Outdoor Baltimore Weddings

Outdoor Weddings Baltimore

There’s something special about an outdoor wedding: the unparalleled beauty of a rocky ocean shore, a romantic botanical garden, the warm familiarity of your own backyard. But as gorgeous as these sites are, there’s also a significant amount of legwork and orchestration that goes into planning an alfresco celebration. Zeffert and Gold Catering and Event Planning has been working with clients to perform immaculate outdoor weddings and receptions in the Maryland and Washington D.C. areas for over 25 years. From the lighting to the parking to restrooms, here’s how to pull off a flawless tented reception.


Make sure to know the different types of tents. There are many types of tents, but two of the most common are frame tents and pole tents. You definitely want to ask your caterer or event planner to show you pictures of what the tent is going to look like. There are a remarkable amount of differences that can change the look of a tent to suit your style whether that is backyard casual or classic elegant.

Keep bugs at bay

To control insects on your wedding day, think about having your site sprayed by an exterminator two days beforehand and placing citronella candles throughout the space.


Since your wedding venue may not be a place that holds weddings often, take the time to make signs that will show guests where to go. Simple arrows with signs pointing towards the ceremony, cocktail reception, and main reception will help guests get where they need to go.


Lighting your site

To set the mood (and help guests see each other), add paper lanterns, pinspot lighting, twinkling lights or stately chandeliers. Light up surrounding walkways for easy access to the bathrooms. Think luminaries and small up— lights along the paths and Mason jars with tea lights hanging from nearby tree branches.
Remember to: Have an electrician check out the space before lighting up your tent. Not only will he be able to make sure you pass all the proper inspection laws, but he should also be able to make recommendations as to whether you’ll need to rent an extra generator and how to safely secure your lighting fixtures.
Bonus tip: You may want to keep a lighting pro (who has wedding experience) on hand to ensure everything stays in place—and lit up—all evening.



If there aren’t any restrooms nearby (and even if there are a few), you should consider renting them. These days, you can find luxury portable restrooms with amenities like in—room music, granite countertops and air conditioning or heaters depending on the season.
Remember to: Give guests something to talk about with a few subtle extras like luxe soaps, fresh flowers and monogrammed towels.
Bonus tip: The general rule of thumb is to have one bathroom or stall for every 35 guests. This way, guests will spend less time standing in line and more time partying on the dance floor.


Choosing music

Let the outdoor setting guide your music choice. If you’re on the beach, you can’t go wrong with steel drums. For a backyard reception, you might go for a folk or bluegrass group.
Remember to: Make sure your band or DJ has enough power to supply their equipment. This may mean bringing in an extra generator so you don’t lose the lights in the middle of the party. They should be able to tell you what they’ll need to set up at your site. Also, figure out where the band or DJ and dance floor will be. (Hint: Make sure it’s not in the path from the kitchen to the tables.)
Bonus tip: Most city ordinances don’t allow outdoor music late into the evening; do your research and then commit to a time when the band or DJ will unplug.

Creating the menu

Having an outdoor wedding gives you flexibility to get creative with your menu. Under a tent you might throw a New England clambake, a spicy Southern barbecue or even a Hawaiian pig roast. But you probably wouldn’t even consider those options for a ballroom affair. Regardless what food appears on your menu, plan to have plenty of cold water and refreshing nonalcoholic drinks on hand—especially if the weather is hot and humid. Lemonade and iced tea are good staples.
Remember to: Schedule a site visit for your caterer to make sure she’s well—equipped to handle the space. Also keep in mind that in most cases, your caterer will need a separate prepping tent. And don’t forget about the need for electricity and running water. Work with your caterer to draw up a detailed floor plan.
Bonus tip: Make sure your catering company has experience running tented events. They’ll not only provide all the right supplies (saving you the hassle of having to rent them) and set up and clean up, but they’ll also know to have enough wait staff on hand to ensure that all of your guests are taken care of.



Zeffert and Gold Catering has been working with clients to make their outdoor wedding as worry free as possible. Please let our experienced staff help you to plan each and every detail leaving you with nothing to do on the wedding day but enjoy. For your next tented event make sure to call Zeffert and Gold Catering at 410-944-4481

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Green Catering in Baltimore

Baltimore Green Catering

At Zeffert and Gold, we love being able to bring our clients the finest in gourmet foods and attentive service, while continuing to adhere to our founders mission of using products that are local and practices that are both green and sustainable. As one of Baltimore’s leading catering companies, we are happy to always be at the forefront of these practices. In accordance with this mission, we are happy to announce that we are now replacing our disposable plates with palm plates, bowls, and cutlery. These palm products are made in India by simply pressing fallen palm leaves with steam to create these wonderful plates. There are no coatings or glazes that are put onto the products, so they are able to compost in as little as 6 weeks. These all natural products are compostable, biodegradable and can even be put into the microwave or oven.

The production of these plates begins by collecting fallen leaves from plantations—no trees are ever cut down to make this dinnerware. The leaves are then brought to the factory, where they are sprayed with high-pressure water, steamed and UV sterilized. Over 80% of the water used is recaptured and reused, and the entire manufacturing process uses just 10% of the energy used in recycling. These plates keep your meal and our earth free from harm.


Please call us to plan your next environmentally friendly event in the Baltimore area. 410.944.4481


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Perfect Maryland Wedding at Baltimore’s 1840s Ballroom

1840s Baltimore

Kristen and Gary recently tied the knot at the magnificent 1840′s ballroom. Their stunning wedding reception featured not only delicious food, satisfying drinks and great company with family and friends, but a special Baltimore, Maryland touch. These details were all over the reception from the Maryland color’s used in the couples color scheme, to their crab mallet favors which were imprinted with Crabby Natty Boh and Mrs. Boh. Additionally, Kristen and Gary set up a Maryland table at their wedding, with all things Maryland. This table featured items such as old bay utz chips, fishers popcorn, and of course Natty Boh beer.  We really enjoyed working with Kristen and Gary and wish them nothing but the absolute best in their future as husband and wife.


Photos Courtesy of Perskie Photographics


Wedding Crab Mallet

Custom Wedding Toasting Glasses

Wedding Ice Sculpture

Baltimore Themed Wedding Table

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Baltimore Wedding Catering: Zeffert and Gold Catering win’s Weddingwire’s Couple’s Choice Award

Baltimore Award Winning Catering



Zeffert and Gold has been extremely fortunate over the past several years to work with amazing clients who have helped to propel our business to the top in our industry. We have continued to grow as a business both in quantity and quality. This growth has been noted by not only or past, present and future clients, but also by industry resources such as Weddingwire and the knot. Awards such as the “Couples’ Choice Award” from Weddingwire and “Best of Weddings” by the knot are only given to the top 5% of wedding vendors. Additionally, only vendors with positive reviews are qualified for this award. We at Zeffert and Gold are extremely appreciative of everyone who has helped to make us Baltimore’s best and most awarded catering company.  Please call us to design your next amazing event, where we will surpass your highest expectations!

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Baltimore Wedding Planning: 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Wedding Planning

Wedding Planning in Baltimore Maryland

1. I will not do anything… before the guest list.

It’s not the most fun part of planning (and we’ll be honest, it’s one of the most likely to lead to a fight or two or twelve), but you shouldn’t make any wed-day decisions before you have your wedding guest list somewhat firmly in place. Why, you ask? Well, do you want to have a nonrefundable deposit down on that cozy restaurant room that fits 75 when your mother-in-law’s additions bump your list up over 200? Exactly. Once everyone’s in agreement, then you can move forward. That said, this means that one of the parts of your wedding you can plan immediately (or at least talk over with your fiance) is what kind of atmosphere you’d like for your wedding. Do you want an intimate, close friends and family-only affair, or do you want to throw the event of the season for 300-plus people? Later, when you’re in the guest-list trenches, this bit of planning will help back up your gut instinct about whether to say yes (or no) to guest-list additions.

2. I will not end up on YouTube for the wrong reason.

Adorable processional dance? Totally acceptable path to stardom. Bridezilla freak-out on the florist who delivers hyacinths instead of hydrangeas? Not so much. On your wedding day, all eyes (and camera phones) will be on you, meaning your every move is subject to instant Internet infamy. Mind your manners and keep your panic attacks quiet to avoid the wrong kind of publicity. But that video of your dad doing the worm during your father-daughter dance? Internet gold.

3. I will not realize that grape isn’t my color — with two months to go.

You should feel free to rethink, redo, and revamp any element of your wedding that you want — unless you’ve accepted a ring from it (just kidding). This doesn’t have to mean yet another huge investment or reneging on a bunch of contracts — you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make simple additions or subtractions and change your whole style. Already ordered those pastel bridesmaid dresses? Think about adding a bold sash or accessorizing with chandelier earrings to liven them up a bit.

Unsure about the color scheme you chose? Pay an extra visit to your florist and work out changes to your bouquets and centerpieces — adding new blooms in all of your arrangements will introduce a new color throughout the room. Same thing if you’ve already ordered the linens — spice them up with bright table runners or overlays. If you decide you really can’t live with it, chances are you can go back on your first choice — just remember that it will have a cost. A good rule of thumb is that if you’ve already signed a contract or seen a proof, you will have to pay extra for any changes or additions you make. But if it’s still relatively early in your planning process, don’t be afraid to make the change. Remember, you’re getting married to your husband, not your centerpieces.

4. I will not use my Facebook status as a personal wedding journal.

Okay, we know you’re excited about planning your wedding, but that girl from your college history class couldn’t care less that you finally booked a reception band (not to mention understand that passive-aggressive comment about the best man). We’re not saying the everyday details aren’t interesting — we’d just recommend a different platform. Instead of overloading your Twitter feed with wedding details, create a wedding-planning blog for those who want to keep tabs on the ups and downs.

5. I will trust my vendors.

Before you start micromanaging every decision your wedding planner makes, remember one thing: You’re paying them for a reason. Consider their experience and expertise an opportunity for you to relax. They want you to love the result (after all, your recommendation hinges on it!), so they’re going to strive to please. And wouldn’t you rather help someone who trusts your abilities rather than second-guesses everything you do? There’s no harm in giving a good amount of direction at the outset, but asking for daily progress reports is overkill.

6. I will not feel guilty about having an adults-only wedding.

Whether you’re worried about babies crying during the ceremony or just can’t afford to seat entire families for dinner, it’s your decision whether or not you want to invite the little ones. As long as you’re consistent about this rule (no exceptions for your closest friends!) and upfront in your invitations and on your wedding website, you shouldn’t feel bad if you have to tactfully put the kibosh on your second cousin who tries to RSVP for her toddler triplets.

7. I will attempt (at least a little) DIY.

Even the least crafty bride can undoubtedly personalize a few details of her wedding, and the bragging rights — not to mention the savings — will be well worth the effort. Try your hand at creating your favors or ceremony programs. If those tasks seem to daunting, keep it simple: Put your excellent penmanship to use and write out the escort cards, or make your own welcome bags for out-of-town guests with maps of the area and a few local goodies.

8. I will acknowledge that some people might not want to be the “guest book attendant”.

You can’t put all your friends in the wedding party, but there are usually a few people left over that you still want to honor…so you create “special” jobs, like cake servers and guest book attendants. Our advice: Unless your guest book is especially complicated, an attendant probably isn’t necessary. Honorary jobs are still jobs, and chances are, they’ll have a much better time if you just let them enjoy the party rather than having them stand guard by the guest book.

9. I will actually eat the dinner at my reception. (That includes cake!)

Make sure you take time with your new husband to really enjoy the party you worked so hard to plan. If you spend your whole wedding day directing the photographer and making sure the bridal party makes their entrance on cue, you’ll be missing out on a lot of amazing memories.

10. I will look on the bright side — no matter what.

Did your outdoor ceremony get rained out? Instead of panicking, throw on some cute rain boots, grab a big umbrella, and start posing for some adorable rainy-day photographs. The DJ played the wrong song for your bridal party’s entrance? Chances are no one else noticed. After months of obsessing over the details, it’s easy to get lost in them. Loosen up, keep in mind what’s important (you’re getting married!), and we promise that, even if the caterer serves twice-baked potatoes instead of mashed, it’ll all be great in the end.

Adapted from Justine Lorelle Blanchard’s Column on www.theknot.com

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Sima and Rob’s Industrial Wedding at The Baltimore Museum of Industry

Rustic Wedding Event Details

Last night, at the amazing Baltimore Museum of Industry, Sima and Rob along with their family and friends (and a little bit of snow) exchanged vows to become husband and wife. They created a fitting industrial theme, that totally complimented their venue. Many of the little touches and details that they chose to include in their special day made huge impacts in elaborating their wedding space.


Guests arrived to a ceremony set in front of the picturesque windows. You could see the city skyline in the background and the neon lights from the museum reflected on the windows.

Wedding Ceremony Museum of Industry Baltimore Maryland


Moore and Co. Stylists, along with My Flowerbox created this stunning chuppah.

Industrial Wedding Chuppah Maryland Brides Pinwheels


Awesome etched metal signs on the sign-in table with an S and R for Sima and Rob.
Initials Wedding Signs


Sima and Rob gave away terrific favors,  pint glasses with the Natty Boh man proposing to the Utz girl!


Pint Glass Wedding Favor Wedding Gifts


As soon as the ceremony was over, Zeffert and Gold flipped the room to create an amazing reception!

Museum of Industry Wedding Tables Shantung Linen


In the middle of the windows, a sweetheart table was set for this amazing couple to be able to enjoy their meal.

Sweetheart Table with Baltimore Skyline in Background


When guests reentered the reception area they “checked in” on their time-cards to find out where they were sitting!

Place Card Time Cards Cool Wedding Ideas


Before the dance floor was filled with guests, a customized gobo lit up the floor with an appropriate illuminated gears.

Customized Gear Gobo Dance Floor Light


Guests who had room for dessert enjoyed delicious cupcakes from Iced Gems Bakery, which were accented with Edison Lightbulbs and iron gears.

Customized Cupcakes


Event Team:

Venue: Baltimore Museum of Industry

Catering: Zeffert and Gold Catering

Event Planning: Moore and Co. Event Stylists

Photographer: tPoz Photography  (All photographs above by Zeffert and Gold Catering)

Dessert: Iced Gems Cupcakes

Lighting: 27 Studios Lighting

Florist: My Flowerbox

Entertainment: My Deejay

Officiant: Cantor Jan Morrison

Videography: Documented Video Productions


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Best Baltimore Wedding Blogs

Best Baltimore Wedding Blog

At Zeffert and Gold Catering, we love to provide resources which newly engaged couples are able to utilize when looking for special ideas or details for their upcoming big day. Below are a few of the best wedding blogs that we think are great and extremely helpful.


Style Me Pretty

Style me pretty is one of the most well-known wedding blogs in the United States. It consistently blogs about ideas that are relevant to almost any wedding.



Ruffled is a great blog that has a lot of information and ideas for people who are looking to mix a little of something old with a little of something new for their special day.


100 Layer Cake

This a bridal blog that tries to help you build and design your wedding “layer by layer.”


Rustic Wedding Chic

This more recently started blog is a great resource for any bride who is looking to design a comfortable and stylish country or rustic themed wedding.


Grooms Advice

This blog, which is designed and maintained by men, is one of the only blogs designed to help grooms. It gives advice, solid wedding planning tips and other helpful ideas that are more fitting for grooms.


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Join Us for Winter Wine at Evergreen Museum and Library


Winter Wine Tasting at Evergreen Carriage House

Winter Wine at Evergreen Museum & Library, on January 9, 2014, showcases the best wine Maryland has to offer at an impressive Baltimore landmark. Winter Wine is a place for wine lovers to experience the best that Maryland has to offer in a small, exclusive setting. Wines will be organized by variety, and poured by a winery staff (many winemakers will be in attendance), to provide details about particular varietals, blends and vintages.

A Carriage House Pass includes tastings of 30+ award-winning wines, all grown in Maryland, in the charming Carriage House from 7:30 – 10 p.m. Join us an hour earlier for the Sparkling Wine Reception from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the majestic Evergreen Museum & Library.  Here you can sip sparkling wines while touring the Gilded Age mansion with its Tiffany glass, fine collectible art, and full Bakst Theatre.


Start the night with a sampling of cheese featuring fresh imported and domestic cheeses. Then enjoy light passed hors d’oeuvres like marinated portobello mushrooms with smoked mozzarella and sirloin steak wrapped asparagus spears. Finish the night off with miniature french pastries, all by Zeffert & Gold.


Wines will be curated by Mary Zajac and Jonathan Palevsky of WBJC’s “Word on Wine” and will be available for purchase by the glass, bottle, and case. The Family Tree, Maryland’s leading resource for preventing child abuse and neglect, will be running a “Dining Out” raffle. The raffle will feature 12 $100 gift certificates to area restaurants.


The Carriage House Pass is $65 and the Carriage House Pass + Sparkling Wine Reception is $80. The Carriage House Pass will be available at the door for $75.

For More Information Visit: www.marylandwine.org/events

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A Beautiful Baltimore World Trade Center Wedding

World Trade Center Wedding Reception Baltimore Maryland

Chuck and Michele, celebrated their seven year hitch with an amazing wedding reception at the World Trade Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The reception was amazing with cityscapes of Baltimore’s inner harbor in the background and plenty of good food and drink for all to enjoy. Chuck and Michele were actually married in Las Vegas a few weeks before the reception, but chose this amazing Baltimore wedding venue to host all of their friends and family for a night of celebration.

To start things off Chuck and Michele taught a quick line dance lesson, which almost all guests participated in. Once the guests got the hang of the El Paso line dance, the dance floor was hopping with guests doing their version of this fun and exciting dance.

Guests enjoyed the drinks flowing at the bar as well as the station style dinner which served filet martinis, Peruvian chicken and Asian glazed salmon among other things. To top everything off, Michele and Chuck served three different wedding cakes and along with a gourmet ice cream Sunday bar. We really enjoyed working with Michele and Chuck and wish you a lifetime of happiness together. Thank you for letting Zeffert and Gold be a part of your special Baltimore wedding reception!

Wedding Menu Card

Wedding Cake Topper Baltimore Baseball

Baltimore Wedding Cake

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Come See Zeffert and Gold Catering at Glenview Mansion’s 2014 Bridal Show Open House

Glenview Mansion Bridal Open House for Wedding Receptions

Come see Zeffert and Gold Catering along with many of your favorite vendors at the Glenview Mansion Open House on January 26th from noon until 4:00 PM. We will be serving delicious food and drinks. In addition to being able to tour this beautiful venue you will also be able to meet with florists, photographers, DJ’s, bands, and wedding cake bakeries. Please call 240.314.8660 for more information. We hope to see you there!

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