Wedding Catering FAQs

Wedding Catering FAQs

jnnThere are a number of questions that will often come to mind whilst you are planning your wedding catering, so to make it easier for you we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions and provided answers to each of them.

How far in advance should I begin to search for / book my caterer?

Your caterer should be booked as early as possible, and should be one of the first things on your “to do list.” Caterers are restricted in the number of events they can attend, and generally speaking, the best companies get booked up quickly. To guarantee the catering company you want is available on your big day, you should be looking to book as far as 9 months to a year in advance.

Should my catering company be insured?

Your catering company should have insurance, because gaining a catering license is dependent on the company having liability insurance as well as having met standards set by the Department of Health.

Which is more expensive: a buffet or a sit-down dinner?

Buffets tend to end up slightly cheaper than sit down

Choosing Your Wedding Hairdo

Choosing Your Wedding Hairdo

wedding-hair-long-floral-crownConsider Your Hair’s Natural State

The key to a long-lasting, natural looking hairstyle is taking advantage of your hair’s natural qualities. Thick hair is probably the most resistant to change and generally makes an attempt to revert to it’s original state by the end of the event. Thin hair may not be able to hold stiff styles throughout the duration of the wedding. Whilst these are the general behaviours of hair types, you also need to consider how well you know your own hair. For example, you may know that once you straighten your naturally curly hair, it’ll stay that way until you it a proper wash or that hair extensions don’t look at all natural on you.

Ask yourself the following:

  • Out of 10, how easy is my hair to manage? Why?
  • How comfortable am I with my hair’s natural look?
  • What’s my natural frizz factor like?
  •  Do I have any issues with my hair (e.g. oily scalp, prone to dandruff, breaks off easily, etc)?
  • What are my hair strengths (e.g. I love the colour or shine, it holds shape well, etc)?
  •  What are my hair non-negotiables (e.g. it has to

Top Photography Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

Top Photography Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

thAll photographers – amateur and professional – make mistakes, but if you learn from these errors, you’ll soon be taking better photos. We’ve put together a list of the most common photography crimes that you may not realise you’re guilty of committing.

Blaming Your Equipment

Problem: Thinking that a new or swankier camera will instantly help you take phenomenal photographs.

Solution: The camera doesn’t take photos, you do, so familiarise yourself with your equipment and play with different settings. As you grow in confidence, you’ll become a more proficient photographer.

Forgetting to Reset Settings

Problem: Ruining that once-in-a-lifetime shot because your settings are wrong.

Solution: It’s important to experiment with your camera, but get into the habit of turning your settings back to your most-used one, after you’ve finished taking photos.

Unclear Focus

Problem: You look at your photo and you can’t figure out why you took it.

Solution: The subject needs to stand out, otherwise your photos are in danger of being bland and confusing. (Your viewer will wonder what they’re supposed to be looking at.) Retake the picture and make sure the subject is the focus of your image.

Lost Subject

Problem: What you’re photographing is too small – or

5 Essentials For A Healthy Sex Life â Are You Doing It Right

5 Essentials For A Healthy Sex Life â Are You Doing It Right

Introduction

The subject of sex is probably one of the broadest and the most confusing one and do you know why? Everyone is an expert in their own right. This is the reason why each and every person will give you their own idea of how to do it right and they will be so insistent on their idea that they will almost admonish you for not trying it out.

This leaves us wondering – is there a standard way of achieving a healthy sex life and if there is, what does it take to attain these standards. If these questions have been lingering on your mind for a long time, they will all be answered by the time you are done reading this article. I will therefore begin easy by putting the question to you – what are the essentials for a healthy sex life and are you doing it right? Let’s find out.

Keep Drugs At Bay

Unknown to many, smoking and alcohol are the greatest barriers to a healthy sex life. Many have associated alcohol with improved libido but according to experts, it does nothing than get you in the mood. Once you are aroused, it is the very alcohol that

Did You Have a Disappointing Wedding Night

Did You Have a Disappointing Wedding Night

started counting down to my wedding far too early: 429 more days, 428 more days . . . you get the picture.

But it wasn’t the wedding I was anticipating. It was the wedding night.

Unfortunately my experience didn’t live up to my expectations. Sex was painful, awkward, and embarrassing. For several years it was the main source of conflict in our marriage, leading us both to believe of one another, “You don’t really love me!”

I’m glad our marriage didn’t stay in that rut, and now I’m often the one to suggest that we “get it on.” But most couples, at some point or another, feel like they’re sexually incompatible.

The truth is that the whole concept of sexual incompatibility is flawed because it implies that our sexuality is something unchangeable. It implies that a woman, by herself, is a static sexual being, and a man, by himself, is a static sexual being, and that the two may not match.

That’s simply not true.

God designed sex to be relational and dynamic. If you and your husband are struggling, it’s not because you’re incompatible—you just have things you need to work

I Waited Until My Wedding Night To Lose My Virginity And I Wish I Hadn’t

I Waited Until My Wedding Night To Lose My Virginity And I Wish I Hadn’t

“Believing that true love waits, I make a commitment to God, myself, my family, my friends, my future mate and my future children to be sexually abstinent from this day until the day I enter a biblical marriage relationship. As well as abstaining from sexual thoughts, sexual touching, pornography, and actions that are known to lead to sexual arousal.”

At the age of 10, I took a pledge at my church alongside a group of other girls to remain a virgin until marriage. Yes, you read that right — I was 10 years old.

Let’s take a look at who I was as a 10-year-old: I was in fourth grade. I played with Barbie dolls and had tea parties with imaginary friends. I pretended I was a mermaid every time I took a bath. I still thought boys were icky and I had no idea I liked girls, too. I wouldn’t get my period for another four years. And most importantly, I didn’t have a clue about sex.

The church taught me that sex was for married people. Extramarital sex was sinful and dirty and I would go to Hell if I did it. I learned that as a girl, I had a

Waiting till the wedding night getting married the right way

Waiting till the wedding night getting married the right way

As anyone who’s read my abstinence column here at LouderWithCrowder.com could guess, my wedding is something that I’ve looked forward to for quite some time. After having tied the knot at the end of August, I can now say beyond all shadow of a doubt, that it was everything I’d hoped and prayed that it would be since childhood. (I’d also prayed to be bitten by a radioactive spider and develop sticky hands, but… I was an idiot.)

Let me preface this column by saying this: my wife (I have to get used to saying that) and I not only waited sexually in every way (no, we didn’t pull the Bill Clinton and technically avoid “sex” sex,) but we didn’t shack up as live-ins and most importantly, we courted each other in a way that was consistent with our publicly professed values.

We did it right.

Our wedding was perfect. Our wedding night was nothing short of amazing. I write this on a plane heading into a tropical paradise with the most beautiful woman to have walked the planet earth.

Feeling judged? I couldn’t care less. You know why? Because my wife and I were judged all throughout our relationship. People laughed, scoffed and poked

100 Year Old Wedding Night Advice for Newlyweds

100 Year Old Wedding Night Advice for Newlyweds

Imagine yourself as a young person during an era when there was no sex ed in high school. Sure, pornography exists, but you’re more likely to get your hands on the smallpox virus than a properly illicit “French Postcard.” The only depictions of sexuality you’ll regularly encounter in your young life are the disturbing interactions of farm animals. And yet your wedding night approaches. How do you prepare yourself?

Well, you’ll read any number of delicately worded advice books, written by people of apparent high moral standing and (usually vague) medical credentials. Here’s a sampling.
What a girl should know

First, the most important thing, as imparted to us by Emma Frances Angell Drake in 1902’s What a Young Wife Ought to Know: “From the wedding day, the young matron should shape her life to the probable and desired contingency of conception and maternity. Otherwise she has no right or title to wifehood.”

Now that your purpose as a woman has been made clear, how do you achieve it? It was assumed that all men approaching marriage had a rudimentary understanding of what was going to happen. But women of quality would not have been so exposed to rude talk, rumors, and basic

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Waited Until My Wedding Night to Lose My Virginity and I Wish I Hadn’t

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Waited Until My Wedding Night to Lose My Virginity and I Wish I Hadn’t

“Believing that true love waits, I make a commitment to God, myself, my family, my friends, my future mate and my future children to be sexually abstinent from this day until the day I enter a biblical marriage relationship. As well as abstaining from sexual thoughts, sexual touching, pornography, and actions that are known to lead to sexual arousal.” 

At the age of 10, I took a pledge at my church alongside a group of other girls to remain a virgin until marriage. Yes, you read that right — I was 10 years old.

Let’s take a look at who I was as a 10-year-old: I was in fourth grade. I played with Barbie dolls and had tea parties with imaginary friends. I pretended I was a mermaid every time I took a bath. I still thought boys were icky and I had no idea I liked girls, too. I wouldn’t get my period for another four years. And most importantly, I didn’t have a clue about sex.

The church taught me that sex was for married people. Extramarital sex was sinful and dirty and I would go to Hell if I did it. I learned that as a girl, I

Tips for Amazing Wedding Night Sex

Tips for Amazing Wedding Night Sex

In our culture there’s a myth about wedding night sex: every bride and groom has the most amazing sex of their lives on their wedding nights. It’s a silly notion to subscribe to that might not be the case for everyone, but there are things you and your partner can do to make the moment memorable.

Here are ten tips for a sexier wedding night:

  1. Take things slowly
    Savor this moment. You honestly might be a little too tired to have the most incredible sex of your lives, but appreciate being together. Your wedding night is likely to be among your most romantic and intimate sexual experiences.
  2. Lower your expectations
    Between the pressure, the booze and the sheer exhaustion, this may not be a recipe for the best sex you’ve ever had, and that’s okay. Just try to enjoy whatever happens.
  3. Read some sex books
    Who couldn’t use a little advice from the experts? Some to try: “The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex,” “Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man” and “Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men.”
  1. Talk to each other
    Before you get into it, spend some time relaxing by talking about the wedding and your love for each other. Let things

Finding Your Perfect Wedding Shoes

Finding Your Perfect Wedding Shoes

The wedding day adage recommending something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue provides little guidance about how to choose the perfect wedding day shoes. This is probably because there are as many ways to choose shoes as there are brides themselves, and there’s no need to follow a single recipe when selecting this important ingredient in your wedding day aesthetic. Here at brideonline.com, we say get creative, inspired, and original!

Practical Considerations

You are going to be in your wedding shoes for a long time, so you need to consider what will work for your wedding setting. If you’re getting married on a sandy beach, skinny heels that will sink into the sand are probably out, and if you’ll be walking around in the woods for your post-ceremony pictures, you need to avoid shoes that could send you tumbling into a nasty fall. Brides are increasingly choosing two – or even three! — pairs of shoes. You might stick with pin- thin, glamorous heels for your ceremony, then switch to wedges for your photos and ballet flats for your reception. Be sure to test whatever shoes you’ve chosen before your wedding day- walk around in them, get comfortable with

Prep for the Wedding Night

Prep for the Wedding Night

How can my fiancé and I prepare for our wedding night in a God-honoring way? We are both virgins, and I can honestly say that our deepest desire is to please and honor God with our relationship. We also want our relationship to be an example to others.

What is a responsible way to be preparing for the time when we can become one? My fiancé says that, closer to the date of our marriage, we should talk about what our expectations are so that we don’t come together with very different ideas of what our wedding night would be like. (Whether or not it’s necessary to consummate the marriage the first night, etc.) At this point, I don’t really know what my expectations are or how much I should be trying to define them!

I don’t have a very clear idea of how we can best talk and think about our wedding night without exploring things we shouldn’t.

It’s wise to be aware of the need to discuss expectations about your honeymoon, and specifically sex, with your fiancé, as well as to wonder about the timing and content of those conversations prior to the wedding. But don’t have the conversation too soon

What Really Happens on the Wedding Night

What Really Happens on the Wedding Night

Just Me and My TV

We had an evening garden wedding that happened to fall on the day of a 75-year record high…a whopping 106 degrees. We were exhausted and soaked when we finally got back to the honeymoon suite. I went to the bathroom to peel myself out of the drenched wedding dress, take a shower, and change. I finally walk out — perfect hair, stellar makeup, and some sexy lingerie — only to find my husband sprawled out on the bed, passed out, and snoring. Bravo TV and I spent one salacious evening together. –Sposati

 

Flooded With Emotion

The hotel we stayed in had a huge, two-person shower, and we jumped in it immediately after the reception. We started to fool around until my husband began to look extremely freaked out. Apparently, my fake eyelashes were falling off, and he had no clue that I had been wearing them. One strip was on my cheek, and the other was hanging off my eye. Let’s just say, it kind of killed the mood. We then got out of the shower to find the entire bathroom flooded.My dress was soaked, and everything that had been on the floor was in a

Wedding Catering Glossary

Wedding Catering Glossary

A la minute: This is a French term that refers to the preparation of food a very short time before it is due to be served and eaten. A great option at weddings, as food doesn’t have to be stored for long and is therefore incredibly fresh.

Apéritif: An apéritif is an alcoholic drink that is served prior to the main meal in order to stimulate both the appetite and the taste buds. Typically, they are served with light bites such as pâté, breads and olives. The drinks themselves are also light, examples of which include liquors, sherry and champagne.

Appetiser: A light bite or small dish, which is served before the main course. It is believed that something small and light can effectively wake up the stomach and stimulate the appetite to prepare the consumer for the heavier main meal. There are huge ranges of examples when it comes to appetisers and can include anything from bread and butter to canapés.

Buffet: A buffet will generally have a large selection of dishes that is displayed in significant quantities at one or more long buffet tables around the reception hall. Guests queue up and serve themselves, allowing them to determine their own portion sizes and

Wedding Celebrant Glossary

Wedding Celebrant Glossary

Church wedding: a wedding ceremony which is performed in a place of worship, by a religious minister.

Civil celebrant: a civil celebrant is a person, outside of the church, who is legally able to marry couples and facilitate wedding ceremonies. A civil celebrant can perform wedding ceremonies in almost any location.

Intent to Marry: a form which must be submitted to the Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages, at least 30 days prior to the wedding.

Interfaith Ceremony: a wedding between a couple from different faith backgrounds, which may be difficult to facilitate in a church. A civil celebrant can flexibly work with the couple to incorporate aspects of both faiths into the ceremony.

Legal Wordings: the words which must be spoken by the celebrant, prior to the vows being spoken, to make the marriage legal. There are certain words which must also be spoken by the bride and groom as they exchange vows, to make the marriage legally binding.

Minister: a religious leader who is able to legally marry couples and facilitate wedding ceremonies. Ministers usually include religious wordings during the ceremony and may only perform ceremonies inside their church or place of worship.

Readings: vows which are customised to suit the personality and

Beginner’s Guide to Matrimonial Sites

Beginner’s Guide to Matrimonial Sites

Today the marriage market is thronged with matrimonial websites with a new one coming up every other month. Most of the youth looking to get married are on this new age marriage platform in search of the perfect mate. So if you also want to join the bandwagon but don’t know how to go about it, fret not, we tell you the best way to go about using a matrimonial site.

Create a Perfect Profile

Get initiated into the online matrimonial world with a good profile. They say- first impressions are lasting impressions so it is pertinent to make a good profile that is essentially made by you so that accurate and complete information is given. Secondly, your profile should be error free so take time out and ensure that your profile has no grammatical errors. It should be well framed and well thought of so that the person reading it gets a good idea about you. Include certain important aspects such as likes, dislikes, income, family background, hobbies and mostly importantly your basic nature. A well created profile will show that your genuinely interested in getting married and will also let the right kind of people express interest in the

You know I’d walk a thousand miles

You know I’d walk a thousand miles

According to grandmothers everywhere, you can tell a lot about a woman by her hair and by her shoes. We all know a bride’s hair will be perfectly in place on her wedding day, but what about a bride’s shoes? How do we choose the perfect pair of shoes that will be comfortable but notlook comfortable? Ones that will match the dress but not distract from it, and a pair of that when slipped on you instantly feel dressed and glamorous. Shoes not only make a statement about who you are, they are the cherry on the top that completes your outfit, so it’s important that some attention is paid when choosing the ideal pair of bridal shoes for your feet, dress sense and budget.

So…where do we start? A good place to start is by examining your dress. What style is it? What shape? What are the textures of the fabric? Are there any embellishments, and if so, how elaborate are they? All these things are important to consider before choosing your bridal shoes. A general rule to go by is that if your dress is quite extravagant, a pair of simple shoes will go well with it, but

Choosing a bridal necklace

Choosing a bridal necklace

Your bridal necklace is a key wedding accessory and will feature in every wedding photo you are in, so you need to make sure you get it right. Here are five tips on choosing bridal necklace.

Match your necklace to your dress

Check out the details on your wedding dress. Are they pearls, crystals, beads or diamante? Your wedding jewellery should echo the theme of your dress so try to get a necklace in the same material. If you have chosen a simple dress you can get away with an intricate necklace, but if your dress is highly detailed, look for a very simple bridal necklace. If you have a vintage style dress, look for antique jewellery from the same period. However, a modern contemporary dress works best with an edgy necklace design.

Don’t overload on jewellery

A bride should wear a maximum of two statement pieces of wedding jewellery, so if you are embracing the fashion for large chandelier earrings, you might want to forgo the necklace altogether, or choose something very plain and simple. If you decide against a bridal necklace you can always add detail with a beautiful bracelet. If you choose an intricate necklace, wear stud earrings and keep

Exotic honeymoon places you’ve probably never considered

Exotic honeymoon places you’ve probably never considered

Honeymoon is a word often thrown at newlyweds. “Where are you going for your honeymoon?” is what everyone is dying to ask them, “It should be a really romantic trip.” And if you’ve attended a couple of weddings, you’d be surprised at the lavish honeymoon destinations that couples are going to these days. Maldives, the Bahamas, Paris, Bali – these are just a few of the most romantic popular destinations. But how did honeymoon become related to expensive flight tickets, a thousand dollar a night hotel stays and a jam-packed itinerary? Honeymoon literary translates to a period of sweetness, tenderness, and affection. And who says you can’t be all that even in the comforts of your own home or the mall in your neighbourhood? So it doesn’t really matter where newlyweds go, as long as they can be affectionate towards each other, it can be a romantic honeymoon destination.

So let’s say goodbye to the overrated honeymoon destinations and find other ways where couples can really get it on, by being each other’s rock and embarking on an adventure that they’ve never been on before. Now that’s what true romance is.

 

  1. Bagan, Myanmar

It’s not the bright lights of the big city

Choosing Your Makeup Artist

Choosing Your Makeup Artist

Is there anything that can induce an instant case of severe anxiety and bridezilla-nitis quite as quickly as having the wrong makeup? After all, this isn’t just about what you’re wearing, but to an extent, transforming your face itself. If applied incorrectly, bad makeup can make you both look- and more importantly, feel- pretty horrendous. But if done right, it amplifies your beauty and matches both your internal emotions and the tone of the day (not to mention, will last those long hours where you dance the night away). But choosing the right makeup artist takes research and your personal input. So follow along these steps to find the right cosmetologist and look for you!

Decide On Your Style

A good makeup artist will give you what you want rather than imposing her own style on you. But this doesn’t mean that every makeup artist can successfully mimic every style imaginable. Some specialize in glamorous, pinup-inspired looks, while others prefer a more natural aesthetic. Source some images of made-up women (online, in makeup books and in magazines, or wherever else you can find), and creating a literal ‘look book’ of a few makeup styles you like. Whilst you don’t have to focus