01/30/2015 

Unique Connecticut Wedding Reception Ideas

Unique Connecticut Wedding Reception Ideas If you are planning a Connecticut wedding, it will help you to have an assortment of event planning expertise and concepts to work from. Wedding planners are responsible for such things as handling invitations, purchasing the cake, choosing the catering company, hiring the music entertainment and so on. The wedding planner will work closely with the bride and groom and assist them in choosing the best wedding venue, layout and themes for the wedding.

Every bride and groom would like a wedding that is unique and will create an unforgettable day for their family and guests. There are many different ideas that can create an exciting and original wedding that will differentiate your wedding reception from the typical cookie-cutter wedding. As a wedding planner, you should try to fabricate a wedding that is creative and will posses individuality. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering has catered all types of weddings throughout Connecticut and beyond, and throughout the years we have often see the same ideas, themes and styles utilized over and over again. If you are looking for something that is going to make your wedding reception stand out from the others, please take a look at this list we have compiled of unique ideas that we have seen, which have created an extraordinary atmosphere.

Creating a theme with your wedding bar: Serving hard lemonade in Mason jars to create an old-fashion country wedding atmosphere will add charm to the cocktail hour.

Creating a keepsake booklet: You can have your table numbers double as a small booklet where guests at each table can write a note to the bride and groom. A collection of all the booklets makes for a great keepsake.

Have a bouquet that is made of fabric: As apposed to fresh flowers, a beatific bouquet made of fabric will not fade or die and can be kept as a memento of your wedding for many years to come.

Hire an artist to paint your wedding ceremony: A live event artist will capture your wedding day on canvas, as it unfolds. When your wedding day is finished, you will go home with a memorable keepsake of your wedding.

Serve your food family style: This method of wedding dining is becoming a popular trend for Connecticut wedding receptions because of it creates a cozy and intimate feel and a budget friendly price tag.

On your wedding day, you will be much too occupied preparing yourself and posing for photos to worry about whether or not your guests are enjoying themselves. You should plan ahead and come up with unique and interesting ways to entertain your guests. There are many online resources available that will give you ideas such as creating wedding reception games, photo-booths, interesting decor and other unique touches to keep guests each of your guests happy.

You can contact Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering of Connecticut at (800) 368-1823 with any questions you may have regarding creating a unique and fun atmosphere for your wedding guests. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering is an award-winning catering company renowned for exceptional cuisine using fresh ingredients, delivered with professional service throughout weddings and events in Fairfield County and beyond. We offer free tasting sessions which will allow allow you to gain an understanding of the the quality, style and presentation of our menu and it will allow you the opportunity to explore how your own ideas can be worked into our existing menus.

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering Since 1948, the name in catering synonymous with style and elegance. For over sixty years families and corporations have come to know that when they hire Fitzgerald’s, they will receive undivided attention to detail and quality. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, located in Black Rock, CT, provides everything you need. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories. Our commitment is to truly “make you a guest at your own party”. Contact us today for a FREE Consultation!



01/15/2015 

Connecticut Wedding Catering Styles – Sit-Down versus Buffet Dinner

Connecticut Wedding Catering Styles – Sit-Down versus Buffet DinnerThere are some important factors to take into consideration when deciding whether to offer your wedding guests a sit-down dinner or a buffet style dinner. You want to give your guests the best dining experience possible, but at the same time you will want to stay within your budget. For most of you, this is your first experience planning a wedding and there is a lot to learn about having such a momentous affair properly catered. You must realize that the Connecticut catering service will be one of the largest expenses for your wedding and will be responsible for providing all aspects of your dining experience such as the food, deserts, wedding cake, hor dourves, beverages, silverware, linens, and the list goes on. Your wedding caterer will play a crucial role in the level of satisfaction that you and guests will endure, so you must consider all of the options that you have for your wedding event.

When determining whether you would like a plated sit-down or buffet dining experience, the basic rule of thumb is that if you are having a more formal wedding event, with guests expected to wear jackets, ties, or gowns, then you would be better suited to have a plated dinner with table service. Another decisive factor is the amount of guests will be attending the wedding. The more guests involved in a wedding, will make a buffet style dinner more inconvenient. We at Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering will frequently establish a double-sided buffet line, which will typically accommodate one-hundred and fifty guests within 30 minutes. If you are expecting a much larger amount of guests, additional lanes can be created, which can cause issues with congestion and traffic flow.

The other major determining factor in the decision of wedding dinner meal formats is the size of the event. The practicality of a buffet decreases as the guest list grows. The average double-sided buffet line can serve approximately 100 guests in 30 to 40 minutes. Thus, you will need to add another line for every 100 guests that register. At some point there will not be enough space in the room to accommodate both the buffet lines and the aisle space needed to allow sufficient traffic flow.

The advantages of having a sit-down plated meal.

A customary plated dinner meal is when your wedding guests will stay seated at their tables while servers bring out the meals guests had previously ordered. In our experience of catering weddings throughout Connecticut over the years, the majority of wedding guests would prefer to have their meals served at their tables, contrary to walking to a buffet table and standing in line. Sit-down meals will allow guests to have more time to converse amongst themselves, as they are seated and waiting for food to arrive. It also allows for a consistent time-frame of food arriving to their tables. If your Connecticut wedding reception venue is in a confined space, it can be very difficult for guests to navigate through the various tables and chairs that could possibly be in their path. Plated meals will typically allow a much more relaxed atmosphere during diner time.

The advantages of a buffet style meal.

There are two popular advantages to having a buffet style wedding. The first being that you will have the option to offer additional main coarse options. If you or your wedding planner is not sure of the nutritive habits of your guests, you can layout additional menu options on the buffet table and allow them to choose their meals on the spot. This will substantially increase your odds of satisfying the appetite for the majority of your guests.

The second popular advantage to using a buffet is that it will typically be less costly. Buffets are considered by many wedding planners to be the best option if you are interested in creating a less formal atmosphere. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering can help you create a beautiful buffet layout with multiple carving blocks and stations and charming arrangements. It’s become a popular wedding trend to plan a buffet wedding reception, since the menu options can be diverse, and quickly replenished allowing your wedding guests to eat at their desired pace and come up to enjoy a second helping.

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering Since 1948, the name in catering synonymous with style and elegance. For over sixty years families and corporations have come to know that when they hire Fitzgerald’s, they will receive undivided attention to detail and quality. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, located in Black Rock, CT, provides everything you need. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories. Our commitment is to truly “make you a guest at your own party”. Contact us today for a FREE Consultation!



12/15/2014 

Connecticut Wedding Hors D’oeuvres and Appetizers – Greenwich, CT

 

The appetizer and hors d’oeuvres section of your wedding menu is often considered one of the most least stressful areas of the menu that you will need to be concerned with during your Connecticut wedding. Connecticut Wedding Hors D'oeuvres and Appetizers - Greenwich, CTYour wedding hors d’oeuvres are typically served during the wedding reception hours of 2pm to 6pm and you want to give your guests the impression that they are eating more food than they actually are. In order to achieve this, we will serve your appetizers and hors d’oeuvres on smaller plates or request that our bartenders add more ice into the drinks, which will create the illusion that they are consuming larger amounts of food and drink. This simple maneuver will give your guests the impression that they are quenched and fulfilled until the point when the main coarse is served during the dinner hour.

You should always try to emulate the style of your wedding in the variety of hors d’oeuvres that you are serving. If you are having a casual style wedding, you can serve cheese puffs, mini-hot dogs, or Swedish meatballs. If you are having a more formal wedding, you can serve Mini Pan Seared Maryland Crab Cakes with Remoulade, Potato Pancakes with Crème Fraiche & Caviar, or Sun Dried Tomatoes with Smoked Provolone Brochettes. It is recommended that you serve enough of each hors d’oeuvres to satisfy double the amount of guests foresee attending.

A few of our more popular Hors D’oeuvres include:

Asparagus & Prosciutto Wraps with Garlic Goat Cheese
Connecticut Wedding Hors D'oeuvres and Appetizers - Greenwich, CTAsparagus wrapped in Prosciutto and herbed Goat Cheese is a delicious and will certainly make a great addition to the hors d’oeuvres menu of your wedding. After trimming the asparagus woody tips, we cook them in salted boiling water for 5 minutes and then plunge into ice bath to shock and stop cooking. We mix the Goat Cheese with salt, pepper, garlic and any fresh minced herbs you may recommend. We then spread over a thin slice of Prosciutto that has been sliced crosswise and Asparagus into a bundle to serve to your guests.

Bacon & Scallops
Bacon is a very popular menu item that always seems to find a way to make it into the majority of our Connecticut wedding menus. We wrap each carefully prepared scallop with a half strip of bacon, and secure it with a wooden toothpick. We will apply some sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and broil the bacon until it has sizzled into its crispy-state.

Smoked Salmon Canapés
One of our long-standing favorite canapé recipes is smoked salmon on little toast rounds. We typically spread the bread with just a bit of cultured butter, then layer on the cold-smoked salmon, crème fraîche or Greek yogurt, and dill or chives. We can also add some arugula leaves, sprouts, or sprigs of mesclun, which could add some color and crunch.

Baked Artichoke Squares
Connecticut Wedding Hors D'oeuvres and Appetizers - Greenwich, CTWe utilize a very meticulous and tasty recipe when preparing our baked artichoke squares. They have always been a popular item at each of our wedding events and we typically do not have one square left-over. We have had many guests request the recipe, which includes adding fresh mushrooms, celery and garlic and Sauté until celery is tender. We stir in artichoke hearts, green onion, marjoram, oregano and cayenne and then cheeses and eggs.

Choosing from our extensive appetizer and hors d’oeuvres menu will leave your wedding party feeling satisfied and fulfilled. Our menu provides for a meal you won’t forget, with a variety that offers something for everyone at your wedding event, whether its a casual or formal affair. You can contact us for a free tasting appointment, which is included with wedding catering and for wedding receptions at Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering. You can view our appetizers on our hors d’oeuvres menu page, we can also provide additional hors d’oeuvres by request.

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering Since 1948, the name in catering synonymous with style and elegance. For over sixty years families and corporations have come to know that when they hire Fitzgerald’s, they will receive undivided attention to detail and quality. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, located in Black Rock, CT, provides everything you need. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories. Our commitment is to truly “make you a guest at your own party”. Contact us today for a FREE Consultation!



12/01/2014 

Choosing the Right Caterer for your Connecticut Wedding | Fairfield, New Haven County, CT

Choosing the right Connecticut wedding caterer for your wedding is one of the most important aspects involved with the planning out of the logistics of your wedding. When deciding on the details of your menu, it is important to understand what will fit into your budget and will you have enough food to satisfy all of your guests. There are many details that will go into choosing a the right professional catering service, so don’t be afraid to ask as as many questions that you require during the consultation.

Over the years, Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering have performed catering services for thousands of weddings and events throughout the Connecticut and New York area. We have complied a list of the most common asked questions that we encounter when couples are inquiring about our services for their wedding reception. The following questions will assist you in gaining a stronger understanding in choosing the correct catering company that is ideal for your style, palate, and budget. Please feel free to print out the following list and contact us for a free consultation.

Are you available on this specific date?

How many weddings do you typically perform a year in Connecticut, and how long have you been in business?

Are you licensed by the state of Connecticut? Are you licensed to serve alcohol?

Given my budget, guest count and event style, what food choices would you recommend? Do you specialize in certain cuisines?

What décor do you provide for appetizer stations or buffet tables?

Do you provide free food tastings or is there an extra charge for this?

What is the ratio of servers to guests?

What is your payment policy? Do you accept credit cards?

Are there any fees that won’t be included in the proposal that we should be aware of?

What is your refund or cancellation policy?

Hiring a wedding caterer is an important early step in your Connecticut wedding planning. Your wedding should show your friends and family the strong bond between you and your partner and the catering service will inevitably be an important component of that! To assist in narrowing down your selection of caterers, you can look online for reviews and ratings of local Connecticut caterers. If you would like to read reviews from some of Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, you can click the following links:

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We hope the information in this article will put you in the right direction to finding the right caterer for your special day. No matter how large your wedding is, or what wedding venue you plan to hold it at, Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering provides everything you need for your Connecticut wedding reception or event party. Our personalized menus and unobtrusive service will make your wedding reception or any affair one to remember. Contact us today for a free tasting and consultation!

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering Since 1948, the name in catering synonymous with style and elegance. For over sixty years families and corporations have come to know that when they hire Fitzgerald’s, they will receive undivided attention to detail and quality. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, located in Black Rock, CT, provides everything you need. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories. Our commitment is to truly “make you a guest at your own party”. Contact us today for a FREE Consultation!



11/20/2014 

Connecticut Wedding Reception Venues, Waveny House | New Canaan, CT

Connecticut Wedding Reception Venues, Wavenly House | New Canaan, CTA very important competent of your wedding which, signifies your individual personality, is your wedding reception venue and location. Whether you want stylish evening banquets or a laid back afternoon celebration, your wedding reception will call for extensive planning and research, which will invariably take up a good portion of your available time.

With the plethora of beautiful wedding venues to choose from in the Connecticut area, deciding which venue you will choose will undoubtedly be one of the most stressful tasks of the wedding planning process. It is important that you begin your research as soon as possible and formulate a lineup of suitable wedding venues. You can narrow your list by seeking information and reviews of each venue from your wedding planner, though online research, or by asking acquaintances. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering as been performing wedding catering services throughout Connecticut and and beyond for many years. We have worked with many Connecticut wedding venues and to continue our monthly showcase series of our favorite wedding venues, this month we will be showcasing the Waveny House in New Canaan, Connecticut.

The Waveny house the perfect venue to host your wedding reception. Waveny House is a beautiful Tudor style mansion that is located within the serene and expansive Waveny Town Park and is managed by the New Canaan Recreation Department. The mansion was originally built in 1912 Connecticut Wedding Reception Venues, Waveny House | New Canaan, CTand is composed of a grand hall, library, sitting room, dining room, breakfast room, billiard room, large commercial kitchen, and an extensive patio, which provides a perfect view of the magnificent park. The interior of the mansion is comprised of many authentic details such as wood paneled walls and ceilings, tudor style windows, murarld walls, marble fireplaces, and wide plank wooden floors, which provide a rustic old-fashioned charm to each room. The mansion can comfortably accommodate up to 160 guests and there are two spacious suites available for the bridal parties.

Since the location and atmosphere will play a major role in setting the tone of ambiance for your wedding, it is important that you find the venue that will provide the perfect backdrop to your special day. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering is a family owned catering service that has been providing families throughout Connecticut with wedding catering services for over sixty years. Our customers have come to know that when they hire Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering for their wedding, they will receive undivided attention to detail and quality. Our singular goal is to build trust with our customers that everything will be just as they imagined or better.

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering has the experience and knowledge to help you choose a location that will be the perfect fit for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, or special event. If you are interested in Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering superior wedding catering services, please contact us at anytime for a free consultation. Whatever wedding venue you choose to get married in, Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering can help to make your special day a success and make you feel like a guest at your own party! In the meantime, we hope that you have found this article useful and happy wedding reception site hunting!

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11/14/2014 

Popular Internet Wedding Apps – Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering | Greenwich, CT

Popular Internet Wedding Apps – Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering | Greenwich, CTA growing trend among tech-savvy Connecticut Brides is utilizing Internet applications to plan their weddings such as online wedding blogs, online vendors, or social media. When there are countless factors that go into planning your wedding such as purchasing a wedding dress, choosing music, the reception site, the photographer, the caterer, etc. it would be very useful to have a device that could categorize all the details of your wedding in an organized fashion, while proving tips and information. In the pre-smart phone era, it was common for brides and grooms to organize all the aspects and budget of their wedding utilizing a spreadsheet or notebook. Now with the introduction of smart-phone apps, it is easier than ever to keep track of your plans.

The Connecticut wedding catering professionals at Fitzgerd’s Catering have noticed this growing trend of using smart-phone apps among our clients. We have done some research on the subject and have complied a list of the top five most popular wedding planner apps on the market today, that will allow you to manage all aspects of your wedding while your on-the-go so you can maximize the amount of free time you have to properly plan out your special day.

1. MyRegistry.com – MyRegistry.com is the premiere destination for Universal Gift Registry services. MyRegistry.com currently gives hundreds of thousands of users the ability to create one centralized registry for any gift-giving occasion, including Weddings, Baby Showers, Birthdays, Graduations, Housewarmings, Holidays and more. Along with offering registry services to individuals, many organizations and nonprofits use MyRegistry.com as a valuable fundraising tool and convenient resource for requesting supplies and other items for donation.

2. iWedding Deluxe, the Wedding Planner – Wedding Deluxe is an iPhone iOS 8 wedding planner designed with love to provide you a feature packed planning experience. It will organize, guide and inspire you while keeping all the vital information at your fingertips. iWedding Deluxe includes many great features: Todo lists, Guest lists, Seating Plans, Budget Planning, Notes, Photos, vendor details, Wedding Guides, Inspiration and much much more.

3. Guest List Organizer – Guest List Organizer is your one-stop solution for organizing events. Just import contacts from Facebook or Address Book and start planning. With iCloud integration, the program automatically synchronizes all information about guests between your Mac and your iDevices. It’s easy to mark guests who attend, and later generate PDF reports with complete information for all guests (all attended, all RSVPed, all no-shows, etc.).

4. Eversnap – Eversnap iPhone & Android apps can help an event, wedding, mitzvah, or any company event to collect all their guests’ photos and videos in one online album. Eversnap is the best wedding app for photos as well as the number #1 rated event photo app for other categories such as Bar Mitzvah app, Bat Mitzvah app, Sweet 16 app, & company party app.

5. Wedding Budget: If you need a straightforward budgeting app to keep track of the long list of costs, deposits, final payments and how much money you have left, Wedding Budget is a good app to have. It breaks down costs into categories such as ceremony, flowers, music, photography, gown, etc., tells you how much you have allocated, how much you have left, and when the next payment is due.

Getting married will most likely be one of the most important days of your life. However, the weeks and months leading up to your wedding can be some of the worst, due to all of the stresses involved. With all the factors such as budgets, bookings, venues, guest lists, vendors, and to-do lists on a daily basis, it can all become very overwhelming. To ease the stress, it is good idea to take advantage of all the apps on the market that are geared towards bride and grooms to be. If your curious about how much of your budget you have already utilized, or where you are going to find the perfect dress for your special day, you should consider getting with the times and purchasing some of the apps we have mentioned above.

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering Since 1948, the name in catering synonymous with style and elegance. For over sixty years families and corporations have come to know that when they hire Fitzgerald’s, they will receive undivided attention to detail and quality. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, located in Black Rock, CT, provides everything you need. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories. Our commitment is to truly “make you a guest at your own party”. Contact us today for a FREE Consultation!



10/20/2014 

Connecticut Wedding Venues – The Burr Mansion – Fairfield, CT

Locating the perfect wedding venue can be an extremely difficult task with plethora of options available in Connecticut. Selecting your wedding venue will typically be the first thing on your mind once you have become engaged and begin to plan out your wedding. As we mentioned on our previous post, hiring a professional wedding planner can come in great handy at this time. Once you have decided on the perfect location to host your Connecticut wedding, all of the other details of the wedding usually seem to develop a little more easily. The Connecticut wedding caterers at Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering are continuing our monthly showcase series of favorite wedding venues by placing the spotlight on The Burr Homestead or Burr Mansion, located in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Connecticut Wedding Venues - Burr Mansion - Fitzgerald's Fine Catering Services in ConnecticutThe Burr Mansion is situated on the Old Post Road in Fairfield’s charming historic district. This area contains many beautiful houses that were built in the 1700′s which can offer an old world aesthetic to your wedding. The Burr Mansion has an important historical significance and was originally built in 1732 and later developed into an estate by the wealthy landowner Thaddeus Burr in 1790. During the American Revolution, Burr Mansion hosted George Washington, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams and Aaron Burr. John Hancock and Dorothy Quincy were married there in a graceful ceremony. Most of the structure of the mansion was eventually burned down during a raid by British soldiers in 1779. The mansion was then resurrected and returned to its current magnificence by Mr. Burr shortly thereafter.

The Burr Mansion contains 15 rooms and is suitable to host intimate weddings and large weddings alike. The mansion can comfortably accommodate up to 125 people if you are planning on having a buffet-style standing wedding. If you are planning on hosting a sit-down dinner, it can suite up to 95 guests. If your planning on accommodating more than 125 guests, you will also have the option to set up a tent to welcome your party on the property.

Each of the rooms in the mansion is furnished with exquisite details and tall ceilings, which give the rooms a spacious elegant atmosphere. The property is very expansive and contains a professionally landscaped lush green lawns, reflective pools, water features, and gardens. There is a full kitchen available for your wedding caterer, and the bathrooms are large, polished, and luxurious.

The wedding catering experts at Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering have worked countless weddings venues throughout Connecticut and beyond, so we hope that you take into consideration our advice when searching for a Connecticut wedding venue. However, it is not wise to make any final descions based on reviews and information that you have read online. We recommend that you contact the Fairifeld Museum at 203-259-1598 and request a visit. They will be more than happy to field any questions you may have and give you a walk-through of the estate.

For more information on finding the perfect wedding venue for your Connecticut wedding reception or if you are interested in Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering superior wedding catering services, please contact us at anytime for a free consultation. In the meantime, happy wedding reception site hunting!



10/05/2014 

Importance of Hiring a Wedding Planner | Fairfield, Connecticut

The majority of Connecticut brides to be are reluctant at the idea of allowing a professional wedding planner take manage their wedding arrangements. It can be very difficult to put complete confidence into a wedding specialist to handle every aspect of your most important day and trust that Professional Wedding Planner - Fitzgerald's Fine Catering Services in Connecticuteverything such as the locating the choosing the best Connecticut wedding venue, flowers, table layout, wedding catering, color scheme design, and more will go off without a hitch. If you have ever been inloved in the planning of a wedding, you have an understanding of how stressful and hectic it can be, especially when you are busy preparing yourself for your special day.

To alleviate the stress of preparing for all of the little and big details that will go into planning your wedding, you can hire a wedding planner to remove the burden and even potentially help you save money in the long run, with all of the connections they possess in the Connecticut wedding industry. A professional wedding planner will work with for many months if necessary before your wedding and assist you with all aspects such as budget management, layout and design, choosing a catering company, contract negotiations and beyond. Their main focus is to work to eliminate all of the stress involved in planning your Connecticut wedding and make sure that you are going to stay within and get the most out of your wedding budget.

When you first become engaged, typically family and friends will immediately begin to ask you questions such as – When is the date? Where is the location? The months leading up to your wedding should be enjoyable and you don’t want to be bombarded with questions and meetings. As a Connecticut wedding catering company, we have worked countless weddings, so we have seen first hand how hiring a wedding planner can make life easier for the bride and groom. If you are not convinced, we have complied a list of reasons you should consider hiring a professional wedding planner for your special day

Professional Wedding Planner - Fitzgerald's Fine Catering Services in ConnecticutHiring a wedding planner will relieve stress. A wedding planner’s number one priority is to eliminate all of the stressful factors that can turn your wedding into a complicated mess. A planner will make contact and handle all the issues with each of the vendors involved with your wedding, answering all calls and responding to emails. The wedding planner will be onsite for your wedding and maintain communication with your vendors throughout the wedding event to ensure that everything is operating smoothly, so you can enjoy time with your friends and family.

You need to hire reliable and professional vendors. A wedding planner almost works as a matchmaker, in that they have the industry knowledge and connections to affix you with the best wedding vendors that will be most suited for your style of wedding and will fit into your budget. An experienced wedding planner will understand which wedding vendors have a solid reputation in the Connecticut wedding industry, and which cannot be trusted. This will prove to be one of the greatest assets of a wedding planner on your very important day.

You are too busy to properly plan your wedding. You may not completely realize how much work goes into planning a wedding until your are in the midst of planning stages. The typical amount of time that goes into properly planning a wedding be up to twenty hours a week. More than likely, you and your soon to be spouse have jobs and other obligations to tend to, which will eventually make you feel extremely overwhelmed and tired. Hiring an experienced wedding planner will allow you to tend to your everyday responsibilities and ensure that you are completely rested and relaxed on the days leading up to your wedding.

You need to understand what you can afford and stay within your budget. Many brides have no idea what each element of their wedding will cost and when everything is put together and added up, the price tag will usually be quite shocking. A professional wedding planner will work with you and lay out each aspect of your wedding and the best pricing options available. They will utilize their industry connections to find discounts that would otherwise be unavailable for you.

Whether you have no idea of all the details that goes into planning a wedding, or its just the thought of planning a wedding makes you feel stressed out, hiring a professional wedding planner to manage your wedding comes highly recommended from the Connecticut wedding caterers at Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering. Your wedding day will most likely be the most memorable day of your life, which will be celebrated with all of your family members and greatest friends. Hiring a wedding planner will allow you to fully enjoy this day by saving you time, allowing you to work within your budget, and alleviating stress.



09/29/2014 

Connecticut Wedding Reception Venues, The Branford House Mansion | Groton, CT

The Branford House - Groton, CT - Connecticut Wedding VenuesNow that are engaged and have announced the exciting news to your friends and family, the next step is deciding where & when you and your fiancé would like to get married. With all the beautiful Connecticut wedding venues to choose from, deciding where to hold your event will likely be one of the most difficult decisions of your entire planning process. Finding the right venue for your wedding is the most crucial factor to establish, because it is the foundation for your wedding, and will be one of the biggest expenses in your wedding. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering has worked with many beautiful wedding venues across Connecticut and we have been showcasing our favorite venues for our readers over the past few months. This month we will be presenting the elegant Branford House Mansion located in Groton, CT.

The Branford House is a 31 room mansion, which was built in 19th century and modeled after many mansions located in Newport, RI. The mansion contains many beautiful features such as panoramic views of the Long Island Sound, a two story fireplace, a spiraling staircase that was built with marble imported from Italy, and paneled walls that were meticulously crafted by Italian and German artisans. The outdoor patio is the perfect place to create a serene atmosphere as your guests will enjoy the soothing sea breezes and sensational sunsets over the Long Island Sound. The lawn surrounding the outdoor patio contains numerous sculptures and leads to the very charming Avery Point Lighthouse.

The interior of the mansion boasts a spacious Grand Ballroom which will be the perfect place to host your wedding reception. The sprawling ballroom contains stone facade, a marble fireplace, rococo ceilings and will comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests for a full-coarse dinner or buffet that will be prepared in the full-service kitchen by Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering gourmet culinary chefs.

The Branford House - Groton, CT - Connecticut Wedding VenuesIf you choose to hold your ceremony on-site, the Brandford House can fully accommodate you. There are also over a dozen churches located within the vicinity. The Branford House Mansion can be rented for weddings, private parties, receptions, social gatherings as well as corporate events. The countless unique features of the Brandford House make it one of the most popular Connecticut wedding venues.

Your wedding has a lot of expectations to live up to, so finding the right Connecticut wedding venue is crucial to delivering your dream day. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering has the experience and knowledge to help you choose a location that will be the perfect fit for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, or special event. Whatever wedding venue you choose to get married in, Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering can your special day a success and make you feel like a guest at your own party! If you are interested in Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering superior wedding catering services, please contact us at anytime for a free consultation. In the meantime, we hope that you have found this article useful and happy wedding reception site hunting!

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09/10/2014 

Connecticut Wedding Trends 2014 The Reception Lounge

2014 Weddin Trends - Reception Lounge Area - Fitzgerald's Fine CateringKeeping all of your guests happy and entertained at your Connecticut wedding can an extremely daunting task. For a typical wedding, the main entertainment is usually provided by a DJ or live band on the dance floor; and while this is great for the majority of your guests, there will always be a certain group of guests that are not into dancing or listing to loud music and prefer a more intimate environment to mingle.

An up and coming trend the Connecticut wedding catering professionals at Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering have noticed over the coarse of 2014 is a reception lounge area. The idea of creating a lounge area is to offer your wedding guests an place to relax, away from the loud music and chaos of the dance floor. It’s a place to sit comfortably and have an intimate conversation, or just enjoy a drink. Many Connecticut Wedding Reception Venues provide comfortable furniture that can offer a modern or old fashioned aesthetic to the area. We have noticed many of our Connecticut wedding clients utilizing a lounge to feature a favorite microbrew, signature cocktail or specialty dessert. Other ideas include having a photo booth, any yard or table games, photo slideshow, or a build-your-own drink station. Lounges aren’t for cocktail hour only, you can extend your wedding into the late hours by creating an after party!

We have seen wedding reception lounges that range from simple and conventional to modern and enterprising. Many of the Connecticut Brides and Grooms we work with prefer to remove the traditional cocktail table layout and go with a more comfortable and intimate setting with couches and lounge chairs. The lounge area lighting can create amazing photos opportunities and sets the mood by creating a level of ambiance for the room. Whether you decide to go with a chandelier, candles, or specialty lighting the key is to keep the level of light low and soft.

The most crucial objective of your wedding lounge area is to allow your guests a place to get intimate with friends, so it is important to make sure the room is comfortable and inviting. You may even want to consider adding a fireplace, which will be useful in the evening when temperatures drop.

Most people consider the wedding reception to be the most fun and entertaining part of a wedding. It’s the best time to connect with family members and friends and create a memory that will last a lifetime. With an indoor lounge you can create an amazing atmosphere with lighting, tenting structures, fireplaces and candles! We recommend going to Pinterest.com and doing a search for wedding reception lounges for inspirational ideas. You can contact Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering for any questions you may have for your wedding. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering provides everything you need. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories.

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