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Personalizing Your Wedding Ceremony

When you are planning your wedding, there are many details to decide on: how many guests to invite, who to include in the bridal party, what to serve at your catered reception, and much more. Don’t forget, though, that the ceremony is about you and your spouse-to-be, and so it should reflect both your personalities. Below are some ideas you can use to personalize your wedding ceremony.

Pass the Wedding Bands for a Ring Warming

A ring warming is a fantastic way to include all your wedding guests in the celebration of your union. Simply place your rings into a small box or fabric pouch, have your officiant announce the ring warming, and ask each guest to hold them for a few seconds and think a happy thought for your marriage. Pass the rings down the rows of guests, and assign an usher to collect them before the vows.

Read Letters from Absent Family Members

If some of your dearest relatives cannot make it to the wedding venue due to health or financial concerns, you can ask them to write short letters to you and your spouse-to-be. Set aside a few moments to have your officiant, your parents, or members of the bridal party read these letters during the ceremony to include those who could not be physically present.

Tell the Story of Your Relationship

One of the best ways to personalize your ceremony and make any venue feel as intimate as home is to have your wedding officiant share stories of your relationship with guests. Sit down with your spouse and outline the story of how you met, plus a few sweet and funny moments, and give this to your officiant so that he or she can share these anecdotes with your guests.

The friendly staff at Martin's Caterers are here to ensure that you have the wedding you want, from the pre-ceremony welcome to the final farewell at the reception. Call us today at (410) 846-1543 and we can help you select the perfect venue for your D.C. area wedding ceremony and reception.

What Food Should You Serve at Your Wedding?

Once you have decided on a time for your wedding reception, you will need to plan the menu. Your food choices will depend on the style of reception you choose. A brunch reception should have a very different menu from a dinner reception, and there are plenty more choices you can make depending on your personal taste and any wedding theme you might have.

Roast beef or a surf and turf with crab cakes and filet mignon will create a very formal atmosphere at a sit-down dinner. If you want to have a more fun, eclectic feel, you could offer your guests a choice of different entrees, such as Korean-style short ribs and eggplant pasta (this approach might work better as a buffet, rather than as a plated dinner). For a lunch reception, you could choose a more informal menu centered on barbecued ribs.

Martin's Caterers offers a variety of dishes from around the world. Whether you want to serve teriyaki beef, Cajun jambalaya, or the classic Maryland crab cakes at your D.C. wedding, our staff will prepare a delicious meal for you and your guests. Contact us at (410) 846-1543 to learn more about our wedding catering services.

What to Expect on Your Wedding Day

Bride And Groom Enjoying Meal At Wedding Reception

Even when you have the perfect wedding reception venue, the perfect caterer, the perfect florist, the perfect photographer, and the perfect coordinator, events are likely to occur on your wedding day that you would have never anticipated. These events are not necessarily bad occurrences, but it is helpful to be aware of their possibility so you aren’t taken off-guard and can prepare to roll with the punches. Here are a few things you should know to expect.

You Probably Won’t Be Able to Be the First to Share Your Photos

With Smartphones and social media at everyone’s fingertips, it’s possible that pictures of your ceremony will be live online before you and your new spouse even make it back down the aisle together. Unless you intend to place a ban on all outside sources of technology and collect devices at the door, it’s just something you’ll have to resign yourself to. You can take comfort in knowing, however, that none of those shots are going to compare with the photographer’s that you will get to share first.

There Will Almost Certainly Be an Issue with Your Menu and At Least One Guest

Whenever you get a large crowd together, especially for something like a wedding reception, you’re going to run into dietary challenges. Whether a person is vegan, has food allergies, or has some other specific dietary restriction, you’ll want to be prepared. You might consider asking for any special needs with your RSVP, or ask your caterer to prepare something that virtually anyone can eat, regardless of restrictions.

The Bride is the Main Attraction

While this may seem a given, many brides are taken aback when complete strangers wave, take pictures, and generally offer the celebrity treatment. That white dress may as well be a spotlight following you around—enjoy it!

If you’re planning a wedding in Maryland or D.C., contact us at Martin’s Caterers. From the perfect wedding reception venue to catering services for any style and taste, we can help you make your special day everything you hope for. Call (410) 846-1543 today to get started! 

Stylish Tips for Winter Weddings

Winter weddings provide an amazing opportunity to do some bold things with your color, theme, and motif. Whether you’re hoping for a show-stopping display of jewel tones and glitz, or a more whimsical and magical feel is the order for your day, you’ll love the ideas you’ll find by watching this video. As you’ll see, you have a great deal to consider when establishing the theme for your wedding, but as the elements come together, the final result can be nothing short of breathtaking.

At Martin’s Caterers in Baltimore, we can provide the perfect catering and wedding reception venue for whatever winter theme you decide on. We also have locations throughout the Maryland and D.C. areas, so give us a call at (410) 846-1543 to find out how to secure the perfect food and location for your special day. 

Modern Style at Westminster

martins westminster

At Martin’s Caterers, we pride ourselves on our many locations throughout Maryland and D.C., designed specifically to meet the needs of large events in the area. Our Westminster location serves parties all across Carroll County, and even some from surrounding areas.

Whether you are looking for an elegant and sophisticated wedding reception venue or you are in need of an impressive venue for a trade show, party, or other large event, the modern style and design of Westminster is sure to provide just the right atmosphere for your main event. From its stunning spiral staircase to its high capacity capabilities, you’ll love everything about this venue location.

For more information about Westminster, or any of our other locations in Maryland and D.C., contact the team at Martins Caterers. Just give us a call at (410) 846-1543 or visit us at our website for more information about our venues and catering services.

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