Hereford House Blog

The Open Bar Question

The most mind-boggling thing that makes most families cringe is when we get to the bar service for the wedding.  Most families think that there are only two scenarios.  Scenario #1: if it is an open bar will my guests get out of control and I end up with a $10,000 bill at the end of the night? Or scenario #2 I don’t want to appear cheap and not offer anything. The Hereford House makes it really simple we have 3 options to choose from.

  • Option #1: We have a limited bar.  With this option the host can choose what they would like to offer their guests who have traveled to see this special day. The most popular option I've seen at weddings I coordinated in the last year are; 'beer and wine only' and a 'cash bar' for mixed drinks.
  • Option #2: I have seen the host set a limit.  Here they can set a certain dollar amount; the onsite manager will periodically be checking in with the lead bartender that night and see where they are at.  If the set amount is almost ready to be maxed out and you are only two hours into the event, more than likely the onsite manager will pull the host over to the side and see if they would like to increase the amount or move into cash bar.
  • Option #3: The host can pre-purchase kegs or wine through the Hereford House.  If we don’t open it or tap the keg then you won’t be charged.  We will just have those available if you choose to open up more for the guests.

Create a Signature Drink

There has been a growing trend at weddings to have a signature drink.  I have seen more weddings this past season do a signature drink with a twist… and then name the drink something cute.  Usually the drink is a mixture of what the bride and groom both like.  What a fun and unique way to serve delicious drinks for adults to enjoy.  I recommend you serving this during the cocktail and appetizer part of your receptions before everyone goes to dinner service.  At one of the several meetings that we have we can sit down with the bartender and get suggestions on some fun mixtures that we can serve and create together. 

 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Finding the Perfect Vendors

When it comes to finding a florist, wedding planner, decorator, linen specialist, music, cake, if you are like me you want to find the very best of the best with GREAT prices.  When planning my wedding my parents gave me a budget.  I had a certain amount of money that I had to disperse wisely and choose what was most important to me and the least important to me.  For me the most important was the food and the venue.  Food is what brings people together it is story telling all in one.  Most receptions you do remember the food, a couple of years out people won’t remember the colors or the decorations.  Another thing that I am big on is the venue most people remember the venue.  Ask your event specialist; in this case it would it me, who they prefer as a vendor.  More than likely the event specialist will have a list of who they recommend to make your wedding dreams come true!!

The Hereford House at Terradyne Country club is this elaborate castle like building.  There is no other place in Wichita Kansas that even comes close to the looks of this building.  We are one of the largest banquet spaces in all of Wichita.  We seat up to 300 peoplel. If you are looking for a place to have the ceremony our beautiful patio overlooks the Scottish link golf course patterned after the famous golf course in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Here is a video link below. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the Ashpole and McGee family.  After this wedding; I truly believed what we did here at the Hereford House was remarkable.  I can’t do this on my own I have a team that is truly unbelievable and that is why we are truly without a doubt one of the best if not the BEST venues in all of Wichita.

Through it all, remember to have fun. You should enjoy all the excitement leading up to your perfect day with that perfect somebody

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Be Flexible

Most Saturdays are already full for the summer months, but venues often have a tougher time booking those Friday and Sunday dates.  Many couples are opting for a late Friday ceremony and celebration or a Sunday afternoon event and reception. (Since they're not prime days, you may even be able to get a break on the room rental or catering minimum.)  Don't worry; those guests who are important to you will still come to your wedding, just as long as you tailor your plans to the day.  Friday couples may want to consider serving hors devours before the ceremony to quell the hunger guests may feel during the ceremony.  Sunday brides and grooms might think about when thier guests attend church and other religious activities, then schedule around that.

Pinterest Fun!

I know most of you girls already have a vision of what you are trying to accomplish whether it be a theme, color scheme, food or decorations. Try and take things step by step, simplify.  Remember wedding plan is a process and does not have to be in one week.  Pinterest boards can get overwhelming especially if you have more than 20 or more boards and believe me, I have seen a bride that had 40 different Pinterest boards.  If you are planning your wedding a year in advance do your research pin ideas that you like but when it come to 3-4 motnhs prior to your wedding try and stay off of Pinterest, it can confuse you if anything new and exciting pops up in the wedding world and you want to redo all of your work that you have done.

Save the date or maybe the month

Let everyone you hope that is going to attend the ceremony and reception know a date is coming.  Be creative in the way you announce it.  Even if you only give them a date-or even a month-of when you plan to do it, they'll now start to clear their schedules to attend and help you in the weeks leading up to it.  Out-of-town guests can even start making travel plans.  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015

Did you know that the Hereford House of Wichita was voted one of the most romantic spots in Wichita?  Whether you are cozing up in one of our big booths or relaxing by the fireplace in our bar, you are in for a treat with our Sterling Silver steaks.  Call us now to reserve your seats!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bridal Show 2015

Wedding season is upon us.  You might be surprised at how many receptions and even ceremonies we’re still booking just a few months out.  While some venues still have some prime summer openings, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind if you just can’t wait until fall or winter to say those “I dos.”

The Hereford House at Terradyne Country Club will be at the upcoming Bridal Show at the Century Building Downtown.


January 10th & 11th, 2015
Saturday, 10am – 5pm and Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Century II Convention Center
227 W. Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67202.

It's fun and informative and there are some great chances to win some very cool stuff. Area's largest collection of wedding and special event professionals.  Each year, more than 260 booths are filled with experts that will help you plan your wedding or any special event that you are planning.
 
Come Meet and Speak to our Special Events coordinator at the Hereford House.  We will have pricing and menus available to look through. She will be taking appointments for onsite tours.  I look forward to making your wedding a dream come true!

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