Recently Engaged?

First of all, congratulations!

Are you newly engaged and jumping right into wedding planning? Maybe you’ve been engaged for a while and finally have a minute to begin planning your dream wedding. Either way it’s the best time to plan your wedding. You might be wondering where do I start… Everywhere you look there’s a new idea. How do you decide your wedding date and pick a venue when there are so many decisions to be made things can get overwhelming fast.

A good place to start: Bridal Shows

Nelson's Catering - Bridal ShowBridal Shows are one of our favorite events to attend, it’s an awesome way for couples to get inspiration for their weddings, meet vendors and taste samples (can you say wedding cake?!). Our favorite show is hosted by the Elegant Bridal Group. For more information on how to join the fun, locations, and how to get tickets visit their website or Facebook page.

We look forward to meeting so many brides and couples during the craziest bridal time of the year. Did you know that 40% of couples get engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day each year. That’s awesome! Many couples we meet at expos are there to explore their options, so don’t feel like you have to know what you want before the show.



Wedding Reception Catering365 days. 52 Saturdays.

Will you pick a date that has meaning to you? Your favorite season or favorite month? If there is a venue you have your eye on you may pick your date based on their availability. We even have a comprehensive list of venues we cater to.

Here at Nelson’s we like to say book your venue then call us! We put together the cutest timeline in our menu to help our couples along.

Wedding Planning Timeline

Our secret, we can accommodate multiple events on the same day so you don’t have to rush into booking until you are sure we are the right fit for you!


Outdoor BBQ CateringWe’re here to help!

Need help considering your options? Ask us for recommendations! We have catered hundreds of events in various venues around Central Illinois. 

Don’t have a date yet? We can still discuss catering options. We even have preferred vendors we work with often. Our goal is to help you have the best day ever.  We want your reception to be successful and catering is a big part of your celebration. Our wedding catering coordinator will work with you throughout the whole process making you feel stress free and organized. Although it can be beneficial for couples to inquire after selecting a date and venue, it’s never too early to begin planning your big day! We still have dates available for 2019 and are beginning to book into 2020 and even 2021. Contact us today!