Going PRO vs. DIY

Although do-it-yourself weddings have occurred for decades, Pinterest, the economy and the “trend” of DIY has taken weddings to a new level; sometimes to a level I personally do not understand. Don’t get me wrong, literally putting your own personal touch on some aspects of your wedding can be charming and add sentimental or unique value. However, when you are considering “doing the wedding yourself” instead of hiring professionals, think twice.

I understand if you are thinking, “I’m on a budget and I’m not sure if I can afford professional vendors.” But know that there are more wedding professionals than ever willing and ready to assist you. Also, if you think that doing things yourself will save you money, the end results might cost you more (both financially and emotionally).

Take a look into the following vendors and see why hiring a wedding professional may be money well spent:

Food/Cake: People love to rave about a good meal, and love to complain about a bad one. Either way, your guests will remember the food. So while asking your mom to cook your favorite dishes or your aunt to make your cake may seem like a way to make things personal and save some money, the food and the cake are best left to the professionals. A caterer will know what foods are best served in which season, how to accommodate guests with dietary needs or restrictions, and how to cook on a large scale for an event with many guests. A baker will ensure the cake not only tastes great but looks great too!

 Photography: These days everyone knows someone with a quality camera and a good eye. But before you agree to let your mom’s friend or your neighbor take photos on your big day, remember that there are advantages to hiring a photographer. A professional won’t know anyone at the event, so they won’t be socializing and potentially miss important moments. A photographer will also understand where the lighting is best, what time of day is the best for different kinds of shots, and will think to get different shots that a family friend might not consider. Your wedding photos will be treasured forever, so consider hiring a pro to capture your special day.

Music: It’s certainly inexpensive and easy to make a playlist on your iPod. But a band or a DJ has a presence, and is there for the opportunity to add another layer of warmth, personality, and vibe to your wedding. Asking a friend to manage the music and make the announcements is asking them to work and not enjoy your wedding. A DJ or Band MC can take requests, set the pace of the event, and change the types of music they’re playing based on the mood of the crowd—your iPod can’t.

Flowers: Deciding to have flowers or not or choosing to have real ones or fake ones is a no-brainer. Even if you want to limit the amount of flowers at your wedding, definitely go with real ones. Fake flowers are just that…fake. They are not as pretty, do not have that sweet fragrance and do not represent such an honest and pure day. Also, if you are having an outdoor wedding, real flower petals are biodegradable, where wind blows “silk” petals everywhere leaving the grounds littered. Hiring a professional florist will save you precious time on the day of your wedding too. Picking up flowers, cutting them and arranging them might seem like a good idea, until your big day comes and you find yourself rushing to get dressed, wanting to spend time with your bridal party and starting to stress.

Planning/Coordinating: Sure, you’re organized, you know exactly what you want, you like being in control, and you enjoy the planning. But whether you choose to have a planner for the entire duration of the wedding, or a day-of coordinator, professional help can mean the difference between an event that feels handmade and inviting, and an event that feels rushed and disorganized. A coordinator dedicates themselves to making sure you and your fiancé are happy, that the event will look as good in real life as it does in your head, and ensures that the end of your wedding is perfectly wrapped up nice and neat. Having a planner will allow you to be worry-free and truly experience your wedding day.

Your wedding is possibly the one and only opportunity that you will host the largest celebration of your life with the people that mean the most to you. So why not treat yourself and your loved ones to a stress-free time with great food, amazing service and quality products provided by professionals? After all, it is your wedding day!

 

Written by:  Lauren Allen, Director of Sales and Marketing

Meet the Sales Team

At Vintage Villas we host events for every occasion from weddings to corporate meetings to birthday parties. Our sales team is here to help you plan and execute the perfect event. That being said, I thought I would take some time to introduce you to the ladies who help make it all happen.

Lauren Allen, Director of Sales & Marketing

Lauren has been at Vintage Villas for 8 years. She started as a Wedding Sales Manager and was later promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing. However, she still assists brides with their weddings, rehearsal dinners, and brunches.

Lauren Allen- WM

On a personal note, here are some Fun Facts about Lauren:

Favorite Color: Coral

Pet: Peanut (Shih Tzu)

Favorite Sport: Watching- Basketball / Participating- Yoga

Hobbies: Riding Bikes with my husband and two year old, Watching Movies, Spa Treatments

Samantha Botello, Wedding Sales Manager

Samantha joined Vintage Villas four years ago as a Wedding Sales Manager. She helps couples choose their wedding location, select food and beverage options, and plan other wedding events like dinners and brunches.

Samantha Botello- WM

Fun Facts about Samantha:

Favorite Color: Green

Pet: Lola (Pomeranian)

Favorite Sport: Longhorn Football

Hobbies: Billiards, Knitting, Travel, Movies

Erin Todd, Wedding Sales Manager

Erin started as a Sales Assistant at Vintage Villas almost 3 years ago and worked her way up to Wedding Sales Manager. Along with Lauren & Samantha, she helps couples with their weddings, rehearsal dinners, and brunches.

Erin Todd-WM

Fun Facts about Erin:

Favorite Color: Benjamin Moore Shaker Gray

Pet: Ozzie aka Nugget aka Ozzman (Long Haired Dachsund)

Favorite Sport: Well I’m forced to “enjoy” football, but I’ll go with yoga.

Hobby: Traveling to far, far away beaches.

Mallory Voorheis, Corporate & Social Sales Manager

Mallory has been at Vintage Villas a little over a year. As the Corporate & Social Sales Manager, Mallory handles any and all non-wedding related events. Whether it’s a business retreat, bar/bat mitzvah, or family reunion, she can help you plan the perfect event.

Mallory Voorheis- WM

Fun Facts about Mallory:

Favorite Color: Pink!

Pets: Tember (Border Collie, 15yrs), Abby (Jack Russell, 7yrs), Carrera (Pomeranian, 5 months)

Favorite Sport: To Do – Dance, To Watch – College Football

Hobbies: Wine & Hot Tub, ATV’ing, RV’ing / Camping, Laying on the Beach!, Spa Treatments

Mary Gividen, Sales Assistant

Mary has been with Vintage Villas for almost a year. If you call or visit the sales office, Mary will be happy to greet and assist you. In addition to working in the sales office, Mary acts as a timeline coordinator to ensure that wedding receptions flow smoothly throughout the evening.

Mary Gividen- WM

Fun Facts about Mary:

Favorite Color: All autumn colors

Pet: Bear (Catahoula Leopard Mix)

Favorite Sport: I don’t like sports.  But I do love taking long walks with my dog and husband, hiking and kayaking.

Hobbies: Watching TV and being outdoors

 

Written by: Samantha Botello, Wedding Sales Manager

Photos by: Daniel C Photography

Welcome Gifts for Your Guests

Welcome gifts for your guests are a great idea.  A little bag full of goodies will make your guests wowed when they check in to the hotel.  Welcome bags are definitely not a must for your wedding, but if you have the time they are a lot of fun.

Some ideas of what to put in a welcome bag could be bottles of water, candy, cookies, snack food, a list of restaurants and local things to do or even an itinerary for the weekend (if you have one).  To personalize the bag a little more you could add a logo on the front with your new last name and wedding date or give your guests a reusable cup that is personalized to your wedding.  You could also incorporate things into the bag that reflect the area in which you are getting married.  For instance, when getting married in Texas, a bottle of specialty barbeque sauce would be great.  If you’re getting married in Austin then something to do with the bats on South Congress bridge, music or “Keep Austin Weird” would be great.  If you did choose to have welcome bags for your guests, we would be glad to hand them out upon arrival here at Vintage Villas.

There are many fun gifts you can put in your welcome bags to your guests.  Just be creative and have fun!

Written by:  Mary Gividen, Sales Assistant

How to Prepare for and Attend a Bridal Show

What to Expect:

Bridal Shows are crowded and loud, but don’t let any of that deter you! Use this time to gather information and enjoy any of the special offers extended to you. I always tell brides to enjoy themselves and take it all in!

How to Prepare:

If possible, find out which vendors will be participating in the show before you attend. This way you are able to map out the vendors you really want to talk to.

WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES!

Bring someone with you, but not an entire entourage. You will definitely need help collecting information (and carrying it!). If you take too many people you will probably spend most of your time keeping everyone together.

Print labels with some or all of the following information:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Wedding Date
  • Guest Count

You will be spending a lot of time writing this information down if not! If you are writing it down, please write clearly. Vendors want to send you the information just as much as you want to receive it.

At the Bridal Show:

If you are provided with a “Bride” sticker, don’t be shy to wear it! It becomes very confusing for vendors to identify everyone that attends.

Don’t feel obligated to take everything that is handed to you!

If you have a wedding dress I would recommend skipping the Fashion Show portion of the day. Use that time wisely and visit with the vendors. Since the majority of brides will be watching the show, you will have a better chance to actually talk to a vendor and it will be a much quieter atmosphere.

Come visit us at the Bridal Expo on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 1-5PM! It is being held at the Cedar Park Center. Click here to register!

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Written by:  Erin Todd, Wedding Sales Manager

Vintage Villas Joins Stash Hotel Rewards – The Independent Hotel Rewards Program

Start earning Hotel Reward Points when you stay at Vintage Villas! Vintage Villas is proud to be one of the newest hotels to join Stash Hotel Rewards. “Stash Hotel Rewards delivers the advantages of big chain rewards programs.” Joining is easy, fast and convenient! Simply visit https://www.stashrewards.com/ today and create your username and password, that’s it. You’ll start earning rewards on your very first visit; some partner hotels even reward you with extra points on your first visit to the property.

As a Stash Hotel Rewards member you’ll enjoy member promotions and bonuses, discounted redemption rates and even 5 points per dollar spent on eligible room rates. Plus, your points never expire! Stash Hotel Rewards has independent hotel partners across the country so no matter where your travels take you, you are certain to find a unique independent hotel ready to deliver a one of a kind experience that can only be found in these exclusive properties.

Benefits of membership apply to all of our clients, whether you’re an independent traveler, corporate client or bride, Vintage Villas will reward you with points to use for your next stay at our beautiful Hill Country hotel or another one of the fantastic Stash Hotel Rewards partners.  Visit the Vintage Villas profile on the Stash Hotel Rewards website by visiting http://www.stashrewards.com/hotel/austin/vintage-villas-hotel-and-events. Additionally, you can read about one of our unique offers in the latest Stash Hotel Rewards Blog here, http://www.stashrewards.com/hotel/austin/vintage-villas-hotel-and-events.

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

Engagement Season is here!

Untitled Happy New Year! And for many newly engaged couples it is just that…a very happy and exciting new year! According to a recent study reported in the Huffington Post, Christmas Eve is the most popular day of the year to propose, with Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve coming in third and fourth place, respectively.

Marry Me

What does this mean for you, the bride that cannot stop looking at your new engagement ring? It means the wedding planning can begin and should immediately! Touring and reserving your wedding venue should be at the top of your wedding planning to-do list. Why? Because others like you will be taking advantage of any open spring dates and soon the prime fall dates will be filled too.

Proposal

I don’t tell you this to cause panic, but only to encourage you to put your new excitement into energy of reserving your wedding venue! Once you have your date and location, everything else will fall into place.

I said yes

Written by:  Lauren Allen, Director of Sales and Marketing

Allison & Zachary’s Vintage Inspired Wedding

Once again, we are very happy to be featured in Bliss Bridal Magazine! Allison and Zachary had a beautiful vintage inspired wedding here at Vintage Villas, with the help of Coordinate This, Petal Pushers Event Floral Design, and Simon Lee Bakery. E. E. Photography did an amazing job shooting this wedding, with the help of 2nd Generation Video Productions  as their videographer. Each image helped to capture the vintage vibe of not only the wedding details, but the couple as well. This shabby chic wedding was tailored to the bride and groom perfectly, from the ruffled cake to each individual mason jar filled with floral arrangements and hung with twine.We love each aspect of this wedding and we hope you do as well!

Photo Shoot in Bliss Bridal Magazine

This exciting photo shoot which was featured in Bliss Bridal Magazine was so much fun to do! Becky Navarro from Pearl Events Austin did a fantastic job designing this whimsical wonderland in our Event Center and Gazebo. Flora Fetish constructed the beautiful floral arrangements for both the inside and outside table settings. If this is the look you’d like for your event, then you could make it happen by contacting Premiere Party Central for the tables, chairs, and other rental needs. This saucy soiree was perfectly captured by Daniel C. Photography. Overall, it was an amazing time watching all of the details for this festive reception come to life! Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Villas featured in Austin Monthly magazine

 Pick up your copy today of the Austin Monthly magazine featuring six themed weddings showcasing the bride and groom’s true styles. We are so excited that Christy & Daniel’s big day at Vintage Villas was chosen – it was definitely a festive fiesta!

Photos by Lauren Guy Photography