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Welcome to the Gastonia Conference Center

Gastonia Conference Center is a symbol; a sign of the people of Gastonia, North Carolina on the move toward civic, economic, and environmental sustainability. Designed to pay homage to the surrounding architecture and heritage of the area, Gastonia Conference Center is the premier destination for local, regional, and state-wide conferences and events, from metro-Charlotte based corporate meetings, to state-wide conventions, to local and community events, to memorable weddings.

This cutting-edge, 30,000-square-foot technologically advanced and sustainably built conference center is designed to generate business and support the local Gastonia community. The Conference Center accommodates over 450 meeting attendees and 300 for a seated banquet function and features ten separate, purpose-built and distraction-free meeting rooms, event spaces and 5,100 square-foot ballroom. It has already gained recognition as the greater Charlotte region's foremost destination for events of all kinds.

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Handling the Wedding Emergency of a Missing Vendor

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When you have chosen a full service venue from Gastonia wedding venues, you do not have the stress of dealing with different vendors. However, when you have hired different vendors for delivering various items and providing different services, you run quite a risk if the vendor goes missing and does not show up.

To prevent such a situation, you could ask a responsible friend or family member to keep track of the vendor on the wedding day with frequent phone calls. However, if the vendor does not respond or you are not able to track the vendor down then you need to have some reserve plan in place.

When the Photographer Goes Missing

When you have not taken the time to choose a marvelous photographer, you might be left without one on your wedding day. In such a situation, the best thing to do would be to ask all your guests to bring their cameras along with them. Some couples set up cameras at each table, which is also a prudent idea. If there is no time to inform guests to bring cameras along, have somebody purchase a few at the nearest store. When different guests start clicking, you will end up with quite a few creative shots, which can be the envy of a professional photographer.

When the Officiant or Priest does not Turn Up

The officiant is necessary for legalizing your marriage, but when the person does not turn up, you can be in a fix and the guests that showed up will be none too pleased. If another officiant is not available at short notice, the only thing you can do is download from the Internet a copy of wedding service, and ask a friend who has a marvelous voice to lead the marriage. Later, you will have to proceed to city hall to make your marriage legal.

When the Florist Does not Deliver

Flowers and bouquets are essential in a marriage and if your florist does not deliver your order, it can be a disaster. In such a situation, find a resourceful friend in the wedding party to score the florists and grocery stores in the area for flowers, and buy as many as possible. When flowers are not available, the next best thing would be pillar candles. Members of the wedding party and the bridesmaids will look quite elegant when they are carrying pillar candles instead of flowers. Even for the decorations place different colored candles and your guests will hardly miss the flowers. 


Reduce Wedding Catering Costs without Lowering the Quality of the Meal

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Once you have booked a grand place from wedding venues in Gaston County NC, you would not want to scrounge on the catering. However, there are ways to reduce catering costs, and still provide your guests with an excellent dining experience. Here are certain points you should be considering when you want to keep your catering cost to the minimum.

Saving on Drinks

It is not necessary to have an open bar, as long you set up a bar where guests can buy their own drinks. However, make sure you supply copious amounts of water or juice in jugs. Simply adding slices of lime and a few mint leaves to water, you can create a refreshing beverage. Secondly, not all guests enjoy champagne, and you might want to let your guests select their favorite drink for the toasts. Even for the wine, you will find most guests do not drink more than three glasses of wine, and hence you can arrange wine bottles on tables accordingly.

Should You Hire an Independent Catering Company?

A fantastic wedding venue or a hotel will usually have sterling catering, but it could work out expensive in certain places. You may want to consider the option of hiring an outsider caterer, provided the venue does not charge additional fees for excluding their service. However, you might want to compare the quality of food provided by the outside caterer and the venue before making a decision.

Timing of the Wedding

Dinner catering costs are much higher than afternoon lunch or morning breakfasts. Having a morning informal wedding outdoors would be the cheapest option. Set up tables under trees or available shade, and provide foods with choice of muffins, fruit skewers, cheese, and preferred finger foods. If it is lunch or dinner, source you meat and seafood from reliable shops that provide outstanding deals on quantity. Since chicken is the cheapest meat, you could opt for delicious chicken dishes instead of beef fillet. Replacing calamari with scallops and prawns can also make a major difference.

Consider Starters Wisely

You can skip starters when you are serving fantastic and considerable amounts of canapés with drinks. Guests will enjoy the variety of canapés compared to the limited options in starters. If you are serving starters, consider delicious antipasti selection instead of plated starters. Place about three serving dishes per table of these delicious Italian delicacies such as cold meats, olives, breads, and char grilled vegetables.   


How to Order a Wedding Cake

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Wedding venues in Gaston County NC are some of the best venues in the country, which provide an excellent combination of a fantastic place and even superior services. When such places are available, choosing a venue for your big day becomes very easy. However, sometimes the smaller tasks seem quite challenging, such as ordering the wedding cake. Here are some important pointers that can help you make the right choice.

Where to Order a Wedding Cake

A renowned or popular bakery in your area should be your first choice. Make sure the bakery has insurance, and carries a health department certificate. Secondly, check if the bakery has regular staff and is not a one-man show. When there is a team, there are lesser chances of delays, and your cake will be ready on time.

Make an Appointment

After you have chosen the place where you will be ordering your cake, make an appointment. However, before that browse the Internet to see the various wedding cake designs from the traditional to the contemporary. You need to decide whether you prefer a plain cake or with flowers. If you want flowers, you have choice of real flowers, sugar flowers, and silk or artificial flowers.

When you are deciding on all these things, you will need to factor in the cost, as you would not want to cross your budget. At the initial appointment with the baker, you will be mainly discussing the size and design of the cake and the flavors you prefer. After you have chosen the type of cake, you might have to go once more to the bakery for tasting the sample. Remember, a cake may look fantastic, but ultimately what matters is the taste. So, be very particular about the taste and make sure the original is going to be the same as the sample.

Looks are not everything!

Size of the Cake

The size of your wedding cake will depend on the number of servings you require, which will depend on how many guests are going to attend your reception. However, the number of servings need not be equal to the number of guests, as not all guests will be cake eaters. Keeping to 80% of the number of guests is quite safe, and you can go as low as 60% if you know the preferences of most of your guests. Therefore, you do not have to calculate one serving per guest, unless you want many leftover servings that you might want to distribute later. 


How to Lower Costs for Your Bridesmaids

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A wedding will be a major expense for you, and your bridesmaids will be feeling the burden of extra expenses as well. You can reduce your expenses by choosing from all service Gastonia Conference Center, but how can you help your bridesmaids. Here is a list of strategies that can help in minimizing the expenses of your bridesmaids.

Bridesmaid Dress

The dress you choose for your bridesmaids will be the biggest expense for them. It is very difficult to choose a dress that would meet the budget of all your bridesmaids. The ideal solution therefore would be to choose a color rather than the dress. Then allow each girl to decide on the style and fabric according to her budget. If you are not sure about the looks or the outcome, you could ask each girl to send you the photo of the dress or style before they actually make the purchase.

The Shoes

Again, rather than choosing a specific design or certain brand, you could select the color or a general design. This will provide your bridesmaids with much more control over the amount they spend, and sometimes they could even own the shoes that are suitable as per your preference.

The Jewelry

Do not be adamant about what type of jewelry your bridesmaids should wear. You can allow them to decide or you could also choose to gift each one of the girls with a simple pair of earrings, a necklace, or a bracelet that will remind them of your wedding.

The Bachelorette Party

Your bridesmaids will want to throw you a bachelorette party and might want to know whom you would like to invite. It will be quite tempting to invite all your friends, but larger the party, more expensive it will be, as your bridesmaids will have to spend on more knickknacks, more favors, and added cost of food and drinks. If you want to be considerate and want to keep their expenses to the minimum, invite only close friends.

Also, do not suggest some fancy location for the party, since you can very well settle for some fun and happening place in your area that does not involve much travel. You do not want your bridesmaids burdened with the additional cost of airfare. If you happen to choose, some far off place, make sure to plan early so that all your invitees can find the lowest airfares. Finally, make the party as short as possible, preferably lasting a night, rather than a full weekend.

You do not have Mark Cuban or T. Boone Pickens Jr. type money do you!


How to Obtain a Fantastic Wedding Cake for a Lower Price

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You will want to hold your wedding at one of the best locations such as Gastonia Conference Center, and would like to impress your guests with a fantastic wedding cake. However, wedding costs can add up quite dramatically, and before you know it, you would have crossed your budget. It is therefore prudent to cut costs wherever you can without compromising on quality. Here are a few tips you could consider for lowering the cost of your wedding cake.

Bakery or Supermarket

Once you have decided on the type of cake you would like to order, you could start investigating the bakeries in your area. You can also attain the type of cake you want from the supermarket at distinctly reduced rates. However, you should find out if their cakes are made on the premises or they have it shipped from elsewhere. If they are acquiring their cakes from someone else, they will be frozen, which does not necessarily damage the flavor, but when they are held for a long time, the spectacular taste may run off, be undermined, and/or dissipate.

Size of the Cake and Decorations

The size of your cake should be in accordance with your guest count. You do not need several tiers for your cake when you have a small guest list. Even though guests appreciate the visual impact of your cake, what ultimately matters is the taste. Making your cake highly decorative is not necessary as long as it is visually appealing and has a marvelous taste. If decorating your cake with sugar flowers works out expensive, consider real flower that are non-toxic. You might want to check out the cost of edible flowers; otherwise, you can also opt for silk flowers.

Consider Culinary Schools in Your Area

If you want to cut the cost of your wedding cake drastically, you can place the order for your cake at a culinary school nearby. However, you must understand that your cake will be prepared by students and it may not be of the same quality of an experienced baker. Ordering from a culinary school is a risky proposition, but certain schools might take it as a challenge and provide you with a cake for the ages.

Cost of Pillars

Crystal pillars for you cake can work out to be quite expensive, and as an alternative you can check with your baker if they have disposable pillars. You could also rent these pillars from a rental company.  


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