5 Things To Consider When Choosing A Wedding Venue

One of the many great things about living in the Twin Cities is that there is no shortage of beautiful wedding venues to choose from when planning your wedding. We’re confident you’ll be able to find the perfect wedding venue for your big day, but at the same time, when you have all these options to choose from, it can be hard to figure out which venue is best for you. This sentiment rings even truer when you consider that you probably don’t have a lot of experience choosing a wedding venue, so you may not know what things to look for or which features are a must have.

Everyone has different styles and tastes when it comes to their wedding venue, but in today’s blog, we want to share a few things that all brides and grooms will want to consider before they sign a contract with a venue.

Factors To Consider For Your Wedding Venue

Here’s a look at five things you and your future spouse will want to consider when choosing a wedding venue.

  1. Can They Accommodate Your Date? – First things first, you have to make sure that the venue is available on the day you’re targeting for your wedding. If they are already booked on your dream wedding day, there’s not much you can do. Unless the specific day has meaning to the couple, it’s easier to see what days are available at the venue and pick your wedding day from what’s available instead of trying to pick a specific weekend and hoping that the venue is open on that day. This is especially true if you’re trying to book less than a year out.
  2. Consider Your Guest List – You don’t need to have your full guest list in order before you book your venue, but it’s a good idea to get a ballpark estimate of how many people you intend to invite and how many you think will attend. Will all guests get a plus one? Will kids be invited? Start thinking about how many people you expect to attend, because that may impact your venue options. Some more intimate venues can only handle a set number of people, and if you book before you really think about your guest list, you may have to trim the list down further than you initially hoped.
  3. Inside/Outside Ceremony –  Do you hope to get married while the sun shines on your face and the birds chirp in the distance, or do you want to get married inside a beautifully decorated wedding hall? Start thinking about whether you want the ceremony to take place indoors or outdoors, and if you want an outdoor ceremony, be sure to have a backup plan in place in case the weather doesn’t comply. We have a number of venues like The Grand 1858 and The Riverside that can accommodate indoor or outdoor ceremonies based on the weather that day.
  4. Ease Of Access – It’s also a good idea to consider how easy it is for your guests to get to and from the venue. Parking isn’t always easy to find in the Twin Cities, and while you may be able to set up a shuttle service from your hotel, it pays to give some thought to how easy it will be for your guests to get to and from the venue. A lot of our venues have on-site parking or are very close to popular hotel choices, meaning your guests won’t have to make special arrangements to get to your wedding or get home when the fun is done.
  5. Budget – Finally, it only makes sense to have a budget in mind before you agree to a contract with any wedding venue. Your wedding venue may be one of your first expenses during the wedding planning process, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it plenty of thought before you pick a venue. At Entourage Events Group, we can help walk you through our pricing options and explain how going with an event’s service that can help with other aspects of your wedding can save you a lot of time and money down the road. We can help you find a venue that suits your budget and your vision.

If you do these five things, we’re confident that you’ll be happy with your wedding venue selection. And if you’d like help with this process or just want to learn more about the beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces we have available, click here to set up a walk through or give our team a call at (612) 564-3777.

6 Tips For Packing The Dance Floor At Your Wedding

Nobody likes to be at a wedding where the dance floor is dead, and having a less-than-stellar dance floor is a common concern among couples who are planning their wedding. And while you can’t physically make people get up and dance, there are some things you can do to make it easier for people to want to leave their chair and cut a rug. In today’s blog, we share some tips for packing the dance floor at your wedding.

How To Get People To Dance At Your Wedding

Here’s a look at some tips to ensure your dance floor is full of wedding guests all night long.

  1. Let Them Help With The Playlist – If you’re not sure which songs people are excited to get up and dance to, ask for their input! It’s becoming more common for engaged couples to include a song request spot on their RSVPs so that their guests can write down a song that will get them out on the dance floor. Write down some more of the popular answers and give them to your DJ ahead of time.
  2. Taking Requests At The Venue – Consider providing a place for guests to request songs at the DJ station at your wedding. You can also work with the DJ to fasttrack songs from bridesmaids or groomsmen if you choose, because these people tend to have a good feel for what will get the crowd dancing. Requests don’t have to be played immediately, but if the DJ is looking to change things up a bit, they can reference the request list.
  3. Book A Professional DJ – Some people want to put together a playlist on Pandora or Spotify and just let the music shuffle all night, but oftentimes it’s helpful to have a professional handling the music who can read the crowd and keep injecting life into the dance floor. At Entourage Events Group, we can help with sound, AV production and connect you with a DJ who has been awesome at events we’ve worked on in the past. Having a professional on the mic and handling the music will go a long way in helping keep your dance floor packed all night.
  4. Look Up Popular Wedding Dance Songs – If you’re wondering what songs will get people dancing all night, head to Google and search for popular wedding reception songs. For example, you can’t go wrong with “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston, “Marry You” by Bruno Mars or “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. If you’d prefer Oldies or Country songs, just add that to your Google search and you’ll have plenty of great songs to choose from.
  5. Avoid Disrupting The Flow – Be careful about disrupting the flow of the dance scene with activities or events that will have people clearing the floor. During the middle of a fun reception isn’t the best time to stop the party to watch a slideshow or for the couple to be quizzed on the dance floor about how well they know each other. Try to avoid activities that get everyone off the dance floor, or plan them so as to avoid prime dance time.
  1. Set An Example – Finally, we know that you have a lot of obligations on your wedding day, but set a good example and be out on the dance floor as much as possible. Tell your bridal party to do the same! If people want to talk to you or congratulate you on your big day, let them come find you on the dance floor. Guests are much more likely to get out on the dance floor if the happy couple and a bunch of their friends are having a great time dancing!

Let the team at Entourage Events Group help get your dance floor rocking! For more information, or to set up a walkthrough at one of our venues, give our team a call today at (612) 564-3777.

How To Start Planning Your Wedding

You just got engaged, you’ve told your family and friends and you’re overjoyed about spending the rest of your life with your now-fiance, but now the reality is setting in that you have to start planning your wedding. Some people are excited about this prospect, while others may be a little anxious or overwhelmed, and all of those feelings are completely normal. But no matter what you’re feeling at this moment, many brides and grooms come to the same realization at some point, which is “where do we begin?”

Once you get the ball rolling it becomes easier to start getting everything in order for your wedding, but what should you do at the outset to set yourself up for success down the road? In today’s blog, we share some tips for starting the wedding planning process.

4 Tips For Starting Wedding Planning

Everybody will have their own individual preferences when it comes to planning their wedding, but we’ve found that starting off with these basics is a great way to start the process and help guide you on your wedding planning journey.

  1. Develop A Budget – Before you start booking venues and caterers, it’s important to have a conversation with your fiance about a realistic budget for your wedding. You can also include your parents in this conversation if they are hoping to provide some financial support for your wedding. You may not know exactly what to expect when it comes to certain costs, but start talking about a budget so that you can make some informed financial decisions later in the process. Having a budget in mind is a great way to start planning your wedding.
  2. Find A Venue/Date – A lot of people have a day or a month in mind for their wedding, but you need to find a venue capable of accommodating you on that day before you just elect to choose a specific day. So while you can have some dates in mind, you can’t pick a day until you choose a venue that can host on that day. Also, considering that Minnesota experiences all four seasons and the weather can change on a moment’s notice, it’s a good idea to consider choosing a venue that has both indoor and outdoor ceremony options so that you can have a beautiful ceremony regardless of the weather. Our beautiful venues like The Riverside and the Minneapolis Event Centers each offer indoor and outdoor ceremony options, so consider scheduling a tour and learning about our availability. High demand venues tend to book out well in advance, so finding a venue and a wedding date should be one of the first things you do when planning your wedding.
  3. Reach Out To The VIPs – If there are things you just can’t live without on your wedding day, reach out to these parties and ensure they can fit you into their schedule. For example, if you want a certain band to play at your reception or your favorite bakery to handle the desserts, reach out to them as early as possible to get on their schedule. Don’t wait until later and then assume your wedding will take precedence over other obligations those businesses and individuals have made.
  4. Let’s Talk Guests – Cultivating a guest list is another aspect you can work on early in the wedding planning process. You don’t need to have a perfect list right away, but again it’s helpful to have a conversation with your fiance about the size of your wedding to ensure you stay within budget. Also, your venue may have restrictions on how many people can attend, so you can start developing a guest list based on these restrictions and how many people you envision inviting to your wedding.

These are great stepping stones on your way to planning your wedding, and if you have any questions about the process or want to talk with a professional about touring any of our venues, reach out to the team at Entourage Events Group today at (612) 564-3777.

5 Ways To Personalize Your Wedding

Weddings tend to follow a pretty traditional structure, with a ceremony, meal, reception and dancing, so it’s important to find ways to put your own personal touch on your big day. But what are some ways that you can personalize your wedding day so that it truly feels special and unique to you and your spouse? In today’s blog, we look at five ways you can insert some personal touches into your wedding day.

Personalizing Your Wedding Day

Here’s a few ways you can help your wedding feel a little more personal.

  1. Get Married By Someone Special To You – Let a friend or family member that is special to you and your spouse perform the marriage ceremony. As we’ve talked about on the blog in the past, it’s relatively easy to get ordained in Minnesota, and they’ll be able to add some personal touches to the ceremony that a professional you’re not all that familiar with won’t be able to. Talk about it with your fiance and see if there is a friend or family member who would consider performing the marriage ceremony.
  2. Musical Choices – Are there certain songs that are special to you and your future spouse? Does your family always play a couple of the same songs at every wedding? Sit down with your DJ and go over some of the must play songs for your reception, and really consider which songs you want to play during parts of your ceremony. Choose something that is special to you and your fiance.
  3. The Decor – A division of Entourage Events Group is dedicated to design and decor, so we can help breathe some personality into your ceremony and reception through decor and design. We can match colors to your theme or incorporate cultural elements into the decor so that the venue feels unique to the couple. Our design team will sit down with you well in advance of your wedding to help go over some design options and share some ideas for how we can help bring out your personality through our decor.
  4. The Menu – You can also celebrate your roots or show off your adventurous personality through your meal options. Whether you’re a traveler who wants their guests to sample some of your favorite dishes around the world, or you just want to showcase your heritage through some food choices that honor your culture, we can help find a menu that feels personal to you and your spouse. Our professional culinary team is more than happy to sit down with you and craft the perfect personalized menu.
  5. Drinks – Finally, if you want to get creative with your menu offerings without touching the main course, personalizing your drink menu is an easy and fun way to put a personal twist on the evening. You can put the bride and groom’s favorite cocktail on the menu, or we can offer some drinks that are favorites of the family. Our bartenders will enjoy the challenge of creating a cocktail or drink menu that has some extra meaning for the couple, so start thinking about how you can personalize your day through your beverage offerings.

For more tips on how you can personalize your wedding, or for help planning your big day, reach out to the team at Entourage Events Group today at (612) 564-3777.

How To Ensure Your Wedding Photos Are Picture Perfect

For many couples, their wedding is a joyous day that they want to remember forever, and the best way to do that is by hiring a photographer to capture the day in photos. We’re not here to tell you which photographer you need to choose to shoot your wedding (although we’ve partnered with fantastic ones in the past that we can connect you to), but we do want to explain how a wedding with Entourage Events Group can ensure the true beauty of that day is captured in your photos.

Helping Your Photographer Shoot Your Wedding Day

Again, we’re not going to tell your photographer how to shoot your wedding, but we want to show you how a wedding at one of our breathtaking venues can help make your wedding photos look even more remarkable.

  • Indoor/Outdoor Beauty – Our venues like The Grand 1858 and The Riverside offer spectacular spaces for an outdoor wedding, allowing your photographer to shoot the day in all its natural beauty. However, we also have scenic indoor setups in the event that the weather doesn’t comply on your big day. Don’t go with a venue that can’t account for the weather. The weather can help enhance your photos, but it won’t take away from your wedding photos if you have to change the ceremony location on the day of your wedding, because our indoor options are also gorgeous.
  • Options For Wedding Party Photos – Our scenic venues also offer great areas to take photos with your entire wedding party. Whether that’s with the historic St. Anthony area as the backdrop or a beautiful hall for your Grand March, our venues will provide your group and your wedding photographer with a wide variety of magical photo opportunities.
  • Bride And Groom Suites – A number of couples also like to capture the process of getting ready for their big day. Whether that involves tying your tie or having your hair done, it you want these photos taken in a scenic area instead of a hotel room or your own home, find a venue with bride and groom suites. A number of our venues offer on-site bride and groom suites so you and your wedding party can get ready in one area, which is perfect for picture taking. It also means you don’t have to worry about traveling to the venue after your hair and makeup are done!
  • Decor To Match – A division of Entourage Events Group is dedicated to design and decor, so we can match your venue to your wedding colors. Matching your decor to your theme and your colors can make your photos look even better. If you trust your wedding to our team, you can find peace of mind in knowing that color schemes and venue themes will add to and not detract from your photos.
  • Let Us Light Your Day (And Your Photos!) – Great lighting is also very important for capturing beautiful photos, and we know how to light your venue so that your photographer doesn’t have to deal with lighting issues all night. From beautiful naturally lit venues to artificial lighting to fit any mood or theme, our team of specialists can use light and darkness to help your photographer take amazing wedding photos.

To learn more about working with a team like Entourage Events Group can bring out the best in your wedding photographs, click here to schedule a tour or give our team a call today at (612) 564-3777.

6 Genius Ways To Save Money When Planning Your Wedding

For many couples, their wedding is a once in a lifetime event, and when viewed through this lens, it can be easy for expenses to add up in a hurry. No matter who you are, nobody wants to overpay for services or have unneeded expenses on their wedding day, so even if you plan to be pretty flexible with your budget, it pays to look for some ways to cut costs at your wedding. Below, we share six smart ways you can have the wedding of your dreams and save a little money in the process.

Tips For Saving Money When Wedding Planning

As we mentioned above, you can still have a picture perfect wedding while also keeping costs in mind. Here are somes of the ways smart couples look to cut down on unnecessary expenses when planning their wedding.

  1. Digital RSVPs – Most people still send out invitations through the mail, but you can get creative with your RSVPs to save a little money. Instead of paying for postage for your return RSVPs, direct your guests to a website where they can instantly and easily let you know if they can attend your wedding. If you want to get really fancy in the digital age, put a QR code on the invitation that takes guests directly to your RSVP page.
  2. Rent Your Bridesmaid Dresses – This tip will help your closest friends and family save a little money as they celebrate your big day. Instead of having your bridesmaids buy a specific dress for your wedding, consider having them rent a designer dress for a fraction of the cost of buying it outright. Places like Rent the Runway and Le Tote can provide fashionable designer dresses at a much smaller cost.
  3. Reuse Bouquets – As we talked about in this piece on how to maximize your floral budget, consider reusing your bridesmaid bouquets as decorations for your wedding. Use them as amazing centerpieces or to compliment the dessert table to cut down on floral expenses. Your florist worked hard on those bouquets, so show them off!
  4. In-House Catering – Oftentimes it’s cheaper and easier to go with an on-site catering company as opposed to bringing in food from off-site. At Entourage Events Group, a number of our premier wedding venues have on-site catering that can ensure everything is prepared as expected and on time. When working with an in-house caterer, there will be no surprises when the final bill comes.
  5. Outsource The Decor – We’re going to toot our own horn again simply because decor is an area where you can save money if you’re smart. Instead of buying a bunch of decorations that you’ll use once and then try to resell for a fraction of the cost on Facebook Marketplace, consider renting your decorations or hiring an event’s company like Entourage Events Group to decorate your wedding. We have tons of beautiful decorations that you can pick from, and best of all we’ll handle setup and take down, so your family and friends don’t have to try to decorate your venue on the day of the wedding.
  6. Plan In Advance – Oftentimes the sooner you need something, the more it’s going to cost you. Don’t put off finding a florist or a baker for your cake until your wedding is a month or two away. Shopping around when time is on your side usually helps you make an informed and budget-conscious decision instead of being handcuffed because you are running out of time.

If you do these six things and streamline the wedding planning process by hiring an event’s group like Entourage Events Group, we’re confident that you’ll have a spectacular wedding that won’t end up costing you an arm and a leg. For more information or to set up a tour of one of our venues, reach out to our team today at (612) 564-3777.

How to Plan For the Unexpected on Your Wedding Day

Everyone wants their wedding day to be perfect, and oftentimes it is, but that doesn’t mean that everything always goes exactly the way you imagined it in your head. When you’re working to coordinate guests, catering, decorations and entertainment, things can oftentimes go a little different than you had planned. So how can you work to expect the unexpected and prepare for little hiccups so they don’t end up ruining your big day? In today’s blog, we share some tips for preparing for the unexpected on your wedding day.

Planning For Potential Problems On Your Wedding Day

None of the following issues are a big deal as long as you are aware of their potential and you take a few steps to help mitigate their likelihood or prepare to audible in the event they occur. Here’s how to prepare for and expect the unexpected on your wedding day.

  • Bad Weather – We experience all four seasons here in Minnesota, and the weather can also change in a hurry, so don’t assume you’ll have perfect weather just because we’re had a run of nice days in a row. It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan if wind, ice or snow make it impossible to put on a nice ceremony outside. Many of our venues like The Grand 1858 and The View have indoor/outdoor ceremony options, so we can plan for an outdoor wedding and quickly adjust to an indoor ceremony on the day of the wedding if the weather just won’t comply. Have a backup plan in case of bad weather.
  • Caterer Problems – A number of different issues can occur with your caterer, so it’s important to touch base with them regularly and ensure everything is on track for your wedding. Don’t just book a package and then assume everything is happening as expected six months later. Stay in contact with your caterer and have them let you know of any issues as soon as they come up. Oftentimes it’s much easier to choose a venue that has an in-house caterer so that food doesn’t need to be brought from off-site. At Entourage Events Group, we have in-house catering options created by some of the best chefs in the business. This helps ensure everything comes out on time, and communication with our on-site team is always a breeze.
  • Getting Ready Gaffs – A number of small problems can develop on the day of the wedding when the wedding party is getting ready for the ceremony. As we talked about in a previous blog about bride and groom suites, it’s helpful to choose a venue with on-site bride and groom suites where everyone can get ready in the same place. This ensures everyone is on time in one location instead of battling traffic to get downtown while in a suit or dress. Also, it’s helpful to have an amenities basket in the suites to help with any small issues. A phone charger, deodorant, hairspray, wet wipes, breath mints, band-aids and bobby pins are all great things to have in your bride and groom suites in case someone needs something in a pinch. Again, our venues offer on-site bride and groom suites to help with the preparation process.
  • Communicate Expectations – People want to help on your wedding day, but they need to know how they can be helpful, even if that just requires them being in a certain place at a certain time. While you can’t account for flat tires or car trouble, you can help to prevent timing issues by ensuring that everyone knows where they are supposed to be and at what time. Send out addresses with directions and expected arrival times. Keep everyone on the same page and even consider starting a group chat with important parties so that all important information is in one easy-to-access place.
  • Drinking And Driving – You don’t want your wedding day to be remembered as the day your uncle or the best man got a DUI, so make it easy for people to get home safely on the day of your wedding. Although the choice is ultimately up to them, give them some options to help them make the right choice. Many of our venues are within walking distance of spectacular hotels, we can provide the names of some wonderful shuttle services we’ve worked with in the past, or you can encourage guests to use one of a number of different ridesharing apps like Uber or Lyft to get home safe. You can’t totally control this factor, but you can make it easier for your guests to get home safe after a night of fun.

If you want to help reduce the risk of the unexpected happening at your wedding, work with an event planning group like Entourage Events Group that can help to organize a number of different aspects of your wedding. We’ll help streamline the process, and we’ve seen and helped avoid a number of potential pitfalls on wedding days, so we know how to help you get through any minor issue that arises. For more information, or to set up an appointment to learn more about our venues, click here or give our team a call today at (612) 564-3777.

6 Tips For Organizing Your Bride & Groom Suites At Your Wedding Venue

When your big day finally arrives, you’re going to need a place to get ready before you and your spouse walk down the aisle and say your vows. Getting ready off site and then driving to your venue can cause issues for your arrival time, not to mention your hair and wardrobe. That’s why so many people look for a venue with on-site bride and groom suites.

But once you’ve picked a location with a bride and groom suite, what should you know about making sure the rooms are ready for you and your attendants on your wedding day? We share some tips for organizing and arraigning your bride and groom suite in today’s blog.

What To Have In Your Bride And Groom Suites

When you book one of our venues that has bride and groom suites, we’ll give you a tour of the area and walk you through some of the ways guests have utilized the space in the past. With that in mind, here are some helpful ideas for organizing your bride and groom suites on your wedding day.

  1. Snacks – Stock the room with some snacks so that people can easily grab something if they get hungry. With so much going on with hair, makeup and outfits, it can be easy to overlook eating like you normally would. Make sure your attendants aren’t doing everything on an empty stomach by bringing some snacks into each suite. Just be sure to avoid greasy or messy foods that could cause problems if one of your groomsmen is a sloppy eater!
  2. Hydrate – Similarly, make sure that your attendants can easily stay hydrated. Water is a great option, but others like to bring in coffee, especially if they are at the venue early in the morning to get their hair and makeup done. It’s going to be a long fun day, make sure you and your attendants are hydrated.
  3. Alcohol Is Your Choice – Nobody wants their attendants to be inebriated before the ceremony, but a number of our couples have done a light mimosa bar to help kick off the celebration. You know your attendants better than anyone, so use your best judgment when it comes to alcohol before the ceremony.
  4. Music – A little music can help set the mood for the day and help to calm any nerves. A bluetooth speaker and a smartphone are perfect additions to your bride and groom suites.
  5. An Amenities Basket – If you have an aunt or an in-law that really wants to help with the wedding but you’re unsure of what task to assign them, have them prepare a little amenities basket for the bride and groom suites. Have them stocked with useful tools that just might save the day in a pinch. Things like tissues, wet wipes, breath mints, a lint roller, bobby pins, tums, tampons, floss, moisturizer, band-aids and chapstick are great things to have on hand on your wedding day.
  6. Phone Charger – You probably won’t be on your phone much during your wedding, but your attendants may be snapping pictures, playing music or helping coordinate others, and that can drain a phone battery quickly. Bring a phone charger and let people know that it’s fair game to charge their phone while everyone is getting ready.

We want your wedding day to be perfect, and that starts before you say I do when you and your attendants are getting ready. Choose one of our stunning venues and get ready in our on-site bride and groom suites with ease. To get a glimpse of some of our bride and groom suites, click the link, and for more information about booking a venue or scheduling a tour, head on over to our contact page!

How To Create The Perfect Wedding Menu

Your wedding is likely the only time when you and all of your closest friends and family will sit down and share a meal, so you want to make sure everything is perfect when it comes to planning and executing your wedding meal. That can prove trickier than expected, especially since you probably don’t have a lot of experience planning a meal for such a large group of people. So what are some of the best tips for planning your wedding menu, and how can you make sure the meal goes off without a hitch? We share some advice for creating the perfect wedding menu in today’s blog.

Developing Your Perfect Wedding Menu

There are a number of questions you’ll ask yourself throughout the process of planning your wedding, and oftentimes it’s extremely helpful to have an expert by your side to help provide some guidance for these decisions. Not only do we have expert chefs to prepare your dishes on the big day, but you can also sit down with our culinary team well in advance of your wedding to plan the perfect menu.

We’ll sit down with you and your future spouse, ask about your preferences, showcase some of our more popular dishes and really get to understand what type of experience you’re hoping to deliver with your menu. We’ll go over your hors d’oeuvres, your main course, your desserts and even your late night offerings if you want to feed your guests once more before the night ends. If there are certain flavors or dietary restrictions you want to accommodate, we’ll work with you during this consult to come up with a wonderful array of options that surpass your wishes and stay within your budget.

One unique offering that we have at our Elite Catering division is our food tasting experience. You and your spouse can attend a tasting session with a few other couples. Not only will you be able to sample your menu, but you’ll be able to taste the menus of other couples, so you can really see which dishes impress the most. If you want to switch things up or add something to your menu after our tasting experience, it’s not a problem. We offer these tasting menus so that you know what to expect on the day of your wedding and to expose you to some options that you may have not considered but now can’t live without.

Incredible Venues

Another benefit of going with Entourage Events Group and our Elite Catering division is that we can work in-house at all of our superb venues. You’re not catering in from another location or relying on a third party vendor. Everything is made in house with equipment our chefs are familiar with, ensuring that food is cooked exactly as designed and comes out perfectly on schedule.

And while we’d love it if you chose to have your wedding at one of our picturesque venues like The Grand 1858 or The View, we can bring our award winning menu options to you. Not only can we help you create a wonderful menu for your wedding or event, but our mobile team can come to you. The Kitchen is a fifty-three foot culinary masterpiece on wheels that can use state-of-the-art equipment to cater your next event. This interactive culinary experience is available for private events and can feed your guests wherever you’re hosting your next get-together.

So if you’re worried about whether or not you’ll have enough food for your wedding or what wines to pair with each entree, don’t be. Instead, sync up with a professional team of event planners who can help you develop the perfect menu to feed your crew. Whether you’re planning an intimate wedding or a larger than life event, we have the team and the talent to bring your menu to life on your big day. To learn more about our catering options, or to talk to a member of our team about scheduling a walk through or meeting with our catering division, give us a call today at (612) 564-3777 or click here to visit our contact form.

5 Tips For Maximizing Your Wedding Floral Budget

Flowers are naturally beautiful, and many people use them to enhance their wedding or add a pop of color to their dinner tables at the reception hall. A beautiful bouquet of flowers is truly a work of art, but if you’re not careful, it’s easy for flowers to take up more of your budget than you anticipated. In today’s blog, we share some tips for maximizing your wedding floral budget and dazzling your guests with your floral displays.

Most people do not have a lot of experience ordering flowers for their wedding, bouquets for their bridesmaids or floral boutonnieres for their groomsmen. This is perfectly fine, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to develop a budget and a plan to maximize your floral arrangements. Here are some tips for doing just that.

1. Set A Budget

You’ll want to start working towards a floral budget early on in the process. You may have no idea how much flowers cost, which is why you’ll want to consult with one or two florists in your area. They can give you some pricing options based on your visions, and they can explain some of the ways couples work to stay within a budget. Start thinking about floral pieces you absolutely want and which ones you’d be fine skipping if brought up by your florist.

2. Go With Bigger Blooms

When ordering bouquets or centerpieces for your wedding, consider going with bigger blooms. You’ll need fewer flowers if they are bigger, and that cuts down on the amount and the variety of flowers your florist will need to order. Ask your florist about bigger blooms in specific colors that you are interested in and land on some options that reduce the total amount of flowers you’ll need.

3. Repurpose

Bridesmaid bouquets look great during pictures and when everyone is walking down the aisle, but after the ceremony they oftentimes don’t serve a purpose. Instead of just letting them sit on the head table until the end of the night, plan ways to repurpose them and add to the beauty of your venue. Use some as centerpieces or as a compliment to your dessert table. We’ve helped utilize bouquets into venue decor, and we can share some more ways to specifically repurpose some floral arrangements into your big day.

4. Let The Florist Create

Instead of micromanaging every detail of the flowers, give some basic ideas to the florist and let their professionalism and creativity come to life. Know that some flowers are expensive, especially out of season, so don’t be overly strict with your desires if you want to make it easier to stay within budget. Florists oftentimes prefer creating within a budget instead of trying to bring to life something specific that someone has in their head without consideration of cost. Tell your florist your budget and ask how they would work to create amazing floral arrangements within that range.

5. Work With A Production Team

At Entourage Events Group, we have a division of our production company that focuses solely on event design and decor. We can work with your florist and the couple to use our decorations and stylings to match and accentuate floral arrangements. You can spend a lot less on flowers when you let a production team help style and decorate the reception hall with their bevy of stylings and furniture pieces that compliment your floral arrangements.

To learn more about how our team can work with your florist to create an eye-appealing venue that showcases your floral arrangements, reach out to the team at Entourage Events Group today.

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