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November 26, 2018

Privacy Isn’t Just For Celebrity Weddings

Privacy is a concern anytime you’re planning a wedding, even if you don’t star on a hit TV show, and you’ve never been nominated for an Oscar. You’ve probably heard of celebrities who go so far as to rent a remote island or block overhead air traffic so they can get married away from the prying eyes of photographers and fans. When you think of all that trouble and expense, you’ll probably be relieved that there are much less extreme solutions that will work for you, such as booking your wedding at Chandler’s Gardens. We’re located on over 250 secluded acres just minutes northwest of McKinney, Texas. Our venue eliminates many of the privacy challenges that can arise if you’re getting married someplace more public: Uninvited Guests and Spectators: Have you seen videos where a sunbather deliberately or unintentionally crashes a beach wedding? Sometimes it looks like they’re trying to snag a free place to sit. Other times it seems like they innocently got in the path of the camera. Either way, do you want to explain to your grandchildren who those strangers are in the background of your wedding photos? Distracting Noises and Smells: People choose to get married […]
November 21, 2018

You Don’t Have to Have Your Prom in a Gym

Despite what you may have seen in Hollywood movies, the school gym is not the only place you can have your prom. In fact, there may be many reasons why the gym isn’t available for your event or you may appreciate the advantages of choosing an off-site prom venue. Here are some points to consider. You can’t use the gym anyway. Let’s start with the most obvious reason. Maybe the gym is out of service because they’re installing a new floor or your school is in the middle of other renovations. That’s no reason to cancel or postpone an event as important as the prom, especially when you can find another suitable venue. You’ll have more help. Many proms get organized by a committee of parent volunteers, and one or more school employees. That can be a lot of work on top of your everyday responsibilities. When you use an outside venue you may have access to all kinds of expertise and services that aren’t included with your gym. Your decorating and theme options multiply. Whether your theme is The Great Gatsby or A Night on the Nile, sometimes the gym still looks like a gym no matter what you […]
November 12, 2018

5 Icebreakers for a Successful Family Reunion

Time flies by at a good family reunion. You have so many people you want to meet, and so many stories you want to hear. No matter how many hours you spend together, it may not seem like enough. That’s why you want to get off to a good start so you don’t waste a single precious minute. Try these 5 ideas for breaking the ice quickly, and helping family members to start mingling immediately.   Pick a beautiful space: The conversation flows with ease when you have lots of room, and natural beauty surrounding you. That’s one reason why Chandler’s Gardens is so popular for family reunions, weddings, and other events. Our 250 acres can also accommodate a wide variety of activities so your guests can sit and talk, take walks or play outdoor games Appoint a welcoming committee: Greet your guests warmly, and hand out name tags, gift bags, and your agenda. They’ll feel secure and cared for instead of worrying where the closest bathroom is or how long they have to wait for lunch. Hand out name tags: Speaking of name tags, get creative with them. In addition to names, invite people to add an interesting fact […]
October 29, 2018

Five Reasons to Have a Small Wedding

Celebrity magazines showcase large weddings, but brides and grooms will find a small wedding to be unique and memorable. That is especially true when they think of these five reasons to have an amazing yet small wedding. Greet and spend time visiting with all your guests. Faces blur at large weddings and you’ll never remember everyone who attended. However, a smaller wedding allows you time to spend visiting with each of your guests, which ultimately shows them how appreciative you are for their attendance. Spend more on food. The more guests you have, the more money food will cost. Having a smaller wedding will allow you to spend more per person, amounting to a better, higher quality, and more delicious meal for your guests. Have a tent for your reception. It is difficult to find tents that will cover an area seating 200 people or more. A small wedding allows you to get a tent at a reasonable price. You may even save enough to add a special ceiling or lighting. Get more intimate pictures. Photographers work themselves to death at large weddings, trying to capture every moment by guests, the wedding party, family and the happy couple. Smaller weddings […]
October 16, 2018

Picking the Right Event Venue For a Bachelor Party

Choosing the right event venue at a bachelor party isn’t just about the location. It’s also about the activity. There are plenty of guys who will plan their bachelor parties around activities that they never tried previously. They should remember that there’s nothing wrong with that. There are lots of different activities that are really popular for guys planning their bachelor parties. Some guys who want to play paintball on their bachelor parties have been playing paintball for years. Others will just try it just because it seems like a lot of fun and they think their friends will probably like it. They’re right to think that way, since playing paintball is a beloved activity, and it doesn’t matter whether or not it’s new to everyone involved. Bachelor parties are not just about celebrating the end of an era. They’re also partly about celebrating new beginnings and new transitions. Marriage represents the beginning of a new phase of life for a lot of people. Bachelor parties are about what comes next and not just what’s passed. As such, it makes sense to try something completely new during a bachelor party. Most people are not going to grumble about their friend trying a popular bachelor […]
October 4, 2018

The Secret to Elegant Outdoor Parties

Any food seems to taste more delicious when you’re eating outside, but maybe you’re tired of run of the mill barbecues and picnics. After all, it’s easy to make outdoor parties more elegant without a lot of fuss and expense. Here are some of our secrets for making outdoor entertaining feel more festive. Turn up the lights: Lighting can be one of the most inconspicuous but powerful elements in transforming any space. Use candles, paper or kerosene lanterns, and string lights to achieve the effect you want. Whether it’s a table centerpiece or tiny lights beaming out from the trees, you’ll add more warmth and beauty to your party. Play music: Whether it’s opera or rock and roll, music helps to set the mood too. Select songs that will lift your spirits or make your guests want to dance the night away. Serve small bites: Dining seems more refined when you avoid supersized portions. Plus, your guests can sample more dishes, and still stick to their diets. Set your table: Use real china, cutlery, and glasses instead of paper and plastic products. It’s better for the environment, and your table settings will look gorgeous. Plus, the same foods taste better […]
September 21, 2018

Exiting Your Wedding in Style

Couples marrying fifty years ago didn’t have much choice in how to exit their reception to a waiting car. They ran out under a rain of rice. Now, few people use rice and there are a wealth of options to make your wedding departure unique. Rice lost its favor with couples when it was rumored (unwarranted, by the way) to hurt birds, who tend to eat it off the ground afterward. It also lost its meaning because most people don’t believe in the superstitions that rice will increase fertility or prosperity. Practically, rice is a problem because the pelting can hurt if thrown too hard at bare skin and the couple, wearing dress shoes, can slip on it if too much of it is on a sidewalk or pavement. There are other options to rice that couples find are wonderful alternatives. Bubbles are the biggest hit and took over after rice was tossed to the curb. They are pretty, fun and safe. Kids attending the wedding love them, so everyone can be involved. Glow sticks are growing in use for exiting weddings. These come in many colors and make for interesting pictures if the exit is done after dark. Plus, […]
August 27, 2018

3 Reasons For Choosing A Wedding Site

Those looking for the perfect space for their wedding may feel overwhelmed at the choices. There are a vast array of venues and all come with different options. The prices are just as varied. It is enough to cause headaches for any typical bride. Wedding sites are one alternative for couples.  A wedding site is a venue that specializes only in weddings and special events. There are three solid reasons for choosing a wedding site for your ceremony. Wedding sites are created especially for weddings and other events. Since weddings are the bulk of their business, the site is already set up specifically for ceremonies. Wedding sites typically have a coordinator on staff. The staff coordinator has worked many weddings at that site, so she understands the site’s structure, facilities and amenities. You will access her knowledge during the planning process without having to pay an additional fee for her services. Wedding sites can often offer all-inclusive packages. This can be a big stress reliever. Some wedding sites already have a caterer, baker, event staffing, officiant, rental companies and musicians on hand who either work exclusively for the venue or as preferred vendors. All you have to do is write […]
August 17, 2018

Making Your Fantasy Wedding a Reality

There’s a reason why the Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings have captured the imaginations of millions of viewers all over the world. Base your wedding theme in the magic and mystery of another world, and let your creativity shine on your special day. Be sure to incorporate the following ideas into your fantasy wedding: The Décor: Fantasy weddings are all about drawing on the natural world to create a whole other world. Your décor will need to include natural fabrics and materials, from animal horns, tree branches and an abundance of flowers for your ceremony setting, to pewter cups and plates on your table settings. Your Look: Channel your inner Arwen and make sure your hair is long and flowing and your make up is natural. Choose a dress of natural fabrics, and style it to suit the climate you are getting married in. The Ceremony: Tradition and poetry rule in fantasy wedding ceremonies. Your vows should be from the heart and tell the history you have together as a couple. If you are really committed to the theme you could try a few verses in Dothraki or Elvish, or you could create your own language. The […]