softened cream cheese
4 ounces – crumbled bleu cheese
1/3 cup – cream
1/2 teaspoon – garlic pepper
2 – chopped green onions

Directions: This dip might be even better the next day after it rests overnight. If you want to save some time, we suggest making this dip the night before and just leaving it in its baking dish overnight until you’re ready to serve it. When it’s party time, simply take your dish out of the fridge and put it right in the oven. Just heat it up for a few minutes and you’re ready to serve.

Start by preheating your oven to 350°F. Next, take your cream cheese, cream, and garlic pepper and mix together in a medium sized bowl and blend until smooth. Now you’ll stir in bleu cheese and green onions. Now place this in your blender and pulse for 2 or 3 times to combine the ingredients. Finally, spread the mixture into a medium baking dish and bake for 20 minutes until the center is heated all the way through. This dip should be served warm.

Recipe Source: http://www.foodchannel.com/recipes/recipe/baked-bleu-cheese-dip/#ixzz3SayFLcQI

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Sun Dried Tomato and Green Onion Dip

Prep Time – 15 minutes
Cook Time – 0 minutes
Serves – 10

1/2 cup – drained and chopped sun-dried tomatoes
16 ounces – softened cream cheese
1 cup – sour cream
1 cup – mayonnaise
2 teaspoons – hot red pepper sauce
2 teaspoons – kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons – freshly ground black pepper
4 – thinly sliced scallions

Directions: First, puree the sun dried tomatoes, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, pepper sauce, salt, and pepper in a food processor, or blender, until smooth. Next, add your scallions, but leave about 1 tablespoon of the sliced green part for garnish. Pulse this mixture a few more times until all the ingredients have been combined. Finally, you should transfer the dip into your favorite serving bowl and serve at room temperature. You can garnish the dip yourself with the remaining scallions, or allow your guests to add them as they wish. Serve at room temperature.

Recipe Source: http://www.foodchannel.com/recipes/recipe/sun-dried-tomato-and-green-onion-dip/#ixzz3Sb2pKfi4

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If you are looking for affordable Raleigh catering, call Catering By Design. We have the perfect menus for any sized event, both large and small. We can even deliver the food and leave if you do not need full service catering. Give us call with any questions about our delivery catering services for Raleigh and the surrounding area.

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Get a Perfect Wedding Video with These Tips

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Do you want to have a great video recording of your wedding? If you’re planning on having your big day recorded so you can watch it for many years to come, you should continue reading part 2 of our wonderful wedding videotaping tips. Last week we posted part 1 of this miniseries to get you familiar with a few tips on how to make finding your videographer easy and stress free. Today’s post is going to fill you in on a few ideas to make sure you’re narrowing down your videographer vendor list properly so you’re choosing the right fit for your personality.

Check the Online Reviews – We cannot stress this tip enough. Be sure you do your due diligence and check out all the online reviews that you can find. Check Facebook, Google, The Wedding Wire, and Yelp for a great start. Make sure to read them all if you can. Look for any negative patterns across the different review sites. Even after you’ve narrowed your list down, ask your top few picks to provide you with customer references. Call those former customers and ask them questions such as “Did they capture the most important parts of your wedding?”, “Were they a positive presence throughout the day, professional, and pleasant to work with?”, as well as “Were you happy with the final overall product?”

In-Person Meetings – Once you’ve narrowed your list down to your top 3 – 5, schedule an in-person meeting. You’ll want to get a feel for how you two mesh with each other. You will want to feel comfortable with their personality, and they will want to feel comfortable working with you. Once you meet them in person, you should have a better idea of whether or not you’ll want to hire them. FaceTime or Skype also works if you just cannot meet in person.

Read Your Contract - Make sure you have all of your bases covered in writing in your contract. The fine details should include all of the logistical details, such as the date, time, and location of your wedding, the coverage time – or how long they plan on being at your venue, the number of videographers onsite, an itemized list of what your finished product will consist of – highlight reels, full-length production, outtakes, and all digital media files, the cancellation policies, and the total cost.

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For world class pricing and wedding catering Raleigh NC services, Catering By Design should be at the top of every bride’s list. Check out our menus, then call us to plan your FREE menu tasting. Our customer service, prices, and attention to detail cannot be beat. Come see why we’ve won so many wedding catering awards. Call us today, you’ll be glad you did.

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The Royal | Pi Day Wedding in Raleigh

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The Royal Banquet is located on Hillsborough Street, right across the street from Meredith College. This historic jewel of a venue is just minutes from Raleigh’s bustling downtown scene. The Royal is an exceptional location with an old world feel. The elegant tones and décor, with the wrought iron chandeliers, really highlight the charm of this historic building. You’ll love the exposed brick walls as they provide a great backdrop for pictures. Need a large venue? The Royal can accommodate a maximum capacity of 300 guests. This makes The Royal one of the top venues for all life’s special occasions including anniversaries, baby showers, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, birthdays, bridal showers, christenings, corporate events, debutante balls, engagement parties, graduations, holiday parties, memorials, proms, quinceaneras, and even sweet 16 parties.

Catering By Design had the wonderful pleasure of catering a beautiful wedding reception here last weekend. We’ve highlighted the post with some of our favorite pictures, but to see the entire gallery, please visit our Pinterest gallery. This wedding reception meal was unique as the bride and groom chose to have an updated American Breakfast for dinner. The buffet featured a Four Cheese Egg Casserole that was served with Applewood Smoked Bacon, Sausage, Cheesy Grits, and Diced Seasoned Potatoes. The breakfast menu was completed with our homemade Biscuits with Butter and Jelly.

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Fresh Waffles were made on-site and served at an interactive waffle station. These golden brown delights were paired with Maple Syrup, Whipped Cream, Mixed Berries, and Chocolate Sauce. The kids were more excited to eat the waffles than they were the special desserts.

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Also featured at the reception was our Made to Order Omelet Bar. They were so good that our team had to work double time to keep up with the demand of the hungry guests. The omelet bar included Shredded Cheddar, Feta, Bacon, Ham, Red Peppers, Mushrooms, Onions, Spinach, Grilled Vegetables, and Salsa.

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Since the wedding day was actually “Pi Day”, the bride and groom opted to have a wonderful array of homemade pies for dessert. They were absolutely gorgeous and the meringue work was outstanding.

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For world class wedding catering Raleigh NC services, Catering By Design should be at the top of your list if you require affordability with unmatched attention to detail. Brides, please take a look at our wedding menus, then give us a call to plan your FREE menu tasting. Our customer service, prices, and customizable menus cannot be beat. Come see why we’ve won so many catering awards.

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Practical Ideas for In-Office Catering

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Did you know that Catering By Design was more than a wedding catering company? We are also one of the top providers for affordable business catering Raleigh NC services. We’ve actually been the number one choice for office catering for over two decades serving businesses throughout the Triangle area. We’ve recently updated our corporate menus and wanted to give you all a few ideas on how our catering services can be practical for your next meeting or event.

For starters, our business catering menus are budget friendly for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. We can help you with full meals, or light snacks and coffee. We also have a full section dedicated to light and healthy options. Our customers love the fact that our menus are out of the ordinary, and not just the standard sandwiches and chips. We have several different menu options to choose from such our traditional southern menu that features several of North Carolina’s favorite culinary delights. We also have the All American Menu, The Southwestern Menu, as well as Tropical and Asian influenced menus. You can also choose full service catering, or just delivery.

Our business catering Raleigh NC services are perfect for both formal and casual business events. Whether you are having a formal awards banquet, or casual team building adventure, Catering By Design will be there to make sure everyone has a great meal.

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Catering By Design is your go-to business catering Raleigh NC speciality company when you need great customer service and awesome prices. We’ve recently updated our corporate menu section for 2015 and have prices to fit any of your corporate events. We can also just deliver the food at your scheduled time if you do not require full-service catering. After we make sure everything is OK and approved, we’ll pack up and take off. Many of our customers love this budget friendly option.

Still not sure about our food and service? Then give us a call today and ask us about our Lunch And Learn Program. This is where we all get to know each other over some of our food and you get to tell us what you think. Our schedules are already filling up so call us today to get on the list.

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The Top Videography Tips for Your Wedding

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For some brides in NC, having their wedding videotaped is something that is non-negotiable when it comes to budget space. The problem is that videography packages can be pretty expensive for quality work. You’re going to pay anywhere between $1,000, to more than $15,000 depending on the type of package that meets your needs. Raleigh caterers, Catering By Design, have put together a few tips that should help any bride get the video of her dreams, and one that she will want to watch on repeat every anniversary.

Ask Other Vendors for a Professional Referral - You should really take advantage of this service to save yourself a lot of searching time. Every vendor that you work with for your wedding should be more than willing to refer some of their most trusted industry colleagues. We suggest that you start with your wedding photographer. Some photography contractors also provide videography packages as well. If they are not providing the taping, we recommend that you start by asking this vendor for a referral as their industries somewhat overlap and these vendors should be pretty familiar with each other.

Take Your Videographer Search Seriously- If you are hiring a contractor to video your wedding then you should take this search just as seriously as you would any other of your wedding vendors. You do not want to put this on the back burner and wind up with a C level wedding service provider. You’ll be under enough stress as it is so making sure all of your vendors are top notch will be key to having a smoothly running day. We suggest that you go ahead and flag money for a videographer in your wedding budget right from the beginning. This will help make finding one a priority.

Hire a Vendor That Matches Your Own Personal Style – Videographers have their own different presentation styles, just as other creative vendors, like Raleigh caterers or photographers do. You should make an effort to really watch a lot of their sample work to make sure you’re getting a video that you like and not one that you’ll be ashamed to watch. For instance, if you’re looking for a lot of dramatic effects then you would want to avoid a videographer that shoots with more of a documentary approach.

Raleigh Caterers for Spring Weddings

Catering By Design is your go-to business catering Raleigh NC company when great prices and awesome customer service are a must. We’ve recently updated our Wedding Catering Menus for 2015 and have prices to fit any sized reception. If you do not require full-service catering, we can just deliver the food at your scheduled time and take off after everything has been approved. Brides, call us today and ask about our free menu tastings. This is a chance for you to get to know us and our food. Our schedules are already filling up so call us today to get on the list.

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