Thursday, November 19, 2009

Holiday Weddings, The Good, The Bad and the Reality

This month's AACWP meeting was held at the beautiful Crescent Club at Rosewood Crescent Hotel, on the 17th Floor, in the Rotisserie Dining Room. Perfectly located in the heart of Dallas moments away from the arts district and the new Winspear Opera House, the Crescent offers a variety of spaces that are all beautiful and multi functional. Anything from a ladies luncheon to cocktail receptions, ceremonies and seated dinners. The Crescent offers an array of choices to accommodate your plans and your guest list from 50 to 350. With breathtaking views of downtown you can't go wrong. Also available is the Crescent Ballroom which accommodates up to 350 guests for a reception, as well as the Gallery Ballroom and Terrace that can accommodate up to 300 guests.

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The AACWP meeting began with a cocktail hour followed by a tour of the space. After the tour we were served a wonderful four course dinner, which was concluded by a Crescent shaped creme brulee with fresh berries and raspberry sauce. After dinner a round table discussion about "Holiday Weddings" began. I know the first thing that comes to mind are Christmas and New Years weddings. There are so many other holidays that can play a role in any event, they can sure create some interesting planning challenges. Everything from availability of the DJ, limo rentals and venues. Having an event on or near a holiday can make a world of difference when you are talking budget. You also need to consider flowers, when you are near a holiday like Valentines day or Mothers Day you need to begin thinking about availability of certain flowers. You will be challanged to find a red rose if you plan to having a your on Valentines Day if you don't plan early. The good news is that there are some PROS to having your event near or on a holiday. Some venues are slow so they are looking to generate extra revenue around the holidays, therefore they might be willing to cut you a deal, or give you a break on guest rooms. Also, if you are wanting a winter themed holiday wedding than planning it within the month of December then it's ideal, since most venues decorate for the holidays, you will be in luck. THe reality is wheather the holiday creates a challenge or benefits the theme of the event it is the planners job to make the event one to remember!

Happy Holidays!

Amanda Sarabeth Fallon

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