5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Caterer

A wedding caterer brings more to the table than just delicious food. Make sure you consider these 5 things before choosing a caterer for your special day!

http://wedbites.com/2015/10/08/5-things-to-consider-when-choosing-a-wedding-caterer/

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Wedding Bar 101

A walk through of the 5 types of beverage service options you can choose from for your wedding reception.

http://wedbites.com/2015/10/12/wedding-bar-101/

5 Important Questions to Ask Your Venue Before Booking

If you don’t ask the right questions before booking your venue you could be facing thousands of dollars in additional charges that could have been avoided.

http://wedbites.com/2015/10/13/5-important-questions-to-ask-your-venue-before-booking/

Know Your Budget When Planning…

It is no longer expected that wedding costs will be assigned according to tradition. Every bride and groom should discuss their plan and budget for the wedding with their families to determine whether to follow a traditional division of financial responsibility for the wedding costs. If circumstances don’t allow the families to follow tradition, the proper rationale in deciding who pays for what portion is basic: whoever is most willing and most able to pay for a wedding.
Click here to print and keep track of expenses with our 4 page PB Budget Planner Pdf

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Bride
Groom’s wedding ring
Wedding gift for groom
Gifts for maid/matron of honor & bridesmaids
Gift for parents (optional)
Gowns for maid/matron of honor & bridesmaids (optional)
Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)
Luncheon for bridal party
Informal stationery

Groom
Bride’s engagement & wedding rings
Bride’s bouquet & going-away corsage
Boutonnieres for men in wedding party
Mothers’ corsages
Wedding gift for bride
Gifts for best man, groomsman & ushers
Gift for parents (optional)
Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)
Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)
Marriage license
Honeymoon
Fee for officiant

Bride’s Family
Engagement party
Bride’s wedding attire & trousseau
Bride’s parents’ wedding attire
Wedding gift for newlyweds
Invitations, announcements, thank you notes, postage
Engagement & wedding photographs
Wedding ceremony site fee & decorations
Wedding ceremony programs
Wedding reception
Flowers for ceremony & reception
Bridal party bouquets & flowers for flower girl
Transportation for wedding party to ceremony & reception
Videographer
Musicians/vocalists
Security & insurance for gifts
Welcome party for out-of-town guests (optional)

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Groom’s Family
Engagement party (optional; following party by bride’s parents)
Groom’s wedding attire
Groom’s parents’ wedding attire
Wedding gift for newlyweds
Groom’s informal stationery & thank you notes
Rehearsal dinner
Shipment of wedding gifts to couple’s new home
Welcome party for out-of-town guests (optional)

Wedding Party
Bridal shower for bride
Bachelor(ette) party
Accommodations for self
Wedding attire & shoes
Know your overall budget BEFORE you start planning your wedding. This is one of the first issues you and your fiancé should discuss. Set your priorities based on what is most important to both of you and spend accordingly. For example, if the meal is the most important element of your wedding, you’ll want to allocate a greater portion of your budget to it.

Featured Vendor – Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club

Ridge Creek Dinuba – Weddings & Banquets



The Patio at Three Finger Jack’s

Picture your perfect Central California Valley wedding event at Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club.  Ridge Creek is located in Dinuba, California just minutes south of Fresno and is the perfect place for your unique wedding ceremony and reception.

Surrounded by mountain vistas, vineyards and orchards, Ridge Creek is your Central California Valley venue for hosting your special day.

Allow the professional staff at Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club to cater to your needs and customize a perfect event that will create lasting memories.

Host your next corporate or charity event, dinner party, quinceñera, holiday party, rehearsal dinner or wedding. Our spacious clubhouse features indoor and outdoor patio seating which can accommodate groups of many sizes.

Our inviting clubhouse is surrounded by beautiful views of our pristine emerald green golf course, perfect for memorable photo opportunities.

For more information, or to check availability for your special day, please complete our Banquet Request Form.


Event Pavilion Reception

Testimonial from a very happy bride…

 

Thank you!!!!
We wanted to send a big thank you to the staff at Ridge Creek Golf Course for a job well done. After contemplating where to hold our wedding and wedding reception, we decided to hold our special day at Ridge Creek Golf Course and could not have been happier with our decision to do so. From our first phone call to inquire about the reservation to the completion of our wedding, we could not have asked for a more pleasant experience. Rosa, the sales and marketing director was very professional and so helpful that she was more than willing to go above and beyond to make our day exceptional. Thank you Rosa! From the waitstaff to the bartenders, everthing was perfect. All of our special requests were taken care of and accommodated with a smile.

We thank all of you for a very memorable day with our family and friends, it could not have been so special without all of your help.

We give you an A+!

Sincerely, Mr. & Mrs. Baca


Ceremony in the Event Pavilion


Click here to review our Wedding Banquet Packages and Policies.

Click here to view our Full Banquet Menus.

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Image of couple courtesy of www.caryedmondson.com

 

Featured Vendor – Party DJ Party

From the formal wedding to the back yard party and everything in between, we have the experience and expertise to make your special event one that you will be talking about for years to come.

With a staff of ten disc jockeys, and six videographers along with office and support personnel, we are involved in over 400 events each year.

Party DJ Party services the entire state of California with our professional disc jockey and custom video services.

Our DJ Services

Party “DJ” Party offers the following DJ services for your event. Contact us today to discuss your event and available pricing.

  • State-of-the-art Sound equipment
    Our 2 speaker, high-quality sound system is standard, however, we can supply up to 20 speakers upon request including massive sub-woofers. Our set up is guaranteed to provide the best possible sound. Wireless microphone (included with weddings) also available.
  • All genres and styles of music available
    Songs from the 1920’s to hits of today, we keep up to date on music that will fit your event and age group.
  • Karaoke
    A karaoke system is now available for your event at an additional charge. Call today to discuss details!
  • Master Of Ceremony duties
    “Put your party in our hands” – Sit back and enjoy the party, while we MC your event.
  • Dance Lighting
    Flashing, multi-colored lights that create a dancing atmosphere to keep your party going and guests motivated.
  • Free Consultation prior to your event
    Meet with us at your convenience to plan all the details, from announcing duties to your choice of musical selection

Our Video Services – Shooting Both Standard and High-Definition

  • Legacy Package
    The ultimate video keepsake of your wedding experience! A 3-man, professional video crew will capture your entire wedding day activities. Includes the following:
    2 hours of rehearsal night coverage (1 camera)
    Up to 10 Hours of filming on wedding day!
    Storybook Montage/ Fairytale Love Story – plus live ceremony footage
    (Presented on LCD projector and screen at reception)
    Video Guestbook
    After-Wedding Montage of honeymoon photos or other candid shots. (Up to 60 images-2songs)
  • Reflections Package
    Our most popular video package. A 2-man professional video crew will capture your wedding day activites.
    Includes the following:
    Up to 8 hours of filming on your wedding day
    Storybook Montage/Fairytale Love Story
    (Presented on LCD projector and screen at reception)
    Video Guestbook
    After Wedding Montage of honeymoon photos or other candid shots. (Up to 60 images-2 songs)
  • Memories Package
    Similar to our popular Reflections Package minus the Montage/Love Story. A 2-man professional video crew will capture your wedding day activites.
    Includes the following:
    Up to 7 hours of filming on your wedding day.
    Video Guestbook
    After Wedding Montage of honeymoon photos or other candid shots. (Up to 60 images-2 songs)
  • Beginnings Package
    A basic video package for those desiring a professionally filmed wedding day souvenir. Up to 6 hours of wedding day coverage filmed with one camera.
  • Storybook Montage
    Photo montage of bride and groom presented during reception
    (Includes LCD projector and screen)
    Client provides up to 100 photos and 3 songs

About Premier Bride

Welcome to Premier Bride Fresno, the valley’s most complete wedding website to Central Valley brides! Our directory includes the best wedding professional in and around the Fresno, CA area for your wedding. We are proud to provide you with information for wedding locations, reception sites, caterers, DJ’s, bridal salons, decorators and wedding planners. We also cover Visalia, Clovis, Oakhurst, Madera, Tulare, Lemoore, Reedley, and Selma. Premier Bride, your local wedding resource.

Here we feature our wedding vendors to spotlight their services and specialties. Congratulations on your upcoming event – we wish you a lifetime of happiness, adventure and joy.

 

Featured Vendor – The Downtown Club

 

The Downtown Club
2120 Kern Street
Fresno, CA 93721

Ph. (559) 233-2142
Fax. (559) 233-7544

Located in the heart of Fresno’s renovated downtown, The Downtown Club has long served as the gathering point for the community’s leaders and decision makers. Formed in 1963, The Downtown Club was originally located on the top floor of the T.W. Patterson Building, before moving to the renovated Fresno Republican Printery Building in 1982. Once strictly a members-only club, the Downtown Club is now open to the public for private catered events.

A Time – Honored Tradition of Service

The Downtown Club services its members and guests with attentiveness reminiscent of an earlier time. Meals are not rushed, special requests are honored, and courtesy is the rule of the day.

Menu selections, prepared by the Executive Chef and his culinary staff, feature the freshest Valley produce and are varied weekly to reflect the changing seasons. The Downtown Club’s professional staff is available to anticipate your every need and meet your every expectation.

The Club

Located in the heart of Fresno’s renovated downtown, The Downtown Club has long served as the gathering point for the community’s leaders and decision makers. Formed in 1963, The Downtown Club was originally located on the top floor of the T.W. Patterson building, before moving to the renovated Fresno Republican Printery Building in 1982, where it remains a vital part of the Valley’s business and political scene.

The Club’s Discreet entrance belies the stimulating architecture that awaits when you step inside. Once you do, you know you have arrived someplace special. The attitude and ambience of The Downtown Club create a lasting impression not easily duplicated.

Wedding Receptions 

Located in the heart of Fresno, The Downtown Club is the perfect location for your special day.   Once strictly a members-only club, the Downtown Club is now open to the public for private catered events.  The Downtown Club is rich with tradition; for 34 years, it has been the site for some of the grandest social events in Fresno. Our refined hospitality and classic ambiance welcomes new friends and old with the same gracious charm.

The Downtown Club seats up to 200 guests for served or buffet style wedding receptions with a DJ and Dance Floor.   On-site ceremonies may be had for weddings under 100 guests, with a reception to follow on the main floor.  The Downtown Club’s full bar is available to all wedding guests, with a beautiful stained glass partition separating the lounge area from the main floor.  Additional side rooms are available as well to suit your needs; a bride’s room, kids’ room, or enclosure for the gift table are all possible at The Downtown Club.

Let our experienced staff take the worry out of planning so you can relax and enjoy this very special day.

Reunions, Seminars, and Other Special Events

Private rooms are available for parties ranging in size up to 80 persons, with AV equipment on site for your use.   Our large main floor accommodates up to 140 without a dance floor for all of your large-group needs.   The main floor and large side room are frequently used together to facilitate appetizer-only parties of up to 300 guests.  Whether you’re holding a fundraiser, retirement party, political event, or reunion, the timeless beauty of this facility will add just the right touch.

On Site Catering Services

Chef Rick and his highly skilled staff offer a creative variety of both traditional and innovative cuisine.  Our standard menus may be viewed here on the website, with a full range of appetizers, salads, main courses, and desserts.  The wide range of choices available at The Downtown Club focuses on Local and Organic options, and over 90% of its menu is created in house, from scratch.  Several vegetarian dishes are listed on our menus,  and we will be happy to prepare a favorite family recipe, design an ethnic food theme, or create a specialized menu for a particular occasion.

About Premier Bride

Welcome to Premier Bride Fresno, the valley’s most complete wedding website to Central Valley brides! Our directory includes the best wedding professional in and around the Fresno, CA area for your wedding. We are proud to provide you with information for wedding locations, reception sites, caterers, DJ’s, bridal salons, decorators and wedding planners. We also cover Visalia, Clovis, Oakhurst, Madera, Tulare, Lemoore, Reedley, and Selma. Premier Bride, your local wedding resource.

Here we feature our wedding vendors to spotlight their services and specialties. Congratulations on your upcoming event – we wish you a lifetime of happiness, adventure and joy.

 

 

Featured Vendor – The Blue Heron at Yosemite Lakes Park

Welcome to the Yosemite Lakes Wedding & Event Center

 The Blue Heron is located just 35 minutes north of Fresno, California in Yosemite Lakes Park.  We specialize in Wedding Receptions, Banquets, Anniversaries, Holiday Parties and Family Reunions with seating from 30 up to 175 guests.  Whether your taste is simple or extravagant, or whether you plan a lakeside wedding or a business meeting in our Fireside Room, our menus offer plenty of options to meet your needs.  If you wish, you can add your own special touches and let us customize your event menu.  We encourage you to shop around and think you will agree with us, that we are in a beautiful location, have friendly and professional service, and offer delectable food at unbeatable prices.

Yosemite Lakes Clubhouse Wedding Package – Download our Wedding packet.

Imagine a beautiful customized lakeside ceremony beneath an elegant gazebo.  Let us accommodate you and your guests at our serene lakeside location surrounded by majestic oak and pine trees. Whether you are planning a small private ceremony or sharing your special day with many, rest assured that we can make your wedding day dreams come true.

The Blue Heron is always pleased to proved you with custom wedding services to make your wedding celebrations exactly how you have imagined, and one that you will cherish forever. 
 
The wedding reception includes:
 
  • Full service bar
  • A professional Special Events Coordinator
  • A five hour Fireside Room rental which includes lawn and deck area usage
  • Choice of colored napkins 
  • Guest book, gift & cake tables are provided and adorned with your selection of  linen color
  • Special menus can be arranged 
  • Our menu features a selection of our most popular items

 

For date availability as well as information regarding our extensive menu options, please contact Special Events Coordinator, Cindy Lyman at (559) 658-7466 or eventscoordinator@theblueherononline.com.
 
We will be happy to assist you in locating local wedding professionals to accommodate your floral, musical, bakery, or photographer needs. We look forward to hearing from you in regards to your upcoming special event!
About Premier Bride

Welcome to Premier Bride Fresno, the valley’s most complete wedding website to Central Valley brides! Our directory includes the best wedding professional in and around the Fresno, CA area for your wedding. We are proud to provide you with information for wedding locations, reception sites, caterers, DJ’s, bridal salons, decorators and wedding planners. We also cover Visalia, Clovis, Oakhurst, Madera, Tulare, Lemoore, Reedley, and Selma. Premier Bride, your local wedding resource.

Here we feature our wedding vendors to spotlight their services and specialties. Congratulations on your upcoming event – we wish you a lifetime of happiness, adventure and joy.

Featured Vendor: Weddings At The Grove

Premier Bride Featured Vendor Profile

The Grove is located on a 24-acre ranch.It retains the quiet country atmosphere present throughout the ranch. This wonderful rural setting is only minutes from the freeway and is centrally located in California. Our beautiful location is in the outskirts of Sanger, CA, Fresno County.

The abundance of trees and vegetation provides a lush, natural backdrop for timeless photographs of your wedding and reception. The Grove is a relaxing and welcoming setting for your reception.

CLICK HERE To Request More Info.


The rental fee includes:

  • Landscaped, manicured and decoratively lit midway grounds, exclusively yours…no other weddings would be held that day.
  • Access to the grounds for a rehearsal a day prior.
  • The stage and dance floor.
  • Tables, chairs and white linens (tablecloths and napkins) for up to 200 guests (500 capacity).
  • A large bridal room and a groom’s room, both with a/c and restrooms.
  • An event coordinator is available during set-up and throughout the wedding and reception.
  • Security, additional is extra if serving alcohol.
  • Lighted grass parking area.
  • You are free to bring any licensed caterer you’d like.


Use of The Grove for an extended rehearsal gathering or dinner is available for an added fee.

The Grove has available (for an added fee), a complete DJ and sound system with lighting which includes your play list and is able to take requests as well. The event coordinator is also included to do any M/C speaking that you’d like to have done…begin toasts, first dance, etc.
Photo montages to music displayed at your event are also available through an associate.   CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US

For more information about wedding planning, wedding vendors & bridal shows, please visit www.pbcv.com.

Premier Bride Featured Vendor – Wolf Lakes

Wolf Lakes Park is a privately owned park founded in 1986. Wolf Lakes is located in the countryside just east of Clovis. With the foothills as their back-drop and the lake at their feet, Wolf Lakes Park offers a relaxing environment for their guests.

Along with the beautiful setting, Wolf Lakes provides full service catering as well as relaxing boat cruises on their 40 acre lake. They currently offer two formal settings, both of which are located along the lake. Their formal sites are used for functions such as weddings, proms, retirement parties and anniversary celebrations. Business seminars are growing in popularity and the park provides an atmosphere different from the usual banquet facilities.

Wolf Lakes Park is open exclusively for reserved functions.

Our private lakeside settings are ideal for that special event. Whether it’s a wedding or other special occasion, our serene atmosphere, gorgeous sunsets and cool lake breezes make us Fresno area’s finest outdoor facility … even in the summertime!

WEDDINGS/RECEPTIONS

Wolf Lakes Park is ideal for a lovely outdoor wedding. We offer two wedding areas complete with ceremony and reception sites. You may choose from either our Lakeside or Garden venue. Weddings/Receptions have a six hour maximum and must end by 11:30pm.

Our Wedding/Reception package includes:

Wedding Services

  • Consultations
  • Event Coordinator
  • Ceremony Setting – Lakeside or Garden
  • Groom’s Boat Entrance at Lakeside
  • Bride’s Changing Room
  • Set-Up/Clean-Up
  • Ceremony Chairs
Reception Services

  • Consultations
  • Set-Up/Clean-Up
  • Event Coordinator
  • Covered Pavilion
  • All Tables and Chairs
  • Linen Tablecloths and Napkins
  • China/Stemware/Flatware
  • Appetizers
  • Full Catered Dinner
  • Sparkling Cider Toast
  • Cake Cutting Service
  • Service Staff
  • Security
  • Lake Cruises
WEDDINGS/RECEPTIONS MINIMUMS

SATURDAYS & HOLIDAYS — 150 guest minimum
ALL OTHER DAYS — 100 guest minimum

PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE FOR CURRENT PRICING (559) 292-4063

EVENING EVENTS

Whether you are planning an anniversary, birthday or retirement party, prom, wedding anniversary or company appreciation dinner, Wolf Lakes Park offers a unique facility for your special event. Evening Events have a six hour maximum and must end by 11:30.

Our Evening Event package includes:

  • Facility Use
  • Consultations
  • Event Coordinator
  • Set-Up/Clean-Up
  • Tables & Chairs
  • Linen Tablecloths & Napkins
  • China/Stemware/Flatware
  • Service Staff
  • Appetizers
  • Full Catered Dinner
  • Lake Cruises
  • Security
EVENING EVENT MINIMUMS

SATURDAYS & HOLIDAYS — 200 guest minimum
ALL OTHER DAYS — 100 guest minimum

PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE FOR CURRENT PRICING (559) 292-4063

REHEARSAL DINNERS

Stay with us after your rehearsal and enjoy dinner at the park! With several delicious menu options to choose from, your bridal party and family are sure to be pleased. Rehearsal Dinners have a 2 hour maximum and are held on Thursday evenings only.

Our Rehearsal Dinner package includes:

  • Facility Use
  • Event Coordinator
  • Set-Up/Clean-Up
  • Tables & Chairs
  • Linen Tablecloths & Napkins
  • China/Stemware/Flatware
  • Service Staff
  • Full Catered Dinner
REHEARSAL DINNER MINIMUMS

THURSDAY EVENINGS — 25 guest minimum

PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE FOR CURRENT PRICING (559) 292-4063

MEMORIALS

Our intimate garden or serene lakeside make the perfect backdrop for remembering your loved one. Let us take the worry of planning the reception from you. Memorials may be scheduled Monday – Thursday from 10am – 2pm and Friday or Saturday depending on our event schedule.

Our Memorial package includes:

  • Facility Use or Facility Use & Catering
  • Set-Up/Clean-Up
  • Tables & Chairs
  • Linen Tablecloths & Napkins
  • China/Stemware/Flatware
  • Service Staff
MEMORIAL MINIMUMS

MONDAY-THURSDAY ONLY — 100 guest minimum

PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE FOR CURRENT PRICING (559) 292-4063

LUNCHEONS

Our beautiful pavilions overlooking the lake are the perfect setting for your business, service group or church group. Luncheons may be scheduled Monday – Thursday from 10am – 2pm and Friday or Saturday depending on our event schedule.

Our Luncheon package includes:

  • Facility Use & Catering
  • Set-Up/Clean-Up
  • Tables & Chairs
  • Linen Tablecloths & Napkins
  • China/Stemware/Flatware
  • Service Staff
LUNCHEON MINIMUMS

MONDAY-THURSDAY ONLY — 100 guest minimum

PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE FOR CURRENT PRICING (559) 292-4063

They are available to discuss your needs Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and on weekends, depending on our event schedule. Please call their office (559) 292-4063 or e-mail them to schedule your appointment.