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Choosing a Venue – items that should be on your checklist

September 7, 2016
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We all have an idea of what our perfect wedding venue is. It should be somewhere you can see yourself walking down the aisle at, exchanging vows and grooving to your first dance. Don’t make the beauty of the place your only consideration when booking the wedding venue. Make sure you only book the best wedding venue that meets all your event needs and gives you your money’s worth. Arm yourself with the right questions to ask and knowledge of what has to be considered. Be sure to clarify the items below before you sign any contract.

1. Budget and amenities

Check out the cost of the venue and verify if it matches your wedding budget. If it’s a no, don’t get disheartened yet. Check all the facilities that they provide and see if they offer some freebies that cross out some of the items on your wedding checklist. Value for money should always be considered.

2. Outdoor considerations

If you are eyeing for a beach or garden wedding, check if the venue offers contingency plans for rain and other unexpected situations. You may also want to visit the place on the same time of your wedding as well to check other important elements; best lighting spot, venue ventilation, etc.

3. Number of guests

Be sure you already decided on or at least have a ballpark figure of the number of guests that you will invite for the wedding. The capacity of the venue should be able to hold this number and still have enough spaces for an activity area, a registration and a few spaces for your other wedding gimmicks like a photo booth or dessert table.

4. Proximity

If you are having separate venues for the wedding rites and the reception, make sure that the distance from the preparation venue (if you will stay in a hotel for make-up and pre-wedding shoot) to the church and up to the wedding reception is not that far from each other.

5. Venue house rules

Be aware about every rule in the wedding venue so you can adjust your preparations (wedding decorations, effects, etc.) accordingly. Also good to check what other fees they will charge if you bring in outside food and beverages or not accredited wedding vendors.

6. Parking spaces

It is important to check if there are enough parking spaces to accommodate your guests’ vehicles and how secure it is. Check also if there will be another event same time as yours so you can check for shared parking rules and make reservations if necessary.

7. Venue hours

How long will they let you rent the venue? Is this enough to cover the wedding rites, reception program and a few more hours for the after party? How early is the ingress time and how late is the allowed time for egress?

8. Facilities for special needs

Are you having elderly or PWD guests? Be mindful of their needs and check if there’s a ramp at the entrance and also if there are PWD restrooms available.

9. Other amenities

Is there a changing room where you can retouch before the wedding reception starts? How about the basic sounds system offered? Are there built-in lights available and how does it look like?

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Banquet Halls in Houston – 10 Venues with Details

January 28, 2016

America’s 4th largest city is home to some of the biggest, most extravagant banquet halls in the country. The following 10 banquet halls in Houston are great options whether you’re looking for a venue to host your wedding and rehearsal dinner, corporate party, sweet 16 or quinceanera party.

1. Cleopatra Palace Banquet Facility

About Cleopatra Palace Banquet Facility:

Cleopatra Palace has made magic happen for hundreds of private weddings and corporate events since the year 2000, and there is no sign of slowing down! Cleopatra Palace’s continued success is based on a very simple model: Unmatched commitment to quality, service, presentation, and a guarantee of abundance of food for all your guests, this is our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Details:

  • Price: $$$
  • Capacity: 151-250
  • On-site Catering Available
  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Full Bar
  • Free Parking

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2. Julia Ideson Building Spaces

About Julia Ideson Building Spaces:

The exceptional romantic spaces and corridors with high-arched windows, as well as the artwork, in the Julia Ideson Building make it the perfect destination setting for weddings, galas, formal dinners, photo sessions, business meetings, corporate parties, and a variety of other events.

Details:

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 401+
  • A/V Hookup
  • Garden View
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Off-site Catering Permitted
  • On-site Catering Available
  • Outside Alcohol
  • Self Parking

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3. Downtown Aquarium

About Downtown Aquarium:

Located on the third floor of the Downtown Aquarium, the Nautilus Ballroom will transport you to a world of elegance and refinement. It’s the perfect setting for Corporate Meetings, Retirement Parties, Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Bar Mitzvahs, Quinceañeras, Anniversaries, Birthdays and other special events.

Details:

  • Price: $$$
  • Capacity: 401+
  • A/V Hookup
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Public Wi-Fi
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • On-site Catering Available
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Full Bar
  • Self Parking

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4. Sage Event Center

About Sage Event Center:

Nestled against the iconic skyscrapers of Downtown Houston, Sage Event Center reflects the luxury and vitality of the surrounding area. Sage Event Center is a full service banquet hall in Houston featuring two beautiful ballrooms and a spacious foyer. This sophisticated reception hall is ideal for rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, anniversary parties, prom, graduation, and more! Sage Event Center is also the perfect setting for corporate events, mini conventions, training seminars, and fundraisers. With Sage’s wide range of amenities, your event is sure to be the talk of the town!

Details:

  • Price: $$$
  • Capacity: 401+
  • City View
  • On-site Catering Available
  • Full Bar
  • Self Parking

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5. The Corinthian

About The Corinthian:

The Corinthian is one of the many banquet halls in Houston that are perfect for hosting your special event. Located in the vital Downtown Historic District of Houston, it allows both local and out-of-town guests a delightful glimpse into one of the most intriguing parts of America’s fourth largest city.

 

Details:

  • Price: $
  • Capacity: 401+
  • On-site Catering Available
  • Full Bar

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6. Kim Son Ballroom

About Kim Son Ballroom:

What sets the Kim Son Ballroom apart from the other banquet halls in Houston is that it has 3 Convenient locations to serve you throughout the Houston area!

Details:

  • Price: $$$
  • Capacity: 401+
  • Off-site Catering Permitted
  • On-site Catering Available
  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Full Bar
  • Free Parking
  • Self Parking
  • Valet Parking

The Astorian - A ballroom in Houston, Texas

7. The Astorian

About The Astorian:

Discreetly situated in a landmark building as designated by The Houston Historical Society, The Astorian is an Industrial Chic, 14,000 square foot private loft space located in The Heights area of Houston. Conceived by Andria Design to replicate New York City’s revered Grand Central Station, The Astorian is a throw back to 1920’s glamour and Art Deco design. The venue offers a contemporary, bi-level facility equipped with 14-foot ceilings, state-of-the-art smart technology, a private boardroom, fully functional gourmet kitchen & bar, and floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of downtown Houston. Warm touches such as wood paneling and soft lighting are combined with modern elements such as concrete floors, rusted steel, brushed aluminum, and brass and copper detailing. Removable walls and fixtures allow for flexible configurations to tailor the space to your exact specifications.

Details:

  • Price: $$$
  • Capacity: 401+
  • A/V Hookup
  • City View
  • Stage
  • Off-site Catering Permitted
  • On-site Catering Available
  • Outside Alcohol
  • Garage Parking
  • Valet Parking

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8. El Dorado Ballroom

About El Dorado Ballroom:

The Eldorado Ballroom at Elgin and Dowling Streets was built in 1939 by renowned Houston architect Lenard Gabert, who designed many of the city’s large art deco structures. The owner was African-American businesswoman Anna Dupree (1892-1977), who wanted to establish a community entertainment venue for black social clubs and other groups in the Third Ward. The ballroom, which occupies the second floor of the massive Eldorado Building at 2310 Elgin, was the visual and spiritual symbol of the community.

Details:

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 76-150
  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Full Bar

 

 

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9. The St. Regis Houston

About The St. Regis Houston:

A new standard of bespoke elegance arrives with the design of our Astor Ballroom and other Houston meeting venues. The space communicates elegance with a decidedly upscale Texas sensibility, providing a flawless backdrop for Houston’s highest profile events, both social and business. Interiors echo the soft color palette of the suites and guest rooms with an overall ambiance best described as elegant and softly modern with an emphasis on texture and natural materials. With over 10,000 square feet of function space, our meetings and events maintain a level of security and intimacy that’s unparalleled. If required, an entire floor may be dedicated to the business at hand. Enjoy a setting of sophistication, elegance and grandeur for gatherings of 10 to 400 people.

Details:

  • Price: $$$
  • Capacity: 401+
  • A/V Hookup
  • City View
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Overnight Accommodations
  • Public Wi-Fi
  • On-site Catering Available
  • Vegetarian
  • Full Bar
  • Self Parking
  • Valet Parking

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10. Dukessa

About Dukessa:

Dukessa is one of the stunning banquet halls in Houston, but its set apart with beautiful hand carved stone columns and arches, lush landscaped courtyards with a waterfall fountain, a lovely foyer with a grand staircase and an impressive banquet hall with surround wrought iron balcony terrace. Recently upgraded with beautiful interior finishes and fresh landscaping, it is touted as one of the prettiest banquet halls in the city. Centrally located within a mile from the Galleria and minutes from Downtown and Museum District, each room in the venue exudes old world charm and provides the perfect backdrop for your special event.

Details:

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 401+
  • On-site Catering Available

 

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How to Throw a Budget Friendly Sweet 16 Birthday

January 22, 2016

Your son or daughter may be picturing a custom made dress, brand new BMW, exotic animals and 500 of his or her “closest friends”, but you are a sensible parent who’s going to plan this sweet 16 birthday party on a budget.

 

If you plan properly, and keep track of unexpected sweet sixteen costs, you’ll be able to throw an awesome sweet 16 party.

Honestly Speak with Your Child

Step one is to sit down and have an adult conversation with you child about what you can afford, what his or her vision for the party is, and what you can/will pay for and what you wont. This helps to clear up any confusion and will help your child avoid being disappointed later on.

During this talk you will also want to know what your kid’s priorities are. Ask them to rank these items in order of importance to them:

  • A big guest list
  • Food
  • The venue
  • Music
  • Decorations and lighting (though this could be also considered the venue)

Another Tip! When you’re on a budget, planning a surprise party is usually not a good idea. Giving your child the option to choose their own food, venue, etc. will allow them to choose the things that matter most to them and avoid disappointment.

Plan Your Budget

Planning your budget is a crucial step and one that you should do before you or your child look at stuff for their sweet sixteen. It’s easiest to use an online budgeting tool. This is where you will really begin to see what areas you can splurge on and what areas you need to cut back on.

Tips for Staying Under Budget

Here are a few things you can do to stay under budget:

  • Skip a professional photographer and use single use cameras or just ask people to take pictures with their smartphones and tag them with a hashtag made up for the party.
  • Use Spotify, Itunes, or whatever other music streaming service instead of a DJ.
  • Buffets are cheaper than sit-down dinners.
  • Send invites via email or text. Now a days kids won’t give a second glance. Most invitations will end up thrown out anyway!

Budget Sweet 16 Birthday Themes

If you’re struggling to come up with a theme for the party that’ll fit into your budget, the following themes do well:

  • Hawaiian Luau – Tiki torches, grass skirts, dollar store tropical decorations, Hawaiian shirts, coconuts filled with virgin pina colada, and a good bonfire will make for one heck of a party! Add a pool and you’ve got a great sweet sixteen party for close to nothing.
  • Anything Retro – 20’s, 50’s, 80’s the decade doesn’t matter. What does matter is you can have a killer themed party for very cheap when you get a playlist with all the hits from the decade, themed clothing, and cheap decorations from the decade of your choice.
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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
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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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How to Throw a Party Like Kim Kardashian!

November 13, 2015

Kim and Kanye have a history of going over the top by renting out entire venues from attempting to rent out Versailles for the wedding, renting out Disneyland for North’s birthday and renting a stadium for the proposal. The power couple doesn’t stop either! Kim rented out the entire Staples center (all 950,000 square feet of it) so that Kanye could play basketball with all his friends. There was even a John Legend performance!

So what is the key to throwing over the top parties for those closest to you? The Venue.

Kim and Kanye Know How to Choose a Venue

Had Kim taken Kanye to a street court it wouldn’t have been anywhere close to the level of surprise and awesomeness it was when she rented out the entire basketball stadium for him. Don’t worry, you don’t need to rent out a basketball stadium to make the next party you throw epic, but you do need to look at renting a venue.

Kim and Kanye know the power of choosing a venue. The venue is what pushes the party to become truly epic.

A Few Epic Party Examples:

I’ll list a few normal birthday party ideas below, and next to them I’ll put how to take them to the next level with a new venue (just like Kim and Kanye do).

  • Karaoke Night | Throw a full blown concert night by renting a theatre, concert hall, lounge or bar with a stage and use the lights and speakers provided to have each person put on a concert. Then decide who’s concert performance was best and give them a prize at the end of the night! (You could even have a lip sync battle!)
  • Poker Party | (If possible) Rent out a room at a casino and dress fancy with sunglasses and all. Pretends it’s the world series of poker and go all out. (If there are no casinos in your area) Renting out a lounge will work well too, and can still provide a similar look and feel as a casino.
  • Murder Mystery Party | Complete this unique and epic theme party by renting out a mansion or museum that way your guests have both the thrill of a great party and an exciting venue to explore. The venue will also complete the mood and add to the theme, especially if it’s an older mansion or museum.

How to Find a Great Party Venue

So, we’ve seen that Kim and Kanye throw awesome parties and that the secret lay in the venue. The only thing keeping you from throwing the party of the year is finding the perfect venue! If you’re looking for party venues in Dallas, Houston or Austin you have nothing to fear as VenueCenter can help you find, price and book the perfect venue. Start searching for adult party venues in Houston, Austin, and Dallas now!

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