COCONUT GROVE – As the summer approaches many brides and grooms are realizing that these months just may be the perfect time for that special day.
“There’s no question that we’re seeing a significant increase in the number of summer weddings and other types of events,” said Bill Hansen, CEO and founder of Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and & Events Production (www.BillHansenCatering.com) . “It’s an interesting shift as South Florida continues to evolve into a year-round community for business, tourism, and, of course, weddings.”
This interest is a direct result of South Florida’s wide selection of both indoor and outdoor venues, along with very favorable prices. This trend is also apparent with corporate events and other types of receptions.
“Certain venues and service providers are willing to discount some of their prices because they’re not quite as busy during the summer months,” said Hansen. “This provides a great opportunity for those hoping to tie the knot in the summer.
“We’re able to find better prices and values for our clients. Based on our extensive contacts, we always get the best deals for our clients during the summer and other times of the year.”
And, there’s no better firm to plan and execute a summer wedding, which starts with the availability of more than 100 exclusive venues spanning Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Hansen’s locations include historic monasteries, race tracks, elegant mansions, one-of-a-kind museums, retro warehouses, and much more. Starting with the locations, Hansen has proven time and again that he’s the “go-to” guy for those seeking untraditional, unique events. He stresses that those seeking traditional weddings at a country club or hotel should look elsewhere. But for clients seeking a truly memorable wedding, his firm is clearly the choice. This is certainly the case for summer events.
“Summer events provide some very unique opportunities,” added Hansen. “As with all of our weddings, we’re able to develop themes which match the seasons, venues, and food with the personality of the brides, grooms, and their families.”
For example, it’s likely that a summer wedding on the beach could very well be less formal, with the wedding parties opting for chiffon dresses and more relaxed outfits for the wedding party and guests.
“For the beach events, we have had quite a bit of fun, offering personalized flip flops and hand fans for guests,” said Hansen. “These types of party favors are memorable and will remind everyone of the great time they had in Florida for this event.”
According to Hansen, one of the most important decisions is with the food.
“Keep in mind that guests will prefer lighter foods at an indoor/outdoor summer event,” he said. “Menus should feature salads, fish, and fruit as opposed to heavier fare such as meats, fried selections with gravies and sauces.”
“We offer all types of cuisine with a catering staff that rivals any 5-star restaurant in the area,” said Hansen. “Our chefs provide all types of ethnic cuisines and Kosher menus, to name a few. There isn’t a menu we cannot provide to our clients.”
Based out of Villa Woodbine, a historic mansion in Coconut Grove, Hansen and his team of executive chefs and event producers consistently deliver on their promise of creating “one-of-a-kind” memorable experiences that eliminate the stress during the event planning phase or on the day of the event.
The wide selection of venues gives clients a choice, not just in the summer but year-round.
In addition to Villa Woodbine, Hansen offers other venues including Vizcaya, the Kampong, Fairchild Tropical Garden, SAMSARA, the Walton House, Estancia Culinaria, Park Place, Palm Court, The Alfred I DuPont Building, The Moore Building, The Cruz Building, the Walton House, Samsara, Estancia Culinaria, The Charles Deering Estate, 1111 Lincoln Road, The Gallery of Amazing Things, The Versace Mansion, The Temple House the Rubell Family Collection, The Ice Palace, The Walton House, The Ancient Spanish Monastery, The Bonnet House, The Needham Estate, to name a few. He caters at more than 100 venues throughout South Florida.
About Bill Hansen Luxury Catering & Events Production
Bill Hansen started Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Events Production in 1980, under the name Bills’ Catering. Working out of The Miami Club, downtown Miami’s premier city club, he took Miami by storm and became a major player in the upscale catering arena. In 1983, he discovered Villa Woodbine, a historic mansion in Coconut Grove, which is today one of Miami’s most sought-after weddings venues.
For the past 35 years Bill Hansen Luxury Catering has paired with South Florida’s finest venues and vendors to cater and produce luxury events for hundreds of Fortune 500 firms, thousands of bridal couples and the who’s who of the celebrity world, offering its clients a wide variety of unique venues along with innovative catering, event planning, décor, and flawless execution.
It is the preferred or exclusive provider at over 100 South Florida venues and was recently voted “Caterer of the Year” in 2015 by Bizbash readers and colleagues. The firm was also named the 2016 Business of the Year” by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.