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Feb
13th

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Wedding

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Getting married on Valentine’s Day? You must be a true romantic. Have your Valentine’s Day Wedding reflect all the romance of your love story with special details. Even if you’re not getting married on Valentine’s Day, consider incorporating some of these touches for a truly inspiring day. Attire: On Valentine’s Day, an old-fashioned look is always romantic. You’ll want to wear a classic style dress and tuxedo. Look to old movies, including Funny Face and legendary weddings including Grace Kelly’s and Jakie O. A second option is to go for a white dress with red accents. Wear your hair pulled back with red roses pinned into your chignon. Wrap a vibrant red shawl around your arms, and carry an overflowing bouquet of more red roses. Have your bridesmaids wear the same dress in varying shades of pink and red, and have groomsmen wear red ties with different red and pink boutonnières. Setting: Make sure you book your location early, as Valentine’s Day is a very popular day to tie the knot. Wed someplace that will allow you to light lots of candles like Woodrow Hall to really set the mood for a late evening ceremony. Alternatively, look for a place warm enough in February. Decorate as you would for a romantic dinner- soft lighting, gauzy fabrics, flowers, candles, and plenty of atmosphere.

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Jul
9th

Are signature drinks a must have?

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If you are wanting to do a signature drink make sure it matches you as a couple. Some are to worried about it matching their wedding colors and the drink may not taste so great! Make sure it taste good and is not loaded with dyes. Also make sure that drink can be made virgin too so everyone can try it. Don’t make the signature drink the only drink available (yes I have seen this done). You can just have beer, wine and your signature drink if you are not doing a full open bar or if you are doing a full open bar,  have a few other fun cocktails. Here are plenty to think about:

May
7th

Birmingham’s Guide to The Perfect Chiavari Chair

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Chiavari Chairs have long been known as the most popular choice of seating for special occasions such as weddings, and upscale events such as the Grammy Awards and even Dancing With The Stars! Chiavari chairs are so elegant and beautiful on its own but if you want to create something different try dressing up the chiavari chairs with satin ribbons, organza sashes or fresh flowers.

Give your room an open feel & highlights the table décor

When your guests walk into a room filled with chiavari chairs, it is a refreshing and dynamic utilization of space. Since chiavari chairs entail a non-enclosure design, your table cloth and décor can be highlighted with a refine balance that you and your guest can appreciate. Regular banquet chairs can cover the table setup and linens can sometime suffocate space and make the setup look cluttered, chiavari chairs simply opens the entire room up.

 Ideal design for limitless creativity

If you’re a bride with an insatiable desire to decorate, chiavari chairs provides a perfect canvas. Decorate till your heart’s content! Add colorful sashes of satin or organza, loop it around vertically or horizontally, double the sashes for contrasting colors, use different color accents either with flowers or even jewelry, truly the skies the limit. Really there are no rules, you are the artist of your own event.

 

However, Chiavari Chairs are already perfect as they are – bare and beautiful. An ideal ingredient that doesn’t need enhancement or further accentuation. Brides don’t have to spend more on accessories when you’ve already said everything with the ideal wedding chair. With this essential component in place, now you can focus on the table, the dinnerware, and the centerpiece. Chiavari chairs provide the perfect foundation to elevate your décor to a totally new level.

Make this look complete your dream day with us at Woodrow Hall. Woodrow Hall’s Gold Chiavari Chairs beautifully accents the exposed brick, high ceilings, huge wooden beams, and large ballroom adorned with vintage lanterns.  Schedule your tour with us today!! Contact 205.243.4243 or 205.200.6494.  Email us at Tazmine@woodrowhall.com or vintageromance@woodrowhall.com.

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Perfect for up to about 100 guests!

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Sep
26th

Birmingham Venue Timetable Tip for Planning a Rehearsal Dinner

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The rehearsal dinner is a dinner after the rehearsal for the wedding but it is more than just a dinner, it is a time when two families are given a chance to get to know each other in a festive environment. It is often-time the only time some of these people have met each other.

At a time when the wedding takes center stage, it is also important that this event be given the time to plan it right. Here is a timetable.

4 Months Prior:
Find and book the venue. You can have the dinner at a restaurant or you can choose a private venue; both will cost in-total about the same. But the venue option will give you a private place with no restaurant noise and no one “accidentally” entering your space in search of their meeting or group. Choose a unique venue, perhaps a historic center with lots of character, like Woodrow Hall.

We have a smaller venue that is perfect for Rehearsal Dinners. We call it The Magnolia Room. With gold Chiavari chairs and hand-made tables, that complement the century old atmosphere, it is just what you want to entertain a big family!

Choose the food and negotiate the contracts. Woodrow Hall does not require you to use “our” caterer. This allows you to choose any type of cuisine at a price you choose.

2 Months Prior:
Plan Toasts.
Talk to all those who are planning to give a toast. The father of the groom speaks first as he is generally the host. The next may be either the father of the bride or the best man, your choice. The bride and groom also generally toast the host a well as all of those who have helped make the wedding possible.

One Month Prior:
Mail invitations. They should be sent to the entire wedding party, both sets of parents, step parents, grandparents and siblings of both sides. Some couples invite the out of town guests. This is entirely up to you and the host.

Seating Chart: The parents, bride and groom and perhaps the best man and maid of honor all sit together. Some couples mix up the rest, others keep the families together… it is entirely up to you!
Plan Decorations: Flowers, candles, balloons all are ok. Woodrow Hall has several choices to save you time and money!

One-Week Prior:
Contact all vendors to finalize the arrangements, number of guests and final seating needs.

Woodrow Hall would be delighted to host your Rehearsal Dinner AND… your wedding and reception! With two separate banquet halls, make Woodrow Hall your choice for all three! We have significant discounts available for you if you do! Call 205-243-4243 for more information or to set up a visit.

Sep
25th

Rehearsal Dinner Advice From A Birmingham Venue Owner: 11 Steps to Planning

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The rehearsal dinner is a custom that is unique to America. Here are the steps to planning a rehearsal dinner.

Determine a budget
Choose a venue
Choose a caterer
Set up the menu
Decide on alcohol
Plan decorations
Select a music choice
Set up the agenda or timetable
Prepare speeches
Prepare icebreakers
Have FUN!

Woodrow Hall is THE place for your rehearsal dinner. With over a hundred years of history, this facility has seen thousands of parties! Call 205-243-4243 to schedule your visit!

Sep
20th

Birmingham Venue Timetable Tips for Planning a Rehearsal Dinner

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The rehearsal dinner is a dinner after the rehearsal for the wedding but it is more than just a dinner, it is a time when two families are given a chance to get to know each other in a festive environment. It is often-time the only time some of these people have met each other.

At a time when the wedding takes center stage, it is also important that this event be given the time to plan it right. Here is a timetable.

4 Months Prior:
Find and book the venue. You can have the dinner at a restaurant or you can choose a private venue; both will cost in-total about the same. But the venue option will give you a private place with no restaurant noise and no one “accidentally” entering your space in search of their meeting or group. Choose a unique venue, perhaps a historic center with lots of character, like Woodrow Hall.

We have a smaller venue that is perfect for Rehearsal Dinners. We call it The Magnolia Room. With gold Chiavari chairs and hand-made tables, that complement the century old atmosphere, it is just what you want to entertain a big family!

Choose the food and negotiate the contracts. Woodrow Hall does not require you to use “our” caterer. This allows you to choose any type of cuisine at a price you choose.

2 Months Prior:
Plan Toasts.
Talk to all those who are planning to give a toast. The father of the groom speaks first as he is generally the host. The next may be either the father of the bride or the best man, your choice. The bride and groom also generally toast the host a well as all of those who have helped make the wedding possible.

One Month Prior:
Mail invitations. They should be sent to the entire wedding party, both sets of parents, step parents, grandparents and siblings of both sides. Some couples invite the out of town guests. This is entirely up to you and the host.

Seating Chart: The parents, bride and groom and perhaps the best man and maid of honor all sit together. Some couples mix up the rest, others keep the families together… it is entirely up to you!
Plan Decorations: Flowers, candles, balloons all are ok. Woodrow Hall has several choices to save you time and money!

One-Week Prior:
Contact all vendors to finalize the arrangements, number of guests and final seating needs.

Woodrow Hall would be delighted to host your Rehearsal Dinner AND… your wedding and reception! With two separate banquet halls, make Woodrow Hall your choice for all three! We have significant discounts available for you if you do! Call 205-243-4243 for more information or to set up a visit.

Sep
14th

Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette Questions Answered by Birmingham Venue Owner

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So, you are soon to be married. The perfect gown has been discovered, wedding ceremony is planned, the menu and entertainment has been set for the reception, now what?

Well, tradition demands a rehearsal dinner, also called the Groom’s Dinner. The rehearsal dinner is an American tradition that seems to have come about as a time when guests and family members from far and wide join together to get to know each other prior to the actual wedding.

Some questions couples ask are:

Who Gets Invited to the Rehearsal Dinner?

There are no real rules for the guest list other than that the entire wedding party and both immediate families are always invited. Beyond that, pretty much anything goes. Budget will dictate most guest lists. A more recent trend is for this dinner to become a pretty large event with long lost relatives and friends from far away getting onto the invitation list.

Who Pays For The Rehearsal Dinner?

It is customary that the groom’s side pays for this event. That means the parents or in many cases, especially for late marriages or second marriages, the groom will pay. Occasionally a family member or close relative will host the party. If asked by a relative, the bride and groom should always be aware of the costs involved and avoid financial hardship.

Is a Venue Needed?

Most rehearsal dinners are held at a restaurant or catering hall. Some are held at homes if a large enough house is available. Again, there are no rules. Some are held at a beach or even a park. Woodrow Hall has a second banquet hall that is perfect for rehearsal dinners. It can hold up to 100 people and if you have an outside caterer or relatives prepare the food, it is much less expensive than a restaurant … and it is private!

What About Invitations?

Invitations are a must and should not be sent inside the wedding invitation. They should be sent after the bride’s parents send the official wedding invitation. Some couples have moved to e-invites, but this is not the best etiquette!

Are Centerpieces and Decorations Needed?

This really depends upon the venue. Something small like a candle is typically fine. Most couples do not go to the expense of floral bouquets. Our two banquet halls are elegant enough that decorations are not needed! Also, Woodrow Hall will provide you with a selection of vases and candle holders if you hold your rehearsal dinner at our facility.

Are Children Supposed To Attend?

This is entirely up to you and the venue. If you are holding the event in a pub or other place with alcohol, some venues do not allow underage attendees. Also, remember that if this dinner is after 8 o’clock, most flower girls and ring bearers will need to be asleep.

Toasts? Roasts?

YES! The host of the dinner should give a toast to the couple and to the parents of the bride as well as anyone else who has contributed time or money for the wedding. This is also a time when roasts can occur! One absolute rule: keep it civil! No off color jokes or anything that would damage the sacredness of a wedding is permitted!

Favors?

Favors are not required, but many couples will provide some small token to remember the event. There are thousands of ideas. Again, the budget is the limiting factor.

Finally, remember the groom’s dinner is a more intimate event than the actual wedding reception. It is typically a much more casual affair with casual clothes, lighter food and an early end so as to allow the bride and groom to obtain a good night rest prior to the most important day of their lives!

Woodrow Hall would be delighted to host your rehearsal dinner. In fact, if you hold your wedding and wedding reception at Woodrow Hall, we will give you a significant discount off the usual price of our second smaller banquet hall, The Magnolia Room. Call 205-243-4243 to set up a visit to this remarkable historic banquet facility just minutes from downtown Birmingham or the Airport!