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April 9, 2019

Choosing the Right Venue for Your Wedding

Planning your wedding can be extraordinarily stressful, and the biggest choice you have to make is where will you have your wedding ceremony? There are many choices including an outdoor wedding, a chapel, a covered veranda, and reception halls. There are advantages and disadvantage to each. The pros and cons will need to be weighed carefully before a decision is made. Outdoor venues have the advantages of natural beauty. Rose gardens, trees and cobblestone paths are lovely. The downside is the weather. It’s unpredictable and you will need a backup plan in case of wind, rain, or snow. Chapels offer the connection to rich tradition and are wonderful for those couples where faith is important. Lighting and audio are already in place too. The disadvantages are two-fold. Some book up years in advance and some require couples meet certain requirements, like premarital counseling, before agreeing to host the event. Covered verandas are awesome spaces for smaller weddings. They offer beautiful backdrops for pictures and are affordable. The downside is they can be hot if the wedding is in the summer or in a warm climate and there isn’t much space for dancing. Reception halls offer great amenities and are solutions […]
March 18, 2019

The Perfect Outdoor Wedding Venue for Your Special Day

Are you looking for a great outdoor wedding venue for the wedding of your dreams? Look no further than Chandler’s Gardens. Chandler’s Gardens is located just minutes from McKinney, TX, the perfect spot for a beautiful outdoor wedding. There are several locations in the gardens where you can choose to have your wedding, as described below. The Secret Garden The Secret Garden is a beautifully secluded place for your outdoor wedding. 170 people can fit comfortably between the huge shade trees that surround the area. Enjoy saying your vows in front of the 200 year-old oak tree surrounded by family and friends. Antique Heritage Rose Garden For rose lovers, there is the Antique Heritage Rose Garden that covers an acre of space at Chandler’s Gardens. 170 guests can watch you get married under the wooden arbor surrounded by beautiful roses. The Tuscan Pergola Do you want to feel like you are getting married in Italy? Do so by saying your vows under the Tuscan Pergola. The Pergola is only a short walk from the Event Center. The cobblestone floor makes you feel like you have stepped back in time as you say your vows to your beloved. Reflections at Water’s […]
March 4, 2019

3 Tips for Planning the Perfect Company Picnic

Company picnics, at their best, are all about putting the same people you see every day into a completely different, carefree context. You’re there to grow your bond as coworkers in a way that you might not while inside the workplace. But you’re also attempting to contrast the vibe of rushing off with your coworkers to decompress at a happy hour. It’s not the easiest balance to strike! So here are 3 simple tips to get you started with striking the perfect tone for your upcoming corporate event this summer: Provide simple, comforting concession-style food. Set up one or two stands that provide a simple, universally-beloved concession food. Popcorn is perfect. Churros kick it up a notch. Cotton candy is an absolute classic that’s hard to go wrong with. Go for concessions that give off a rush of nostalgia, perfect for encouraging everyone to relax and smile a little. Go with a unique venue. There’s nothing wrong with the standard public park; there’s a reason that’s the go-to spot for company picnics. But you can do better, combining both the pleasant family fun of an outdoor event with the amenities and activities you can only get with indoor options. Encourage great conversation […]
February 18, 2019

The Best Gathering Venue for Churches that Share Space

Selecting a church gathering venue may be more complicated for a church that shares space. While many houses of worship have been renting rooms to self-help groups and daycare centers for years, today they often have relationships that are closer than just landlord and tenant. If you’re planning an event and there’s more than one group using your church, here are some points to keep in mind. There are many advantages to sharing space. Maybe you’re a church whose membership is declining, and you want to serve as a host to one of the growing number of immigrant congregations looking for room in your area. Some churches are even providing space to people of other faiths. While rental income is a common incentive, you may also be partners in providing community services and building diversity. Planning meetings and social events together can be one more way to strengthen your connection: Travel together. Sharing a trip and meeting at a different destination can help you to see each other in a new light and think more creatively. That’s especially true if your two groups otherwise rarely meet outside the church building or seldom see each other at all. Slow down. You […]
February 6, 2019

Three Reasons Why an Outdoor Wedding Venue Might be Right for You

Congratulations! You just got engaged? Now, it is time to find the right wedding venue for you. One important thing to remember is that no one wedding location is perfect for every couple. If you are still trying to decide on a venue, there are at least three reasons why you may want to have an outdoor ceremony. The Décor While some couples love coming up with just the right decorations for their wedding, others would rather focus on what they view as the important details. When you host an outdoor wedding ceremony, the trees, flowers, and another natural backdrop often offer all the decoration you need. Even if you add in a few personal decorations, decorating for an outdoor ceremony is often a lot easier and less expensive than decorating for an indoor one. The Photographs Perhaps one of the best reasons for an outdoor wedding ceremony is the pictures. Sure, indoor ceremonies can be beautiful, but there’s just something really gorgeous about the pictures from an outdoor wedding ceremony. Nothing can beat having trees, a lake, or a beautiful garden as the backdrop for your wedding photos. Plus, the natural lighting often offers a beautiful element to the […]
January 26, 2019

Family Reunions Don’t Have to Be Potluck

If you’ve ever attended a family reunion, chances are the meals were potluck. There’s nothing wrong with that, but you might have an even better time if you let someone else do the cooking. Here are some of the major advantages to upgrading your dining experience. Get Out of the Kitchen: One of the best things about going to a party is that someone else prepares the food. Considering all the work that goes into planning a family reunion or even getting your family to attend, it’s nice to strike one task off your list. Even if you like cooking, the labor it takes to prepare a meal for a big group may surprise you if you’re used to feeding only a few people at a time. Cut Down on Packing: Packing light makes any travel much easier. You’ll arrive at your destination feeling ready to party instead of wanting to go back to bed because you wore yourself out bringing along the food and all that goes with it, like the cooking and serving supplies. You can also greatly reduce the risk of anyone getting food poisoning by not transporting food. Mingle More: It’s hard to have a deep […]
January 7, 2019

5 Tips for Your Wedding Thank You Letters

Writing thank you letters to your wedding guests may be the last major task associated with your big day, but it’s an important one. After all, your family and friends helped make your wedding such a joyful and memorable occasion. It’s okay if you’re brimming over with gratitude and worrying about hand cramps at the same time. These 5 tips will help you create wedding  thank you notes your guests will love. Start early. Aim to send your thank you letters out as soon as possible, hopefully within no more than 3 months. Give yourself as much time as possible, especially if you had a lot of guests. Breaking your writing sessions up will take some pressure off your brain and your hands. Personalize it. You probably know that any thank you letter should be personalized. Address people by name, describe their specific gift, and state how you’re using it. The exception is money gifts where you don’t need to state the dollar amount. Split it up. Only one of you has to sign each letter so you can cut the work in half. Divide it up as you like, often the bride and groom each thank their own guests. […]
December 27, 2018

Interactive Events Start with Picking the Right Corporate Event Venue

Whether you’re trying to build team spirit, present important information or show your employees some appreciation, your corporate events are more likely to achieve their purpose if you keep your eye on making them interactive. One important element in engaging your audience is selecting an appropriate corporate event venue. At Chandler’s Gardens we have a few suggestions for promoting give and take. Pick Your Venue: Engagement starts with selecting a spacious facility where you can enjoy a variety of activities. Attendees should have room to move around during each session, and wall space to put up charts and posters. For mealtimes, dining al fresco will help people to feel refreshed and stay alert. Even break times become more productive when there are indoor or outdoor areas to relax and have informal conversations, or take a walk and stretch out. Hire a Professional Moderator: A professional moderator can be well worth the expense. They can gauge the mood of the audience and make helpful adjustments, facilitate Q&A sessions, and let you know when attendees need a break. They can also guide the conversation in a positive direction, keep it on track, and make sure everyone has a chance to participate. Focus […]
December 10, 2018

Outdoor Events Hosted at Chandler’s Gardens near McKinney

Welcome to Chandler’s Gardens A few short minutes outside of McKinney, Texas there is 250 acres of countryside filled with natural beauty and featuring Italian style architecture. The Chandler’s Gardens are home to a perfect array of outdoor facilities for a variety of events. From weddings and receptions to Corporate Parties and Picnics. You can have the wedding of your dreams with the bride and groom riding along the trails on horseback to exchange vows under the Oaks in the Secret Garden, or do so while watching the sunset over the shining lake for Reflections at Water’s Edge. Most areas in the Garden’s allow for up to 170 people to be in attendance. Several of the major venues on the property do come with electrical outlets, so you can plug-in some speakers or microphones. Whether you have live performances or not you can easily set the mood of your event and communicate with your guests. Speaking of atmosphere, the amazing Circle of Trees provides a perfect party or picnic environment thanks to its lights strung from tree to tree, the dance floor, and the rolling green hills surrounding it. In the center of our Legacy of Legends Rose Garden is […]