Cocktail Hour | Southern

We love a southern inspired menu and not to brag but it is our specialty! Big City Catering knows how to turn on the southern charm, with tons of options on plated or buffet menu styles. Food is such an important part of an important day, believe me when I say that we take our menus serious. Check out some of our favorite bites that you and your guests will love!

Cocktail Hour is where it all begins! 

Your guest will go crazy for these southern treats! The Pimento Cheese Crostini has creamy pimento cheese dolloped on a flaky crostini and topped with candied bacon. Our Chicken and Waffle bites are time and time again a crowd pleaser! Tender chicken nestled on top a Belgium waffle and drizzled with a decedent maple syrup and served on a skewer for easy eating. I’m not drooling, you are!

Wet your whistle with a light and refreshing craft cocktail, the Mint Julep is the perfect quencher: smooth bourbon, muddled mint, a touch of sweetener that’s topped with seltzer water. Looking for something a bit stronger? The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail with an undeniable southern flare. made with smooth bourbon and bitters, sweetened with simple syrup and garnished with an orange wheel.

Pro tip: The Old Fashioned pairs perfectly with our Bacon Bar! Have your choice of three different flavored bacons! Which makes for a delicious savory snack as your guests sip their cocktails.

Your Southern theme doesn’t have to end there, you can find southern inspiration throughout our perfectly curated menu. Give us a gall today to chat specifics! 

Xoxo, 

RW Gals 

Sunset Wedding | Cypress Grove Estate House

What’s more romantic than a sunset wedding? A lakeside, sunset wedding at Cypress Grove, of course! Everything about Nicole + Sean’s soiree was just so dreamy!

Flowers by Lesley decked the gazebo out in a stunning floral garland and the couple had a very special moment during their lakeside ceremony – Florida native butterflies were released in memory of loved ones 😭

The biggest hurdle for their sunset wedding was definitely the chance of rain. The couple opted to have a tent set up, just in case, and boy was it a lifesaver! While it did rain the morning of, thankfully the weather cleared and the ceremony + reception took place as planned. We never let a tent go to waste, though; guests mingled and nibbled on a delectable charcuterie display under the tent during cocktail hour {our foodie hearts are swooning}!

Guests were treated to a glass of champagne upon entering the reception space, and then feasted on a delicious plated meal! A late-night bite of pizza + burgers made an appearance, giving guests the chance to refuel after dancing the night away! Oh, and don’t forget about that cake – definitely non-traditional, but oh-so-delicious!

The Money Talk

Tips on Creating a Realistic Wedding Budget​

Congratulations, you just got engaged and now you get to plan the wedding of your dreams! Time to go shopping for the prettiest wedding dress, book your ideal wedding venue, and select the most gorgeous floral centerpieces to tie everything together. But wait, let’s not forget to book the DJ and the photographer. Oh, and what about the invitations? Oh, yea and then there’s the food and of course your guest will want an open bar!? 

Needless to say, weddings can get very expensive, very quickly. Setting both a concise budget and clear expectations early on is the best way to limit stress and overspending while planning your wedding. To set a realistic wedding budget, here are a few helpful tips to follow: 

Don’t wait to a have that conversation with whoever will be contributing financially. 

Whether it is just the two of you, both sets of parents, or a single family member, the first thing to do is to have that conversation early about what everyone is willing to pay on so that everyone is on the same page once payment is due. Perhaps everyone can be assigned certain aspects to pay. Who will cover the floral, the bar? Will payments be made in full or installments? These are all things to decide upfront. 

Prioritize 

Once you know how much money you are willing to spend in total, now is the time to decide what you are willing to spend the most money on. If food is most important to you, maybe you will can send out e-invitations and save-the dates and use that money towards premium entrees or extra hors d’oeuvres.  Pick the top 3 most important aspects that you are not willing to budge on, and 3 the things that you wouldn’t mind skimping on.  

Do your research 

You never want to assume pricing for any service in the wedding industry. Perhaps It may come as a shock to you that flowers alone can cost upwards of $2000. Doing research on specific vendors in your town to get an average of pricing for each vendor is a great way to start to allot a realistic amount towards each category.  

Shop around  

Always reach out to multiple vendors who offer the same services so that you can compare prices. You may be surprised to learn that some vendors may offer other services that aren’t normally advertised. For example, some DJ’s offer lighting and photobooth services. And some florist also do drapery and linens. It may be cheaper to minimize the number of vendors you hire in total.  

Don’t forget fees 

It is important to remember when putting aside money that you also account for fees such as delivery and breakdown fees, taxes and service charges, and any other ancillary charges that can really eat into your budget. Being prepared for this will ensure that your aren’t forced to limit special details to account for these pesky charges.  

Most importantly,  

Budget your expectations 

When setting a realistic wedding budget, it is best to understand early on that weddings are expensive. It is even more important to understand that your weeding doesn’t have to have a floral wall and fireworks to still be great. Be willing to compromise on certain things and know that no matter what, your day will still be perfect!  

Xoxo,
RW Gals

Central Florida Vendor Connections | RW Coffee Shoppe

Central Florida Vendor Connections | The RW Events team meeting with new faces in the Central Florida wedding industry

We love connecting!

I’m not sure about you, but we love making authentic connections. We’re always looking for ways to stay connected to this amazing Central Florida wedding community. A couple of years ago we started an intimate networking series that we were too busy to keep up with. However, COVID has given us some time to reflect on the little things we’d like to accomplish… staying connected with our vendor partners and creating new Central Florida vendor connections was at the top of the list. 

Central Florida vendor connections | Akili, our brand manager, popped some champagne to share with our new vendor pals.
Central Florida Vendor Connections | Our office manager. Amaris, chatting with vendors in the Central Florida wedding industry.

We’re happy to say we’ve reworked and reintroduced The RW Coffee Shoppe. The entire goal of the networker is to authentically connect! To connect without judgments, rekindle old friendships, chat about business ideas, and spill the tea on what we’ve been up to. All while having a good time over mimosas, coffee, tea, and treats!

Sidebar: we’ve been practicing, and the coffee is pretty darn good now. For those of you that attended the inaugural Coffee Shoppe – thanks for being our guinea pigs, lol!

Our Gwen bookshelf, featuring champagne flutes and water goblets, assorted beverages, and "thank you" gifts for our new vendor pals.
Assorted pastries and fruit served at the RW Coffee Shoppe.
Central Florida Vendor Connections | The RW Events team meeting with new faces in the Central Florida wedding industry

If you’re open to a laid-back networking environment + looking to build stronger Central Florida vendor connections, we’d love for you to join us! The events are intimate, so be sure to reserve your spot soon! Click here to RSVP

Shout out to our girl, Ashley Jane Photography, for the pics! 

Vendor Appreciation | Treasury Rentals

Award: Team Spirit

Emily, the spunky boss babe behind Treasury Rentals, is a gal after our own heart; she’s got an affinity for cool finds and has such a fun, eclectic style! Emily is our go-to when clients need that little something extra to finish off their lounge or tablescape; her pieces complement everything in our collection so well! She’s all about the team spirit when it comes to working together ?

Tabletopping like a pro!

Summer Floral Inspiration

Summer Floral | Greenery and White Floral

Just like clothing, flower arrangements tend to get a bit brighter in the summer. Whether you’re picking your color palette or summer floral first, it’s important to know which types of flowers are in season on your wedding day. Some of our go to flowers for summer arrangements are Peonies, Roses, Anemone, Larkspur, Queen Anne’s Lace, and Stock. Check with your florist (we know plenty!) for the best blooms in your wedding month and build from there! From the photos below, you can tell we love a pop of yellow!

Summer Floral with Citrus

The Recipe

This summer floral recipe features a eucalyptus garland, and whole and halved lemons extend the impact of this organic and citrus inspired arrangement.

Flowers: Gather and Grace Designs | Photography: Ledia Tashi Photography

Summer Floral | Bold Blooms
Summer Floral | Small Vases

Small Arrangements

Small arrangements can still make a big impact! Lining farm tables with small arrangements of large blooms can be just as gorgeous as having large centerpieces!

Flowers: Flowers by Lesley | Photography: Emma Anne Photo

Summer Floral

Mixed Vases

Pedestal vases are a client favorite and work well on round or rectangular tables. They’re also a great way to incorporate a metallic or wooden texture you’re featuring in other areas of your décor! And they make a big statement without taking up too much real estate on your tables!

Flowers: In Bloom Florist | Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography

Summer Floral | Bold Bridal Bouquet
Summer Floral | Tall Arrangements

Tall Arrangements

Create dramatic height without obstructing views! These wooden centerpiece stands allow for different focus points throughout the reception space without keeping guests from being able to see the person across from them.

Flowers: Fern and Curl Designs | Photography: Ledia Tashi Photography

Summer Floral | Greenery and White Floral

Don’t Forget the Classics

Classic white and green centerpieces are stunning in every single season. We love how different types of greenery, vases, and heights are incorporated into this overall design! The floral takes center stage in the room and plays off the natural light pouring in from the bay windows.

Flowers: Flowers by Lesley | Photography: Flora Bloom Photography

Drop us a line and let us know what your favorite summer floral recipe includes! 

Xoxo,
RW Gals 

Evolution of RW Events

RW Brands - the evolution, the growth!

RW Events started as a boutique wedding planning firm with a focus on full planning throughout central Florida, while we don’t get to dabble in planning nowadays, we still love working very closely with our corporate and social clients through our rentals and venue management! 

A few years ago our creative designer, Dede Cowart, drafted the illustration below with the help of calligrapher, Andi Mejia. It was created for the annual lookbook to show the evolution of the brand. Since then we’ve opened a retail store (Miscellaneous Market) and have an exciting new venture we’ll be announcing soon! 

We’re so thankful to all of our clients for trusting us with their weddings and events! 

Xoxo, 

RW Gals