Banquet & Catering Resources

Planning an event? Need some help? Below you will find a collection of tips, tricks, advice, how-to's, and vendor recommendations to help you make your next event a delicious success.

Recommended Vendors

You've got an event to plan, and you want it to be the absolute best it can be. To accomplish that, you'll need a team of local businesses that excel at what they do. Here is a list of vendors located in McHenry County that we can recommend for your next event.

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How To Make a Guest List

Deciding on a guest list is an important first step when planning a wedding. Having an idea of the size of your guest list will help you when setting up your budget, envisioning your wedding style, and choosing your location. 

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How To Choose A Wedding Venue

One of the biggest decisions you need to make when planning your wedding is selecting where it is going to happen. Once you have a location for your ceremony and reception, the planning process can slow down and be a little more relaxed. 

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How To Choose Your Wedding Attendants

It’s that time in the planning process when you need to ask those important people in your life to be a part of your special day. As soon as you get engaged, this should be something you start thinking about. The sooner you do it the better, since as soon as you announce your engagement people will begin wondering who will be in the wedding party. Also, the sooner you ask, the sooner you will be able to enlist the help of your wedding party in the planning process. 

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How To Announce Your Engagement

Did you just get engaged? Are you so happy you could just shout it from the rooftops? Well, what better way to share your happiness with the world than to formally announce your engagement. There are several ways you can do this. 

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How To Select a Wedding Date

What’s one of the first things everyone asks you when you get engaged? So, when’s the big day? Selecting the perfect date for your perfect day can be a bit challenging.  

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Envisioning a Wedding Style

A wedding is a special day for every bride and groom. When you think of your dream wedding, what do you see? Would you like a formal affair or something more casual? Envisioning your wedding style is an important aspect to have laid out early in the planning process, as it will dictate many other decisions you will make. 

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How To Hire a Wedding Consultant

Feeling overwhelmed about planning your wedding? You may want to consider enlisted some help from a Wedding Consultant. But first, you need to make sure this added expense will fit into your budget you have laid out for the wedding. If it does, a Wedding Consultant can be an extremely helpful addition for a busy bride or a bride that just doesn’t know the first thing about planning a wedding. 

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How To Set Up A Wedding Budget

Creating a realistic budget is an essential first step in the wedding planning process. Having your budget set before you really jump into planning will give you a guide to follow throughout the entire process. A budget will also be helpful to keep you from going into debt before your lives really begin.  

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How To Set Your Wedding Timeline

Planning a wedding can be very stressful as there are many details that need to be taken care of. One of the first things you need to do after you get engaged is set up a time line. A time line will help you keep track of all the details and stay organized. You will first need to decide how long you will need to prepare for your wedding. 

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10 Things To Do After Getting Engaged

There are so many important decisions to make when it comes to planning your perfect wedding that you may not know where to start. Don’t get too overwhelmed. Here are a few things you need to do after you get engaged.  

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