Guide to the Perfect Wedding. Wedding Venue Offers Advice on: Food and Beverage: Eat, Drink, and Be Married

December 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Wedding, Wedding Support, Weddings | No comment

The “food and beverage” element of your wedding is yet another way you can tell your wedding story. It’s true! You can infuse personality, style, and culture into the cuisine, in other words, really make your wedding a memorable experience for your guests, without a lot of extra work.

Incorporating your favorite foods is a way to personalize your wedding. Perhaps you have a passion for sweets; your reception can feature a fabulous gelato bar that will allow guests to add their own toppings. Your close friends and family will instantly recognize your well-thought-out touch of infused personality.

For the meal, a “family style” serving method maintains the formality of the occasion, but also opens the table up to lively conversation. This is especially true when there’s a fun, cultural element thrown in-whether that’s tasting Jamaican jerk chicken or authentic Italian bruschetta or something else that’s new and different. Food has always been a great ice-breaker. There’s a reason people congregate in the kitchen when you’re entertaining at home! People see family meals as a form of comfort, and that holds true for the food served at your wedding. But remember, serving family style does not equal sloppy. You should insist your caterer uses great dishes and serving pieces.

When it comes to catering your event, presentation matters! People really do “eat” with their eyes first, so each course should be visually exciting. The colors and textures of the food, from the first course to the dessert, should be an extension of your wedding décor. And that goes for drinks too. For cocktail hour, serve a signature cocktail (either passed or at the bar) that matches your wedding colors, and for that special touch, name it after something meaningful to you and your groom (the place where you met, your song, or something similar).

When creating your wedding menu, keep the following tips in mind:

*At the cocktail hour, stick to finger foods (ideally, five hot dishes and five cold dishes) and be creative. The passed hors d’oeuvres are your chance to inject some personality into your menu. Consider shot glasses filled with your favorite soup or miniature gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Setting up food stations is another great option. Think raw bars, sushi bars, carving stations, stir-fry stations, or pasta stations.

*Never have the first course preset at the reception it’ll spoil the surprise! Have the appetizer course revealed after your guests are seated. It’s always better to keep your guests guessing.

*Remember the thirty minute rule! Each course should be consumed and cleared within half an hour and that goes for family style meals too. A wedding reception is not a dinner party, so the food should be one element of the event, not the focus.

*Don’t balk at buffets. When done right, having buffet stations can add energy to your celebration, because guests will be up and mingling.

*Keep the menu light. You don’t need six courses, stick to the traditional three-course menu (appetizer, entrée, and dessert). Also avoid heavy foods and sauces, which will weigh guests down. It’s a party, you want them up and dancing, and having a fabulous time!

*Experiment with “duets” and “trios” to add a touch of novelty to the meal. Duets and trios give your guests the opportunity to sample different flavors and choices within the same appetizer, entrée, or dessert course. For example, a mac n cheese trip could feature three different preparations of this classic dish and a beef duo could match braised short ribs with petit filet mignon. However, duets and trios shouldn’t be offered with every course. That would be overkill!

*Literally cater to your guests! It’s great if you and your groom are “foodies,” but if the majority of your guests aren’t, then don’t get all fancy on them. You don’t want your guests to feel intimidated by the food, so keep your menu selections simple.

Finally brides, please do not consider cooking your own food or having a potluck wedding. Even if you have a limited budget, you do have other options.

Either ask your caterer to create a simple, less-expensive menu, or consider having a cocktail party reception. Cocktail parties are often more upbeat and celebratory than a dinner reception, so take advantage. Have “passed” food during the first hour, and then open up buffet stations, serving light fare, as the party progresses.

Don’t let the cost of food keep you from having the large wedding you’ve always wanted. It’s better to have a simpler menu and be able to invite all your closet friends and family members than to have a sit-down dinner reception and be forced to limit your guest list. Yes, you need to feed your guests, but having them there is what’s most important.

Woodrow Hall would love to assist you with your wedding plans.

Call or text 205-243-4243 or 205-200-6494 or contact us by email at or

You can also schedule a time to stop by at Woodrow Hall by visiting our scheduling tool on our website:

We look forward to serving you!

Guide to a Perfect Wedding: Woodrow Hall 2nd Annual Bridal Photo Contest Winner!

November 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Affordable Birmingham Wedding, Wedding, Weddings | No comment

Historic Woodrow Hall presented its 2nd Annual Bridal Photo Contest beginning April 1, 2012 and ending August 31, 2012. All Woodrow Hall brides from August 2011 to August 2012 were able to submit up to three of their favorite photos of their special day in our breathtaking, vintage facility. Brides emailed their submissions and all photos were posted in an album on the Woodrow Hall Facebook page for all their family and friends to vote. Voters had to “like” our Facebook page and “like” the photo of their choice in order for the vote to count. One lucky bride with the most votes was to win $100, and be featured on our website and Facebook page.

The votes have been tallied and our winner is, LAKECIA VINCENT.

Lakecia and Alvin Vincent became one on Saturday, November 5, 2011. Alvin states:

“My wife and I knew we picked the right venue, but were blown away on our wedding day on how beautiful Woodrow Hall turned out to be. We had plenty of space for our caterers to setup and room for our guests to dine and dance. The pictures of Woodrow Hall were great. We relive our special day every time we see them. The Woodrow Hall staff was very professional and gave us valuable tips on decorating and catering. No matter where we were married, we knew it was going to be special but Woodrow Hall exceeded our expectations”.

Please visit our website under the video/photo tab to see photos of our venue and past events. For more information on hosting your special day with us, please contact a Woodrow Hall representative.

Fathia Lutfi: call or text (205) 200-6494 
Tazmine Stephens: call or text (205)243-4243 (

You can also schedule a time to visit by visiting our scheduling tool on our website:

Guide to the Perfect Wedding: Birmingham Wedding Venue Offers Ideas on How to Find the Perfect Veil for your Perfect Dress!

October 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Affordable Birmingham Wedding, Wedding, Wedding Traditions, Weddings | 1 comment

Every bride should have at least one spectacular statement piece on her big day. Your veil can be your “statement piece”!

Here are some of the basic types:

*Cathedral: The most formal veil style, the Cathedral veil extends beyond floor length and is often worn with a gown that has a cathedral train.

*Chapel: A long, formal veil that reaches the floor and is usually worn with a gown with a sweep train.

*Waltz: Shorter than the chapel veil, this style falls somewhere between the knee and the ankle.

*Fingertip: A popular veil length that reaches the fingertips when your arms are down at your sides.

*Elbow-length: A veil that extends to the elbows, usually from 25 to 28 inches long.

*Flyaway: A less-formal, multilayered veil that only brushes the shoulders.

*Fountain: Also called a “waterfall” or “cascade” veil, this style gathers at the crown of the head and cascades over the shoulders. It’s typically no longer than elbow length.

Remember that veils are not worn by all brides, but if you choose a veil, there are numerous choices to make your day even more special to you and your guests!

Woodrow Hall would love to help you plan your wedding! With tall, beamed ceilings, exposed brick walls, great dance floor and plenty of vintage charm, this restored, century old ball room has just the look to show off your style and make your wedding dreams come true!

To learn more, call or text (205) 200-6494
 or send us and email at

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Guide to the Perfect Wedding: Birmingham Event Venue Offers a Wedding Fashion Lesson on Wedding Gown Selections

September 28, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Wedding, Wedding Support, Wedding Traditions, Weddings | No comment

Of all days to look your best, your wedding day is probably the most important! As you walk down the aisle you want your future husband and your guests to be completely wowed by your bridal beauty. Your groom and your guests should be speechless for all the RIGHT reasons!

Brides should float on air in their gowns and make a dramatic statement. Remember YOU are there to show off! This is YOUR day! Here are some tips to help make your dress shopping a little more pleasurable.


First and foremost: Know your body type!

You want to look amazing, stunning, drop-dead gorgeous, and most important, feel comfortable and confident in your wedding gown. So before hitting the bridal boutiques, determine your body type and remember to shun all dress styles that work against it. Look at the shape and style of a gown first before getting hypnotized by all the sparkles. The guide below will help you find the dress that accentuates your best assets and minimizes any problem areas.

* Apple
Characteristics include: a full face and neck, broad shoulders, a full chest, an undefined waist, a flat backside, shapely legs, and/or a large-framed upper body.

These brides should look for gowns with cinched waists and fitted bodices for a slimming look, especially if tall in height. Empire or raised waists will bring the eye up, and V-necklines will pull attention from broad shoulders. Avoid gowns with lots of volume (puffy tops and ballroom skirts). And choose a veil that falls between your waist and mid-thigh.

* Pear
Characteristics include: a long slender neck, narrow shoulders, a narrow back, a small to medium bust, a defined waist, curvy hips, full legs, and/or a large framed lower body.

Pear-shaped brides look best in A-line or flared gowns with necklines that are scooped, V-necked, or squared. Halter tops, wide-set straps, and loose fitting fabrics such as organza are also flattering. Embellished tops will balance your lower half. Avoid body-hugging styles and full skirts, both of which emphasize curvy hips. And opt for shoes with a thin, rather than a chunky, heel.

* Ruler
Characteristics include: A full neck, a broad back, a regular bust, an undefined waist, an overall balanced figure, and/or shapely arms and legs.

Brides with this body type should look for gowns with dropped or fitted waists to give the appearance of curves. A-line or mermaid cuts are ideal, as are gowns that draw attention to shapely legs. Avoid sheaths, Empire waists or dresses that are too clingy on top.

* Hourglass
Characteristics include: symmetrical shoulders and hips, a full bust, a defined waist, medium to broad hips, and/or shapely legs.

The hourglass body type looks beautiful in many dress styles. Your best picks are gowns that enhance the bust and waist (dropped or basque waists), scooped or V-necked tops, and halter tops to show off sexy shoulders. Avoid short veils and dresses with ruffles at the bust line.

General Advice
When shopping for gowns, keep your entourage small. This is an exciting time, but having too many cooks in the kitchen giving you conflicting opinions can make finding your dream dress overwhelming and stressful. Only bring along your maid of honor or matron of honor, your mom, and maybe one other close friend or relative. Just remember, in the end, you have to truly love and feel 100% comfortable in the dress you choose.

Order your dress early. Many brides don’t realize that it can take from six to eight months before your dress is ready for pickup Remember that time you have to figure in fittings and alterations.

Consider wearing two dresses, one for the ceremony and one for the party afterward. Some brides want to have an elaborate princess ball gown for the ceremony, but also want to let loose and dance up a storm during the reception. This option lets them do both. The best part about having two different looks for your wedding is that you can go all out by changing your jewelry, shoes, makeup, and hairstyle.

As an alternative to wearing two gowns, you can wear a convertible dress that transforms from a full-length wedding gown to a short party dress for the reception.

To learn more about wedding fashion at the Historic Woodrow Hall, please contact Tazmine Stephens,, or Fathia Lutfi, or call 205-243-4243!

Guide to the Perfect Wedding, Birmingham Event Space Manager Offers Insight to Videography: 3,2,1….OR Lights, Camera, Action!!!

September 9, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Wedding Support, Wedding Traditions, Weddings | No comment

Since most couples hire a photographer to photograph their wedding, many couples think videography isn’t necessary. However, we are huge advocates of capturing your big day on video. It can be a truly wonderful keepsake that can bring you right back to the time and place of one of the most fabulous days of your life.

The sight, the sounds, those facial expressions and spontaneous moments that your photographer might have missed are captured on your wedding video1 Plus, it’s hard for you to process and appreciate all the details from your wedding day because you will be so filled with emotions and the day is so busy. What would be better than listening to your vows once again on an upcoming anniversary? If you can work videography into your budget, we suggest you do it.

If you’re worried about a videographer getting in the way, keep in mind that some companies use small cameras that can record your entire wedding without seeming obtrusive. To get your money’s worth, pay attention to the quality of the vendor’s work. View samples!!! Does their filming and editing style match your personalities? Also, talk to your videographer about special effects such as slow motion, fades, or adding text or still photos. When done well, these editing tricks can take your wedding video up several notches and make it that much more special. Here are some other ways of using video:

*Video Montage: These types of videos are typically played during the reception. A video montage could be s series of fun clips showing the bride running around the city prepping for the big day—shopping for gowns, at the cake tasting, meeting with a mixologist to create a signature cocktail. Or it could be focused on how the bride and groom met and fell in love. Set the montage to music, be creative—and make it personal!!! What not to do: Play a twenty-minute (or seemingly never-ending) slide show of photos that requires your quests to stand the entire time. For everyone’s sake, please keep your montage five minutes long or shorter. If you’re using clips to tell your wedding story, use this timeline as a guide:
0:00-1:00 minute- Bride growing up
1:00-2:00 minutes- Groom growing up
2:00-4:00 minutes- Photos of you both as a couple, leading up to your wedding.

*Instant edit: Some videographers can “instantly” put together a video clip—perhaps three to four minutes long—featuring the most memorable highlights of your wedding day. These short clips can then be copied onto DVDs and packaged on the spot to be given away as party favors or uploaded to Facebook or to your wedding web site. Your guests will be amazed at how quickly they’ll be able to relive and share special moments from your wedding.

*Thank-you gifts: Giving your closet family members and friends a copy of your video after the wedding is another wonderful idea. An alternative is to send everyone your wedding video around your first anniversary, that way, it can serve as a nice reminder of all the fun that was had at your wedding.

Please visit our website under the video/photo tab to see sample videos from our very own videographer. For more information on booking our videographer, please contact a Woodrow Hall representative.

Fathia Lutfi: call or text (205) 200-6494
Tazmine call or text 205-243-4243 (

You can also schedule a time to visit by visiting our scheduling tool on our website:

Guide to the Perfect Wedding: Birmingham Wedding Venue Lists Major Errors in Wedding Planning

August 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Wedding, Weddings | No comment

Every bride recognizes that planning a wedding is a daunting task. No wedding is perfect, and most brides make a few mistakes. Woodrow Hall would like to offer a few suggestions on some of the biggest things to avoid!

1.) Budgeting. Weddings are costly. Remember that many costs come due near the actual date of the wedding. To avoid having to go into last minute debt, keep a running list of your expenses and when they are due so you can plan accordingly. Of course you can splurge on a few things here and there, but remember to keep track of them!

2.) Choosing a venue. First, there is no PERFECT venue. We at Woodrow Hall have attempted to create a perfect venue, but remember that perfection is in the eye of the bride and each bride has a difference impression of what perfect is! Once you have discovered a “near perfect” venue, book it! Most venues will not hold a date for more than a few days unless you place a deposit. While a bride is investigating one last venue, many a bride has called back to the “near perfect” one only to find it has been booked!

3.) Waiting to order your dress. After the venue, the next biggest item to plan for is your dress. Virtually every dress even if “off the rack” will require customization… and that takes time. If you cannot find an “off the rack” dress, a custom made dress will take months; sometimes nearly a year for manufacture and shipping as most are not made in the US.

4.) Flying Solo. Planning a wedding is a lot of work and requires literally thousands of judgments and decisions. Ask for help! Friends and relatives would love to help as long as you can define their role so they can plan adequate time. Break up the tasks and delegate. There is an old saying: Lots of hands make light work”!

5.) Inadequate postage on your invitations. Make sure you personally take your invitations to the post office. DO NOT GUESS on postage. Some shapes (square for instance) require a lot of extra postage! Just weighing and placing postage on your wedding invitation without asking the postmaster the proper postage can make this aspect of wedding planning a disaster!

6.) Inviting too many guests. If your invitation list is long, make sure the venue can seat them all. If your venue tells you they can seat 200, don’t invite 350 hoping that just 200 accept! Make sure you know the occupancy allowed at your venue.

7.) Hotel rooms. During busy seasons, hotel rooms in some places become very scarce. Remember that if you plan your wedding during Talladega, your guests may be sleeping on your couch!

8.) Last minute crash diets, beauty treatments and tanning: DON’T! Did we tell you about the poor girl who fell asleep at the tanning bed or outside under the bright sun…. not pretty! A sun burn is not only hard to cover up with make up, it can really mess up a honeymoon!

9.) Forgetting your marriage license rules. Remember to very carefully read the rules for your marriage license! Waiting one day too long or forgetting until the last minute can result in long lines and potentially a really messy situation!

Finally… what is the most important part of wedding planning? Your marriage! Remember you are planning a marriage, not a wedding! Many a bride and groom open themselves up to so much stress that getting married is no longer fun, it is something to get through! Spend time together and medicate on what your commitment means! There are lots of sticky issues you will be dealing with and you will inevitably have some disagreements with either each other or other family members on how to handle them. Remember to be flexible and forgive each other for the problems that occur and your marriage will get off to a great start!

Woodrow Hall is a “near perfect” venue for your wedding! With its exposed brick walls, historic nature and patina, wonderful century old detail, it will make your wedding a dream come true.

Talk to us about how we can eliminate some of your stress and make your day very special indeed! Contact us at: {call or text} (205) 200-6494
 or 205-243-4243

You can also schedule a time to visit by visiting our scheduling tool on our website:

We look forward to serving you!

Guide to the Perfect Birmingham Wedding: Invitations to the Wedding and Reception

July 21, 2012 at 4:32 am | Uncategorized, Wedding Traditions, Weddings | No comment

The Invitation is the First Impression of Your Wedding!

With so much to do to plan your wedding, invitations can seem like a stressful chore instead of a fun time designing the first look of your wedding. With this helpful guide you are on your way to getting invitations that will please the etiquette queens in your life and “wow” your family and friends. So first things first…..

The time and place of your wedding will determine when you need to send out your Save the Dates and Invitations. Use the simple guide below to start your timeline.

Start invitation planning immediately. Before you begin, you’ll need to know:
1. The number of invitations you need. Couples and families receive only one, but if an adult child (think 18 and older) still lives at home, you may wish to send him or her an individual invite.
2. The date, time, and location of the ceremony and reception.
3. Who is hosting, and how they would like their names to appear. (This is typically the parents of the bride, but in today’s environment, often other relatives or the parents of the groom are co-hosting)
4. Where the RSVPs should be sent- – -that’s you if you’re organizing and managing the guest list. Also the date needed for the RSVP. Ask your caterer the date you need to get them a final count and give yourself some time to contact people who have not sent back their RSVP. (Expect to have the RSVPs about a month prior to the wedding.)
5. Your wedding theme or color palette. If you’d like the “Save the Date” notices to match, this needs to be selected even earlier.
6. Whether you’ll be providing a map or directions card. If so, have the information handy.
7. Your Budget


Save the Date Noices- 6 months in advance for a stateside wedding and up to 12 months in advance for a destination wedding.

Invitations- 8 weeks before the wedding for stateside and 10-12 weeks in advance for a destination wedding.

Order- Invitations can take 2-6 weeks to design, print, and put together. Begin planning your invitations 4-6 months before you wedding.

Each bride has a unique invitation budget with which their stationery’s desired look and feel will be achieved. We like people to know that you don’t have to sacrifice great design and settle for a generic design from online or box invitations. Please see a Woodrow Hall representative on pricing options for your invitations and Save the Date notices.


There are certain things you are going to need to complete your wedding invitations.

Give yourself breathing room by ordering extra invitations. These can serve as keepsakes and as reference for your florist, officiant, wedding planner, and anyone else involved. Plus, they’re a safety net in case of damaged mail or addressing errors.

Having a minimum of 10 additional invitations is wise; some experts recommend a backup of 25% of the total.

When ordering your wedding invitations, keep in mind that custom design will add on another three to four weeks. Think about addressing your invitations and start an excel sheet to get your guest’s addresses ready for a mail merge.


Returned mail and reprints due to misspelled names can cost you time and money.

Once you have a finished invitation, head to the post office and have the invitations weighed!. Never assume it’ll qualify for standard postage. Inserts, decorations, and heavier paper stocks all add to the weight. And, nothing would be worse than having them returned because of the wrong stamps.

And right now….

Take a deep breath. Remember, while thoughtful planning eases stress and saves time, you’ll have a little leeway. For example, while you’re waiting to approve the design of your invitations, you can solidify your guest list and confirm details like directions. Don’t rush through any steps when ordering stationery, because misspelling your future mother-in-law’s name or stating the wrong address for the ceremony will cost you valuable time.

By setting a timeline, you’re already on top of the situation. Congratulations!!

Fathia Lutfi: call or text (205) 200-6494
Tazmine call or text 205-243-4243 (

You can also schedule a time to visit by visiting our scheduling tool on our website:

Guide to the Perfect Birmingham Wedding: Etiquette: I DO, I DON’T at the Church and the Venue

June 11, 2012 at 2:06 am | Uncategorized, Wedding, Wedding Support, Wedding Traditions | No comment

Some wedding traditions and “rules” can be modified or at times even ignored, but there are certain guidelines that every bride and groom should follow.

Because your wedding will be one of the most meaningful, memorable, and elegant days of your life, your behavior and demeanor need to reflect this. By no means are we saying that your wedding should be stuffy or lack personality. It’s simply important that you come across to your guests as appropriate, sincere, and genuinely thankful that they are there to celebrate with you.

Trust us, being a graceful bride will keep you from having any regrets five, ten, or fifty years from now. It will also keep your guests filled with memories of you as nothing less than charming, beautiful, and blushing.

Remember this party isn’t only about you; it’s about the bride and groom, the parents of both…and, of course, your guests!

Follow these tips to ensure that you are the picture of elegance and grace at your wedding:

* Walk down the aisle with poise, and hold your bouquet by the stems with flowers titled slightly forward.

* Attend your own cocktail hour! When couple schedule photos during this time, they miss out on sharing those first few moments of newlywed excitement with their family and friends. Also, consider that couples often enter the reception room fifteen minutes after guests have entered, so missing cocktails as well as the start of the reception means a lot of time away from guests. Some brides are having their own photo session prior to the wedding when they are still “made up” and there is no rush. Talk to your photographer!

* Make a point to look into the eyes of your guests when talking to them!

* At the reception, visit each table and greet guests individually. If possible, try to visit with each guest at least twice during the evening. It’s no different than if you were hosting a dinner party at home- you want everyone to feel welcome.

* Always mingle with guest with your new husband at your side! At Woodrow Hall, we have seen many a bride put out an APB to find her new husband!

* Leave before your guests start to leave. If you want to party all night, have a second, later party for your special friends but allow the bulk of your guests to see you off!

Woodrow Hall makes it easy to have a wedding. With two separate banquet halls, we can offer just what you need for you to have a perfect wedding day! We also can host both the wedding and the reception… ask us about how we can do this for you!

To learn more, please contact:

Fathia: call or text (205) 200-6494
Tazmine: call or text 205-243-4243 (

You can also schedule a time to visit by visiting our scheduling tool on our website:

Guide to a Perfect Wedding, Woodrow Hall Offers a Lesson: Processional and Recessional Lineup

May 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Wedding, Wedding Traditions | No comment

The processional is the part of your wedding ceremony that builds the drama for the bride’s big arrival.

It starts with the bridal party entering the ceremony space and concludes as soon as the bride, in all her glory meets her groom at the altar. There are two basic procession orders; traditional and contemporary. And then there are unconventional variations, which you’ll see in traditional Jewish ceremonies (during which the parents of the bride and groom and the bridal party stand beneath a chuppah, a ceremony canopy, with the bride and groom) or when the bride and groom simply close to break from tradition. Here’s a closer look at the basic procession orders:

During a traditional ceremony, the events leading up to the processional go as follows: Just before the processional music begins, and after all of the guests are seated, the mothers of the bride and groom are escorted to their seats. Next, the officiant, groom, and best man enter the ceremony through a side door and wait at the altar. Groomsmen may also enter through a side door, or they may escort the bridesmaids down the aisle.

The Traditional procession order is:
1. Bridesmaids (alone or escorted by groomsmen)
2. Ring bearer and/or flower girl
3. Maid or matron of Honor
4. Bride, escorted by her father, a father figure, or a male friend.

During a contemporary ceremony, the procession order goes like this:
1. Officiant
2. Grandparents of the Groom (who are seated in the first row)
3. Grandparents of the Bride (who are seated in the first row)
4. The mother of the bride escorted by an usher and then seated in the first row.
5. Groomsmen
6. Best man
7. Groom, escorted by his Parents
8. Bridesmaids
9. Maid or matron of honor
10. Ring bearer and/or flower girl
11. Bride, escorted by her father, a father figure, or a male friend.

During the recessional, the bridal party typically exits the ceremony in the reverse order of the processional. The recessional marks the end of the ceremony and the beginning of the happy couple’s married life together. Here are some tips to help ensure that both your processional and recessional run like clockwork:

*Plan everything ahead of time! There are many things to consider. Will your parents be standing or seated? Who will need reserved seats? Who will escort family members to their reserved seats? Will your bridal party be walking in/out as couples or singles? If you don’t have a wedding planner or if your officiant or the venue staff will not be helping you with these details, assign someone from your bridal party or a family member to help coordinate.

*Have your bridal party walk down the aisle at a nice, leisurely pace. No speed walking! You also need to have a good amount of space between the pairs/singles. In general, as soon as one person/couple reaches the center of the aisle, the next person/couple should proceed.

Woodrow Hall would love to have your processional at our historic facility! With a wonderful timeless setting, your wedding guests will experience a wonderful experience as you walk down the isle and later celebrate! To visit or to obtain more information contact:

Fathia Lutfi: Call or Text (205) 200-6494

Tazmine Morton-Stephens: Call or Text (205) 243-4243

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Woodrow Hall, A Birmingham Venue, Offers Their Guide to the Perfect Wedding: A Dozen Questions to Answer Prior to Writing Your Wedding Vows

May 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Wedding, Wedding Support, Wedding Traditions, Weddings | No comment

Many couples are choosing to formalize their marriage commitment with a unique, meaningful and personal set of wedding vows. If you choose to create your own vows, first speak to your priest, minister, rabbi or other officiate. Some have strict rules on what must be said.

The best way to start out is to ask yourselves a series of questions that will allow you both to focus on some of the key elements of personalized vows.

Although answering these questions honestly and transparently with each other may be difficult or stretch you in a few ways (especially the guys!), these are key questions to answer prior to creating the foundation for a strong and enduring marriage.

1.) What is your definition of love and commitment? Of marriage and family. Of trust and “death do you part”?
2.) What are the characteristics of your partner that first created your attraction for one another?
3.) Was there a specific moment or event that occurred where you realized you were “in love” and could reasonably foresee spending your life together as husband and wife?
4.) How did you express it to your fiancé?
5.) What differences do the two of you have?
6.) In what ways do you complement each other and “complete” each other?
7.) How as your fiancé made you a better person?
8.) How has your love grown for each other?
9.) How has your commitment grown and blossomed?
10.) Do you share a special song?
11.) How has religion played a role in leading the two of you toward a path of marriage?
12.) How will you two deal with hardships and disappointments, health problems, financial issues?

Some extras!

What goals have you both set for your marriage?
How do you view intimacy and the possible children you create?
How do you anticipate growing and changing over the coming years… of growing old together?

Once you have listed answers to each of these questions, you will have a good foundation for your vows and in fact for your life together as husband and wife.

Woodrow Hall would love to have you publicly state your vows at our historic venue. As it approaches its one hundredth anniversary, we can only guess at how many loving couples celebrated their wedding within its walls. Please call us at 205-243-4243 or email us at

If you wish, you can also schedule a time to visit on our website scheduling tool:

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