Wedding Wednesday: Seating Charts

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If the idea of creating a seating chart for your upcoming nuptials sends chills down your spine, you’re not alone! Many soon-to-be newlyweds find themselves overwhelmed at the idea of merging their friends and family into flawless 8-person or 10-person tables. But there is no need to fret because there is plenty of fun in the madness! Long gone are the days of plain Jane seating charts. Say hello to the statement piece seating charts of today! We’ve scoured the internet to come up with our favorites!

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This rustic seating chart pairs stacked wooden crates with precious lettering, topped off with the cutest pennant banner. Mini clothespins are the cherry on top of this piece.

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We are really loving the fringe balloon and gold frame combo of this elegant seating chart. A subtle blush tie-in as well as the bold script of the lettering make this seating chart as picture perfect as can be.

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Chalkboard signage is always a good option for a seating chart because it’s flexible and super easy to change at the last minute. These custom mason jars double as a favor and drinking glass! Cheers!

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Okay…what’s not to love about this scroll seating chart? It’s boho. It’s chic. It’s EVERYTHING! Add some fresh flowers and we are totally over the moon.

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Custom prints are a fabulous way to carry a certain style through from the Save the Dates to the wedding day! Shops such as Remember November, Inc. and SHOP offer custom prints that speak to the bride and groom’s style from day one. We love the crisp style of this seating chart. *swoon*

See–there is a light at the end of the seating chart tunnel, and it is completely gorgeous! We hope to see your custom seating chart at WinMock one day soon!

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Published in: Uncategorized on 05/27/2015 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

The School of Styling at WinMock

With North Carolina raspberry season just around the corner during the first few weeks of June, we could not be more excited to share this sweet feature on The School of Styling that was shot right here at WinMock!

Add this delicious Raspberry Basil Cocktail to your next soirée’s menu, and it is sure to be an instant crowd-pleaser!

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It is always such a treat to work with Glessner Photography, and we are so in love with how these photos turned out!

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Check out the full feature right here on The School of Styling Blog!

Interested in seeing more of WinMock? Call us today at 336.397.2010 for a complimentary tour!

Published in: Uncategorized on 05/18/2015 at 5:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wedding Wednesday: Custom Signage

Happy Wedding Wednesday, y’all! We absolutely love this time of the week, not only because we are two days closer to Fri-YAY and some seriously fun weekend weddings, but because we get to share what makes our hearts pitter-patter along the planning process! Today we are going to share with you a creative way to incorporate your personality into the big day: Custom Signage!

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When it comes to signage, the possibilities are truly endless. Whether it is welcoming your guests, guiding them to their seats, or leading them to some sweet, post-dinner treats, a custom sign is a fabulous way to blend ease and style. Love the idea, but in need of some creative insight? We’re here to help!

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Welcome Signage: Imagine this–it’s your wedding day and your guests are beginning to arrive! Energy is high, friends and family have flown in from across the country to see you walk down the aisle, and they are excited to get to their seats. How wonderful would it be to show them how thankful you are to have them there without even saying a word? A pretty little welcome sign is the first touch point that shows your guests you care.

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Directional Signage: Where is the ceremony taking place? What about the reception? Where can I find the gift table? These are all questions that no one will have to answer if directional signs make an appearance. These simple, yet elegant, directional signs are a tip of the hat of the decor and add tons of style to the area.

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Guest Book Signage: Is a family member, honorary bridesmaid, or someone special inviting guests to sign your guest book? Why not go a step further and add some signage on the table? This chalkboard sign incorporates a gorgeous script plus blooms in the wedding colors to really pull the decor together into the guestbook area.

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Signage as Decor: Displaying a wedding logo, favorite quote, or your wedding story is a perfect opportunity to break out a chalkboard marker and get the creative juices flowing. These sweet images above are a testament to using signage as decor. Are they not to die for?!

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Seating Chart Signage: This stunning seating chart display uses a glass-paneled door to alleviate any confusion when it comes to reception seating. We are swooning over their little piece of indoors brought outside!

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Dessert Table Signage: This Bon Appetit banner is almost as scrumptious as these reception sweets. Dessert table signage is just one of the ways we see our couples showing that “love is sweet.”

As you can tell, we are head over heels for the possibilities that come along with custom signage. From the “I do’s” to the “More cake please,” we think these signs are picture perfect!

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Published in: Uncategorized on 05/13/2015 at 5:45 pm  Comments Off on Wedding Wednesday: Custom Signage  

Meet Laura – Events Administrator

It is with great delight that we introduce our newest team member, Laura Osepchuk! Laura, our Events Administrator, holds a key role within the WinMock family, helping us navigate our sales and marketing efforts plus coordinating various events throughout the year! We are so blessed to have her with us, and cannot wait for her to start meeting with our clients!

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To help you get to know her a bit better, Laura answered a few questions for us!

What are you most passionate about professionally?

I am passionate about serving others and truly enjoy making connections, both inside and outside of my professional role. As the Events Administrator, I am so looking forward to helping clients experience tiny moments that will become some of their most cherished memories. From the butterflies felt by a bride and groom before their first look to an anticipated conference going even better than imagined and to seeing what was once a dream wedding become a reality, I am so excited to be a part of creating and experiencing truly joyful experiences with WinMock.

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

Planning an event is incredible, but it can also be tiring. I am most excited about the opportunity to help make that process a bit easier for our clients so that they can focus more on the “incredible” and less on the “tiring”. WinMock truly has so much to offer. It’s a blessing to have the opportunity to utilize the incredible resources here in order to help others as they accomplish major milestones in their lives.

What would be impossible for you to give up?

There is nothing like waking up in the morning and enjoying a nice cup of coffee or tea. This quiet morning time allows me to look forward to the day ahead, reflect on my faith, and give thanks for all that I have. I have made celebrating moments of joy and peace a priority in my life, and as such, it would be impossible to give that beautiful quiet time up.

What can’t you stop talking about?

Anyone who knows me knows I’m always excited to chat about my new hubby, Garrett, my best friends, or my latest adventure. I love exploring the gorgeous world we live in, and if I can bring a good friend, family member, or Garrett along, even better! My favorite times are the ones spent with people I love, doing something new or exciting.

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

When I’m not working, I am most likely trying out new restaurants or hosting friends and family in our home. I adore spending time with those that mean most to me, so it’s no surprise that you’ll find me out and about with them on any given day. Sunday afternoons are designated catch-up-on-the-shows-you-missed day in our house! Our little family is most likely cuddled up on the couch or on the porch enjoying Quality Time with each other…plus Netflix.

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

Published in: Uncategorized on 05/08/2015 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Wedding Wednesday: Custom Stationery

One of the best ways to set the tone for your wedding leading up to that big day is through your stationery! Your save the date and your invitation are both ways to let your personality shine through to your guests and give a glimpse into the style of your wedding day!

The following are a few different ways we love customizing wedding stationery and paper goods!

Letterpress

The first, a popular stationery trend that has recently popped up, is letterpress stationery. Letterpress is a plate-based printing method where the chosen lettering is pressed onto a piece of paper. Letterpress shops are usually small and independently owned, allowing for a very personal touch. You can work with the artist to determine the exact lettering and look that you want your stationery to have, and it will result in a very crisp-looking, one-of-a-kind product.

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It is a great option for a couple that wants to support a local business as opposed to buying from a larger printing corporation. A few things to consider when deciding whether or not to use letterpress printing are that letterpress invitations do not typically allow for a wide array of colors to be used and the coloring on the stationery will have a matte look. Also, letterpress stationery will not allow for any sort of photograph to be added, but can allow simple graphics, like the above set. Lastly, letterpress can be one of the more expensive stationery options.

Foil Stamping

Another stationery option is foil stamping. Foil stamping is when a pigment or metallic foil is applied to paper and it leaves an impression. It creates a three-dimensional effect by creating raised or receded images and designs in the paper. The effect is beautiful! Some of the benefits of foil stamping are that the foil color does not change, regardless of the color of the paper it is stamped onto. The color you choose remains consistent. Also, it really gives a beautiful pop to the stationery!

Calligraphy

Calligraphy is a trend that seems to be ever-growing. Calligraphy gives your invitations a more traditional feel and is a great way to ensure that each piece of your wedding stationery is unique, as each one will be designed either by hand or digitally by the calligrapher. Calligraphy is perfect for giving your stationery a bit of a formal and elegant feel. You also have the ability to customize and tailor every detail exactly the way you want it, and you can play around with different colors and calligraphy styles.

For example, if you want dark paper with lighter lettering, the calligrapher will be able to use lighter color inks that will show up on the dark paper, while a printer might not be able to achieve the same effect. If you are considering calligraphy, do know that it can take quite a bit of time for the calligrapher to complete each piece, even up to several months in advance.

There are plenty of other stationery options for your special day! You can choose from hundreds of invitations online, and many of them are very customizable, allowing pictures, various fonts, and giving the option of ordering addressed envelopes as well!

In the end, find the stationery that showcases your personality as a couple and gives your guests a sneak peek of your fabulous day to come!

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Published in: Uncategorized on 04/29/2015 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Building Better Breakout Sessions

An important part of many corporate retreats and meetings is breakout sessions. Breakout sessions provide an opportunity to dive a bit deeper into the subject of the retreat. It provides a more personal space for the participants to explore a subject or topic of interest. It can also be an opportunity for participants to work on a problem or project together.

The following are easy ways to build better breakout sessions.

First, begin with an icebreaker. This helps the session begin on a lighter note and really allows each member of the group to have their voice heard. It also allows the members to better understand each other on a personal level throughout the rest of the session and retreat.

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Next, have a goal. Nothing derails a breakout session faster than having no clear objective. Create a problem for the participants to solve. Make sure to assign one of the members to be a leader and give them direction on how to lead the group through the topic. Make sure the objectives of the breakout sessions cater to the larger directive of the meeting or retreat. Organize the breakout sessions so that it helps the participants understand and contribute to the bigger picture.

Additionally, set a timeframe for the participants to follow as best they can. Have them reach specific goals at specific times and move according to schedule.  This will help the participants allocate their time wisely and focus clearly on each subject assigned to each block of time. Without this kind of structure, it is easy to get distracted talking about many different kinds of topics and not focusing on specific ones.

Lastly, consider having different rounds of breakout sessions where participants rotate into different groups of people with new objectives and new goals. This would require each breakout session to be shorter and more concise, but would allow for participants to experience a wider variety of ideas from different kinds of people.

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By following these guidelines, your breakout sessions will be comfortable for participants, have clear objectives, and give the participants the opportunity to really feel like they are contributing to and learning about the bigger picture. Always remember that your participants should come away from breakout sessions having furthered their knowledge and their skills, so make sure you are providing that to them!

Interested in learning more about WinMock at Kinderton’s unique setting and full-service corporate event planning? Please contact Angela Carleton at AngelaC@WinMock.com or 339.397.2010.

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Published in: Uncategorized on 04/21/2015 at 4:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wedding Wednesday: Entertaining Your Guests with Music and Dancing

Once the ceremony is finished and family pictures are captured, it is time to party at the reception!

To make your reception memorable, there are several entertainment options to ensure you and your guests have the time of your lives!

Music

When it comes to music, a couple of different options are available to you – choose the one that fits your personality the best!

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The first option is to hire a DJ. Should you decide to hire a DJ, you have the freedom to play a variety of different kinds of songs. A plus is that the songs will sound exactly how you want them to sound – no surprises or slip-ups! Also, a good DJ will have a large selection of music so that you can find something that everybody will like. From a budget standpoint, DJs are usually going to be more affordable than a full band.

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Should your style and budget allow, deciding to hire a full band is a great option! This musical option will usually end up being more performance-oriented; each song will have its own personality. Bands have a way of exuding an energy that a DJ cannot. They are able to interact with guests on a more personal level during the songs, and are able to adjust their performances to the energy of the situation. They are more likely to get people out on the dance floor due to their infectious energy!

After you choose your method of musical entertainment, find a few ways to put some fun spins on it!

Hire a musical tribute singer to sing a few select songs (such as the first dance song, father/daughter dance, and mother/son dance).  Do you and your fiancé love the Beatles? Hire a John Lennon impersonator to sing a few of your favorite hits!

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When it comes to dancing, there are lots of fun ways to entertain your guests.

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Have your bridesmaids and groomsmen learn a song or dance to perform after they have been announced. Keep it short and sweet, but also make sure they practice so that the crowd is impressed!

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Another fun thing to do is to teach your guests a new dance. Find a cultural dance that you like or that resonates with your family history, and teach it to your guests so everybody can do it together! If you hail from New Orleans, teach your guests the Second Line Dance and perform that together! Everyone will feel a part of the action and it makes for incredible photos!

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If you are Jewish, you may want to incorporate the Hora, or traditional chair dance. This is a dance during which a few strong guests hoist the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs.

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Other fun dances to teach a crowd can be things like swing dancing or square dancing. Keep it fun and simple, but try to encourage everybody to participate! Find a DJ or band that can easily teach a few moves and provide the right music for the dance.

Whatever you decide to do in terms of entertainment, make sure that YOU will enjoy it. Find something that fits your personality as a couple! After all, this is the best day of your lives – Enjoy it!

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Published in: Uncategorized on 04/08/2015 at 12:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

How to End Your Meeting on a High Note

It happens all too often. A meeting ends, and employees leave confused, unheard, or uninterested. It is important, as a meeting leader, to end your meeting in a way that enables your employees to go back to work with a sense of direction and focus. By following these three simple practices, you can ensure that you are ending your meetings on a high note!

 

1. Recap

Review the objectives that were addressed in the meeting. If possible, have a document on-hand that outlines the main points that were discussed and hand this out to each employee after the meeting adjourns.  If appropriate, personalize each list to include the objectives that are expected of each individual. This will help each employee understand their purpose and make them not only feel like their time was not wasted, but that they are an important part of the team. Also, if time permits, provide some question and answer time to review any remaining questions or concerns.

 

2. Reassure

Everybody loves positive feedback, so make sure to provide some at the end of the meeting. Give a quick overview of what went well and what was accomplished. Praise good suggestions or creative ideas that were offered by individuals during the meeting. This is a time to make your employees know that they are valued members of your team and that their contributions are welcome.

 

3. Relate & Relax

After all is said and done, spend a short amount of time doing something fun as a team, preferably non-work related. Whether it is a playing a short game or completing a team building activity, when done correctly, team building exercises can strengthen the overall effectiveness of a team by creating and developing a strong sense of unity.

 

If playing a game or activity is not the right avenue to end a particular meeting, then at least spend a short amount of time mingling with your team instead of heading straight back to your desk. Catch up with individual employees about their personal lives or plan a group lunch. Taking purposeful time to relax before heading back to work will make your employees more productive in the long-run and reassure them that you value them as people, not just workers.

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Keep in mind that employees want clear direction, positive feedback, and to be valued as individuals. Finding ways to incorporate these kinds of practices into your meetings, as well as everyday interactions, will foster a strong team environment within your organization.

 

Interested in learning more about WinMock at Kinderton’s unique setting and full-service corporate event planning? Please contact Angela Carleton at AngelaC@WinMock.com or 339.397.2010.

Published in: Uncategorized on 03/30/2015 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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  Comments (2)  

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  
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