Archive for the ‘Wedding’ Category

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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Dec
8th

Guide to a Perfect Birmingham Wedding: Comments from a Wedding Venue on the Wedding Cake (1 of 2)

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A wedding cake is a work of art. And art can come in a variety of forms. Likewise, cake makers use a variety of terms to describe the ingredients and decorating techniques. This first blog on Wedding cakes will define the various terms so you can walk in informed and confident!

CAKE TERMS YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Gumpaste: a mixture of cornstarch, gelatin and sugar used to create realistic appearing flowers and fruit

Cornelli: a decorating technique used to crate lace-like patterns

Pulled Sugar: boiled sugar mixture that is edible and can be pulled to create flowers and bows

Dragees: edible balls of sugar coated with gold or silver

Basketweaver Latticework: a piping technique that creates interwoven basket-like patters of vertical and horizontal lines

Buttercream: a butter-based, creamy smooth icing that stays soft. Can be used to create piping, swags and decorative rosettes. This icing will not survive a hot summer outside wedding, as it will melt! But if your wedding is inside, this icing can be much less expensive and just as good-looking as fondant.

Swiss dots or dotted Swiss: A random piping technique that creates a find dot Swiss fabric

Fondant: an icing made from cornstarch, gelatin and sugar that is rolled out like pie-crust with a porcelain looking finish. It can be stretched over numerous shapes. This icing can handle heat like no other! One of the more expensive icings.

Ganache: Rich sweet chocolate icing or filling that is more dense than a mousse but less dense than fudge. This is a temperature sensitive icing that does not handle hot humid conditions

Torte: a cake with a thick texture that does not use leavening agents such as baking powder or soda

Marzipan Paste: A fondant like paste that can be rolled into sheets or molded into shapes. Made from ground almonds, sugar and egg whites. Beware the nuts if you are hosting to nut allergic guests

Pillars: wood or plastic structural elements to create a tiered cake

Royal icing: A paste like icing that dries to a hard and brittle final product. Made from egg whites and sugar. Used for latticework, beading, bows and flowers.

Whipped Cream: a soft whipped icing that goes well with fruit filled cakes but will not handle outside warm weather temperatures.

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 Tazmine@WoodrowHall.com or vintageromance@woodrowhall.com

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

http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30175518

We look forward to serving you!

Dec
2nd

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

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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 Tazmine@WoodrowHall.com or vintageromance@woodrowhall.com

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

http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30175518

We look forward to serving you!

Nov
14th

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

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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 www.woodrowhall.com 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 
 (vintageromance@woodrowhall.com)
or
Tazmine Stephens: call or text (205)243-4243 (tazmine@woodrowhall.com).

You can also schedule a time to visit by visiting our scheduling tool on our website: http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30175518

Oct
20th

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

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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 vintageromance@woodrowhall.com.

You can also schedule a time to visit by visiting our scheduling tool on our website or pasting this URL into your web browser: http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30175518

Sep
28th

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

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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.

FASHION FOR THE BRIDE

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, tazmine@woodrowhall.com, or Fathia Lutfi, vintageromance@woodrowhall.com. or call 205-243-4243!

Aug
15th

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

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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: http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30175518

We look forward to serving you!

Jun
11th

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

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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
 (vintageromance@woodrowhall.com)
or
Tazmine: call or text 205-243-4243 (Tazmine@WoodrowHall.com).

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

http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30175518