Losing a loved one is a difficult part of life. Once they pass, you are often preoccupied with planning the services and left without time to celebrate the life that they lived. A common practice is to host a celebration of Life or memorial service after the funeral to allow loved ones to reminisce and share their favorite memories, an essential part of the grieving process.

Hosting your memorial event can be stressful. We would like to make your planning slightly easier by answering questions you may have about these events. While funerals are often a somber event focused on the loss, a celebration of life or memorial service is an opportunity to focus on the wonderful memories that everyone is left with.

Winter has a specific feel, a cozy, wonderland, quiet beauty that is perfect for a wedding. While a summer wedding is a stunning affair, there are numerous reasons that a winter wedding can be the most elegant time of year. 

At The Bowden, we are in love with winter weddings for so many reasons. Our grand indoor spaces bring the outside-in with our floor-to-ceiling windows, natural light, and shimmering chandeliers.  The vast ballroom which can typically hold 627 guests, ensures up to 313 socially distanced guests can safely attend your wedding. We also have an in-house catering manager, day of venue coordinator and a day-of bridal attendant to work along-side you with every detail of your perfect day.

If you’re hosting a church service, a town hall meeting, or even a corporate meeting, being forced to limit attendees can be incredibly frustrating. With today’s mandates ever-changing, people feel unsure of attending, and important attendees who could share useful information may not feel it wise to visit a crowded space. A solution that many are finding is to have guest groups meet at a satellite location.

Hybrid meetings, meetings that have both virtual and in-person guests, are a concept that we have all become familiar with in recent months due to the demand for remote work. Although they are a good solution for today’s challenges, there are areas where hybrid meetings can fall short. One could argue that a hybrid meeting’s biggest challenge is creating team cohesiveness, making sure everyone feels included, engaged, and heard. 

One new wedding trend is a micro wedding. A micro wedding has a smaller guest list (usually under 50 total) with simplified details and a more intimate feel. The advantage of a micro wedding is that it is typically more affordable, and it can stay within local social distancing and gathering mandates. 

Although micro weddings have advantages, sometimes you just want to expand. Is it possible to increase your guest list and broaden your wedding details while still keeping things simple and adhering to current regulations? Absolutely! 

Marriage is always a cause for celebration with bridal showers, bachelor parties, and the wedding itself typically all celebrated to the hilt. A wedding anniversary is a fun way to continue the celebration for years to come. 

With just a little bit of planning, you can host an anniversary party that attendees will be talking about for quite some time. At least until the next party!