One of the interesting aspects of working with Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering is getting to know more about many of the event spaces in and around Indy.

One of the venues we unhesitatingly recommend – especially for weddings -- is Morgan Acres. Located in Hancock County, this lovely space consists of five beautifully maintained acres complete with vineyard, brambles, orchard, pond and plenty of outdoor sites for special events. Take a look at this video: (https://www.morganacresindy.com/why-morgan-acres.html)

Morgan Acres also has some especially unique features:

Amenities:

The Barn includes a bridal suite, kitchen, (2) full bathrooms, loft seating and dance floor. Two large sets of barn doors in front and back open, inviting natural lighting and air flow.

The large main loft is joined to two balcony sections by arched, wooden walkways. The upper sections can seat up to 175 with additional seating on the main level and is ADA accessible. An outdoor deck is available for expanded seating or outdoor activities.

Originally part of a 1000-acre farmstead reaching from Cumberland Road into Hancock County, the house & main barn were built from the trees grown on the property. The Grand Barn has been restored to maintain its original integrity and design. The property remains a historically significant piece of Indiana history and is eligible for the Indiana Historic Registry.

Multiple wedding packages available. Plus -- Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering has catered large and small events here numerous times. We hope to cater your wedding at Morgan Acres this wedding season!

Sure, we are a catering company. But that general term is deceiving.

As our repeat clients know, we do soooo much more than “plan, prepare and serve.”

We truly are event planners, which means the earlier you contact us in your planning process, the more we can help you with the kind of experience and due diligence 20 years in the business has provided us. We can provide all kinds of ideas for your upcoming event you may not have thought of.

And -- we can also help steer you away from making costly mistakes.

That’s because, by providing food and resources for well over 6,000 parties in our 20 years in Indy, we know things like:

We are more than happy to help first timers and experienced corporate event planners pull together truly memorable events, from the first “save the date” to clean up at the end of a terrific party.

Let’s work together to get the ball rolling in the right direction for your 2024 event!

 

 

These days, just about every event you attend includes social media photos. So – what can you do to look really good in those pics – instead of cringe-worthy?

 Here’s what the experts say to do before the event:  

Ready, set, strike that pose!

·      Try posing with your hand on your hip to create space between arms and body.

·      Angle your shoulders toward the camera. Then take a deep breath, relax and roll your shoulders back. You’ll look relaxed and confident.

Best way to look like you are relaxed and enjoying an event? Let us do all the work – from set up to tear down – and all that fantastic food and drink in the middle. Let’s talk about that next event you have coming up!

First, congratulations! Life IS good, and you deserve to choose the type of wedding and reception you want for your special day.

Very likely, you already have a pretty good idea of what you do – and absolutely don’t -- want to do on your wedding day. But whether you want to go BIG or just family and close friends, that still leaves a lot of little details to consider.

Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering wedding planning team has helped lots of second-timers with their receptions – for which we have adopted a slogan we embrace fully. Life is too short to worry about what others might think.Absolutely,” nods owner Jacquie Bols, “Just do what feels right for you.”

Here are some pretty cool ideas to use – or not -- from the happy couples we’ve worked with recently:

1. ANNOUNCEMENTS

2. THE VENUE

The place you choose for your wedding and reception will set the tone for the day. That’s why we recommend choosing a place that has meaning for you both.

We have lots of experience with venues and are happy to help in your decision. We can give you the scoop on everything from parking to best places for live bands – to guest capacity.

3. WHAT TO WEAR

4. CEREMONY IDEAS

5. TO GIFT OR NOT TO GIFT

6. FOOD AND BEVERAGES

We can pull together the ideal menu for your group, large or small. We have great suggestions on what’s trending, what foods pair well, and how to set things up to look great while satisfying a multitude of palettes and appetites.

Let’s talk about what you want

When you’re ready to set ideas in motion, give us a call. As you can see, we have lots of ideas. We’re happy to help make your second time around absolutely memorable -- and lots of fun!

 

 

Working at Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering, you get to see a lot of what works and what doesn’t at weddings and wedding receptions.

As you might expect, we see a lot of traditional weddings. We also see a lot of unexpectedly creative and innovative ideas, too.

Here are some of our favorite twists on the traditional:

Your guests will love being surprised at adding a little unexpected merriment and charm. And of course, your wedding will always be remembered for the smiles, laughs and joy it brought to all.

As always, we’re happy to be in on the fun and help with the details!

 

 

 

 

Micro weddings are definitely trending! They began out of (Covid) necessity, but have become the darling of Gen Z, Millennials, and partners planning second weddings, elopement celebrations, and those simply wanting to keep things low-key and intimate.

Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering and Finley Creek Vineyards have fully embraced this romantic concept and have become pretty skilled in helping couples strike just the right chord.

One reason is that Finley Creek has a lovely Wedding Barn when the time is right for an indoor/outdoor gathering. It’s great to be able to hold a small celebration outside in the gardens, but gather inside to eat, hear music, and dance.

But of course, Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering has agreements with places all across central Indiana, so you can choose a small more formal affair, a classic downtown or historic venue, or head outside the city. We are very familiar with the venues, from accommodations to best photography sites, and can help you get an idea of pricing as well.

Talk to Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering about planning the details inside or out for groups as small as 10, 25, 50, or more.

Have a small cocktail celebration or a sit-down dinner. We can do simple or elegant. Wine and beer – to a top shelf open bar. Light hors d’oeuvres to four-course sit-down dinners. Vegetarian to farm-raised Indiana beef. And of course, special requirement meals for those who prefer them.

The best part of what we offer, of course, is truly great food. We buy as much Indiana-grown goods as possible, season it just right, and serve it at the idea temperature. All sustainably grown – whenever possible, and hormone and pesticide-free. We are 100% behind that philosophy.

Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering makes small weddings, wedding renewals, anniversary celebrations and receptions… memorable and delicious.

Let’s talk about what you have in mind.

 

With wedding season upon us, here’s an interesting look at what each of these common traditions means, from the wedding reception experts at Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering:

·      Exchanging wedding rings

The wedding ring has ties to ancient Rome where a ring placed upon a woman’s finger meant ownership by her husband.

·      Wearing wedding rings on the left hand

In your left hand, there’s an artery that runs straight to the heart, an enduring sign of love.

·      Diamond wedding rings

Diamond wedding rings were not popular until 1477, when Prince Maximillian gave his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy, a large diamond engagement ring.

·      White wedding dresses

Queen Victoria of England was the first royal influencer to wear a white wedding dress, when in 1840, she shocked English society by wearing a white lace gown.

A white wedding dress is still the tradition in most American weddings, but wedding attire does vary among cultures.

This dates back to arranged marriages, when daughters were considered a commodity to their family, and marriage was a way of sealing agreements between families. A bride and groom often met for the first time at the altar. The veil was used to obscure the bride’s features, only being lifted after the marriage ceremony was completed. This was to keep the groom from backing out from the deal if he didn’t like what he saw.

·      Walking the bride down the aisle

In America, it’s traditional for the father to walk his daughter down the aisle and “give her away.” Jewish tradition allows both parents to walk the bride and the groom down the aisle, which many couples are adopting today.

In the past, a bride’s attendants dressed similar to the bride to confuse and distract evil spirits trying to spoil the bride’s happiness.

The “best” in best man once referred to the quality of a man’s swordsmanship. When weddings were used as a business transaction rather than a union of love, the groom needed a good swordsman to help either retrieve a run-away bride or fend off a bride’s angry family that may not approve of the union.

·      Flowers

Flowers in a wedding go back to Greek and Roman times, where they symbolized virginity. Flowers still play a significant role in weddings today. Most members of a wedding party carry or wear flowers.

·      Wedding cake

The earliest confections held at a wedding in Roman times were similar to biscuits and scones. The bride and groom would share a few crumbs together as there first act as a married couple.

The top layer of the wedding cake was traditionally saved by the Bride and Groom to be used at their future child’s christening, as it was expected that the bride would be with child within the first year.

In old Medieval England and France, guests would try to obtain a piece of the bride’s dress for good luck, sometimes ripping to shreds. To pacify the crowd and ease the bride’s mind, the groom began tossing out a piece of the bride’s wedding attire to distract the guests as the newlyweds made a quick escape from the reception.

Tossing rice at the end of the ceremony is meant to symbolize rain, which is said to be a sign of prosperity, fertility and good fortune. While grain presents no imminent danger to birds, it is more common to see different items in the sendoff such as confetti, bubbles or sparklers.

This custom of carrying a bride over the threshold of their new home came from Medieval Europe with the belief that the bride was vulnerable to evil spirits through her feet. To prevent evil spirits from entering the house which may be lingering at the threshold, the groom would carry her into their new home.

Traditions are fun to know – and improve upon. These days, it doesn’t matter what you choose to do at your wedding. Do what appeals to you – and have fun!

And be sure to talk to Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering wedding planners about setting up stations and themes that you want to include. We love to have fun – and make your wedding special -- too.

 

 

 

 

With 2022 fast approaching, wedding planning is kicking into high gear. And brides, grooms and planners alike will be tuning into new trends and ideas sure to make their wedding as unique and stylish as possible.

With that in mind, Jacquie Bols of Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering takes a look at 5 of the top wedding reception food trends — from low-waste to plant-based — so you can bring your wedding catering menu into 2022 without missing a beat.

  1. Cocktail hour only

Because of the surprising appeal of last year’s Covid-appropriate micro-weddings, intimate micro-weddings are still a thing. In fact, they have skyrocketed as couples are now aware that small celebrations can be as incredible, unique, and glamorous as large-scale ones.

Bonus:  Small, intimate ceremonies tend to be more informal, perfect for 20 and 30-somethings. So catering menus that are cocktail-hour only are still trending. Think passed hors d’oeuvres, small plates and apps, and bite-sized desserts in place of a cake. If this approach is sounds good, consider a late-afternoon or evening ceremony so your guests can enjoy small bites and signature cocktails after sundown.

  1. Environment first

As more of us adopt more waste-conscious, environmentally friendly habits in our day-to-day lives, it just makes sense that this approach would translate to weddings.

Consider fabric napkins and tablecloths instead of their disposable counterparts, and opt out of all plastics in favor of washable, reusable items.

Creative décor rocks! Try using plantable seed-paper for table markers and living, take-home plants. Repurposed and vintage items as centerpieces are awesome in lieu of cut or plastic flowers.

Serve sodas and sparkling waters and beer and liquor in recyclable cans and bottles, rather than disposable plastic containers.

  1. Grazing tables

In keeping with the low-key, informal theme, grazing tables, consider help-yourself arrangements of charcuterie, cheeses, fruits, crudites, and other snacks. Great opportunity to highlight local cheese-makers, organic farmers, bakeries and charcuterie producers.

So-called grazing tables are great for an evening ceremony without a formal, sit-down dinner. You can still offer a cocktail-hour before dinner, or even as a late-night food option.

  1. Plant-based is big

As it becomes more widely understood that reducing our consumption of meat and other animal byproducts can help reduce greenhouse gases, consider swapping out beef sliders for plant-based sandwich bites. Rplace shrimp cocktail with delicious seasonal crudites and plant-based dips, such as hummus or baba ghanoush.

For dinner, look to countries and regions whose traditional cuisines are less meat-heavy than many western menus, such as India, Africa, and the Middle East.

  1. Boho edible flowers

Stay true to the earth with an environmentally friendly wedding theme. Edible flowers can be applied to cakes and cupcakes, used to garnish salads or cocktails, or dried and used as a tea!

You can also incorporate dried flowers into your wedding favors.  Try dried sachets of lavender, or an elegant preserved bouquet for your guests to enjoy for years to come.

According to Jacquie Bols, Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering owner/manager, “Planning a wedding event this coming year can be less stressful and fun. Together, we can have a great time planning the menu, and your guests can have a blast sampling sustainable and earth-friendly foods – which happens to be our sweet spot.”

We’re all about making your next event as thoughtful and memorable as it is delicious!

After a steep drop in 2020 due to the pandemic, the number of marriages in the U.S. is set to explode this year, according to experts at The Wedding Report, an industry research firm.

In fact, the number of U.S. weddings in 2021 is expected to hit 2.77 million—more than twice what we saw last year and a 30% increase over 2019.

The rising trend is expected to continue on into next year, when almost 2.5 million weddings are expected — the most since 1984.

That’s a lot of weddings! But you have probably already noticed this from the number of bridal showers and wedding invitations you have been receiving.

What’s going on – is obvious. After a lot of postponements, the flood gates are open and the surge is rampant. What it means to couples trying to pull together their wedding is somewhat less romantic.

Couples and wedding planners are finding wedding venues booked, both outdoors and in. Caterers are doing their best to confirm as many weddings on weekends as possible, but they are stretched thin.

What can you do if you are planning a wedding yet this year or next?

Last but not least, book your wedding as early as possible. We are already booking wedding receptions in spring, summer and even fall/winter of 2022!

 

 

At Jacquie's Gourmet Catering, we know weddings. We also know here are lots of different types of wedding officials, all of whom may (in most states) legally officiate and certify your marriage.

First, it’s good to understand there are two types of weddings; legally binding weddings recognized by the state, and religious weddings, recognized within churches and synagogues.

It is possible to have both from the same officiant, or have two weddings; one for legal requirements and another for religious purposes.

Here’s the difference between types of officiants:

It’s good to know your options well in advance – and then discuss the particulars with your soon-to-be spouse. A minister, rabbi, priest, justice of the peace, and a non-denominational wedding officiant are all capable and approved to officiate your wedding ceremony.

Make sure you talk about expectations and tone of the ceremony as well as where you want to hold it, timing, formalities, wording of the vows, even the music and catering you envision at your event.

With over 20 years in the reception and event catering business, Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering can help you with lots more than food options! Just ask us for ideas. We really do know a lot about weddings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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