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June 24, 2019

More Than A Wedding Venue

“In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him. The sea is His, for he made it, and His hands formed the dry land.” Psalm 95:4-5 Wouldn’t it be beautiful to sit in the midst of God’s masterpiece while you are celebrating God Himself? At Chandler’s Gardens, we welcome events ranging from meetings and parties, to holiday events, weddings, as well as church events. Choose between several outdoor options with a Gardens Package overlooking the water, inside the garden, under the trees, or in an event tent, where you have the best of being outdoors but covered in case of unexpected weather. For an Italian countryside inspired venue with a reception hall for indoor use, be sure to look into the Tuscan Package, which has captivated the heart’s of many of our customers so far. Here are a few ways you can spend your time at our venue: A Wedding in The Antique Heritage Rose Garden Take in the captivating scenery overlooking blossoming flowers and the lavish hillside as you say “I do” in front of your closest family and friends under our large wooden arbor. Complete with a bridal suite, this is an […]
June 11, 2019

You’re Engaged! Here’s What You’re Forgetting

Happy engagement! You’re one step closer to your happiest life. You have the story, dress, the caterer, the color theme, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen. You may be asking yourself, “but what am I forgetting about that will make this wedding day as perfect as it can be?” Here are some things to consider: Traditions– What traditions do you want to set for your future years? No better time to set one than on your wedding day; a commemorative way to remember the best day of your life and honor each other throughout the years. Perhaps you want to establish your favorite flower that lines the reception tables, creating a flower your partner brings home to you on rainy days. Maybe you want to recreate your reception dinner on your anniversary or on other “big step” days like moving into a new home! Establishing a tradition, whether it be an action or a commemorative item (get creative!), will ensure that those happy memories will be frozen in time to be revisited throughout the years. Venue– Does your venue cater to your number of guests? Does it have backdrops that will create inspiring pictures and satisfy the aesthetic for your wedding? Is […]
May 27, 2019

Choose an Event Venue that Gets Employees Excited About Training

If you wish your employees seemed more enthusiastic about mandatory training, pick a corporate event venue that will help them to change their thinking. Where you decide to have your event makes a big difference, especially if your training program is too good to miss out on. Here are a few of our top tips for making mandatory training exciting. Focus on relevance: While an outstanding venue can add a lot of benefits to your training program, offering the right content is still fundamental. Maybe your employees are hesitant because they have had unfortunate experiences in the past with trainings that felt like a waste of time because they were too basic or didn’t really apply to what they do at work. Get their input when you’re making training plans, and communicate regularly to let them know that this training can help them to develop their skills and their careers. Offer incentives: Having fun increases learning, and rewards are motivating. Use games, quizzes, and videos to make training sessions more interesting. Consider reimbursing employees for their travel expenses if your training is being done off site. Give everyone a thank you gift for participating like a company t-shirt or a […]
May 14, 2019

Tips for Handling Traditions Involving Parents That Have Passed Away

Planning a wedding is an exciting experience. Sometimes, though, it can feel a bit bittersweet if one or more of your parents have passed on. You likely assumed that parent would be at your wedding and would be able to enjoy the experience with you. Things can get even harder when it comes to wedding traditions that typically involve that parent. If you find yourself in this position, there are several things you can do. Have a Stand-in In some cases, you might want to have someone else stand in for the deceased parent. For example, an older brother, uncle, or grandpa might walk you down the aisle. An aunt could step in to take over the mother-of-the-bride duties. Honor the Person During a moment where that person would traditionally play an important part, take the time to honor that parent. For example, just before the father-daughter dance, you may want to make a speech about how your father was an important part of your life and how you wish that he could be there. You could then take the time to share a memory or two of your father. Parents who have passed on may also be honored by […]
May 1, 2019

5 Tips for Planning Your Outdoor Wedding

Choosing to have your wedding outdoors presents you the opportunity to select your perfect romantic setting. There’s nothing quite like exchanging your vows surrounded by nature in all her splendor. So, if your marital dreams include planning a beautiful outdoor wedding, these tips are for you! Location, Location, Location If it’s a viable option, reserving a venue is always the way to go. They’re already equipped with power, facilities and staff, so some of your major hurdles with an outdoor event are taken care of before you even begin. Mind the Weather Depending on your choice of wedding date, it’s important to pay attention to the weather and plan for it. Most outdoor weddings take place in the Spring or Summer, so you’ll want to consider rain and heat in particular. Many venues have tents or structures in place to deal with sudden showers or increased heat and if you’re setting up your own event, think about renting tents or fans. Dress for the Occasion The thing about those lovely outdoor settings is that they’re very much outside. This means that heat, cold, bugs, and other elements of nature are present and must be accounted for. Depending on your choice […]
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 […]