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How to Plan the Best Main Course-Elgin Wedding Season

food-789654_960_720Planning your dream wedding can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! We have done the hard work for you, so all you have to do is show up. Food can be the make or break of the reception and honestly one of the most important decisions to make.

Weddings are a merging of two families into one, so what better way than celebrating that strengthening by ethnic or non-traditional items on the menu or drink specials? Now more than ever couples are choosing foods to accommodate individual dietary needs or lifestyles for their guests. It’s not fun if you are a strict vegetarian or gluten-sensitive (like me) at a wedding and as far as the eye can see is everything you can’t eat. So you just get to be hangry (hungry which leads to anger) while everyone dances the night away. While traditional chicken and beef entrees are still in the lead, couples are beginning to peer out from the same-ol’-same-ol’ to reflect their cultures. People are looking to do late night snacks and food trucks. With dessert selections like doughnuts, pies, mini bundt cakes, and candy stations couples are turning tradition on its head.

Why food trucks? They usually stock up for 100-ish people for a run, and most weddings have anywhere from 100-300 people (or more). They also are on the cheaper side to provide delicious food that everyone always comes running to. If you are interested in having a food truck for your big day, we can point you in the right direction by contacting the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for free!

If Food Trucks aren’t your thing, here are some catering businesses that are sure to impress!

Cuisine America has been serving the Chicagoland Metropolitan area with the finest in catering at affordable pricing for over 20 years. At Cuisine America they pay extra attention to the little details involved with executing a perfect event. If there are special things that you may desire, they encourage you to bring it to them.

In the Neighborhood Deli is a lunchtime deli and cafe devoted to fresh delicious food, a warm and inviting atmosphere, conservation of our wonderful planet, and the art of hospitality. Choose from their delicious platters on their exclusive menu or design your own. No time to plan your event? No problem. They have full time, experienced event planners on staff waiting for your call. One thing is for sure, their commitment is to you, their GUEST. When you walk in the front door, you are a GUEST in their home and rest assured you will be treated that way.

At Tableside Catering their mission is to offer their clients a fresh new approach to catering. It is their love and passion for food and entertaining that inspired them to start their company. They value every customer as a friend and treat every event as their own, ensuring that no detail is overlooked. It is their personal touch that makes the difference.

Catering Made Simple has gained an excellent reputation throughout the Chicagoland area as a full-service catering company dedicated to enhancing and projecting their client’s good taste. Aside from their specialty menu items, they also specialize in creating beautiful custom menus incorporating what they do best with the latest trends, including gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian and vegan selections.

Your big day doesn’t have to be stressful, stay tuned for next week’s blog!

If you are looking for somewhere for your guests to stay, check out our hotel page on our website!

sarahHey there! My name is Sarah, and I am the Tourism Promoter and Events Coordinator for the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (it’s a mouthful, I know). I’m a newbie to the Elgin area so I will be telling you first-hand accounts of events and attractions found in Elgin, through my eyes! I’ll share my adventures through videos, photography, and words.

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