Monday, June 27, 2011

Denistation Weddings & Local Receptions - Timing

So you want to go somewhere exotic for your wedding...A beach in Mexico, cruise in the Mediterranean or your fiance hometown...You possibly want to make one trip for the wedding & also want all of your friends and family to be able to celebrate with you. Not everybody will be able to travel to the location you have chosen. So the planning begins for your local reception, but when do you have the reception?

The best day to have local reception after a destination wedding - Friday and Sunday. Most venues and wedding professional offer slight discounts for these day. Fridays and Sundays are also more available. Also you don't have to worry about people trying to get off work to make the wedding. On a Friday, you can start the reception at 6:30-7pm and your guests will not miss any part of the party. Sunday - have an early brunch or a late afternoon event, so your guests won't feel guilty about leaving early to get to work the next day.

Now you have picked the day, the date is the next hurdle. My suggestion...wait a few days at least a week. Don't return from your honeymoon and have your local reception planned for the following day. No matter how relaxing your vacation is, you will be tired. Your travel plans may have you returning later than you expected. You will also have to rely on your relatives or friends more than you normally would.

Another reason for waiting - trying to plan a destination wedding is takes effort - planning a local reception takes effort as well. Doing these both at the same time - may make you crazy.

As with anything for your wedding and reception...ENJOY IT. This is supposed to be a fun time for you as well as your guests.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Dog Friendly Wedding Reception

At the Vox Theatre, we know how important dogs are in peoples lives. On a regular day we have 2 of Alistair's dog's at work with us. So when Marcie and Charlie asked if they could bring their dogs to their reception, we said "Yes".

Tilly and Hugo were wonderful. Not only did they get along with Quoia and Anie, the 200 guests that attended the reception didn't phase them one bit. They fit right in.

A little dinner before the guests arrive.

Hoping for a little scrap to fall off the buffet.

Posing for a few pictures.

Some things to consider when including your dog in your reception.
1) Will your venue allow your dogs at the reception? Ask this question at the beginning. This will help you decide right away if this is the venue for you.
2) Is this the best place for your dogs? In a situation like this, my dog would be hiding in a corner in the most remote place he could find. Yes, he is a wonderfully sweet dog and wouldn't hurt anybody, but all the people would stress him out and that is not the best place for him. Other dogs like Tilly and Hugo thrive in this environment. They had a blast meeting everybody.
3) Is there a place to have your dogs lay down? This will make it easier for you to enjoy your reception. If they do start getting a little rowdy or bothered you have a safe place to put them so they can relax.
4) Is the a place yard for them to do their duty? This will also help you relax at your reception. You won't have to stop what you are doing and take the pooch out for a walk (possibly in the pouring rain) and hopefully your dog won't have an accident in the venue that you will have to clean up.
5) Aclimate your dog to the venue. If your venues allows it, take your dog early so that they already feel comfortable with the area and also to meet the venue owner or manager. Everybody will feel more comfortable...the bride, the groom, the dogs and the venue owner.

Here are some articles for more tips for having a pet at your wedding and reception:
Getting Married: Pet-Friendly Wedding Tips
Prepare To Wed: Dog is {Groom's} Bestman

Monday, June 13, 2011

Chalk board art

Our chalk board - it was here when Alistair bought the Vox Theatre. When I started, it used to be where we kept track of events - pretty old school - but when I started we had maybe 7 events. It took awhile but we finally outgrew the chalk board. Really, we needed the wall space to install some new doors, but we retired the chalkboard for something portable, sleek and streamlined - my MacBook Pro and eventually the chalkboard became a forgotten thing of the past. Until we were looking in storage for a random box. Aha! We have a place to hang it...but what do we write on it. Me, being the non-creative of the group wrote VOX in big letters. (Yep, that is the extent of my creativity) but then in early May AIGA held the A7 judging at the Vox. That day Gary appeared on the board.

Shortly there after, Gary found a friend in chalkboard land.

Then the Vox decided to put on a happy face.

Gary has since left the Vox, but the chalkboard has not. It is now waiting for another sketch to appear. If you ever find yourself here and the chalk is available, please feel free. We would love to take a picture and add it to our collection.

P.S. Remember this is a family friendly building.

Wedding Reception with 24 Hours Notice

It was Friday June 3 at 5:30, I was getting ready to host a wedding reception at the Vox Theatre. The reception was to start at 6:30 so we were putting the finishing touches on things (aka running around like crazy people). My phone rang - not unusual - so I answered. The voice on the other end of the line was a little panicked and said something along the line daughter was to have her wedding reception at the Arts Incubator downtown and we just received a call that we were not going to be able to have it there. Are you available tomorrow to host her reception? My response was as calm as it could be under the circumstances. Yes, we are available. The ball started rolling from there.

In 24 hours, we were able to get everything turned around from our Friday wedding, schedule the security and cleaning, organize the rentals and our equipment and then turn the space around again for a reception on Sunday. I was happy we were able to help out and the it turned out to be a wonderful event.

I think the bride's family was pleased. This is what they posted on the Wedding Channel
"My daughters wedding was this past week end June4th. The Vox went out of their way to make it a most incredibile event.Nowhere in town could anyone find anyone like Nicole. The building is so cool, with the high ceilings,a fan to die for, and a lovely deck and yard to the side..incredible! I more than highly recomend this venue.We had 250 guests who fell in love with The Vox, and so did I. This venue is a true jewel..check it out, you will not be sorry."

We had a few more calls that day about the closing of the Arts Incubator and even more since, but none will have the turn-around time of this spectacular reception.

A big THANK YOU to Events by Annie, Accent Special Event Rental and Cupini's Catering for all the hard work in making lemonade out of lemons for Katie and Mike!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Lighting your Wedding Reception

For their Kansas City wedding reception, Talya and Paul chose to add some additional lighting to the Vox Theatre The additional lighting made a nice change in the theatre



Later in the evening.