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Real Raleigh Spring Weddings: The Bradford

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The Bradford is a fairly new local wedding venue located right outside of Raleigh’s city limits. Owned and operated by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, the Bradford is nestled on 12 beautiful acres in the pretty little town of New Hill. This gorgeous venue features a glamorous main house with open floor plans and spacious rooms, terrace, ballroom, and gardens. It can even accommodate any bride’s overnight needs as well.

We recently had the honor of catering Devin and Taylor’s spring wedding at the Bradford and wanted to share some of the highlights below. To see all of our pictures from this magical day, please visit our Pinterest gallery. Do you need affordable wedding catering in Raleigh NC this spring, summer, or fall? Make Catering by Design your number one choice. Our professional team is ready to answer any of the questions you might have about our wedding catering packages. Call today to learn more or to schedule your free tasting.

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The long and dramatic entrance leading to the main house is elegant and looks so pretty centered between all the flowering Bradford pear trees.

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The Bradford’s terrace is the perfect outdoor space for a spring wedding reception. Capital Events provided the giant clear tent in case the weather wasn’t cooperating.

Mews Floral Designs also did a fantastic job with these beautiful center pieces.

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There is even space for a full service bar snuggled between the main house and the ballroom area.

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During cocktail hour, the guests enjoyed many hors d’Oeuvres featuring imported and domestic cheeses, fresh fruits, and an assortment of gourmet crackers. We also served grilled Tuscan, pita, and focaccia breads with hummus, olivada, and tomato basil spreads.

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For dinner, everyone was treated to this beautiful spring salad of romaine, fresh strawberries, feta cheese, and candied walnuts finished with our balsamic vinaigrette. Also on the menu was garlic mashed potatoes, a colorful medley of sauteed vegetables, thyme salmon in white wine, and chicken breast stuffed with bacon and Gouda in a pesto cream sauce.

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A huge congratulations to Devin and Taylor! Thank you so much for letting Catering by Design be a part of your magical day. We truly appreciate it! If you need great food and even better prices for your next event, please continue reading to see how Catering by Design can save you time and money.

The Best Wedding Catering in Raleigh NC for Spring and Summer

Catering by Design is the top choice when it comes to wedding catering in Raleigh NC. We have affordable menus that can be modified to meet any of your guests’ needs. Please click here to check out our Raleigh wedding packages. Brides, call us today and ask about our free tastings.

We’re an award winning wedding caterer, and have been serving brides and their families for decades. If you do not need full catering, ask us about our delivery services. When only the best will do, call Catering by Design to find out why we’re the top choice for Raleigh wedding catering services.

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More Important Things to Know Before Wedding Dress Shopping

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If you’ve been following along you might have noticed that we’ve been talking a lot about shopping for wedding dresses. In our last post, we talked about knowing your timeline, having a budget, and more. Click here to go back and check it out. Below you’ll find a few more things that we think brides should know before going wedding dress shopping. Looking for affordable Raleigh wedding catering for a 2019 reception? Call the pros at Catering by Design. We have the best options for Triangle weddings, corporate meetings, banquets, social events, birthday parties, and more.

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Make a List of Must Visit Stores

Do some research about the local bridal gown stores in your area. Make a list of the ones you absolutely want to visit. Don’t be surprised if you have to spend a few weekends hitting them all. Having your budget figured out will help you determine which ones you should and shouldn’t visit.

Don’t Bring the Whole Squad

When you go out shopping for a wedding gown, don’t bring your entire crew. It might sound like a lot of fun, but it’s not going to be. The more people you bring, the more opinions you’ll have to deal with. And get this, some stores even limit the number of people you can bring with you, so pick a few people that you trust will give you an honest opinion.

Buying Online

Buying online can either be really great or go horribly wrong. There are a lot of knockoffs from overseas that will break your heart and your budget. However, do check out Etsy and eBay. You can find some great deals on designer dresses at much better prices than in the stores.

If you missed the other blogs in this series on wedding dress shopping, be sure to visit back with them using the links below:

Affordable 2019 Raleigh Wedding Catering

All Raleigh catering companies are not the same. This is especially true if you’re looking for a vendor that specializes in affordable pricing, great customer service, and fantastic flavors in 2019. Don’t get all stressed out over doing all the work, let Catering by Design help. We’ve got affordable menus to fit any budget. You can also customize your catering menu with any family recipes or dietary restrictions. Brides will love our free menu tastings, something our competitors charge for. Please give us a call soon if you have any questions or would like to discuss our catering packages or delivery services.

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The Most Important Things to Know Before Wedding Dress Shopping

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Wedding dress shopping can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of planning a wedding. It can also be one of the worst if you’re not prepared. Over the course of the next two posts we will be listing several things that we think brides-to-be should know before hitting the bridal boutiques. If you’re looking for the best wedding caterers Raleigh NC has to offer this spring or summer, be sure to call Catering by Design. You’ll love our food, service, and free menu tastings.

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Know Your Timeline

We covered this in a few posts back. There is a timeline on when you should start shopping for your wedding dress. Click here to get a better understanding.

Have an Idea of What You’re Looking for

Shopping for wedding dresses isn’t as easy as you think. You’re going to be overloaded with thousands of options. Check out magazines, go to bridal shows, and visit Pinterest to get ideas on what type and style of wedding dress you’re interested in before you start hitting the shops.

Make a Budget

Make a budget and stick to it. There are hundreds of gorgeous gowns in every price range, including yours. Don’t waste time trying on gowns that are twice your budget. Concentrate and focus on the ones you can afford.

If you missed the other blogs in this series on wedding dress shopping, be sure to visit back with them using the links below:

Be sure to join us for our next post where we will be discussing more things brides-to-be should know before going wedding dress shopping! If you have a wedding reception or food event coming up, keep reading to learn more about why Catering by Design is the top choice for Triangle residents.

Award Winning 2019 Wedding Caterers Raleigh NC – Catering by Design

Do you need the best wedding caterers Raleigh NC has to offer for your reception? Please call Catering by Design today for a free menu tasting! We’re one of the most highly rated, and affordable, catering companies in Wake County. We have wedding menus that can be fully customized and we have the best prices and customer service in the Triangle.

If you don’t need full service catering, we can help you with that too. Just ask about our super affordable delivery options. Give us a call today to schedule your free tasting.

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What Are the Differences Between ‘Bespoke’, ‘Made-to-Measure’ and ‘Made-to-Order’ Wedding Dresses?

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Welcome back! We’re going to continue our discussion on wedding dressing shopping. In our last post we talked about your timeline and when you should actually start your shopping. Today we are going to explain the differences between custom made dresses. We will breakdown the differences between bespoke, made-to-measure, and made-to-order wedding gowns. If you’re searching for the best Raleigh catering companies this year, know that Catering by Design is Raleigh’s number one choice for great food, fantastic fun, and affordable prices. Call now to learn how we can help you design the menu of your dreams.

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Bespoke

Bespoke wedding gowns are completely custom made for you, from scratch. These dresses are very time consuming to make and can also be really expensive. After all, every single design element will be based on your specifications and your measurements. There’s a tremendous amount of planning, designing, fittings, and alterations involved. These luxury dresses tend to cost around $4,000 or more.

Made-to-Measure

Made-to-measure gowns are also custom made. The big difference between this and bespoke is that you’re going to pick from an assortment of existing designs. The dress will then be made to your measurements. Because a made-to-measure gown eliminates the design process you can expect prices to be between $2,000 and $4,000.

Made-to-Order

This is the most common choice among brides. You’ll visit retailers and try on sample dresses. When you find the one you love, the retailer will order it in your size from the designer. Then you’ll have the necessary alterations made to get the dress to fit to your unique shape.

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Best 2019 Raleigh Catering Companies for Weddings and More!

All Raleigh catering companies are not the same. So, if you have a spring or summer event coming up, make the right choice by calling the professionals at Catering by Design. We have the best menus for events of any size, large or small, formal or informal. From weddings, renewals, and anniversary parties, to corporate events, awards banquets, tailgates, birthdays and more, Catering by Design can make sure your food and fun are on point. We’ve been serving up smiles to people all over North Carolina for decades.

Don’t need a full service catering package? Ask us about our delivery options. This a great option with budget friendly pricing! Please give us a call today and see why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh catering companies for weddings and more!

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How Early Should You Start Shopping for a Wedding Dress?

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Shopping for a wedding dress comes with lots of decisions. The biggest question might be when should you start the process. How soon is too soon? How late is too late? Truthfully, it really depends on several factors. These include how complicated your style or look is, your engagement to wedding timeline, and your desire to go through the process. We’re going to take a closer look at these timelines below. Do you need a reliable Raleigh catering company for a wedding in 2019? Catering by Design is the area’s top choice for great food, fun, and affordable prices. Call our team of pros today to learn more about how we can help you save time and money.

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A Timeline for Wedding Dress Shopping

The majority of the data we’ve seen states that most engagements last about 14 months. This leaves you plenty of time to shop for a wedding dress.

As a rule of thumb, starting your dress shopping process nine months before the wedding is ideal. This gives you time to breathe and plan without feeling rushed. You will need some time to make your look come together. Starting early will allow for more time for multiple bridal salon visits (which there will be), fittings, alterations, custom details, and dealing with any unforeseen fixes that could come up.

Don’t procrastinate and wait until the last minute. This is especially true if you are having your wedding gown made from scratch. A bespoke dress often takes a lot of time to create and is very time consuming for you as well. You’ll have to plan for several design consultations to get your look down, fabric viewings, and multiple fitting sessions. Other considerations for allowing for more time include made-to-measure and made-to-order gowns as well. We’ll explain the differences between these types of gowns in our next post.

If you’re getting married in three to six months then your time frame for shopping for a wedding dress is significantly smaller. You need to make this list item one of your top priorities and get started as soon as possible. You’re probably not going to have the time to go for a full custom designed dress so you’ll need to look for an off-the-rack option that will not require extensive alterations. Don’t fret though, you’ll still have plenty of time to find a gown that you’ll love just the same.

If you are getting married two years from now, don’t rush out and buy a dress. A lot of things can change within a two year time frame and you’ll create a few more tasks that you’ll have to deal with. For instance, if you rush right out and buy a dress now then you’ll have to store it until you get closer to your wedding day. You could also change your mind about the style of dress of you like. This means you’ll have to sell your existing dress and start the process all over again. We suggest that you wait until 12-9 months out from your wedding day before starting your wedding dress shopping.

For more information about custom wedding dresses, check out the next post in this series. Also, be sure to keep coming back to our blog each week for lots of helpful information. We will talk about wedding trends, fun recipes, kitchen tips, gardening, and everything in between. If you’re looking for high-quality catering at affordable prices, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help you save time and money.

Best Raleigh Catering for Wedding Receptions

All Raleigh catering companies are not the same. So, if you have a wedding reception planned in 2019, make the right choice by calling the professionals at Catering by Design. We have the best menus for events of any size, large or small, formal or informal. From weddings, renewals and anniversary parties, to corporate events, awards banquets, tailgates, birthdays and more, Catering by Design can make sure your food and fun are on point. Don’t need full service catering? Be sure to ask us about our delivery options. This is a great way to provide excellent food to your guests when you have limited budget.

We’ve been serving up smiles to people all over North Carolina for decades. So give us a call today and see why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh catering companies!

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More Tips on What to Wear for a Beach Wedding

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Are you going to a beach wedding in a few months and are still unsure of what to wear? You’ve come to the right place. Below we’ll continue talking about beach wedding attire for guests. Searching for the best Cary wedding catering with affordable reception packages and a vast menu selection? Catering by Design can help you out. Call us today to learn more about the services that we offer or to schedule your tasting!

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Add Some Color to Your Attire

For a beach wedding, don’t be afraid to add some color to your attire. Think pretty floral prints and water or ocean inspired prints. We think island brights like yellow, orange, and parrot green look great. You can also go with beachy pastels like blue, pinks, and peach colors as well.

Go with a Maxi Dress

If you’re struggling to think of something to wear to a beach wedding then choose a maxi dress. Long, flowing maxi dresses are perfect for beach weddings. They come in so many different styles that you really cannot go wrong with a maxi dress. From strapless, one shoulder, off the shoulder, and halter styles to the high-low maxi and boho styles you’re guaranteed to find something that will work for you.

Accessories

Beach weddings can get a little breezy. If you’re going to be on the beach during the evening hours then you also might get a little chilly. Carry a lightweight wrap that matches your ensemble. This will keep the wind off of you and keep you a little warmer. A wrap can also help protect your arms from extended sun exposure. For midday beach weddings also consider a pretty beach hat and sunglasses.

For more great tips about what to wear to summer beach weddings, please visit our last post. We talked about whether the wedding is formal or casual, wearing loose, light, and comfy clothes, and more.      Need shoes for a beach wedding? Here’s another related post with helpful information.

Affordable Cary Wedding Catering for 2019

For world class pricing and Cary wedding catering, 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.

At Catering by Design, we can also help you with business luncheons, award banquets, social gatherings, birthday or anniversary parties, and more. Don’t need full service and staff at your event? Ask us about our delivery packages. This is an extra affordable option that will impress your friends, family, employees, or business clients.

Our customer service, prices, and attention to detail cannot be beat. Come see why we’ve won so many catering awards. Call us today. You’ll be glad you did!

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How Should You Dress for a Beach Wedding?

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Are you heading to a beach wedding this summer? Scratching your head on what to wear to the ceremony and reception? We’re here to help you out with some great tips that won’t leave you lost at sea! Take a look below and let us know in the comments if you have any great ideas. If you need wedding catering in Cary NC, be sure to call the professionals at Catering by Design. Contact us today to schedule your menu tasting so you can ensure you have a magical wedding reception this spring or summer. We will save you lots of time and money.

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Best Beach Wedding Attire for Guests

What kind of wedding is it?

Before you start planning your beach attire you really need to know what kind of ceremony it is going to be. Will it be elegant and chic, beachy casual, boho, or somewhere in between? Knowing this will help you figure out exactly what you’re going to wear. Also remember that even if a beach wedding states guests should dress in formal attire it’s still a bit more casual than what you might wear to a formal wedding in the city. Finally, whatever you decide on wearing be sure it doesn’t upstage the bride.

Choose loose, cool, and comfortable fabrics.

Summer beach weddings, especially in North Carolina, will probably be pretty hot and humid. Even at night the air can be a little sticky. Avoid wearing stiff and heavy fabrics. Steer away from overly-tailored clothes as well. Try lightweight fabrics like linen and cotton instead.

Ready for more great tips about what guests should wear to beach weddings? Head on over to part two of this series. Wondering about what kind of shoes go best with beach wedding attire? Take a look back at our last post for some helpful information. Searching for an exceptional catering company for an upcoming event or wedding? Keep reading to learn how Catering by Design can help you.

Affordable Wedding Catering in Cary NC for Summer Ceremonies

Do you need great quality and affordable wedding catering in Cary NC this summer? Call Catering by Design! We’re one of the most trusted and dependable catering companies in the area. We have wedding menus that can be fully customized for any dietary need. We have the best prices and customer service in the Triangle. Brides and grooms should give us a call to schedule a free menu tasting.

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Best Beach Wedding Footwear for Brides

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Are you getting married on a beautiful beach? While having a beach wedding is magical, there are some special logistics that you’ll need to consider. For instance, have you thought about what kind of shoes you’re going to wear in all that sand? Walking in sand without the proper shoes will be a big hindrance. Let’s take a closer look at your best options! Need affordable wedding catering in Cary in 2019? Make the call to the pros at Catering by Design today. Our highly trained team is ready to speak with you and answer any questions you might have. Be sure to ask about our delivery options as well. Call now to learn more about our Cary wedding catering packages.

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The Best Shoe Options for Beach Wedding Brides

What Not to Wear on Your Feet

I think we can all agree that you should not wear high heels on the beach. Granted, some women can pull this off. Not me. I’d probably kill myself. I personally think there are much better options that are comfortable and easier to walk in.

What to Wear on Your Feet

In our opinion, the best types of shoes that are more fitting for a beach wedding are block heels, wedges, espadrilles, or flat sandals. There are thousands of cute, elegant, and casual styles for you to choose from with these options. You won’t have to sacrifice your personal style or “look” with any of these types of beach ready shoes. I personally think anything open or open toe is really the best option for a beach wedding. The fewer places that sand can get trapped in your shoes the better.

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The Best Wedding Catering in Cary NC for 2019

Catering by Design is the top choice when it comes to wedding catering in Cary NC. We have affordable menus that can be modified to meet any of your, or your guests’, needs. Please click here to check out our Cary wedding packages. Brides, call us today and ask about our free tastings.

We’re an award winning wedding caterer, and have been serving brides and their families for decades. If you do not need full catering, ask us about our delivery services. When only the best will do, call Catering by Design to find out why we’re the top choice for Cary wedding catering services.

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2019 Bridal Shoe Wedding Trends

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The shoes you choose to wear with your wedding dress are just as important as the dress itself. The shoes complete your beautiful ensemble. Below you’ll find a few of the most exciting bridal shoe trends for 2019. For the best wedding catering companies Raleigh NC has to offer, call Catering by Design to speak to a member of our team of experts. We offer big savings, great customer service, and some of the best food in the Triangle.

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2019 Wedding Trends for Bridal Shoes

Glitz and Glam

Shoes with a little glitz and glam will be big this year. Whether you’re adorning your shoes with a rhinestone brooch or going full crystals, this look will make you shine like a diamond.

Colorful

Long gone are the days where brides are expected to wear neutral toned shoes. Bold and beautiful colors will be adorning the feet of lots of brides walking down the aisle in 2019.

Pearls

Pearls exude everlasting elegance. If you’re looking for a unique idea that will elevate your look then going with a pearl adorned shoe is the way to go.

Studs

The right bridal shoe can make a loud statement. If you’re not the shy type and want to veer away from the traditional look then a studded shoe might be just what you’re looking for. A brightly colored studded shoe will knock your groom off his feet!

Lace

Want to fully embrace your girly and feminine side? A beautiful lace adorned shoe is classic, elegant, and stylish. We’re betting that lace detailing will become a huge trend in 2019.

Charming Flats

On the day you get married you’re going to be on your feet all day long. Now, you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. You can have both. Designers are now making lots of charming flat options for brides who prefer not spend all day in high heels.

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If you are looking for reliable wedding catering companies in Raleigh NC for your 2019 reception, please call Catering by Design today. Our team of highly trained professionals is ready to take your call to schedule your service today. We are an award winning catering company that can handle events of any size.

Planning a wedding? Brides and grooms will love our free menu tastings. This is a free service we offer that most of our competitors charge for. Please click here to check out our menus, or call us today with any questions or to ask about our specials!

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A Checklist for Using Wedding Sparklers

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Have you decided to use beautiful sparklers for your wedding and reception? Before you go out and spend part of your wedding budget on sparklers you need to be sure you’ve got all your bases covered. Here’s a checklist to help you out. Did you miss our last post about using wedding sparklers? Click the link to go back and check it out for some awesome non-traditional ways to use them. For the best 2019 wedding catering Raleigh NC has to offer, contact the pros at Catering by Design. Our clients love our unbeatable customer service, incredible flavors, and affordable wedding catering options.

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Wedding Sparkler Checklist

Are Sparklers Legal?

Before you buy sparklers you need to make sure it’s legal to possess them in your state. In North Carolina sparklers are legal. If you’re unsure about your area you can use this resource to see what types of fireworks and sparklers are legal for your state.

Does Your Venue Allow Sparklers?

Next you’ll need to make sure that your venue will allow you to use sparklers. Be transparent with the venue’s staff about how you plan on using sparklers to ensure there will not be any problems. Also make sure you inform the staff that you’re using wedding sparklers and not the regular sparklers you find for the 4th of July.

How Many Sparklers Will You Need to Buy?

This will depend on a few factors, most importantly how you plan on using them. If you’re using sparklers just for the wedding sendoff then the number will be pretty easy to figure out. You’ll need one sparkler per wedding guest. Refer back to your guest list to get this number. Be aware that about 10% of the guests will not stay until the very end of the night so you can order less than the total number of guests on your list. If you’re incorporating sparklers in other ways then your estimating will be a little more difficult.

Lighting the Sparklers

Make sure you have a way to ignite the sparklers. A grill lighter, butane lighter, or candles work great.

Disposing of Used Sparklers

After your guests have used the sparklers have a metal bucket or bin to dispose of them. They’ll still be hot so you should not just throw them in the trash. This will melt trash bags and could cause a fire as well.

Best 2019 Wedding Catering Raleigh NC

Do you need affordable wedding catering Raleigh NC services for a 2019 wedding reception? Don’t blow your bank account on a bad experience! Call Catering by Design instead! We’re one of the most dependable and affordable Raleigh wedding catering companies.

We have wedding menus that can be fully customized. We have the best prices and customer service in the area. Bride and grooms should give us a call today to schedule a free menu tasting.

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