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Yes We Did! Some AMAZING New Inclusive Packages Added

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Yes We Did! Some AMAZING New Inclusive Packages Added

Businesses should be an ever  growing and evolving thing, particularly when you are in a service business.  It’s important to pay  attention to cues from potential and past clients  that might clue you in on what you’re missing, what you can do better and how you can improve.  A little more than a year ago I made some pretty big and amazing changes to the Ballroom that brought our venue to a whole new level and in doing so I got to work with some pretty amazing clients and teamed with some of the areas best vendors, like Icing on the Cake and Cake Deigns by Angie for the cakes that come with every wedding package.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking hard about how I can make the experience at the Ballroom even better and bring us to the next level. Now, I’m excited to introduce some of our new, more inclusive and amazing packages we put together with some additional vendor partners  and new menus from our caterers. And, of course, introduce you to our new and improved website.

The Asa Packer & Harry Packer Packages - Most of our couples, particularly those not from the immediate area, end up staying at the Inn at Jim Thorpe. So, I wanted to create packages that includes a two night stay. Of course, wrapped in a package means little unless it comes with a discount. And so, our Asa Packer and Harry Packer packages offer just that.  I also wanted to make it easier for couples that are not from the area to pull together their event by including floral centerpieces from Ruby’s Floral Factory.  Of course, as a venue I can negotiate a pretty good deal and so couples get $1,000 worth of centerpieces at a very deep discount that is incororpated into the per person price. The Asa package comes with 5 hours of open bar while the Harry Packer comes with 2 hours of open bar from the Broadway Grill & Pub.    A new sit down menu from Capriotti’s Catering is also offered . The Asa package even comes with colored uplighting around the room (can be added to the Harry Packer as an add-on).   While our other packages do not have a required minimum, the Asa & Harry packages require a 100 guest count min at the full package price and is only availabe on Saturday  so it’s not eligible for our Friday & Sunday 10% discount.

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Our client Juliette, getting ready at a Suite at the Inn at Jim Thorpe. Photo by Zubek-Miller Photography out of Nesquehoning, PA

The Foreman’s Package – playing on the Jim Thorpe theme , I wanted to create a package along the vein of the Asa & Harry with some inclusive items, but paired down just a bit and for those  that are local and do not need a night at the Inn.  This package has all that our basic packages offer including a wedding cake (limits apply)  plus the addition of floral centerpieces from Ruby’s. This package does not carry a 100 guest min at full price and can be purchased on a Friday or Sunday, so it’s eligible for the 10% discount on those days.

Customized Wedding Packages –  Not every couple has the same vision for their day.  Originally I had created a Wedding Lite package with the idea that it was somewhere between a full sit down reception and a casual night out. What I found, however, was that an event of that nature can’t really be pigeon holed into one per person price.  Many Brides began creating things that were far beyond the scope of what I priced and there were things worked into the per person price they didn’t really need, and additional things I hadn’t even thought of like outside furniture rental used to create a completely different vibe or feel.  This package allows us to work together to bring you  the standard of service people have come to expect from us coupled with your very particular ideas of what you want to do for your day.  Whether you go with the Bring Your Own Caterer or a Cocktail Reception, we will work closely with you to tailor it to fit your tastes and budget; working with our connections and network to pass on our savings to you.

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Our other packages have remained intact.  As always, all the prices that we put together already includes tax and gratuity. Bartenders are still an additional charge, but we have no other hidden fees.  You may wonder, however, where the prices on the website went?  Well, that’s because you know who we are, now we want to know about you.   I think its so important that couples actually go and see, in person, the venues that they are looking at to learn just what it has  to offer that a computer screen simply can’t convey.

For complete menu listings and a look at everything the packages include please visit our Packages page. To schedule a visit and receive pricing information you can email tara@mauchchunkballroom.com, fill out our Contact Us  page  or call 484-629-5070.

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Boozing it Up: Choosing a Liquor Package to Get the Best Bang for Your Buck

Posted in: Ballroom Weddings, Uncategorized, Wedding Budget, Wedding Planning Advice

At the Ballroom, we like to offer our customers as much flexibility as possible while still maintaining a level of sophistication, class and style.  One of the ways we offer flexibility is in our alcohol offerings. The ability to bring their own liquor can help couples save money without looking like they did.  But, not all couples feel comfortable trying to determine how much liquor they’ll need to buy and others worry about whether what they bought is enough. That is why we also offer liquor packages through the Broadway Grill & Pub.  So, what are they , what are the differences, and how do you determine which package gives you the most for your money?.

Open Bar:  This is often the most popular choice, but can also be the most expensive.  An open bar charges a per person price for each guest to consume as much liquor as they would want during the course of the open bar time.  Minimum open bar is typically 2 hours up to 5 hours.  Prices of open bar from the Broadway Grill & Pub at the Ballroom ranges from $20/person for 2 hours of  well drinks (house brands)  up to $50/person for 5 hours of premium brand liquors.  For a wedding of 100 adults, the total liquor costs would be between $2,000 and $5,000.

Cash Bar:  This option has your guests paying for their drinks as they consume them.  This is typically not a popular option at weddings, as couples do not feel comfortable having their guests pay for their own drinks .

Consumption Bar:  This option allows the couple to run a tab that they pay at the end of the night. As far as the guests know, it’s an open bar.  At the Ballroom, mixed drinks from The Broadway Grill & Pub range in price from $4 for house and $5 for premium, rocks/martini $6 and $8 , Wines $7 and Beer $4 for domestic and $5 for imports.

So, how do you choose which option is the best for you?  That answer will depend on the guests you invite.

For example, if you know that many of your guests  are not really heavy drinkers, purchasing an open bar package may not get you the best bang for your buck.  After all, you’d be paying anywhere from $20 – $40 for those individuals that consume only 1 or 2 drinks the entire evening.  Put another way, each person at your party would have to consume the following to reach the dollar amount you are actually paying for them to drink;

5 Hour Well Drinks at $40/person

  • 10 Domestic Beers or 8 Imports (approx 2 an hour)

Or

  • 10 Mixed Drinks (2 an hour)

Or

  • 5 ½ glasses of wine

Real World Example:

A recent wedding of mine elected for the consumption bar. They had 103 guests (of which 3 were children) and all other guests were of drinking age.  The bar was open for 5 hours and they served well drinks (house brands).  The total bar tab was approx $1,476.   Had they elected to have the open bar for 5 hours with well drinks, the bar tab would have been $4,000.

You (or those close to you) will know your family and friends best. Are they the type that like to drink more than 2 drinks each an hour?  Do you have only a handful of guests that are not drinkers, but other guests that would certainly consume more than the 2 alcohol beverages an hour or enough that it would balance out the non-drinkers?  These are questions you need to ask yourself when deciding which type of bar package to purchase.

Still Not sure – Try a Combination

If you’re not sure what kind of drinkers your guests are, then another option is to do a combination of e open bar, cash bar and/or consumption bar.   Guests are more likely to consume the most amounts of drinks during cocktail hour.  Then you can switch to a consumption bar for the dinner hour, back to an open bar for an hour immediately after dinner as the dancing and the party moves to full swing, and then back to a consumption bar for the remainder of the evening.

Bringing your Own

By far the most popular with weddings at the Ballroom has been the bring your own, simply because this allows couples to really control the consumption at their wedding and is an area where they can find some savings by cutting out the “middle man” .  Some couples have gone to a full bar complete with all the mixers, alcohol and wedged fruit, while others have elected for a more simple beer and wine offerings.   Often times the State Liquor Stores will allow you to return any unopened bottles purchased. However, I suggest that couples that would like that option ask the store managers first and get a confirmation in writing that any unopened alcohol could be returned.

To determine how much liquor to purchase, I like to use this alcohol calculator from Real Simple Magazine.  According to their site, planners typically count 1 drink per hour per guest. This sites tool offers some really good guidelines on how much mixer to purchase as well  (each bottle of spirits, you need three containers of mixers—club soda, tonic, juice, and so on. ) Read More

Christy & Alex: A Match Made at Virginia Tech

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Christy & Alex:  A Match Made at Virginia Tech

It goes without saying that Christy & Alex and their families are die hard Virginia Tech fans.  It’s no wonder, as Christy is a 3rd generation engineering graduate from the University (and she graduated with a 4.0 – WOW).  And, Christy followed in her parents tradition in more ways than one ; for Christy’s parents, just like Christy & Alex, met and fell in love while attending Virginia Tech.  During the course of the wedding I even learned that the duck pond where her parents shared their first kiss, is the same duck pond where Alex first professed his love for Christy.

Christy and Alex wanted to bring their love and pride for their alma mater to their wedding by incorporating Virginia Tech’s colors into their event.  The tables were covered in a light grey tablecloth with a dark grey runner, and Virginia Tech orange napkins.  Chairs were covered with white chair covers and orange sashes.  The flowers (by Doris of Floral Flair – she was amazing and I highly recommend her)  combined the orange and white and brought in the maroon Virginia  Tech  colors.  The Bride even wore orange wedding shoes with marroon VT initials on each shoe.

In addition to being able to work this couples wedding, they also hired me to coordinate their wedding reception at the UCC Zion Church on Iron Street (it’s a beautiful church).  I was on hand for their rehearsal the night before and to keep everything flowing during the ceremony the day of.  And, what a beautiful day it was! (I do offer additional planning services for couples. For Christy & Alex, I helped coordinate their rehearsal dinner as well the night before in the Flow space in Jim Thorpe)

Christy and Alex took full advantage of all the photo oppurtunities in and around Jim Thorpe. It was very important to Christy that they get to walk around town and up beautiful Broadway while taking photos as they went all along.

At the Jim Thorpe Train Station – walking distance to the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

At Tony Roma’s Encore outdoor seating area

Walking past our many quaint and beautiful shops on Broadway to the Ballroom.

The night went beautifully!  Their reception featured a beautiful chandelier cake from Icing on the Cake (free with wedding packages – this one had upgrades) and a beverage fountain that was a huge hit with guests.  They served various wines, Sparkling Apple Cider and Champagne purchased at the local Wine & Spirits shop on 903.

Free cake (with upgrades) From Icing on the Cake

The couple ended the evening in style! They exited their reception with sparklers and cheering guests as they got into the families Classic Corvet .  They drove off to the Poconos, their first stop on their way to their honeymoon in Greece and Italy.

 

I finally got a sparkler shot at the entrance of the Ballroom! – sparklers provided courtesy of the Ballroom

Thank you Christy & Alex for choosing the Mauch Chunk Ballroom for your wedding. And thank you for entrusting me not only with your wedding reception, but your ceremony and rehearsal dinner. It was such a pleasure to get to know you and your families and we here at the Ballroom wish you many years of love and happiness.

As always, it was a pleasure working with the following vendors:

Ceremony at the UCC Zion Church in Lehigton, PA

Food by Capriotti’s Catering  at the Ballroom

Cake by Icing on the Cake

Photography by Hazel Linning Photography

Sound Advice Disk Jockey & Entertainment

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Jennifer & Joseph 5*24*14 – Opera House Ceremony & Ballroom Reception

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Jennifer & Joseph 5*24*14 – Opera House Ceremony & Ballroom Reception

I’m a big promoter of the town of Jim Thorpe and I’m always making recommendations on the cool places in this town where you can get hitched.  So, when couples take me up on it, I get super excited!  When I met Jennifer & Joe, they were looking for someplace a little unique for their nuptials and so I recommended the beautiful Mauch Chunk Opera House just steps away from the Ballroom.  On faith and trust in me alone, they booked the venue for their ceremony without ever having stepped into the venue until the day of their rehearsal!

And the ceremony was just awesome.  The groomsmen got themselves prepped and ready in the dressing room behind the stage, while the girls got ready upstairs in the lobby of the balcony area.  It was the perfect way to keep the Bride & Groom both seperate and comfortable.  Vince, of JTAMS, lit the ceremony so well with an amazing blue backdrop with stars and some red spotlights.

Up in the Lobby of the Beautiful Opera House

Taken from the Second Floor Balcony

The brides mother conspired with me over the course of two months leading up to the wedding, to surprise her daughter and new son-in-law with a horse and carriage ride and to take them around for photos.  Kyle, from Crystal View Carriage, is a pretty prominent presence in our town throughout the spring and summer, and  during Olde Time Christmans celebration.   And, its the perfect and fitting touch to a wedding in this quaint Victorian town. With the photographer in on it, we got everyone in place for when Jennifer and Joe walked out the Opera House!  They took their ride throughout Jim Thorpe for 1 hour, stopping for photos at various locations and were dropped off, in style, at their reception at the Ballroom.

The moment they came out and saw their horse and buggy surprise

This couple is such a ham especially Jen! Loved the funny faces she makes in photos! This time, they hammed it up for the cameras with their surprise face!

Up near Asa Packer Mansion in the parking lot near the Courthouse

 

 

The bride created her own centerpieces, using beautiful yellow silk flowers.  Her bridesmaid boquets were also silk. Her bridal bouquet was made of real flowers.   They were beautifully put together and the Bridesmaids each took their bouquet home with them , which makes silk flowers a pretty neat idea!.

Free Cake with wedding package provided by Icing on the Cake

 

The couple chose to bring various wines from local Franklin Vineyards.  I was lucky enough to have been given a few bottles by the family to take home afterward that I did partake in the next day.  I have to say, I’m now in love with their Bliss wine!

 

It was a pleasure working with the following vendors:

Vendors:

Pagliacetti Catering Packages at the Ballroom

Icing on the Cake

Roxie Trainer Photography

Wines brought by Couple from Franklin Vineyards

DJ Premiere Entertainment

 

Want to book your wedding in Jim Thorpe at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom? Call our planner at 484-629-5070.  Read More

Erin & Mike: Their Destination Wedding in Jim Thorpe

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Erin & Mike:  Their Destination Wedding in Jim Thorpe

I often call Jim Thorpe a destination wedding location close to home.  That is just what Jim Thorpe was to Erin & Mike, who , along with family and friends, came from New Jersey for a little romantic wedding get-a-way!  They even brought in Tami Melissa photography, from New Jersey, to take their photos.  This photographer has been to many weddings from this group and it’s no wonder why!  The pictures were stunning.

Mike and Erin held their ceremony right in our Ballroom space.  One of the Bride’s close friends was the officiant, and they elected to do a beautiful hand binding ceremony in the ancient celtic fashion (loved it!).  Erin’s dress was stunning.  And, just take a look at the pic below; yes, that one shot is of the groom when he first laid eyes on his bride!

Erin arrived in a Horse Drawn Carriage from Crystal View Carriage

Am loving the Groom’s reaction to seeing the Bride for the first time!

I absolutely love that they did a hand binding ceremony in celtic style – which, by they way, the couple is currently honeymooning in Ireland!

The couple were sure not to miss photo opportunities in and around town (they even had their photographer stay overnight to do another photo sessoin the next day!).   And, there were photo opportunities  galore from the train, the large coal rock in Josiah White Park , right in the middle of picturesque Broadway, and the outside alley seating at Tony Stella’s Encore  right on Broadway .

Like I’ve always said – just go stand in front of any door in Jim Thorpe and you have a beautiful photo !

Neat shot at Tony Stella’s Encore Restaurant in his outdoor alley seating area!

LOVE LOVE LOVE this train shot!

The reception was set with three regular round tables and cocktail tables with chiavari chairs.  White wedding was the theme, with beautiful centerpieces, white birds, pearls and diamond decorations on the table.  All was accented with soft up-lighting around the room in an amber hue.

Cupcake Tower topped with two layer cake by Truly Scrumptious

The couple did an amazing choreographed dance routine for their first dance together. It was fantastic, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from a bride who was a dancer most of her life and I must say , her new husband kept up pretty well!

Then there was the father daughter dance and Erin and her dad took everyone by surprise! They started dancing to “When You Wish Upon a Star”  (Erin is a fan of all things Disney) and then, in the middle, they broke out in Beastie Boys only to finish the dance off with Wish Upon a Star. It was, by far, the best father daughter dance I’ve seen to date.

Thank you Mike & Erin for not only coming to Jim Thorpe for your wedding, but for choosing the Ballroom.   We wish you many years of joy and happiness! 

It was a pleasure working with the following vendors:

Cake by Truly Scrumptious

Music by The Secret Service Band

Horse Drawn Carriage by Crystal View Carriage Services

Photography by Tami Mellisa Photography

Cocktail Food by Through the Looking Glass

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Samantha & James: High School Sweethearts

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Samantha & James:  High School Sweethearts

It is often rare for someone you met in high school to be the person you, years later, walk down the isle with.  But, Samantha and James, who met when Samantha was a freshman and James a Junior, did just that.  Their relationship has endured a time when many of us change and often grow apart from those we met in our teenage years.  Through college and lifes changes, these two did it together.   On May 10, 2015, they walked down the isle and became husband and wife, taking their next major  life changes once again together!

Ceremony at the Ballroom

Cake by Icing on the Cake – with ceremony chairs set in background.

This couple knows the town well. Heck, they live right across the street from our Ballroom, which was quite convenient!  They held their ceremony at our venue, then went around our beautiful downtown for some great photos.

I always tell perspective couples that you can go to anyone’s door in Jim Thorpe and get a great photo! Because each is unique with character and charm that makes this town what it is.

 

Delicious food was provided by Pagliacetti’s Catering and the couple had an amazingly yummy cake (FREE with their wedding package at the Ballroom) from Icing on the Cake.  The photos were taken by Photo Jay.

Cake from Icing on the Cake is included in our wedding packages

First Dance

 

 

 

Thank you guys for choosing the Ballroom for your special day. It was great fun working with you on your wedding and I wish you many years of happiness!

 

It was a pleasure working with the following vendors that  I would recommend any time!

Icing on the Cake

Photo Jay

Pagliacetti’s Catering

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