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!

Open House Invite

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

5 Gift Ideas for Your Groom

Hey brides if you are pondering the idea of what to buy your groom for the ever so sweet gift exchange – don’t worry I have you covered!

Traditionally, the bride and groom gift exchange is symbolic of your love and commitment to each other. As with all traditions it is completely up to you (and your fiancé) whether you want to throw it out the window or not. The best thing to do is to talk it over together beforehand.

Below are five ideas for your groom gift:


1. Purchase an excursion (such as scuba diving with whale sharks) that your huz would love to do on your honeymoon.


2. Just a little risqué, but what groom wouldn’t love a mini album of your best boudoir photos? Many photographers have embraced this trend, so ask your photographer if this is a service they provide.


3. The most popular option is giving your groom cuff links, but make sure they are custom and represent your man perfectly! I know my boyfriend would love these California cuff links. (image via etsy)


4. Dress your husband up with a watch! It is one gift that will get the most use. (image via swell)


5. And, “finally the perfect way to keep a reminder of those important vows you made to each other” or even just a sweet note for your hubby! A sturdy piece of metal (how manly, right?) the size of a credit card that fits perfectly in his wallet. (image via etsy)

Written by:  Erin Todd, Wedding Sales Manager

Teambuilding Activities that Excite & Unite

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So you’re planning the annual Company Retreat and your CEO has asked you to incorporate a “new” teambuilding activity. He or She is tired of the same old routine that has been done for years and wants something that is really going to have people connect to one another and have them talking about it for months. Something that He or She can refer to throughout the year versus something that you do because it’s on the itinerary and then it’s never discussed it again. Where do you begin?

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Get outside! You’ve been in training/continuing education meetings for days; take the group out for some fresh air and get them out of their comfort zone. Consider going to places that offer Zip Lining, Hiking or a Water Sport. These activities are fun and can help teach trust and leaning on each other for support.

Host a Competition in the Kitchen, if your venue does not allow groups in their kitchen find a local culinary school. Seems easy and not very “teambuilding” like, right? Wrong. Imagine your group being broken into groups of 4-5 members. Each team has 15 minutes to come up with a menu; this is now when the true teambuilding aspect comes into play. Each team member has only 10 minutes in the kitchen, at the end of 10 minutes the next team member steps in and picks up where the last member left off. Will they complete their meal? Will it be the same menu they initially set out to create? This simple activity that we typically do at home for our families becomes a lesson about working together and clearly communicating your needs.

Play some music. No, I am not talking about turning on the radio to dance; I am talking about actually playing some instruments and making music together. Local music schools and recording studios are great places to look into. Often times they not only have all of the instruments but they also have equipment to record your group singing, strumming and drumming. Wouldn’t it be nice to have everyone leave with not only pictures of the activity but also a CD of something they created together? This one is definitely something “new” plus you might even learn that you have some great musical talents within your group!

Just remember to keep the group engaged you need to keep the activity fun, keep the energy high and keep the overall message clear.

My picks for Vintage Villas:
Some of my personal favorite Teambuilding Activities near Vintage Villas include Lake Travis Zip Line Adventures, Just for Fun Boat Rentals, Silver Whisk and The Musician’s Woodshed. Check them out the next time you are planning a Retreat in the area.

My Favorite on-site Activity to Date:
A few weeks ago I was introduced to a great company that travels to the meeting location, Drum Café South. Talk about high energy and engagement! They were so much fun! The corporate group had individuals from all over the world at this particular meeting and this Teambuilding Activity really pulled all of them together! Their meeting planner got it right!

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

What Type of Veil is Best for You?

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Wedding day attire has changed throughout time, but one component that remains the same is the wearing of a wedding veil. The history of the wedding veil goes back to ancient Greek times, but regardless of the reason why brides still choose to wear them, how do you know what type of veil is best for you?

Although there are no rules when it comes to choosing the style of veil for your wedding day, two things to keep in mind are: veils reflect the formality of your ceremony and should logistically make sense with your ceremony location.

Just as there are many dress styles, there are several types of veils. The longest veil, known as a Cathedral veil, is used in the most formal weddings and typically taking place indoors. If you are having an outdoor ceremony you may want to factor in the elements. The last thing you want to worry about is the wind blowing your veil in your face, or risk it being caught in bushes or even snagging on concrete.

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Other veil types include the shoulder (also known as a flyaway veil), fingertip, and chapel lengths. A shoulder is a short wispy veil, typically multi-layered that sweeps the shoulders, while a fingertip veil reaches below the waist and brushes at the fingertips. And a chapel veil extends to the floor trailing the bride.

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Whatever the length you choose, the veil should look however you want it to: simple or elaborate, embellished with jewels or plain. It should be a beautiful accessory to your dress, but not a distraction. When selecting your wedding veil, may it complement you, your dress, and your ceremony site.

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Written by:  Lauren Allen, Director of Sales and Marketing

Vendor Interview: Stephanie Barro, Bouquets of Austin

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One of my favorite parts of my job is working with all of our amazing recommended vendors. In order to highlight these vendors, we have decided to feature interviews on our blog. To start us off, we sent over some questions to Stephanie Barro, owner/designer of Bouquets of Austin, who has provided beautiful flowers to our clients since we opened our doors. Check out her responses below to some of our questions.

  1. How long have you been in the wedding industry? A little over 20 years.
  2. What is your favorite part of your job? Besides the obvious – which is working with gorgeous flowers every day – my favorite part of my job is the people that I get to meet, both clients and industry colleagues.
  3. Do you have a favorite flower? Having to choose a favorite flower isn’t fair because there are so many that I love! But I do have some favorites for every season: Spring – viburnum and lilacs; Summer – colorful hydrangea and garden roses; Fall – Oh fall…there are just SO many awesome berries and textures that I love in this season; Winter – this season is great because there’s the availability of some unusual blooms; I love amaryllis.
  4. How would you describe Bouquets of Austin’s “style”? Traditional with a twist!
  5. What floral trends are you currently seeing in the wedding industry and are there any trends you would like to see? As far as trends…I’ve seen the rustic/vintage trend declining and a ramp up of more “glam” weddings (think Gatsby). I would love to move towards more cocktail-style receptions with a few awesome, key elements.
  6. Where do you suggest brides should look for wedding inspiration? Besides the many traditional wedding resources that are available, I would suggest brides looking to home décor and fashion magazines, runway shows, and even architecture for wedding inspiration.
  7. Do you have any suggestions to help brides stay within their budget? Yes! It’s a part of my job to help my brides stay within their budget. They must be honest about their budget/expectations in order for us to assist them in providing them the very best elements/décor for their money!
  8. What is the one thing that you think every bride should know when choosing      wedding flowers? Flowers are very personal. They should choose flowers based on their own individual style – not just because certain flowers, colors, etc. are being done by everyone else. In this way, they can be sure that their wedding flowers truly reflect who they are.

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Interested in talking to Bouquets of Austin about your wedding or event? Contact them at 512.257.2395 or check them out online at www.bouquetsofaustin.com.

Written by: Samantha Botello, Wedding Sales Manager

Cocktail Hour Activities

Are you tired of the traditional cocktail hour and want to mix yours up?  Well here are some fun ideas of activities for your guests during that time.

Photo booths are a great idea.  Guests can have fun dressing up with different masks or hats and take fun pictures with others.

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It could also be fun to have a video camera set up so guests can leave a message or words of wisdom for you two to watch later.

Hiring a comedian for cocktail hour could be an entertaining activity for your guests.  I have never seen this idea take place at weddings, however, who doesn’t love a good laugh?  A comedian would be a great way to entertain your guests.

Having an “I Spy” card would be a great activity too (especially for the young ones).  You could list different things that they need to find at your wedding, such as a pearl necklace or a cake topper.

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Games can also be great entertainment.  Games such as Apples to Apples, Checkers or even Backgammon can help guests interact with each other and have a conversation starter.  Having couple trivia cards about the bride and groom would be a fun conversation starter as well.  Guests can mingle with each other while trying to answer each question.

Lastly, lawn games can be a fun activity in the cooler months.  Some ideas are corn hole, washers or blongo/ladder ball.  Both adults and children can have a blast with lawn games.

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Written by:  Mary Gividen, Wedding Sales Assistant

Kelly + Brent

This wedding is filled with unique personality and we just can’t get enough over here at Vintage Villas!

Obviously weddings are all about love, but sometimes they are transformed into pure magic by the people you choose to help showcase that love. Below are the experts, aka wedding warriors of this amazingly, fun love affair.

Wedding Planner: Becky with Pearl Events Austin | Officiant: Pastor Elroy Haverlah | Photographer: Matt Montalvo Photography | Video: 2nd Generation | Wedding Cake: Simon Lee Bakery | Groom’s Cake: Cakes, Chocolates and More | Rentals: Premiere Party Central | Floral: Flora Fetish | DJ: 1st Class Entertainment | Lighting: Intelligent Lighting Design | Flip Book: On the Flipside | Dessert Bar: Walton’s Fancy & Staple, Whole Foods, Delish, Elizabeth Street Café | Movie: Fun Flicks | Food Truck: mmmpanadas | Limo: Carey of Austin | Fireworks: Steve Wolf with Special FX International

During the cocktail hour guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers while the little ones enjoyed frozen hot chocolate. On the patio after dinner On the FlipSide was set up for everyone to create a custom flipbook, and on the Gazebo lawn all the children enjoyed a great movie set up by Fun Flicks.

To start the dance party off the bride surprised her groom with a flash mob dancing to the Harlem Shake. There were people in Gumby suits and props all dancing around the groom! Oh, and not to mention the amazing black and white checkered dance floor set up by Premiere Party Central.

At the end of the night the bride and groom drove away in style in their antique limo provided by Carey of Austin. How amazing are those fireworks!? Now that is a grand exit!

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Written by:  Erin Todd, Wedding Sales Manager

Fun, Festive, Family Reunions

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Summer is in full swing, for me this time of year sparks memories of family picnics, days at the lake, playing in the backyard with cousins and s’mores around a fire pit while catching fireflies in mason jars to end the sweet humid days.

Those were moments in life that everyone seemed to get along, even zany Aunt Sally was fun and mostly acceptable. It’s times like those that all members of the family had a great time. The kiddos had water balloon fights while the grams taught mom how to play cards and gramps schooled dad on how to grill the perfect steaks.

While we certainly can’t go back in time wouldn’t it be great to re-create those moments and build memories for the younger generations to reflect on for a lifetime? Wouldn’t also be great to have someone else do all of the cooking and cleaning?

Consider hosting a family reunion at a Vintage Villas! Imagine the family gathering for a private breakfast in the morning then heading to our lawn for a game of volleyball or cards on the patio where you can watch the little ones run around. Lunch is served before heading out to the lake for a chartered boat ride on Lake Travis. The evening ends with a great BBQ dinner and a build your own dessert bar in our beautiful Travis Room where you are able to watch the sunset over Lake Travis through the floor to ceiling windows. Following dinner it’s time to head to your private Villa where everyone can gather for storytelling and board games in the lobby.

The possibilities for activities in the area are almost endless. Everything from golfing, fishing, zip-lining, bounce houses, shopping, a trip to the spa and even hill country wine tours!

Our private Villas and event spaces, delicious menus, friendly staff and location make us a great choice for those who are looking to build memories for years to come. So starting planning your next family reunion and be sure to call us to play host, handle all the details, cooking and cleaning!

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