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Wedding catering company in Melbourne


I married my husband Andy in a beautiful ceremony on August 22, 2009. The unique thing about our wedding was our decision to prepare the food ourselves. After going through a lot of options with different catering services and encountering more than a few obstacles (money, menu, food quality, even availability) and listening to advice and directions from many people about everything from assistance to preparations, we decided that self-catering was the way to go. Of course it was impossible to do it all ourselves, so we had a meeting with our parents and some of our closest friends and family to discuss planning and delegation of duties. Since we decided that the overall food theme was to be summer foods, we could cover a wide range of dishes including salads, local beer, kids food, kebabs and cupcakes.

With a team of 12 preparing the food, we dealt with everything under the catering umbrella. This included, but was not limited to, skewering kebabs, getting the food for the kids table ready, fetching casks of the local beer, getting the cold salads ready and even baking cupcakes.  We baked the cupcakes a few weeks prior to the wedding date, and froze them and then thawed and decorated them a day before the wedding. Even Andy and I, the bride and groom, got into the festivities, baked, and cooked some! Although we were told not to, it was very relaxing for us to make the food for our guests. Honestly, it was a lot of fun trying out new recipes and getting my mind off the stress of the wedding.

We rented chaffing dishes for the hot foods from a local party supply place while we used our own family serving dishes for the salads and kids food. The cupcakes, we arranged on antique china plates that we had borrowed from Andy’s grandmother. We stored the drinks in coolers and kegs with napkins, plates and other silverware coming from Party City and Ikea. The set up and take down of everything took place while we were busy taking photos and after the band had left, respectively. Our friends and family, through a coordinated effort, took care of everything from set up to tear down, and it really was a great success!


Although it has now been some time now, I would like to give a rough estimate of how much it cost us to self cater the wedding. The drinks, including wine donated by family and the Victorian bitter Beer cost somewhere around $228, counting the refunds of the kegs. The cupcakes, including baking supplies and pans and papers, cost us about $83. The salads and kebabs, together came up to somewhere around $370. A lot of the ingredients were purchased in bulk and this helped cut down the cost by a lot. The other supplies like napkins and cups etc. all cost  around $52. Kids’ food and beverages together cost about $59. The biggest help was the availability of the kitchen and storage space in the hall, where we could use the garbage disposal, brooms, mops etc for free. So the overall cost came up to $807.


We were told repeatedly by both our moms that preparing too much food would be a waste, as people generally tend not to eat much at weddings. However, we found out that this is not true. (We still love you both, moms!) I realized that at any wedding that I had attended, I did have food. So, if you are going for a DIY catering for your wedding instead of hiring a catering company, I would suggest making a lot of food. Make sure to count not only your wedding guests, but also the band and photographers and any helpers that may be involved in the set up. We had prepared more than enough food with about 300 kebabs, which included everything from beef to antipasto, along with four salads, pita bread and yogurt dips as well as the cupcakes. What we saw was the food was over within hours, and there were not many leftovers (not counting the cupcakes, of course).

Having a planned out list always helps, and so does going over everything multiple times. About a week and a half out, I contacted everyone involved with the preparations and gave a run-down of the day by day plan for everything. It helped to know when and from where all the supplies would be rented and purchased. We were all clear on the who, and when of preparations as well, and it helped us organize if, and when anybody needed a helping hand. It is important to remember and coordinate when the food is to be delivered to the reception hall and at least two or three people should be aware of the plan, as at the last moment the bride and groom cannot be expected to run from place to place or even take frantic phone calls. Of course, everything worked out well in the end, and Andy and I feel it was all completely worth it.

You always have to remember that it will not do for you to run around making all the preparations and not trusting your friends and family with the duties. You don’t want to burn yourself out before the wedding and not get to enjoy anything at all! Delegate all the chores and duties to people and they will do it. Remember that your friends and family will only want to make your big day as happy for you as it can be.

Another thing to keep in mind is to eat! It can be pretty hard to get some time to just sit and eat at your own wedding, believe me! But, once you’ve said your vows and made your entrance, you have to put aside a few moments where you and your partner can have the food, so as to have energy for the next part! My matron of honor and bridal party made sure we got our dinnertime. Trust me, both of us were very grateful for that!


The one disadvantage of this DIY catering is that the people who were late to the ceremony couldn’t have as much choice of food as we had hoped , but I guess nothing can be done about those little things. As Andy’s Grandfather was fond of saying, “there’s the quick and there’s the hungry!” You have to decide which one you want to be!

Of course, another and a very viable option is to contact a wedding catering company in Melbourne, if this seems like too much work to you.

Three Ways to Add an Extra Special Touch to Your Wedding


Getting married is said to be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, but it doesn’t have to be.


There are plenty of simple ways to add a special touch to your big day without breaking into a stress headache, and we’ve made a list of three so that your wedding really stands out for both you and your guests.


Get luxurious lavatories


If you’re having an outdoor wedding, it can be a nuisance for you and your guests to have to wander back to the venue to use the facilities, but standard portable toilets don’t exactly scream elegance either.


A great solution is to hire luxury portable toilets, like the ones from Event Washrooms. This company offers a variety of classy outdoor loos: The Logic Range, The Albus Range and The Viridis Range, and can cater for parties of all sizes.


Their loos feature real wood finishes, glass water bowls and taps, and mirrors so that you can make sure that your outfit is still looking on-point!


So, if you want to make your outdoor wedding stand out in people’s memories, get some luxury lavatories – your guests will thank you!


Set some ambience


To really give your wedding an extra special touch, you can set the mood with some quirky lighting, depending on what sort of vibe you want to have. If you want a relaxed, romantic tone, set some dim lighting. If you want to have a party atmosphere, go for something a bit brighter.


These light up letters from Light It Up UK, a company that specialises in event and occasion lighting, is perfect for adding a special touch to any wedding, with a choice of light up hearts and letters to set the right mood.


You can have you and your beau’s initials in lights for a personal touch, or you can have words spelled out, such as ‘LOVE’ to set a romantic tone. Whatever vibe you want to have at your wedding, you’ll be well on your way to achieving it with the right lighting.


Send personalised thank you notes


Many of your guests will have travelled from far and wide to make it to your wedding, and tying the knot wouldn’t be the same without them.


But, because you might not have much time to spend with everyone on the day, you should make sure your guests know how much you appreciate their attendance and hard work – especially your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and ushers.


Sending them personalised thank you notes or favours after the wedding lets them know that they didn’t go unnoticed and it doesn’t have to be expensive! We love these ideas from Flowercard where you can get personalised thank you cards, chocolates and boxes that will make your guests feel special.



You’ll (hopefully) only ever be having the one wedding day, so why not make it a special one?


It’s a day that you, your partner, friends and family will remember for years to come, so don’t compromise on the little features which can make a big difference.

5 Reasons to Get Married in the Lake District


Undecided as to where to marry? Wherever you opt to tie the proverbial knot is likely to from that day on hold a special place in yours and your partner’s hearts. Hence, getting it right is not simply a matter of throwing the perfect big day; rather, you will need to find a location that ticks every box. One such location is the Lake District, and to answer the question as of why, here are just five reasons.

  1. Historic and Romantic Venues

Is there a single Brit who didn’t growing up or in adulthood sigh over the idea of the perfect countryhouse wedding? For those living in the south affording to realise that dream, even in a countryhouse hemmed in by cities, traffic and urbanity on all sides, can prove unrealistic.

Meanwhile, here in the North that is not only a realisable dream, but one which is easily realised. After all, the north is home to the country’s best countryside and most of it, as well as (and albeit arguably) the best stately houses and traditional wedding venues in the entire country, as well as being a far more affordable place to plan a wedding. Don’t believe it? Take a quick look, for example, at the three offerings provided by Lake District Country Hotels, which you can explore via the Lake District Country Hotels website.

Of their three strong choice of potential Lake District situated wedding venues, pay particular attention to Trip Advisor Hall of Fame featured and four star luxury Cragwood House. Cragwood House makes a particularly special Lake District venue as it is large enough to comfortably house a wedding party whilst also providing a unique level of intimacy and charm.

  1. A Windermere Wedding

Lake Windermere is the Lake District National Park’s most famous and revered water, despite in actual fact not being technically a lake at all. None the less, its beauty is undeniable, as is the beauty of its surrounding towns and villages.

Better yet, Lake Windermere’s sheer length means that many of the most popular, stunning, curious, characterful and all-round lovely towns, villages and places worth exploring whilst there can consequently be reached by crossing the Lake via boat, which is a far more romantic, scenic and relaxing way to explore the heart of the district than by ending up stuck in the car. What’s more, visitors needn’t worry about honing their rowing skills (or picking any skills or oars up for that matter; as explained in more detail via the Lake District website, Lake Windermere is well serviced by both ferry and boat cruises.

  1. Because You Can’t Beat Good Old Northern Grub

There is nowhere like the North for traditional, hearty and wholesome English grub – and nowhere like the Lake District and North West for those in search of the best culinary delights with which to wow their guests on their wedding day.

From Cumberland sausages to Kendal mint cake to Lancashire hot pot, the wealth of countryside, clean air and dedicated farmers that populate the area, as well as its proximity to Morecambe Bay (one of Britain’s best areas for cockles and source of much of the region’s fresh seafood), this makes planning a wedding day feast just about anywhere in the North West a cinch – and an affordable one too. In fact, the supreme choice of high quality organic, locally sourced and super fresh produce in the area and surrounding it can prove a little overwhelming, but makes The Lakes the perfect place for soon-to-be-wed-foodies to say ‘I do’.

For a truly special wedding favour idea that celebrates the region’s huge and important role in introducing spices to UK cuisine, turn to the Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. Making traditional Grasmere gingerbread, this place has been visited by the Royal Family, Tom Cruise and countless other celebrities and is said to create the tastiest gingerbread in the world. Meanwhile, for a wedding cake certain to wow your guests and provide the proverbial cherry to top off your perfect big day, look no further than award winning Lancashire based bakery, The Pink Frosting Cake Company.

  1. Wedding Photos that Look Like they’ve Been Taken in Eden

Home to some of the world’sgreenest countryside and most quintessentially British and romantic scenery, as well as breathtaking botany and waters, it is no wonder the region was quickly adopted by and became synonymous with the nature loving Romantic poets.

To see for yourself a taste of the backdrops, beauty and majestic views you will wake up to and can choose to marry and take your photos infront of by choosing toget hitched in The Lakes, simply head over to the Go Lakes Travel website.

  1. Come to Celebrate the Perfect Wedding Day…and Stay to Enjoy the Perfect Honeymoon

Brexit has already had a marked effect on the holidaying habits of us Brits. As reported via The Daily Mail Newspaper Online,the vote result has been linked directly to the sudden surgein Brits deciding to take staycations rather than holiday abroad. With locations like The Lakes on our doorstep though and millions travelling from places as far flung as China and South America just to marvel at the Lake District, there is no better time to make the most of only being a short car journey away – the only shame is that it has taken ‘Brexit’ for many to realise it.

With your big day done and dusted, why not wave off your nearest and dearest and opt to stay for a week or two to enjoy a truly unique honeymoon in one of the most luscious and naturally awe-inspiring places in the world? What is more, honeymooning in the Lake District guaranteesBrits at least will always be able to return to the region to celebrate anniversaries as it is a location on your doorstep, and what a location it is. And to learn more about what makes The Lakes so romantic, head over to the official UK Government run Lake District website.

A Quick Guide to Planning a Destination Wedding


Here is a quick guide to planning a destination wedding, whatever your budget, holidaying preferences and dream wedding day might be.

Reasons to Wed Away from Home

Many of the most wonderful reasons to consider a destination wedding might actually surprise those who are under the misconception that choosing a destination wedding means more stress, more money and to plan. This is because in actual fact these are arguably the top three reasons for choosing to marry away from home.

Deciding to throw a destination wedding can ‘streamline’ your costs, reduce the stress and leave you free to shop for the perfect dress and special touches to pack and take with you.

Better yet, whilst saving some potentially serious cash, you can also pack your bikini (or skis) as opting to wed away means that unlike thousands, you and your new spouse are guaranteed a honeymoon – whether you opt to stay away for a weekend, week or full fortnight.

Choosing a Destination

Unburdened of the misconception that a destination wedding costs too much or takes too much time and causes more stress than ever, many couples who have never before considered or been excited by the prospect of getting wed away suddenly find themselves excited at realising the world has just opened up to them. And so they, and you, should; after all, you can literally drop a pin on a map and the likelihood is that there are in 2017 a plethora of reasons why people already have and continue to travel there to get hitched.

Narrowing your options down or deciding on one destination over another can prove tricky though. Suffice to say, it is hard enough to choose between a country house and luxury hotel venue; choosing between an ice hotel in Sweden and a beach wedding in Turks and Caicos is, well, no small decision. Nor is it an easy one to make. Then, to provide your search with some structure or just a jumping off point, why not give The Knot website article: Top 50 Destination Wedding Spots a read?

Wedding Resorts and Venues

Ok, so you have a country, region, mountain, beach or town in mind. That still leaves the major decision facing those looking to throw a destination wedding to ponder on. That is, the success of a destination wedding relies heavily if not entirely on finding the perfect venue and resort.

This is due to the simple fact that those opting to hold a destination wedding in most cases won’t just be staying at a hotel or resort whilst away, but marrying there and as well trusting said resort’s own team of wedding planners and staff to actualise their ideas and realise their dreams for them so that everything is in place when they arrive.

Then, it is of the utmost importance to thoroughly research all and every resort, hotel or venue you consider. To give an example of what to look for wherever you plan to wed and one situated in one of the countries aforementioned and suggested in The Knot’s Top 50 Destinations, take a look at The Beach House Turks Resort in Turks and Caicos.

You may decide not to marry in TCI albeit, but a glimpse at the wedding packages they provide will none the less arm you with the perfect criteria of what to look for (from vows to wedding guest favours), whatever it is you’ve set your heart on jetting off to.

The Boring (A.K.A. Legal) Stuff

Speaking of the important issues to ensure you get right when planning a destination wedding, there is of course the matter of the paperwork.

Different countries have different procedures when it comes to legal matters of course and this includes marriages. Hence, it really does matter to investigate fully what if anything you will need to do and how, if applicable, to file for a wedding licence ahead of pinning all your hopes on any specific destination. This is the only sure way to avoid disappoint or, at worst, returning only to discover your vows and new marital status are not recognised back home.

Fortunately, the internet has made it relatively easy in most cases and these days to find out what if anything you need to organise, and the resort or venue you are considering can often provide a lot of support and even get and have all the necessary paperwork ready and waiting for you upon arrival.

Five Reasons to Get Married in the Lake District



There are few places in the UK more romantic to tie the knot than the Lake District. With its spectacular mountains and lakes, and venues to cater for all kinds of ceremonies and couples, it’s an increasingly popular destination to have your big day.

But the region has so much more to offer than just great views, so we’re going to take a look at five reasons why the Lake District makes the perfect wedding venue.

The scenery

Of course, there’s only one place to begin, and that’s with the gorgeous scenery that the Lakes have to offer.

The Lake District is world famous for its natural landscape, with some of the country’s biggest mountains and lakes.

This makes for a stunning backdrop for any wedding, and many of the area’s wedding venues cater to this with strategically placed balconies and vantage points which give fantastic views over the landscape.

This means that the area is absolutely perfect for an outdoor ceremony, just as long as the weather decides to cooperate.

The venues

The Lake District is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, and as such, it has an excellent range of hotels and venues which are perfect to get married in.

What’s more, many of the local hotels will have their own wedding planners who can help to take the weight off your shoulders and let you get on with enjoying your day.

We spoke to Lake District Country Hotels who said: “Our hotels offer a full wedding service, including a wedding breakfast featuring locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

“On the other hand, we’re also happy to take a hands-off approach, and allow you to make the most of your beautiful surroundings yourself.”

The food

You may not know this, but the Lake District is also home to some of the country’s best chefs and restaurants!

For example, did you know that Simon Rogan has his own Michelin starred restaurant, L’Enclume, in Cartmel?

Or that the Sharrow Bay hotel is home to sticky toffee pudding? This is just the tip of the iceberg, and whichever Lake District venue you choose, you can rest assured that you and your guests’ taste buds will be well looked after.

The photos

One of the biggest parts of your wedding day is the photographs, as these are how you’ll look back on your special day for years to come.

With that in mind, why not make sure that you look back on your big day with extra fondness by choosing a location where you’re going to be able to get some truly breathtaking snaps in front of the dramatic Cumbrian landscape?

It’s a chance to get away

If nothing else, a wedding in the Lake District allows you to get away from it all and turn your wedding into a little bit of a holiday for you and your guests.

Whether you’re getting married or not, a few days away in a gorgeous setting getting pampered is always going to go down a treat.

And once the ceremony is over, you and your new bride or groom can have a little bit of time to yourself taking in the sights, or maybe trying your hand at some water sports on one of the many lakes?