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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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Terrible Mistakes to Make While Shopping for a Wedding Dress

Here are some of the major blunders you can avoid while shopping for your bridal gown.

Starting Early

Many aspects of your wedding will influence the style of your dress and therefore do not start shopping until you have most of your wedding details planned. For instance, when you have bought a bridal gown suitable for a beach wedding, it would be a disaster if you have chosen a grand ballroom as your wedding venue.

Secondly, start shopping only when you are ready to purchase, because when you start trying on different gowns, you will invariably like one and it will be very difficult to let go, when you have not come prepared to buy one.

Shopping with too many People

You want the dress to be perfect for the most magnanimous day of your life. However, imagine listening to ten different opinions as you try on various gowns. It will be very difficult to reach a consensus, or your preferences might be sidelined. According to wedding experts, it is best to come with two people. These people could be your best friends or close family members, who can give you their honest opinion.

Changing Your Choice because of Discounts

Do not fall for big online discounts, the ones that are available for just a day, or sample sales. A plenitude of brides open the door towards sample sales and then regret their decision when they find the gown slightly used, stained, or torn. Remember these gowns are being tried on by a plethora of women, and therefore some form of damage is to be expected. If you are shooting for a discounted gown, make sure you inspect it thoroughly for any type of damage, and do not select it, if you find something that is not possible to fix easily or at all.

Trying on Gowns that will Cripple Your Checking Account

By the time you start shopping for your bridal gown, you should have worked out your budget and cost of the dress you can afford. Stretching the budget slightly is fine, since you are shopping for the most pivotal day that you may ever have on this planet. However, trying on dresses that are beyond your financial limit is a recipe for heartbreak, a waste of time, or a debt that could haunt you for months if not years. If the salon does not ask you about your financial situation and your budget for this transaction make sure you convey to the attendant the price range you fall under.  

Shopping for your wedding gown can be fun, but try to avoid these common mistakes. Do not start too early, and do not take with you an entourage for all sorts of reasons. Try to avoid dresses with incredible discounts, and do not try on dresses that you certainly cannot afford. Someone as pretty as you does not need to hide that beauty behind a fantastic dress.  


How to Plan a Conference

Planning a conference is highly challenging task, especially when you are doing from scratch. You need to gather a plenitude of data, and should have excellent ability to foresee or estimate certain things. It is possible to launch a successful conference in a year, but is also depends on the size of the group. Here are some pivotal points to consider while planning a conference.

Have a Vision

You cannot plan for an event without having a vision about what you want it to be like. Translate this vision into sentences and numbers to start the planning process. Answers to questions like what, who, where, when, and why will form the foundation of your plans, and help you measure costs and take better decisions.

Selling Points

Your selling points will be the same as what you are offering your attendees. Consider the audience you are planning to target or invite, and make a lineup of speakers and hosts. These people will be your main selling strength.

Funding and Revenue

You need to be sure about where the finances are coming from and how exactly they will be used, especially when it is not a grant or the conference is being funded by another organization. All calculations regarding revenue should be done first during the planning process.

Selecting a Venue and the Services Required

After completing the initial stages of your planning process, you will know how many people will be attending and where you want the conference to take place. Once the location is fixed, you can start shopping for an appropriate venue. Many sterling venues now offer professional catering services and audio visual equipment that will be needed for the conference.

On-Site Planning

After planning and implementing the business side of the conference, you will have to pay attention to on-site details. You should consider attendee traffic, the floor plan, the layout of different rooms, and the way food and beverages will be distributed efficiently. The best way to do this is to look at it from the point of view of your guests.

Planning a conference is not that difficult, provided you do not miss the initial steps. Start with your vision and build everything from that. Next is the selling points, the number of people you are inviting, and the revenue for funding the event. Lastly, select an ideal venue and do onsite planning so that the event is held in a manner that is most comfortable and convenient for all attendees.


Grizzlies Tickets GIVEAWAY RULES

Find Promotional Giveaways on the Gastonia Conference Center Facebook page.

       Four (4) Grizzlies Box Seat Tickets for the specified game in the promotion.

2.       All winners must be at least 18 years old, and no one in the same household may have won anything from the Gastonia Conference Center in the past 30 days.

3.       Employees of Gastonia Conference Center LLC and their immediate families are not eligible to win. Employees of any contest-related sponsor and their immediate families are also not eligible.

4.       There are no substitutions, exchanges, or refunds. If a game or event is postponed, we will put ticket winners for that show on the guest list for the make-up date.

5.       Winners may not assign prize to another party.

6.       The Giveaway will begin at the start of the promotional post with the final drawing of entries at 3:30PM on the last day.

7.       To enter simply leave a comment on our Facebook page under the post announcing the comment letting us know that you would like to use the indicated tickets.

8.       Each entry will be entered onto a piece of paper and the winner will be drawn from a fishbowl. The winner will be announced at 3:35PM on the last day of the promotion as indicated in the promotional post.

9.       We will not enter duplicate comments as duplicate entries. If Facebook goes down the contest will be cancelled until further notice.

Regular giveaways

ie. Grizzlies Tickets and other small prizes

·         All winners must be at least 18 years old, and no one in the same household may have won anything from the Gastonia Conference Center in the past 30 days.

·         Employees of Gastonia Conference Center LLC and their immediate families are not eligible to win. Employees of any contest-related sponsor and their immediate families are also not eligible.

·         There are no substitutions, exchanges, or refunds. If a game or event is postponed, we will put ticket winners for that show on the guest list for the make-up date.

·         Winners may not assign prize to another party.

Major Contest Rules

The Gastonia Conference Center contests/giveaways are open to all Gastonia Conference Center patrons and supporters who reside in or plan to visit Gastonia and/or North Carolina and are at least 18 years of age. Employees of Gastonia Conference Center, its corporate parent Stellar Platinum LLC, participating sponsors/promotional partners, and affiliated advertising agencies are ineligible to participate or win.

Listeners are eligible to win a Gastonia Conference Center contest once every thirty days (unless the prize is judged by the Gastonia Conference Center to be insignificant) and a prize valued at $600 or more once every six months. Only one winner per household is permitted in any contest.

Contestants may be required to sign a release form waiving The Gastonia Conference Center of any liability for injury or death caused during the contest or by use of the prize. Contestants may be required to present a valid ID or driver¹s license.

All prizes should be picked-up at the Sales & Planning Office of The Gastonia Conference Center located at the top of the parking deck during normal office hours (Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm, excluding Holidays) at the The Gastonia Conference Center, 145 S Marietta Street, Gastonia NC 28052. Winners should not pick-up prizes until notified by a Gastonia Conference Center representative. The winner will forfeit any prize not claimed within 30 days of winning or by time designated to each contest. If the winner requests the prize be mailed, they must complete and sign the prize release form and send The Gastonia Conference Center a self-addressed stamped envelope and assume all risks of its arrival. The Gastonia Conference Center is not responsible for the safe arrival of a prize or prize certificate.

Contest prizes are not transferable. Prizes may not be substituted for or redeemed for cash. The Gastonia Conference Center reserves the right to substitute a prize or prizes of equivalent or greater value.

Decisions of The Gastonia Conference Center management with respect to contests are final.

Payment of all federal, state, and local taxes is the sole responsibility of the winner. Winners may be required to sign an IRS Form 1099 or the equivalent if prize or combination of prizes for the calendar year totals over $599. By participating in the contest, the winner or winners agree to have their name, voice, or likeness used in any broadcasting or advertising material relating to this contest without additional financial or other compensation, and to sign a publicity release prior to acceptance of the prize.

Contest winners (and their travel companions, if any) will be required to sign a liability release prior to acceptance of any prize valued at $600 or greater or which prize includes the provision of transportation, whether or not such transportation is provided by The Gastonia Conference Center. Pursuant to the liability release, the winners will agree to hold The Gastonia Conference Center, its parent company Stellar Platinum LLC, the City of Gastonia, affiliated companies and the officers, shareholders, directors, employees, agents and representatives of each of them harmless against any and all claims or liability arising directly or indirectly from the prize or contest.

The Gastonia Conference Center reserves the right to make changes in the rules of the contest, including the substitution of a prize of equivalent value, which will become effective upon announcement.

No purchase is necessary. The contest is void where prohibited. Failure to comply with the contest rules may result in a contestant¹s disqualification, at the sole discretion of The Gastonia Conference Center.

The Gastonia Conference Center is not responsible for typographical or other errors in printing, the offering or the administration of the contest or in the announcement of a prize.

The Gastonia Conference Center is not responsible for problems with telephone lines, Internet connections, e-mail or fax machines.

Copies of the written contest rules are available during the regular business hours (Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm) at the main studio of The Gastonia Conference Center, 145 S. Marietta St.., Gastonia, NC 28052 and will be sent by request via mail when requester sends a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the above address.

The Gastonia Conference Center reserves the right to assign special rules or exceptions for any promotion or contest on a case by case basis; copies of these exceptions will be available upon request during contests and/or at location of the promotion. READMORE

Tips for Organizing a Poetic Wedding Reception

You want your guests to have a wonderful time on the most important day of your life, which means you need to host the perfect reception. Here are some tips that could help you organize a monumental event.

Plan Everything to the Last Detail and then You can Relax

Thorough planning is required much before you wedding date. It is best to start planning a couple of months before the big day, and you need to note down every small detail, to make sure nothing is forgotten. However, when the day arrives, simply go with the flow and do not be stressed thinking whether everything is going according to plan or not. In all likelihood, little mishaps will happen, but you need to keep your cool, and simply enjoy your special day.

Adhere to the Schedule

When guests are made to wait, it can greatly dampen their celebratory spirits. Hence, plan a timeline for your wedding day, stick to it, and make sure you inform all your guest about this timeline. Your ceremony should start on time, and make sure the photographer does not take more than the cocktail hour to finish clicking. The doors to your reception venue should open at least thirty minutes before the cocktail time begins.

Tradition Matters for the Reception

Traditional things will normally include, the entrance, cake cutting, toasts, garter and bouquet toss, first dance, and may be a few more. It is best not to include many events, which will take up the dance time.

Music Selection

Since it is your wedding, you are able to choose the music. However, do not try to impose your selection for the entire event, and let the DJ or band decide. They do this all the time and their understanding of music goes far past you. The DJ will be able to gauge what the crowd wants, and he will keep adjusting the type of music to keep the energy levels high.

Temperature and Lighting

Too much heat or cold can make the place quite uncomfortable, and that is the last thing you want. Make sure the temperature is regulated by a computer, and it should not take long to adjust the temperature.

Hence, the first thing you need to do for a magnanimous reception is proper planning. Make sure your guests are comfortable, do not keep them waiting, and provide golden entertainment, without loading too many events into the schedule. Having all these elements will definitely make your wedding reception a huge success.


How to Choose a Stellar DJ for Your Wedding

When you are planning your own wedding, interviewing different vendors can be quite challenging, and sometimes you have no idea what you should be asking them. For instance, you know you need a DJ for your reception, but have no idea how to choose one. Here are certain pointers that could help you make the right choice.

Experience and Type of Events

The type of venue and event makes considerable difference to the type of entertainment that is expected. Your prospective DJ should have varied experience, and preferably not a part-timer, who does this simply as a hobby. Well, unless you know this person is genuine and has adept taste. Moreover, you want someone who can bring his or her expertise to your event and uplift everyone's mood. He should be an excellent performer, who is able to perform in front of highly demanding audiences. Lastly, make sure the DJ has done quite a few weddings in the immediate past.

Music Customization

You should prefer a DJ who is capable of creating a soundtrack for your special day, which reflects your tastes and style. Secondly, an experienced DJ will not argue with your favorite selections or with your never-play list. An astute DJ will give you the control over the selection, and will work with it to make it the most entertaining and exciting event. Hence, you need a DJ who is a fabulous listener and is flexible in his approach.

Can the DJ Get Guests to the Dance Floor

A marvelous DJ will be able to encourage all types of guests to come to the dance floor and give their best performance, to make the event extremely lively. This is a much-needed skill you should not ignore, as there are chances of the evening suddenly becoming boring without anybody wanting to dance. Ask the DJ, what he does to get the guests pumped, and more importantly ask for a demo. Your DJ should be able to read your guests, build up energy levels, and keep everyone pumped through the evening.

So basically, this is what you would look for in a DJ are these basic characteristics and aspects. When you are passionate about music, the DJ should be able to incorporate your likes and favorites list without any issues. Secondly, he should enable you to keep control overall, and also customize something unique for your special day. However, the most important skill you are looking for is his ability to build and maintain high energy levels. 

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