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    How to Choose a Menu for Your Wedding

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Are you getting ready to walk down the aisle with the love of your life? In addition to picking out the perfect wedding venue, the right clothing, and the most fitting decorations for your big event, it's important that you dedicate plenty of time to selecting the right dinner options for your wedding. Here is a guide to choosing a menu for your wedding:

    Consider Your Likes and Dislikes

    The best way to begin choosing a menu for your wedding is to discuss your food preferences and your dinner goals with your future husband or wife. Sit down together and create a list of favorites when it comes to a protein for the main course, a starch—such as potatoes, rice, or polenta—and a vegetable side. If both of you are big fans of a certain type of cuisine, then don't be shy about incorporating those flavors into your menu.

    Factor in Both Budget and Special Diets

    Once you've discussed what you want to see featured on your menu, be sure to take a thorough look at your budget and consider which of your preferences are within your financial means. Certain foods, such as a specific cut of steak and special types of fish or seafood, can be more costly than basic meat cuts or chicken. Be sure to also budget for a vegetarian option on the menu and don't fail to ask guests about food allergies or dietary restrictions.

    Find a Highly Rated Caterer to Work With

    After working with your budget and brainstorming possible items to feature on your menu, contact a reliable Baltimore caterer to discuss planning your big event. A great place to start the search for caterers is at your Baltimore wedding reception venue itself. Your caterer can recommend a menu based on your preferences and then schedule a tasting so you and your partner can sample all of the delicious options you had in mind before setting the menu.

    Here at Martin's Caterers, we offer world-class catering services as well as beautiful large event venues that are perfect for weddings and major parties. Whether you're in need of an affordable wedding venue in Baltimore or a venue for an upcoming seminar, we can accommodate your needs. Call us at (410) 846-1543 to learn more about our services.


    Avoiding Common Wedding Reception Mistakes

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Your wedding is one of the most special and memorable days of your life. Planning a wedding takes a good deal of work, but it will all be worth it when your big day goes off without a hitch. In addition to securing the perfect wedding venue, hiring a photographer, and making sure your guests are comfortable during your ceremony, you’ll need to plan out the details of your reception. With a careful eye for detail, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the celebration instead of worrying about whether everything is taken care of. Read on to learn a few of the common wedding reception mistakes you should avoid.

    Going Over Budget

    Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, and it can be easy to go over your planned budget if you’re not careful. As you are planning your wedding, give yourself a rough estimate of how much you plan to spend on each aspect of the day. Catering, venue rental, entertainment, and decorating costs should all be considered well before your wedding day arrives. The last thing you want is to be presented with a bill you’re not expecting on your big day, so plan carefully and decide where you can save and where you want to splurge.

    Not Having a Guest List

    One of the first things you should do when planning your wedding is figure out who will be on the guest list. It can take some work to decide whether you want to keep it an intimate affair with only close friends and family, or if you want to have an all-out bash with relatives, distant friends, and their dates. Once you have your guest list and have gotten your RSVPs back, you can notify your caterers and venue, and then begin making a seating chart for your reception. This may take some time, so don’t leave it until the last minute.

    The team at Martin’s Caterers is here to help you make your entire wedding day a success from start to finish. Contact us at (410) 846-1543 to learn about our six Washington, D.C.-area wedding venues, and experience the outstanding service that has made us the area’s top choice for weddings. 

    Venue Spotlight: Martin's West

    Last updated 24 days ago

    At Martin's Caterers, we're proud to offer seven beautiful locations for you to host any type of major event, from a seminar to a wedding reception. One of our largest facilities and the ideal venue for large parties near the Baltimore Beltway is Martin's West, which can accommodate anywhere from 50 to 2,000 guests.

    This large event venue offers six ballrooms and two breathtaking gazebos, as well as free parking that will meet the needs of your attendees. Martin's West is also an excellent choice for any large event thanks to the on-site catering services available at this location. If you choose Martin's West as your wedding reception venue or just to play host to a business seminar, you will be able to choose from an extensive list of food items to include in your dinner, brunch, or buffet menu.

    At Martin's Caterers, our experienced team can work with any type of dietary requests and has experience in preparing vegetarian, gluten-free, and even kosher dining options. To learn more about our event venues or our catering services, please call us at (410) 846-1543.

    Proper Wedding Gift Etiquette

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Have you recently been invited to the upcoming wedding of a close family member or a longtime friend? No matter who will be tying the knot, it's important that you play a role in helping them celebrate this momentous occasion by treating them to a meaningful gift.

    As the gift-giving experts in this video share, the safest strategy for selecting a gift the couple will love is to choose an item listed on their registry. When looking through a couple's gift registry, be sure to factor in your own personal budget and don't feel obligated to spend more than is within your means. If all of the items left on the registry are out of your financial reach, ask a fellow attendee if he or she would like to split the cost of a pricier gift.

    If the tables are turned and you are the lucky bride-to-be or groom-to-be in an upcoming wedding, contact Martin's Caterers to learn about the beautiful wedding venues we have available throughout the Baltimore and DC area. Call (410) 846-1543 to learn more about our locations and services.

    8 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue: [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 1 month 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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