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Corporate Retreats/Events

Successful business leaders know the value of recharging the batteries of their hard-working staff beyond the confines of the office environment. Company retreats are opportunities to get the old creative juices flowing, free from everyday distractions, and can be game-changers for team dynamics. In a setting that is relaxing and inviting, groups may discover new ways of exploiting synergies while experiencing a memorable work/play experience.

Venues for corporate retreats can range from resorts to local conference centers, from public libraries to bank board rooms. Company size and budget will dictate the locale, but regardless of scale, the common denominator is this: a change of scenery. It is well known that work sessions away from the stresses and interruptions inherently associated with the normal workplace — from ringing phones to answering the needs of ancillary staff — are extremely productive when effectively executed. Intense periods of focused work balanced by periods of relaxation and fun can yield success, particularly when held in an environment conducive to creative thinking.

When selecting a venue to host your retreat or other corporate event, keep a few things in mind:

  • Is the location such that it is easily accessible, either by car or public transportation, or close to an airport? A convenient location will improve attendance.
  • Does the venue have sufficient space for accommodating meetings/seminars for the number of participants expected to attend?
  • Is there space meant for social interaction and networking, other than meeting rooms?
  • What are your food and beverage choices? Does the venue house a restaurant and staff, or will caterers be brought in?

Snowden House, an historic home located on Horseshoe Lake in Eastern Arkansas, is one of the area’s premier event venues. From dinner and cocktail parties to corporate events and retreats, the Louisiana plantation-style home is perfect for playing host to your special event. The fresh air, beautiful atmosphere and rural-yet-convenient setting are sure to inspire your team members — our guests — and send them home refreshed and recharged.

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Choosing a Historic Venue for a Wedding

“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”

Every bride, whether she admits it or not, has at one time heard this rhyme ringing in the back of her mind when planning her wedding. One way to pay homage to the tradition is to honor the “something old” aspect of the verse by holding the ceremony or reception at a historic venue. The Memphis area is steeped in history and boasts a number of landmark buildings that provide a beautiful backdrop when you tie the knot.

Whether a city home or plantation, antebellum mansion or quaint cottage, holding your event in a historic environment lends an air of classic style that is missing in a modern hotel ballroom or country club dining room. If the feel you wish your guests to experience is old-school elegance, then booking a historic property may be the right direction for your wedding. Take a step back in time, all while enjoying the amenities of modern living: dressing rooms, gourmet kitchens and modern bathrooms, swimming pools, and more.

Consider, too, the photo opportunities these picturesque properties can offer, with the natural beauty of sweeping lawns, canopies of established trees and lush gardens outdoors, as well as the ambiance created by the vintage decor indoors. Columned porches, grand staircases, fountains — the possibilities for capturing the memories of the day are numerous.

If you have an appreciation of history, architecture and antiques, you would do well to explore your city and surrounding area to discover the gems that just might provide the setting that establishes the tone for your whole affair.

Snowden House in Eastern Arkansas is one of these gems. Located on the banks of Horseshoe Lake, the idyllic setting of this historic home has been the picture-perfect backdrop for many weddings over the generations. Lovingly restored to include all the modern amenities we are accustomed to enjoying while retaining the home’s integrity, Snowden House offers the character and elegance of a riverfront plantation, the perfect setting for creating memories on your special day.

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Tips for Choosing a Wedding / Reception Venue

“Location, Location, Location.” That mantra, generally associated with buying and selling real estate, can applied to a number of circumstances, but perhaps not one quite so sentimental as your wedding day. While a bride may have envisioned her perfect day since she was a little girl, the reality is bringing the fairy tale to life entails planning down to the “Nth” degree. And choosing a venue for the Big Day is at the very foundation of planning and requires keeping a few things in mind to ensure your idyllic setting is suitable for hosting the wedding of one’s dreams.

  • The geographic location is important when narrowing down and selecting a venue. Is the location easy to find? How far is it from the nearest airport? If a number of guests are driving, will there be ample parking? And does it have or is it near accommodations for your out-of-town guests? The matter of logistics is important as it may fall on the bridal couple and their families to provide transportation and/or lodging for some of their out-of-town guests to and from the locale.
  • It’s not just the geographic location, but also the venue’s physical attributes, that must be considered when deciding on a site. Whether it is to be casual or elegant, indoors or outdoors, the venue should have an atmosphere that not only jibes with your vibe but can meet the realities inherent to throwing a party. It may be a barn, but perhaps you want your vision of rustic to feature electricity. It may be a ballroom, but does it have the personality of a mall bathroom? Perhaps you envision dancing under the stars, but is there an adequate dance floor for dressy high heels or is a grassy lawn under bare feet more your style? Determine early the feel you want to impart, as the theme will thread through almost every aspect of your wedding ceremony and reception. Executing a feel can be as detailed as you are willing to go within the parameters that your venue allows.
  • Consider, too, whether the site is a full-service venue, meaning it is good-to-go from linens to chairs, or if it will require you to secure additional vendors for decorations, lighting, tables and seating, or tents if outdoors. Further, does the site have kitchen or bar facilities and can it accommodate caterers? And ask about restrictions, from burning candles to moving furniture to serving alcohol.
  • Do you plan a small, intimate affair or will your guest list be in the double digits? It goes without saying that the venue be able to accommodate the number of guests you plan to invite. Keep this in mind even if you are having an outdoor ceremony; heaven forbid the weather does not cooperate on your big day. Can the venue sufficiently accommodate your guests should an outdoor ceremony become an indoor event?
  • Arm yourself with information, make lists and conduct site visits. Ask questions. Ask lots of questions. When you’ve narrowed your choices down, determine availability and get the cost in writing. Then let the fun of bringing your vision to fruition begin.

Snowden House, with its historic building and idyllic lakeside setting, is the Memphis area’s premiere wedding venue. From ceremony to reception, we boast amenities for accommodating parties of varying sizes for both indoor and outdoor catered events. Our rural setting on Horseshoe Lake in Eastern Arkansas belies the accessibility to a major airport, hotels and restaurants. Visit us and let us help you make your dream day a reality.