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RECEPTION IDEAS

Vendor Spotlight: EVOO

Posted by Angel Babbitt Harris November 6, 2013 12:18 PM

When you consider the cost of hiring a DJ, booking a caterer, paying for rentals, choosing centerpieces, and securing furniture, opting to have an intimate wedding dinner in lieu of a traditional (and often times expensive) reception sounds like a perfect plan.

For us, EVOO was that perfect plan. We worked with EVOO's incredible staff to secure the space for our wedding dinner. Every interaction we had with their team was stress-free. The semi-private dining area we chose accommodated our 60 guests comfortably. The food? Amazing. EVOO's menu features a delicious variety of organic, local and sustainable ingredients. They even created a custom menu complete with a photo of us. Little details like that make my heart smile!

We were able to save a significant amount of money by selecting EVOO as the location for our wedding dinner. The atmosphere was intimate, allowing for us to spend more time talking to our loved ones. It was a special evening, indeed!

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If you are planning a small wedding (under 75 guests), I highly recommend considering what we did. It was simple, yet elegant. We stayed true to our budget and our personalities, and we will always have memories of the special time we had at EVOO on our wedding day!

EVOO, 350 3rd Street, Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-661-3866. Visit their website at www.evoorestaurant.com for hours and menu.

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Our private dining area at EVOO on the wedding day. Photo credit: Maureen Cotton Photography


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Simple elegance. Photo credit: Maureen Cotton Photography


Summer's Here and Brewlywed Ale is Back!

Posted by Angel Babbitt Harris June 21, 2013 11:08 AM

Happy first day of summer to all you beer-loving couples out there.

The limited edition Samuel Adams Brewlywed Ale is back by popular demand and will be available for sale on June 26 exclusively at the Boston Brewery. Created to celebrate the tradition of brewing at weddings, Brewlywed Ale is an alternative to the wine and cocktail selections found at most traditional weddings. The limited release, Belgian-style "bride ale" offers layers of flavor including tropical, floral aromas of Summer and Stella hops with subtle hints of spice.

Want in on this beer? Arrive early! There will only be 300 cases available for sale.

Here's a peek at the schedule:

Brewlywed Ale Day – Samuel Adams Boston Brewery, 30 Germania Street

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 2013; 9:00am – 1:00pm

7:00AM: Line up early. The first 50 people in line have the opportunity to purchase a bottle signed by Jim Koch. The first 20 people to arrive in bridal attire will be moved to the front of the line (guaranteeing one of those bottles!)

9:00AM: Toast from Jim Koch, brewery doors open and Samuel Adams Brewlywed Ale is for sale (while it lasts.)

9:00AM-1:00PM: Sampling of beer-infused wedding fare and pairing suggestions from local small business owners who are members of the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program, wedding advice from Anja Winikka, site director of TheKnot.com, wedding vendors, giveaways, a digital wedding photo booth and a justice of the peace at the brewery until 1 pm, maybe even some weddings!

1:00PM: Last call for alcohol. Brewlywed doors close at 1 p.m. (If any beer remains, drinkers may purchase at the brewery gift shop until 4 pm)

A Sweet Idea: The Dessert Reception

Posted by Angel Babbitt Harris February 26, 2013 11:00 AM

Ever been to a 'dessert only' reception?

The idea came to my mind the other day as I examined three different catering proposals for our fall nuptials. I literally fell out of my seat in amazement over how costly it can be to feed guests at a reception. The whole ordeal left me saying to myself, "I wonder if our guests would be satisfied with just a Coke and a smile?"

Of course that wouldn't be enough. {le sigh!} So, what would be a good alternative to the sit-down formal meal that most guests expect at a reception?

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Photos by Maureen Cotton Weddings

Instantly, I took to my Pinterest boards to 'get inspired' and that's when it hit me! Why not host an evening dessert and wine reception with a few passed appetizers for our guests to dine on in between yummy treats including a station with an assortment of pies and cheesecakes, a cupcake bar, a candy bar...all-sugar EVERYTHING. Our invitations would carefully indicate 'a dessert and wine reception' to let our guests know not to expect a full meal. We will also plan it to start later in the evening in order to give guests the option to eat a full meal before arriving.

Seven months to go and I think I've figured it out!

Yes, having a wedding is an expense. Our goal is to not let it get too expensive. A dessert reception allows you to be creative and explore more cost effective ways to have an amazing celebration.

The traditions of yesteryear are evolving and more modern-day engaged couples are following trends that will help save money. I'll drink (and have a big slice of chocolate cake) to that!

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For more inspiration, check out these fab ideas in the Lifestyle section for pulling off a candy and dessert buffet at your own reception.

Happy planning!

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