An Extraordinary Venue for Your Next Church Gathering

When you’re looking for a venue for your next church gathering, you want something that will fulfill all the ordinary criteria, and deliver something more extraordinary. At Chandler’s Garden, we offer indoor and outdoor spaces that create an experience you can’t find in a standard business hotel. Here are a few advantages to consider when you’re planning any kind of church meeting or event. Focus on the sacred: It can be difficult to find a peaceful and quiet space these days. While hotels serve their purpose, the constant exposure to television screens, retail shops, and people rushing from one meeting room to the next can be a distraction from spiritual matters. Out in the country, you can sit or stroll around in greater privacy. Bring different generations together: If you’re encouraging everyone to bring their whole family along, you need to accommodate a diverse group. Our spacious facilities give children… read more →

5 Ways to Keep Guests Comfortable at an Outdoor Wedding Venue

Chandler’s Gardens offers 250 acres of outdoor beauty for your wedding. However, sometimes hosting a wedding in the great outdoors can come with some special issues. How does one ensure that their invited guests will be comfortable and enjoy the outdoor setting? Here are some tips to help guests relax and revel in nature during your big day!  Give Plenty of Notice – One thing a lot of people don’t care for are surprises, so make sure you mention the outdoor ceremony and/or reception on your invites. This way, people can dress appropriately for the weather. Bug Off! –  With outdoor events eventually comes bugs. Mosquitos, gnats, bees, and their ilk are all just a part of nature. This doesn’t mean you have to happily share your day with them. Plan ahead with citronella candles or make bug-spray readily available.  Keep Cool –   Texas days can get HOT, we all know this. Make… read more →

7 Ways for Nervous Brides to Relax in Our Special Bridal Suite

The hours before your wedding are full of excitement and stress so you’ll probably wish you had a place to relax and unwind. That’s why Chandler’s Gardens is pleased to present our new Bridal Suite, complete with private changing rooms, vanities, a relaxing lounge area and a private restroom with a shower. It’s the perfect place to try these 7 tips for managing your jitters. Breathe. Start with the basics. Take several deep breaths drawing the air up from your lower abdomen. Lengthen your exhalations for an extra calming effect. Meditate or pray. Even if you’re having trouble holding still, this is the ideal time to pause for inspirational thoughts. Engage in a few moments of prayer or mindfulness meditation. Reminisce. Let your girlfriends help you take your mind off any concerns about the weather or seating arrangements. Enjoy your last hours together as a single woman remembering the good… read more →

The Perfect Venue for a Quinceanera to Remember

She’s your baby, your little girl, the light of your life, and she’s turning 15. This is a big event, and while you’ve probably already started to think about what color her dress will be or who will be on the guest list, the first step when planning an amazing quinceañera is to book an amazing venue. Here are the most important things to consider when choosing a venue. The Party Size While you may have already thought about all your immediate family members and close family friends who will want on the guest list, it is important to remember the families and friends of the members of the court as well. Make a detailed list of any and all people you can imagine wanting to attend and plan for that many or more. It always seems that, after the venue has already been booked, people you hadn’t previously accounted for decide they… read more →

Ribbon Cutting at Chandlers Gardens

Come join us for our ribbon cutting and mixer with the McKinney Chamber of Commerce. We’ll be serving complimentary appetizers and cocktails plus giving tours of our beautiful property. Bring your friends and co-workers for a fun-filled evening. We look forward to seeing you! Tuesday, October 3 at 4:30 PM – 7 PM Chandler’s Gardens: 7150 CR 206, Celina, Texas 75009

3 Things You Must Do to Plan the Perfect Prom

Prom is one of the biggest nights in high school. It is a night to look back on for the rest of your lives. So when planning your prom, you need to make sure it is a good one. Here are 3 essential things you need to do when planning.  1) Start in September It might seem like it’s a long way away, but you cannot procrastinate. There is a lot of things to do to make prom a success. So start planning what the theme is and what the budget is. When you are recruiting people for the prom committee, also be planning your fundraisers to raise money for Prom. You should have several fundraising events to make sure you raise enough to do everything you want to do. That all requires planning and there’s no time to start like September. Fundraising ideas could be helpful for everyone as… read more →

Personalizing Your Outdoor Wedding Venue

With Winter out of the way, wedding season is ready to make its debut. But how do you make your outdoor wedding different from all the rest? Here are a few tips to personalize your outdoor wedding venue to make it truly outstanding. Utilize the Space One of the best ways that you can up the ante at your outdoor venue is to use the space available to you. Nature can become the perfect backdrop when used creatively. Trees, for example, are a great place to hang cloth backdrops for a ceremony and can provide a good anchor for lighting. You can also save money by using nature as a decoration. Pre-existing flowers, shrubs, ponds, and rocks can fill the space with color and visual stimulation. Try using the same type of flower in your bouquet that is present on the property to add cohesiveness. Using rocks from the venue, you… read more →

How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Photographer

One very important step in the wedding planning process is choosing a wedding photographer. The wedding photographer’s job is to capture your special moment that you will cherish for a lifetime. It is pertinent that you choose the photographer that suits you best. Match your style. Look at the photographer’s portfolio; do you like their style? Imagine yourselves in their photos. Do you like what you see? Perhaps you and your spouse are having a country-themed wedding. In this case, you would not benefit from hiring a “high fashion” wedding photographer because your styles would not match. While this example is more extreme than most, it illustrates the point clearly. Search the internet for “wedding photographer” and a keyword that describes your style (in this case: “country”). Money. Check their pricing structure to see how much they charge for their services. Read the contract carefully and look for any hidden… read more →

Your Next Reunion in a Beautiful Outdoor Venue

They say that scent has the strongest power over the memory of all the senses. Whether or not you realize it you will never forget the smell of your mother’s cooking, the breeze at summer camp and the gym floor during school dances. Every time you smell that blend of spices or a waft of those pollens in the air you remember some special little memory about how you last experienced that smell. Reunions are both about remembering past joys and making new memories with the people you still are about. Why not make your next reunion memorable in a fragrant outdoor environment. Bringing your family, classmates or co-workers together surrounded by the beautiful outdoors is a great way to enhance the warm re-connections of your next reunion. Let Nature Enrich the Experience Being surrounded by nature is more than just beautiful, it’s exhilarating. Oxygen created by grass, trees, and bushes… read more →

5 Innovative Ideas For Your Next Corporate Event

Theme and concept: after decades of corporate events and planned large-scale meetings, is there really anything new under the Sun? If you are worried about your next big meeting being a boring flop, here are 5 innovative ideas to generate enthusiasm and provide data for better planning. 1. Venue: Get out of the conference centers. Opt for the outdoor festival style. The latest green industry research reports that more than 70% of American consumers are willing to pay a premium for green goods and services. Since 1997, when the eco-consumer trend first started, sales have burgeoned for green industry companies from just over $3 billion to more than $35 billion. Don’t get left behind the corporate green trend. 2. Pay It Forward: Giving back to the community should always be part of a successful business model. Include a give-back opportunity as part of the meeting’s agenda. Don’t just run a business. Create a legacy.… read more →

Tips to Avoid Stress on the Big Day

All your planning and late nights have come to this day. It is the day you are getting married! Don’t let your nerves and excitement turn into stress. Use these tips to avoid stress and enjoy your big day! Start the day like you always do. Yes, you are getting married! Today is a day like no other. However, it is important to keep your morning routine the same. If you usually workout before your day, do it. Staying in your routine helps to keep the stress away. Call your future spouse! Their voice calms you and you can enjoy the excitement together. Give yourself plenty of time. One of the biggest causes of stress on your day is timing. Plan a wedding day timeline that gives you, your spouse, and your wedding party plenty of time.  Eat. Even if it is something small, eat. Keeping your blood sugar steady… read more →

Choose Us For Your Family Reunion

The holiday season is not for another few months but planning should begin now. Between Thanksgiving and New Years, our busy social calendars are filled with various gatherings, get-togethers, and events with family and loved ones. The holidays give us a welcomed excuse to spend time with those near and dear, but what about the rest of the year? Aside from holidays, reunions are a great way to stay connected and spend valuable time with family. It is incredibly easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life; we must remember to make time for those who are most important in our lives. Family reunions are the best way to bring everyone together and create precious memories you can cherish for years to come. Chandler’s Gardens Although every family reunion is unique on its own, just as each family is, one thing remains true amongst them all – a very special location. It can be extremely… read more →

The Perfect Spot for Team Building

In so many professions it’s not uncommon to spend as much time with your co-workers as you do with your loved ones, in fact, many of us spend MORE time at work than we do at home so why not dedicate a day to building a stronger, more cohesive team? Nestled in the beautiful pastoral countryside near McKinney, Texas, Chandler’s Gardens offers the perfect location for team building seminars. Situated on 250 gorgeously landscaped acres, you can choose from multiple settings including our Antique Heritage Rose Garden, the Secret Garden, Water’s Edge, Legacy of Legends Rose Garden, or the Circle of Trees. Whichever site you choose your company will have plenty of room for scavenger hunts, strategy games, team picnics, and great photo ops for the next newsletter! You are likely to find that your teammates and employees are much more receptive to building stronger connections and improving communication when they are surrounded by the peaceful… read more →

Outdoor Wedding & Reception in McKinney, TX?

With more than 250 acres, outdoor weddings and receptions are our specialty. If you’re tired of all the noise of the city and restrictions posed by indoor venues, then booking a party surrounded by green, under the warmth of the sapphire sky is an easy choice for your next wedding, reunion, work retreat, or general get-together. With numerous amenities provided at reasonable prices, Chandler’s Gardens beats the stuffiness of hotel banquet halls and is within driving distance of McKinney, Dallas, and other towns and cities in North Texas. The warmth of the sun and the fresh outdoor air are more memorable than the coruscating incandescent bulbs and the muted Berber Carpets and beige tiles of indoor settings. If you’re going to throw a party, then why make it indistinct from most of the ones that you and your guests have already been to? If you’re used to the climate in… read more →

3 Wedding Day Emergencies

When it comes to the wedding day, let’s face it… it isn’t the kiss, the cake or the perfect dress that has us all running scared. It is the fear of the unexpected. What if my bridesmaid still has the stomach flu? What if I trip walking down the aisle? While we cannot help you with the stomach flu or falling down the aisle, we CAN help you out with these 3 tips and tricks that can save the day, keeping you looking beautiful, polished and ready for wedded bliss… even in the event of the unexpected.   Your Contour Has Turned Into an All-Over Bronze-Fest Contouring tutorials are everywhere right now. So much so that even beginning makeup mavens can transform their faces with just a couple of simple (or, if you have heard of “clown-contouring”, REALLY elaborate) brushstrokes. However, it can quickly go bad if you forget to separate beauty… read more →

Happily Handle Your Youngest Wedding Guests

You want your wedding to go as smoothly as possible, and that includes making sure your littlest guests have a wonderful time. Whether you are only including a flower girl and ring bearer or you’re entertaining twenty family members under the age of 10, there are steps you can take to make sure that children are occupied and happy during your wedding reception. Here are five.  Provide an activity packet.  Create an age-appropriate activity bag for each little guest on your list. If you aren’t sure what the kids would like, ask their parents. Here are some ideas.  a packet of crayons and a coloring book a word search or activity book for kids old enough to read a small puzzle small packets of snacks or candy (ask parents first) light up bracelets or glow sticks Get kids involved.  Kids who feel like part of the action will be less… read more →

Five Things To Consider Before Booking A Venue For Your Event

When planning any function, one of the most important aspects of making the event a success is choosing the right location. Whether you are planning for a work event, reunion, shower, or even a birthday, the setting could turn even the most well thought out parties into a letdown. But how do you go about choosing the perfect venue for your event when there are so many options available? To answer this question you must first make some considerations based on the details of your specific occasion. 1) Formal or Informal? The biggest factor to consider is whether your event is formal or not; are you planning a relaxed family gets together, or an elaborate work function? The location can easily set the mood for your party and if you are looking to have a formal event you would need to choose a backdrop that not only adds to this atmosphere but is… read more →

After The Ceremony: Conclude Your Big Day With Your Dream Reception

The reception is an important part of your wedding day; it is a time of celebration, love, and joy where you are surrounded by all those you care about the most. This is when, after a long day full of anticipation and an emotionally charged ceremony, you can finally relax and revel in each other for the first time as a married couple. After the ceremony, you can conclude your big day with your dream reception. The Reception  The reception can be a memory to cherish, from your big introduction to the first dance. This is why the perfect backdrop can be so important, the surroundings set the mood for the party and what better way to create that perfect atmosphere than with the amazing scenery at Chandler’s Gardens? We have multiple settings for this momentous occasion that will provide a beautiful and memorable location for your wedding reception.  Outdoor Receptions Outdoor receptions have… read more →

Four Tips for Choosing The Perfect Wedding Date

Whether you recently got engaged or you have been engaged for a while, if you are ready to pick a wedding date, you might be wondering the best way to pick the right day for you and your future spouse. Here are four tips for choosing the perfect wedding date for you as a couple. Think of a Day That is Special For some couples, getting married on a day that is special to them gives added meaning to the day. For example, maybe you want to get married on the anniversary of your first date or on the anniversary of the day you met. Maybe you simply want to get married on Valentine’s Day or on New Year’s Eve. Of course, for some couples, they want those special days to have to mean on their own, so they want to avoid getting married on the day of the anniversary of… read more →

April Showers Bring Wedding Blessings?

Brides say their “I dos” every month of the year. Of course, the summer months get a lot of attention, because the majority of weddings take place over the summer. This is due to reasonably reliable weather which makes wedding planning easy. However, a spring wedding can be really beautiful and fun, especially if you don’t mind making some contingency plans in case of rain. If you are planning a spring wedding, make sure your wedding venue is either indoors, or that it offers an indoor backup location, in case your outdoor option is rained out.  (The truth is, there is no rule saying it can’t rain in the summer, so planning on the possibility of rain actually makes you more prepared than most brides, no matter when you plan to wed.) Traditionally, rain on a wedding day is considered to be good luck. In some cultures, rain on a wedding day… read more →

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