Bridal Shower Inspiration

The Team at Heaven and their preferred professionals shared some of the newest, coolest and unique Bridal Shower trends in 2017. We hope you are inspired by some of these themes as Heaven Event Venue is a perfect blank canvas for your special event!

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You may not have been there for the couple to be as they were whisking each other away on romantic getaway weekends, but a Travel Themed Shower is a perfect opportunity to remind them of the precious memories that they have shared so far! Table themes, gift baskets, wine and the menu are easy ways to incorporate special memories the two have shared.  Sites like  https://www.honeyfund.com/ are perfect to make gift giving easy so the couple can look forward to so many more adventures together!

Love in Linen

Bed Sheets, Towels, tablecloths, and bathrobes. Get the bride to be all set up with the luxury of linen. Monogrammed gift sets are ideal for the event, and she can even keep them to host her own events once settled as the Mrs. (or Mister!)

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The Messy Menu

Tea parties are so last year! S’mores, Nachos, tacos OH MY! Forget the finger sandwiches and dive into the saucy & sloppy! We were introduced to this idea from a Bostonian Bride that had a New England Crab Bake!  The perfect example of how much fun getting messy with the pretty girls can be!

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Love story –  Storybook Wedding

Tale as old as Time! With the massive release of Beauty and the Beast, no one can deny the effect of a great love story, just like the one you are about to be celebrating. It is never too late to feel like royalty! 3-course meal, indulgent brunch or fancy dinner with all the fine trimmings will make this shower fit for a queen.

The Unique Unicorn

Stay with us here.  With the new hot trend of rainbow food, we fell in LOVE with the idea of the unicorn. That one magical creature that represents the love that the couple found. With a balance of clean white and gold trimmings the pop of rainbow pastries, desserts and balloons could be just the right touch of fun that your shower may be seeking!

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Love is sweet

This can go in so many delicious directions, from a dessert party to learning how to make your own ice cream. This can be a very easy theme that everyone will over indulge on!  Pair this will a little bubbly and you are totally on the right track.

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Cooking Class

Hire a caterer that can host a cooking class and teach you how to prepare your partner’s favorite dish! Not only will this fun theme take care of the food, it will also have a lifetime of fond memories to reflect on! The guests can even provide kitchenware and cookbooks for the newly trained “chef” as the shower gift!

We hope some of these cool themes inspired you to think outside the box, but inside out fabulous venue! We look forward to hosting your next event here at Heaven Event Venue! Contact us 407-488-1800!

2017 Food Trends

Man, we have some tasty talent in Central Florida! Our vendors love moving the bar even higher with every event we do! If you are looking for some new and fresh catering ideas for your special event or wedding.

Here are the Top Food Trends for 2017

 

Late Night Bites

Dubsdread Catering Showcased how great a late night treat could be with grilled cheese & tomato soup. This cozy combination is the perfect way to send your guest off to bed after a late night of dancing the night away. Other late night bites we love are donuts, pizza or even a waffle station!

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Twist on Classic Cocktails

Premier Event Services wowed us with the Watermelon Sangria. A simple fresh spin on a timeless classic cocktail is popping up all over the place. The Huffington Post really knocked it out of the park with some amazing suggestions! Read more

Just remember to call us if you need help sampling!

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Cocktail Pairing Stations

Plus Catering reminded us how much fun wine sampling can be when paired with the perfect food! Taking the time to plan not only to plan your signature menu but go the extra step and pair it with a wine that compliments the dish or even a cocktail! It does not have to be for each course, but who does not LOVE an adult milkshake nowadays?

This is the ONLY link you will ever need when pairing food and wine again.

(There is a girl scout cookie wine chart here, yes!)

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Comfort Food  – Farm to Table

Lafayees Catering stands firm with two beliefs, make it fresh, make it fabulous.  Farm to table is a trend that is not going anywhere anytime soon! Seeking out fresh local ingredients will give your guest a taste and experience of the area, as well as supporting the local farm business! (That is something we can always stand behind)

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Interactive Stations

TableTop Catering has raised the bar in interactive stations. Eating with your eyes first is a joy with their modern custom stations reminding us that it is so cool to think outside the chaffing dish. The Pretzel Station with interactive dips and toppings as well as the S’mores station are two examples of well-executed ways that interact food stations are not only fun and delicious but can also be part of your décor!

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A huge thank you to everyone involved in our Showcase!

“A Slice of Heaven” with Anna Cakes

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Anna Hightower, owner and operator of Anna Cakes, found her love of cake designing quite by accident. Agreeing to take a cake decorating course with a friend, Anna never dreamed of one day owning her own business. But, after just one class, she was hooked.

Growing up the daughter of a musician and an art dealer/interior designer, Anna had always been rooted in the arts. She spent the greater part of her late teens/early 20’s, immersed in art, poetry, singing, and songwriting, with the ultimate goal of recording with a major label. Little did she know, her pursuit of music would lead her to Orlando, and ultimately to Anna Cakes.

Following the dream, Anna, her husband Marlon, and their daughter Marlee relocated from Indianapolis, to Orlando, in 2004, to write and record with close friend, Kyle Cook (Matchbox Twenty). But music wasn’t enough. The artist in her, was in need of an additional outlet.

Cake design, which was to merely be a hobby, quickly grew into a full-blown passion. Armed with only a few classes, and the sound of her husband’s words ringing in her ears, “Business is 90% confidence, Anna,” she called her sister and said, “Cancel your cake lady. I’m making your wedding cake.” The fall-themed, 4-tiered cake received rave reviews, and Anna Cakes was born.

Why are Anna Cakes and Heaven Event Venue the perfect combo?

Heaven is hands-down one of my favorite venues in Orlando! It has such a cool vibe and so much versatility! You can transform the space in a million different ways. I pride myself in staying on-trend and also being adaptable when it comes to cake design, so this is something we have in common! I have delivered many wedding cakes to Heaven over the years. The room is always breathtaking, when we walk in. Anna Cakes strives to create that same reaction, when our clients lay eyes on their cake for the first time!

What are some trends you are seeing in wedding cakes for 2017?

The semi-naked cake is still going strong. It all started with the naked cake (no icing) but this trend has evolved to include a sister version, dubbed the “semi-naked”, because it includes a schmear or “crumb coat” of icing. It sounds hideous, but it is actually gorgeous when paired with fresh flowers. Very rustic and “pinterest-y”. haha

Another cake trend is bling bling bling! Brooches, rhinestone ribbons, sparkly monograms — it’s all the rage! Add pin spot lighting to the cake and it is sparkling for days! This is also typically an inexpensive option, since these decor items are non-edible — but it looks like a million bucks!

A really cool technique I’ve been getting requests for lately, is fondant marbling. Whether it is just one accent tier, or the entire cake, it really becomes a conversation piece. This look replicates actual marble, by kneading various colors together. It is fairly easy to achieve the design, but the outcome is really impressive. It almost has the appearance of being hand-painted.

And lastly, the 3D groom’s cake is really gaining traction. Replicating the groom’s car or dog or something near and dear to their heart, is a great way to surprise and honor them. These cakes can only be achieved by certain bakeries, so be sure to do your homework when ordering a 3D cake. They are not cheap, but they pack major punch, when done well. People will be talking about it for years, after the wedding!

What is one tip that you would give a bride planning a tasting in Central Florida?

My advice is to ask your venue and other vendors for referrals, and research them online first. Narrow it down to your absolute favorite bakery. Check their availability on your date, and schedule a tasting with them, just to be certain their cakes taste as good as they look. If you like the flavors, book them right then and there! Life is short and wedding planning is stressful. haha It feels good to check cake off the list. As for the actual tasting, I always suggest to bring cake pictures that have caught your eye, as well as dress pics, color swatches, floral proposal, invites/save-the-dates, and anything else that could inspire the design. Oh, and come hungry! I generally give people a ridiculous amount of cake, and let them take home the leftovers!

Fill in the blank: From a Cake Artist’s perspective – A Heavenly Event is when:

a couple’s vision becomes an even more amazing reality than what they had ever hoped or planned. This happens when you choose the right vendors and let them work their magic!

As Heaven is a blank slate, what are some stunning pastry opportunities?

It’s all about presentation. Lighting can really make an amazing cake look even more stunning. Height is something to consider also, since the high ceilings can allow for a larger cake display. Once we even suspended a cake from the rafters of Heaven on a piece of plexiglass. It appeared to be floating. SO GORGEOUS!!!

What inspires you to do what you love to do?

I have been making cakes for over 10 years, and I still get that “high” after each delivery. I stand back and take the final photo, and a rush of pride and excitement comes over me. So much goes into the cake, from cracking the first egg to placing the topper on the finished product. You take quite a journey with each cake, so seeing it go from sketch to life, is a real thrill. One of my favorites things about the whole process is the tasting and design session. I love meeting people and sketching their ideas. I have an art background, so people are often surprised at my sketches. They will say, “Oh wow! You’re an artist, too!” I think every great cake designer is an artist first.

If you could have one event there.. any theme.. what would it be?

Ever since my daughter was little, she has accompanied me on cake deliveries. She has seen many venues, but maintains that Heaven is her favorite. She just turned 17, so this is hopefully a long way from now, but I suppose her wedding would be my first choice! 🙂 Theme? I’ll leave that to her. At Heaven, the sky is the limit!

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Planning a Destination Wedding?

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Here is Heaven’s guide for out of town weddings!

 

Use your resources:

 

The team here at Heaven is always here to help you with suggestions; from deciding between a hotel or a house or your rehearsal dinner space.

 

Ask for images and dimensions:

 

If you are unsure of a space or area in the venue, the team will be happy to guide you through all the logistics. . . we wouldn’t want you to rent a special item(s) that wouldn’t work in your space.

 

Create an itinerary package:

 

Keep guests in the loop of locations, times, fun things to do, suggested salons and good eats. (Again, the team at Heaven can help with any suggestions you may have!)

 

Use our preferred vendor list:

 

There is a reason they are on it.

  • They have proven talent in their specific area.
  • They have successful service and reviews.
  • Vendors have a wonderful track record with our venue.
  • Select, preferred vendors have a knack for talent in their field with the ability to customize each event.
  • The relationship that is built between our vendors and clients is serene, as they are familiar with our facility.
  • They know the questions to ask on your behalf in regards to our venue.
  • We have provided you a list of the best of the best in each category to make your next event Heavenly!

We look forward to having you here at Heaven Event Venue! To schedule a tour or request booking information, feel free to contact us at events@HeavenEventVenue.com

 

So, You Said YES!

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Now that you have that ring… it is time to do the same with the phone! Call your core group, this includes all immediate family, friends and close friends of the family.  “Aunt” Sally, your Mother’s best friend, that has known you since birth, would rather hear it from you; not read about it on Facebook! They say the do’s and don’ts of wedding manners begin the moment you say “yes”. As tempting as it will be to make that status change, give your close ones a moment to hear it from you first.

Take care of the new bling. Make sure you have your ring insured and that it is sized perfectly. Trust us, you will thank us later for this tip!

Pick a “time” not a date. The most common follow up question you will have is “When are you getting married?” Next Fall or Early 2018 could be a quick answer to that question with plenty of wiggle room to adjust things.

Enjoy being engaged for a while! Soak it up, celebrate and set a date a month or so away to start hashing out the details.

Once that date comes, the first few things you are going to want to do is set a budget, get a rough idea of a guest list and start daydreaming of what your wedding will look and feel like!

As Heaven is a blank slate, we can create the look and feel of so many special events. When you are ready to take the planning plunge, the team at Heaven Event Venue would love to make your special day come to life.

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Congratulations on your engagement!

 If you are ready to book your tour, please contact us at events@heaveneventvenue.com

3 Ways to Change the Way You Think About Seating

Featuring our Chiavari Chairs, Custom Couches and Sweetheart Couch

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Heaven Event Venue offers over 11,000 square feet of flexible event space, with an abundance of seating options for any array of events. Choosing the proper seating for your venue can make any event extraordinary. Here we discuss 3 different seating styles and how to best utilize them for your special day.

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Heaven Event Venue carries acrylic Chiavari chairs in-house, eliminating additional rental fees as an added value to our clients. They can be used for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. Chaivari chairs modular element allows you to organize them in numerous ways. Use them in row seating for weddings and special events or try a horseshoe, spiral or square layout. These chairs fit any style or décor. Their sharp, crisp look does not detract from the focal point; providing a sleek look for our blank canvas. With our Chiavari chairs you can let your imagination soar with endless possibilities!

Custom couches add a comforting, yet modern feel to any venue. They provide an appealing environment when positioned in a lounge area where guests can relax, yet still feel included in the party. Arranged properly, they can give corporate events an uplifting feel. For a more comfortable and inspiring atmosphere, custom couches are an excellent choice for any number of social or corporate events.

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Sweetheart Tables with couches are perfect for ensuring that all eyes are on the special couple. Add more emphasis to this setting by elevating it on a stage or a riser. Sweetheart tables are ideal for newlyweds to have a quiet, one on one conversation during their first dinner together as a married couple. They can be styled with linens, flowers and centerpieces that support the theme of the wedding and showcase your personal style.

At Heaven Event Venue, our ceremony and reception spaces allow the personalities of each client to shine through in the details. Our open floor plan has endless design potential with any of the mentioned seating. We schedule tours of our facility by appointment only, Monday through Friday between 10am and 4pm with occasional weekend availability. Call 407.488.1800 to plan your next event with Heaven Event Venue.

Runway Events

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My name is Rebekkah (and no, it’s not a typo!)  If I am not working on planning an event, you will find me listening to music (I listen to almost everything…from Lauryn Hill to Linkin Park), keeping up with the latest fashion trends or working out. My beverage of choice is a cup of coffee or a glass of delicious red wine.

I’ve been in the wedding and event industry for almost 10 years, starting in Michigan then moving to Orlando. My background has been in planning productions schedules and event management for concerts and festivals.  My passion for events and helping couples was ignited after a friend of mine went through a terrible experience. Her DJ was late, her officiant didn’t show up and she was so busy with everything else she literally booked her honeymoon the night before her wedding. I saw her right before the ceremony with her makeup disheveled from her tears and she said: “I just can’t wait until this is over”. I never wanted to see ANYONE go through that again.

I’m married to the love of my life. We met almost seven years ago at a little coffee shop in Orlando (love hint #1: my love for coffee) where there was a live band (love hint #2: my love for music) and the rest is history. My hubby is a hairstylist so you may see a few changes in my hair color. Being married to my love is why I completely understand how important it is to have your day run smooth. This way, you are really able to enjoy it with the love of yours.

Why Heaven Event Venue?

There aren’t many locations in Orlando that offer a blank slate, white walls and an open space for a large number of guests. The staff is always super sweet and willing to make your day as perfect as it can be.  Whatever your theme or vision, Heaven Event Venue can offer it to you!

What Makes it special?

As a designer, I love working with blank canvas venues. It allows me to be creative and bring to life whatever vision my client has. I think that is part of what makes it special!

What was your favorite event you produced here?

My sweet couple Lauren and Tito were married at Heaven and they had such a romantic, modern wedding. It turned out gorgeous and they were so happy.

What is one tip that you would give a bride seeking a venue space in Central Florida?

Make sure to know your guest count and what is included in the venue cost. Make sure to prioritize your list of needs and have this ready at your site visits.

As Heaven is a blank slate, what is one outrageous themed event you would love to see in this space?

I have been DYING to do a masquerade ball. Over the top décor and props with gorgeous formal attire!

What inspires you to do what you love to do?

Every day I am allowing clients to actually enjoy their event versus stressing about the details. Some days, I’m a friend that they can vent to and some days I’m just solving their problems. My days go by so fast because I enjoy every minute of it!

Why is Heaven your Choice?

The staff is super sweet and accommodating and the venue can offer you whatever style of event that you are looking for! Heaven has a lot of flexibility – which is crucial to an event planner, as there is always a possibility for change.

If you want to plan a heavenly event with Runway Events contact us at 321.236.0757 or email us at yourrunwayevent.com

Engagement Season 2017 is here

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You have finally found the love of your life and it is time to pop the big question! The team here at Heaven Event Venue wanted to give you a few great tips when it comes to asking the Big Question!!!!

Enlist a partner in crime.

Their best friend, close relative or trusted co- worker that you have grown to love — enlist them to assist with the surprise element or just to help with the ring size. If you have a close relationship with their friends or family, it is a good idea to run ideas by them; just be sure that they can keep a secret. More than half of engaged couples do prefer to receive the family’s blessings. This also helps ensure that you are both on the same page.

Ask Early

If you know that they are anticipating the proposal on a holiday, pop the question at 11:59pm the day before so when they say YES!!! at midnight you have the entire 24 hours to enjoy your special day. Another example would be to pop the question as you are packing the car for a romantic getaway. You start the trip on a high note and you aren’t sitting nervously on the ring playing “Move the Box” before that moment happened. You now have the entire trip to enjoy, stress free, as newly engaged couple, which usually means complimentary upgrades!

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Be Prepared

Do your research and prepare the perfect setting. You may have to put your event planner hat on, or see tip one!

Here are a few things for your Day of Engagement Prep checklist:

  • Confirm Location or Reservation
  • Double Check the Weather
  • Stay on Time
  • Consider Heavy Traffic
  • Music
  • Photos to capture the moment
  • The Ring
  • Your Speech
  • Friends/ Family

Make sure if you want a sunset proposal that you take rush hour traffic into consideration. If it is raining, is there a Plan B? Preserve the moment by getting a professional photographer or videographer. Make sure that you have thoughtfully prepared your words before taking a knee. Play “your song” as you get into the car, those tiny details are going to be the ones that make the story.  Everyone is different, each couple is special, make those moments personal and sacred. Remember this story will be told for years to come, generation after generation. You know your person best, that is why you are asking them for forever, together.

Also, we have pinned a few other tips and stories on our Pinterest board… feel free to check that out as well! https://www.pinterest.com/AHeavenlyEvent/proposal-tips/ The entire team at Heavenly Event Venue wishes you the very best! If you need a place to have the wedding … keep us in mind!

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Charged with the task of planning your company’s holiday party?

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Let Heaven’s experienced event professionals help you create an event that is custom detailed to your specific event needs. We have composed a list of things to keep in mind, so that you don’t lose your mind.

  • Know your budget and your approximate guest count, it will be key in where you host your event.
  • Plan ahead, once you book your party venue you should give yourself at least 2-3 months to plan the rest of your holiday event.
  • Next, you should decide your décor and choose your menu. It is important to keep in mind dietary restrictions when planning your menu.
  • Incorporate employee recognition by hosting an awards ceremony.
  • Hire a professional planner for the day of your event so that you can have fun! After all of your hard work planning the event, you deserve to relax and enjoy yourself, so let the pros execute it!

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At Heaven Event Venue our modern, open space, event venue is the perfect place to host social gatherings from corporate meetings and holiday events to any social gathering. Our party venue creates a truly unique experience for each and every guest. Our blank canvas, white draping, lighting system with ice blue lighting & hanging snowflake ceiling décor, can make your holiday party into a winter wonderland! We are here for all of your event planning needs. Let us help you find everything you need to plan an epic holiday event. Some of Heaven’s preferred professionals range from accommodations, bartending services, catering, décor and floral, DJ’s and entertainment, linen, to photographers and rentals. Check out our entire list  of preferred professionals here.
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Smells Like Heaven

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Last week the team of Heaven was able to sit down and chat with one of our beloved partners Jason Kang of Florida Flowers and Orchids. Jason started career growing orchids and now love getting to create bouquets and flower arrangements. We just love his creative work, and were able to ask him a few questions in our vendor feature “Smells like Heaven!”

Why Heaven Event Venue?

The best part about having a wedding at Heaven is telling people where it is- who doesn’t want to get married in Heaven?

What makes Heaven Event Venue so very special?

It’s an all-in-one venue that’s truly a blank space couples can make their own with chic options to create a memorable event.

What was your favorite event you produced here at Heaven Event Venue?

It was an event of white orchids, lilies with each vase full of fresh limes. It was something different.

What is one tip that you would give a bride seeking a venue space in Central Florida?

Make sure to keep in mind the weather- not only for yourself but your guests as well. If they’re not comfortable all your hard work for a perfect wedding is for nothing. An outside ceremony can be beautiful but always always ALWAYS have a backup in case of unpredictable weather changes.

What floral trends are you seeing for 2017?

Mixed metals and the use of geometric shapes incorporated into centerpieces and more Earthy elements like succulents and moss in terrariums and lanterns.

What is one tip you can give a bride on her floral selection?

Be aware of what’s in season! Find out what blooms will be available on your day and THEN start looking for design ideas. It’s very hard to tell a bride the March bouquet she’s in love with isn’t possible for her November wedding.

With so many special products that are included when you rent out Heaven Event Venue, what is your personal favorite and why?

The lighting can take an event from pretty to amazing. Especially having the ability to change it over the course of an evening. just as music sets the mood for a wedding the lighting sets the feel and tone.

As Heaven is a blank slate, what is one outrageous themed event you would love to see in this space?

Full complete Madea-style wedding with suspended live cherubs and angels down the aisle and over the altar- hey, it is Heaven!

What inspires you to do what you love to do?

Every time brides love their bouquets and start smiling and crying… that makes me work harder and harder!!

 

Why is Heaven your Choice?

Every wedding couples want to get married place like Heaven!

It was such a pleasure speaking with you Jason! Make sure you check out Florida Floral and Orchid and remember it is partner’s like this that make it @AHeavenlyEvent!

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When you are ready to book your next event contact us at Events@HeavenEventVenue.com