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Guide to Effortless Plated Weddings


Perfectly Plated Dinner at Opolo Vineyards Featuring Newlyweds, Rachel & Cliff

At Pure Joy Catering, we understand that a wedding is not just an event; it's a celebration of love, dreams, and unforgettable memories. When it comes to crafting the perfect wedding experience, we've found that plated weddings strike the ideal balance between simplicity and sophistication. The versatility of this style enables us to create a magical experience in any location, even the enchanting backdrop of a vineyard. We'll unveil the secrets to our easy yet impactful plated weddings.


Char Grilled Bistecca Florentina (Left) whole New York marinated in rosemary, garlic marinade & served with chianti jus and the Veggie Tower (Right) rosemary speared grilled vegetable & polenta on basil cream and roasted tomato pasilla sauce

The Allure of Plated Weddings: Plated weddings have an innate charm that appeals to couples seeking a refined and intimate celebration. Unlike other catering styles, where guests serve themselves, plated weddings offer a curated dining experience, where every guest is treated to a carefully crafted meal.

The Versatility of Location: One of the defining features of Pure Joy Catering is our ability to execute plated weddings in a wide range of locations, from grand ballrooms to rustic vineyards. Today, we want to shine a spotlight on vineyard weddings, which are gaining popularity for their romantic ambiance and natural beauty.


Evelyn and David's Stunning First Look Among the Vines at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez

The Vineyard Setting: Picture saying "I do" amidst rows of lush grapevines, with the fragrance of wine-infused air setting the mood for an unforgettable day. We have the expertise to transform this vision into a reality, making your plated vineyard wedding not just easy but also incredibly impactful.


The Perfect Balance: We understand the importance of striking the right balance between elegance and enjoyment when planning a plated dinner for your special occasion. To create a memorable culinary experience that resonates with your guests, we recommend infusing a sense of excitement and interactivity into the formal proceedings.


Meejin and Victor Embracing at Black Walnut Ranch in Ojai

We start by tantalizing taste buds and sparking conversations with a selection of passed appetizers during the cocktail hour. These delectable bite-sized treats not only offer a delightful array of flavors but also set a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. Guests can savor these appetizers while mingling, creating a sense of anticipation for the culinary journey ahead.


Demitasse Mugs of Warm Creamy Tomato Soup Topped with Triangles of Delicious Grilled Cheese

To maintain the flow of the evening, we suggest beginning the plated dinner with a beautifully crafted first-course salad. This provides a structured start to the meal, allowing guests to transition gracefully from the social cocktail hour to the more formal dining experience.


Baby Spinach & Local Raspberry Salad with Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Candied Pecans and Tangerine Honey Vinaigrette

For the main course, offering a choice of entrees not only accommodates varying dietary preferences and restrictions but also adds an element of personalization to the dining experience. Our organized team gets hot plates out in less than 20 minutes in an efficient, yet seamless service to you and your guests. Whether your guests opt for a succulent steak, a flavorful vegetarian dish, or a sumptuous seafood selection, the choice is theirs, ensuring that each plate reflects their unique tastes.


Pecan Whiskey Chicken with Bourbon Onion Marmalade presented with Grilled Local Vegetables, virgin olive oil herb drizzle, and Fresh Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

To conclude the evening on a fun and interactive note, we recommend introducing a whimsical dessert station, such as the ever-popular ice cream sandwiches. This playful twist invites guests to customize their sweet treats, creating a joyful and engaging experience. It not only satisfies the sweet tooth but also encourages mingling and laughter as guests assemble their own delectable creations.


Ice Cream Sandwich Station (served by Jinnee Lee) with ice cream, apothecary jars of old fashioned fresh baked cookies; pure joy chocolate chip, white chocolate chip macadamia nut, cinnamon nutmeg glazed butter cookies with chopped peanuts & jimmies roll-ins

By incorporating these elements into your plated dinner, you can break away from formality while maintaining an elegant atmosphere. The result is a harmonious blend of culinary sophistication and lighthearted enjoyment.


A plated wedding by Pure Joy Catering adds sophistication with personal touches to make the evening seamless for you and your guests. Our ability to transform any location, including a vineyard, into a dreamy setting for your special day is our pride and joy. If you seek a wedding experience that blends the simplicity of love with the refinement of fine dining, allow us to make your vision come alive. Relish the joy, savor the flavors, and let Pure Joy Catering elevate your wedding day into an unforgettable celebration of love. Cassia Karin Photography


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