Meet Rebecca – Director of Weddings and Social Events

It is with great pleasure that we introduce our new Director of Weddings and Social Events, Rebecca Kearns! Rebecca came to WinMock about a year and a half ago to further her career in events. Her enthusiasm for the events industry took us by storm and we cannot wait to see her succeed in this role!

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In light of her new role, Rebecca answered a few questions for us – and left us with a craving for something sweet!

What are you most passionate about professionally?

This may sound just beyond cliché, but I really am most passionate about seeing tiny visions blossom into reality—whether that is a ceremony under the North Carolina blue sky, elegantly styled reception in our Loft, marrying the gentleman of your dreams, or even an intimate baby shower bounding in florals—I love to see them all come together!

 

What most excites you about your new role and the contribution you can make?

I am most excited to spend more sweet time with our brides and social clients. It is no secret at all that my heart sings to the tune of weddings and celebratory soirées, so it is a true honor to be able to work on a much closer level with each and every one of them. I truly believe that WinMock is an incredibly special place, and I am beyond blessed to be able to share its beauty with others.

 

What would be impossible for you to give up?

Goodness—I would have such a difficult time giving up cupcakes! I have a serious sweet tooth, and fluffy buttercream icing is the perfect cure!

 

 What can’t you stop talking about?

On any given day, you can hear me mention at least these three things: my faith, my family, and weddings, of course!

 

Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Sunday afternoons are my absolute favorite! They are just right to slow down a bit, spend lots of time cuddling with my little family, including our pup, Cashmere, and baby on the way!  After church, you can also find me antique shopping, where I love to search for mismatched china and brass candlesticks, or in the kitchen trying out fun new recipes (although I cannot guarantee that they are all successes!).

 

Interested in WinMock for a special occasion? Give us a call at 336.397.2010 and schedule your tour with Rebecca today!

 

Published in: Uncategorized on 03/20/2015 at 3:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wedding Wednesday : Favors

A wedding favor is the perfect way to say “thank you” to your guests for supporting your marriage. These small tokens of gratitude can be an edible treat or simply something fun to use!

We particularly love the idea of French macarons in your coordinating wedding colors – and what a great way to incorporate table numbers!

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Help your guests continue the celebration with a miniature bottle of champagne to take home with them.

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A useful household item such as a drinking glass would be a great favor as well – a sweet reminder of your wedding day each time it’s used!

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If there is a particular cause that is special to the Bride and Groom, making a donation is a thoughtful way to include your guests in something that is important to you both as a couple.

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Are you in search of a venue? Give us a call at 336.397.2010 to schedule a tour of WinMock today or click here for help coming up with the perfect “thank you” for your guests!

Published in: Uncategorized on 03/18/2015 at 3:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Importance of a Venue Concierge

“Which way is the restroom?”, “Do you have an extra pen?” and “What is the Wi-Fi password?” are just a few of the common questions asked at almost any event. We all know how frustrating it can be to frantically search for someone with a name tag to answer our questions.

As the venue, it is incredibly important to staff concierge for your event. There is staff scheduled to set up, tend bar and wait tables, but this person would have a desk set up, visible to the guests and be ready and willing to answer whatever questions arise. Pens, extension cords, tape, staples and scissors are helpful items to have on hand for any guests in need.

It is also important for your concierge to have a copy of the event agenda on hand. Attendees are often not aware of the timeline for the day and may be curious as to what time lunch will be served or when the event is expected to end.

Having a concierge available to your guests will not only put them at ease, but will comfort those in charge of the event at  as well. Knowing that their employees/guests/family and friends are well taken are of allows for smooth sailing from the very start!

Conference Room - MugNeed a venue for your next event? Schedule a tour of WinMock today! Give us a call at 336.397.2010.

Published in: Uncategorized on 03/16/2015 at 2:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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WinMock at The Winston-Salem Flower School

A few weeks ago, we sent one of our very own team members, Rebecca Kearns, to the Winston-Salem Flower School! As soon as the announcement was made that these classes would be available, we just knew we had to be a part of it.

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Amy Lynne Originals is an incredibly talented industry partner of ours, and we simply could not wait to learn from one of the top professionals in our area.

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After a little small talk over delicious pastries and creamy coffee, we jumped right in and found our spots in the workshop!

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The class focused on learning how to create an arrangement using compote vessels that were provided, along with other fun goodies like our own Winston-Salem Flower School apron and shears. Flowers, greenery, and even fruit options were nearly endless–silver dollar and seeded eucalyptus, curly willow, kangaroo paw, ranunculas, and garden spray roses were our favorite picks.

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We learned to start with creating the lines of the arrangement–vertical, horizontal, or a little of both–and then add your anchor pieces, which were large gorgeous garden roses, in our case!

It was so inspiring to learn tips and tricks of the trade as well as gain insight into the beautiful floral work we have come to love and adore.

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With the demonstration and question and answer session over, we jumped right in. Creating lines, snipping stems, carefully choosing the perfect color palate, and getting creative–it was a glorious morning!

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What an amazing experience it was to meet and mingle with ladies from our very own community while learning from the best–we absolutely cannot wait to do it again!

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See some of our snapshots from the Winston-Salem Flower School right here, including this gem!

Blog photography by Green Bee Floral Designs

Published in: Uncategorized on 03/13/2015 at 8:00 am  Leave a Comment  

WinMock Featured on Laurie Louis Blog

We have exciting news–we have been featured on Laurie Louis’ blog in her Spotlight series!

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Click here to see the full post and learn more about WinMock’s history, what we offer, and a little insight into our favorite things!

 

Photo by Connection Photography

Published in: Uncategorized on 03/11/2015 at 7:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Coordinating Vendor Space Requirements

When planning an event, booking your caterer and audio visual team are big items to check off of your “To Do” list but there is still work to be done. While you may think that catering and audio visual needs are independent of one another, think again!

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Both of these teams have large, heavy equipment to load in. It is imperative to let your AV team know if they are in a space that will have catering before setting up their equipment.  This will allow them to avoid blocking access doors. Most of their equipment will also have cords that could be detrimental to servers if not taped down and secured properly. Screens, drapery, podiums, etc. are all things that should be communicated to your caterer as well so that they, too, are able to set up appropriately.

In some cases, these two vendors may be familiar with each other from other events and communicate well on their own. However, to be sure that all necessary information has been communicated to all parties involved, it is best for you to inform them with the exact same information, keeping them clued in on any set-up changes right up until show time!

Do you have an event coming up? Not only can we offer you a fabulous venue, but audio visual and catering services, too! Give us a call at 336.397.2010 to start planning today!

2015 Couples’ Choice Award

We are beyond thrilled to have been awarded the 2015 Couples’ Choice Award® by Wedding Wire!

Owner, Wayne Thomas, shares that “What we value most about this award is that it is based solely on client reviews and service consistency. From day one we have prided ourselves on sustaining the quality of our product and adhering to service excellence. To be recognized nationally and regionally for both in consecutive years is such an honor.”

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We extend a sincere thank you to all of our happy couples!

The full announcement is available here.

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Published in: on 02/06/2015 at 7:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Now Trending: Event Planning Apps

Planning an event can be quite a daunting experience. Event planners are often seen running around with a huge notebook, various note pads and more that do not make their day any easier. With the invention of smartphones, this is no longer necessary! We have discovered a few apps that will help keep your planning process more organized from start to finish!

EventBrite – This app is perfect for ticket selling. Great for pre-event sales as well as at-the-door. This app will allow you to make a customized page, track your ticket sales in real-time as well as send invitations and emails from your account – all with 24/7 customer support. This will also benefit your attendees by having their tickets available on their mobile device, no need for paper!

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DropBox – DropBox is an easy way to take your files with you! Simply upload any files you may need easy access to from your computer to your DropBox account, then once you download the app they will be accessible from any mobile device.

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Notability- Notability and DropBox go hand – in- hand. Any planner knows that event details are ever changing. With Notability, you can access your files via DropBox and actually write in changesyou’re your table set –up is going from 10 rounds of 8 to 7 rounds of 8, this is the easiest way to make a note on an existing document!

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HootSuite- While in the throes of planning your event, you also want to be able to keep an eye on what people are saying about it via social media. Hootsuite allows you to schedule tweets and Facebook posts from the same dashboard. Much easier than signing in and out of various accounts!

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Do you have a corporate event coming up? Call 336-397-2010 to schedule a tour of WinMock at Kinderton, we would love to work with you!

Published in: Uncategorized on 01/26/2015 at 9:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

The School of Styling at WinMock

We were so glad to welcome The School of Styling and Glessner Photography to WinMock last week to showcase a signature cocktail with our Granary as the backdrop.

This Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail is the perfect recipe for your next gathering!

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Visit The School of Styling for tips on how to make this tasty concoction while pomegranates are still in season!

Interested in seeing more? Call 336.397.2010 to schedule a complimentary tour of WinMock at Kinderton today!

Published in: Uncategorized on 01/23/2015 at 2:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Now Trending: Event Enhancements

No matter how old we get, sitting through meetings and attending work functions is not always fun or entertaining. However, there are ways to liven up your events and remind your attendees why they love their job!

Sweeten up the dessert a little bit with a Donut Truck. This will allow the guests to stroll outside and get some fresh air while enjoying their sweet treat for the day!

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Keep dessert light and nostalgic by having cotton candy spun live at your event. Guests are sure to go home happier than a kid at the fair!

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Commemorate the evening with a Photo Booth. Provide fun props such as tiaras and mustaches!

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If you are having an evening event, provide a signature cocktail for your guests. This is a great way to “take it up a notch” and incorporate a tasty seasonal drink! A special margarita in the warmer months or perhaps a hot toddy in the wintertime is sure to keep spirits high!

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Are you hosting a corporate event? Be sure to check out WinMock at Kinderton! Reach out to us here or give us a call at 336-397-2010, we’d love to share our venue with you and help make your event the most exciting one yet!

Published in: Uncategorized on 01/13/2015 at 3:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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