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Tip or Trend Tuesday: Food Trucks…What, How, When, Where?

The trend up on the blogs, in the mags, and at bridal shows I have heard the most buzz about? Food trucks and their little bits of foodie goodness. It seems like everyone’s talking about how great they are, but how in the world do I find them? Do I use one truck or a few trucks? Do I want one for the meal or for a late night snack? Will my venue allow it? My venue allows them, but where do I put them? So much buzz and so many questions. Well, I think I’ve got some answers for you!

The how…Food trucks don’t work like venues, with listings on wedding sites and directories…yet. You have to know where to find them and that can take a bit of exploring…or does it? Like with most things nowadays, there’s an app (or two) for that! However, how good are those apps?

For the purposes of this post, I checked out a few of the more popular apps and none wowed me. Some were clunky to use, while others were incomplete in the coverage of many major cities, and those that were in cities I was familiar with, just didn’t return many trucks. I know Denver has more than three food trucks.

My best advice is to do a comprehensive Google search. The best way to get targeted results is to conduct your search as such, “food truck” and your city name. My first page of hits for Denver were filled with food truck gold. Lists sorted by food type with links to each truck’s Twitter accounts (most food trucks post their daily locations on Twitter no matter what city you are in. One site, Where is that food truck? even had a contact form one can send to the site with a specific food truck request for your event and they will pass your info on to the truck, making a food truck bride’s search much easier! No matter what city you’re in, you are bound to find food truck loving sites to point you in the right direction and help you cater your fabulous food truck fete.

Once you’ve gotten some ideas as to which vendors you would like to explore, pay them a visit…no, really pay. A food truck doesn’t operate like a caterer or banquet hall. Their income opportunities are not based on ambiance, wait staff, etc. They have to sell good food and sell it fast. So, don’t even think of asking for a free tasting from their menu. Get out there and get to their stop/s and get a sense of whether you like the food or not and as to how they respond to their customers when the line starts to mount. You want a vendor who can not only make great food, but that can keep his/her cool under pressure.

So, now that you’ve tasted from your list of truck/trucks and chosen your fave/s, here are some questions to ask the vendor before signing a contract.

  • Do you have a set menu that you stick with or do you customize it for an event?
  • How many people are you able to serve and what is the maximum time allowance to serve those people?
  • How do you keep food hot and/ or cold?
  • Do you charge a flat fee or per person?
  • Do you offer beverage service? Alcohol?
  • If you are going to use the trucks as stations: What other food trucks have you worked with or recommend to compliment your truck’s fare?
  • What are the city’s rules regarding food truck service for events?
  • If you are using the trucks for a late night snack: What’s the latest you  can serve? What foods do you recommend or caution against for late night snacks?
  • Do I need to obtain any permits or insurance to use your services?
  • Are there any limitations on where you can park?
  • Does the city permit such services at my venue? Some cities restrict the boundaries of where a food truck may go.

I hope you find these tips helpful. Are you considering a food truck wedding? If so, I’d love to hear about it and what you are planning to serve. Planned a food truck wedding? What was your experience at your wedding?

Saturday’s Latest: Real Size Bride and Anjay Designs, Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team Roundup

Today’s Saturday’s Latest welcomes two new members to the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team: Real Size Bride and Anjay Designs.

Real Size Bride specializes in glamorous bridal gowns for the plus size bride. “Real Size Bride offers cutting edgy wedding dress styles: short dress, slits, backless, feather and dresses with dramatic necklines to emphasize the true beauty of a woman on the happiest day of her life. RSB specifically carries sizes 10-30…with no extra charge for additional sizes, like virtually all designers do. The same applies to added and lengths for the taller bride.” -http://www.etsy.com/people/RealSizeBride

Anjay Designs has created some of the most unique and romantic wedding jewelry I’ve ever seen. Their “Spring Collection” is influenced by nature and in addition to the already beautiful stones, the collection features leaves, flowers, and my favorite, butterflies. Anjay has been a jewelry designer for over 25 years.”Since diamonds are forever, here at Anjays Designs, I hope that I can provide all my customers with an eternity of joy and happiness.” -http://www.etsy.com/people/anjaysdesigns

Here is this week’s latest and greatest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team!

‘Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 12/29/12’ by ravengrrl

Featuring the latest and greatest from the team.


Lovebirds Bridal Gloves Fing…

$24.00

Winter Berries Gloves Woodla…

$35.00

Bow Fingerless Gloves Weddin…

$35.00

Beach Fingerless Gloves Wedd…

$35.00

wedding bridal hair wide hea…

$45.00

braided headband braid hair …

$30.00

Wedding Bouquet Set, Blush P…

$88.00

Handmade Boutonniere, Elegan…

$11.00

Bridal Head Piece Fascinator…

$46.00

Diana Headdress

$75.00

CUSTOM Porcelain Heart Ring …

$28.00

Plantable seed paper butterf…

$9.00

Handcrafted Historical Weddi…

$800.00

White Feather Necklace, Coll…

$257.00

Pink Champagne Lollipop

$10.00

Leah – Rustic Pheasant and D…

$49.99

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Friday’s Favorites: Top 10 Favorite Posts of 2012 and New Year’s Eve Wedding Inspiration

Welcome to Friday! Today’s Friday’s Favorites takes a wee departure from its regular format to bring you a lovely New Year’s Eve wedding inspiration board and your top 10 favorite posts of 2012 (based on views). It’s been a great year here at Belle Memorie and next year is shaping up to be a good one as well. Look for some big changes in the coming months as I seek to expand and redesign the blog in order to bring you the very best the wedding world has to offer. Thanks so much to all of you for your follows and likes. It thrills me to no end that so many people are inspired and informed by my work. So, without further ado, some serious eye candy!

New Year's Eve Blush and Gold

10. Real Wedding: Tana Marie and Bear’s Pirate Themed Fete: Reception and Wrap Up

Photography by Eric Murphy of Piscean Dreams Photography

Photography by Eric Murphy of Piscean Dreams Photography

9. Titanic Destination

8. DIY Liquor Infusions

Photography by Evan Sung for The New York Times. Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/03/dining/03tipsy.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&_r=2&

Photography by Evan Sung for The New York Times. Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/03/dining/03tipsy.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&_r=2&

7. Steampunk Wedding Attire

6. French Country Wedding

5. Fairy Woodland Magic

4. Inspiration Board: Watercolor: Peach and Purple

3. Burlesque Lingerie Bridal Shower

2. Simple And Sweet Marriage Proposal Ideas

1. Creating a Fabulous Candy Buffet and Sweets Table

Sunday Surprise: Holiday Gift Giving from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team

Surprise! Today’s Sunday Surprise is brought to you by the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team. Many of our team members do much more than bridal and have great gifts that your loved ones will be sure to love. Handmade, one of a kind, choice vintage, and yummy treats make wonderful gifts. This year, consider skipping the mad dash through the mall and lines up the wazoo at your big box store and purchasing your gifts through small and individually owned businesses. By doing so, you are directly helping other families have a great holiday season. Enjoy!

‘Feminine Jewelry Gifts from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team- under $50’ by ravengrrl


Extra Wide Steampunk Skeleto…

$48.00

SILVER CUFF, Spoon Bracelet,…

$24.00

Green Blossom Cuff Bracelet

$15.00

Cuff Bracelet, Steampunk Jew…

$32.00

Lilac Filigree Earrings, Vin…

$22.00

Moonlight earrings1 Bridal W…

$49.99

Elegant Vintage Inspired Cha…

$39.00

Wire Wrap Gemstone Pearl Ear…

$49.00

Orchid flower and pearl neck…

$22.00

Taupe Pearl and Crystal Bow …

$48.00

Beautiful Vintage 50s Floral…

$24.00

Pretty Butterfly Necklace, m…

$35.00

Leaf Statement Necklace, Ch…

$25.00

Skinny Initial Pendant Perso…

$17.95

Engagement gemstone ring – …

$30.00

DALLY vintage inspired swar…

$35.00

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‘Fabulous Feminine Jewelry for Holiday Gifting- over $50’ by ravengrrl


Flower necklace leather neck…

$72.00

New – DAZZLING BLUE Statemen…

$192.00

Gray Multi Strand Pearl and …

$75.00

Druzy Necklace Lavender Druz…

$275.00

Moonlight Torc Necklace Ster…

$199.99

Morgan Floral Cluster of Pea…

$98.00

Floral Vintage Collage Neckl…

$65.00

Goth Bridal Necklace Choker …

$250.00

Vintage Rhinestone Brooch St…

$239.00

OOAK – Vintage Evening Brooc…

$144.00

Bridal Statement Necklace in…

$310.00

Cameo Chains Double Brooch, …

$137.00

Pearl Cuff with Garnets (Sam…

$135.00

Wide sterling silver gemston…

$212.00

Antique Morganite Ring Vinta…

$1450.00

Chunky Flower Pearl Multi Ch…

$88.00

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‘Masculine Holiday Gifts from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team’ by ravengrrl


Platinum Meteorite and Wood …

$867.00

Men’s Necktie, Burgundy …

$25.00

Limited – Winchester 20 Gaug…

$14.99

Aircraft Aluminum, Lava bead…

$145.00

Star Wars Darth Vader Helmet…

$29.99

PERSONALIZED Cutting Board -…

$19.95

Grey t shirt with squared de…

$35.00

New 8mm MATRIX Titanium Ring…

$39.99

Vinyl Record Wall Clock KISS…

$29.99

Medieval look leather journa…

$85.00

DAY Ascot Tie Cravat Pure Co…

$21.00

Metal Wall Art made from ste…

$215.00

Churchkeys forged from railr…

$39.00

The Glasgow – Our big bow ti…

$42.00

Natural Soap Gift Set Beer S…

$12.00

Gillette Mach3 Shaving Set -…

$125.00

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‘Holiday Gifts for the Home from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team’ by ravengrrl


Painting of a colourful bird…

$105.00

Cotton Bur Wreath – 14″…

$129.00

B is for Batman Print 12×12

$36.00

embroidered ‘home sweet …

$30.00

24″ Rustic Metal Letter

$55.00

Flattened Wine Bottle Tray -…

$35.00

Free US Shipping and Your Co…

$600.00

Hand painted martini glasses…

$49.00

Inspirational Picture Embell…

$11.95

Kitchen Decoration– Shalom …

$36.00

Hand-Forged Corkscrew with B…

$100.00

27 inch SHARK SURFBOARD Wall…

$139.99

Beautiful House Home Blessin…

$40.00

LOVE Letters – 8×10 Black an…

$19.00

The Garden . Original Acryli…

$45.00

Glass Hanging Terrarium Jumb…

$35.00

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‘Incredible Edible Holiday Gifts from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team’ by ravengrrl


One Dozen Gilded Heart Sugar…

$35.00

S’mores French Macarons …

$60.00

Gourmet popcorn and seasonin…

$23.95

Cocktail rim sugar – gift se…

$24.95

Sundae Topping Set

$28.00

Retro Gift Box – Whoopie Pie…

$28.00

Candied Bacon Lovers Sampler

$4.25

Bacon of the Month Club – 12…

$140.00

Fleur De Sel Caramel Shortbr…

$16.00

Yummy of the Month Club- 12 …

$100.00

Large Sampler Assortment – O…

$37.50

Customer Favorites Combo Pac…

$19.95

4 Edible Ornaments: Winter W…

$15.00

Super Santa Christmas Marshm…

$24.00

Blooming Green Tea – 10 asso…

$15.00

Gourmet Caramels – you pick …

$15.00

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Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team: Yummy Edibles and Roundup

Today’s latest features some yummy stuff from the team. From edible favors to sweets table favorites, our bakers and candy makers have got some great treats that your guests are sure to love. Don’t forget to check out our latest creations and finds featured in the treasury after the slide show. Have a fabulous weekend!

‘Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team: 11/10/2012’ by ravengrrl


Fairytale Wedding Ring Beare…

$25.00

Mossy Driftwood Ring Bearer …

$20.00

Beach Wedding Sand Dollar R…

$12.00

Wedding Ring Bearer, Nest, W…

$35.00

Wedding bouquet photo frame …

$7.99

Wedding Invitations Box Choc…

$16.00

Wedding Invitations Box Blac…

$11.00

6 Bridesmaids Mini Caftan Dr…

$175.00

PetalMetal Memory Magnet Boa…

$12.00

Peach Blush Shabby Chic Back…

$80.00

Bling Bling

$80.00

Fabric Flower Tutorial PLUS …

$9.00

Eco Groom – Mens Gift Set – …

$26.95

Wedding Guest Book Register …

$20.00

Cherry Blossom Double Flower…

$100.00

Monogrammed Mini Sugar Cooki…

$24.00

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Saturday’s Latest: Pink bridal gowns and the latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you know Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake were wed last weekend in Italy. The buzz has been all about Jessica’s gorgeous Giambattista Valli pink bridal gown. Just in case you haven’t seen it…here ya go.

If you are considering a pink gown for your own wedding, consider a design from one of the members of the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team. Many of our designers and vintage purveyors have gorgeous pink gowns from Champagne to Bubblegum. In addition, most of them can create a custom design just for you! Here are some great pink gowns in a variety of styles: boho, vintage, 50s, classic, Great Gatsby style, etc. In addition, I have a roundup of great new bits and bobs from the team. Enjoy your weekend!

‘Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 10/27/12’ by ravengrrl

Check out some of the team’s newest finds and creations.


Boutonniere, Purple Satin Ro…

$14.00

Marie Antoinette Extra Ruffl…

$85.00

Marie Antoinette Lavender an…

$80.00

Marie Antoinette Extra Ruffl…

$85.00

silvery lavender silk lace s…

$185.00

Wedding Cake flavored rim su…

$3.95

Popcorn – old fashioned popp…

$8.00

Popcorn – old fashioned popc…

$8.00

Swans , Decorative 3D Gift -…

$15.00

Flower Girl Tutu Dress–Vint…

$135.00

Made to Order Custom Details…

$375.50

KETUBAH Ketubahs – Custom Ke…

$165.00

1920s Flapper Great Gatsby A…

$320.00

Two Dozen of French Macarons…

$44.00

Ninotchka-Weddings Bridal Fa…

$159.00

Keys and Locks Pattern Cotto…

$30.00

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Tips or Trends Tuesday: Five Tips For Avoiding a Catering Fiasco

There is something in the event catering world that I have a bone to pick with. What is up with not letting your customers taste your food without booking first? This past year or so I toured a lovely wedding venue with my local Association of Bridal Consultants. A group of wedding planners are going to have a lot of questions and one of the first ones was, “Do you do tastings?” The answer was, “Oh yes, of course we do.” We left it at that. Little did I know that we weren’t being told the entire truth.

About a month later, I brought a couple to tour said venue. They are in love and ready to sign a contract. When the tasting issue came up, I was floored and NOT happy. “We do tastings after you make a deposit.” What? I ask about the food and why the venue had come to that decision and they said that their food is top notch as is their pastry chef and no one has ever complained about the food. I’m not convinced, but the clients were okay with it. We didn’t make a deposit that day as I wanted them to have time to think it over.

Once my clients got to the point of putting down a deposit and the deposit was made. We waiting for the tasting. Our turn came and it was held in one of the beautiful ballrooms in the company of many other couples who had booked the venue. The venue put out a comparable spread that my clients had chosen and as we hit the buffet line, it took my foodie groom and myself by surprise. I was completely shocked by not only the poor presentation (wedge of risotto anyone?), but once that food hit my mouth (the cake was obviously not made by a pastry chef and came from a box), I was not amused. I was angry that my clients were now faced with the realization that their non-refundable $700 deposit was gone.

Here are a few of my catering tips to help you avoid a similar situation:

1. Don’t ever ever never ever book a catering hall, traditional caterer, personal chef, restaurant, bakery, etc. without a tasting prior to booking. Any business that does that is more than likely hiding something.

2. Before putting down a deposit. Insist on trying comparable food you will be serving to your guests and seeing how it will be presented to them. Ideally, if you are serving Buffalo Prime Rib, then you should get to taste Buffalo Prime Rib and it should be presented well, not slapped on a plate. However, not all caterers and venues are able to accommodate this and a comparable sampling of their fare is adequate. The emphasis is on comparable: if you are serving chicken, a sample of a chicken dish would be comparable and if you are serving hot hors d’oeuvres, then a sample of a simply executed hot hors d’oeuvre is acceptable. For a bakery, not only want to taste the cake, but you want to see actual photos of cakes they have created, not pictures from a magazine or downloaded off the Internet.

3. Let the venue know that you love their facility, but will not contract with them unless you have a tasting prior to giving them any sort of non-refundable deposit or retainer.

4. If you are so in love with the venue that you want to put that deposit down right away, be sure that your deposit depends on their tasting and is refundable if you receive poor quality food at your tasting.

5. If they won’t refund your deposit under any circumstances…RUN! Do not pass proverbial “Go” or collect that $200! Any caterer or chef worth their salt will let you taste their creations first.

I leave you with a bit of humor (Not humorous for the couples involved) from Cake Wrecks.

“Professional” Cakes Gone Bad

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Sources:
http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2010/7/9/who-you-callin-pro.html
http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2008/7/10/inspiration-vs-perspiration.html