Archive for April, 2014

Questions To Ask When Considering A Wedding Reception Venue

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Questions To Ask When Considering A Wedding Reception Venue

Planning a wedding can be stressful. Here are some important questions to ask when choosing a venue for your reception.

  • How many people can the venue accommodate?
  • Can you have the ceremony and reception at the same venue? What is the distance between the ceremony and reception if it is at the same venue? Is there an additional fee (or a discount) to have the ceremony and reception at the same place?
  • Is the site accessible for all of my guests?
  • If I reserve the event space, how much time will the space be reserved for?
  • How much time will I have to decorate? (Make sure the venue allows for outside decorations to be brought in to use.)
  • What time can my vendors arrive to set up?
  • Can I bring a cake from an outside vendor?
  • If the reception will be running late, is there a noise ordinance in the town?

 

Remember that this is YOUR special day! Ask all the questions that you feel you need to ask to ensure that everything is perfect for your wedding. Also keep in mind that no matter now much planning you do, there likely will be some issues that arise at some point during the day.

Oceanfront Dining On St. Simons Island

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

ECHO St. Simons at The King and Prince Resort

 

ECHO St. Simons is the premier place to enjoy food, drinks, live music and a fantastic view in the Golden Isles. This new restaurant incorporates the history of the area with fresh, local produce to provide patrons with a new dining experience in a relaxed ocean side atmosphere.

Our chefs have created a new menu with an extensive offering of starters, shared plates, large plates, Pizzas, Sandwiches, burgers and salads that feature the fresh produce and seafood that the Golden Isles has to offer.  Take a look at our food or drink menus on our website and make a date to try our new restaurant!  There are 3 dining options available. You can dine in the main restaurant with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, grab a seat in our bar dining area or dine al fresco on our oceanfront patio. No matter where you choose to dine, we know you will have a wonderful experience.

ECHO has happy hour daily from 4-6PM with food and drink specials and live music on the weekends. For more information about events, menus and private dining, visit the ECHO website.

Incorporate Social Media Into Your Next Meeting

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Incorporate Social Media into Your Next Meeting

 

Meetings & Conventions Magazine has named Social Media as one of the top meeting trends of 2014. Here are some ways to incorporate social media into your next event.

  • Create A Hashtag: Hashtags are an easy way to keep track of what people are talking about in regards to your meeting or convention. This can be used for attendees to communicate with each other during the meeting, for organizers to see what topics are resonating with the attendees and to keep the conversation going after the event is over. Hashtags can be used on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Set Up An Event Blog: Blogs are another way to draw traffic to your website. Create a blog for your meeting or event. It can be as simple or as in depth as you want it to be. It is a good way to get people talking about the conference and to keep attendees informed. If you don’t have time to write all of the blogs, use it as an incentive for those attending the event. If they write a certain number of blogs for you, they will receive a % off their registration (or free registration!).
  • Take Lots Of Photos:  Take photos during the event and post them on your company’s Facebook page. Direct participants to your company’s page and invite them to tag themselves in the photos. Display the photos on the screen in the event space during breaks so people can see themselves on the big screen! You can also post the photos to Instagram and use a hashtag for the event to create more buzz.
  • Create A YouTube Channel: Record part of your meetings…even if it is just little snippets to give future meeting-goers a taste of what your meetings are like. This can be used for promotional purposes at a later date. You can ask attendees to take short videos from the cell phones and have them emailed to you. This is a good way to get many different types of videos for you to upload. The more, the merrier! YouTube videos can be used on your website, blog, Twitter and Facebook page.

There are many ways to integrate a social media plan into your meeting or event. No matter what approach you take, remember to update your social media platform often for optimal results.  Need more ideas? Take a look at our Social Buzz page to see how we are incorporating social media into our business!

Our Renovated Event Space Is Perfect For Your Wedding

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Our resort has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation and brides are beyond happy with the new look! The Delegal Room the Retreat Room and the Lanier Ballroom as well as the main lobby have been completely renovated and we are ready to host your wedding. Below are some photos of our new space. If you are interested in learning more about weddings at The King and Prince, visit our website.

 

 Delegal Room

Retreat Room Wedding Venue

Delegal Celebration St. Simons Island

Lanier Ballroom Wedding on St. Simons Island

Spring Activities For Your Next Trip To St. Simons Island

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather on the Georgia Coast! No matter what you enjoy, we are sure that St. Simons Island will not disappoint with a variety of activities for everyone.

St. Simons Island Outdoor Activities

Rent a Bike: Rent a bike from Ocean Motion Surf Co. and explore the island’s 30+ miles of bike paths. Take your bike from our resort straight to the heart of St. Simons Island-the village for a day of shopping, people watching and dining at one of many restaurants. Are you looking to view the beautiful scenery that the island has to offer? Take a look at our blog about specific bike paths on the island.

Hop On A Shrimp Boat: This one of a kind adventure starts in Brunswick, GA where you board the U.S. Coast Guard passenger approved shrimp boat The Lady Jane and head out on the intracoastal waterway. The 2 hour tour includes a lesson on coastal ecology by a marine biologist and a taste of Wild Georgia Shrimp. We know that whether you are young or young at heart, you will enjoy this adventure!

Try Your Hand At Crabbing: If you don’t have your own crab net, stop by St. Simons Bait & Tackle and purchase one (they are located at the foot of the pier) then head over to the pier and see if you can catch any crabs! Crabbing is a fun, interactive activity and you will catch at least one most of the time. Be sure to see what your neighbors are pulling up in their crab nets or on their fishing line.

Spend A Day At The Park: Pack a picnic, bring your friends and head to Neptune Park for a day of fun in the sun. The waterfront park has a playground for the kids and enormous live oaks for the kids to climb on, a picnic area, mini-golf and during certain times of the year they have live music and festivals at the park.

Take A SUP Tour: If you are looking to try something new, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) just might be for you! There are several companies that offer rentals at East Beach but if you are looking for a guided tour, head over to SSI SUP. With their team of pros, you can learn the basics of paddleboarding or take a sunset tour. They even have boards with lights on the bottom!

 

Creative Ways To Ask Your Friends To Be In Your Bridal Party

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

He asked, you said yes….now it’s YOUR turn to pop the question….to your friends!

 

If she is lost without her cup of Starbucks…

Starbucks bridesmaid cup

Ask her with a bottle of wineBridesmade Wine Bottle

Turn your big day into good fortune with a fortune cookie

Bridesmaid Fortune Cookie

Give her a gift that she can wear for many years to come…

Pearl Necklace for Bridesmaids

Send her a card

Bridesmaid Card

Ask her with a box of chocolates

Box of Chocolates for Bridesmaids

No matter how you ask your friends, they are sure to say yes! Remember to savor the moments that you spend planning your wedding with your closest girlfriends. Are you already married? How did you pop the question to your friends?

WWII History on St. Simons Island

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

History is at our doorstep! Did you know that on April 8th,  just months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, German U-boats sank 3 ships off of the coast of St. Simons Island? The blast was so strong that it shattered windows in nearby Brunswick, Georgia. To learn more about this day in history, take a look at this video.

The King and Prince Resort played an important part during World War II. The resort became a U.S. Navy coast watch and training facility as well as a radar station and later re-opened to the public in 1947.

Radar Station at The King and Prince

Take Your Meeting Outside The Boardroom

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Let’s just say it. Meetings can be boring. Most of us have sat through a day or two of 9-5 meetings that lose our interest and make it hard to concentrate or retain the information we are there to learn. But who said that meetings had to be this way? Why not spice it up or better yet-get out of the boardroom for a bit! Here are some ways to increase attendee participation, retention of information and, have some FUN!

The King and Prince Golf Course

  • Team Building Activities: Create a scavenger hunt around town or around the resort. If you are planning a destination meeting or convention, this is a great way for participants to tour the area and connect with other participants at the same time. No time for a scavenger hunt? Save a little time for a fun game during the day. Our favorite is “Minute to Win It”.
  • Sample The Local Cuisine:  For small meetings, we recommend that you go off property once for lunch or dinner. Ask the resort’s sales team or concierge to give you some recommendations on area restaurants. Our recommendations for St. Simons Island are Crabdaddys, Delaney’s Bistro and Southern Soul Barbeque.
  • Hit The Golf Course:  Spend the morning at the local golf course (or, if you are at The King and Prince, head out to The King and Prince Golf Course). Create a little competition and have a tournament. If you don’t have time for a full 18 holes, cut it down to 9. Either way, the fresh air will do you good.
  • Get In Touch With Your Inner Chef: Spice things up for your attendees with a cooking demonstration from a local chef. It might get their creative juices flowing and the best part? You get to taste the finished product.
  • Create Some Friendly Competition: Put together a game of softball or volleyball. Give the winners a trophy and bragging rights for a year! Next year, they can fight to keep the title. It will give everyone something to look forward to for next year and a little friendly competition is good.

Recap Of A Taste Of Glynn

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

A Taste of Glynn was a huge success this year. Thank you to all of the restaurants and businesses who participated as well as everyone who came out to support The Glynn Community Crisis Center. This event would not be successful without everyone coming together for this great organization.

Here are the winners for each category:

Starters
1st - Zachry’s Seafood & Steak
2nd - Harris Teeter

Main Seafood
1st - Straton Hall Events
2nd - Nacho’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Main International
1st - Nacho’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
2nd – Jekyll Convention Center

BBQ
1st - Straton Hall Events
2nd - Southern Soul Barbeque

Dessert
1st – Zeppelin Cafe
2nd - Wee Pub North

People’s Choice
1st – Straton Hall Events
2nd – Zachry’s Seafood & Steak

Tablescape
1st - King & Prince Seafood
2nd – Harris Teeter

Tast of Glynn at The King and Prince Resort

Silent Auction Items at Taste of Glynn

Chef Jason at Taste of Glynn

 

Zachry's at Taste of Glynn

 

Tast of Glynn at The King and Prince

Say “I Do” With A Brooch Bouquet

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Brooch Wedding Bouquet

A brooch bouquet can add a touch of sophistication and elegance to any wedding. But why would you want to use a brooch bouquet? Here are a few pros and cons:

Pros: Unlike flowers which will eventually die and dry up (and can only be preserved for a certain amount of time) a brooch bouquet can last forever.

You can walk down the aisle with family and friends who cannot be there for the big day (by using their brooches in the  bouquet).

It is a thoughtful way to remember loved ones who have passed on. (Again, by using their brooches in the bouquet)

You can make the bouquet at home (with the help of friends and family) and it can be a fun project for everyone.

Cons: They are heavy! All that metal really adds up to some extra weight.

The big question -How do you go about making a brooch bouquet? The easiest way to start is to ask the women in your life for help. Ask your mom, your aunt, your grandmother, your mother in law and your friends to see if they have any brooches to contribute to the bouquet. It can be something small and inexpensive that they found at a store or it could be a family heirloom that has a lot of meaning and sentiment. Ask each person to write a little something about where the brooch is from (is it from an antique store down the road or from your great, great grandmother who bought it in Rome?) It will be nice to read the stories of how these brooches made their way into your life and it is a nice keepsake to have from the wedding.

Pressed for time? That’s ok. You can order one of these beauties online! View our Pinterest page for more classic brooch ideas. **Brooch bouquet photo used from Etsy (AnnaSinclair) here are more of her beautiful creations.