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May 4, 2018

Alternatives to a Sit-Down Dinner and More - Episode #170

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What options do you have when it comes to your reception food? What the heck is pipe and drape and what is it used for? Readings, what are they and why do you even need to consider them? We are here to answer all these questions.

Alternatives to a Sit-Down Dinner
  • Cocktail style
  • Family style
  • Food trucks
  • Buffet
  • Food stations/app stations
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Cheese and Wine
  • Bars of all kinds
    • Omelet
    • Taco
    • Burrito
    • Baked potato
    • Popcorn
    • Pancakes
  • Fondue
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Brunch
  • Dessert
  • Pipe and Drapes
What is a Pipe & Drape

Pipe and Drape is a simple way to decorate, divide rooms, and hide things.

They can be used as a backdrop for a head table, sweetheart table, or photo booth.

The backdrops can also be used around an entire room to hide plain walls and add elegance.

Pipe & Drape Backdrops are a great way to add beauty to your wedding or event.

Can even be used as an arbor or chuppahs

They are exactly what they say they are, piping and drapery.

Can divide a large room into smaller sections, if you are having the ceremony and reception in a large ballroom.

It can also camouflage an unsightly wall or make a plain room dramatic

Using uplighting or string lights can make a room glow

You can DIY small spaces with pipe and drape but if it is a large room we recommend to rent from a reputable company


Readings – What and why

Readings set a tone to the wedding. bring wisdom, humor, and a sense of togetherness

Here are a few tips on how to choose readings that are meaningful

Make it personal-find something that is meaningful to both of you, make the search romantic. Do you have a favorite poem or line from a book or movie that describes you and your SO to a tee, include it? What about meaningful song lyrics?

Make sure the readings fit the style and length of your ceremony- if you are having a short ceremony don't make the reading longer than the ceremony itself. A single Reading shouldn't last longer than 5 minutes if you are having multiples hold them for around 2 minutes each.

Ask someone special to read=You can ask your parents or grandparents to do readings or get your maids and GMen involved as well. Do you have a young (reading age) niece or nephew that can read a passage from your favorite children's book like The Velveteen Rabbit or Winnie the Pooh? My Favorite from Pooh is "If you live to be a hundred, I want to live a hundred minus one day, so I would never live a day without you."

Couples wanting to show their devotion to each other and to their faith often turn to Bible verses. Wedding Bible verses can talk about love, the marriage relationship, or other topics. Bible verses are a way to show your commitment and beliefs on another level.

They don't need to be long just meaningful.
Pinterest page for wedding readings



How do we supply enough alcohol that people aren't outrageous, but that we can still satisfy his family? I want everyone to be happy and have a good time, and I certainly don't want to neglect his side of the family and their traditions. I want his family to feel comfortable, but I also want my family to feel comfortable.

A modified bar-use 3 to 5 basic or most popular choices-whiskey, vodka, gin tequila or rum, then mixers and garnishes. choose types of beer and wine (usually 1 red and 1 white) plus champagne or sparkling juice for toasts.

****know your alcohol laws in your county or state, you might need a license or liability insurance and if that is the case consider hiring it out****

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