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Can Your Venue Help Build Your WEdding Menu?

In addition to the venue you choose to host your wedding, one of the next biggest decisions to make is deciding what you are going to serve your guests. In the world of weddings, finding a caterer to suit your diet and taste preferences can be very difficult, especially depending on how many of your guests also have special dietary and allergy restrictions. To eliminate that difficulty, finding a venue that also offers its own catering is ideal. If that is something that interests you and your partner, consider when you’re touring venues asking the following questions of your tour guide or venue coordinator. 

1. Does your venue offer in-house catering, or do you hire an outside caterer?​

Stroudsmoor’s Advantage:

The benefit of booking your wedding at the Inn is, not only do we offer in-house catering, but each of our six event venues comes with a fully-equipped kitchen and separate kitchen staff, that way, on the night of your celebration, you have an entire team of culinary professionals dedicated to creating a flawless combination of signature cocktails, savory hors d’oeuvres, a perfect dinner plate, and the sweetest desserts to ensure an unforgettable meal for your guests.

Stroudsmoor signature woodland chicken with apples and walnuts

2. What food and beverage packages do you offer? Will we be able to have a menu tasting prior to the wedding?

Stroudsmoor’s Advantage:

At Stroudsmoor, we proudly offer our couples a diverse selection of dining options and packages to choose from. Our packages are a place from which we start to customize your personal wedding package. With buffet dining, grazing menus, and plated options available, you can be sure that no matter what you choose, you will receive rave reviews!

To better help you make informed decisions about your menu selections, each year, our team hosts our widely coveted Wedding Sampling event, where we invite all couples to come try a diverse sampling of our chefs’ hors d’oeuvres and entrées, as well as our bakery team’s unique array of wedding cake flavors.

The event also allows you to see how each of your entrée options may be presented visually, showing off our chefs’ talent for both taste and presentation.

3. Can menus be customized for guests with dietary restrictions, and are customized and fusion menus overall possible, i.e. Indian, kosher-style, halal, or vegan?

Stroudsmoor’s Advantage:

In addition to standard American, Classic Italian cuisine, and other traditional favorites, our chef team is trained in accommodating guests with all kinds of allergies and dietary restrictions, not just restricted to gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegetarian options. Our team is exceptionally skilled in curating even the most unique fusion meals.

4. Does your venue make wedding cakes? If so, are they included in your packages or an additional cost?

Stroudsmoor’s Advantage:

As your one-stop shop for weddings, the Inn boasts its very own bakery, Stroudsmoor Inn Towne, which houses a full team of experienced bakers, all ready to bring your dream wedding cake to life. With 7 different cake stacks and 14 unique icing styles to choose from, the options for personalizing your celebratory confections are endless.

Even better, your wedding cake (with the option for two different flavors) are included in every single one of our wedding packages. 

Four-tier wedding cake with topper and pink and purple flowers

5. Do you provide necessary equipment like tables and chairs, tableware, and linens?

Stroudsmoor’s Advantage:

No need to lug pop-up tables and folding chairs to the Inn! Here, we provide you with all the chairs you need not only for your ceremony but also for your reception space. Our venues are all fully equipped with appropriate numbers of tables, complete place settings, serving pieces, and bar equipment, in addition to complimentary linens in shades of ivory, white, and latte.

When your ideal wedding venue also has an in-house caterer, planning your menu becomes significantly easier. If planning with ease is the goal for your wedding, the above questions may help significantly reduce your list of potential venues to just a handful, once again removing much of the wedding planning stress from your shoulders. 

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Photographer speaks to couple at Stroudsmoor Sampling Event

Finalizing Your Venue Search: Picking Your Professionals

Part 3: Selecting Your Wedding Team Once you have a solid idea where you’re going to host your wedding and you’ve curated some menu selections to suit your vision, the last big task to complete in finalizing your venue search is researching one’s professionals. This includes individuals like photographers, officiates,

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