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Should You Buy Wedding Insurance?

Event Insurance

You’ve heard of home, auto and even pet insurance, but wedding insurance? If you haven’t a clue what that even is, think back to when you booked your Expedia vacation online. You clicked all the way through almost to the end, but before you could finalize your transaction, a pop up asked you if you wanted to buy travel insurance. The fine print was a mile long, but the blurb assured you that you’d be covered in the event of a disaster that forced you to cancel, interrupt, or delay your sunny vacation. Did you click Yes and add a few hundred bucks to the cost of your trip? Or did you click No and hope for the best?

If life were a Choose Your Own Adventure book, you could always turn back and pick an alternate option when things don’t work out. But for your wedding day, even more than for a vacation, stuff can happen that can turn your dream day into a nightmare. Could wedding insurance help you avoid nuptial disaster?

The ins and outs of wedding insurance

Let’s face it, stuff happens that’s beyond your control. Though you may think you can manage even in the face of adverse events, there are some things you simply can’t recover from when it comes to your wedding. For example, heavy rain may put a damper on your event, but what about a flood like the Great Toronto Flood of 2013? That one afternoon, over 100 cm of rain fell, stranding thousands of motorists on flooded-out highways, shutting down part of the subway, and causing a great deal of property damage – and it could have easily flooded a few reception halls, too. How could wedding insurance kick in in the event of a natural disaster like that?

  • Weather: Wedding insurance can cover extreme weather conditions which prevent the bride, groom, any key member of the wedding party, an important relative, or a majority of the guests, from reaching the premises. So if any of these key people were stuck on a flooded highway, insurance would cover rescheduling the wedding and reimburse you for lost costs like flowers and food.
  • Site: If the ceremony and/or reception site are unusable due to water damage or electrical outage, wedding insurance can cover the cost of a replacement.
  • Vendors: If your caterer or priest can’t show up because of the flood, wedding insurance would cover the postponement or cancellation of the wedding.

What else does wedding insurance cover?

Wedding insurance covers more than just unforeseen weather events. Sometimes, sickness or injury can lead you to cancel or postpone the wedding; for example, if the groom gets in a skiing accident before the wedding, or the bride’s mother is diagnosed with cancer prior to the big day, there might be no way the show can go on. Similarly, if armed conflict causes the bride or groom to be called into military service, or if one member of the couple is suddenly relocated for work, wedding insurance can kick in, allowing the couple to reschedule their wedding. More mundane things can trip you up too, like a caterer going out of business or the seamstress irrevocably ruining your dress; you’ll be covered. You can often buy additional, optional coverage to cover special things like the theft of wedding gifts or travel insurance for your honeymoon.

If this all sounds too good to be true, remember, wedding insurance is still insurance. You really don’t want to have to use it. Consider that there is usually a maximum refundable amount – and also a deductible. Restrictions vary, so be sure to do your homework before purchasing a wedding insurance policy. Find out exactly what is covered, how much, under what conditions, and what the deductible is. Find out if there are time limits on claims, how soon you can receive your deposits and monies back in the event of a claim, and what proof is required to submit a claim. Also, if your (reputable!) vendors already have their own insurance, there might be no need to buy a policy.

If you want complete peace of mind, then a comprehensive wedding insurance policy might be for you. The only thing that won’t be covered is cold feet!

 

Style Your Wedding with Neutral Palette and Textures

Style Your Wedding with Neutral Palette and Textures

If you are one amongst those who think that bright is not always beautiful, then neutral palettes and textures is something that you would love to embrace for your wedding day décor. Wedding decor gurus predict that neutral colors are going to rule this year, with shades of pink, champagne, peach, taupe, grey, blush, white, soft yellow, ivory and nude green becoming a hot favourite. Such soft hues unfurl a lot of class and elegance because of their clean and simple color palette. The use of such neutral shades will leave people awe-struck, transporting them into a dreamy world where everything seems just-so-serene.

Neutral palettes and textures have the power to add a sense of freshness to the décor and give it a sophisticated appeal, rather than putting the place at the risk of looking a bit too drab. You can also think of adding some or the other kind of texture rather than just a color. Keeping a specific texture in mind will add a truly interesting streak to the place. Pay special attention to texture of linens and invest in a lot of candles for a sophisticated appeal. You can turn a very neutral palette into something spectacular by adding some bling factor, like flecks of gold and silver. A concoction of metallic colors will jazz up the venue in an interesting way, which will make eyes do a cartwheel in amazement.

If you choose to take the neutral route, then don’t forget to use a lot of flowers to enliven the place. Apart from this, throw in some vintage furniture, which will further add to the neutral glamour of the area. Make the wedding décor exude brilliance, elegance and lots of glamour by keeping the color minimal. Nothing will make more sense than neutral color palette as the wedding day decoration will stand out against a brilliant natural backdrop, making it memorable in every way. So, bring out those silks, satins, laces and feathers, and show the world that neutral can be very fashionable.

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VIRTUAL WEDDING GUESTS – CAN WEDDING’S GET ANY HOTTER IN 2013?

VIRTUAL WEDDING GUESTS – CAN WEDDING’S GET ANY HOTTER IN 2013?

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Weddings are special! But, it can break anyone’s heart when they learn that all their loved ones won’t be able to make it because of some reason or the other. Your grandmother has just been advised bed rest or one of your best friend’s forever is busy shuffling between work and home, which can make it difficult for them to make it to your wedding. This can leave anyone disheartened and make plans go awry.

Have we ever thought, when from booking venues to ordering food and shopping for wedding attire to planning a honeymoon, we rely on technology then why can’t the same technology make everyone be a part of your D day through live streaming tools? It has become quite unproblematic to include every loved one on your special day as virtual wedding guests through tools like Skype, for example.

Share the most precious moments of your life even with those who cannot make it to the wedding venue as live stream weddings gain popularity. Send across email invitations to all the virtual wedding guests with a link and time that will direct them to your real life event in real time. 2013 will see virtual guests becoming hot wedding trend where all a couple has to do is hire a specialist company that can help broadcast the wedding in absolute style.

Be it illness, travel costs, or any kind of life circumstance, no one will mind attending your wedding as a virtual wedding guest in this technology driven world. So, it’s time you don’t walk but Skype down the aisle and exchange vows as even the farthest of guests, or rather virtual wedding guests, shower endless blessings as you start a new chapter of your life.

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Garden Roses: Vintage Wedding Trend Still Blooming in 2013

Garden Roses: Vintage Wedding Trend Still Blooming in 2013 

Flowers are, undoubtedly, one of the most important parts of a wedding which have the power to add a sense of vivaciousness to any place. If you want make the most special day of your life all the more special, then flowers are an absolute must to make a statement. After all, what can be more timeless than a couple looking into each other’s eyes with a flowery background adding a sense of magic to the occasion!

But, picking a particular flower from so many beautiful blooms can leave anyone in a state of fix. From the past two years Peony has been ruling the wedding scene and has become a favorite amongst couples. If one has to go by trend forecasters, then this particular flower will not fail to astound onlookers even this year, while garden rose will arrest attention with its timeless beauty. Peonies and garden roses for a wedding are a classic and elegant choice, which will leave everyone awestruck.

The magnificence of these flowers stands out, which can mesmerize anyone with its luxurious appearance and intoxicating smell. Peonies exude grace and can create a stupendous aura in no time at all, while garden roses can unfurl an implausible aura that will make guests slip into a state of awe. Lush pink garden roses and pale pink peonies when placed together account for one of the most classic peony bouquets, which will mystically inject a sense of exquisiteness to the wedding party.

While garden rose looks delicate and pristine along with a sweet perfume, a peony looks luxurious because of its large, full heads. Peonies are easily available in various hues of pink, coral, white and red, but are a little on the expensive side. On the other hand, garden rose is pretty affordable and can be picked from various shades of yellow, cream, pink, green, red and white. Flowers have their own way to make a day special, especially for a bride, as these can be weaved into a charming tiara and a beautiful bouquet that she will carry while walking down the aisle.

If you want your wedding flower to come smothered with grace and endless charm, then look no further than the captivating peonies or garden roses.

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Black & White: The perfect theme for your Next Event

Black & White: The perfect theme for your Next Event 

Are you planning a wedding, a birthday, or a corporate event? Perhaps you are throwing a surprise birthday party, an engagement party, or an anniversary party? Whatever the occasion, we’re here to help you with your entire event decorating needs. Having trouble coming up with a theme? Trying to come up with something stylish and sophisticated? Want to avoid trendy themes that are bound to go out of fashion? A black-and-white colour scheme is perfect for any event. It is classy, clean, crisp, and classic. Black-and-white themed events will always be in style; the colour combination is simply timeless. This versatile colour scheme will have the impact you’re looking for. It’s so dramatic! Plus, black-and-white décor will work with any budget!

You can kick everything off with elegant black-and-white invitations. Personalized invitations are a nice gesture, and remember, the invitation is the first thing each of your guests will see. You want to make a good first impression. These invites are meant to convince people to attend your event. They should be representative of the upcoming event. If you’re having trouble with invitations, there is no need to worry; we will be by your side throughout the entire process, starting with those invitations. Next, get creative with your décor. Decorating and planning doesn’t have to be a hassle and come with a headache, but if you’re just not up for it, or if you’re having trouble bringing your ideas to life, we will be there every step of the way to help you throw an absolutely stunning event. There is so much you can do with a black-and-white theme! Have fun with it! Linens, centerpieces, carpets, candles, flowers, balloons, statues, chandeliers, candelabras, curtains, signage, even the food could tie in with your theme. Imagine – a glamorous dessert table exhibiting exquisite black-and-white cakes, tarts, candies, and sweets. I can’t stress it enough – there is so much you can do with this versatile theme! Leave out a black-and-white guest book for all of your guests to sign. Create personalized, black-and-white name and place cards. If you’re planning a wedding, anniversary, engagement party, or birthday, leave out black-and-white photo albums filled with black-and-white photographs for guests to flip through during the event. Why stop there? If you want to go the extra mile, ask your guests to wear black and white to the event.

So when you’re planning your next event, whatever the occasion may be, think black-and-white. Give us a call. We’re here to help you with all of your decorating needs.

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Warm Drinks for Cold Winter

Warm Drinks for Cold Winter 

The cold winter season are best matched with drinks that are served hot. So, it becomes essential to keep the proper knowledge of drinks that can be prepared and served hot. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks that can be served hot.

Blueberry Tea  – The blueberry tea can be consumed by everyone. The name of this is not derived from blueberries used in the drink, in reality there is no usage of any such flavor. This drink is rather very aromatic, which makes it special. The usage of brandy in small quantity helps in warming orange. This drink is well flavored and is served warm, so can be categorized as a perfect warm drink.

Hot Toddy- A delicious recipe for Hot Toddy, with honey, tea, brandy and lemon. A great evening relaxer when you need something to help relieve that irritating cold.”The vitamin C for health, the honey to soothe, the alcohol to numb.” This steamy mixture of whisky, cloves, cinnamon, lemon juice and honey is the perfect answer to flu or winter cold.

Hot Buttered Rum – This drink is specially prepared to make you feel nice in the chilling cold weather. The drink is comprised of warming flavors and spices. Spices like cinnamon, is added in sufficient amount to spice up the drink. The making of this drink also requires the usage of orange tea bags, rum, light brown sugar, water and also butter, the combination of these ingredients gives rise to a ‘nice warm drink’, which keeps you warm in winter.

Adult Hot Chocolate Drink – The  preparation of this drink is one of the simplest. The main ingredients required to make this drink are cocoa and warmth alcohol. The usage of peppermint schnapps on cocoa adds flavor and depth to your drink. This hot drink can be presented with garnishing, which will make it look more attractive.

Fine Wolf –  This is a non-alcoholic drink which can be consumed by everyone. Fine wolf is an innovative way of consuming masala tea. The usage of tea masala and cider spices up the tea, and give it a very different flavor, which is also helpful in warming up in winter.

Irish Coffee – The Irish coffee is prepared by combining Irish whiskey with hot black coffee. This drink has always been popular among the Irish pubs. This hot cocktail is the best kind of coffee to keep you warm during cold weather. You can even garnish this cup of coffee before serving. The usage of fresh cream and chocolate can be a very good combination for the drink.

Tom and Jerry – This is  a must try classic winter cocktail. It is a sweet hot drink which is flavored using dark rum and brandy, the thickness of the drink can be best attained with the usage of milk rather than water. This drink is one of the best winter warm drinks, which must be explored.

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Beach Themed Wedding

Beach Themed Wedding

Sun kissed beaches have the power to woe just anyone. Imagine a palm dotted background with blue waters and sand beneath your feet as you walk hand in hand with the love of your life. If you have dreamt of a wedding, with nature playing as a perfect host, then a beach themed wedding will account for a perfect wedding ceremony, with romance flowing all around you. A destination wedding can cost a bomb and the budget will force you to sieve your guest list. But, fret no more! You can bring the beach to your hometown and add the magical charm of the sun and sand, with just a little planning.

  • The invitations that you send should be a lot of fun, just like the beach itself. Narrow down on colors that resemble the sky, sand, sun and palm trees.
  • Ask your guests to dress up like they would when going to a beach. From flip flops to straw hats, let your wedding party brim with a lot of life and enjoyment.
  • Crisp white linens along with colors of the ocean, like emerald green and sea blue, will undoubtedly brighten up the wedding venue and give it a distinctive charm.
  • Everyone must have collected shells while walking along a beach. Use decorative shells to let your guests relive the happy memories that they would have collected along with the shells at a beach.
  • Cleverly use centerpieces that can be filled with sea shells and sand. Alternatively, crystal bowls filled with turquoise blue water and a scented floating candle are bound to leave guests mesmerized.
  • How about some signature drinks at the bar that one finds at the beach? Mojito, Pina Colada, Margaritas and other kind of tropical drinks will be a sure shot hit at a beach themed wedding.
  • Design a menu that reminds guests of the beach, with sea food, like sushi and shrimp, being an important part of the food served.
  • No celebration is complete without good music. Make sure the DJ plays intoxicating island music that forces guests to hit the dance floor and let themselves loose.

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How to Roast a Turkey (Christmas Dinner)

How to Roast a Turkey ( Christmas Dinner)

Roasted Turkey is one of the favorite food items on Christmas Eve, and is preferred by many families as centerpiece on Christmas Dinner Table. So, while serving a roasted Turkey it is important to get it correctly roasted, since the taste of it lies on the process in which it is being roasted.

Roasting a Turkey:

First: on getting the Turkey you should first remove its giblets, in the body cavity, and then place it on a plate. Put the Turkey containing dish on the coolest part of the refrigerator. The weight of the Turkey should be well known, since this helps in calculating the cooking time.

The night before take it out of the fridge so that it is adjusted with it room temperature, before being roasted. It is good if you can get a fresh Turkey, if not then allow the frozen Turkey to be completely defrosted before it is cooked.

Second: the next important step is the stuffing of Turkey. You can stuff the Turkey with a stuffing of your choice. The quantity required for stuffing will the same as that of the Turkey. Two-third of the stuffing must be place between the flesh and the skin in the neck end. And then the rest of the stuffing must be placed inside the body cavity. An important thing to be noted, the Turkey must be properly deforested before being stuffed. It is so required because if the deforestation does not takes place properly then the heat will not reach evenly to every part of the Turkey, making it remain uncooked. Only if the Turkey and the stuffing are in room temperature, the preparation will perfect. It is also necessary to spread butter all over the bird.

Third: put bacon rashers on the breast of the Turkey, then apply freshly milled black pepper and salt to taste.

Forth: two large foil sheets are required to place the Turkey and wrap it loosely. The Turkey parcel must be firmly tied, and put inside a pre-heated oven in 220 degree C, for 40 minutes. This blast is required to allow the heat to go into the Turkey and its stuffing. Then you must reduce the temperature to 170 degree C for 3 and a half hour.

Fifth: after this you must remove the Turkey from the oven and uncover it. The uncovered Turkey must then be cooked for 40 minutes at 200 degree C. The browning of the beacon on the bird’s breast is an indication to allow the final browning of the breast.

Sixth: the final cooking for 40 minutes is suppose to give you a completely roasted Turkey. Thrust a thick part of the leg with a skewer, on pressing the skewer check if the juice is clear without any pink trace in it. If there is no such trace then your Turkey is completely prepared, but if there are pink traces the dish requires a little more cooking. Before you can serve the Turkey you need to keep it wrapped up loosely in a foil for about 40 minutes, the normal room temperature would be perfect.

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Christmas Deserts

Christmas Deserts

Christmas time is fun time for all, and the sharing of joy and happiness cannot be complete without deserts. So, while preparing deserts you have to take extra care to receive appreciation and see the smiling face of your dear ones.

Deserts for Christmas:

Fruit cakes – taste is essential, apart from that health becomes another very important issue that should not be neglected. Thus, to keep a balance between both fruit cakes are the best option. Prepare your cake with different varieties of dry fruits, as well as use fresh sliced fruits for garnishing your cake.

This well garnished cake is extremely healthy as well as attractive, especially for the children.

Custards – this is a dessert which can be prepared very quickly yet it is delicious for the taste buds. Custard mix powders are easily available in the market, and these are available in various flavors. Another advantage of this dessert is that, it not extremely sweet so it can be consumed by all. If you are preparing chocolate custard then you can easily use dark chocolate for garnishing the dish. In case of any other custard flavors, fresh cream and sliced fruits can be used of presenting the desert.

Cookies – this is one of the deserts most liked by children. So, to make your children you can of course choose to prepare this desert. Cookies are also considered to be healthy and low fat containing, and if it contains dark chocolate then it would also act as an anti-oxidant.

Fruit salad – fruit salad is a very good option to opt during Christmas. Winter brings many different kinds of fruits, which are often not consumed or liked by children. So, if you are thinking of preparing a desert which is tasty yet very healthy, then this is the best you have. Prepare a salad with the seasonal fruits that are available, and present it well. For garnishing your desert you could use fresh cream, and chocolate chips, this will make the dish look very catchy.

The fruit salad is a desert that can be consumed by people of every age group, since it is an absolute healthy dish, causing no health problems.

Peppermint cream cup-cake – this is a delicious desert that pleases the taste bud well. Peppermint cakes are prepared in the usual way, in which cakes are made. Some of the main ingredients required for making it are coffee, buttermilk, fresh cream. For presentation you will require sponge chocolate. This sponge chocolate will enhance the flavor of your cupcake, making it more delicious.

Cranberry snow cake – if you are looking for an extra-ordinarily delicious cake for Christmas, then your search ends here. The cranberry snow cake gives you the perfect feel of Christmas and its joys.

To prepare this desert you do not require to be an expert. Bake the cake you usually bake cakes, only add a layer of cranberry to your cake. The topping of it can be done by chocolate sauce or vanilla flavored cream. You can even present your cake by using a nutty and sliced fruit topping.

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Fairy-Tale Theme for Wedding

How to plan a Fairy tale Themed Wedding ?

Every girl dreams of her wedding day, where she is marrying her prince charming and later elopes with him on a white horse. There is something very enchanting about fairy tales where everything ends with, ‘and they lived happily ever after.’ Such storybook romances have everyone smitten and many bring such fantasies to life by opting for a fairy tale themed wedding.

  • The most important thing you have to do is choose a theme for your fairytale wedding. It can be based on any of your favorite characters, like Cinderella, Snow White or Sleeping Beauty. All it will take is a little imagination and lots of creativity to make the wedding truly memorable.
  • How about an old castle as the venue of your wedding? Wow! But, in case, this sounds far-fetched, then drape the wedding hall you opt for in a way that does justice to the fairytale theme. It should spell gorgeousness and should be nothing less than awesome that leaves guests wheezing!
  • The decoration should make eyes do a cartwheel in wonderment. Make the space at hand look right out of a fairytale book by making Disney characters and fairies a part of the décor. The hall should be very dreamy and should trigger the effect of fantasy and enchantment. Let the wedding venue glitter like a star by purposely using a lot of glitter.
  • The food served at a fairytale themed wedding has to be splendid and scrumptious. It should overpower senses with an opulent feel. Make sure the waiters are dressed in an appropriate manner, while the cutlery glistens in the shades of silver and gold.

A fairytale themed wedding is bound to enchant guests and transport the couple into a world of romance, where the magic love potion will ignite the unending flame of love.

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Black & White – The Perfect Wedding Theme

Black & White –  The Perfect Wedding Theme

Are you planning a wedding, a birthday, or a corporate event? Perhaps you are throwing a surprise birthday party, an engagement party, or an anniversary party? Whatever the occasion, we’re here to help you with your entire event decorating needs. Having trouble coming up with a theme? Trying to come up with something stylish and sophisticated? Want to avoid trendy themes that are bound to go out of fashion? A black-and-white colour scheme is perfect for any event. It is classy, clean, crisp, and classic. Black-and-white themed events will always be in style; the colour combination is simply timeless. This versatile colour scheme will have the impact you’re looking for. It’s so dramatic! Plus, black-and-white décor will work with any budget!

You can kick everything off with elegant black-and-white invitations. Personalized invitations are a nice gesture, and remember, the invitation is the first thing each of your guests will see. You want to make a good first impression. These invites are meant to convince people to attend your event. They should be representative of the upcoming event. If you’re having trouble with invitations, there is no need to worry; we will be by your side throughout the entire process, starting with those invitations. Next, get creative with your décor. Decorating and planning doesn’t have to be a hassle and come with a headache, but if you’re just not up for it, or if you’re having trouble bringing your ideas to life, we will be there every step of the way to help you throw an absolutely stunning event. There is so much you can do with a black-and-white theme! Have fun with it! Linens, centerpieces, carpets, candles, flowers, balloons, statues, chandeliers, candelabras, curtains, signage, even the food could tie in with your theme. Imagine – a glamorous dessert table exhibiting exquisite black-and-white cakes, tarts, candies, and sweets. I can’t stress it enough – there is so much you can do with this versatile theme! Leave out a black-and-white guest book for all of your guests to sign. Create personalized, black-and-white name and place cards. If you’re planning a wedding, anniversary, engagement party, or birthday, leave out black-and-white photo albums filled with black-and-white photographs for guests to flip through during the event. Why stop there? If you want to go the extra mile, ask your guests to wear black and white to the event.

So when you’re planning your next event, whatever the occasion may be, think black-and-white. Give us a call. We’re here to help you with all of your decorating needs.

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Sit Down Dinner v/s Casual Canapés for Wedding Reception

 Sit Down Dinner v/s Casual Canapés for Wedding Reception

What is a wedding without great food? One thing that guests look forward to, more than an eye appealing décor and foot tapping music, is the food that is served at the occasion. People forget just everything about a wedding, but one thing that stays in their memory for years to come is great food that was served. Planning a great menu for your wedding reception can be quite taxing and adding to it is the way the lip-smacking food should be served.

 

 

Now, should you opt for casual canapés or narrow down on a sit down dinner? If you are also trapped in this dilemma, then read ahead to erase the confusions that you are surrounded with.

Sit Down Dinner for a Wedding Reception

Pros: A sit down dinner not only looks elegant and classy, but will blend perfectly with a formal wedding reception. Each of your guests will be assigned tables for a sit down dinner and the waiting staff will serve food to everyone. This will kill the time spent while waiting uneasily in a line to get food, which can annoy guests. But, it gives more control in terms of timing of your reception for various events.

Cons: It is comparatively more expensive as a larger number of servers are required to make sure that every table gets served relatively at the same time. In this case, the guests get a limited food choice.

Casual Canapés for a Wedding Reception

Pros: Casual Canapés will be a hit in case your wedding reception is not-so-formal and is more like a fun event. A variety of canapés can be served which if prepared well can be both decorative and delicious along with cocktails. It will undoubtedly be a modern and causal affair, with fun flowing from everywhere.

Cons: It will be a stand-up affair, which will be loved by youngsters, but maybe the old brigade doesn’t like it much.

You should always discuss every detail in length with your wedding reception caterer to ensure everything falls in your set budget. But, at the end, your prime focus should be on hi quality and mouth watering food.

 

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