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December 2015

Dallas Venues, Party Venues

7 Hot Spots to Spend New Years Eve in Dallas 2016

December 31, 2015

If you don’t have any plans yet for this new years eve, this is your cheat sheet to 7 of the most exciting spots to be for new years in Dallas.

1. Henry’s Majestic Roaring 20’s New Years Eve

With Jazzy tunes, a champagne toast and no cover, Henry’s Majestic is the perfect place to spend new years eve if you’re looking for a Roaring 20’s themed night.

Here are the details:

  • 4900 McKinney Ave, Dallas, Texas 75205
  • Dec 31 at 5 PM to Jan 1, 2016 at 2 AM
  • Guests can choose selections from the regular menu or order specials created especially for the evening
  • DJ will play jazzy tunes, changing to current music as we enter the New Year
  • Champagne toast at midnight
  • Reservations Recommended (469-893-9400)
  • No cover

2. 3014 Space New Years Party

With some of the biggest artists in Dallas and party inside of Eric Trich’s current projection mapping installation the New Years party at 3014 Space is shaping up to be one of the biggest events held at 3014 Space.

Here are the details:

  • 3014 Canton St, Dallas, Texas 75226
  • Dec 31 at 9 PM to Jan 1, 2016 at 2 AM in CST
  • Performances by:
    • Eric Trich
    • Boston Kassidy
    • Lily Taylor with visuals by Sean Miller
    • The Jess and Wes Show
    • Topic
    • Blue, The Misfit
  • $15 pre-sale
  • $20 door
  • 21+
  • alcohol provided

3. NYE: Ishi

Featuring Dezi 5, TRUDEF, and SuperSonic Lips NYE: Ishi is looking like the concert to be at this New Years Eve.

Here are the details:

  • Thu, December 31, 2015
  • Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
  • $15.00 – $30.00
  • This event is all ages

4. Le Cirque @ Citzen

If you choose to spend this new years at Citizen in Uptown Dallas, you’ll be mesmerized by a dynamic menu of entertainment including fire eaters, aerial acts, stilt walkers and more.

Here are the details:

  • Dallas – 2923 Fairmount Street Dallas, TX 75201
  • The party starts at 7pm (ends at 2am)
  • There will be complimentary champagne and canapes
  • Tickets start at $106.49

5. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a hugely entertaining show that Theatre Three revives every year around Valentine’s Day — and it sells out!   It’s the perfect revue of courtship and marriage that has earned its place as a signature piece by Theatre Three, and featuring gifted sketch comedy players who sing and dance their way through all the phases of romance and marriage.

There is a special New Years Eve showing which would be a great and relaxed way to spend this new years.

6. New Year’s Eve with the Dallas Symphony

Join the Dallas Symphony for this annual concert of your favorite Strauss waltzes and Viennese-inspired revelry. Ring in the New Year in the opulence of the Meyerson and enjoy a free champagne toast at intermission!

THU performance starts at 7:30PM

7. Masquerade – A Black Tie NYE Event

Taking place at the Random Art Gallery this party will be an elegant night of celebration to close out the 2015 year and usher in 2016. The Masquerade will feature two local DJs, Open Bar, Unlimited champagne, Aerialists, and more.

Here are the details:

  • Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 9:00 PM Friday, January 1, 2016 at 2:00 AM
  • Random Art Gallery – 2242 Monitor Street. #140. Dallas, TX 7520
  • Tickets starting at $90.67
Tips

Should You Still Attend Events? Arguments from Both Sides:

December 29, 2015

Events tend to be a part of every business and industry, but many debate on whether they are a costly and outdated marketing tactic or a beneficial and authentic experience. We aren’t here to tell you which side you should take, but for the record: we think that events being beneficial to businesses and individuals.

When you’re considering attending an event, you may wonder whether it’s all worth it. There’s a lot to consider,but to make it easier for you we’ve presented the arguments from both sides:

Should You Attend an Event?

Industry specific events and events run by industry leading businesses promise to provide relevant and exclusive information, excellent networking opportunities, and unique, authentic experiences, but is it really worth the steep cost of the ticket, and even hotel/travel expenses? Let’s find out:

Reasons You Shouldn’t Attend an Event

One of the most important reasons you attend an event is the content it provides. If the content is irrelevant, outdated, or just plain accessible online for less or free, you should pass on that event. A common argument against events is that the material which high caliber speakers present is already readily available online, and that you can’t justify spending the extra cost of event tickets.

The second main reason you’d consider attending an event is to network, but there are a few big problems with attending an event for networking reasons only.

  1. The attendee profile is not who you need to network with.
  2. Many networking events are just plain bad, and will not provide you with valuable contacts.
  3. Networking itself is partially flawed. It’s been explained elsewhere, so I won’t rehash it here, but basically you need to be focusing on building meaningful relationships not a large network of acquaintances.

Here’s Why You Need to Attend Events

While the above points points certainly have some weight to them, the pro-event side has an equally strong (if not stronger argument.) There are 2 big reasons you should attend events:

  • Good Events will mix engaging and relevant content with great networking opportunities. These events will feature speakers who can address you or your businesses pain points, teach you how to make your life and/or business better, and provide time and gathering spaces so that you and the many like minded people attending the event can meet and create meaningful friendships.
  • Events haven’t been just about networking and content for awhile. They now focus on providing you a third benefit as well: the experience it self. Taking a cue from large music festivals, Industry and business sponsored events are providing fun, valuable, and even once in a lifetime experiences to guests. These experiences (along with the networking and content) make the cost of the tickets and even travel/hotel worth it.

Conclusion

Even with the abundance of information available online, the changes surrounding networking, and the high cost, events still do one thing that nothing else can: They tap into the real, raw emotions and feelings that we can’t experience through technology. In fact, as technology grows to become a bigger part of our businesses and every day lives, we begin to crave a unique and authentic experience. Attending events in today’s world is really a no-brainer. Well planned events provide value in the information which we can learn, the friendships which we can build, and the experiences which we may never again have the chance to be a part of.

What do you think? Do you agree with our views? We’d love to hear your side in the comments section below! While your at it, like and share this article on social media by clicking on any of the buttons right below this line of text!

Event Planning, Tips

8 Characteristics Saint Nick Has that Every Event Planner Should Have

December 23, 2015

Believe it or not, Santa Claus has all of the characteristics necessary for being one of the best event planners in the world. If you want to be a great event planner or even a good event planner, take notes. Saint Nick is about to school you.

Here are the 8 reasons Santa Claus is the world’s best event planner.

1. He’s in Multiple Places at Once

One of the most magical qualities that Santa possesses is the ability to deliver presents to the entire world in one night. He does this by being in multiple places at once, and that’s one of the keys to being a successful event planner.

Successful event planners will be able to almost magically multitask both making sure the venue is decorated correctly, the food is going to be catered on time, and the speakers are ready to head on stage on cue. Tapping into Saint Nick’s ability to multi-task will allow you to be the best event planner you can be.

2. He’s Always Jolly

Have you ever seen Santa complain? Have you ever seen him with a frown or a scowl because he’s been planning, working and even losing sleep all for one day of the year?

No. You need to take on the spirit of Santa and convey nothing but joy and and happiness no matter what is happening or how hard you are working. That happiness will result in a more pleasurable experience for your attendees and a better event overall.

3. He Works as Part of a Team

Santa could never do all this work alone, but many event planners take on similarly difficult tasks and projects, but assume that they have to do it all alone. The best event planner will coordinate with a team of volunteers and staff to plan, manage and create a successful event.

4. He’s Always on Time

Can you imagine waking up on Christmas morning to find a note reading “I’m sorry, we’re running a bit late and you’re gifts will be delivered as soon as possible!”

No matte what happens, the show must go on. Your job as an event planner is to make sure that the event runs successfully, and successfully means that it needs to be on time too!

5. He has a Unique Brand

It’s impossible to see a man in a red suit and not think of Santa Claus. He has an instantly recognizable brand and identity.

As an event manager, you need to be able to be distinct, your brand as a person defines who you are, how your events are run, and how people look at you.

6. Lists are His Specialty

Just like Santa, a great event planner will create and organize lists in order to manage every aspect of an upcoming event. Event managers are always looking for the best tools to stay on top of every detail making lists a necessity for any event planner.

7. He can Read Minds

Somehow, Santa knows the right presents to get for kids who have never told him what they wanted. Event planners need to tap into that same mind reading ability to know what their attendees want without actually being told or asking them.

8. He has an Element of Showmanship

Event planners need to know that it’s not what you do, but how you do it that matters. Events need to be entertaining, surprising, pleasing, and engaging. If not, you’re attendees would rather stay at home and read about the event instead of actually going!

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Austin Venues

These 7 Banquet Halls in Austin Will Blow You Away!

December 18, 2015

Austin is home to some of the most amazing banquet halls in Texas. From modern banquet halls to rustic halls over a hundred years old, Austin has a banquet hall for any event.

Here are the best banquet halls in Austin during 2015:

1. The Terrace Club

Located in the charming Texas hill country, The Terrace Club is the ideal place to host your upcoming wedding, holiday party, corporate gathering, or special event. stunning views and a modern take on the converted barn create a venue that is one of a kind. The staff and management also make hosting an event there simpler than any other venue with a friendly and helpful attitude.

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2. Mercury Hall

Nestled on a secluded hilltop just minutes from downtown Austin, Mercury Hall offers an idyllic setting for a variety of occasions. This historic structure was built in 1904 in Mercury, Texas, and was moved to its current South Austin location in 1997. The Hall plays host to weddings, special events, fundraisers and performances. Mercury Hall’s flexible layout and rustic beauty will set the picture-perfect stage for a truly unique event.

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3. Spider House Ballroom

Spider House Ballroom is a premier events venue in the heart of Central Austin directly attached to the legendary Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe; a room designed for live music, comedy, film, cabarets, dance parties, and private functions with two stages and a full bar. Complete with it’s own cozy outdoor patio, two attached parking lots, free street parking, and a buzzing night life bar scene, the Spider House Ballroom makes an exciting and unconventional choice for events that is sure to be a blast.

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4. LBJ Presidential Library

If you are looking for a truly history event venue, the LBJ Presidential Library is your best bet. It has served as an incomparable venue for events attended by Presidents, First Ladies, foreign heads of state, and other dignitaries and celebrities, and after 2009, the venue has hosted hundreds of dinners, lectures, and receptions for groups of all sizes. Friendly staff and a healthy dose of history make for an event that is surely unforgettable.

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5. Palmer Events Center

Don’t be surprised if you forget that you’re at an events facility when visiting the Palmer Events Center. Since Palmer is nestled in the middle of Butler Park, you can step out of a meeting, expo or conference and instantly be surrounded by a gorgeous urban park. Within the park you will find beautiful live oak and cypress trees, green grass, an illuminated water fountain, and an observation hill overlooking Lady Bird Lake and Austin’s famous hike and bike trail.

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6. ND at 501 Studios

Located one block east of I-35, ND at 501 Studios offers a combination of business and fun sure to please all. The 4,500 square-foot facility features full production capabilities including a professional stage and sound system, and a massive HD projection wall. If that sounds bigger than what you’re looking for, check out the intimate cocktail lounge. For your catering needs, both rooms offer a delicious, handmade pizzas.

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7. Waller Ballroom

Waller Ballroom is a multi-purpose event space settled nicely along Waller Creek in downtown Austin, Texas. The ballroom is perfect for weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, workshops, art galleries, and private parties of any kind. Waller Ballroom is an unlicensed venue so you can work with your sales representative on logistics for bar operations, audio visual packages and various other items you may need to throw a successful event.

Looking for the perfect banquet hall in Austin, Texas? VenueCenter has hundreds of locations ready to be used for your next event.

Dallas Venues, Weddings

7 Great Wedding Venues in Dallas

December 16, 2015

From the banquet halls in Dallas to the unique and one off venues just outside the city, Dallas is home to some of the best locations for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Whether you’re looking for modern or rustic, expansive outdoors or a cozy and intimate room, large or small, affordable our out of this world, you can find it in Dallas. Here’s our picks for 7 great wedding venues in Dallas:

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1. Ashton Gardens

Ashton Gardens manages to have a magical and intimate indoor setting mixed with a beautiful outdoor feel. Using huge floor to ceiling windows to give your perfect day an unforgettable backdrop, this venue offers a truly once in a lifetime experience. They also provide highly skilled wedding coordinators, personalized services and high end cuisine. Ashton Gardens is often one of the top choices for brides in Dallas/Fort Worth.

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2. 2616 Commerce Event Center

Offering both night and day weddings, the 2616 Commerce Event Center offers beautiful views of the Dallas skyline. The venue can accomodate guests both outside and inside and boasts one of the highest capacities on this list: an almost excessive 1,000 person capacity. The reception halls, patios and other spaces offer a completely blank canvas for you to make your wildest dream wedding come true. This is one of the most versatile weddding venues in Texas.

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3. 1899 Farmhouse

If you’re hoping to have a rustic wedding in Texas, this location is perfect. It’s a one of a kind garden venue set next to a historic farmhosue which was built in, you guessed it, 1899. This venue promises to be one of the most picturesque venues on the list, and they have a policy based around flexibility. All together, this venue is one of the best rustic wedding venues in the South!

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4. Mediterranean Villa

The mediterranean Villa offers couples a fantastic number of choices and options. You can get married in the charming chapel, the expansive and beautifully cared for lawns, or its well cared for gardens. You can also use one of the several reception halls and ball rooms to give your wedding a more contemporary feel. It’s very affordable and offers several package deals to keep your wedding stress free and under budget.

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5. Occasions at Stone River

Similar to the 2616 Commerce Event Center, Occassionas at Stone River offers a blank canvas for your wedding. They provide a large variety of rooms and locations both inside and outside so that you can accomodate as few, or as many, guests as you like. To make the venue even more enticing, it offers all of the flexibility and variety at a surprisingly low cost.

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6. River Road Chateau

River Road Chateau is not one venue, but a range of Dallas wedding venues. Each venue comes with its own unique character and gives your wedding a different feel. Each venue provides the same level of great service and assistance and promises to be one of the best locations for weddings in Texas.

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7. Willow Creek Ranch

You can’t get anymore rustic than a barn wedding venue in Dallas. Willow Creek Ranch manages to mix stylish decorations, a luxury feel, and country tradition to create a converted barn wedding like no other. Every detail has been taken care of and you are guaranteed to get the best possible rustic wedding experience from this venue.

Looking for a different venue then the ones above? Check out more wedding venues by clicking the link below!

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Event Planning

How the Increasing Threat from Terrorism Impacts Venue Security and Safety

December 14, 2015

In a perfect world, we would never need to write or think about venue security, but many venue managers, event planners, and attendees forget that this world isn’t perfect. The recent attacks in Paris have served as a terrible reminder that venues aren’t as secure as they should be.

Russ Simons, the managing partner at Venue Solutions Group says “It’s [referring to the Paris attacks] a sobering reminder that we can never again afford to become complacent. Just because something hasn’t happened to us for awhile it doesn’t diminish our need to be prepared.”

Unfortunately, acts of terrorism are changing and targeting soft targets in a manner that is extremely hard to predict. We no longer need to fear attacks on national monuments as much as we need to fear attacks on innocents at conferences, concerts and other large events.

If we can band together as an industry and take a stand to make our venues more secure, we can create an environment where the safety of our attendees will never come into question and acts of terrorism may be stopped right in their tracks.

We need to take the following 3 simple steps to increase venue security.

1. A Change in Attitude

One of the biggest threats to the security of today’s events is the attitude we all have. For most of us, venue security is nothing more than an after thought, something that is “important” but not important enough to budget and plan for.

Cory Meredith, the founder of Staff Pro, says “Our industry must realize incidents like this can happen to any of us at any time at any event. Budgeting and planning to implement industry best practices is imperative.”

If we don’t change our attitude quickly, we will never learn from the mistakes made and we will see an increase in the number of safety related incidents during events.

2. Increased Presence from Security

After changing the way we think about security, our first step as an industry should be to increase the presence of security at our events. This can be done in a few ways:

  • Increasing the number of security guards at events
  • Having guards patrol the event rather than stand stationary
  • Having security checks of bags and persons at events

3. Reviewing Evacuation Procedures

This step is so simple, and so crucial yet so few professionals actually take the time to review their evacuation procedures. Simply go over evacuation procedures at the start of each event so that your guests will know what to do in the case of an emergency. Guests will understand and appreciate the time taken to ensure their safety.

Conclusion

Hopefully, there comes a day that we can truly not worry about the safety and security of our events and attendees, but until that happens we need to have the right attitude, increase the presence of our security and go over evacuation procedures with our event’s attendees.

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Weddings

The Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations for Budget Conscious Newlyweds!

December 12, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, your dream honeymoon doesn’t need to put you in debt. Whether you want to walk through the city, cuddle on the beach, or hike through the jungle, we’ve got you covered. These are the top 5 honeymoon destinations for couples on a budget.

1. The Classic (and Cheap!) City: Dublin

Dublin, Ireland has the perfect blend of history and affordability. From staying in the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel (Yes, its a Castle!!!) for just $130 a night to romantic walks in the Dublin City Center you’ll find everything you could possibly want in a city honeymoon. You’ll also be treated to some of the best food in the world from scones to ridiculously good crab legs. As for what to do, you can take walking tours which start as low as $13 per person, visit the romantic Ha’penny bridge, and shop for all sorts of Irish swag!

2. Best Budget Beach: Aruba

While the hotels here are more expensive (going between $200-$300 a night) the food is reasonably priced and the activities endless, seriously look at everything you can do:

  • Take an adrenaline pumping tour of the island in Land Rovers
  • Visit the Gold Mills Ruins
  • Visit the Alto Vista Chapel
  • Visit the California Lighthouse
  • Swim and Snorkel in Aruba’s Natural Pool
  • Take a Submarine Tour
  • Go Golfing
  • Snorkel in the ocean
  • Go Horseback Riding
  • And there are plenty of things to do on the beach!

3. Affordable Adventure: Belize

With cabanas as cheap as $69 and meals for less than $10 a plate, Belize is definitely the most budget friendly on this list. Belize strikes the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation with ancient Mayan ruins, caves to explore, a forst to hike and ride a horse in, amazingly beautiful snorkeling and scuba diving, crazy big underwater sinkholes, and untouched Caribbean beaches.

4. Best Rustic Honeymoon: Jackson Hole

From beautiful scenerey to cozy lodges that mix flatscreen TV’s and romantic fireplaces Jackson Hole, Wyoming promises to be one of the best rustic honeymoon destinations for newlyweds on a budget. Entrees are typically priced around $20 to $50 and the lodges will run close to $200 a night, but this rustic honeymoon destination promises to be both cozy and crazy fun. From skiing in the winter months to white water rafting when its warmer, there’s plenty to do all year round.

5. An Inexpensive Exotic: Marrakech

Who new exotic honeymoon destinations could be this cheap?  Marrakech, Morocco promises beautiful hotels for as lilttle as $100 a night, local cuisine for only $10 a plate and plenty to do. You can eat and dance under the stars in the city’s open marketplace, head to the spa for the ultimate relaxation, hit up one of the city’s 3 great golf courses, and take Moroccan cooking classes so you can take the food home!

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Event Planning

The 4 Ways to Be a Better Event Manager in 2016

December 8, 2015

We are getting close to New Year’s, and I’m sure many of you have at least thought, even if it was only briefly, about your New Year’s resolutions. I always make at least a couple of resolutions about my career, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been in the event industry for years, you need to always look for ways to improve your set of skills and beat out the competition – especially in the very competitive event industry. Here are some of the best ways to improve yourself and become a better event manager in 2016.

1. Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

I used to have a mentor who would always tell me that perfect practice makes perfect. I hated the saying. The reason I despised it so much was because that mentor would always say it right before telling me that what I had just done wasn’t good enough and I needed to do it again, only better. After years of hearing it over and over again, It finally clicked:

You can’t just expect to give something 10,000 hours and see success. You need to make sure that you are always getting the best results possible. Don’t just seize every opportunity to volunteer, take paid work, or run your own event. Take it up a step and make sure that you pay attention to detail, and put in the work necessary to make each event an over the top success.

2. Never Stop Reading

I’ll be honest in saying that I don’t read enough. Reading more is going to be one of my resolutions for this upcoming year, and here is why:

Dedicating time every day to study up on the plethora of information available to you over the internet will not only help to keep you up to date on latest industry trends, it will help you to discover new theoretical event planning techniques, and provide you with the knowledge necessary to successfully incorporate the newest technologies in your events.

3. Find a Mentor and Return the Favor

I mentioned in point 1 that I had a mentor who helped me to succeed in my industry. Seeking a mentor in your industry who you look up to and can learn from will help you to learn more about planning successful events, build a network of professionals you can turn to, and help you to achieve success.

Don’t stop when you’ve found a mentor though, return the favor by offering to mentor someone with less experience in the event industry.

There are many ways to work with your mentor from mastermind groups to weekly accountability meetings, but I won’t let you know which method to use because each person is unique in the way the learn, and because I want you to read up on it. (Point #2!)

4. Attend Other Manager’s Events

One of the most powerful ways to learn new techniques and avoid costly mistakes is to attend events yourself. Being an attendee offers a unique perspective that you don’t get when you’re tirelessly working behind the scenes during an event. You’ll be able to see what works and what doesn’t work and you’ll have a greater feel for how the crowd is responding to different aspects of the event.

Summary

Well there you have it! This article has covered the top 4 ways of being a better event manager in 2016 and offers a few great New Years resolutions for you to use. What are your best tips for being a better event manager? Do you have any resolutions that are particularly powerful or have worked wonders for your career? I’d love to see what you guys have to say in the comments below!

Event Planning

What Venue Managers Don’t Want You to Know About Finding Venues

December 7, 2015

Finding venues online is a daunting process that often has more downs than it does ups. Searching for venues on google often brings up a cluttered list of names and spaces all competing for your attention.

Some of the results simply say [city name] event venue, and that’s it! You have no clue as to how much they will cost, what they look like and what features and amenities they provide – let alone what kind of venue it is.

Google wasn’t designed to find venues.

It doesn’t matter if your’e searching for your dream wedding venue, an effective off-site meeting space, or a unique venue for your best friends bachelorette party – you wont find it on Google. That’s because Google wasn’t designed to find venues. Searching for venues with Google is tiresome, stressful and ineffective, but venue managers love it.

Because of how hard it is to find venues with Google, you’ll settle with whatever venue is on the first page. That means that if a venue has good enough search enging rankings it will be chosen by you – even if it’s priced higher, offers less amenities, and doesn’t work with your event’s theme.

What They Don’t Want You to Know:

Finding venues in your area can be simple, easy and effective – if you use an online matching service like VenueCenter.

Venue matching services do a few things that venue managers don’t like:

  • They level the playing field. Venues with a bigger budget won’t rank any higher than the smaller more unique venues.
  • They allow users to narrow down the results with advanced search criteria.
  • They allow users to compare the features, price, and practicality of different venues easily and quickly.

Here is what VenueCenter looks like when searching for a venue in Austin:

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Look at the difference between those results and Google’s results! With VenueCenter you have images of each venue, the price, the capacity and the location all displayed at a glance. From there you can click the venue to see all the features, amenities and accomodations, but don’t just take my word for it: look for yourself!

What is the Best Way to Find Venues Online?

We’d love to say that VenueCenter is the best and only way to find venues, but we’d be lying. Depending on your region, there may be a better venue matching service site. In the UK for example, there is venuefinder.com – VenueCenter doesn’t have any venues listed in the UK, but venuefinder.com has plenty. It works the other way around too! VenueCenter has thousands of venues listed in the United States, but venuefinder.com only has a hundred or so. (See the full comparison between VenueCenter and venuefinder.com by clicking here.)

The point we are trying to make it that VenueCenter will be the best option for some of you, but not all of you. The best way to find venues online is to use a venue matching service that’s free to use, has a large number of venues in your area, and a modern and easy to use design.

With many venues in Dallas, Austin, and Houston, VenueCenter makes a great choice for anyone wanting to find venues in Texas.

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Event Planning, Featured, Party Venues

Everything You Need to Know About Party Hall Rentals

December 4, 2015

Looking for a party hall to rent online can be a confusing and daunting process. Use this guide as a tool to help you find a party hall, and choose between different available venues.

How Much Do Party Halls Cost to Rent?

The cost of a party hall can vary widely based on the region your located. Large Cities on the East and West Coasts are the most expensive with smaller towns in the central US being cheapest. With that said, here are a few statistics on the cost of a party hall:

  • The average price of a party hall is $1,244.
  • Party halls typically charge between $500 and $2,500
  • The most expensive venues will cost above $10,000, but that is for urban lofts, resorts, and fancy hotels in places like San Fransico and New York City.

Additional Costs For Party Hall Rentals

There are a few hidden costs when renting part halls which are often forgotten about and result i going over your budget. Don’t forget these additional costs:

  1. liability insurance. Most party halls will require some form of liability insurance. If your homeowners insurance has a rider for off-site events you won’t need to worry, but if not you should expect to pay around $200 for liability insurance.
  2. Some venues require you to hire one or two security guards. These can cost around $100 each.
  3. Some venues require a refundable deposit which can be $200+

Shopping for a Party Hall Online

Finding a party hall online can be a difficult and confusing process because your searches will often yield only a couple of venues at a time. Using VenueCenter you can easily compare hundreds of party halls with easily seen pictures features and amenities.

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The 3 Things Every Party Hall Should Include

  1. Parking for all of your guests should be included at no additional cost to you.
  2. There should be atleast 1 or 2 staff members to oversee the event and the better venues will provide an in house event planner.
  3. You should be able to access the veneu ahead of time so that you can plan and decorate.

How to Rent the Best Party Hall

When looking for a party hall, it’s important that you take into account many factors. First, you need to take into account the practical things like guest capacity, seating, parking, lighting, and whether there is a kitchen for the caterer. After taking the practical needs into account you can decide based on decorations, theme, and price.

It’s important to discuss a few items before signing your contract like whether outside catering is allow, the policy on alcoholic beverages from outside the venue, and whether an apporved bartender is required to serve your quests. Many venues have very strict rules on food and drinks that can quickly put you overbudget.

Renting the best party hall requires you to compare many halls to each other, and doing that one by one will take a large portion of time, cause much more stress and will usualyl result in you missing out on the perfect venue. Avoid all the stress by searching with VenueCenter:

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The Ultimate List of Dos and Don’ts for Winter Weddings

December 3, 2015

Winter weddings can be one of the most unique and magical ways to say your vows, but that’s if you follow the dos and don’ts of winter weddings! If not, you can end up with a stressful wedding, upset guests, and possibly even a ruined wedding day. To avoid that, VenueCenter has constructed the most up to date, and comprehensive list of dos and don’ts for winter weddings.

Winter Wedding Dos

Do Apply a Winter Theme – If you’re getting married in the winter, you should apply a winter theme to the save the dates, the wedding invitations, and the wedding decorations themselves. Think of using icicle lights, frosted glass and windows, and evergreen/pinecone centerpieces for great winter decorations.

Do Think Out of the Box – Being different with your decor will help you personalize your wedding. Maybe you could do a vintage winter wedding, or a disney inspired snow white wedding, the options for unique winter weddings is endless.

Do Use Winter Activities – As long as it’s not too cold, you can hold the cocktail hour outside and provide your guests with the materials to make snowmen while servcing hot chocoolate or apple cider.

Do Choose Your Favorite Bridesmaid Dresses – There is an old rule that says you must wear certain fabrics and styles of dress depending on the year. Choose whatever works for your wedding’s style and don’t let the season rob you of your dream wedding!

Do Create a Comfortable Reception – Romantic candle lighting, soft textures, and a cozy lounge area will all make your reception a totally inviting space.

Do Give Winter Inspired Favors – Holiday and winter themed gifts are always a hit. Here are a few great examples: Ornaments with each guests name on them, truffles, hot cocoa and gingerbread cookies.

Do Keep the Reception and Ceremony at One Venue – Because of the potential for snow and the effects that will have on guests ability to travel, you’re going to want to keep the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all at one venue.

Do Provide a Coat Check Area – There isn’t really much to say about this one except for the fact that it’s nice for your guests.

Do Use Warm Accessories to Keep Your Bridesmaids Warm – wraps, shawls and jackets will all keep your bridesmaids warm so embrace them with open arms and choose accessories that go with your wedding’s theme!

Winter Wedding Don’ts

Don’t Skip Out on the Comfort Food – Comfort food will keep guests feeling nice and full as well as warm. Think of a hot soup instead of a salad for example.

Don’t Forget to Keep Yourself Warm – Don’t let yourself freeze on your special day! Opt for a dress with heavier fabric and pick out a thick shawl and boots that match your look. It also helps to have a venue with a fireplace and/or central heating.

Don’t Think That Winter = An All White Color Pallete – All white weddings can be beautiful and create a wonderfully unique wedding, but don’t forget about the other color possiblities like red and evergreen or gold and white. Choosing even more unexpected colors like an orange or yellow can also result in a fun and unique setting for your guests.

Don’t Be Inconsiderate of Your Wedding Party – Allow your bridesmaids to bring a pair of sneakers or boots instead of heels (or at least along side heels). Trust me, you don’t want your bridesmaids plowing through snow in heels, that’s a recipe for disaster.

Don’t Make Your Wedding Too Hot – Remember how we mentioned having central heating or a fire place? Don’t make your venue so hot that guests are sweating on your dancefloor, if you notice that it’s too hot, ask to turn down the temperature a bit.

Don’t Make Guests Wait in the Cold – Plan your reception line so that guests don’t end up left outside in the freezing cold by recieving guests inside.

Don’t Choose Out of Season Flowers – Best case scenario, out of season flowers are extremely expensive. Worst case scenario, they are impossible to get. Use winter appropriate flowers like tulips.

Don’t Use a Thick Sauce or Heavy Meat – Using comfort foods is great, but if you use a heavy meat or thick sauce your guests may feel to full to dance!

Don’t Choose a Venue That’s Inconvenient for Guest to Travel To – For the same reasons you want the reception and ceremony in one place, having a venue that’s too far out of the way can present a safety issue and late guests.

Conclusion

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Weddings

9 Ridiculously Fun and Totally Unforgettable Wedding Cake Toppers

December 1, 2015

Skip the traditional wedding cake topper and add some personality to your wedding with these unforgettable wedding cake toppers!

Each title contains a link to where you can buy each cake topper and the list was made in no particular order, but if you must know, it was the order in which the tabs were open in my browser.

1. The Dream Team

Being one of the few cute and romantic sports inspired wedding toppers, this cake topper is perfect for the athletic couple.

2. Get Off the Darn Phone!

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More of a satirical wedding cake topper than anything, this topper playfully jabs at the newlyweds cellphone usage reminding them to put the phones down and make time for each other.

3. She Wears the Pants in This Marriage

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Intended to make your guests laugh, this cake topper has a groom in his boxers and the wide wearing the pants in the marriage both literally and figuratively!

4. Mr. and Mrs. Cursive Cake Topper

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Many couples are skipping the traditional cake toppers entirely and are instead opting for a more modern cake topper, This cake topper is a great consideration if you want to forego the traditional figurine toppers.\

5. Climbing Groom and Victorious Bride

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Multi level cake toppers have seen a rise in popularity and I for one love them!

6. Star Wars Wedding Topper

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Are the bride and groom star wars fans? Of course they are! Who isn’t! This star wars inspired wedding cake topper will make the perfect cake topper especially now with the new movie coming out on Christmas!

7. For the Prankster Couple

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Are the bride and groom always pranking each other and those around them? If so, this cake topper will be perfect for them! It’ll speak loads about their personality and will make a funny topper for sure. Just don’t actually trip the groom on your wedding day!

8. You Are My Everything

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Another handcrafted cake topper from etsy, this topper proves that you can show loads of style and personality without traditional cake toppers.

9. Fairy tale Wedding Cake Topper

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Perfect for a fairy tale or fantasy wedding, this cake topper features a knight in shining armor and a fairy bride.

How to Find a Unique Wedding Cake Topper

If these 9 weren’t your style, I’ll share a couple tips I learned when making this list:

  • Check out the Etsy marketplace. It’s often filled with unique and unforgettable wedding cake toppers. Plus they are often hand made so you know they are one of a kind!
  • theweddingoutlet.com has a wide selection of cake toppers and more, Many of the above toppers were from that site and it’s hard to imagine not finding a topper you like!

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Oh, and if you’re the happy couple about to be married: Congratulations!