The wedding took place in an old historic church in St. Charles. The two were young and had met while working in a restaurant where both of them had been managers. It was part of a chain and the bride’s uncle was the division manager. The restaurant had about 20 employees and about 15 of them had been invited to the wedding. Both the bride and groom had large Italian families and they were invited too. Restaurant employees tend to be a clique-ish lot and six of them were in the same college fraternity. They rode together crammed into the same car, anxious to get through with the wedding part and get to the reception. Some of them decided not to wait, beer cans popped and smoke filled the air on the way to the church. They pulled up next to the bride’s division manager uncle’s car and exited in a cloud of beer fumes and smoke. They all commented on how beautiful and intense the colors were on the stained glass windows in the church. The wedding concluded without incident and the usual tears were shed, photos taken, and the usual rice was thrown.
Everyone arrived at the reception hall at about the same time except for the fraternity group. They had to make a pit stop along the highway. Six guys were all lined up along the side of the car, answering nature’s call all at once. The reception hall was decked out nicely, the caterers began setting up the chafing dishes for the food, and a cover band that was not very good started playing the music. They started out with “Hey, Hey Paula” because that was the bride’s name. One of the frat boys called out from the back that he would rather hear some REO Speedwagon. As the evening progressed, another fellow lost his wallet when he was pulled out of his chair to dance with a fat girl that everyone was avoiding. As the reception was winding down, the bride and groom left to consummate their wedding night, the families left together and the college guys started loading the food that was left as well as the caterer’s dishes and utensils out the back door and into the trunk of their car.
Here are a few of the best places to have a reception in St. Louis, but you may want to check the guest list a little more carefully than Paul and Paula did:
Catering Plus, 7118 Oakland Ave. 314-781-0243, has been in business since 1995. They have an international style of food and they use fresh, high quality products from local suppliers. They have catered events at such venues as the Pageant, The jewel Box in Forest Park, and the Mad Art Gallery. They serve dinner parties, weddings, wine dinners, buffet dinners, cocktail parties, brunch, fundraisers, BBQ’s and more. They can also make arrangements for flowers, valet, music, and rentals.
Orlando Gardens has three different unique party venues and reception halls. The Orlando Family has been in business for over 40 years and has catered thousands of wedding receptions. They have also recently opened The Lodge at Grant’s Trail, a rustic cabin with a luxurious atmosphere for weddings, private parties, and corporate functions.
For more information call 314-638-3340 or visit their website at www.orlandogardens.com
The Bevo Mill, 4749 Gravois, 1-800-288-BEVO, was built in 1916 by August A Busch as a high class answer to the wicked saloons of the time. The Bevo, a replica of a Dutch windmill had no bar, no sawdust on the floor, no hard liquor, and served a temperate 1% alcohol beer. The place is now an award-winning German restaurant and private reception palace, as any place that was once the home to the private dining of one of the world’s greatest beer barons would be. Wedding receptions at the Bevo may include either sit-down or buffet dinners with a four-hour open house brand bar as well as coffee, tea, and water service. Tables are set with full china, silver, white linen, a complimentary brass lamp and a floral centerpiece with votives. In addition to receptions, the Bevo also caters wedding ceremonies and rehearsal dinners.