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First impressions are everything. Therefore, one of the best places to splurge on your wedding menu is at the beginning, with a selection of hors d’oeuvres. You can elevate your event from simple to sensational with impressive add-ons such as seafood and raw bar options, shrimp displayed and dispensed from hand-carved ice sculptures, small plate stations, or a chef-attended station of carved prosciutto accompanied with assorted cheeses.

“These little upgrades don’t go unnoticed, in fact, they’re some of the most noteworthy additions you can make to your wedding,” said Steve Guagliardi, Event Planning Manager, Rich’s Catering & Special Events. “Welcoming your guests with an assortment of hand-passed hors d’oeuvres makes a statement and sets the tone for the rest of the evening.”

Guests remember the innovative ideas, the delicious food, the personal service and the attention to detail. An elaborate “opening act” is sure to catch your guests’ attention, make them feel special and create anticipation for the rest of the evening.



Another splurge-worthy menu option is a late-night buffet. After hours of dancing (and a few cocktails) everyone needs a little something in their bellies. Click here for our tips on creative late-night buffets.

A wedding coordinator is definitely a splurge, but one that will save on your sanity. Your coordinator can help you manage every detail of your event from planning to execution. Many full-service caterers like Rich’s offer on-site event managers to take on this important role at your event. Rich’s experienced event planning managers can help you select a menu, choose from a wide selection of lighting and décor options, offer a list of preferred vendors, and create a detailed schedule to keep your wedding running smoothly. Led by our experienced managers, Rich’s team will take care of all of your event set-up and tear-down needs, leaving you free to enjoy your moment.

“Lighting is often overlooked, but this is one wedding splurge we highly recommend,” said Steve. “From dramatic to romantic, lighting can establish a mood and transform a space from ordinary to extraordinary.”

Check out the top lighting trends, and our tips for illuminating your wedding!

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