Posts Tagged ‘Birmingham Party Venue’

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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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
24th

Anniversary Party Planning: Birmingham Venue Suggestions

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What a time! You are celebrating decades of time together. An Anniversary Party demands a great venue, plenty of food and alcohol, and a great plan!

Here are the steps

Choose a date
Set a budget
Search high and low for the perfect venue
Create the guest list
Find a good DJ or band
Choose the food and drink
Purchase invitations
Decide on decorations
Set up the agenda
Determine those who should offer a toast
Find some great stories concerning the honored guests
Finalize the contracts
Set up an action plan with dates for each stage
Have fun!

Woodrow Hall has become a favorite place to hold all sorts of parties, including Anniversaries. With one banquet hall that can seat about 100 and a second that can hold up to 350 people, it has a place for virtually every party size. In addition to its historic charm, it boasts of all of the added touches that a discriminating party planner would love to have. These include: LCD projectors, plasma screen TVs, great dance floors and lots of space!

Choose Woodrow Hall for your next Anniversary Party! Call 205-243-4243 to schedule your visit and party!

Sep
23rd

Birmingham Venue: Budget Items For Your Anniversary Party

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An Anniversary Party is a great way to celebrate a marriage or other anniversary. Woodrow Hall would love to offer you some basic information about how to plan your budget for an anniversary. How to you start?

Start by setting a budget.

The following is a list of budget items for your anniversary party:

Invitations: these are about the least expensive part of the entire evening. You can order custom invitations or just find some generic ones. If you have an artistic bent, make them yourself!

Venue: this is probably the most expensive as most venues charge close to a thousand dollars. If you are planning to invite less than 100 people Woodrow Hall can host your party for hundreds of dollars in a century old banquet hall that has plenty of charm, great historic atmosphere, a great dance floor and all of the modern touches you want in a venue. We can also throw in chaffing dishes, centerpieces and a sound system. And because we have set up the venue for up to 100 people in a seated fashion.

Food: Food costs can range from pizza to a full course sit down dinner. Some anniversary parties actually have the guests bring food to not only save money but to offer a great variety of home cooked options. Since Woodrow Hall does not require you to buy “our food” you make the choice!

Music: You can choose a band or D or if you have a friend or family member that can perform this task, we can provide a top-flight sound system for use with your IPod!

Decorations: Given the historic charm of our two banquet halls, the special lighting, the video projectors and plasma TVs, you do not really need many decorations for your anniversary party. We even have a selection of glass centerpieces that we can provide for you.

Parking: Some venues have no parking. Or they have parking that costs your guests plenty. Woodrow Hall has over 125 parking places right next to the building. And it is free!

That is about it. And if you choose Woodrow Hall, you will even have enough money for gifts!

Call Woodrow Hall now at 205-243-4243 for an appointment or to schedule your anniversary party!

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
1st

Tips on Picking the Perfect Birmingham Party Venue

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Birmingham may not compete with Las Vegas for the “Party Land” designation, but we do LOVE parties. Whether they be birthday parties, anniversaries, sales or award parties, Holiday Parties, or just a plain get together, Southerners are known to be very social animals.
Of course, most social events occur at homes, but when the event gets bigger, you need to choose a venue. There are plenty of options from church halls to community buildings such as fire departments or VFW posts, but most people would rather have a professionally run venue.

Cost:
The biggest consideration in renting a venue is cost.
Hotels can cost Ten Thousand Dollars just to start. Other venues that are not related to a hotel have fixed minimums of 10-15,000 for a Saturday night.

Restaurants usually require a minimum and typically cannot handle 100 or more people. And remember that they also typically remain open making you compete with the outside diners for parking, attention and even bathroom space!

There are actually only a few dedicated, professionally run venues in Birmingham. Woodrow Hall is one of them. And, because of our business model, we are one of the least expensive and offer a LOT more services and options for the same price! In fact, our newest restoration, The Magnolia Room can provide you with an up-scale, intimate banquet hall for 100 guests for hundreds of dollars, not thousands of dollars! Sunday nights, and weeknights are even less expensive… less than $500 for the typical party!

Service:

People don’t think about service when planning a routine party. Certainly a wedding is a different animal and people understand the need for perfection, but even a reunion needs the venue to provide well trained customer service oriented people to look after the special needs of every party. If you rent a venue, do you have a dedicated staff person who is available at a moments notice to help with an unforeseen need? Woodrow Hall and The Magnolia Room at Woodrow Hall will do just that!

Alcohol:

Many hosts would love to provide their own alcohol. But state law prohibits it in most cases. So, what alcohol packages are available. Most venues charge $20-25 or even more per person for an open bar. And for good reason! Most open bars pour a LOT of alcohol as guests release their inhibitions and drink on your dime! Woodrow Hall offers a variety of options that allow you to offer alcohol, but at the same time keep your generosity from being abused by a few. We also save you a LOT of money in the process!
Also, ask about our Signature Drink Package!

Space:

Many venues host parties that are crowded! They try to fit too many people into a too small space, with the result that is predictable. People bumping into each other, spilled food and drinks, you know the drill.

Woodrow Hall has two separate ballrooms. One can easily seat 200 people or host up to 350 if you choose not to have seats for all. The other can seat 100 people.

And both still have room for the band or DJ and dancing! Woodrow Hall was built in 1914 when there was no air conditioning… so people wanted LOTS of space! And we have it… (and we do have a GREAT brand new air conditioning system!)

Character and Charm:

Nothing is more boring than a hotel with a suspended ceiling and plain drywalled walls. Woodrow Hall has a century of charm and patina. From the original massive wooden beams to the exposed brick walls, programmable up-lights, soft overhead lighting, vintage highly polished floors, hand made accent pieces to the modern LCD projector and Plasma TV, we have it all! Attention to detail is important to us and it shows.
This charm allows you to show off the space instead of spending a fortune on decorations! We can have a custom slide show on the large screen as part of your theme.

Stage:

Restaurants and most Hotels charge you to erect a stage for your band or DJ or for your speeches. We have one built in… and it, like the rest of the building is just a few years shy of a century old!

PA system:

How would you like to spend $300-$500 to rent a PA system? Of course not! We have an excellent sound system that costs you nearly nothing!… Just ask!

Food:

Nearly 100 percent of the Birmingham Venues require you to purchase the food from their kitchen. We don’t. It is that simple!
If you choose to have a leading caterer or a pizza shop provide food, just do it! We do have a food prep area with a modern convection oven and a warming oven to keep food at the proper temperature. We also have a “staging and bussing” area for your caterer. We can provide you with glasses and dishes and flatware… and at the same time save you a lot of hassle on rentals and transporting these items. Again, just ask!

Parking:

Most Birmingham Venues have parking on the street, in a yard or a long distance from the actual banquet hall. Woodrow Hall has over 125 parking places adjacent to the actual building… no crossing the street or hiking to another county! And no need to pay for a valet unless you choose to!

So, when you are looking for a Birmingham Party Venue, ask plenty of questions, get competitive bids… in the end you will find that Woodrow Hall or The Magnolia Room at Woodrow Hall offer you the most for the least!

Call 205-243-4243 today to visit or to ask questions, or email Tazmine@WoodrowHall.com