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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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The Best Day of Your Life

Your wedding is the best day of your life but it also calls for a huge amount of hard work to make it that. For a wedding to be a memorable success it has to be planned with the precision of a business conference. There are literally hundreds of things to think about and to take care of ever since you fix the day.

A Lot is on the Line

You have to make a guest list, find the ideal location and decide on the ceremony whether it is a church service or a civil registry. Then you have to consider invitations and your reception. The size of your reception will depend on the number of guests you invite. You decide on the type of wedding you want to have - do you want to have a formal affair with a sit-down lunch or dinner or would you prefer something informal with cocktails and a buffet. Now you come to the menu and the kind of food that will be best appreciated. But wait a minute, you’ve forgotten about the florist and the decorators and the caterer. There are just far too many things to think about.

Overwhelming for Someone

So why not consider a wedding planning team to look after the details of your wedding? There are heaps of advantages in that. They know events and have a list so every little detail is reflected there. And they have the contacts with service people, florists, decorators, transporters, caterers, and others. They’ll be able to coordinate so everything is taken care of and nothing is forgotten. Your team will be able to orchestrate everything leaving you and your spouse to look after your guests and enjoy your wedding.

Focus on Your Dress

The ideal location for a wedding reception is the Gastonia Conference Center in Gastonia, NC. To start with its one of the best addresses in Charlotte in an iconic two-storey facility. Then it offers ten separate meeting rooms apart from the Grand Ballroom. No matter the size of your guest list, it can be accommodated at the Gastonia Conference Center. Whether you choose a formal sit-down reception or a buffet, nothing is too much of a challenge for the center’s experienced wedding team. They’ll take care of all the details and ensure the atmosphere and the food rises every bit to your expectation. After all, the Gastonia Conference Center has a reputation to live up to.


Tips For an Excellent Wedding Reception

Handling Wedding Announcements

Most engaged couples like to send out an official announcement about their coming wedding, and prefer to advertise about the special event in the city magazine or local newspapers. Twitter and Facebook may be the road taken now as well; more so than any print publications. Moreover, if you are planning to make such an announcement, first gather the details and contact information about the chosen publications.


Information You should Try to Accumulate

While talking to the person in charge find out details about the charges, submission deadlines, photo requirements, and run dates. Before putting in the announcement, make sure you have reserved the wedding venue, as the Gastonia Conference Center is booked much in advance.

A proper wedding announcement should include the following:

§  Full name of the bride and groom

§  Names of the bride’s and groom’s mother and father

§  Hometown and state of the bride’s and groom’s parents

§  Proposed wedding venue, city, and state

§  The date of the wedding


In an official announcement that appears in newspapers and magazines, it would not be wise to include your address, as that might cause unnecessary problems. You could unknowingly tip off thieves, as they know you will be receiving many gifts at the wedding, or you could have some unsavory distant relatives turning up at your doorstep.

After the official announcement, it is usually time for throwing an engagement party. Invitation for such party will be quite informal, and usually be through phone calls, emails, or letters. Presents are not usually given at an engagement party, but if you do receive presents, make sure you immediately send a thank you note or a card.

Your Maiden Name

You might have not yet printed your official thank you cards, but eventually you will have to get round this chore as well. You will need to send many thank you notes after your wedding and it is very convenient to have your custom printed stationery. Thank you cards will usually measure four by five inches and are quite small. The paper will be rich ivory or pure white, and the words “Thank You” will be printed in the middle with the name of the groom and bride on the front. If you are going to use these cards before the wedding as well, make sure you print your maiden name on a few cards for using before the wedding date.

Social Media is Changing the Game

Wedding announcements are also done after the wedding, for formally informing people who were not invited to the wedding. It is usually mailed, immediately after the wedding date, or it could also be made in newspapers and magazines. Facebook and Twitter are used for these purposes as well, as already mentioned. READMORE

How to have Control over Your Wedding Guest List

Having control over your wedding guest list is often a challenging task, since you need to consider the guests your parents, in-laws, and groom would want to invite. While booking at the Gastonia Conference Center, you need to have some idea about how many guests you are going to invite. Here are some tips that will help you gain control over your guest list.

Start with a Number

Before you start making the guest list, be clear about the size of your wedding venue and the maximum number of guest you can afford at your wedding. This will give you a clear idea about how far you can stretch your list. This number will also allow you to be practical with your budget.


Categorize the people you want to invite into separate groups. For instance, close family members can go into one group, distant cousins, uncles and aunts can go into another, close friends can form another group, work colleagues another, and so on. When you want to reduce your guest list, start with the category that you do not mind eliminating from, and you will soon have a reduced number.

Who gets to Invite How Many Guests?

Traditionally each side gets to invite the same number of guests. However, it also depends on who is paying for most of the wedding expenses. If the couple is paying for the wedding then the total number can be divided by three, the family of the groom gets to invite one-third, the bride’s family a third, and the couple get to invite a third of the total number.

If one of the families is paying for most of the expenses, the situation is tricky, and a solution can be reached by discussing the matter. Even when the couple is paying for their wedding, it can become difficult to say no to their parents’ list of invitees. In such cases, to keep the peace, the couple can insist that they can consider only those people that the couple has seen in the past six months or a year.

The “And Guest”

Inviting single friends can be a bit tricky, since you need to decide whether you want to invite their date as well. If the person is known to be in a long-term relationship then you should mention “and guest”, but do not add these words indiscriminately to all invitations to single friends.    READMORE

How to Handle Wedding Stress

Weddings can be stressful, even when you have mentally planned for the event for years. Between planning for the Gastonia Conference Center, organizing catering, and making sure all decorations are done properly, pre-wedding anxiety can easily transform into full-fledged stress. Fortunately, there are effective ways to manage wedding stress, without medicating yourself into a senseless haze. Here are some strong and outstanding tips for beating stress.

Involve Your Partner

Most brides are overzealous and like to plan and organize everything. However, when they see their partners lazing around or playing video games, they feel more stressed out. Therefore, it is better to involve your partner right from the beginning. Have a talk with your partner during the planning stage and make sure he understands what you expect from him. If you do not want to delegate certain tasks fully, you can list the things you would like his help. Simply keep him posted about meeting dates with vendors, payment deadlines, and so on.


Relieve Stress by Exercising

The best way to beat anger and stress is to burn off excess build-up of energy in your body, by following an exercising schedule. Simply going for jog or fast walk for half an hour each day could improve your mood considerably. The added bonus is you will be fit and even lose a few pounds before the big day.

Meditation and Yoga

If you are not into heavy exercises, you could try out some yoga postures or simple meditation techniques. Simply sitting quietly and ignoring all thoughts for ten to fifteen minutes can calm you down considerably. If you are unable to ignore thoughts, you could visualize each aspect of your wedding proceeding smoothly and just the way you want it. In fact, visualization is considered a powerful technique for achieving the results you desire.

Diet and Rest

Neglecting your regular food intake and not attaining adequate sleep can increase your stress levels. When you are not properly rested and you do not eat three square meals in a day, it will make you hungry and tired, which will increase your anxiety. When you are anxious, you are likely to make bad judgments and make matters worse, which will add to your stress. To avoid this vicious cycle, eat healthy foods at the right times and keep to a sleeping schedule. Make sure you include protein-rich items, fruits, fresh vegetables, and whole grains in your diet. 

If you cannot get in shape for your wedding when will you ever get in shape? You want those wedding pictures to shine and they will.

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