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What Does a Wedding Cost in the Raleigh Area?

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The first time in planning a wedding can be overwhelming. So many different things to plan for. Guests. Hotels. Wedding site. Rehearsal dinners. Wedding reception. Caterer. Music. Flowers. Wedding Dress. Tuxedo. Brides maids dresses. Gifts. Invitations. Honeymoon. Menu. Wedding Cake.

Here are some ranges for prices in the Raleigh North Carolina area.

Cakes run between $3.50 – $10 a person.

DJ‘s run between $600 and $2500. (Hire someone who does it for a living)

Flowers cost between $25 a bouquet or boutonnieres up to $250 and more for centerpieces.

Catering costs $15/person and up for drop off  service with no servers

$30/person with a server all the way up to

$150/person for full service and the best in fine food.

Wedding reception venues can be as inexpensive as a park rental, to under $1000 for the Lions’ Club up to $8000 for a very elegant location. Click here for a great list of local venues where we’ve catered weddings.

Tables cost between $8 – 12 each for rental.

Chairs are between $1.50 to $13 depending on how fancy they are.

Place settings start at $1.50 for disposable up to $15.00/person.

Photographers start at $800 for the most basic service up to $5,000 and more.

At Catering By Design, we can help you plan your whole wedding, or work with your wedding planner, whatever way you prefer. We will work within your budget. If you’re looking to keep your costs down, the more your family and friends are willing to help, the lower the expense will be. You can even get catering for $12 / person.

If you’re looking to go all out, we can also provide that for you.

Call us at Catering By Design and tell us what you’d like to do. 919-481-2366.


We’re Catering by Design and we would love to cater your event. Catering by Design is one of the top caterers in the Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We cater events throughout the greater Raleigh area, and even into Hillsborough, Fuquay Varina, Rocky Mount, New Hill and Southern Pines.

Call us at (919) 481-2366. Find out how we can help you have the best time and happiest guests at your next event.

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Raleigh Wedding Venues List

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Looking for your wedding venue in the Raleigh area?

At Catering by Design we know you have a lot of decisions to make as you prepare for your big event. We know you appreciate it when you can get lists with the information you need. Our Raleigh Wedding Venues list includes most of the Raleigh area wedding venues where we have catered events, and we’ve included the information you’ll need to develop a short list.

A Raleigh Wedding Chapel - St.  Mark's

A Raleigh Wedding Chapel - St. Mark's

One thing you’ll want to consider is that venues all price differently, some by the day, others by the hour, with different minimum hours. We suggest you estimate costs based on a 6 hour rental. Six hours is about the amount of time needed for a formal wedding reception, with two hours of total setup and take down included.

We hope our Raleigh Wedding Venues list will be a big help in getting you to a short list of venues to choose from.

We’re Catering by Design and we would love to cater your event. Catering by Design is one of the top caterers in the Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We cater events throughout the greater Raleigh area, and even into Hillsborough, Fuquay Varina, Rocky Mount, New Hill and Southern Pines.

Call us at (919) 481-2366. Find out how we can help you have the best time and happiest guests at your next event.

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Raleigh Wedding Venues at Raleigh Parks

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Raleigh Parks and Recreation has a rich assortment of venues for wedding receptions.

Venues like Borden Building or Tucker House or St. Marks Chapel at Mordecai Historic Park are part of Raleigh’s history.

Park settings like Magnolia Cottage at Lake Johnson or Lake Johnson Waterfront Center on the lake, are beautiful natural sites for your important events.

View a slide show of these various wedding reception venues at this Raleigh Parks and Recreation website. Phone numbers for each of the venues is included.

Catering by Design is able to cater at most of these sites. Take a look at our Raleigh Area Wedding Event Venues. (All information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, but refer to each venue for the latest rates and specific details.)

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We’re Catering by Design and we’re a full service catering company in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Call and tell us what you’re planning. We can help. 919-481-2366

(Updated 3/10/2011)

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2011 Wedding Trends

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Elegant, Sophisticated Weddings and Outdoor Weddings are 2011 Trends

Elegant, Sophisticated Weddings and Outdoor Weddings are 2011 Trends

January is the month that many engaged couples call to talk about their ideal wedding reception and find out what choices their budgets will allow. It’s an exciting time for us because it’s a very happy time. We love hearing what our couples are imagining and letting them know about the flexibility we offer and the choices they have.

Since January is wedding planning month, we thought we’d give you a quick report on what January 2011 trends are getting posted on the Internet.

Compare these two different January 2011 reports on 2011 Wedding Trends. (We added the links to show examples of each of the trends.)

What did these two reports have in common?

The trends they agreed upon were bright or bold colors, outdoor weddings, textures, elegance and personalization.

Wedding Trends 1

Crystals and Monograms

Sheer fabrics and Assymetry

Sheer Materials and Elegant Texture are 2011 Trends for Weddings

Sheer Materials and Elegant Texture are Trendy

Textures and Layers

Bright Colors

Decorated Belts

Personalization

Outdoor and Nature Weddings

Green or Eco Weddings

Bold Bright Colors are 2011 Wedding Trends

Bold Bright Colors are a 2011 Wedding Trend

Multiple Colors

Social Networking

Do it Yourself Preparations

Wedding Trends 2

Sophistication and Elegance

Outdoor Ceremonies and Venues

Greys and Navy

Warm Tan Textured Table Cloth with Flower Petals and Satin Napkins

More Colors and Textures are Forecast for 2011

Metallics and Bold Colors

Dress Ball Gowns

Fancy Tuxes for Men with Personalization

Sumptuous Textures

Cultural and Ethnic Touches

Post Reception After Parties

Do you think that these trends depend on the culture or age of the couples, where they live and what time of year they want to get married?

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We’re Catering by Design and we’re a full service catering company in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Whatever you’re planning we can make it happen. 919-481-2366

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Wedding Venues in the Greater Raleigh Area

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Corporate Catering, Social Event Catering, Wedding Venues

Choosing a wedding venue in the greater Raleigh area? You’ll have a lot of choices.

If this is your first time, finding a list of venues to start with can be helpful. We’ve listed most of the venues where we cater on our Raleigh Event Venues List.

Comparing venues is more art than science. Many venues have more than one room of different sizes (and different rates).  Some have member and non-member rates. Some have a 6 hour minimum. Others are a flat rate with no hours specified. So be sure to compare apples with apples.

We’re Catering by Design and we would love to cater your event. Catering by Design is one of the top caterers in the Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We cater events throughout the greater Raleigh area, and even into Hillsborough, Fuquay Varina, Rocky Mount, New Hill and Southern Pines.

Call us at (919) 481-2366. Find out how we can help you have the best time and happiest guests at your next event. To see a list of all the many dozens of venues where we cater throughout central North Carolina, visit our Raleigh Event Venues List.

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(Updated 3/10/2011)

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January is Wedding Planning Month

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Warm Tan Textured Table Cloth with Flower Petals and Satin Napkins

Textures and Colors are Big for 2011 Weddings

For Raleigh’s Catering-by-Design, January is definitely the biggest month for wedding planning. Couples newly engaged after the holidays make appointments to discuss their receptions. While we’re talking about food, we go over everything!

January 2011 has been very busy! Lots of appointments with couples and lots of tastings. Every year it’s a big year for planning weddings, but this year more than usual.

Any ideas why that may be? Is it that the economy is picking up? Or the excitement of the Royal Wedding this year?

As a full service caterer, we literally can prepare just about anything you want, from the fun, to the most elegant. One of our couples wanted Tomato Ketchup at the head table! Another couple wanted some foods from the old country, so they sent the bride-to-be’s mother into the kitchen with us to teach us how to make it just right!

We also have sample wedding menus and prices to give you a starting point. From there, anything’s possible. What’s your dream wedding?

Did you see our post about wedding trends for 2011?

We’re Catering by Design. We are a full service custom caterer, and we love catering weddings in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Fuquay Varina, anywhere within 2 hours of Raleigh. 919-481-2366.

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The Season for Marriage Proposals

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Christmas and New Years Eve are Days that Engagements are Made and Announced

Christmas and New Years Eve are Days that Engagements are Made and Announced

Between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day a lot of engagement proposals happen. It’s a time of celebration with families gathered together. Former President Clinton’s daughter Chelsea was engaged on Thanksgiving. American music celebrity Katy Perry was engaged New Year’s eve. Actress Christina Applegate was engaged on Valentine’s Day.

There’s lots of advice about how you should propose during the holidays? Check out this wiki all about Christmas proposals. Here’s a blog post on how to propose on Christmas Eve?  An article on New Year’s proposals. This one about getting engaged on Valentine’s Day.

How soon after getting engaged do couples begin planning their weddings? Very soon usually. Local venues get booked up quickly, some as much as a year and a half in advance.

Catering Chef and owner of Catering by Design, Greg Lewis, confirms this, “In January we get many calls from newly engaged couples. We invite them in for our free consultation and discuss wedding planning with them. We have been doing this for so many years now, we can actually help them plan the whole event.” Of course Catering by Design doesn’t do wedding dresses or tuxedos, but we do coordinate flowers, music, decorations, cakes, venues and guest gifts.

Holiday Proposals lead to Wedding Planning which leads to your One-Stop Catering Service in the Raleigh area, Catering by Design.

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Catering by Design’s Ten Years of Service

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Celebrating 10 Years of Service

March 6, 2010 marks Catering by Design’s 10th anniversary.

We’ve had ten good years. We’ve been part of very important events in people’s lives. We’ve helped businesses take care of their employees and customers with meals and break food. We’ve served lunch to hundreds of school children.

We’ve worked with thousands of customers through Weddings, B’nai Mitzvah’s, Conferences, Annual Banquets, Picnics, Anniversaries, Awards Dinners, Fairs, Business Meetings, Annual Parties, Birthdays, you name it, and we’ve probably done it.

We are proud to have reached this milestone, proud also that some of the staff who started with us ten years ago are still working with us. “Chef Luis Compos, for example,” said our owner, Greg Lewis, “started washing dishes. He was interested in the business and because we cross train, he had the opportunity to work just about every job there was. When he showed a strong interest in cooking, he trained with me to become a chef. I’m very proud of him and his work.”

Catering by Design’s Operations Manager is Steve Zapadinsky. He arranges the events, orders everything, handles all equipment and oversees loading of the vans.

Jen Hernley is Catering by Design’s Sales Manager. When you want to talk with us about a catering event, Jen is the one you’ll make an appointment with and then meet in person. She handles the event budget, the selection process for the menu and anything else we are asked to do, including any special needs.

We have a number of event coordinators who actually manage the events on site: Cheri Matisuf, Steve Gade and Steve Lombardo. They are reliable and thorough, and take care of Catering by Design’s customers at the event sites.

Earlier this year, the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce selected Catering by Design as their Small Business of the Year Award for outstanding service to the community and chamber.

We’re thankful for the past ten years, for our team and our customers. Here’s to the next ten!

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