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7 Tips for Covid-19 Wedding Receptions

With so many weddings being canceled or postponed, you might be wondering when things will settle down enough to have your big day. Officials have proposed plans for reopening the country with strict guidelines. Some states are starting to open again, but what does that mean for gatherings like weddings? There will be lasting effects of the pandemic, especially if you plan to have your event as soon as you can. You probably have questions about how this will affect your wedding plans, especially with your wedding reception. Here are seven answers to questions about wedding receptions, during and after the pandemic.

Where should wedding receptions take place?

Outdoor venues are much better than indoor venues in terms of social distancing. It is much easier to space people and tables apart and to allow space for people to walk without getting too close to each table. An open area means ventilation will be much better as well. Keeping this in mind, make sure tables have weights and centerpieces that can withstand a breeze to ensure your meal goes off without a hitch.

How many guests should be at wedding receptions?

Post Covid-19, smaller and more intimate weddings and receptions will become the new norm. It is easier to practice social distancing and makes your guests safer. With fewer people at your wedding reception, you and your guests can feel safer when everyone removes their masks or gloves for dinner. Plus, your dining staff won’t need to interact with as many people. A wedding reception with fewer people means you’ll only have the people closest to you. It can help cut costs while still allowing you to celebrate and stay safe.

What about masks and gloves?

It isn’t easy to eat and drink with a mask and glove on, and you don’t want to eat with ones you’ve been wearing all day. Consider providing masks and gloves after the meal to allow guests to comfortably enjoy the rest of the festivities.

How should guests sanitize before eating?

Sanitizing stations will be a necessity at an event as big as a wedding. With an intimate wedding, plan to set up one or two at your venue. Everyone should be able to wash their hands with warm water and soap for 30 seconds before eating. Hand washing stations can help your guests wash up quickly without overcrowding your venue’s bathrooms, even if it’s your backyard. You can also provide individual hand sanitizers or warm sanitizing towels at each place setting as party favors.

How should wedding receptions serve meals?

Plated meals may become the new norm. You don’t want your guests coming into contact with the same serving utensils, so reconsider self-serve buffets and family-style meals. Having staff stand behind dishes and serve food from the buffet could prevent this, but waiting at different stations could lead to crowding. Plated meals could reduce the number of close interactions between guests. Servers should wear gloves and masks when serving each course.

Will seating be affected?

To comply as best as possible with social distancing guidelines, planning ahead will be critical. Seat guests with members of their household if in attendance. People living in the same house don’t need to be six feet apart, so this should be taken into consideration when creating a seating chart. You’ll also want to make sure people from higher-risk categories are seated appropriately to help them social distance.

Should I get a caterer or a personal chef?

Personal chefs have always been great options for weddings. They will bring sufficient staff to support your wedding; and you’ll be helping local chefs. They bring everything they need and can cook at your venue. Or if you’re having a backyard wedding, they can cook at your home as well. You can also easily do a food tasting at home with a personal chef. Cooking will be on-site, which means the least amount of contamination and everything will be fresh for your guests. Since you will likely be having a smaller reception, a personal chef is a more economical choice than a full-service caterer. You get great, personalized food and you can have a smaller staff on hand.

A personal and intimate wedding reception is the best way to go post Covid-19. It is a great way to save on costs, and it helps keep you and your guests safe. Celebrate your new marriage while safely connecting with the ones you love.

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6 Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love

When it comes to the traditional selection of wedding favors out there, it can be easy to get something too cheesy or unoriginal.  It is important when choosing wedding favors to

  • pick something that will bring your guests a pleasant memory of your special day,
  • pick something they aren’t just going to throw away, and
  • pick something elegant that exudes class.  

Here are six wedding favors that embody all of those qualities.

Eat, Drink, & Be Married

Personalized wine glasses, champagne flutes, and beer glasses – there’s a container to satisfy every guest! You can get inexpensive personalized beverage glasses at Cheap Favor Shop.  This gift is certainly useful and when your guests see the elegant inscription, they’ll have lovely memories to match for years to come.

Spread the Joy

What is more adorable than a tiny jam or honey jar?  With a personalized sticker on it with a phrase along the lines of “Spread the Love” or “Meant to Bee,” it’s impossible not to smile at these little guys.  Whether your guests use it to spread some jam on their toast the next morning or to have a little honey with their tea, these cuties will give them sweet memories of attending your elegant affair.  

Love Starting to Grow

If you don’t want to pay extra of personalization, a super simple gift is tiny succulents or bags of seeds.  You can find small, two-inch assorted succulents in sets of twenty at Urban Outfitters.  Or, you can go to Home Depot to get an assortment of flower seeds, put them in separate envelopes, and write something such as “Let Love Grow” on the outside.  This would be a great task for a bridesmaid!  

Brew up a Good Time

Similar to the seeds idea, you could also have a bridesmaid pick up a big pack of coffee beans at Costco, separate them into envelopes (enough for one cup of coffee each), and write something to the effect of “Love is Brewing” on the outside.  This wedding favor is a useful and unique gift for your adoring guests!

A Novel Idea

As an extremely cost-effective wedding favor, have everybody in your wedding party donate any books they’re no longer reading. Each guest can grab a book on their way out.  If you don’t end up with enough books, have a member or two of the wedding party scout used books at dollar bookstores or on Amazon.  On top of the book library, you could have a banner letting guests know to grab one on their way out maybe saying something like “Our Chapter is Just Beginning.”  For the couple who is into reading, or for a smaller budget wedding, a book library is a lovely wedding favor.  

Infused with Love

Infused olive oil is a gift everyone can use.  All you need is some tiny, one to two-inch glass containers, some fresh herbs, and some olive oil.  Put the oil in the containers with the herbs and viola! An elegant wedding favor is born.

There are six wedding favors that are useful, elegant, and unique!  Each one can also be personalized or tweaked to fit the theme of your wedding.  No matter what your guests leave with, their memories of your special day are sure to be sweet.  

Hire a Catering Chef

Hire a Catering Chef for Your Next Party

Party planning can be a major headache, but it certainly doesn’t have to be. Holidays, anniversaries, bachelorette parties, weddings, family reunions – no matter what the celebration, hiring a catering chef will turn an event into THE event!

It’s Convenient

Let’s be honest, we have been spoiled by Netflix and Amazon and every other service that makes it easy to never leave home.  We can now have our date nights at home and just about anything can be delivered to us.  But, we work hard to keep a roof over our head, so we ought to really enjoy the comforts of home! Having the party come to you, with a catering chef, is an invaluable convenience.  And, restaurants simply cannot provide the intimacy of being at home.  So celebrate the sweetness of home by hosting your parties at your house.

It’s Chic

The ambiance of restaurants and fine dining have an alluring appeal.  But, a catering chef can tastefully provide a similar air without the crowd of a restaurant.  Catering chefs can create gourmet, restaurant-quality meals in your own home.  Without a doubt, when your guests see what exclusive treatment feels like, they are sure to see your swanky soiree is truly chic.

It’s Customizable

Being able to have a personalized experience is the main draw to hiring a catering chef.  There’s nothing like being the only party in the place!  You get a unique, VIP experience when hiring a catering chef. What’s more, you can talk to your chef about menu options that suit the specific needs and desires of you and your guests.  From meals customized for dietary restrictions to themed party preferences, a home dinner party gives you the flexibility to explore creative ideas with a trained culinary professional.

With a convenient, chic, and customized experience, hiring a catering chef may be the easiest party decision you’ve ever made. Hire a catering chef with a dash of class, a pinch of panache, and voila – your party’s a smash!

Food and Beverage Ideas for Your Bachelorette Party

When throwing a bachelorette party there are so many fun ideas to think about.  While whimsical themes and bridal trivia games are on the mind, food plays a big role in this gathering of “the girls”.  Why not make food and beverages a memorable part of your bridal party celebration?


Make your carefully chosen nuptial food and beverage choices an event!  Wine tasting is quick to come to mind when thinking about tastings.  No need to go to a winery, pick up some wines you’ve always wanted to try at Total Wine or your local wine shop and have a DIY tasting at your bachelorette party.  Not into wine? Make your own tasting event with craft beers, teas, coffees, cheeses, cakes, and much more.


If you’d rather have a unique offering of beverages at your bridal gathering without making an event out of it, having a beverage bar is a great idea!  Great ideas for mimosa, coffee, tea, and even margarita bars can be found on Pinterest.  A little creativity can go a long way and you can still “preview” your drinks with your bachelorette party guests.

Finger Foods

Enough about drinks, let’s talk food!  Finger foods are a great idea for a bachelorette party as they offer guests the freedom to eat intermittently between games and socializing.  It is also easy to make themes out of finger foods and spreads can be set up to look like part of the décor.  Small bites also work well if you decide to do a tasting – great for pairings!


Of course, if you’re hosting a brunch or a dinner, guests are going to be hungry for more than appetizers.  A palatable way to make this portion of your bridal gathering stress-free is by hiring a private chef!  There is already so much to think about when planning a bachelorette party.  Delegating the major task of planning a whole meal will lift a burden off of your shoulders.  In fact, a private chef could take care of any of the ideas on this list for you!

Planning a bachelorette party is exciting.  While themes, games, and decorations are dancing around in your head, you now have an inspiring list of how food and beverages can complement your ideas in unique ways.  Happy planning!

Plan Your Intimate Wedding

A Simple Guide to Planning an Intimate Wedding

From services such as photography and fancy cakes to venues and wedding planners, weddings are costing so much more than a pretty penny. The average wedding now-a-days costs over $32,000 and if you live in a big city like Los Angeles or New York, that number can easily double. Due to the stress of this financial burden, many couples are choosing to ditch the idea of a big blow-out wedding and instead have Pinterest-inspired, DIY more intimate wedding. This trend is becoming a popular alternative to the exhaustive pish-posh of a traditional wedding. Listed below are some ways to have a charmingly intimate wedding.

Prioritize the Budget

The obvious first step is to figure out what your budget is. A good way to do this would be to prioritize your wants. Make a list of things that are most important and least important to you. Consider this prioritized list made by a couple preparing for their nuptials:

1) Beach location

2) Vegetarian food

3) Reputable photographer

4) Dream dress

5) Orchid bouquet

Obviously, for this couple, it is very important that they have a beach location and vegetarian cuisine, so these things should be taken into high consideration when creating the budget. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to spend most of the budget on these things. Since the flowers and the wedding dress are near the bottom of the list, these are the things to be flexible about – maybe they’ll use seasonal flowers or maybe the bride will borrow a dress.

Keep the Guest List Small

This is probably the most challenging part to having an intimate wedding. You don’t want to hurt feelings, but you don’t want your quiet backyard wedding to turn into a claustrophobic collection of 2nd and 3rd cousins twice removed. Only you can know who is appropriate to invite, but similar to the budget, , I suggest making a prioritized list. Start with the obvious – immediate family, best friends – then expand. When making your guest list, think about the people who would be there for you in five years when your marriage not-so new. That should help to narrow it down.

Choose an Intimate Venue

When you’re going for intimacy, a venue is where you have the potential to save some major cash. There is no need for a large venue with a small guest list and there may be no need for a formal venue at all. See whose backyard is large enough to host. Check out local parks and beaches. Keep in mind that sometimes an inexpensive permit is required to hold your space. Consider renting a home on Airbnb for a day and ask the owners if they wouldn’t mind you having a small backyard wedding at their place. With a small wedding, you’ve got plenty of options!

Hire a Private Chef

Last, but most important in my book, is food! The thing I look forward to the most when attending the wedding, apart from seeing people I love tie the knot, is definitely the food. When you are looking for an intimate dining experience for your personalized, small wedding, what could be more personal than a personal chef? Hiring a personal chef for your wedding gives that intimate, elegant feel to your wedding and absolves you and your wedding party from needing to do any meal planning or cooking.

Solidifying your commitment to love is the main priority when planning an intimate wedding and anything that detracts from that doesn’t belong in that space. So, go! Tie the knot, and don’t forget to have fun!