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NC Bar Association Event Highlights

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The North Carolina Bar Association is a voluntary statewide organization composed of more than 19,500 lawyers, paralegals and law students. This organization was founded way back in 1899. It’s based at the N.C. Bar Center, located at 8000 Weston Parkway in Cary. This past icy week we had the honor of feeding the North Carolina Bar Association during an all day affair of learning. For all of your Raleigh or Cary NC business catering needs, please give us a call at Catering By Design. We have lots of options for 2015 and have recently updated our Corporate Menus. Call us today and ask about our lunch and learn programs. We posted a few of our favorite pictures from this event; to see the entire gallery you’ll need to visit us on Facebook or Pinterest.

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We first got the day started with a nice,light breakfast bar to give everyone the kick they needed to get through a day full of learning and camaraderie. Everyone enjoyed the Freshly Baked Assorted Danishes, Assorted Breakfast Breads, Cinnamon Buns, Bagels with Cream Cheese and Butter, and Seasonal Sliced Fruit Platter with coffee bar.

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For lunch, our guests had a blast mingling down the buffet line filling their plates with lots of North Carolina favorites. Today’s menu featured Pulled BBQ Chicken with extra Hot, Carolina BBQ and Tangy Tomato BBQ Sauces, Creamy Homemade Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Fresh Baked Rolls and Butter, and a Caesar Salad.

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For dessert, the Southern Style Banana Pudding was a crowd favorite. It seemed like we could not keep enough of this tasty treat on the buffet line. What can we say, it was delicious.

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Catering By Design is your go-to business catering Raleigh NC company when great prices and awesome customer service is a must. We’ve recently updated our Corporate Menus for 2015 and have prices to fit any event. 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. Call us today and ask about our Lunch & Learn program where we all get to know each other and you get to sample our food. Our schedules are already filling up so call us today to get on the list.

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Wedding Gown Fashion Trends for 2015

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Spring is the start of the busiest time for wedding planners, venues and the like as wedding season really gets into full swing. Some newly engaged couples might want to celebrate a short engagement so we’re filling you in on some of the other non-food related wedding trends that will be a big hit this year at weddings all across the United States. Today we’re going to look at a few of the 2015 wedding gown trends. Fashion-forward brides will love this post as we’re discussing the hottest styles delivered by the biggest wedding dress designers from this year’s big bridal runway events.

Off the Shoulder – Pictured above is a beautiful example of an off-the-shoulder wedding gown. As we move into the warmer months, you’ll see more and more brides opting for this look as it can be a little cooler, especially if you’re getting married in summer.

Illusion Backs – Designers like Kenneth Pool, Pronovias, Inbal Dror, Alberta Ferrertti, Maggie Sottero, and Lela Rose have all implemented this sexy-yet-classic statement back into their latest wedding gown collections. These gorgeous lace wedding dresses are going to be a perennial favorite among brides in 2015 as we saw sexy tattoo-lace and illusion-lace back dresses on almost every runway. This style of gown will work with best for formal, religious, or winter weddings as they cover a lot, but still offer a hint of skin.

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Lace Sleeves – Thanks to the British invasion, and the love affair we have with the fabulous Kate Middleton, many wedding gowns with lace sleeves were still a big trend amongst designers.

Oversized Bows – The bigger, the better this year. You’ll be seeing really big bows this year according to the styles displayed by this year’s top wedding dress designers.

Pearls – Forget the crystals and rhinestones, this year brides will be adorning their dresses with beautiful, classic pearls.

Non-Traditional Colors – This one might be a little surprising to traditionalists, but brides looking to set themselves apart from others this season might opt for a wedding gown in a shade of green, blue, beige, or pink. There were lots of these colors on display at all the wedding fashion shows we’ve attended this year.

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The hottest trend this year is hiring Catering By Design for your Raleigh wedding catering needs. We’ve been doing this for years and we understand exactly what it takes to make sure your dreams come true. Follow us on Facebook for weekly fun weekly posts. Brides, call us today to set up your FREE wedding menu tasting.

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The Most in Demand Wedding Flowers for 2015

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Catering By Design, an award winning Cary wedding catering company, has put together some of the hottest trends in wedding flowers for the 2015 wedding season. Spring is right around the corner and if you’re still in the wedding planning mode, you should be sure to read this post to find out about this year’s most fantastic wedding flower trends! We get to meet lots of wedding florists and we took note of the things they had to say about the best blooms for bouquets, venue decorations, and even accessories. For the best trends in Cary wedding catering, you’ll find no better service and prices than what we offer at Catering By Design. We’ve been consistently recognized by both customers, and professionals, for our outstanding commitment to food, flavors, and fun. Give us a call today and let us help you plan the wedding reception of your dreams.

The Flowers

This year we will continue to see some recent favorites such as bouquets of beautiful peonies, dahlias, ranunculus, and English roses. These top blooms will be the go-to favorites with brides this year because they can make a very dramatic, and romantic statement. These blooms are pretty versatile so you can also use them in various ways and get a lot of bang for your buck. Brides will be happy to know that all of these work well in relaxed, rustic, and formal ceremony settings.

For autumn weddings, choose woodland inspired flowers like ferns, foxglove and blowsy roses. You might even want to incorporate acorns, and oak leaves for Raleigh weddings. Using moss in your centerpieces will also make a strong impact for the fall season. Pinecones and berries will always be a must-have for the winter.

For all seasons this year, the wild garden and freshly picked look will be a big hit among bides. You’ll see a lot of floral arrangements focused around local seasonal blooms. This trend can also be very budget friendly and save you a few dollars.

Another popular trend this season will be lots and lots of greenery. Brides cannot get enough lush green plants everywhere. Everything from scented herbs like rosemary, mint, and lemon basil, to maidenhair ferns are being strung together and are being used in surprising ways. You’ll see them hanging from chandeliers, tents, ceilings and chairs, draped around framed menus, and as table runners or chair swags. You can even use them to frame cocktail menus, to give them a softer edge.

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Brides, call us today for the best menu selection, prices and service in town. We offer free menu tastings, whereas our competitors charge for this service. Our wedding menus are fully customizable to meet your needs. Call us today to learn more.

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Easy Cheesy Onion Bread Recipe

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Even if you’re not a baker, you’ll be able to pull off this easy cheesy onion bread recipe. Your whole family will enjoy eating this pull-apart treat at dinner time because it’s very similar to monkey bread, but doesn’t take as long to make. Spread the buttery biscuit dough with a savory onion-Gruyère mixture, then stack layers of it in a loaf pan while it bakes for extra gooey goodness. For the best Raleigh catering prices, menus, and customer service, please call Catering By Design. We can provide Raleigh catering services for events both big and small. If you do not require full staff, we can simply deliver our delicious food to your location and leave after we guarantee everything meets your requirements. Call us today and ask about our corporate lunch-and-learn program. Getting married? Brides can schedule their free menu tasting by clicking here.


  • 1 and 1/2 sticks – cold and unsalted butter – 1 stick cubed
  • 1 – large onion, chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon – poppy seeds
  • 1 cup – coarsely shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 2 cups – all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons – baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon – baking soda
  • 1 cup – buttermilk
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper


First, you’ll need to preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Next take your 9 x 4 1/2-inch metal loaf pan and grease it with butter. Now take your large skillet and melt 1/2 stick of the uncubed butter. Pour 2 tablespoons of the melted butter into a small bowl and keep it for later. Add the chopped onion to the skillet and cook over medium to moderate heat for about 8 minutes, or until they are are softened. You’ll need to stir the onions occasionally. Now mix in the poppy seeds and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the onion mixture onto a plate and cool for about 5 minutes in the refrigerator. Now stir in the Gruyère.

Using a food processor, pulse your flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together – hand mix if you do not own a food processor. Next add the cubed butter and pulse this mixture until the butter cubes are the size of small peas. Now you’ll add the buttermilk and pulse this 5 or 6 times until the dough forms.

Flip the dough out onto a well-floured work surface. Knead the dough 2 or 3 times and then roll it into a 2- by 24-inch rectangle. Now spread your onion mixture all over the top of the dough. Cut the dough crosswise into 10 pieces and then stack 9 of them onion side up, and top it with the final piece with the onion-side down.

Gently lay the stack in your buttered loaf pan and brush with the remaining butter that you saved earlier.

Bake in the center of the oven for about 30 minutes, or until the loaf is golden brown and has risen. Take it out of the oven and let the bread cool for 15 minutes or so before serving. Enjoy!

Source: http://www.delish.com/recipes/

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All Saints Chapel | Winter Weddings In Raleigh

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All Saints Chapel is a historic building that was built in 1875 on Hillsborough Street, in the downtown area of Raleigh NC. In the early 1900s, the congregation outgrew the small chapel and moved around the corner to a larger chapel on Morgan Street. In 2005, All Saints Chapel was purchased by a third party investor and was eventually restored to reflect the work of its original designer, Reverend Johannes Adam Simon Oertel.

All Saints Chapel is the perfect picturesque place for life’s most meaningful moments. Brides will be able to walk down the same aisle that other brides have used for over 130 years and can say their vows underneath breathtaking stained glass windows. Brides will love the antique wooden aisles that lead to the altar which is lit using the natural light from the five clerestory windows on both side of the five-bay nave. All Saints Chapel features an open floor plan with 18-foot cathedral-like ceilings. The interior space is highlighted by two large stained glass windows that sit above the altar and balcony, and stunning detailed woodwork running throughout the entire chapel. We encourage you to go and see for yourself why All Saints is an architectural treasure in Raleigh NC, and one of the few left of its kind anywhere.

Choosing All Saints Chapel as your wedding venue means you get exclusive use of the chapel and grounds, including the private bridal suite and groom’s study, with your wedding rehearsal included. A downtown location, with parking, that can seat up to 200 guests, access to their sound system, and your choice of vendors and caterers is truly a treasure.

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Catering By Design, one of the top catering companies Raleigh NC has to offer, had the honor and privilege of serving the lucky couple, Sarah and Chase, along with their family and friends, after a beautiful ceremony. We also made some new friends and had a great time working alongside Sara Logan Photography. We’ve featured some of our favorite pictures from the event, to see the entire gallery please visit us on Pinterest.

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After the ceremony, all of the wedding guests made their way downstairs to get the reception started off with an Hors d’Oeuvres table of Imported and Domestic Cheeses with Fresh Fruit Garnish and Assorted Gourmet Crackers, while the wedding party finished up with the pictures.

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Our lucky newlyweds chose our Southern Buffet Menu to the delight of everyone in attendance. This North Carolina wedding favorite features a Seasonal Green Salad with Carrots, Cucumbers, and Tomatoes finished with a choice of House Vinaigrette or Ranch Dressings, NC styled Pulled Pork and BBQ Chicken, with Country Style Green Beans with Bacon, Creamy Cole Slaw, and Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese with White Cheese and Bread Crumbs Rolls, Jalapeno Corn Bread and Butter, with Northern BBQ, Vinegar BBQ and Hot Sauces on the side.

If you’re engaged and have yet to pick a caterer, we invite you to call us today and schedule a FREE menu tasting.

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2015 Wedding Trends | Food & Drink Edition

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Continuing with the hottest wedding trends for the season, this post will focus on our favorite food and drink ideas that all the experts are talking about. Catering By Design is one of the top Raleigh catering companies for weddings, social parties, and business events. We have menus for pretty much every occasion. Brides, you should call us to set up a FREE menu tasting for your wedding. If you feel like we missed something, just tell us and we can customize any menu to your liking. You’ll get nothing but the best when you pick Catering By Design over other Raleigh catering companies.

Drink & Be Married

Champagne toasts will be a huge trend this year. Even champagne towers will be back in grand fashion for more formal affairs. For casual affairs, you’ll see signature champagne cocktails with fruit and Mimosa bars. Another big hit will be smaller signature drink options. Small wine samplings, flights of craft beer from local breweries, or shots of different bourbons are also great ideas to start with.

Instead of having an open bar with everything, wedding planners are seeing more couples offering their favorite local wines, spirits and beers from their favorite local breweries and distilleries, or importing their favorite craft drinks from their own hometowns, or home state if they’re transplants.

Taste of Heaven

Skip cocktail hour and think more along the lines of tasting stations instead. Today’s couples want to show off their favorite foods in manageable, bite sized portions. A great place to start is a mini mac’n'cheese bar, oyster shucking station, or maybe even a taco stand. For the main course, serve it family-style. Family-style gives you a little bit of both worlds. Family-style can be somewhat casual and laid back, but upscale at the same time. For non-traditional couples, consider getting a local food truck to provide the meal and be a little different. Food trucks were gaining traction last year at wedding receptions and should be an even bigger hit this year.

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This year, snack trays might be the new dessert table and candy bar. Just when wedding guests think the party is winding down, the newlyweds crank it up with late-night treats and snacks that are butlered right out to the dance floor. Sweets like warm, fresh baked cookies and brownies served with milkshakes will surely get the party started. You could even incorporate a snow cone stand, or cotton candy machine. Let your guests know that you’re not just going through the motions.

Wedding cakes will be glammed out, covered with metallic icing and glitter dust. You might even see brides stepping out of the fashion box by mixing gold with silver on the same cake.

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Brides, none of the other Raleigh catering companies can compare to the food and service provided by Catering By Design. We’re a Wedding Wire award winning catering company for a big reason – big time flavors and big time savings. Call us today and schedule your FREE wedding menu tasting. Our friendly staff is waiting.

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Chocolate Heart Cake Recipe

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Valentine’s Day is this weekend and we’ve got a great heart-shaped dessert recipe for you. This moist, heart-shaped chocolate valentine cake will be a great addition to any Valentine’s Day Party. This recipe serves 16 so take it to work, school, a neighborhood party, or just simply bake one up for your family. If you’re having the biggest and baddest Valentine’s Day Party, let one of the top Raleigh caterers take care of all of the heavy lifting. At Catering By Design, our menus are budget friendly for both small and large events. Give us a call today and let us know how we can help you with all your party needs.

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hr 45 minutes


3/4 cup – oil
2 1/3 cups – boiling water
2 1/3 cups – granulated sugar
3 – large eggs; room temperature
3/4 cup – unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon – vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups – all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons – baking soda
1 teaspoon – salt

1/2 cup – butter, softened
3 cups – confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cups – heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 teaspoons – vanilla extract
6 ounces – unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled

Chocolate Hearts:
1/2 cup – milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup – white chocolate chips
1/2 cup – semisweet chocolate chips


First, you’ll need two 8″ x 2″ heart-shaped cake pans. Now preheat your oven to 325F. Coat your pans with nonstick spray and line the bottoms of the pans with wax paper. To make the cake, boil the water, remove from heat, and pour it into a medium sized mixing bowl. Mix in the cocoa powder and stir until smooth. Allow to cool and mix in the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Beat with your mixer on medium speed until good and blended. Now set your blender on low and mix in the flour, baking soda and salt. Beat until the batter is smooth and thin. Divide this mixture into the two pans and bake these for 45 to 55 minutes until a wooden toothpick, or knife, can be inserted into the center of the cake and it comes out clean.

Next, let the cakes cool in their pans on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Then run your knife around the edges of the cake, turn the pans over on the rack and peel off the paper so the cakes can cool down completely.

Now let’s make the frosting. Take your mixer and beat the butter and vanilla on medium in a large bowl until everything is nice and creamy. Reduce the mixer to low and beat in 1/2 cup of sugar, and then the melted chocolate. Now beat in the remaining sugar and 1/2 cup of cream, alternating between the two. Increase the mixer back to medium and beat until this mix is spreadable. You can add a touch more cream if needed.

Now assemble the cakes by turning them right side up and trimming the tops if needed. Place one cake layer top side down on a serving plate and spread the top with 1 cup of your frosting. Add the second layer to the first by placing it top side down. Brush off any excess crumbs and coat with a thin layer of frosting. Then spread and swirl on the remaining frosting and cover any gaps. Now let’s make the chocolate hearts to top the cake off with.

You’ll need a few small heart-shaped metal cookie cutters and maybe some red paste food coloring. Melt 1/2 cup of the semisweet chocolate chips. Follow the instructions on the package. Pour this liquid onto your lined baking sheet and spread with a metal spatula into a thin square. Place in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes, or until it has set. Take a shallow bowl and fill it with hot water and dip your cookie cutter in for about 30 seconds, tap off the water and cut out the chocolate hearts. You’ll repeat this process with the 1⁄2 cup milk chocolate and the 1⁄2 cup of white chocolate chips. Take some of the red food coloring and use it to tint some of the white chocolate chips. Serve these with the cake on the side, or as a cake topper.

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2015 Wedding Tech Trends

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We love to write about all the glamorous wedding things. All that shines, and is pretty just appeals to us. Today we’re going to focus on something a little different. This post will still discuss some of the hottest new wedding trends for 2015, but from a technology perspective. You’ll love all the new ideas and gadgets that will help make your wedding day one to remember for the ages. For the best Cary wedding catering, look no further than Catering By Design. We’ve been serving up smiles across the Triangle for decades. Call us today and see why we’re an award winning catering company in Cary NC.

Drones and GoPros

Drones could be a really big trend this year for professional wedding photographers. Using a drone will allow you to capture every angle possible of your wedding and reception. The aerial shots of your wedding will definitely set your video and pictures apart from all the standard and boring set shots. Another idea we just love is getting in on the GoPro craze. Attach one of these mini-cameras to a selfie-stick and you have the perfect mobile photo booth. You can get extremely creative with a GoPro and use them extensively during the reception.


If you really do not have money in your budget for a wedding DJ, or band, how about going DIY with Spotify? Spotify is software that you download on to a computer, tablet, or smartphone that allows users to connect to thousands of songs from their favorite artists. You can easily create your own playlists so you can hear exactly what you want at your wedding, all you need is a sound system and somewhere to plug in your device. Spotify Premium can be purchased for $9.99 a month and then your playlists won’t be reliant on Wi-Fi. If you think planning your music will be a chore, then crowdsource from your family and friends for songs you should play – just be sure to mix in some of your own favorites.

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There’s an App for That

Long gone are the days of having to have all of your bridesmaids together to complete your DIY wedding tasks. Lots of brides are now using planning and organizing apps like TaskRabbit that can help you get all the little things taken care of. Another great app for brides and grooms to consider is TouristEye, it can help plan your honeymoon itinerary. Also consider ride services like Uber and Lyft. Uber and Lyft can sometimes be cheaper for your out-of-town guests than taking taxis.

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Catering By Design is your go-to Cary wedding catering company for all of your wedding reception needs. From large gatherings, to small and intimate settings, our menus will blend perfectly with your wedding theme. We offer FREE menu tastings so brides should call us today to schedule a tasting. Give as a ring, and find out for yourself how good our food really tastes.

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Vacation Wedding Basics

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If you’ve been reading our blog then you’ve noticed we’ve been writing a mini-series on destination and vacation weddings. Today we’re going to continue that trend and discuss a few more of our favorite tips that will make sure your destination wedding goes off without a hitch. If you’re sticking around town and need the best wedding catering Raleigh NC has to offer, take a look at our menus. At Catering By Design, we offer world class customer service, and even better prices. We even offer free tastings for brides and grooms. Call us today so we can tell you more.

Pick the Right Place

If you want to have a vacation get-away wedding then you have a few things to consider. First, should be your budget and time. These two factors will really determine where you can and cannot go. From here you need a pick a place that represents your personality. If you’re a foodie, then consider Italy. Did you get engaged by the Eiffel Tower? Then why not go back and get married in Paris? Do you love outdoor adventures? Then choose a place like the outback of Australia, New Zealand, or Costa Rica.

Consider the Season

After you pick your favorite place, now think about the weather and the best season to travel. Unfortunately, in some locations this can correlate with the busiest tourist season. This can mean more crowds, fewer options, and more headaches. If you plan your wedding during tourist season then make sure to do your research and book everything ahead. You’ll want to make sure to book everything extra early (10-12 months in advance) and move quickly. This way you’ll be sure to give your guests plenty of time to find the best prices on travel and accommodations. Choosing the off-season can save you, and your guests, a lot of money as restaurants, hotels and other venues might offer discounted rates.  The con of off-season is that some vendors close for the rest of the year when the tourists leave, and you could run into a weather problem. This all depends on your location of choice.

Local Marriage Laws

While you are doing your research for locations, make sure to check out all the local marriage laws. Sometimes this can be complicated in another country as a lot of countries have residency requirements in place. For instance, if you want to get married in England, you have to be in the country for seven whole days before you can have your ceremony, but that is nothing compared to France where the residency requirement is an overwhelming 40 days before you can marry. Marriage laws might make or break your location of choice.

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Get Away for Your Wedding Day | Destination Weddings Might Be Right for You

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Last week we gave you readers a few tips on destination weddings and why you should think about having one. Today, we are going to continue with part two of this series by providing a few more reasons why this idea just might make sense for some couples. If you decide to stick around town and get married in the Triangle area, we hope you’ll consider Catering By Design. We’re one of the top wedding catering companies Raleigh NC has to offer. We even offer free menu tastings to our brides and their families. Call us today to learn more.

Getting Remarried?

If you’ve been married before and experienced all of the wedding pomp and circumstance then you might not want to go through all of that again. You might want to have something very small and intimate so a destination wedding might be the perfect option. You might even get bitten by the spontaneity bug and decide to elope on a wedding vacation to somewhere warm and tropical. Maybe an Alaskan cruise is more your speed. Regardless, use this idea as a way to spice things up, be romantic and have a lot of fun.

Child Friendly Weddings

Speaking of getting remarried, if the bride and groom already have children then take them with you. Having an overseas wedding can definitely be child friendly and surveys show that many engaged couples are already taking this route. MarryAbroad.co.uk recently found that 40% of their database that got married overseas already either had children of their own, or step-children and that their records showed an increase of couples with kids remarrying 17% above previous years.

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Stream Your Wedding Online

Some might be wary of having a destination wedding because they want to include all of their friends and family at home. Well, what if told you that you can still include all of them by having your wedding streamed online? This option gives brides and grooms the best of both worlds. Having a Skype wedding will also allow you to save, share, and re-watch your wedding day anytime you like.

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Catering By Design is one of the best wedding catering companies Raleigh NC services. Call us today and we can help you with everything from picking out the perfect wedding location, bakery for your cake, table linens, bar service – the whole nine yards. We’ve been the top wedding caterer of choice for brides in North Carolina for years. Call us today to set up your free tasting and we’ll let our delicious flavors do all of the talking.

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