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How to pair wines, with your wedding reception’s food menu.

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To ensure a standout wine-paired meal, consider these five tips from Woodrow Hall:
1. When it comes to general wine selection, know that there will always be some guests who are “red wine drinkers” and others who are “white wine drinkers.” It’s important to offer flexible varieties to appease both. A Pinot Noir is fruity, higher in acid, and has softer tannins (the astringent component in wine) than a full-bodied red, making it a versatile option that pairs beautifully with poultry, pasta, veggies, and seafood. A red blend is another crowd-pleaser and can usually convert die-hard white drinkers with its fruit-forward taste.
2. California Sauvignon Blanc is a great choice for a versatile white wine. This style of Sauvignon Blanc can stand up to most food pairings: soft cheeses, salads, seafood, poultry, and pasta. It also has broad appeal covers both ends of the spectrum—the Chardonnay lovers will appreciate the ripe fruit notes and richness, while the red wine crowd will gravitate toward the bright acid and complexity.
3. Surprise, Rosé is the most versatile of all! It has the acidity of white wine and the fruity character of red and pairs with most foods. Hence the reason it’s one of the fastest growing wine categories—more and more wine lovers are discovering the appeal of this approachable yet sophisticated and affordable choice.
4. When pairing wines for a multi-course meal, it’s best to move through a progression, from lighter in body (Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc) to heavier (Chardonnay, Cabernet, red blend), so that you don’t overwhelm guests’ palates.
See More: How to Use Your Registry to Fill Your Own Personal Wine Cellar

5. When making selections, also consider the heaviness of the protein served. Dishes with lean meats should be paired with lighter wines. Alternatively, foods with a high fat content (like meats, cheese, and rich sauces) should be served with highly acidic whites (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay) or tannic red wines (Cabernet), since fats and tannins are a match made in heaven.
6. And of course, if you’re doing a buffet style meal, why not channel the same serve-yourself approach and offer one versatile white and red that guests can self-pour? Just place a bottle of each on the table and let them do their thing. The interactive touch will be reminiscent of a restaurant experience, making your reception less big-banquet and more unique and memorable


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

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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:


Guide to the Perfect Wedding: A Dozen Questions to Ask Prior to Booking Birmingham Wedding Venue

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Lets face it, a wedding is really not a wedding without a celebration!

Of course, the religious aspects of an intimate ceremony where you are gathered before man and God is an important aspect to the sacredness of marriage, but, the celebration is where you can truly have a fun time with your loved ones and family. The celebration is probably the most single difficult items of the wedding to plan.

The wedding reception is not just a party, it is a very festive event where you not only have good food and company but flowers, special lighting, music, cakes, dancing and photographer(s). There are a lot of specific items and expenses to plan for. The biggest single item is choosing the venue or banquet hall. Venues book up months to more than a year in advance so promptly searching for one and deciding is very important.

Key questions to ask prior to booking a wedding venue include:

How many people can the banquet hall comfortably seat?

Is there a dance floor and a place for the band or DJ to perform?

Does it come with tables and chairs or do you need to rent them separately?

How much does it cost for the number of hours you will need it?

Is parking available? Is it free or is there a charge?

Is there an in house caterer? Can you use an outside caterer?

Can you bring in your own alcohol of do you need to purchase it from them? (Note, If the facility has a liquor license, the state of Alabama requires you to purchase the alcohol from the facility.)

Is there a coat check available?

What are the deposit requirements?

Is there a private room for the bride and groom?

Does the facility have the ability to host the wedding ceremony and the reception?

There are obviously many different types of facilities for your reception from outside pavilions to hotel banquet halls. One of the most popular is a vintage banquet hall in a historic building. Woodrow Hall offers just that.

Our century old restored banquet hall has a hundred years of charm with the added touches expected in a modern facility. From exposed brick walls to high ceilings to large wooden beams, to wonderful lighting, you can be assured that your guests will be impressed not only with the setting but also with the service!

To visit historic Woodrow Hall, 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:


Guide to a Perfect Birmingham Wedding: You Picked the Venue, Now…Planning Your Reception

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Guide to a Perfect Birmingham Wedding: Planning Your Reception

After the difficult task of picking your reception venue, the next steps are rather mundane!

The steps you need to plan for are:

What time of day?
How long?
How many people?
Decorations: flowers, candles, fabric, lighting?
Food: menu, sit down, buffet, light, heavy?
Alcohol: to have or have not!
Open bar or cash bar or combination?
Arrangement of tables?
Types and colors of linens?
Seating charts: keeping people happy!
Dance songs?
DJ or Band?
Schedule of events during the reception?
Photos you wish to have at the reception?
Private times before or after the ceremony?
Final dance song?
How do you wish to exit: carried out, bubbles, sparklers, bird seed, rice, limo?

Obviously there are a thousand details to work out, but the above list can act as a general guide to planning your perfect wedding reception!

Remember we have two different banquet halls available for your wedding. One can seat about 200 and the other about 100. Both have a wonderful ambiance and great vintage touches… as well as modern amenities such as special lighting, sound system and plenty of space.

Our experienced staff can help. We have hosted a LOT of weddings! We also have a venue that lends itself to a variety of looks, and themes. Contact us today… click on the “Contact” tab for names, telephone numbers and even an easy way to schedule an appointment!


Guide to the Perfect Wedding Shower: Birmingham Venue Offers Suggestions

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An old custom is for brides to have a dowry in order to marry. If they had no dowery, they could not marry. Legend has it that the bridal shower is a way for brides who have no dowry to have friends and relatives “shower” upon her the needed household items to marry.

Although a dowry is no longer a custom let alone a necessity to enable marriage, showers are certainly a fun event for both the bride and guests! It is typical for the bridal party to host the shower but others such as family, friends and coworkers to also commonly sponsor a shower.

Most are somewhat smaller events than the wedding and are held in smaller event venues or a large home. Only women used to attend but some are holding couples showers so the guys can get involved. If only women attend, the fiancé can also attend at least for the introductions.

It is customary for the bride to be surprised about the shower although as with many of the other wedding customs, this custom also is not carved in stone and now-a-days many brides are actively involved in planning the shower!

Generally showers are rather informal with invitations being anything from a phone call to an “e-invite” to a mailing but with all of the new programs great custom invitations are very affordable.

Refreshments are a must, but it is not necessary to have a full meal. Common foods include fresh fruit, baked goods, salads, pizza, or just desserts. Many brides have a shower cake reflects one of their interests.

Often time womanly games (not of the risqué type!) are played. Numerous websites have lots of ideas with all of the instructions and even printable helpful pieces for this aspect of the party. Many sponsors pick a theme that helps set the tone for the shower. Examples include: “around the clock” theme, linen theme, kitchen theme, lingerie or even a recreation theme.

Just for your information, Woodrow Hall has two smaller rooms that are wonderful for showers! At about 1700 square feet, The Magnolia Room, is our smaller banquet hall and can seat up to about 100 people. We also have a room we call The Azalea Room which is about 600 square feet and can easily hold 30 or so people.

Both of these rooms can be set up with handcrafted tables, Chiavari chairs and food tables. These rooms are also used for rehearsal dinners, grooms dinners and even bachelor and bachelorette parties!

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:


Five Cost Saving Rules for Your Wedding From a Birmingham Alabama Venue Owner

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It seems like the current economic slow-down is lasting forever… and you want to get married! So how do you make your wedding seem elegant but at the same time affordable! Here are 5 ideas from a venue owner.

Smaller is Better
Almost every cost increases proportionately with the guest list. The number of people influences the size of the venue, the number of tables and chairs (think linen costs, centerpieces, plate and flatware rental, food etc.) Our restored Magnolia Room offers room for 100 with only limited number of linens needed as we planned for a low cost venue. Linens are optional on the hand made tables. Our chairs are Chiavari chairs… no linen needed! We can host your wedding for less than $1000!

Control the Alcohol Costs
A signature drink in the color of your wedding theme along with beer and wine is a LOT less expensive than an open bar which can cost upwards of $25 per adult guest! A signature drink looks like it was a planned part of the decorative elements of the wedding and does not look like it is a cost saving measure. Also limit the time of the bar to the pre-reception time and during the actual reception. Limiting the bar during the late part of the reception also allows guests to go home with less alcohol on board!

Hors D’oeuvres Galore!
Think about Hors D’oeuvres as a part of the entire meal. They look very high end, but they also decrease the cost of the main meal as the main meal can be a bit more simple…just a starch, vegetable and meat or other protein. Remember the serving table can look elegant with simple touches such as a special serving tray, large blocks of wood to elevate the dishes, flowers, glass holders and lots of color!

Think Off-Peak Days and Times
If you choose an early wedding, often time the banquet hall will give you a big break on the cost. If you finish by 3 or 4 o’clock, they can have a late reception, the most popular time, that pays for the rent. Also, a Friday or Sunday can save about one half on the rental fee!

Keep Your Decorations Simple!
Lots of flowers cost LOTS of money! Also, think of the most common flowers for that time of year. Exotic flowers can cost a fortune as they need to be flown in from other countries! Also, more common colored flowers are much less expensive than a special color of turquoise! Also, pick a venue that has natural beauty, it takes less to decorate it.

Don’t spend a lot of money on things that people do not care about like favors and valet parking. Use it for lighting and the music and have a really exclusive wedding that is a lot of fun but not expensive!

Woodrow Hall has a lot more ideas on how to save your valuable money! Call us (205-243-4243) for a free estimate on using our Large banquet hall or the latest entry, The Magnolia Room, an exceptionally inexpensive high end intimate historic ballroom!