Let It Go!

Having just celebrated my fifth wedding anniversary, I thought I would share some of my wedding pictures from November 7, 2008 at Vintage Villas and pass on what I believe to be one of the best pieces of wedding advice I can give.

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When looking back on my wedding day there are still a few things that I might have done differently. However, the good memories definitely outnumber the few minor things I would have changed. So every year I think of how much fun we had, how wonderful it was to marry my best friend in front of the people I love and to have been blessed with such a beautiful day!

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Believe me when I say I understand wanting everything to be perfect, and if you have planned well or hired a wedding planner then most likely it will be. But just like you, your vendors, wedding planners, chefs (everyone involved with your wedding) are human and are all capable of making mistakes. Let’s face it, technology can fail, accidents happen, and it might even rain, but if your focus is on marrying the love of your life then nothing else will matter.

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So my advice to all brides is to not sweat the small stuff! Seriously! Try not to let the few minor incidents, unexpected situations or planned moments that don’t happen keep you from enjoying your big day. You don’t want to later regret spending time focusing on something that no one will even notice or remember.

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CHOOSE to enjoy all the moments of your wedding day, on the day and after it’s all over. Even if the cake falls on the floor, the power goes out, the special heirloom Champagne flutes get lost, try to focus on the fact that you are married. And think of all the great memories that were made!

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Written by:  Lauren Allen, Director of Sales and Marketing

Should You Consider a Brunch Wedding?

We know that Saturday evenings are the most popular time to host a wedding, but it definitely isn’t the only option. Couples are choosing weddings every day of the week and all hours of the day. Here are some reasons to forgo the evening event and consider a daytime wedding for your special day:

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Brunch weddings open the doors to a variety of non-traditional wedding foods. Imagine serving your guests sweet and savory items like stuffed French toast, quiche, migas, pastries, or pancakes.

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For a daytime wedding, you can also serve light and fresh bar options like Champagne, Mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s. These classic drinks are crowd favorites and cost less than the Full Bar alternative.

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Yes, everyone loves a sunset, but morning weddings have their own special beauty. Daytime weddings highlight the natural surroundings of an outdoor wedding.

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Image Via Whitney Lee Photography

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Cost & Availability

Many venues will offer special rates for daytime events. Also, the cost of the brunch food and beverage options mentioned above tend to be less expensive than their dinner counterparts. If you are trying to stay within a specific wedding budget, considering a brunch wedding can really help.

Availability is also a big concern for brides, as many venues book peak dates far in advance. Being flexible to a daytime event will increase your chances to get your desired day, weekend, or month.

Time to Relax After the Wedding

Many couples rush off for their honeymoon the morning after their wedding without much rest after the late night of partying and drinking. A brunch wedding gives you a unique opportunity to relax, spend time with your new spouse, and wake up the next day refreshed and happy. After the daytime wedding, you can enjoy a romantic dinner together, lounge around in your hotel room, and prepare last minute items for your honeymoon.

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Some Vintage Villas couples even choose to plan activities with close family and friends after their daytime wedding, like golfing or even renting a party boat.

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Brunch weddings can be just as beautiful and fun as evening weddings (with some added benefits). Please share your comments and experiences below if you’ve had or are considering a brunch wedding.

Written by:  Samantha Botello, Wedding Sales Manager

Winter Weddings

Winter is quickly coming!  As fall weddings are coming to an end, winter weddings are just about to start.  I love winter weddings because they are so beautiful and cozy.  If you’re having a winter wedding, then here are some great ideas for you to consider as your day quickly approaches.

For your bridal gown, long sleeves are a great idea.  They will help to keep you warm and make you look elegant.  And no, you won’t look like your mom on her wedding day if you wear sleeves.  There are some great dresses out there with sleeves.  However, If you don’t like sleeves, consider a cute jacket or coat to help keep you warm.  There are lots of great selections out there.

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A winter bouquet can be full of beautiful winter colors or all white.  I love both!  White is so pure and peaceful to me while a bouquet with some colors has a more fun tone.

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Boutonnieres and corsages also help to add some light to your wedding.

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Your cake is another big part of your wedding day.  Every bride wants a beautiful cake that helps carry on the theme of her wedding.

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Centerpieces really help make a wedding over the top beautiful.  They help to add life and color to the whole room.

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If you’re having assigned seating maybe consider these for your escort cards.

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And last but not least, favors are a must.  They are a way to thank your guests for coming and celebrating your special day with you.  There are many great winter favors out there, but here are just a few.

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Have fun planning your winter wedding!

Written by:  Mary Gividen, Wedding Sales Assistant

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.

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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