Winfield Inn’s Summer Open House

With the start of the summer months (or at least what feels like the summer months in Texas…) come venue open houses. We couldn’t be any more excited to share some pictures of one we helped out with over the weekend!

The Winfield Inn is a beautiful venue nestled just outside of Austin, in Kyle, TX. Sitting on 27 acres, this vintage style mansion will not disappoint for your big day.

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Although the day began with some rain, it proved to be a gorgeous afternoon for an open house. Guests were greeted by The Winfield Inn staff and encouraged to explore the grounds.

Because the venue boasts so much space, there are quite a few different areas couples could utilize for their ceremony site.

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After the ceremony, the lawn could also be utilized for cocktail hour, lawn games, even reception seating (weather permitting). There really are so many different options to fully customize and personalize the venue to fit your idea of THE perfect day.

After looking around a little, guests made their way into the garden ballroom for bites and cocktails provided by Word of Mouth.

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Let us tell you…. the bites did not disappoint. Sea salt and herb crusted beef loin? Vodka smoke sides of salmon? Citrus grilled chicken breast? These were just SOME of the offerings. (We’re breaking out the stretchy pants just thinking about it again.)

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After munching on the delicious food for a minute (or 20), and sipping on a delicious margarita (or 20…. joking), guests made their way through the garden ballroom to look at various tables that The Winfield had set up for “inspiration.” Couples were encouraged to start envisioning their style in the gorgeous pavilion- discussing where the bar would go, where the sweetheart table would be placed, where the best location for the dance floor is- so that they could really picture how their big day could come to life.

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We were so happy to be a part of this open house and are so looking forward to the  many more in the coming months!

Loving the look of this venue? We encourage you to schedule a tour and see it in person.

This summer open house and tasting featured delicious bites from Word of Mouth Catering and Bakery. Flowers and centerpieces were provided by Bouquets of Austin and Stems Floral Design. Guests were treated to beats by DJ Mellow J and complimentary massages from Wedding Wellness. Guests were also able to chat with Michael Schaffer Photography, as well as Art & Soul Design.

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Trend watch: hanging florals

We’re back again with this month’s trend watch and this time, it’s all about hanging florals. This is a trend that has been popular for a while, but as it gains even more popularity, the florals get more and more intricate and astonishing.

We absolutely love this trend and the texture it brings to weddings and events who opt to decorate the ceilings and beyond. Not sure what we’re talking about and need some visual help? You got it. Check out some pictures of hanging florals at a few weddings we’ve been lucky enough to be a part of below:

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Wedding vendor information: Venue- Villa Antonia, Florist- Clementine Botanical Art, Photographer- Shaun Menary Photography, Planner- Westcott Weddings, Lighting- Ilios Lighting, Rentals- Premiere Events, Caterer- Royal Fig, Cake- Sweet Treets Bakery, Photobooth- Oh Happy Day Booth

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Wedding vendor information: Venue- Prospect House, Florist- Gypsy Floral, Photographer- Lauren Peele Photography, Planner- Heavenly Day Events, Rentals- Premiere Events, Loot Vintage, Birch and Brass

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Wedding vendor information: Venue- UMLAUF Sculpture Garden, Florist- Westbank Flower Market, Photographer- SMS Photography, Planner- Pearl Events, Rentals- Premiere Events, Draping- Unique Design & Events, Lighting- Ilios Lighting, Caterer- Guero’s Taco Bar

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Wedding vendor information: Venue- Prospect House, Florist- Davy Gray, Photographer- Nichols Photographers, Planner- Big Time Creatives, Rentals- Premiere Events, Caterer- Salt Lick BBQ

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Wedding vendor information: Venue- 800 Congress, Florist- Clementine Botanical Art, Photographer- Nichols Photographers, Planner- Westcott Weddings, Rentals- Premiere Events, Loot Vintage, Lighting- Intelligent Lighting Design, Stationery- The Inviting Pear, Caterer- Fresa’s Chicken, Cake- Feathers and Frosting

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Wedding vendor information: Venue- The Addison Grove, Florist- Color Theory Collective, Photographer- Julie Wilhite Photography, Planner- Associated Wedding Planners of Austin, Rentals- Premiere Events, Bee Lavish Vintage, Draping- Unique Design & Events, Caterer- Contigo Catering 

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Wedding vendor information: Venue- Four Seasons Hotel Austin, Florist- Westbank Flower Market, Photographer- SMS Photography, Planner- Pearl Events, Rentals- Premiere Events, Stationery- The Inviting Pear, Draping- Unique Design & Events, Makeup Artist- Adore Makeup Salon, Audio Visual Services- PSAV Global, Videographer- PhotoHouse Films, DJ- DJ Riz

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Event vendor information: Venue- Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Floral Design- Ken Sharples of Premiere Events & Premiere Select, Photographer- Jerry Hayes Photography, Rentals- Premiere Events, Premiere Select 

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Wedding vendor information: Venue- Brazos Hall, Florist- Bouquets of Austin, Photographer- Kellie Lizabeth Photography, Planner- Pearl Events, Rentals- Premiere Events, Caterer- Royal Fig Catering, Cake- Simon Lee Bakery, Music- Terra Vista Strings, Matchmaker Band, Videography- Grumbo Films

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Wedding vendor information: Venue- UMLAUF Sculpture Gardens, Florist- Stems, Photographer- Angela King Photography, Planner- Pearl Events, Rentals- Premiere Events, Lighting- Ilios Lighting, Caterer- Royal Fig Catering

First off, if you’re thinking about incorporating hanging florals into your next event, we say, DO IT. Having a color scheme or design in mind for your event is helpful. We recommend pulling some pinterest images you LOVE and sharing those with your planner, florist and/or venue manager. Secondly, make sure to mention this to both the venue and the florist (and your planner, if you’re using one). It may be that neither the venue manager nor the florist (or one of them) has yet do this at your venue and will need to sit and chat to figure out the logistics behind it.

Love this look but need more pictures to find the perfect inspiration for your event? No problem, follow us on Pinterest for all of your wedding and event inspiration needs.

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Know before you go!

Events of all kinds have so many moving pieces, and rentals can be a major part of that! Our event consultants are happy to help you figure out the items you need for your event, but there are some questions that only you might know the answer to based on what you’re envisioning and what the rest of your vendor team is doing for the day of.

Here are some frequently asked questions that your event consultant might need answers to, as well as things to consider when planning your rental needs!

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GENERAL:

  1. Have you already reached out to get a quote? If so, please bring your quote number or the name that is on the quote that’s already in the system.
  2. What is your anticipated guest count? This helps us determine how many of each item you might need. We recommend starting at the highest expected number and reducing your quote or order as you go, so that way you aren’t surprised by your final order total if your guest count goes up!
  3. What is your estimated budget for rentals? When you know how much you have to spend, we can help you decide where to spend your money, what to upgrade, and which items to select.
  4. If a reception, are you doing a seated style or a cocktail style reception? This will determine what style, size, and quantity of tables and chairs you need.

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LOCATION:

    1. Where is your event taking place? Private personal property, public lands, business, or event venue.
    2. If at an event venue, does your venue provide any rental items? Many provide certain sizes and quantities of folding tables and chairs, but some even provide linens, decor and furniture pieces and most will list this information on their website or on your rental contract. This will help your consultant determine if you need additional items and what sizes and quantities of linens and items you may need for what they provide.
    3. How much space do you have to work with and how are you thinking about arranging your layout in the space? Don’t forget to leave space for your food stations, bars and beverage stations, DJ or Band, Gift or Sign In Tables, etc.) list of commonly needed items: favors, registration, marketing materials, cake, programs, etc)
    4. Does your venue have trash cans? 
    5. Is any part of your event taking place outdoors? If yes, and your venue does not provide a rain plan option, you may need to rent a tent as your backup. To do so, we will need to know the following information:
        1. Can we stake the tent into the ground, or is the tent going on asphalt or concrete?
        2. If we cannot stake, we will need to use water barrels to weigh down the tent. Is there water access close to the tent site so we can fill the water barrels
        3. How much space do you have available for tenting?
        4. Do you need the tent to have side walls?
        5. Will you need lighting to be installed in your tent? If so, is there power access nearby to plug into?
        6. Will you need any heating or cooling equipment for the tent based on the weather?

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DELIVERY OR CUSTOMER PICKUP:

  1. Are you hoping to have your items delivered or are you wanting to pick up and return your items yourself? There are a few of our rental items that are delivery only, however we do have a minimum order subtotal in order to qualify for delivery, based on where your event is located. If your order does not meeting our order minimum, we can recommend a courier service to delivery for you.
  2. If you’d like to do a customer pick up, which location would you like to pick up and return at? We have three locations for pickup and return; Premiere South, Premiere North or Premiere Dripping Springs. We generally do not allow orders of more than 50 chairs or 20 tables to be picked up at locations other than Premiere South. Don’t forget to measure your vehicle to make sure that all of your rentals will fit safely!
  3. Need a delivery and pick up? We’ll need to know when you have access to the location for delivery and pickup. Our standard delivery window is Monday-Friday 9am-5pm (or 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm), and Saturdays 9am-2pm. Any deliveries or pickups scheduled outside of those delivery windows or that need to be at a specific time rather than window will have additional delivery fees.
  4. If we are delivering do you want us to set up your items as well? Set up is only automatically included on our tents, dance floors, and stages. We can set up our tables, chairs, table linens, chair covers, chair ties for an additional fee.

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FOOD & BEVERAGE:

  1. Have you booked a caterer or bartender? If so, do they provide their own equipment or do you need to rent any of the following items for them:
      1. Cooking equipment
      2. Tables, and linens for food and bar service
      3. Tabletop Items like glassware, china, flatware, and napkins
      4. Serving trays
  2. What’s on your menu and how it is being served? 
      1. Are you doing a plated meal, buffet line, or food stations?
      2. What dishes will you need for your menu items?
  3. Do you need any rentals for your bar or beverage station? 
      1. What beverages are you serving that you would need glassware for?
      2. Is it a cash bar, open bar, or self service beverage station?
      3. How long is your event?
      4. Do you need coolers or troughs to keep beverages cold prior to service?
      5. Do you need beverage dispensers for guests to serve themselves?

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DECOR:

  1. Who is going to set up and breakdown any decor you have or need to rent?
  2. What colors are you primarily using in your wedding decor style?
  3. Are there any specific items or inspirational photos you are trying to match?
  4. What are you planning for your centerpieces?
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Putting the FUN in FUNdraising!

One of the best things about working with Premiere is the myriad of opportunities our team members have to be a part of, and present at. Premiere team members are able to attend some of our community’s most amazing galas, festivals and events.  We’re grateful for these perks of the party and event rental profession, and wanted to share with you some of the most recent causes we’ve supported and activities in which we’ve been involved. You’ve seen some of our 2018 Fundraising work featured on Facebook and Instagram, but here’s a little more “behind the scenes” Fundraising insight….

The 2018 Spring Fundraising season kicked off with the 29th annual Bandana Ball benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas (one of my personal favorite causes). You may not remember how cold it was this April 7th evening, but the Wild Onion ranch, Bandana’s home for the last several years, was warm and welcoming. Dinner for his signature RMHC event is held under Premiere’s Losberger tent, a structure that accommodates buffets, bars and seating for all nine-hundred B B guests.

Bandana Ball is more casual than most fundraisers, and its Cowboy-Chic flair is a huge part of its charm. Bandana comes complete with longhorns (great photo op), and this year, with miniature donkeys, a cigar roller and a fundraising staple here in Texas-wine country, the wine toss. If you want to support a great organization without spending a small fortune on a new ball gown (and all the obligatory accessories), don your favorite jeans next year, polish up your boots and plan to attend the 30th annual Bandana Ball!

Two weeks later, Premiere supported the April 20th Laguna Gloria Art Dinner. This fundraising event is held on the museum grounds, and, like Bandana, is staged in a specially created tented environment. Premiere’s clear-top tents provided a  compelling setting for this quintessentially Austin celebration. The weather for this occasion was absolutely perfect, and guests mingled, greeted old friends and met new ones. The Laguna Art Dinner features a multi-course, somewhat formal sit-down dinner, along with the opportunity to view, and purchase, inspired and inspiring works of art. Art Dinner proceeds enable the museum to fund new additions to their incredible collection – works of that can be enjoyed by all Austinites.

 

We have loved being a part of these two very different, but equally special, fundraisers and look forward to the many more to come for 2018.

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Bride’s Guide to Wedding Decision Making

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions – you’re making them daily as you plan and prepare for your Big Day. The budget, the venue, the vibe, the guest list, the menu. Who will you ask to be in the bridal party? Will you have assigned seating, a sweetheart table, reserved family space? Making these choices, and so many more may seem overwhelming. Some bridal couples find managing the countless pre-wedding details a struggle rather than a pleasure. A planning professional can certainly help alleviate some pre-wedding stress, but no one can relieve you of the necessity to decide. You can abdicate your decision making authority . . . give away your power to chart your wedding course and choose your ceremony and reception direction, but unless you want to accept what someone else might choose on your behalf, all the major wedding decisions are ultimately yours to make. Here are a few suggestions for successfully managing the decision making process in the months and weeks leading up to the wedding of your dreams.

Start Early. There’s absolutely nothing to be gained by waiting, so start the planning process early. You’ll have a broader range of options and a greater likelihood of securing everything and everyone you want on the day that you prefer. The most popular venues, planners, caterers, florists, photographers and other wedding professionals are more likely to be available when you make your inquiries and negotiate a contract well in advance. Meeting your rental needs is also easier when time is on your side.  The longer you wait, the greater the chance that the place, company, person or rental inventory you really want may not be available to meet your needs or fulfill your wishes.

There are a myriad of other benefits to getting ahead of the planning curve. Early planning may afford the opportunity to take advantage of special offers or incentives provided by your various vendors. Stretching your financial wedding obligations over a longer period of time can help minimize sizeable “final payments” and enable you to better manage your wedding budget.  And should a pre-wedding setback occur, having sufficient time to recover is a huge advantage. If problems or issues arise, you have more flexibility to devise creative solutions or search out other workable options. Remember this – you can never be too early, you can only be too late!

Utilize Your Resources. The internet is a veritable treasure trove of helpful wedding ideas and useful information. Peruse the various national wedding sites for ideas and inspiration. Comb the local online resources for vendor information and potential specials. Google “wedding planning tools” and you’ll be amazed at the no-cost and low-cost DIY planning tools. With a better appreciation of what’s involved in making your wedding vision a reality, conduct your own cost-benefits analysis and decide whether or not hiring professional planning help is the right move for you. Busy student or full-time employee, remember the value of your time and the stress you may experience come at a cost . . . don’t underestimate those intangibles when you’re weighing the benefits of outside assistance.

Willing and available family and friends are another resource upon which you may draw. Gather advice and ask for opinions. Don’t be afraid to get help when you need it . . . even if it’s just a listening ear or an objective sounding board. If someone you know and whose opinion you value has recently been through the planning process, ask what they learned or what they’d do differently. Benefit from the mistakes they might have made or the successes they experienced.

Be cautious if you decide to let others have their say. Occasionally, a friend or family member may feel that asking for their input commits you to following their advice. Make it clear that you’re in the “information gathering” stage and that your final event design is a work in progress. Avoid possible hurt feelings by thanking them for helping you think through your options and weigh your alternatives – but don’t leave the impression that you’re necessarily going to do things their way. The most important person to please on your special day is YOU. Although you especially want to please your partner, and after that your family, in the final analysis, it’s your day.

Maintain Your Perspective. Maybe you’ve heard the saying that the secret to staying cool, calm and collected is “don’t sweat the small stuff . . . and the corollary, “it’s all small stuff”. At the end of the day you’re going to have married your best friend. The two of you are going to spend your first night together as a newly married couple, and everything else are just details. Don’t let anything that happens during the planning process or on your wedding day rob you of your joy and happiness.

Twenty five years removed, when you’re celebrating your Silver Wedding Anniversary, it won’t matter that Uncle Bob had too much to drink and got a little rowdy or that Aunt Sally split her dress while dancing. Those stories will never ceases to amuse you. You won’t remember that one of the table linens was just a shade off from the others or that the roses weren’t at all the color you were expecting – – – you’ll only recall how lovely everything was and how your guests were so complimentary. Before, during, and after – keep the day in perspective. It’s important, to be sure, but pales in comparison to finding your one true love – your soul mate, your partner in life’s most amazing journey. Happy Decision Making!

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Bandana Ball 2018

Every year, Premiere has the absolute pleasure of participating with and going to the Bandana Ball at The Wild Onion Ranch, which benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas.

This year did not disappoint.

The chillier temperatures than year’s past did not stop hundreds of patrons showing up to show their support and dance the night away.

Upon arriving to Wild Onion, guests were greeted by the two cutest little donkeys. Guests were encouraged to take pictures with the little nuggets before heading in to the check-in station.

After checking in, the venue was your oyster. There was a silent auction set up inside the ballroom area, decorated plates (made by families who us Ronald McDonald House’s services) for sale, multiple bars and fire pits to warm you on the inside AND the outside, wine toss (which was both fun to watch but even more fun to play), a shoe shining station, a cigar rolling station, longhorns for a true Texan photo op, a mechanical bull if you were feeling up for the challenge and the most delicious passed appetizers from 2 Dine 4.

Around 7:30, the dinner buffet opened up. We were served vegetarian enchiladas, brisket, crispy Brussels sprouts, cheesy grits, Mexican Cesar salad and cornbread. Talk about loosening the belt a bit! For dessert, there were chocolate chip cookies, bread pudding and vanilla ice cream. It was all so delicious.

The evening’s program began after dinner finished up. First, a riveting game of heads or tails was play, which is always a hit. Then we watched a video and heard a few words from those who have used Ronald McDonald House’s services for their families. (Grab the tissues because, holy moly, this is why we support this cause!)

Guests were also treated to a live auction, which is always competitive and entertaining. A few of the items up for grabs? A vacation in Cancun, a girls’ weekend with Taylor Swift, a Kentucky Derby experience… I mean… sign us up, right!?

After the program, In10City Band took over and helped guests dance the rest of the evening away.

Everyone who attended, played games, bid on items or donated to Ronald McDonald House, helped raise $664,000. Isn’t that AMAZING?

It really was a night to remember, and we feel so honored to lend a helping hand to this event and families in need. If you can, we would like to prompt you to consider donating, whether it be a monetary donation, item donation or donating your time. Something you might consider to be a small donation makes a world of difference to families using Ronald McDonald House’s services.

Want to see a video from the evening? Check it out here!

We don’t know about you guys, but we can’t wait until next year!

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Your rental decor says a lot

The venue is chosen, the menu is set, now it’s time to decide on all the important elements of decor. For most events, design and decor will require rental support, and that’s where a full-service rental provider like Premiere can help.  Here are some things to consider in choosing the rental items you’ll need for expressing your design and decor vision.

Cohesion.
When planning your decor, we recommend starting with the look and feel of the venue and the general concept of the event. Become familiar with the venue’s existing furniture and decor, then decide what you’ll need to complete the picture. Choose one theme and follow your ideas. With such a wide variety of rental options available, everything you order can be aesthetically appropriate and help in creating a unified, cohesive design sure to impress your guests.

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Selection.

It is helpful to create a vision board with all of your decor picks to help make sure things are cohesive. If you have the time and the interest, you can visit one of our three showrooms to see items in person. If there is something specific you’d like to see (like a furniture piece or a bar) you can set up an appointment with us and we will put those items on display for you. You can see the real size of furniture, feel the fabric of the linens in the different collections and choose your flatware and glassware based on your event design. Seeing items in person will give you a better understanding of how to bring your ideas to life. Plus, the showroom could give you even more inspiration or ideas you may not have considered otherwise!

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Ambiance.
A celebratory ambiance can be created with a very small number of decorative elements. For example, you can replace a whole floral composition by instead using one massive candelabra in the center of the table or by using candles of various heights. For a rustic or boho chic wedding, you can also rent unusual decorative elements, like vintage crates, wooden panel screens (for a photo booth backdrop or room separation), or lanterns.

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Photozone.
If you are getting married in the spring or summer, then you will likely have an outdoor aspect to your day. Photos taken in the beautiful Texas outdoors are some of our favorites. Where else can you add a few small lanterns, vases or small end/coffee tables to a field of bluebonnets and have the most stunning backdrop ever?

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These days, more and more couples turn to non-standard concepts for their wedding. Couples really want to make their celebration unique and memorable to them and their style. And why not? It is your day so it should be uniquely you!

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Your wedding should reflect the style of you as a couple. You and your soon-to-be have different tastes? Don’t worry. Sometimes, mixing even the most different styles can make for a gorgeously different day. If your venue has sufficient space, you can combine several styles altogether, or even in different areas. Want a modern lounge, rustic bar and cocktail area but eclectic guest tables? No problem! Pick your main concept/design and then accent and enhance that with your other design elements. BUT always keep the unity, quality and good ambiance in mind when designing your event and we promise, it will be the best day ever!

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