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    8 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue: [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 7 days ago

    When you’re planning your wedding, one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is choosing your venue. Just about every other part of your plan comes back to the venue, and picking the wrong place can put a damper on your big day. It’s never a good idea to jump into a venue contract after simply touring a place. It’s important to ask questions so you can make sure that the venue can accommodate all of the details that matter in your dream wedding, from capacity concerns to catering policies. Martin’s Caterers, a premier DC and Baltimore wedding venue, suggests questions to ask before you book your space in this infographic. We’re ready to answer all of these questions and more about how our venue can fit into your wedding plan. Help your fellow brides- and grooms-to-be avoid wedding venue disasters by sharing this information. 

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    The Basics of the Rehearsal Dinner

    Last updated 7 days ago

    When it comes to wedding traditions, one of the most special for the bridal party is the rehearsal dinner. This unique event precedes the wedding day and acts as a fun way for the bride, groom, and friends to connect following the rehearsal of the ceremony at the wedding venue. Read ahead to learn more about the basics of the rehearsal dinner.

    The Purpose of the Evening

    The rehearsal dinner is a long-held wedding tradition that was initially created in order to provide both families with the opportunity to meet and greet. It's also a great opportunity for the couple to relax and take it easy ahead of the biggest day of their lives. The night is generally less formal and less serious than the actual wedding day. However, it is up to the bride and groom to decide what guests wear, what they dine on, and whether drinks will be served.

    The Invite List

    In addition to the bride and groom, the dinner should also include the bridal party, immediate family, the parents of child attendants, and the partners or spouses of any invitees. Many couples also choose to invite the priest or officiant who will serve as the master of ceremony at the wedding venue to the dinner as well. If children are in the wedding, the couple can decide whether or not to invite them.

    The Ideal Venue

    As previously stated, the wedding rehearsal dinner is often less formal than the wedding itself. However, many brides and grooms choose to make the event a special one by hosting it at a luxurious event venue in DC or Baltimore and seeing to it that the dinner includes several courses, including appetizers and dessert.

    If you're preparing to tie the knot and are in need of a large event venue to host your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner, contact Martin's Caterers. No matter what you have in mind for either event, the friendly staff at our DC and Baltimore party venues can help you plan the perfect day. Call us today at (410) 846-1543 to get started.

    How to Make a Small Business Event Memorable

    Last updated 15 days ago

    When you operate a small business, chances are you don’t have much separation between your work life and the rest of your life—the two blend together. Running a small business is no easy task, and it takes hard work and planning to become successful. The same rules apply for holding a business event, as the best events certainly don’t just come together on their own. Whether you are holding a seminar, a trade show, or any other type of corporate event, consider the following tips to make your business event memorable.

    Determine Your Audience

    A small business event can have many purposes. You may be trying to reach more customers, strengthen relationships with current clients, or network with other professionals in your field. Before you plan any other aspect of your event, you should decide what your goals are. That way, you can determine who your target audience is. All of these events have different targets, and you can plan your event around the people you hope to reach. After all, an event emphasizing customer appreciation will be very different from an event that is based around educating your current employees at a seminar.

    Draw Your Audience In

    Even if your event is well attended, it doesn’t mean that your guests will necessarily go away feeling excited or enthusiastic about your business. As you advertise your event, give people a reason to show up—and a reason to stay. Raffles and contests are popular, as are complimentary foods and drinks. Your audience should feel special and as though they are in on something that not everyone has access to.

    Pay Attention to the Details

    Corporate events may be successes or flops due simply to how much attention is paid to the details. Make sure you have a venue that’s appropriate for your event, and know what to expect going into it. Allow yourself some flexibility in case plans change, but pay attention to the details and your guests in order to make your event memorable.

    Martin’s Caterers of Baltimore is the perfect location for your next small business event. Contact us at (410) 846-1543 to learn how we can help make your event a success. We’ll handle all of the details of your event so that you can focus on making a lasting impression on your guests. 

    Fresh Ideas for Wedding Cakes

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Once you’ve taken your vows, received your guests, and listened to speeches from your wedding party members, it will be time to unveil your wedding cake. Wedding cakes are more than just symbolic; they can also be works of art. Watch this video for a look at a few fresh ideas for wedding cakes.

    Many traditional wedding cakes are round in shape, with a few tiers for elegance. Buck this trend and opt for elegant oval tiers accented with metallic bands. You can also mix and match shapes, with a square center tier surrounded by two round tiers. Add a little bit of style to your wedding cake with cascading sugar ribbons that appear to pour out of the top of the dessert. If you want to try something truly unique, consider having a cake placed at each table, with each one slightly different from the rest.

    Martin’s Caterers is the premier choice in the Washington, D.C. area for exquisitely beautiful wedding venues. Call us at (410) 846-1543 to learn more about our services. You can also visit our website to get a look at our six locations.

    A Look at Martin's Caterers' Feast & Bull Roast Catering Services

    Last updated 1 month ago

    When you want to make a good impression on your guests at your next event, consider having Martin’s Caterers prepare a signature feast either at your venue or at one of ours. From crab feasts and shrimp feasts to oyster roasts and bull roasts, Martin’s pulls out all of the stops to give guests a delicious and memorable experience. No one goes hungry, as all of our feasts include salad bars, hot buffets, cold buffets, dessert stations, and beverage services. A Martin’s feast is an excellent choice for an employee appreciation event or for fundraisers where you are trying to court major donors. Out-of-town guests will particularly enjoy getting a taste of the local Maryland flavor. With on-site crab steaming and bulls carved right from the grill, your event will be as visually dazzling as it is appealing to the taste buds.

    Learn more about Martin’s Caterers’ feasts and catering services by calling (410) 846-1543. Let us know the details of your event, and we will make sure that you and your guests are satisfied with our top-notch services. Our Baltimore-area venues can accommodate as few as 50 guests or as many as 2,000. 

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