Planning a wedding can be a challenge. As Elisabether and Sergio discovered, finding the right venue and vendors is key to the success of a smooth wedding. Here is the couples cheat sheet to a successful Los Angeles wedding.
“The 1909 is located in the heart of the Topanga National Park, hidden under the canopy of protected California oak trees, and nourished by the sacred waters of Topanga Creek.
Centrally located off Topanga Canyon Blvd. , The 1909 is an ideal location, only minutes away from Woodland Hills to the north, and Malibu to the south.
The 1909 was envisioned to provide a unique platform for a variety of social and business events, and designed with special attention to the needs of those desiring elements of calm and harmony in their gatherings.”
Jeanette Finley of Jeanette Finley Events was a pleasure to worth with. She has personally jumped in at the last minute and saved countless weddings and she is fantastic at sticking with her timeline and your budget. Jeanette was a great communicator with our Los Angeles wedding catering team and the other vendors attached to this wedding. She’s incredible.
Our Los Angeles wedding catering team prides itself on locally sourced ingredients, sustainable seafood and everything is USDA certified organic. The extra love we put into our food permeates throughout our company.
The day our your wedding, our staff will arrive early at the 1909 wedding venue to properly set up our kitchen and go over your tables to make sure that each and every glass is aligned and each fork is polished. While you and your guests are enjoying the ceremony and cocktail hour, our Los Angeles wedding catering team is working diligently behind the scenes to make sure every piece of your menu is prepared to the highest standard. Eco Caters makes sure that every appetizer dish and every plate is detailed and arranged to perfection. And, when your friends and family taste our all-organic food for the first time, they will be impressed with the fresh flavors we use to create them.
Once our Los Angeles caterer team has cleared every last plate, and found every last linin napkin, and after every guest has enjoyed their cup of coffee or tea, we will check in with you and make sure that everything was satisfactory. We’ll wish you off and quietly clean up behind us and make it so clean, it will look as if we were never there. It’s how we do each and every wedding.
Katie Pritchard is one of our favorite wedding photographers. She is good natured, honest and full of sunshine. Katie‘s not only fun to be around, she’s also extremely talented at what she does. That’s a deadly duo if you ask us. She charms her way into personal moments and captures the most intimate shots. Her use of after effects and post filters pull out vivid colors. Please, take a moment and visit her website. Tell her Eco Caters sent ya!
Eco Caters would like to give a special thanks to Snow and Will! Thank you for choosing us as their organic Los Angeles wedding caterers! Our team had a blast working with you and we wish you nothing but the best!
The South Coast Botanic Garden is one the best wedding venues for Los Angeles and San Diego. Our organic Los Angeles wedding catering team highly recommends the South Coast Botanic Garden for medium to smaller sized weddings.
The South Coast Botanic Garden, “The Jewel of the Peninsula”, is located on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula, located 10 miles south of the Los Angeles Airport in California. Conveniently located to many South Bay communities, this 87-acre Botanic Garden has more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean, and southern Africa. The Garden is situated in Sunset’s Zone 23, one of the most favored growing areas in the world. About 100 trees and shrubs are rare mature specimens, infrequently seen elsewhere. The wide variety of plant life provides food and shelter to an abundant wildlife and bird population, and over 200 species of birds are sighted annually. Popular features include a small lake, Mediterranean Garden, AARS Rose Garden, Water-Wise Garden, Garden for the Senses, Cactus Garden, Children’s Garden, Fuchsia Garden, Dahlia Garden, Herb Garden, and Japanese Garden. There is an attractive Wedding Lawn and two Gazebos, Events Meadow, and Frances Young Auditorium available for events. Source – SouthCoastBotanicGarden.org
The Events Boutique wedding coordinators are top notch. Covering Southern California, Las Vegas and Palm Springs locations, this fun team goes above and beyond to pull off exceptional events. Our Los Angeles wedding caterers enjoyed working with their crew and we look forward to our next endeavor. To find out more about the Event Boutique wedding coordinators please visit their website: TheEventsoutique.com
Jessica Hickerson is the sweetest. She married her high school sweetheart and happily lives with her two dogs in an old vintage house which she herself has renovated. Her big heart and romantic nature shines through in her photographer. You can see the love and passion in everyone of her shots.
Our Los Angeles wedding caterers would like to thank photographer Jessica Hickerson for allowing us to share her work with all of you. Jessica did an amazing job at this South Coast Botanic Garden Wedding. We encourage you to snoop around her website and take a look at all the great photography she’s taken over the years: JessicaHickerson.com
Whether you’er looking to throw an upcoming holiday party or wedding celebration there’s sure to be a crowd expecting to take back a few cocktails. More and more weddings and parties are venturing away from the typical beer and wine selection for craft cocktails and more exciting ingredients. Here’s our top four cocktail trends for your upcoming party.
Introduced in England back in the early 1800’s, this cocktail has lately seen a resurgence at weddings and cocktail parties. It’s light, fruity, refreshing and fun to say, “Pimm’s Cup.” Great for hot summer days. Enjoyed by the light weights and the most seasoned of drinkers. There are many variations on the recipe but basically it boils down to a splash of Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur, a splash of sparkling lemonade (or ginger beer), ice, and garnished with your choice of strawberries, cucumber, mint or oranges.
There has been a rise in craft cocktails, and that means creating top quality drinks that shy away from sugar to hide the alcohol, to drinks that embrace more earthy flavors. With the help of “mixologiests, more seasoned bartenders are creating cocktails that infuse herbs like thyme and basil. They are also bring out the heat with fresh peppers, raw ginger and horseradish. These drinks tend to be a little more costly to make but the results are impressive.
You no longer have to buy the generic bags of ice from the grocery store anymore to stock your bar. Bartenders are having fun experimenting with ice as well. One large cube takes a simple glass of whiskey to a whole new level. Clear cubes with flowers and herbs inside them add an extra level of color. Best of all, if you plan ahead you can create your own dazzling ice cubes for your next party at little to no cost.
Ginger beer has been popular for a few years now but it’s not going away. Strong flavored ginger sodas are popular at weddings and grocery stores alike. There is a healthy variety of new ginger beers on the market. We love the spicy ginger flavors of Bundaberg, Cock and Bull, and the all natural Reeds Extra Ginger Brew.
Of course you can do the classic Moscow Mule which is ginger beer, vodka and lime, but there are also great cocktails out there that involve whiskey too. Ginger beer is also a great option for anyone at the party who would like a non alcoholic drink. Ginger beer has a little more sophistication to it than just drinking diet coke that guests enjoy.
Our San Diego wedding catering team not only catered this wonderful wedding, we also coordinated it!
Newlyweds Grace and Manveer are one of those fun couples we all want to be like. They brought their lovely family and friends to celebrate their special day, and Eco Caters brought the food, drinks and party favors to pull it all together. Here’s the bride in her own words:
“Everything turned out so beautifully and I can’t thank you all enough. You actualized my dream wedding!” ~Grace
Having your wedding at the San Diego Library is a bold choice, and a smart one. It’s high ceilings and modern architecture combine for an almost cathedral-like feel. It offers all the amenities and is centrally located. It also offers a marvelous view of downtown, which in the evening, might be the best place to have a drink while look down at the city.
(Psst! Guys! It also has a great view overlooking the Padres baseball field. So even on your wedding night you can keep an eye on the game.)
Eco Caters, your organic San Diego wedding caterer, not only catered, we also coordinated Grace and Manveer’s special day. We helped the couple materialize their wedding into something they were proud of.
Our San Diego wedding coordinators Emily and Jessica work tirelessly with all of our clients to help them create weddings within their budget. Emily and Jessica sift through hundreds of San Diego wedding vendors to pick the right ones to fit our client’s tastes and needs.
Eco Caters, your all organic and locally sourced San Diego wedding catering team, tailored a special menu for our clients. Our head chef combined some traditional dishes requested by the couple and created them by using seasonal fruits and vegetables. Aside from implementing a few dishes the couple felt were key to their menu, Grace and Manveer were not sure what appetizers and side dishes they wanted to pair with their special requests. These are the creative moments our chefs love! We helped design a menu to make all the flavors come together and also found ways to stay under their budget.
Something we pride ourselves on over other San Diego wedding caterers is our passion for organic and sustainable food. Please, take a moment and look over our growing list of Eco Caters approved local farms: Organic California Farms
Studio Castillero, again, did an exceptional job capturing another San Diego wedding. Their careful eye to lighting, play on shadows, and use of filters to bring out pops of color, sets them above other San Diego wedding photographers. They’re the best.
We would like to thank Grace and Manveer, and Studio Castillero for allowing our San Diego wedding catering team to share these photos with all of you. And, we encourage you to visit Studio Castillero website: StudioCastillero.com
Our San Diego wedding catering team helped Jenny and Mike create the perfect Junípero Serra Museum Wedding.
Our San Diego wedding caterers
Eco Caters own, Jessica Sleep, coordinated this lovely day. She worked with the couple to help them secure fun vendors, create an organic wedding menu, and worked tirelessly behind the scene to ensure everything went according to plan.
Our San Diego wedding catering team goes above and beyond just serving organic food, we help our clients with event design and wedding coordination. Whether you’re interesting in a seasoned wedding coordinator or just gourmet catering, Jessica Sleep and our San Diego wedding catering team is ready to help.
The Junípero Serra Museum, located in Presidio Park, is an ideal setting for a stunning and unique wedding or social event. The mission-style building was constructed in 1929 as museum, not a mission, and is located above San Diego’s historic Old Town. Centrally located in San Diego, the museum boasts spectacular city and ocean views. The rustic outdoor terrace and our intimate interior gallery creates a perfect historical atmosphere for any event. It’s a venue our San Diego wedding caterers love to work with.
The Junípero Serra Museum, in Presidio Park, is one of the most familiar landmarks in San Diego. As a major symbol of the city, it stands atop the hill recognized as the site where California began. It was here in 1769 that a Spanish Franciscan missionary, Father Junípero Serra, with a group of soldiers led by Gaspar de Portolá, established Alta California’s first mission and presidio (fort).
Often confused for the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the Serra Museum was built between 1928-1929 for the purpose of housing and showcasing the collection of the San Diego History Center (then the San Diego Historical Society), which was founded in 1928. The structure was designed by architect, William Templeton Johnson, using Spanish Revival architecture, to resemble the early missions that once dominated the landscape of Southern California. ~ sandiegohistory.org/serra_museum.
Our San Diego wedding caterers created an all organic feast for Jenny and Mike’s wedding. The couple wanted a flavorful taco buffet with all the fixings. We worked with the couple to find a menu that fit their tastebuds and their budget.
Creating an organic menu that uses local ingredients and sustainable seafood can be overwhelming, that’s why our San Diego wedding caterers do all the work for you. We have an ongoing list of sustainable California farms we purchase fruits,vegetables and protein, along with an ever evolving menu that takes advantage of in season produce.
Aaron Willcox was a fun wedding photographer and we encourage you to check out his photos. He preserved bright colors and the quirky vibe of Jenny and Mike. Our San Diego wedding catering team would like to thank Aaron for allowing us to share these photos with you. To see more of Aaron Willcox‘s work please visit his website: WillcoxPhotography.com
Clients Scott and Shayne threw a lavish Great Gatsby themed party in San Diego’s iconic El Cortez. Our San Diego catering team went back in time to cater this super fun event.
As guests mingled, a bartender poured gin into a chilled martini glass. A waiter serves warm hors d’ oeuvres fresh from the kitchen, to a giggling lady with white gloves. The dim light from brass wall sconces illuminate a jazz band. The singer approaches the mic, his warm voice fills the room, transporting everyone back to the 1930s…
This was one of the best Great Gatsby parties. The old hotel added so much character. The guests meticulously dressed the part. Our San Diego catering team had so much fun.
The El Cortez is an exquisite, historic San Diego hotel perfect for an elegant wedding or a Great Gatsby themed party. It’s glowing sign has been seen by almost everyone living in San Diego, but sadly few people have stepped inside for a cocktail. If you haven’t, you owe it to yourself to pay The El Cortez a visit.
“From its opening in 1927 through the 1950s, it was the most glamorous apartment-hotel in San Diego. The large “El Cortez” sign, which is illuminated at night, was added in 1937 and could be seen for miles. In the 1950s, the world’s first outside glass elevator was built at the El Cortez. During the late 1960s and 1970s, the El Cortez fell on harder times. The El Cortez closed as a hotel in 1978 when it was purchased by evangelist Morris Cerullo to serve as an evangelism school. Cerullo sold the property in 1981, and the El Cortez was threatened with demolition until the San Diego Historic Site Board designated it as a historic site in 1990. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.” ~Wikipedia
Our San Diego caterers makes creating an organic catered event a breeze. Our website makes planning a menu easy by showing you the different types of dishes you can create, along with a list of our most popular and time-tested recipes.
Don’t see your favorite cuisine on our list? No worries! Our chefs would be happy to create any dish you desire or venture into the more exotic. Our San Diego caterers will contact our local farms the day before and ensure that everything we use is in season, locally grown and USDA certified organic. Our San Diego catering team has done all the research on getting your food to your table in the most sustainable way.
BELOW: The 1930’s was the birth of the grilled cheese. So why not but a gourmet twist on an old classic. Our popular Truffle Grilled Cheese.
This event was truly a class act, right down to the smallest details. A tip of the hat to coordinator Doris Dunkel of San Diego Events Company for pulling together every aspect of the evening into something that really did feel magical. It was a pleasure working with Doris and we look forward to out next encounter.
San Diego photographer Jessica Elaine not only captured the event well, she put fun filters on a few of the photos, making it truly feel like a party from another period. Jessica was a joy to work with and we thank her immensly for allowing us to share these images with all of you. To view more of Jessica Elaine’s photographer, please visit her website: Jessica-Elaine.com
San Diego Venue: The El Cortez
San Diego Catering: Eco Caters
Thank you 42 Floors for making Eco Caters a preferred vendor!
42 Floors is a startup company that has thrived off its ability to find and lease commercial office space.
Eco Caters is an all organic catering company with kitchen locations in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Washington DC. We focus on serving USDA Certified Organic ingredients, sustainable seafood, and locally purchased produce.
Having the best Malibu wedding only takes a few simple steps. Karin and Andre show you how by choosing a beautiful venue, delicious organic catering, and fun coordinator.
“Eco Caters was truly a pleasure to work with from start to finish. Cannot thank Eco Caters enough for making our big day so wonderful! The price was on the more reasonable end of all the quotes we received which made choosing them a no brainer. After tasting their food and working with them, it’s hard to understand why other caterers charge so much more. They worked with us on the rentals, in bringing in our own desserts, and tailoring the menu to accommodate our preferred dinner style. Lauren was such a pleasure to work with. She was also on it, responsive, upbeat and professional. The day of was a huge success.” ~ Karin
This wedding venue is dreamy…
Malibu’s Cypress Sea Cove is a beautiful escape for a wedding. The property has authentic nautical storybook charm with a white Victorian mansion with teakwood floors. Cypress Sea Cove is located on two ocean front acres of expansive green lawn with tall Cypress trees and flowers. Also characterized by a tropical, private sandy beach, bamboo stage sets, and tall palm trees. Our Malibu wedding catering company found the facilities cooking area spacious enough for prep and the owners easy to work with.
Our Malibu wedding catering team, Eco Caters, is dedicated to serving the very best in organic and locally sourced food. We purchase from local family farms, sustainable seafood and in season fruits and vegetables. As Karin says above, we offer exceptional catering for a reasonable price and never try to up charge you on the things you don’t need. If it’s coordination, event design, or simply catering, our Malibu wedding caterers happy to help make your next event an easy one.
Anne J Kim was hired on as the day-of coordinator and did an exceptional job! Anne communicated and organized beautifully with our Malibu catering team, making sure everyone was on the same page. We look forward to working with Anne K Kim in the near future and recommend her to anyone out there hunting for a Malibu wedding coordinator.
A special “Thank You!” to Malibu wedding photographer Rachel Castillero of Studio Castillero. Rachel captured the relaxed scenic day with the warm glow of her camera lens and caught intimate moments. Thank you for allowing our Malibu wedding catering team to share these photos with our followers!
Malibu wedding Venue: Cypress Sea Cove
Malibu Wedding Coordinator: Anne J Kim
Malibu Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
Malibu Wedding Photographer: Rachel Castillero of Studio Castillero
Make your wedding day spectacular with Eco Caters, the greater Washington, DC area’s organic wedding caterer!
With a stunning view of the Patuxent River in the distance, Sotterley Plantation is a beautiful venue nestled in the rural hills of Hollywood, Maryland, located outside of Washington, DC.
Loved ones witnessed the blissful union of Nick and Nicole at Sotterley…and what a splendid ceremony it was! Our Washington, DC wedding catering team was on hand to make the day much more special and to share in the celebratory vibes of the occasion. The all-organic menu matched the rustic elegance of this gorgeous barn wedding.
Eco Caters, Washington, DC and Maryland’s organic caterer, is committed to offering the best quality local organic food along with exceptional service. We enjoy when our clients share our sentiments in supporting the local community by sourcing from local farms and reducing our carbon footprint with our eco-friendly practices.
A toast to the bride and groom…
The happy couple…
Father and daughter…
A sentimental moment–the father and daughter dance…
All that matters…
On the buffet menu: Crispy Seared Salmon with Lemon Herb Pistou, Smoked Beef Brisket with Tomato, Lemon & Basil, Garlic Smashed Potatoes, and Eggplant & Tomato Napoleon
Our friends at We Plan, You Party did a wonderful job on the décor and coordination for our bride and groom…
Love is in the air at Sotterley…
Party time with our cocktail hors d’oeuvres for the lovely guests…
Dinner is served!
Celebrating good times with family and friends!
Let our Washington, DC organic wedding catering team assist you with your wedding needs. A special thank you goes to Michele Palmer and her team at We Plan, You Party for making Nicole’s vision a dream come true, Select Event Group for their assistance with décor, and Jodi Simpson of Silent Memories Photography for capturing the splendid moments.
And the biggest thank you to Nick and Nicole for selecting Eco Caters as their Southern Maryland wedding caterer. From beginning to end, we thoroughly enjoyed being of service to you on your fabulous day! May you continue to enjoy many years of wedded bliss!
Here are five tips for planning your wedding.
With the cost of weddings on the rise and more and more couples trying to tackle the big day on their own, planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Trying to navigate the internet can be mind-boggling at times too. There is so much information out there that it’s difficult to find sound advice. Where does one even start when it comes to planning your wedding?
Our company has coordinated and catered hundreds of weddings. We’ve seen it all. Whether we’re coordination or simply catering a clients wedding, we try to share as much advice as we can to help the couple out. We understand the stress of planning a wedding and wanted to share some sound wedding advice with all of you.
Here are five tips for planning your wedding.
After the two of you have celebrated your engagement and kissed one another till your lips were chapped, the best place to start is planning your wedding budget. A good rule of thumb is:
50% of your budget goes to your reception (venue, food, drinks, etc)
10% for attire (bride, groom, accessories, hair and makeup)
10% to flowers and décor
10% to music or DJ (ceremony, cocktail hour, dance, sound equipment)
10% to wedding photographer and/or videographer (prints and photo books)
3% to favors and gifts
2% to ceremony (site fee, officiate, miscellaneous)
2% Stationary (save the date, invitations, programs, thank you cards)
2% to wedding rings (bride and groom)
1% for transportation
When couples first daydream about their wedding they often want to include everyone to celebrate this special occasion with. However, having a large wedding is a sure way to add dollar signs to your day. Cutting 50, 20, even ten guests from your list can greatly cut down the cost of your wedding.
It’s good to make two lists.
Create one list for the people that must attend your wedding. These people might be family members, best friends and loved ones. This list does not mean your next-door neighbors or your best friend from elementary school that you haven’t spoken to in four years, only the nearest and dearest. The people you can’t live without.
Create a second list that includes extended friends, colleagues, classmates, along with your next-door neighbors and that best friend from elementary school that you haven’t spoken to in four years.
Now take a look at your budget. With fifty percent of your total wedding budget going to your venue, drinks, food, can you afford to invite 300 people? No? Than it’s time to start cutting people from your second list until you get down to what you can afford.
It might feel harsh to cut people out of your wedding. You might also feel like they may be hurt that you didn’t invite them, but chances are you won’t miss them for one day and they’ll get over it. After all, this is your day, not theirs. You will also find that a small wedding allows you better quality time with the people you love.
It’s good to have regular wedding planning meetings to stay on top of your wedding. Chipping away as you go will be much more enjoyable than scrambling to tackle it all in the last few months. Instead of sitting around the dinning room table staring at a computer screen together, why not have a little fun and make a date night out of it.
Grab a note pad or your tablet and brainstorm your wedding at a coffee shop, a picnic at the beach, or over dinner. This is especially helpful during the brainstorming faze of planning your wedding.
One of these easiest ways Eco Caters helps wedding couples is by catering and coordinating their special day. This allows you to cut out the middleman between your coordinator and catering company, it’s one less person to hire, and this ensures that your wedding timeline and your food and bar timeline are in sync. It’s a no brainer.
Eco Caters offer several different levels of wedding coordination to help fit your budget and needs.
Planning a wedding is a lot of work and it can be stressful at times. You and your partner will more than likely butt heads on some tastes, expenses, and traditions, that’s normal and to be expected.
It’s good to remind yourself that this is your and your partner’s wedding and not to fret about what everyone else will want and expect. Have a good sense of humor and enjoy the ride! Planning a wedding is a rewarding experience and its nice to enjoy it along the way.