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Catering Ideas To Charm Your Guests
 

When asking our wedding couples what their top three wedding priorities are, food and drink is almost always near the top of the list. The reception fare is often what guests remember most about the wedding – whether it was tasty, plentiful, served at the right temperature and at the right time. Catering typically accounts for the largest portion of most couples' budgets, so it only makes sense they want to serve something that shines!

Together with Pepper Moon Catering, we’re ready to take on the challenge to impress your guests. Pepper Moon Catering has been offering premier, full service catering for all occasions in Greensboro, NC for over 20 years. They have been providing exclusive catering and management for Revolution Mill Events since 2015.

When planning your reception, you’ll get to work closely with Jaime, our Venue & Catering Manager. She draws upon over 15 years of event experience and has a keen eye for detail, love of logistics and providing personalized customer service. You will enjoy the seamless wedding planning experience that Revolution Mill Events provides!

While a dinner buffet continues to be a popular selection, read on for some fun food trends to consider incorporating into your wedding day. Whether you’re planning to have a casual gathering, fancy affair, or something in-between, don’t be afraid to mix things up with the latest trends, as long as the elements stay true to you ~ the happy couple. We love getting to know you, finding out your favorite foods, and working with you to create a custom menu that is charming, memorable, and deliciously satisfying!

Get started by viewing our new wedding menus which have been specially curated for weddings. —> Revolution Mill Events Menus

Welcome Your Guests with a Cocktail

What better way to say, “Welcome! It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy your evening!” than to offer a drink as your guests walk in? We are obsessed with this idea recently used by one of our couples at their reception. Guests were wowed with this beautiful (and functional!) welcome display. We worked with the couple to create a signature blueberry, lavender pink lemonade, which was uniquely displayed with their escort cards. This display also makes a stunning champagne wall.

Late Night Snacks

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Grilled Cheese at a wedding? Yes! We love putting a playful twist on southern comfort foods. Imagine ending a night of tearing up the dance floor with a gourmet grilled cheese made with blue cheese and bacon or goat cheese and peppadew peppers. Other ideas to satisfy your guest’s late night munchies: a soft pretzel bar, freshly popped popcorn, mac & cheese bites or burger sliders.

Interactive Food Stations

Provide a memorable opportunity for your guests to interact with their food by building their own plate or watching a Pepper Moon chef create their personal dish.

Hors d’oeuvres are spread out into multiple stations which is ideal for reducing lines and offering variety. Your guests will remember the fun interactive displays (think Mashed Potato Bar, Polenta Bar, Taco Station) and chefs preparing their dishes (think Jar-B-Q, Fired Ahi Tuna, Gyros, Fajitas with fresh Guacamole, Jap Che)!

Interactive food stations allow your guests to customize their meal to fit their preferences, which will have your guests raving about the food at your wedding.

Cocktail Hour Hors D'oeuvres

Cocktail hour is the perfect time to let your personality shine through the food!

Passed hors d'oeuvres — This is an elegant way to provide bite sized hors d'oeuvres to your guests during cocktail hour. Servers will tray pass the goodies as your guests mix and mingle throughout the space. Pepper Moon Catering offers many options including the popular Pumpkin Curry Empanada, Sundried Tomato Biscuits with housemade Pimento Cheese, Caprese Skewers, Marinara Meatball in a Spaghetti Nest and Bacon wrapped Sweet Potato.

Displayed hors d'oeuvres — Wow your guests with displays of mouth watering hors d'oeuvres such as Imported and Domestic Cheeses, a trio of Dips, Fresh Fruit with brandied custard dipping sauce or Grilled Vegetables with sundried tomato vinaigrette. Combine several items for a plentiful grazing table!

Formal Plated Meals

We’re seeing a return to the traditional plated dinner service. This is a great option if you are going for a more formal and elegant guest experience. Typically guests are seated at an assigned table and the meal is served directly to the table by the wait staff. It is often a three course meal that includes a salad, entree, and dessert.

Everyone at the table will get their food at the same time; and you can spread out toasts and/or incorporate dances during the courses to keep your guests engaged while they enjoy their dinner.

Include a Local Favorite

We are lucky to have some amazing food businesses central to North Carolina like Krispy Kreme, Mt Olive Pickles, Cheerwine, Texas Pete, Snyder’s-Lance and Dewey’s Bakery. Try adding a bit of of flair to your day and include something local in your wedding menu. We could incorporate Krispy Kreme donuts as a late night snack or offering them as favors to your guests! We also have a fun Krispy Kreme slider bar where guests can choose their toppings for a decadent dessert.

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Revolution Mill Events will work closely with you to present your guests an exceptional culinary experience that will reflect your vision for your wedding. We have put together sample menus to get you started, though we really love to custom-design each menu to fit exactly what you desire! From the simple to the elaborate, Pepper Moon Catering is one of the Triad’s most trusted catering partners. We can’t wait to get your personalized menu started!

View our new wedding menus —> Revolution Mill Events Menus

 
Revolution Mill Greensboro Wedding: Alexandra and Jordan
 

After knowing each other since 5th grade, Alexandra and Jordan were married on a beautiful sunny afternoon on May 18, 2019 in the courtyard at The Colonnade. Because of her past experience working in the event industry, Alex had a clear vision of what was most important for their day.

Things kicked off on Friday with their ceremony rehearsal followed by a rehearsal dinner at Kau (right on the Revolution Mill campus!). Saturday was filled with getting ready, saying “I do” and dancing the night away! We loved getting to know this couple and partnering with them to create many special memories.

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“If I could give this venue more than 5 stars I would!! This met and exceeded every single expectation I ever had. There is not a single bad thing I would say. Beautiful, elegant, romantic, and fun. There is something for every bride and every groom. The fact that it has a beautiful outdoor space just as nice as the inside is a true PLUS. Truly the best decision I made! The staff at The Colonnade at Revolution Mill was extremely attentive, loving, and caring. I will be recommending this venue to anyone and everyone.”

- Alex, Bride

The Venue & Décor

When asked what initially drew the couple to The Colonnade, Alex mentioned the fact that we have both indoor and outdoor spaces… and also that the venue practically “decorated itself.”

The couple chose an outdoor ceremony in the courtyard. The decor consisted of dusty rose, lots of greenery and gold accents. Why did Alex and Jordan choose these colors? … they matched the Bridesmaids dresses! While Alex and Jordan were having photos done after the ceremony, the guests made use of our outdoor space during cocktail hour. They were kept entertained with an outdoor bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and patio games.

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The Suite

While the guy got ready in The Lounge, Alex chose to take advantage of our newly finished Suite for her finishing touches. We are so happy that we can provide this convenient space on site for getting ready and photos, rather than having to travel over in your dress. Better yet, use of this space is included in your venue rental fee!

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Food & Drinks

The couple wanted to wow their 165 guests with seasonal and delicious food and drink! They opted for passed hors d’oeuvres of:

  • Cheddar Biscuits with Ham, Granny Smith Apples and Honey Mustard

  • Bacon-wrapped Sweet Potatoes

  • Caprese Skewers

The dinner buffet included:

  • Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Mandarin Oranges, Goat Cheese, Almonds, and Blood Orange Vinaigrette

  • Bourbon and Pecan Coated Chicken Breast (the couple’s favorite!!)

  • Grilled Flank Steak with Pommery Mustard Sauce

  • Grilled Vegetables

  • Carolina Wild Rice

Everyone enjoyed a decadent dessert table filled with cake and goodies after dinner.

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The Vendors

Specialty Rentals: Eventful
Officiant: Interfaith Pastor/Deborah Suess
Florist: Bloom & Thistle
Transportation: Triad Trolley
Photographer: Liz Grogan Photography
Hair/Makeup: Updo’s Studio

Planner/Day of Coordinator: Relish Design Co.
Cake/Dessert: Easy Peasy
Music, Games, Draping & Photobooth: Triad DJ & Events
Catering/In-House: Pepper Moon Catering

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Favorite Part about Working with Rev Mill Events?

“It was perfect! The venue exceeded every single expectation. Greensboro was such a great place to be. So many fun things to do and guests will always have something to do. It was a very relaxing day and meant the world to us.”

- Alex, Bride

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It was an honor to be a part of Alexandra and Jordan’s love story! We can't wait to show you how The Colonnade in Greensboro can be customized for your wedding day! Contact us to chat.

 
Tried and True Wedding Advice from Newlyweds
 

Let’s be honest, planning a wedding can feel pretty overwhelming. Let us guess, you’ve been studying Pinterest at all hours of the day and night, and researching wedding planning blogs like crazy? Sound about right? However, you can never fully anticipate what your wedding day will be like until it’s actually here. It’s okay. Take a deep breath. We are here to make planning a wedding feel like a breeze. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of top tips from past couples and newlyweds. They’ve walked down the aisle, said their “I Do’s” and have fully enjoyed their receptions. And now they’re ready to pass on their knowledge to you.

PLAN AHEAD & CHOOSE YOUR VENDORS CAREFULLY

  • “Start early! (or as early as you can) - It really helps to have plenty of time, especially if you're getting married at a popular time of year. Things book up fast!” - Hillary

  • “Make sure you pick a great venue, caterer, and photographer. Those are so important! Also make sure to take time to actually enjoy the planning process. Remember it doesn't all have to be done at once!” - Leah

VISUALIZE YOUR PERFECT WEDDING DAY

  • “Start with trying to form your own vision. Pinterest/Etsy are great but can overwhelm you!” - Sequoia

  • “Your wedding is about you and your significant other, no one else. It’s hard to remember that sometimes when trying to accommodate everyone’s needs. Even if things don’t go as planned on the big day, in the end you are married and that’s is all that matters! Enjoy every minute of it, it goes by quick!” Allyssa, Bride

  • “Don’t worry about the guests, it’s YOUR wedding, just the two of you. If they love you enough they will make it to your wedding. Don’t plan stuff around them.” - Missy

ALLOW TIME FOR YOU & DELEGATE

  • “One piece of advice I would give to couples planning their wedding is to allow enough time off work before the day of the wedding to make sure everything is together and all the boxes are checked off. I work night shift as a nurse and I worked up until the Thursday night before my Sunday wedding and I felt so out of the loop on my vendors and all our decorations and I felt rushed to get everything together and make sure I had everything I needed.” - Paige

  • “Delegate and take it a little at a time. Planning can be very overwhelming, but if you have reliable vendors and help from family/friends-it will go smoothly!” - Claire

consider your guests

  • “Think about your guests! A lot of the decisions we made had to do with the flow and timing of the event. I pulled on prior experiences of weddings I was a guest at and thought about what choices were made in consideration of the guests and what weren't. Everyone will tell you that your day is all about you, and to a degree it is. But you wouldn't be where you are without the love and support of every person that will be at your wedding. They have given their time and resources to support you! So think of them when you are planning your event.” - Elizabeth

ENJOY IT

  • “Just know something isn't going to go as planned. Be ready to roll with it once the big day gets here, and don't sweat the small stuff.” - Matt

  • “Just enjoy every part! As much as I felt like a crazy woman running around getting everything done, it truly was such a fun time in our lives and I would do it all over again tomorrow! At the end of the day, forget about small details most people will overlook and just take in the fact you get to marry your best friend!” - Lilly

  • “Everything will work out in the end. I spent a lot of time stressing out over the smallest things, and in reality.. on wedding day it is all going to work out- your friends and family are all going to pull together that day to make sure your dream wedding happens. Nothing will ever go just perfectly, so don't be super disappointed if something goes off the track! Keep a good attitude about it and ENJOY YOUR day. People will always have their own opinion, but it is your day and between the two of you. As long as you and your SO are happy and having a blast, I promise everyone else will be too. The stress is silly so don't worry too much. Also, take time to enjoy every single moment and soak it in!” - Courtney

 
Revolution Mill Greensboro Wedding: Hillary and Adam
 

We loved being a part of Hillary and Adam’s fall wedding weekend! They kicked it off with a rehearsal dinner in Color Works Meeting Space. Then they shared their unique ceremony and reception with us at The Colonnade on November 10, 2018.

 

The Backstory

“We met on tinder (LOL) and after texting for about a week, we went on our first date. The rest is history! … We both swiped right, so I’d say it was literally love at first sight ;)” - Hillary, Bride

The Proposal

“We were in Iceland and he proposed on my birthday! He carried the ring around in his pocket all day waiting for the ideal moment. He thought it was the perfect time when we went to see the Northern Lights and just when he wanted to ask, a tour bus full of very excited (ahem, loud) people showed up and, knowing that I wouldn’t want an audience, he waited until we got back to the hotel room. It ended up being super private and special!” - Hillary, Bride

The Venue & Catering

The couple loved the character of Revolution Mill including the exposed brick, tall windows and high ceilings; but what truly drew them in was the custom wrought iron railings.

Hillary and Adam said their vows, surrounded by family and friends in the lower level with our amazing brick and arched window backdrop. While they took some fun pictures around Revolution Mill (check out Hillary’s lush fur stole and rad leather jacket!), guests enjoyed cocktail hour with an open bar along with passed mini sundried tomato biscuits with homemade pimento cheese; bruschetta; and barbecued shrimp on polenta cakes. A dinner buffet followed with tossed salad; Parmesan cream chicken; pepper pork loin with stone fruit and bacon glaze; smashed potatoes; green beans and a special entree for several vegan guests.

The Planning Process and Vendors

The couple chose a moody, romantic theme for their wedding and the burgundy, dark greens and blush pink colors paired perfectly to help set the mood of the day. The furniture rented from Eventful NC helped to add the perfect element of vintage charm for family seating during the indoor ceremony. Then it was re positioned to create a fun photo op and lounge area for guests during the reception!

Florist: Flora Fine Wedding & Event Flowers
Transportation: Proximity Hotel
Paper Invites: Minted
Catering & Rentals: In-House/Pepper Moon Catering
Wedding Gown: Carolina Bridal World
Groom’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse

Planner/Day of Coordinator: Events by Summer Joy
Cake & Desserts: Cake and All Things Yummy
Ceremony & Reception Music: B*Dazzled Productions
Photographer: Samantha Floyd Photography
Furniture/Decor Rental: Eventful NC
Hair & Make-up: The Hair Refinery of Raleigh

“All of our vendors were so great! Events by Summer Joy took the pressure off day-of coordination. Andraya with Flora gave me the flowers of my dreams. Samantha Floyd Photography did such an amazing job capturing our day/personalities. Megan Perry with The Hair Refinery did my hair and makeup exactly the way I wanted. B*Dazzled Productions was so fantastic as DJ - it was the best party ever!

The communication with Revolution Mill Events was wonderful. I never felt out of the loop or like Jaime didn't have a full grasp of what I was looking for. This gave me great peace of mind.”

It was an honor to be a part of Hillary and Adam’s love story! It was awesome to see their personality shine through many of the details. We can't wait to show you how The Colonnade in Greensboro can be customized for your wedding day! Contact us to chat about it today.

 
Our Brand New Bridal Suite in The Colonnade at Revolution Mill!
 

When we were designing The Colonnade’s highly anticipated bridal suite, we kept a few things in mind…. We wanted it to be bright and airy, welcoming and beautiful for you and your favorite girls to indulge in mimosa’s while you get pampered and ready for your wedding day! After all, many of your getting ready photos will be taken in this space! It had to be perfect. In addition to gorgeous, we wanted to keep it convenient for you to use. Several of our preferred vendors collaborated to create this styled shoot to showcase all of the amenities included in our bridal suite!

Bridal Suite Must Haves…

While in the designing process of building our bridal suite, we chatted it up with past brides, coordinators and photographers to get the inside scoop on the essentials needed for the perfect space.

  • lots of mirrors ✔️

  • storage & drapes to keep things tidy ✔️

  • pretty space for dresses to hang & photo-op ready ✔️

  • sitting area ✔️

  • plenty of outlets ✔️

  • curtained dressing area ✔️

  • private restroom ✔️

  • natural light ✔️

  • tucked away from guests ✔️

  • mini fridge stocked with sodas and bottled water ✔️

In addition to the basics, we have a cabinet full of emergency wedding day supplies — hello bobby pins & sewing kits! - among other last minute items you may not have thought of. You’ll also find a steamer to easily get out any unruly wrinkles in dresses and suits. We love the tall chairs that are perfect for hair and makeup time!

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Make sure to order mimosas for you and your girls while you get ready.

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We are giddy over the fact that we can provide this convenient space on site for getting ready, rather than having to travel over in your dress. Better yet, use of this space is included in your venue rental fee! We hope that you love it as much as we do!

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Styled Shoot Vendors:

 
Revolution Mill Events: Wedding Open House February 2019
 
Photo by Annie Timmons Photography, Florals by Jenny’s Projects, Linens & Table Settings by Party Reflections

Photo by Annie Timmons Photography, Florals by Jenny’s Projects, Linens & Table Settings by Party Reflections

We recently hosted our Wedding Open House here at The Colonnade at Revolution Mill. The participating vendors created a stunning Spring-themed showcase.

Nearly weds benefited from viewing the various room designs for insight into how they can decorate our space for their wedding day.

Here are a few reviews we received from our guests:

“What an awesome open house!”

“Tasting was great!”

“Today was very helpful by the way!!”

“Thank you again for hosting us this weekend! The space looked beautiful and made me so excited for our wedding!”

Have a look at some of the photos from the event. We can’t wait to host another and have more of our couples join in the fun!

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A highlight of our day was the food tasting by our in-house caterer, Pepper Moon Catering. Current clients as well as prospective couples had the opportunity to talk to our chefs while trying out the variety of dishes and tasting our house wines. We’re already getting lots of requests to add the featured chef action station “Jar-B-Q” to menus. It’s described as North Carolina in one bite! A mini mason jar is layered with NC cornbread, baked beans, pulled pork barbecue, coleslaw, barbecue sauce and topped with pickled okra.

Did you know?…. We offer 2 complimentary open house/tastings per year. The tasting menu is selected to include a range of items such as hors d’oeuvres, entrees and side dishes. The purpose of the menu tasting is to assure you of food quality, much in the way that once you have a good meal at a restaurant, you feel confident that even if you order a different meal next time, it will be wonderful! Our chefs will be on hand for you to chat about options. It’s delicious and a lot of fun to attend!

Photos by Annie Timmons Photography & The Nixons Photography

 
 
 
 

The Colonnade featured 3 different ceremony setup options. Although rain put a damper on the courtyard setup, thank goodness we have great indoor ceremony backup options! Guests were able to see the various draping and lighting options we can provide along with gorgeous linens and place settings.

Photos by Annie Timmons Photography & The Nixons Photography

 
 
 
 
Photo by Annie Timmons Photography

Photo by Annie Timmons Photography

 
 

Join us next time to be inspired with different setup options in our flexible space.

Contact us to experience one of Greensboro’s most distinctive event venues!

Tours are available by appointment only.