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Spotlight on Martin's East

At Martin’s Caterers, we’re proud to offer several venue choices in the Baltimore, Maryland, and D.C. areas. We are particularly proud of Martin’s East, which accommodates guests and events in Baltimore and Points East.

Martin’s East is a magnificent structure, if we do say so ourselves. The façade could easily be mistaken for a mansion, or even a palace of sorts. Upon entering, the breathtaking beauty only increases as you take in an array that includes three ballrooms, picturesque chandeliers, and multiple lobbies and corridors with ornamental architectural elements to make you and your guests feel like royalty. Martin’s East can easily accommodate 1,000 guests and is staffed by a number of award-winning chefs to provide virtually any menu you can think up.

For more information about any of our locations at Martin’s Caterers, or to reserve a wedding reception or large event venue, call (410) 846-1543 today. You may also visit us online for virtual tours of each of our venues.

A Guide to Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette

So much focus is given to planning the perfect wedding reception that the details of putting together the perfect rehearsal dinner are often forgotten or left until the last minute. A rehearsal dinner, however, can set the tone for the upcoming main events and gives both families some much-needed bonding time together. There are a few etiquette rules you’ll want to be familiar with when you have the honor of planning the dinner.

The Guest List

A traditional wedding rehearsal dinner should include all members of the wedding party and the immediate families of the bride and groom. In some cultures, however, it’s customary to invite all wedding guests as well. So, before you consult societal norms, make sure you know what is customary in both the bride and groom’s family. If traditions conflict, try to come up with a good medium that incorporates traditions from each side and fits within your budget.

The Location

There are very few “wrong” locations for a rehearsal dinner, but again, family traditions and customs should be taken into account. A nice restaurant is a popular option for many. A catering service with its own venue is also nice, and can make the entire process easier—especially if you choose the same company who will be handling the wedding reception. They’ll be familiar with the menu and create something that complements what’s to come.

The Invitations

No matter how eager you are, never send out rehearsal dinner invitations before the wedding invitations go out. Having said that, make sure your invitations go out a good four weeks before the event. Things tend to get more and more hectic as the wedding day draws nearer, so everyone will need to know well ahead of time to block out a certain amount of time for this special event.

At Martin’s Caterers, we provide large event venues and catering in the Baltimore, Maryland, and D.C. areas. Check out our website to learn more about our locations and services, or give us a call at (410) 846-1543 for information about reserving a venue.

Congratulations to Our March 2015 Couples!

Congratulations to the following couples who got married at one of our Martin's Caterers locations in March!

Martin's West
Sam & Jenny
Kevin & Stella

Martin's East
Bryan & Abigail

Martin's Crosswinds
Alex & Linda
Christian & Brittany
Sean & Tameka
David & Nicole
Charles & Veronica

Martin's Valley Mansion
Lou & Lauren
Valentine & Athelene
James & Monique

Martin's Camelot
Alfredo & Delmy
Robert & Jaimie

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." - Mignon McLaughlin

May you fall deeper in love with your partner every day!

Ideas for Wedding Favors

At most contemporary weddings, the bride and groom give favors to their guests. Wedding favors are a small way to thank them for taking the time to attend and celebrate your marriage. While they are not required by strict formal etiquette, wedding favors have become de rigueur, especially if you have many guests coming from beyond D.C. and Baltimore.

While packs of candy, candles, and embossed glassware are traditional, you may wish to give more unique favors to your wedding guests. If you are not sure what types of items to give as wedding favors, watch this video for inspiration.

The staff at all Martin's Caterers venues will ensure that your wedding goes smoothly at every stage, including when the time comes to hand out favors. Call us today at (410) 846-1543 for more information about our wedding and event planning services.

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.

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