What better way to say “thank you” to friends and family than with a great meal at your special event. Our wedding theme evolved into “vintage–with a twist of ragtime”, so I found ways to add vintage touches throughout my venue– even in the food presentation. Vonderhaar’s Catering honored my theme and made it all very easy for me, even with my time crunch and only 3.5 months of planning.
As I began my search for a caterer, The French House staff provided me with a short list of vendors upon my request. Vonderhaar’s certainly stood out. Their website is easy to navigate, and left me with a great first impression. I could tell that they are a top-notch vendor when it comes to special event catering. Because I live in Northern Ohio, long-distance planning was a bit of a challenge, so I needed this aspect of wedding planning to be completely stress-free. Within a few clicks on their website, I was able to schedule a complimentary tasting for the following weekend.
Platinum Menu III was waiting for us and we were introduced to Lindsey, the Assistant Catering Manager at Vonderhaar’s. She was a doll, and she was there to answer all of our questions and made our selection process very easy. So we signed the contract that day, then we were off to continue with the rest of our planning.
Since I was going for a vintage themed wedding, Vonderhaar’s was very in-tune with this and worked my decor into the theme. I really wanted to highlight the menu, but ran out of time to DIY this myself. So we hired our brother’s graphic design firm to create a peel-off chalkboard menu which was on display at the entrance of the French House.
Above: Chalkboard menu created by Branding Ground (a graphic design firm in Cincinnati, owned by my brother-in-law, Mike).
The presentation of appetizers, below.
A beautiful fresh salad display. Image courtesy of Anthony Antal Photography.
Above: Apple & goat cheese tartlets. Image courtesy of Anthony Antal Photography.
Our head table at the French House. We had chalkboard accents throughout. I simply dropped off my decor and the staff at the French House worked alongside the Vonderhaar’s team and set it all up for me.
Image courtesy of Anthony Antal Photography.
Money Saving Tip: I purchased the lanterns at the last minute from Amazon.com, when we realized we would save almost $12 per lantern versus renting. Plus we gave those to guests as gifts. Much of our decor consist of items that we brought from home, because we struggled to find rentals that suited our vintage tastes. This saved us considerable $.
We added a few additional vintage accents to complement our theme…vintage straws and labels are from David Tutera. You can purchase them here. These reminded me of an old 1920’s soda shoppe.
Above: Anthony Antal Photography
Money Saving Tip: We wanted a simple cake, and with only 3.5 months of planning (thanks to a cancellation at the French House, we jumped on it) many of our decisions happened the week prior to the wedding. So we picked up our cake THE MORNING of the wedding and purchased this simple cake topper online. You can purchase from my Amazon store here.
Image: Courtesy Anthony Antal Photography
In addition to the dessert menu that was provided by Vonderhaar’s, we set up our own candy buffet. It added to the “1920’s soda shoppe” feel and ended up being a pretty and colorful display. The oversized Ball jars are from The Glass Barn, which is right around the corner from Vonderhaaar’s.
More desserts from Vonderhaar’s.
Working with Vonderhaar’s was most certainly an enjoyable experience for us. The presentation was amazing, the staff was so friendly and it was a stress free. Even if you are planning the event from several hundred miles away, I highly recommend them for your special event planning needs.
Vonderhaar’s Catering, Inc.
19 W. Pleasant Street
Reading, Ohio 45215
Toll Free # 1-877-477-4192
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