Creating Wedding Room Blocks

Behind The Scenes Inc is pleased to work with the hotel of your choosing or assist you in selecting the perfect property for your room block. If you do not have a particular hotel in mind, we will assist you in choosing a hotel or two. Hotel Contract Negotiation

We have extensive experience in negotiating room blocks for groups. We have been successful in securing the lowest possible room rates for our clients in addition to obtaining perks for the bride and groom. Some concessions that we have been able to negotiate include (but are not limited to) the following:

- Special group rate offered up until three days prior to event

- Free VIP amenities (champagne, wine, cheese plate, etc.)

- Restaurant coupons

- Discounted shuttle service

- Complimentary airport transfers

Letting Your Guests Know

Getting the word out to your guests about your room block is key. After all, the more reservations that your event generates for the hotel(s), the more freebies and extras you will get! Ask us if you will need accommodation cards created to mail out in your wedding invitations!  Be sure to add the hotel information to your wedding website also!

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Venue Visit: Suite 300 & Kress Terrace

At least once a month I will go through and re-visit some of the area venues and give you some really great ideas to use them for your own wedding. Disclaimer: Not everyone can pull it off - AND don't sign a contract without reviewing it first!  That doesn't mean sit there and skim - it means take it home read it, highlight the areas of question and then ask the questions!  If you have a planner, they do this for you!  If you don't have a planner.  Quickly call us 336-25-9331 and we'll be your planner!

Suite 300 is a beautiful room - and the decor is nice, but it needs a little help.  Look at these photos:

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This is a little bar - away from the party that blocks a hallway to the bride room.  I don't like it as a bar - but it would be really cute as a kissing booth!!!

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This light is in the pool room.

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The pool room.

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The Groom's Room

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The Grooms Room

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Side with guest seating.

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This is the head table that was set up when I visited and the black dance floor.  Two things here - I hate the black dance floor, it should be white, light wood or copper to match the theme of the room.  In addition the mix of chairs is odd - the Chavari's should be silver to match or even better clear!

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Love the lounge furniture!

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These chair covers come with the rental price!

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These are the lights - I am loving the bling!!!

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Cute for a head table - but the guests will not be able to see the bride and groom - because of the location of the table and the pillars in the room.

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The bar!!  WOW!!!

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Another shot of the lounge furniture!

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The beautiful glass light in the bridal suite

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A better shot of the bridal suite!

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The back side of that wooden bar.

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Lounge area for the bridal party.

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Very cute art work!

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The water feature when you come in the door.

Overall I give the location an B, with a few enhancements by a great designer (me), it can be the ultimate wedding venue.  It is not cheap, in all actuality you pay for the lounge furniture and the linens. Entry into the venue is difficult also, through a parking deck and down a manned elevator with a code, so getting out is difficult also.

Our brides would love this venue - with the enhancements because it is modern and new! Let me know your thoughts if you've seen this venue or will be hosting your wedding here!

Happy Planning!

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Malika & Alex, Grandover Resort 2015 Day 1

Sorry I am posting this one so late!  Things have been a little hectic, but this wedding that you are about to view is my favorite for 2015 for sure.  It was also the most challenging and it was so wonderful to LEARN about another culture.  The families from both the bride and groom were just wonderful and we were blessed to be a part of their special day! Day one was full of Henna and the ever fun Sangeet!  The dancers were awesome!  Huge shout out to the NC State Dance Teams!!!

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Questions you should ask your wedding photographer

I always like to consider calling the photographer the memory keeper, because what they do is create an object that keeps the memory that I have created for my clients forever.  You will always be able to go back and look at that memory. Good photography is awesome, which means that you should hire a good photographer for your wedding day.  I hear a lot of brides ask - what does it cost? And I get it - we are all on a budget, but don't just choose the cheapest one because you get what you pay for. Choose the photographer that has the most talent and that can take the type of photos that you want.

Here are a few things that you should ask or do:

1. Is there a time limit for your services on wedding day.  (If there is just make sure that there is ample time for your getting ready photos and that they can stay all the way until the end)

2. How many photographers will be with you.  Do they shoot in the same style?  This is super important because one photographer can't be with everyone or get detail shots for you.  There should always be 2 photographers or more depending on your guest count.

3. Make sure you READ the contract!  If you get a photographer contract and they are missing some key elements on it (basic contact info included) then don't sign it!  Have them make the revisions that you need to include all that you have discussed.

This is super important - I have had some photographers revise 3 or 4 times because of this.  You are paying a lot of money and you should have everything that they promise in WRITING!  This includes all of the professionals that you hire.  If they don't want to change it - hire someone else.

One thing that you shouldn't ask:

1. How long will it be until I have my photos.  This should already be in your contract.  Being a creative myself I can understand the time needed to edit the photos and make them look just right, let them create, you'll get a better product in the end!

Happy Planning!

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Why do you have to buy your gown so far in advance? Where do you get a dress from?

A more couture bride will need to purchase her gown 9 months in advance (this is AFTER the location is BOOKED),  This is for those brides that don't buy off the rack.  Most couture gowns need to be made and it takes time to make them to your size specifications.  Then since the dress was ordered so far in advance you'll need to have alterations done, again this takes time depending on the beading and folds on the dress.  You don't want to rush the process because that is when errors happen You should have your dress in hand for final alterations at least 3 months before the wedding date.

STARTING...

There are a lot of brides out there the rush and buy their dress.  This is a little backwards, you find the dress that fits the overall theme and/or environment of your wedding day. You dont want to rush out and buy a ball gown and then decide to get married on the beach right!?

Some of the different types of shops to start looking in:

1. Head on out to a destination Salon! Visit Kleinfield's in New York or a designers shop - please note that there aren't any in North Carolina.

2. Want to stay local there are a few local bridal salons, but you should call ahead and make an appointment.

3. You can try one of those wedding mega stores like David's Bridal

4. Want to try your dress on at home? Go online just be sure to read all of the instructions first.  You don't want to get stuck with a dress that you don't want and can't afford.

Happy Planning!

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Do you want your wedding in print?

Thankfully over the years we've had several weddings in print from local wedding mags, blogs to national magazines and websites.  What we hear quite a bit from our clients is "We want to see our wedding in print".  It is possible - no matter what the budget as long as it is pretty and you don't miss the following images:

  1. Your Stationery Suite - this includes your Save The Dates, invitations, even down to the table numbers and menu cards.
  2. The Cake - Have you seen a real wedding in print and not the cake?
  3. Kids and/or Pets! - Self explanatory.
  4. Scenic Shot with the couple - background of forestry or the beautifully lit venue
  5. Shoes - go for color!
  6. Venue - this doesn't mean the front of the building, it means the set up of tables, table settings, centerpieces, etc.  Be sure to use color table linens - otherwise the white just wash everything out.
  7. Bridesmaids - do something fun!
  8. Aisle Markers - have something going down to mark your entrances.  Don't forget the altar area also.  Even if it is just a small backdrop with some up lights, it makes a huge difference!
  9. Bouquet - DUH!
  10. Boutonniere - Double DUH!
  11. The Recessional - this is you as a married couple leaving the altar.
  12. Escort Cards - make this interesting, also this photo needs to be taken before any of the escort cards are missing!
  13. Centerpieces.....of course!
  14. The Getaway.  These are the sparklers the old timey cars, limo's or just running down the street!

Check out our press page for inspiration!

Happy Planning!

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