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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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Should You Hire a Wedding Planner?

When you are choosing things and making reservations, wedding planning is all fun, but when you have the responsibility of managing, organizing, and making sure everything is delivered on time, the planning starts to become stressful and it is not fun anymore. This is where a wedding planner can be very useful. You still get to select everything from the cake to the wedding venue, but the planner will make sure the items are ordered and delivered on time. However, with any service, there are advantages and disadvantages, and so it is with the wedding planner.


The wedding planner has the responsibility of planning and organizing the wedding in the way you want. You can choose the best venue from Gastonia wedding venues, and the planner will make sure the reservations are made. The same goes with organizing the ceremony, decorations, catering, music, and so on. The wedding planner will make sure all estimates, contracts, invoices, and payments are signed and delivered to the right service on time.

Secondly, even though you will be deciding everything, you sometimes will not have a clue about which is the better choice. In such situations, the planner can tell you the pros and cons of the items, and help you take a decision. The wedding planner also acts as an effective buffer during conflicts, which invariably crop up during weddings. For instance, you and your sister might be having a fight about the choice of table linens, and the planner can smooth things, and help you make the right choice.

When you are having your wedding, it is extremely difficult to cope with last minute issues. A vendor may be running late in delivering an item, or the order could have been misplaced and the items are not coming. In such instances, you need a professional who can make the necessary arrangements at the last minute.


The main disadvantage most people feel about hiring a wedding planner is the additional cost. However, the services of a planner are very cost effective, and you really need to think whether you can manage all the arrangements by yourself, and whether you are capable of coping with last minute disasters. If you feel, you have a few trustworthy friends to help you during the wedding; you might delegate the different tasks between them and avoid hiring a planner. Secondly, with a wedding planner you are not always sure whether you will acquire someone who is experienced and capable in handling the various tasks. READMORE

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

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