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Summer Weddings: Why We Love Them!

Picking a date for your wedding is a big decision. You may be trying to land a specific day, one with special significance to you and your partner, but often times it comes down to what the venue has available. Many couples shy away from summer dates thinking either spring or fall has better Louisville weather, availability, etc. However, there are so many upsides to choosing summer for your big day and here’s why we at the Ice House and Crushed Ice Catering love summer weddings!

WEATHER: Yes, you take the risk of it being a bit hot, but chances are that the day will be warm and beautifully sunny. By choosing summer, you’ve just opened the door to a whole other group of venues that offer outdoor spaces. The options to do an outdoor cocktail hour, rooftop ceremony, or even a garden-party type reception are available. Not to mention the photos ops that are presented for an outdoor space. Which brings us to our next point…

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Guests enjoy cocktail hour on a beautiful July evening at the rooftop garden.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Just think about the fun that your photographer could have being outside! Not only is the natural lighting a huge benefit, but day-of photo op locations are now endless. You don’t need to worry about taking off and putting on jackets, rosy cheeks, or goosebumps, but you can take advantage of the natural greenery, flowers and sunshine through the clouds. You’ll really appreciate the photos after it’s all said and done.

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Photos at sunset create the perfect romantic lighting.

COLOR/DRESS: Fall and winter weddings limit themselves to a darker color palette. Although this could lead to a more “romantic” or upscale wedding, your options for bridesmaid dresses are limited. The decision of long versus short dresses may be made for you. Summer offers a huge selection of color options from linens, dresses, suits & ties, and flowers. Plus, flowers are in abundance and your florist will be excited to put together bouquets or centerpieces full of color to stand out and make an impact.

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We love this bright and colorful tablescape by Crushed Ice Catering.

GUESTS: Most people usually save their vacation days for summer and have an easier time traveling during this time. If you’re expecting more guests to be available, generally summer is a better option.

COCKTAILS & FOOD: When it comes to picking out your food and bar menu, you really can’t go wrong in the summer. Foods and ingredients are their freshest and generally make everything tastier.  Caterers like Crushed Ice Catering and our Chef Lawrence Agnew take advantage of the freshest locally grown foods for a top notch meal. To top it all off, pick a signature cocktail that reflects the personality of you and your significant other. Your guests will surely appreciate a refreshing beverage unique to you!

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Adding a signature Cocktail or champagne toast is a great and refreshing way to add a little something to your summer menu.

HONEYMOON: Now lets not forget about the honeymoon! Having a summer wedding gives you a good chance to schedule your honeymoon directly after the event. More destinations are available during the summer months and traveling back and forth is easier. However, since the weather is good locally, you don’t have to travel to a tropical location. You can have your honeymoon is a big city or out in the country based on your preference.

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Bride and Groom leave for their honeymoon in style.

The Ice House could be the perfect summer wedding venue. From the rooftop garden to the terrace directly off of the main hall, we aren’t short on beautiful outdoor spaces. Our exclusive caterer, Crushed Ice Catering, provides the highest quality fresh food, and summer guarantees the best ingredients for you and your guests. On top of the awesome space and food available, during the month of July we offer a 20% discount for the venue pricing which means more flowers and fun for you! See, summer isn’t so bad after all!

 

Cheers!

Madeleine

 

Crushed Ice Catering: Why the Ice House has an exclusive caterer

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“So we have to use your caterer, Crushed Ice Catering?”

It’s a common question that the Ice House is asked quite often. Here at the Ice House, we have an exclusive catering partnership with Crushed Ice Catering. To most, it is viewed as a benefit – but to some, it comes with many questions. Since our inception, Crushed Ice Catering has always been a part of the Ice House – even before the Ice House was complete in 2011.

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Crushed Ice Catering’s Executive Chef, Laurence Agnew, checking out the progress of the Ice House Main Hall back in 2010.

We are going to highlight why our partnership with an exclusive caterer, Crushed Ice Catering, is beneficial to you and your next event:

We ALL know the ropes.

Whether we are team Ice House or team Crushed Ice Catering, all of our managers know the venue and the food service operation like the back of our hands. Our Chef and Kitchen Staff know how to operate the equipment, and even had their hand in the kitchen design – to promote the best use of space and efficiency. The are no limitations or unknowns when using the equipment. Everyone knows where everything is, at all times – which can be a huge time-saver during your event.

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Crushed Ice Catering’s Sous Chef, Zach Tackett, preparing appetizer’s in the Ice House kitchen.

Last minute requests can easily be fulfilled. 

So you didn’t know the Great Aunt Sally was allergic to soy, and Crushed Ice Catering‘s Asian Take Away Station just isn’t going to cut it for her appetite and dietary restrictions. No fear! Having our kitchen on-site allows our Chef to dip into his inventory, creating a customized dish on-the-fly to not only appease Great Aunt Sally, but leave her saving, “where did they pull that deliciousness from?”

A guest drops their fork on the ground? It can easily be replaced.

Your college fraternity brothers are drinking tequila like it’s senior year all over again – we can dip into the liquor room to re-stock (and we hold all necessary insurance (liquor, facility, etc), which is a huge plus +).

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Dietary restrictions? Crushed Ice Catering has you covered.

We have you covered, and so does our staff. 

Rather than one dedicated event representative, you receive two. One for catering, one for the venue. What does this mean for your event? Each of our managers are cross-trained in EVERY department, and essentially you have MULTIPLE sets of eyes on EVERY aspect of your event. We are all inter-changeable. Lauren, your Catering Manager, is fully capable of coordinating your Ceremony if need be. And Erica, your Ice House Manager, is TIPS certified to step behind the bar if the lines are a little too long for our liking. We have each other’s back, and will not stand to see one fail.

Another HUGE benefit is that all of our staff is both Ice House and Crushed Ice Catering staff. We are a sister-company, and every one on-site for your special day knows where everything is. Need directions to the nearest restroom? Let our staff guide you. Need one extra place setting for a vendor? We have tables and chairs on-site. They are not only pros when it comes to the the food service, but the venue as well.

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Our service staff is one-of-a-kind at Crushed Ice Catering and the Ice House.

The real difference is in the food. 

What it really comes down to is the food quality. Your food is arriving on your guests tables hot, fresh and most importantly, restaurant-quality. We do not have the need to freeze, reheat or transport your food. Crushed Ice Catering kitchen is here, on-site, so the need for traveling, hot boxes and warming ovens is non-existent. Your food is cooked the DAY OF your event. This speaks volumes for the quality of the food.

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Chicken Saltimbocca with Parma Ham, Basil, Chicken Mousse Brique Dough with Confit Potato, Asparagus and Red Wine – Yum!

We hope we left you with some valuable insight into our exclusive relationship with Crushed Ice Catering at the Ice House. We love being a part of both sister companies – and the true difference comes out in the execution of your event. We would not be successful if it were not for our partnership. We are one big happy family – ensuring that your special day goes flawlessly.

Cheers!

Erica