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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 […]
August 1, 2018

3 Easy DIY Projects for Your Rustic Wedding

If you dream about having a wedding in the country, you probably appreciate natural beauty, and take satisfaction in doing things for yourself. DIY projects are one way to achieve simple elegance, and put your personal touch on your special day. Here are 3 ideas for projects that will offer all the advantages of hand crafting without taking up much time or money or requiring special skills. Custom Drink Stirrers: Sure, you could order the standard plastic or wooden drink stirrers with a few lines of printed personalization, but for a homier feeling make your own from scratch. All you need are stirring sticks so you can glue any object of your choice on top. Maybe you’ll want to cut hearts out of red construction paper or pop on gum balls that match your wedding colors. Singular Centerpieces: Not all wedding centerpieces are made of flowers. You can use found objects, and make lovely decorations for free. Gather books, candles, corks, sticks, vegetables, fruits, or anything that you like. Thoughtful Favors: It really is the thought that counts. Instead of giving your guests a variation of trendy favors that they might have gotten at the last 3 weddings they went […]
June 15, 2018

5 Things for Your Guests Want You to Do

After months of planning, your special day has finally arrived. Your perfect venue is prepped, the menu is set, the cake looks delicious, and your dress fits like a glove. But, you have a lingering thought, “Will my guests really like all the work that went into planning?” It’s no secret that guests attend weddings for two things: food and the party, but as a couple you want your event to be more memorable than that. Here is a list of 5 things that your guests wish you would do: Clear up the dress code debacle Make it known on your invitation how you want your guests to dress. Never make your guests guess, it leads to confusion, stress, and phone calls from your friends and family. Assigned seating  Assign your guests to a table, but stop assigning them a specific seat. Guests don’t mind being told what table to sit at, it actually takes some pressure off the “where should we sit” situation, but they hate being told what seat to sit at. It makes them uncomfortable, especially if they don’t know anyone at the table, or are separated from their plus one. Cut the “extras”  It’s may come […]
June 4, 2018

Planning an Annual Family Reunion

If your children are grown and they’ve moved away or you have siblings you rarely see, you may be interested in reconnecting. Here are a few simple things to remember when planning a family reunion. First of all, you will want to make sure you choose a date that works well for the entire group of relatives you plan to invite. This should provide enough time to make all the arrangements. However, there is no need for tackling everything all alone. Come up with a short list of family members, for instance, a sister and an aunt. Work together. Bear in mind; it may be necessary to compromise on occasion. Assign specific tasks to help balance out the planning portion of the upcoming event. Create a list of relatives who you plan to invite to your first annual family reunion. Discuss possible locations, catering (unless you are planning to spend time away from your loved ones), and professional photographers. Next, send out invitations. This could be through old-fashioned methods, such as cards sent by mail, or through social media. Ask family members to RSVP as soon as possible. This will provide an expected headcount. The venue is chosen, refreshments and […]
May 3, 2018

Pick an Outdoor Venue for Your Collegiate Theme Wedding

If you’re dreaming about a collegiate theme for your wedding, an outdoor venue is a smart choice for the couple who likes to be a little sporty and fun. Whether the two of you met on campus or just like to flaunt your school pride, here are some ideas for an academic look. Reasons for picking a collegiate theme: Harking back to your college years provides a personal and meaningful touch. Maybe you and your best friends all attended the same school or you’re a couple who’s blending together your different experiences and individual histories. Plus, a school theme is timeless so you might want to use it to create a tradition for future anniversaries. School day details for your wedding: An academic theme is relatively easy to carry out, and there are lots of affordable options for decorating. Start with your school colors or a generic scheme heavy on the royal blue, gold, and maroon. Put your school crest on invitations, napkins, and the top of a cake. Create food stations with some favorite snacks from your student days like breakfast cereal and popcorn. Have a giant cut-out of your school mascot for taking pictures with. Add books, binders […]
April 20, 2018

Magical Moments Await at Our Premiere Event Venue

Located in the beautiful countryside of McKinney, Texas, Chandler’s Gardens is a wonderful venue to hold your next wedding, church gathering, prom, quinceanera, family reunion, company picnic… any event you could possibly hold on the rustic and serene 250-acre property. Outdoor Options The property offers several lovely outdoor sites where you can create wonderful memories. We have the Antique Heritage Rose Garden space, which overlooks rolling hills and lush meadows and can comfortably fit about 170 people. There is also the enchanting Secret Garden area, a secluded area surrounded by mature oaks and woods. If you prefer to have your event waterside, perhaps during a Texas sunset, our Reflections at the Water’s Edge area is beautiful and very accommodating to your electrical and lighting needs. These located are perfect for a wedding ceremony, quinceanera, or a recommitment ceremony. Family reunions or picnics would be well-suited for the spaces as well. Personal tours of Chandler’s are given by appointment only, so please contact us anytime to schedule a visit. Indoor Venues If you prefer to host your celebration indoors, we have a brand-new Tuscan-style Event Center. Its 5,000 square feet of gorgeous space with an adjacent bridal suite which includes several changing rooms, a shower […]
April 6, 2018

Looking for a Corporate Event Venue?

In a competitive and fast moving business environment, you still need your brand to stand for something more than good technology, and high quality products and services. When you’re choosing your next corporate event venue, think about a place that will resonate with your softer side. Pick a More Creative Venue: Your employees are bound to wonder if there’s more to life than watching PowerPoint slides in a standard hotel conference room. Make your events more interesting and memorable by considering a destination like Chandler’s Gardens, with more than 250 private secluded acres in the rural countryside near McKinney, Texas. Get Your Employees Fully Engaged: People learn better when they participate in hands-on games and active training rather than passively listening to lectures. At Chandler’s Gardens, you’ll have plenty of space to move around, and interact with each other. You’ll also have a peaceful setting conducive to focusing on subjects like emotional intelligence,  soft skills, and general health and wellbeing. You can do all kinds of workplace exercises, and maybe even offer sessions on meditation, exercise, and eating healthy so your employees can operate at their peak. There’s a wide range of options perfect for any season or budget, and […]
March 23, 2018

Survivor Team Building Games for Your Next Company Outing

If you’re trying to come up with ideas for team building games for your next company outing, how about an adventure theme inspired by the popular Survivor TV show? It’s a fun way to get your employees to pull together and think outside the box. Survivor Team Building Games for Your Next Company Outing. Why choose a Survivor theme: Whatever you think of reality TV, there must be something behind the popularity of a hit show that practically spawned the genre and is still going strong. It can be great for team building purposes because it taps into questions about our capabilities and values when we ponder what we’d do if we were stranded on an island or had to decide what few possession to take there with us. Plus, it breaks people up into small groups where everyone can shine while they rise to the specific challenges you set. How to give your games a constructive twist: Of course, you don’t want people voting each other off the staff. Make sure you focus on outwitting shared obstacles instead of each other. Rather than outlasting your rivals, you’re showing that success is defined by having the whole team survive and […]
March 12, 2018

Wedding Season Has Arrived!

The sun is shining.  The birds are singing.  The air, like love, gives that comforting feeling.  It’s that time of the year again! It is the season to celebrate love! June is one of the most popular months to schedule a wedding.  There is little chance of rain ruining the big day.  The sunshine and warmth add an extra joy to the big day.  Having an outdoor ceremony is the perfect way to incorporate peace and tranquility into the ceremony with a little rustic flare.  Planning a wedding?  Nobody knows how to help host and celebrate a wedding better than Chandler’s Gardens.  The beautiful venue, located just 15 minutes North of McKinney’s city center, offers several options to choose from when it comes to selecting the perfect site for your wedding!  You can choose from the elegant rose garden, a stunning and secluded “Secret” garden, and a site that is located right on the waterfront of Chandler’s Gardens.  Each location offers its own style and feeling.  Then there are a variety of options for your reception—banquet hall, an outdoor event tent, or even a rustic and charming circle of trees that helps surround your celebration with a secluded feeling.  Chandler’s […]