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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08/24/2014 

Wedding Reception Venues – Gallaher Mansion at Cranbury Park | Norwalk, CT

Connecticut Wedding Reception Venues - Fitzgerald's Fine CateringAs you are planning your wedding, one of the most important things to establish is deciding on the location where you and your fiancé would like to get married. This can be a daunting task, especially in Connecticut where beautiful wedding venues are abound and choosing the perfect location for your Connecticut wedding reception can become extremely overwhelming. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering has worked with many wedding reception venues across Connecticut and to continue our ongoing tribute to the many venues we have worked with, this month we will be showcasing the Gallaher Mansion at Cranbury Park in Norwalk, CT.

The Gallaher Mansion was built in 1930 by the acclaimed industrialist Edward Beach Gallaher. The spacious mansion has many details throughout its interior including custom woodworking, stained glassed windows, and walnut veneer paneling, which seamlessly extends from the wall to the ceiling. There is an extended garden terrace and flourishing garden that creates a beautiful natural atmosphere for entertaining outdoor guests.

If you are planning on having an intimate gathering, the interior of the mansion has a maximum capacity of 100 guests. For parties that are above 100 guests, it is recommended that the lawn be utilized to construct a tent, which will need to be provided. However, the venue will be able to provide the chairs and tables at your request.

Connecticut Wedding Reception Venues - Fitzgerald's Fine CateringIf you would like to perform your ceremony at the mansion, the Tea House Porch or Sculpture Garden will furnish a beautiful backdrop that will provide gorgeous pictures. The bride can make a grand entrance as she walks down the flagstone walkway to the porch, which provides a natural arena for the wedding party, vows, and readings.

You can click here to view a document that will include rental rates for the Mansion as well as all the details and extras.

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering has worked with countless wedding venues throughout Connecticut and we consider ourselves to be a fantastic resource to help you find best the location to host your Connecticut wedding, rehearsal dinner or company party. More information on finding the perfect wedding venue for your 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!

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08/13/2014 

Company Holiday Party Planning | Fairfield, CT

Connecticut Corporate Holiday Party - Fitzgerald's Fine CateringAs summer draws to a near end and the holiday season is on the horizon, it is time to start thinking about and budgeting for your company holiday party. As you know, a holiday party is a great way to show appreciation for your employees and boost moral for your company. It will make your employees feel more cherished which will most certainty lead to a more productive workplace.

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering has catered many types of holiday parties throughout the Fairfield County as well as New Haven County, Connecticut regions and beyond. From large-scale corporate parties to small business holiday parties, we have the capacity and experience to make your holiday party a huge success and will also work within your budget.

We have complied a list of suggestions that will make your company’s holiday party a huge success.

Begin planning your party as soon as possible. It is important to plan ahead and decide what type of party that you would like to have in order to work within your budget. It is also important to set specific date set as soon as possible to ensure there isn’t a scheduling conflict with your desired catering company. Try to obtain a head-count so that you can plan out the amount of food and refreshments will be required. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering can assist you in determining the amount of space, food, and refreshments will be needed to suite your party.

Save money by ordering from the menu. The magnificent chef’s at Fitzgerald’s can create a unique menu and cater to almost any desired dish you would like served at your holiday party. However, as with most corporate holiday caterers, it will save you money if you order from the menu. You can view some examples of Fitzgerald’s vast menu selection by going to our Menu Suggestions page.

Specify a signature cocktail. You can save money at the bar by specifying a signature cocktail for your guests, mixed with an assortment of red and white wines.

Hire a catering company to serve the food and pass hor d’oeuvres. It has been proven that when guests are offered food by a professional catering staff, they are more likely to consume it, compared to just leaving the food laid out on a table.

Utilize a buffet station for serving the food. A buffet is advantageous because you will not need to know exact prior knowledge of your guests food expectations. You can lay out a choice of 2 or 3 entrees and allow them to decide on the spot.

Company holiday parties are a festive time where you can reward your employees for all the hard work and effort they put in for the company throughout the year. Whether it’s for Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Years Eve, St. Patricks Days, or any other reason to celebrate, Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering can assist you in making your holiday party a party to remember for years to come! At Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, our goal is to make you feel like a guest at your own party! Contact us today for an appointment!



07/30/2014 

Featured Wedding Reception Venues – Lighthouse Point New Haven, CT

Lighthouse Point Wedding Reception - New Haven, CTWith so many beautiful wedding venues in Connecticut it can be a very difficult and time consuming task to choose the venue that is most suitable to host your wedding reception. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering has worked with countless wedding venues throughout Connecticut. We have decided to showcase our favorite wedding venues across Connecticut and pay tribute to one venue each month. This month we will be paying tribute to Lighthouse Point in New Haven, CT.

Lighthouse Point in New Haven is widely known for its beautiful location on the Long Island Sound and providing soothing sea breezes as well as breathtaking ocean views. It is considered a historical building and will provide plenty of space for your wedding reception. The property also includes a historic lighthouse, beaches, and a unique carousel which was built in 1916 and restored to its current state of magnificence in the 1980′s.

Lighthouse Point Wedding Reception - New Haven, CTAt one of our recent events at Lighthouse Point the wedding planner was telling us how excited she was about all of the capabilities of the property and all of the options that the open space allowed her to have. We recall the wedding party having a great evening of listening to music and dancing on the enormous dance floor that the facility offered.

With hundreds of wedding venues to choose from in the Connecticut area, deciding where to hold your event will likely be one of the most difficult decisions of your entire planning process. We hope that we can provide some insight for those of you considering your wedding venue choices. Each Connecticut wedding venue that we will be showcasing is different and will have its own unique layout, pricing structure and regulations. Each venue will have its own pros and cons, but hopefully the experience of Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering should give you some insight help you make the right direction.

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07/21/2014 

Choosing a caterer for your wedding reception | New Haven, CT

Wedding Catering - New Haven, CTYour wedding should be the most memorable day of your life. However, it can also become one of the most stressful days of your life, which is why choosing the right wedding cater is crucial to experiencing a flawless wedding. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering has years of experience in catering weddings and we will work with you to understand your specific needs and expectations and we will work with you to stay within your budget.

We have complied a list for you to assist you in choosing the best caterer for your Connecticut wedding, here are 5 quick tips.

Begin your search by reading online reviews of local catering companies, which will help you to narrow down your search substantially. We invite you to read reviews from some of our previous clients, which have been posted on the following websites. We can provide references upon request.

Martha Stewart Weddings
Customer Lobby
Wedding Wire

Explain your specific budget limits with the caterer in the initial meeting, so you will both have a mutual understanding when moving forward with the plans. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering offers creative options so that we can work within your budget and provide the most cost effective choices for your New Haven wedding reception.

We recommend that you request a sampling of the menu options available. If you would like to schedule a tasting at one of our parties, we can set this up for you. This will also give you the opportunity to learn more about meal alternatives for any potential allergy or diet restrictions your guests may need to be accommodated for.

Finally, we recommend that your review the contract thoroughly before making your final decision. Be certain that you will be receiving everything that you had requested and within your required budget with no hidden charges.

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07/12/2014 

Tips for choosing wines for your Connecticut wedding

As you begin planning your Connecticut wedding, you will find that there are a whole host of decisions to be made. From the choice of the wedding reception venue to the floral arrangements, there are so many choices to make that it can all seem very overwhelming. One of the most important decisions that couples have to face, is the choice of refreshments for their guests. To assist you on planning your wedding, we have compiled five important tips for how to choose your wedding wine to please your guests, yourself and your wallet!

You should always have at least one white & one red. It’s safe to serve at least one white, and one red, and sometimes also a rosé over lunch or dinner. Pinot Noir is a food-friendly option that will be a safe bet whether your guests are eating chicken, steak, or mushroom ravioli.

How much wine do you need for your wedding reception? You can usually plan on one drink per guest per hour, but when in doubt, it’s best to have too much wine on hand than too little. No one wants to stop and make a booze run midway through the evening, and you certainly don’t want to have to worry about things like that on your big day.

Buy by the case, it’s less expensive. Many wine retailers give 10% -15% discount or more on case purchases, so it makes sense to buy this way. A case is 12 bottles.

Choose a sparkling wine for your toast. One of the most memorable moments at the wedding reception is the toast. A good alternative to champagne is a nice sparkling wine.

Wine has been served at weddings since the beginning of time. Nevertheless, tasting and choosing the wine for your own wedding is an important and challenging job. When planning a wedding or any important event, attending to the details can make all the difference in how memorable your special day is to you and your guests. 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.



02/25/2014 

Connecticut Wedding Caterers

Wedding Catering ConnecticutWhen it comes to hosting the perfect Wedding, planning is key. You’ve obviously prepared for the business aspect of the event, but what about the event itself? Since it’s a social event, you’re going to keep things professional. When you’ve decided on a wedding caterer in Connecticut, the next step is to decide on the menu. There are many things to consider before you choose what food will be served at your wedding and it’s important to take everything into consideration. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering can help you with menu selection so everything goes off without a hitch.

For those who are getting married, Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering provides excellent wedding catering for the Connecticut area. This unique type of catering provides excellent, dinner buffet, hot and cold, for the bride, groom and guests at the reception. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering is considered to be one of the best Wedding catering services in Connecticut.

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”.