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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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Choosing the Best Wedding Gown

After you have decided to get married, the first things you need to do is start the process of selecting a fantastic venue and your wedding gown. It is could be quite easy to select a sterling location from Gastonia wedding venues, but selecting a wedding gown can be a daunting task, especially when you have set a definite budget. Here is the process you can expect when you are trying to find the best wedding gown.

Starting Your Search

You should be starting your search for your bridal gown, as soon as you are engaged, since dresses that are custom ordered take about six to nine months to be sewn together and shipped. Hence, starting your search one year before the wedding date would be a comfortable timeframe.

Selecting a Shop

Scour the shops in your area, get recommendations from family and friends, and fix an appointment with the shop that you feel is the best. When you are visiting the shop for the first time, keep an open mind, and go with someone who is supportive. Make sure the shop has been in business for a long time and the consultants inside are seasoned and experienced. Do not be stressed at your first appointment and let the consultant pull out a range that is best suited for your figure.

The First Appointment

Make sure you have allotted ample time for your first appointment. During your first visit, the consultant will most probably chat about the location you have selected, and your preferences in styles, colors, and flowers. First, you can visually go through a range, and then you will need to try on at least six to seven dresses that you liked the best. After you have shortlisted about three dresses, try on the one you like the best again. Do not be disappointed if you are not able to decide at your first appointment. You still have a lot of time and do not be in a hurry.

Your Body Type and Style

Many different wedding gown styles are available, and you should be choosing a style that is going to flatter your body type. Some styles have become quite popular, since they look marvelous on every type of body, which are:

o    A-line, which has a gentle outwards flare in the shape of an A
o    The ball gown, which is a large skirt with a fitted bodice
o    The fit and flare, which has fitted hips and bodice, with an outward flare READMORE

Tips for Choosing the Right Bridesmaid Dresses

When you have chosen to host your wedding at one of the Gastonia wedding venues, you would want everything else also perfect and stylish. Choosing bridesmaid dresses can be a daunting task, and can create a lot of stress. Here are a few tips that can make this job much easier.

Consider Your Bridal Dress

You first need to look at your own bridal gown and the preferred style of your wedding, before you start choosing dresses for your bridesmaids. Is your gown modern, vintage, or classic? The dresses you choose for your bridesmaids should resonate beautifully with the vibe of your gown. For instance, formal dresses in taffeta would be a mismatch if you were dressed in a gown fully adorned with bohemian lace.

Choosing the Right Color

The color of bridesmaid dresses should be given due consideration and it is not necessary to go with the popular trends. For instance, taupe and blush might be popular colors this season, but such colors may not be suitable for all skin tones. These colors can have a washed out effect on some people. Therefore, when you have girls with varying skin tones such as dark, olive, and fair, you will need a color that will be flattering for all. You should also keep in mind the hair colors of you bridesmaids, as a dress color could clash seriously with a redhead or platinum blonde.

Be Flexible Up to a Point

Most bridesmaids like to have some say in what they are going to wear. You could be flexible in considering their opinions; however, too many views can make the selection process, a nightmare. One way of showing some flexibility, would be to choose the fabric and color, and then letting each girl decide the style they would prefer.

However, remember it is your day, and you do not have to succumb to anybody’s pressure or try to make everyone happy. Also, make sure you honestly consider dresses that make your bridesmaids look good, rather than dressing them awkwardly so that you look fantastic in comparison.

Comfort Levels

You should also consider if some bridesmaid is not comfortable wearing a particular style. Secondly, you need to consider the season and the average temperature during the wedding. You cannot expect your bridesmaids to wear strapless dresses in flimsy materials when it is freezing cold, and you are hosting the ceremony outdoors. That would be an episode of endurance, not of romance. READMORE

Tips for Creating the Ideal Wedding Menu

When you want to impress guests at your wedding, you need to select a grand venue and create an appetizing menu. Booking Gastonia wedding venues can be easy, but creating an excellent menu is usually a daunting task. Here are a few tips that will help you create a fantastic spread of dishes for your guests.

Foods to Avoid
Before opening the door and discussing what food should be served, it is important to know the type of dishes that must be avoided at a wedding. Remember you are going to order catered food, which means it will be prepared in bulk and in advance. Therefore, whatever foods you think may not be safe should be avoided. For instance, avoid all types of raw food, especially steak tartare, which is made of raw meat and eggs. In addition, it is good to avoid exotic cuisine, as most guests will not be able to tolerate spicy foods. Lastly, remember weddings are formal events, and hence, do not serve fast food items, unless you have chosen it as a wedding theme.

Fusion is In

Fusion food is gaining quite a bit of popularity at weddings, especially when the couples belong to two different cultures. However, you need to be careful about this type of cooking, as things can go horribly wrong, and only entrust such dishes to experienced cooks or caterers who have done this before.

Enable Guests to Customize

One of the best ways to satisfy everybody is to let your guests customize their own food. Set up various food bars, and let people choose what they want to eat. For instance, potato bar can feature different potato dishes including baked russet, mashed potatoes with various toppings, sweet potato dishes and so on. Another food bar could feature different types of pastas, with choices for vegetarians as well.

Tasting Menu

Instead of setting up different food bars, you could ask your caterer to create a tasting menu, where each guest is served sample dishes from which they can select their favorites. This has become a trend in foodie weddings, where people are constantly arguing about the food to be served. To get the discussions flowing, you could leave a note card for each guest, where they can share their thoughts about the food.

Get Inspired

If you are tired of clichés and regular wedding fare, take inspiration from tasty trending foods available at food trucks. You could ask your caterer to come up with dishes that are inspired from delicious street food. READMORE

Poignant Tips for Choosing the Right Wedding Menu

After choosing a fantastic location for your wedding such as Gastonia wedding venues, you need to focus on planning your wedding menu. Getting the menu right is critical for the success of the most important event in your life. Here are some ideas you should consider for planning a fabulous wedding menu.

Do not Keep Your Guests Hungry

Leaving your guests without food for more than two to three hours is never a prudent idea. The point is not to let them get hungry, as you want them to enjoy every moment of the reception. You should especially feed your guests properly as soon as they arrive for drinks, as that will help them remain sober and you can avoid quite a bit of drunkenness.

 Avoid Heavy Meals

Even though it is necessary to provide food throughout the day, it is best to avoid a menu with too many heavy dishes. For instance, if you are selected a heavy main course, you could opt for light starters and dessert. You do not want to overfill your guests with food, as that will make them drowsy and they may not be able to enjoy the whole event.

Vary the Ingredients

It is better to vary food ingredients between courses and meals. For instance, when seafood is a starter, then avoid having it for the main course. When the main course has a pie dish, then you should avoid having any pastries for dessert. Varying ingredients is always a marvelous idea, because different types of food will be easy on the stomach and your guests will not feel uncomfortable. Imagine having a soufflé as a starter and crème brulee for dessert. Your guests would have consumed more than six eggs and that is highly uncomfortable especially when you are having champagne.

Avoid Tricky Dishes

Unless you are very confident in your chef’s abilities, it is best to avoid tricky dishes. For instance, a lot can go wrong if a simple dish like roast beef is not prepared well. Sushi and lobster dishes are also quite tricky to prepare, and they can cause serious allergic reactions in some guests. Safer options would be braised dishes, because they will start tasting better when they stand longer, and there is not any risk of spoiling.

Choices Pertaining to the Season

The season will influence your menu greatly. First, it is best to use seasonal ingredients, since they will be fresh and less costly (and it usually just makes sense that way). Secondly, not too many people prefer a cold salad or fish dish during the winter. READMORE

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wedding Cake

Selecting a venue from Gastonia wedding venues would be your best option for hosting your reception. You also need sparkling catering and a fabulous wedding cake to make the event memorable. Selecting a wedding cake can be a daunting task, but here are some tips that can make this task much easier.

Do not Rush at the Last Moment

Just like reserving the wedding venue, you need to plan for the wedding cake much in advance. Plan for the wedding cake at least three months in advance, as that will give you adequate time to choose a cake design and the right bakery.

Selecting a Reputed Bakery

While selecting a bakery you need to review real customer feedback of couples. You can find such reviews and other important information online. Visit several wedding sites and after you have shortlisted some reputed bakeries, visit their websites to find out what they have on offer.

Avoid bakeries that do not update their websites with their latest creations. Your next step would be to visit the bakery in person and check out their creations and the staff. If you find it difficult to get along with the bakery staff, you should walk out. When you have made your choice, make sure you get a photo or computer generated image of the cake, to avoid any nasty surprises later.

Taste the Cake

You must have a cake tasting session before ordering any cake. If you are opting for a cake with multiple flavors, you need to taste all the flavors. You cannot assume what the cake is going to taste like. Always taste so that you are sure about the end product. Even basic flavors such as vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate can vary based on the making and formulation of the cake.

Be Creative

Do not hold back your creativity, as modern bakers are able to create almost any design you can think of. You could go with any theme or hobby you like or you could create a beautiful scene. You do not have to stick to the tiered wedding cake in white.

Also, think about the color scheme of the cake. You could opt to march in step with the color scheme of bridesmaid dresses or of your wedding gown. Some brides like to match the color of the jewels they would be wearing on the wedding day. You have many options and designs to choose from and you should take your time to obtain the right design―the design that is the most remarkable and splendid to you.   READMORE

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