Flower Girls

Who can resist the charms of a flower girl? They are super adorable and will always melt your heart with each step they take. The flower girl can be traced back to the Romans carrying bundles of wheat or herbs such as lavender to guarantee prosperity and fertility. However, the Victorian flower girl is the one who resembles our modern day flower girl the most. She is young and innocent, dressed in all white carrying a basket of flowers preceding the bride.

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Over time wedding fashion and traditions have evolved. Majority of the time we will see the young girl in a white dress, representing purity, dropping petals.

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From the Victoria era, flower girls would also carry a floral hoop representing that true love never ends. Wearing a circular wreath of flowers in the hair is an adorable wedding fashion adapted from this tradition.

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Another new trend that I just can not get enough of is flower girls holding signs announcing that the bride is coming! Seriously so cute and signs are so easy to DIY!

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Do you plan to have flower girls? If so, have you come across other things for flower girls to do while walking down the aisle?

 

Written by:  Erin Todd, Wedding Sales Manager

‘Tis the Season for Company Holiday Parties!

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Holiday Parties are a great way to wrap up a year of hard work and celebrate the season with co-workers and their significant others. It’s an opportunity to relax and enjoy each other’s company outside of the office. November is rapidly approaching and before we know it, here comes December! If you haven’t already booked your company holiday party NOW is absolutely the time. Most venues will have some prime Friday’s and Saturday’s still available but wait a few weeks and you are likely to end up with only a handful of Thursday’s open for an event.

A few things to keep in mind for your RFP include; Budget, Date & Time, Guest Count, Menu (would you like a casual meal with hors d’oeuvres and perhaps a carving station or do you prefer a formal plated meal?), Bar (will you have an open bar of Beer, Wine and Liquor or a Cash Bar? If having a Cash Bar will there be a bartender fee?), Décor (does the Venue provide Holiday Centerpieces and/or décor? If so, this could save you a good bit of money!), Dance Floor, In-house Music or Space for DJ/Band and lastly, Room Rate for your group if applicable. Send this list along with any other details specific to your group to your potential event venue and they should be able to provide a quick proposal to book your event as soon as possible.

Happy Holidays!

By: Mallory Voorheis, IOM :: Corporate Sales Manager :: Vintage Villas Hotel & Events

Grand Send-Off Ideas

Trying to decide on what to use for your grand exit? Take a look at this compilation of send-off ideas that are sure to put the final touches on your big day!

Balloons

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Rose Petals

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Glow sticks

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Bubbles

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Lavender

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Streamers

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Sparklers (make sure to check that there is not a burn-ban in effect)

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And when the fun has ended, leave your wedding riding off in a horse-drawn carriage or on a tandem bicycle.

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Waving good-bye to your guests in a classic car or hot sports car is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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And you can never go wrong with a traditional black car or limo, but when you are a Cinderella bride your dreams come true leaving in a magic pumpkin.

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Whatever you choose to send you off, start your marriage in style!

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Written by:  Lauren Allen, Director of Sales and Marketing

Rehearsal Dinners & Brunches

Vintage Villas Hotel & Events is known for weddings, but did you know that we also host rehearsal dinners and brunches? Whether you are having your wedding onsite or not, we offer great packages and locations for your event.

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The Colorado Room is attached to our South Texas Villa and can accommodate up to 40 guests. Surrounded by full length windows on three sides, this space offers beautiful views of Lake Travis and the Vintage Villas grounds. With an attached patio and adjoining dining room, the Colorado room can be expanded to double its size.

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The Travis Room is ideal for up to 80 guests and features a 30′ window overlooking Lake Travis, a built in bar, private balcony, and wood floors.

Food & Beverage

Our Executive Chef has created a variety of mouth-watering menus specifically for rehearsal dinners and brunches. From Surf & Turf to Fajitas to Stuffed French Toast, there is sure to be a menu to satisfy your needs.

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And of course, we didn’t forget about the alcohol. We offer a variety of bar packages including Beer & Wine, Full Bars, & Brunch Bars.

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For more details about rehearsal dinners and brunches, contact the Vintage Villas Sales Office at 512-220-0185 or sales@vintagevillas.com.

 

Written By: Samantha Botello, Wedding Sales Manager

A Vintage Villas’ Menu

Jun and Mikaila (aka cutest couple EVER) were married at Vintage Villas last Saturday, and they served one of my favorite menus – Asian Fusion Menu!

This is one of the newest themed menus, and you have your option of either Pan Fried Rice with Ginger, Peas, and Eggs or Wasabi Mashed Potatoes. This menu provides one passed hors d’oeuvre and a stationed display that is served during your cocktail hour for all the guests to enjoy!

Written by:  Erin Todd, Wedding Sales Manager

Great Action Stations for Your Event

Action stations are a great idea for any kind of event.  Your guests have the opportunity to make the item exactly the way they like it.  Vintage Villas offers the following action stations for your guests to enjoy…..

*Martini Mashed Potato Bar:  Mashed potatoes are served in a martini glass and guests can put on whatever toppings they choose from cheddar cheese, bacon bits, butter, chives and sour cream

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*Personalized Candy Bar:  We will provide all the glass bowls and serving scoops while you provide all the candy.  Your candy can be all the same color or multi-color.  Whatever fits best for your event.

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*Late Night Snack:  Your guests will love our salty snacks.  For this we will lay out potato and tortillas chips, pretzels, mixed nuts, salsa and roasted red pepper dip.

*Coffee, Liqueur and Sweets Bar:  Although it is not a snack to munch on, this action station is delicious!  It consists of rich Citavo Columbian coffee, assorted flavored coffee syrups, Frangelica, Kahlua, Grand Marnier, Jameson’s Irish Whiskey and Bailey’s Irish cream, whipped cream, freshly ground nutmeg, cinnamon stir sticks and chocolate shavings.

Here’s some other delicious dessert ideas you could do on your own….

*S’mores Bar: Have a variety of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate for your guests to make the ultimate s’more.

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*Jell-O/Chocolate Pudding Bar:  Have cups filled with different flavors of Jell-O and chocolate pudding with a variety of toppings for your guests.

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*Root Beer Floats:  Provide different flavors of sodas and ice creams so your guests can mix and match flavors and experience new types of root beer floats.

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*Banana Splits:  Your favorite flavor of ice cream and tons of toppings is all you need to make this.

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*Ice Cream Sundae:  Set out all different flavors of ice cream and toppings galore.

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Toppings for the above ideas could include:  Cool whip, whipped cream, a variety of nuts, a variety of syrups, a variety of small candy pieces, sprinkles, some fresh fruit or cherries and whatever else your heart desires!

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For more ideas of tasty action stations for your guests, visit our Pinterest page.

 

Written by:  Mary Gividen, Wedding Sales Assistant

RFP’s – Are you getting Full Disclosure?

RFP’s, we all ask for them but are there other questions that you need to be asking other than how much per person your meals, beverages and facility will cost you? Yes!

Often times you receive a proposal from your potential meeting facility and the price looks great! It fits within your budget and you might even be eager to book. Pause and read through the fine print then refer back to your list of wants and needs as well as the meeting event package that you were given from the potential facility. Sometimes the place with the best room rate has several “hidden” fees and therefore is not the best overall price. Will there be any additional fees, have they included tax, what is the service charge? Answering all of these questions beforehand will help you determine the best price and ensure that there are no surprises when you receive your final bill.

Here is a short list for you to reference the next time you request a RFP, check to make sure these extras are included. If they aren’t ask for them!

-          Sales Tax
-          Hotel Occupancy Tax
-          Service Charge
-          Resort Fee
-          Greens Fee
-          Chef’s Fee (sometimes incurred with a carving station)
-          Plated Service Fee
-          Minimum Guest Count Fee (sometimes incurred when a particular menu has       been chosen)

By: Mallory Voorheis, IOM ::  Corporate Sales Manager  ::  Vintage Villas Hotel & Events

Meet Vintage Villas’ Rooms Division Manager!

Our Rooms Division Manager, Kristi Easley-Rock, has managed our hotel rooms for over five years. When asked what she loves most about working at Vintage Villas, she says, “having relationships with our guests, being a part of our sweet couples’ special day, and enhancing one’s experience.” She adds that an extra bonus is that her co-workers are like family.

Kristi assists our Bride and Grooms with Hotel Room Block Contracts, but her responsibilities include much more. She oversees all front desk associates, housekeeping and maintenance teams to ensure a friendly, clean and maintained Vintage Villas. “I manage the teams to provide the very best experience we can give our guests.”

Outside of Vintage Villas, Kristi stays very busy enjoying her two children. In addition to their school schedules, her kids are involved in various sports that keep her hopping to and from practices and games.

She is also a huge fan of the outdoors! “Anytime I can be outdoors, that’s where you will find me, whether it’s practicing sports with the kiddos, yard work, walking the dogs, camping, cookouts, or swimming.” And in the quieter moments she looks forward to a good book, a movie and pinning on Pinterest.

Kristi is a tremendous asset to Vintage Villas; she is a hardworking individual who has a fun and light-hearted personality. And it’s not just us that think so high of her. Hear from a recent bride who took the time to contact Kristi after her wedding…

“Hi Kristi! I wanted to say thank you!! You helped me a lot through this whole process; you were very patient and sweet with me and my guests. Everybody felt happy and pleased with my choice of the hotel and that was thanks to you. We had the best time!!!! I was so worried because we had guests coming from so many places and I wanted them to be happy to be there, and you helped with that. Everybody was happy and had the best time!! So thank you for all your help and your time, you did an amazing job with us. Thanks again!”   – June 8, 2013 Bride

Written by:  Lauren Allen, Director of Sales and Marketing

Sunset Soiree Open House

Vintage Villas Hotel & Events requests the honor of your presence at our Open House!

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Join us on Wednesday, September 25th from 5:30pm-7:30pm to enjoy our Chef’s mouth-watering cuisine, sip a refreshing cocktail, and mix and mingle with some of Austin’s top vendors, including:

Please RSVP to sales@vintagevillas.com or 512-220-0185. We hope to see you there!

 

Written by: Samantha Botello, Wedding Sales Manager

Make Your Bouquet Memorable

Personalizing your bouquet can be a fun way to add some character to it as well as making it a great keepsake from your big day to forever display in your home.  There are many ways to make your bridal bouquet unique and fit you.  Here are some of those ways you may want to try. Charms or broaches can be a great way to bring a little bling to your bouquet as well as making it more personalized.  I’ve seen some brides add one or two broaches to their bouquet or even have their whole bouquet made out of broaches and charms because they carry significance to the bride.  Whether it be their grandma’s or received from a good friend a few years back, they help add special memories to your bouquet. 5961980f5756fdea4301142d13ab0318[1] Having the initial of your new last name on your bouquet is a great idea as well.  The initial could either be in the flowers or on the stem of your bouquet.  The initial of your new last name on your bouquet would be a nice way to symbolize entering this new chapter of your life. Capture     Rhinestone-Monogrammed-Bouquet-Wrap[1] A unique way to remember loved ones who cannot be there on your big day is to hang a small picture of them on your bouquet.  I’ve seen brides do this before and it really made their bouquet so much more special and sentimental.  It is a wonderful way to pay tribute to family members (or loved pets) who have gone before. il_570xN.490049387_2id2[1] Another way to personalize your bouquet while making it look beautiful is to add some fabric of significance.  You could wrap the stem of your bouquet with fabric from your mother or grandmother’s wedding dress.  It would help add some elegance to your bouquet as well as making it very unique to you. Southern-weddings-lace-wrap-bouquet[1] Last but not least, you could add something to your bouquet that reminds you of your relationship with your new husband and how far you both have already come.  You could incorporate some herbs into your bouquet that remind you of a certain scent from a great vacation or date you went on.  Maybe your husband bought you a beautiful bouquet of flowers when you were dating that you just loved, and you could incorporate those types of flowers into your bridal bouquet.  Whatever you choose, something memorable from your relationship may be fun to incorporate into your bridal bouquet. Herb Bouquet

Written by:  Mary Gividen, Wedding Sales Assistant