This September Rooftop wedding was absolutely stunning! We love the touches of soft pink and gold in the Loft for the reception. Jacob and Shaylyn's small, personal touches really tie the whole thing together! Thank you so much to Whitney Knutson Photography for the gorgeous photographs!
We asked Brian Masterson, co-owner of Masterson's Catering, to share his insights on catering weddings. Brian’s special focus within Masterson's Catering is off premise catering for weddings and major special events.
We hope his thoughts and ideas can help you plan your perfect wedding day!
What food and beverage trends are you noticing at weddings?
It’s all over the place right now. I think we are definitely between trends. Truly rustic and “organic” events still have their place but they seem to be being refined visually and in taste to a more elegant take on that trend.
What’s your favorite part about a wedding?
Keeping the whole family calm, confident and focused on having a good time and creating life long memories.
What’s included in Masterson’s per person price?
Our price includes all floor length table linens for all tables in the event space, all needed china (no plastic unless you have to have it), stainless flatware, real glassware, and all catering related display and service equipment.
We have a lot of clients ask us, so we’ll ask you - what’s the difference between gratuity and service charge? And, what is the appropriate amount to tip?
With us, the service charge is meant to reflect the amount of direct labor on an event. On caterings we do not do a service charge percentage but a flat dollar rate. Why? If you order a $30.00 menu you still want the same service that someone ordering a $60.00 menu would get. Regarding gratuities we recommend as much as you can afford! I want my staff driving Ferraris. But we recommend not looking at it like a restaurant situation where you are practically obligated to tip 20% or more even for bad service. Our catering staff works hard loading and unloading thousands of pounds of equipment with style and grace and a smile on their face. An average wedding reception is an 11 to 12 hour shift for these guys. We typically see gratuities in the range of $30.00 to $100.00 per staff member directly involved in your event.
Do you do food tastings and is there an extra charge for this?
We do individual tastings Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with start times of noon to 5:30pm and on the 1st Sunday of every month with start times of 1pm to 4pm. There is no charge for up to six guests
Does Masterson’s Catering have a specialty cuisine?
The founder, our grandfather Nickolas Mastoras was a Greek immigrant (he Americanized our name to Masterson in the 40’s). We’ve have always had Mediterranean cuisine in our blood. What I love about our family having been doing this for nearly 80 years though is that we have touched virtually every cuisine on this planet.
Do you have a favorite wedding menu items?
I love to do things that again are relevant to the family. Old family recipes or favorites. Twists on the childhood comfort foods of the bride and groom. Foods of the region the bride and groom are from or show off our regional cuisine if a number of the guests are from out of town.
What do you think clients can overlook when choosing their caterer?
The whole picture. Catering is so much more than just the food for 90% of events out there. As unsexy as it sounds, catering is a logistics business. How do you get a quality product and presentation, most efficiently and on time delivered to a client and their guests given constantly changing variables?
What do you do best and why do your clients love you?
Our logistical aptitude I think is just better than everyone else in the market and that comfort and confidence that that infuses in our staff I think translates into a good calm bedside manner if you will. You only get that from experience and no one in town has more than Masterson’s.
Looking for more information? Visit the Masterson's website or reach out to them at 502-636-2511.
This rustic inspired wedding had all the perfect touches with accents of baby's breath, wooden blocks and mason jars. The Rooftop Garden provided a perfect setting for the ceremony and the band, Thumper and the Plaid Rabbits, had guests on the dance floor until the very end.
An extra special thank you to Kriech-Higdon Photography for sharing these gorg photos with us, so we can share them with you!
Chelsea and Brendon had a beautiful wedding ceremony on the Rooftop, with sweet moments captured by their photographer before their ceremony! Thanks to Acquired Photography for passing along these images of such a fun couple!
This wedding was full of elegant glam and sparkle! Millennium Events added the gorgeous centerpieces and dance floor decor - including the stunning chandelier! The client also added uplighting and white chairs through the Museum. Take a peek at this reception!
The wishing tree, dripping with crystals, and sparkly menu signs were the perfect little touches to this reception.
We love these pictures from Tamela Triplett Photography from a recent wedding in our Loft! We saved one of our favorite images for last! Enjoy!!
Join us for an elegant boutique-like wedding show at the Frazier Museum on Sunday, July 26th from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The show is free to brides and their guests and includes cake and catering samples. Plus, you will have a chance to meet with some of the best wedding vendors in Louisville all excited to help you plan your Big Day!
This show is presented by the Louisville Wedding Network and we encourage all brides to pre-register here to avoid waiting in line. We hope to see you there!
"My team and I see equal amounts of both self- and pro-DJed weddings, and what I generally tell our clients if they’re trying to decide between the two is:
- If one of your top three priorities for your wedding is “completely killer dance party” then go out and get yourselves a really good DJ. Or if you want music, but don’t care to put the time or energy into it? DJ!
- If you’d like people who want to dance to be able to, and you’d like to dance, but it’s not one of your top priorities? Or if you have VERY strong opinions about music? Start building your playlist."
Here's a few more thoughts we had about the subject:
Master of Ceremonies (M.C.) - A professional DJ has the confidence and professionalism to speak well on the microphone, which in our opinion is not a common skill. Having someone that can carefully, yet discreetly guide your guests throughout the events of your wedding reception creates a relaxing and enjoyable environment for your guests. For example, things like knowing that toasts are coming and that they can get a drink from the bar, or being prepared to lineup for the sparkler send off. Also worth considering is your introductions into the reception. A professional DJ will be familiar with how to build excitement and direct everyone's attention to the bridal party as they walk in, whereas your friend may not feel as natural behind a mic.
Keeping the flow- One thing we always recommend for wedding receptions is to draw out a tentative timeline for the evening. This includes determining the order of first dances, dinner and opening the dance floor. What's especially nice is that a DJ bring the experience to know when to carry the evening along, adjusting the timeline up a little, or when to spread things out, to allow you to continue making your way around the room to all of your guests. This allows you as the bride and groom the ability to let go and enjoy yourself in the present without the continuing thought to keep track of the time.
Equipment- Knowing the equipment can make a big difference in sound. While you can rent some great equipment it's not always common knowledge to know what to do if a microphone starts feeding back during toasts. While this may be quite stressful for your well-meaning friend, a professional DJ will be able to quickly and comfortably correct the issue.
Get more thoughts on this topic from the Practical Wedding Guide's blog.
Have you already had your wedding? We would love to hear what you decided to do- DIY or DJ and what you liked about it!