An outdoor wedding and reception in North Carolina is a popular option and makes quite an impression! Here at Catering by Design, we’ve had the pleasure of catering incredibly memorable outdoor affairs throughout Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill and beyond, and we touched on the importance of logistics when you embark upon planning an outdoor event in our blog “Outdoor I Dos”.
Now, we’d like to offer up a few tried and true can’t miss suggestions for full-proofing your outdoor event for excellence:
Take into account the time of year and time of day and plan accordingly.
If your ceremony is commencing during one of the hot months of summer, consider serving your guests refreshing sippers like lemonade or freshly cut pineapple infused ice water to quench their thirst as they arrive and await the beginning of the ceremony. Alternately, if your wedding is planned during one of North Carolina’s wonderful fall evenings, then consider hot tea or coffee to warm their taste buds while they wait.
Illuminate table settings and food displays properly at an outdoor event.
Candlelight not only enhances the ambiance of any affair, but it’s also highly functional when the sun goes down and the reception party gets underway under the stars. When setting up beautiful tables and displays, we highly recommend glass hurricanes to protect the flame from unexpected and uncontrollable wind.
Pass the hors d’oeuvres, please…and don’t neglect a tent.
Transitioning your guests from the ceremony to the reception can be smooth and easy as long as you take into account the size and scope of your space and plan accordingly. For an easy flow from one to the other, be sure to dedicate an area for the cocktail hour where we will happily pass delectable fare such as grilled chicken with mango and cilantro in phyllo cups, spanakopita, and beef wrapped portobello in a sesame ginger glaze for starters.
Meanwhile, the other food areas that will service the buffets, food stations, and cake settings will be properly covered and protected from any wind, insects, and unexpected weather possibilities. Hint, hint – factor in a tent for your reception. They are wonderful rain or shine and add to the ambiance of the event without a doubt.
We all know how beautiful North Carolina is year round, especially during an outdoor event surrounded by our state’s natural foliage and blooms. Please call us to assist you with an equally magnificent food display to complement your event and its surroundings.
Catering by Design provides catering in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Garner, and surrounding areas throughout the Triangle.