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5 Essentials for Your Ceremony

Posted on: July 15th, 2014 by admin No Comments

5 EssentialsSometimes in the joy of planning your BIG special day, you may focus on the decor and forget the ceremony script. Obviously, this is an important part of your wedding – drrr! But, it’s not always the most fun or easiest task. Writing your vows and laying out the script shouldn’t be a rushed affair. Take your time and spend a few nights together (probably include some good wine) to work through what you are wanting to relay in that moment: why you have chosen each other and what your hope is for a lifelong, blissful marriage.

And then don’t forget these other 5 necessary things:

1. Microphone: do it. Just do it. Everyone wants to hear you both speak to each other in this moment. Even if you think you can project, just be cautious and ensure everyone will be able to hear and feel engaged in this special moment.

2. Music: a processional usually calls for 2-3 songs. Pick these songs as a representation of you as a couple. We have heard everything from Bob Marley to Disney soundtracks. When you choose a song that you both love, every time you hear it you will be instantly transported back to that moment when you were both brave enough to say “I do forever”.

3. Adorable children: even if you aren’t inviting children to the reception (blog post on this later!), incorporate a couple adorable kids in the ceremony. Yes, they may not execute the petal toss correctly and possibly not even make it down the aisle alone. Nonetheless, what they will do is add a touch of innocence to the event. Plus, we’ve all been the kid in the froufrou dress and those are memories for all families to keep.

4. The Kiss: do this right! Don’t be bashful, be in the moment. It’s the first kiss of the rest of your life, make it a good start!

5. Personality: just like nobody likes their chicken bone-dry (see “Rethink Wedding Chicken“), nobody wants to sit through a bone dry ceremony. Your guests are their to celebrate each of you and to be a part of  this moment in history. Make it a memorable, authentic moment. If you are a couple that laughs together, bring that to your ceremony. If you love a good serenade, include a gorgeous soloist or duet. And say real things to each other during your vows. These vows are what you will look back on and what will keep you on the path moving forward together. A perfect ceremony will include both tears and laughter!

And of course, it goes without saying but a good wedding coordinator will be the glue that keeps the ceremony moving smoothly and memorable. That’s why all of our packages include a on-site, day of coordinator.

Rethink Wedding Chicken

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Wedding chicken has a bad rap. Rightfully so. It’s so bad it’s a listed term on Urban Dictionary.  UD’s description conjures up an unsettling image: “composite chicken masquerading as chicken breast and typically smothered in gravy or some kind of sauce to hide the fact that it is both bone dry and disgusting.” Ouch!

We here at the Barr Mansion pride ourselves on serving a delicious chicken dish that doesn’t include the typical adjectives used for “wedding chicken.”  First, we buy our chicken from Blackwing Meats.  They source organic, free range birds who are harvested to assure tenderness.  In the kitchen we use brining to enhance the flavor of the meat and make sure each piece is juicy (like real juicy).  Next, we slow cook the chicken in our house-made stock, adding another level of flavor.  Because we use a high quality bird and a slow cook method, we don’t need to over season (or drench in sauce). Honestly, any additions would detract from it’s great taste. The final outcome: instead of bone dry “wedding chicken”,  your guests are treated to real chicken they will rave about for weeks to come. It’s just what we do – great food!

Barr Mansion organic wedding chicken

Barr Mansion: high quality, organic chicken.

Six out of ten of our brides choose chicken as an entree option.  If you are choosing one protein entree, chicken is the best bet to meet the majority of your guests taste preferences. Some guests won’t eat red meat or are particular about how it’s cooked and to what temperature. Choose chicken and you eliminate those concerns.

Compliment your chicken with great side dishes.  Depending on the time of year you are hosting your wedding, the Barr Mansion menu provides many satisfactory side dishes for any meal. Make it a hearty meal and pair your chicken with a side of Roasted Red Pepper Mashed Potatoes or a lighter meal paired with a fresh from the garden Leafy Green Salad with berries and nuts.

Worried about your guests options? Round out your food menu by offering a delicious Pulled Pork Slider with Sage Aioli or a BaconWrapped Shrimp in Romesco Sauce during cocktail hour. We have many other appetizers and starters that would provide your guests with different meat options and an opportunity to taste the spectrum of our delicious fare.

Don’t forget the Bride and Groom are the VIPs.  Do you and your guy love roasted chicken? Then serve it. 

If it tastes good, nobody will mind!