Which Menu To Choose?!

There are so many decisions to make when it comes to planning a wedding.  One of the more fun choices should be choosing your menu…especially when our chef has so many delicious options!

Here are few tips to get you started!

  1. Set a Budget: This is always a great rule to start with, no matter what part of the wedding you are trying to make decisions for. When choosing your menu, a budget will not only help you decide what menu to pick, but also how the food should be served.  We offer both a buffet style, as well as plated meals for you to select from. Our menus can have up to 3 different entrees so you are sure to please all of your guests!
  2. Think About Your Wedding Style: Depending on the time, the size of your guest list, and the style of your wedding, you will want to consider different menu options. If you are hosting a formal evening wedding, plated service can add a nice touch to your wedding day.  If your wedding is more casual, a reception style buffet meal can help set the tone.
  3. Serve a meal that reflects you as a couple: Your menu should mirror who you and your fiancé are as a couple; it makes your wedding day unique to you! Did you get engaged on a trip to Italy? Our Tuscan menu is a great option.  Do you spend date nights searching out the best BBQ in Texas?  Why not serve our barbecue buffet to your guests too?

Vintage Villas can also customize a menu for you. If there is a menu item or idea that can make your wedding day special to you, talk to your Sales Manager.  We are always able to help with any menu questions or concerns!

 

5 Reasons Why You Should Rent A Villa

5 Reasons why renting a private villa at Vintage Villas will make your wedding experience even more incredible for you and your guests!

Beyond our amazing views of Lake Travis, our two beautiful wedding ceremony and reception sites, we also have 44 Hotel rooms for on-site lodging. Our rooms are divided up into three separate villas. The Villas include a mix of suites, king & queen rooms, double queens. Each Villa also includes a lobby space for your guests to relax together. In addition, our Central Texas and East Texas Villas have the option to be reserved entirely for you and your guests.  This means you’ll have a completely private villa for your wedding guests to enjoy! So, what are the benefits of booking a private villa at Vintage Villas for your big day?

   

1.  Quality time with your guests

The opportunity to rent a private villas allows for your out-of-town guests to spend quality time together in between getting ready, brunches, and photos on your big day. The perk of the lobby is that it acts as a living room and gathering place for your friends and family to sit, relax, and chat in a cozy and private environment. The Villas create an at home atmosphere to enjoy intimate family moments leading up to your ceremony and reception.

2.  No DD, No Problem

When staying on property your guests don’t have to worry about driving, calling an Uber, or catching an organized bus! Your friends and family can happily – and safely – walk across the lawn to their villa.

3.  Party All Night!

So, the reception may have come to an end, but this doesn’t mean the party has to end. With a whole Villa completely reserved for your guests, you have no indoor food and beverage restrictions. In your Villa, you can bring in your own alcohol and food. No other guests will be staying with you, so there won’t be any noise complaints. Your friends and family can keep the party going without breaking any rules!

4.  Late Night Snacks

Post-wedding reception hunger is a real thing!  Vintage Villas culinary team would be happy to provide your Villa guests with lake night snacks – or you’re welcome to bring in your own!  

5. Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we offer a delicious meal each morning for a small  additional charge. Whether your guests kept the party going, or relaxed after your reception, they can all talk about it at breakfast in our South Texas Villa. Your guests will be able to relive the night over a warm breakfast. As a Bride or Groom, you will be able to see your friends and family one more time before they head home.

You really can’t go wrong with reserving a Villa. Your guests will able to gather and catch up with each other in a beautiful and serene setting. For more information take a look at our website.

We’re Hiring a Sales and Events Assistant

Sales and Events Assistant

  • On-site office hours are approximately 8:00am-4:00pm Monday thru Friday and may require weekend or night hours based on need.
  • Position available immediately
  • Manage daily operation of Sales & Events office. Office is made up of a Director of Sales & Marketing and three Sales Managers

Daily Duties:

  • Greet guests upon entering the office and make them feel welcome
  • Field incoming phone calls, leads, schedule tours, and confirm tours
  • Input leads into CRM database, distribute leads to sales managers and maintain database of lost business
  • Manage office EO book and distribute Event Order to other departments
  • Social Media knowledge a must. Update Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, TripAdvisor and VV blog daily. Keep storefronts on The Knot and Wedding Wire up to date
  • Lead tours, create cost summaries and contact leads when Sales Managers are out of the office as needed
  • Maintain relationships with all VV vendors
  • Other office duties as needed

Additional Duties:

 

  • Create wedding, corporate and social printed packages along with assembling sales kits & tour bags
  • Create client folders,  welcome packets and send client surveys post event
  • Assist Sales Managers with creating event orders, printed menus and directional signage pre event
  • Attend department meetings,  tradeshows, tastings and open houses as needed
  • Keep Sales Managers up to date with industry  and networking events and occasionally attend events on behalf of VV
  • Marketing knowledge a plus. Review Google analytics stats at the end and share with management. In addition, create advertisements for magazines and website.
  • Update website weekly
  • Assist in coordinating vendors, design needs, and items for tradeshows and open houses
  • Coordinate and execute community outreach events

 

Please email all resumes to Katie@vintagevillas.com

Menu Tasting: How to Make the Most of your VV Tasting

The wedding planning is coming along and all the details are finally being put together! As your wedding approaches you need to finalize your menu and the best way to do that is attend a tasting. At Vintage Villas we offer a menu tasting every other month. We ask our Brides and Grooms for recommendations based on what they want on their actual wedding menu and pass it along to our Chef who finalizes the menu for the tasting.

Before you come for your tasting here are a few things to note for you to make the most out of this fun event!

Food Service starts promptly at the start time of the event.

The time sent out by our sales team is the time our appetizers will start being served. We make just enough for all the RSVPS so it’s important you arrive on time to try them while their hot!

Where’s my wine?

The bar is just as important as tasting the food! Our staff will be passing our house red wine, white wine, and champagne for you to try.

Is this the size of my wedding entrée?

It’s a tasting! The goal is to be able to sample more of smaller portions. We provide an assortment of stations, appetizers, sides, and entrees so you can be able to taste more. The menu tasting isn’t supposed to be a meal replacement for your day but a way to try your possible wedding menu choices.

I wanted to try…

We understand that there are a lot of menu options you may be interested in trying. We serve 2-3 entrees from different menus, and therefore cannot accommodate every request you may have. We hope that our tasting will give you a good idea of the quality and variety of food that we serve.

I have some questions about my wedding…

That’s great, your Sales Manager will be attending the tasting as well and will be available to go over any questions you have.

 

Our Open House

Our Open House was a huge success! Thank you to everyone that came out to view our property and meet awesome vendors. Our dark and woodsy look paired perfectly with the hibernating wisteria on our Gazebo and the dark wood floors in our Events Center. The florals by Bloom bar and Malleret were gorgeous and unique for our Open House! They each created stunning designs to decorate our Gazebo and Arbor.

We partnered with Eclipse Event Co. who designed and coordinated the entire event. Eclipse Event Co. organized the vendors, created an inspiration board, and communicated our theme for the decor inspiration. Lauren, Amy, and Tessa were amazing to work with as usual! Our Florals pictured by White Buffalo Weddings were designed by The Bloom Bar.

When guests checked in to the Open House, we gave them a Vintage Villas Bingo Card. It had all our vendors logos on it, and when a guest reached bingo, they were entered into a raffle to win prizes from us and the other sponsors.

While trying to get a full Bingo across, our guests stopped by our food station where Chef Steve showcased our martini mashed potato bar with some of our favorite toppings including bacon, cheddar cheese, and green onions. There was plenty to try including a carnitas carving station and some new menu options like our Panko Crusted Crab Stuffed Mushrooms and a delicious French sandwich!

To create a fun atmosphere, Terra Vista Strings and Bat City Beats switched off between live music and DJ sets.

The Cupcake Bar had their signature cupcake decorating! All the guests had to do was choose their favorite flavor or try a new one and pick out their toppings!

Groove Labs leather branding was a unique addition to our Open House! They brought handmade leather coasters and koozies with our VV logo and branded our guests initials into them.

Michelle’s Patisserie had samples of two of her most popular cake flavors, and guests loved trying them out! We also have a donut wall as part of our rentals for any wedding or event.

When it was time to relax, Moontower rentals provided our outdoor lounge area. Altared Weddings and Events had their magic mirror for guests to have fun with the lake view backdrop.

More photos to come by Brittany Jean Photography showcasing Malleret Designs. Thank you to all of our vendors that participated!

Eclipse Event Co.

White Buffalo Weddings

Brittany Jean Photography

Coleman Jennings Films

Paper Bird Films

The Bloom Bar

Malleret Designs

The Cupcake Bar

Michelle’s Patisserie

Scripted Ever After 

Moontower Rentals

Marquee Rentals

Bat City Beats

Terra Vista Strings

All Dolled Up

Bee Lavish

Travelling Photo Booth 

Vintage Villas Open House

You’re Cordially invited to our 2018 Open House!

Join us for an afternoon to spark your wedding planning process. We’ll be hosting a complimentary Open House filled with amazing vendors, 2018 wedding trends, great views, and of course delicious food.

Some of our fabulous participating vendors are:
Eclipse Event Co.
Scripted Ever After
Altared Weddings and Events
Kitsch Event Styling
The Bloom Bar
Moontower Rentals
Marquee Event Rentals – Austin
Brittany Jean Photography
Coleman Jennings Films
Michelle’s Patisserie
The Cupcake Bar (Austin, Texas)
All Dolled Up ATX
Bee Lavish Vintage Rental
Groove Labs

Goat Yoga Happy Hour!

Baby Goats made their way to our Gazebo Lawn for Goat Yoga Happy Hour! We teamed up with Naaah-maste Goat Yoga of Austin for a fun filled weekend of yoga classes with an added happy hour.

The baby goats live on a ranch in Bastrop with lots of other barnyard animals such as potbelly pigs, cows, ducks, and horses. The Naahmaste Goat Yoga events became mobile so all Austinites can enjoy mingling with the goats. Goat Yoga is kid-friendly, boyfriend-friendly, mom-friendly- and all around a great way to spend your time off.

The yoga class took place in our Gazebo Lawn overlooking beautiful Lake Travis. We held on Saturday + Sunday, four classes total, as the goats need naptime after 2 classes! After the relaxing workout the guests had a chance to take photos with the goats and grab a drink. Thanks again to Tricycle Creative for, check them out on our Facebook. To keep the fun going,   Simple Booth set up a selfie boomerang booth that was a crowd favorite,

We are happy to announce two more Goat Yoga + Brunch events on December 17th at 11:30am and 12:30pm. We hope that you will join us, snag your tickets before they sell out again!

Buy your tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/goat-yoga-brunch-overlooking-lake-travis-tickets-40721387767?aff=efbevent

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/goat-yoga-brunch-overlooking-lake-travis-1245-class-tickets-40721655568?aff=efbevent

Our Dream Wedding Giveaway

Vintage Villas is always looking for ways to give back to our community. How can we help those who are most deserving? After much thought, our team got together and created the Vintage Villas Dream Wedding Giveaway.

The Dream Wedding Giveaway gives worthy couples an all-expense paid wedding in our Gazebo and Events Center for a Sunday in November.  Along with Vintage Villas catering and bar services, our wedding vendor community came together and created an amazing gift for one deserving couple. The dream wedding is valued over $26,000 with the following generous donations: Eclipse Event Co., Signature Bridal SalonMen’s WearhouseFlowers by Nancy Too! Complete Weddings + Events, Cakes RockAll Dolled Up, The Mill Photography , and TerraVista Strings.

As the submissions came through last winter, we realized this decision was going to be a lot harder than we expected. Maribel + Brock’s story came in on the last day of submissions. When our entire office read it, we knew they were our Dream Wedding Couple.

Maribel + Brock’s Submission:

After our first trip to my hometown, my dad turned to Brock and said,  “You take care of her.” Brock responded “Yes sir, I will.  She takes care of me too!” There was so much power in those last six words; I knew then, I would marry him. Those words showed me how much he appreciated and embraced who I am, we would be partners throughout our relationship and lives.

Being born with a physical disability, I often wondered if someone would be able to look past the crutches and leg braces to see the strong, independent woman I am. With Brock, it was never a question. He is the most gentle, selfless, and patient man that has made his way into my life, because of that we will experience and overcome life’s challenges together.

I’m Maribel, a kindergarten teacher, to children who are deaf/ hard of hearing. I’ve dedicated my life to supporting children, so they can find their ‘voice’ in the world. I also volunteer to co-teach a sign language class for Spanish speaking parents because I feel passionately about helping families communicate and connect with one another.  Brock has been a master mechanic in the area for over 20 years and despite his physically demanding job he continuously finds the time to help with my work related projects.  We are hard working people and have built a relationship that is deeply rooted in understanding and thoughtfulness; one we believe is worthy of a #VVDreamWedding.

Our families live hours away so a #VVDreamWedding will allow ALL that are dear to us to unite in celebration of our marriage. We have planned for a lengthy engagement to save for a modest wedding; winning the #VVDreamWedding will help us minimize the wait for us to be Husband and Wife.

 

 

Villas Signature Salad Recipe

Our Villas Signature Salad is a perfect start to any reception, luncheon, or banquet! Chef Steve has created the perfect blend of sweet and savory in this salad.

 

Ingredients

6 oz of Spring Mix

8 Grape Tomatoes

2 Red Onions

2tb. of Sugared Pecans

Yellow Bell Pepper

2tb. Feta Cheese

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

Shallot

Dijon

Recipe
Toss Spring Mix,  Grape Tomatoes, shaved Red Onion rings, sugared crushed Pecans, and ½ thin sliced yellow Bell Pepper and top with 2 tb. of crumbled Feta Cheese.

The Balsamic Dressing is prepared with 1 ½ oz of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2 teaspoons of Balsamic Vinegar, ½ minced Shallot and ¼ teaspoon of Dijon.

Whisk the Dressing together and drizzle over the salad mix. This recipe serves two.  Enjoy!

 

Meet Our Team: Thomas Porter, General Manger

Say Hello Thomas Porter, our General Manager at Vintage Villas Hotel and Events Center!

Tell us about your background:

I graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Liberal Arts Bachelors Degree with a Sociology Major. While working my way through college I worked in the restaurant and hotel industry. Upon graduation, I was employed by the Harvey Hotel DFW that was later called the Bristol Hotel Company, and apprenticed in 5-star banqueting service.

What Other Hotel Experience do you have?

I got the position of Banquet Director at the Austin Hilton in 1996. During my tenure, I became the Housekeeping Director, Food & Beverage Director, Catering Director and Assistant General Manager.

How did you meet your wife, Vicky?

Vicky was the Rooms Division Manager at the Austin Hilton. We married in Enniskerry Ireland.

Tell us your Vintage Villas Story:

I met the owner of a 40 room Bed & Breakfast overlooking Lake Travis. Encouraged by the stunning views of the lake and the never-ending sunsets, I eagerly took the job as General Manger with the full intent of turning the B&B into a Hotel & Event Center. Vicky and I had the opportunity to purchase the hotel in 2007.

What are your favorite hobbies?

Anything related to vegetables and reading any non-fiction (I don’t think I really ever left college).

What are some of your favorite Travel Experiences? 

Diving in Bonaire, blindly pointing to a Chinese menu item in Macau and haggling over goat skins in the souks of Marrakech.

What is something you will always love to talk about?

 My 3 wonderful kids and the other one, motorcycles and hand bells.