Are you searching for the perfect place to host your wedding? The White Horse Venue in Lakeland, Florida may be just what the doctor ordered. A rustic themed outdoor setting is the perfect place to host your nuptial ceremony. Here are 4 of the best reasons why this is an occasion you can't turn down.
A Ranch Ceremony in Lakeland is the Ultimate Change of Scenery
It's all too mundane to simply host your nuptial ceremony in a staid, conservative location. Why host it down the street when you can make a real occasion of it? After all, this is the most important day of your life. Why make it anything less than magical?
Here at the White Horse Venue, you can take your vows amid the glory of natural ranch scenery. The big sky above you will smile down as you declare your love and commitment to your spouse. And you'll be surrounded by your family members and friends in a place whose gorgeous beauty will always be a huge part of your special memories.
It's the Ultimate Authentic Atmosphere for Your Ceremony
One of the very best reasons to hold your nuptial ceremony at a ranch is to be able to take advantage of the ultimate atmosphere of authenticity. Surrounded by nature and its creations, your mind will be carried back to the old ways of Western life. You will really get a feel for what life was like in those days. Even more importantly, you'll be able to connect with the spirit of the West in a whole new, authentic way.
You'll be able to bask in the majesty of the rural outdoors in a setting that is controlled, yet still loose, natural, and free. It's neither too rustic nor too modern but it's definitely something different that you and your spouse will definitely appreciate. The romance of the West will be all around you as you say your vows. This is a unique opportunity to make a memory that is bound to last for a lifetime.
A Series of Unique Activities Will Be Available
Another reason to host your ceremony at a rustic Florida ranch will be for the range of unique activities that will be yours to enjoy. This is the perfect chance for you to really soak in the atmosphere of the classic Western ranch. From a guest house filled with unique décor to all of the activities you have come to associate with ranch life, this is your unique opportunity to slip back into a simpler past.
We can hook you up with a fascinating look at ranch culture and activities. Surrounded by authentic ranch scenery, you'll really feel like you are back in the old days for a short but magical time. This is the perfect set up for a classic ceremony.
Our Friendly and Knowledgeable Staff is Here to Serve You
You'll be able to take advantage not only of nature and our ranch setting but also of our friendly and knowledgeable staff. We are here to make sure that your ceremony is carried out with flawless precision. Just let us know what you need to make your special day even more perfect and we'll happily carry it out for you.
Our in-house team of expert planners will sit down with you in order to plan out every detail of your ceremony from start to finish. We'll work with you to get the location, the décor, and your surroundings just right. Before you know it, they will have helped to plan out the perfect ceremony. All you need to do at that point is relax and enjoy.
Looking to book your wedding ceremony?
The White Horse Venue is available to host your wedding in Lakeland. If you are ready to host your event in our rustic and romantic location, it's waiting here for you. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how to turn your ceremony into an unforgettable experience. Schedule a tour, now.
It's no secret that while you are spending your whole life with someone, you’re bound to see some (good) changes in your significant other! All things considered, it's easy to see why the honeymoon phase of a relationship gets all of the hype as it’s young, fresh and new. But, if you’re with the right person what happen’s after can actually end up being even more satisfying.
Here are 7 things that typically change for the better:
1. You don’t need to be fancy 24/7
When you’re past the honeymoon stage, you don’t need big expensive meals or extravagant trips to appreciate one another. You will be focused on just spending quality time together.
2. You joke about bodily functions
Remember when you would hold in that fart on the couch or not talk about our body insecurities? Those sort of things become silly, inside, jokes now.
3. You’re Physically More Relaxed
Whereas once you might hours before a date getting everything ready, now you’re happy to let it hang loose.
4. You Don’t Go To The Toilet In Private
Performing everyday “human activities” is to some the the mark of true love. Get used to spending time together in the bathroom.
5. You appreciate the small stuff
After all the glitz and glamour, when you begin to settle into your new life you soon realize just hearing your significant other laugh or just see them genuinely happy is all that you need. Spending quality time together alone doing nothing starts to sound much better than a weekend of partying.
6. You don’t worry about having to impress the parents anymore
Meeting Mom and Dad is intimidating and nerve-wracking. Once you’ve crossed this threshold, you’re polite but also your true self. You’re not fretful about conversations with them, in fact you may actually enjoy them.
7. You know your love is real
You’ve seen each other at your best and worst. You know how the other person reacts and how to handle it. If you can be there for each other during the darkest of times, you know your love is solid.
“Environment has made you who you are, but you have the responsibility of who you become.” - Chef Lo, Owner
Imagine escaping a nation with nowhere to turn to, no food or drinks to consume, the sounds of gun fires and grenades going off in the background! That’s what Sourikone Soukhavong “Lo” and his immediate family had to endure during the communist war in the country of Laos. Left with no hope and disparity, they were able to receive help from a Polk County Presbyterian Church. Several sponsors from the church were instrumental helping Lo and his immediate family which included grandparents, uncles & cousins. At the age of 2 years old, Lo and his family had to adapt to a new environment where they did not speak the language or understand the culture.
Lo attended Stephens Elementary, Floral Avenue and later graduated from Bartow Senior High School. With the support of his family and every bit of savings, he attended Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. JWU is recognized as the World’s largest hospitality educator and holds a distinction in Culinary Arts. After 4 years at JWU, Lo holds an Associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelors in Food Service Entrepreneurship.
After working at various prestigious restaurants and private clubs, Chef Lo has built one of the most eclectic catering & private chef businesses that service central Florida, Millenia Catering.
Millenia Catering currently has 8 full-time, 4 part-time and 60 on-call team members. The company just reached a milestone of 10 years of service. It reports an annual revenue of 1.4 million dollars. Over the decade of service has produced over 8 million dollars in revenue. The art of food and entertaining is their passion. They believe that a successful event goes beyond serving culinary creations. It requires ingenuity, creativity and services that address the needs of your unique event.
Whether you're organizing a gala for 600 guests at a historic mansion, a beachfront wedding celebration for 100, or an intimate gathering for you and your closest friends at home, Millenia Catering is able to provide you with limitless event design guidance to make your next event truly unforgettable.
What they offer:
Chef Lo continues to give back to the community that once giving so much to him and his family. During hurricane Irma, which many out of food and clean water, Chef Lo and his company donated their time and service to cook over 1,000 meal to feed the community.
Q & A with Chef Lo
~ What inspired you to become a chef?
Working in the food service industry at a very young age, I was amazed how so many parts have to come together to create an amazing event and food was always the main focus. So I decided to further my education by attending Johnson & Wales University.
~ What are some of your creative influences?
Most of my creative influences derive from travel and media. Traveling allows me to understand how and why things are prepared and done the way they are. Media allows me to compare the same dish in many formats.
~ What style of cooking do you enjoy the most?
With the study of classical French cuisine and a South East Asian background, I enjoy global cuisine, cooking without boundaries. Understanding classical dishes and infusing them with another regional dish to create unique flavors is fulfilling. A great example is a Chinese Taco or a Ginger Crème Brulee.
~ What is your favorite ingredient?
I would have to say fresh herbs. Herbs are very delicate and can change the complexity of a dish if it is not handled properly. I like any ingredient that I can go to my back yard, pick it and use it immediately.
~ What advice would you give someone starting out in the profession?
To really think hard and long if this is the path they would like to mature and grow into.
This is one of the most demanding and time-consuming businesses, if you want to be successful. Also, to understand that this is a “people” business and that to people comes first before money, egos, fortune or fame.
For more information on Millenia Catering, check out their website.
From planning the cake, the flowers, the wedding theme, the dresses, the showers, and all the smallest details that a microscope may not even catch, you've probably done enough organizing for the year that you make the Konmari method look like a joke.
We hope everything has gone perfect, but now it's time to let loose!
Wedding guests always get excited to see what the bridal party cooked up for their entrance into the wedding reception. A fun thing to do is allow each pair in the bridal party to come up with their own entrance. Some weddings have each pair select their own song to enter the reception and others have one song for the bridal party to come out too. It's completely up to you.
Typically, your first dance occurs right after you are announced for the first time and make your entrance into the reception. Take your guests on an emotional roller coaster by making your entrance into the reception a funny one, but then transition into your first dance and start plucking heart strings.
Check out some popular dance moves that will have everyone entertained as you, your groom, and your bridal party bust their way into the reception.
1. The Classic Carlton
Every one can agree, the Carlton is easily one of the most classic dance moves of all time. Well, at least since it originated on Fresh Prince of Belair in 1991. This move will never disappoint the crowd.
2. Floss Like A Boss
You've probably seen every 13-year old kid completely crush this one. What seems like an illusion and impossible to do, can be done. If you want to master the "floss", watch this tutorial on YouTube.
3. Fruit Ninja Drizzy
When Drake started dancing like your crazy uncle during the Hot Line Bling music video, it became an internet sensation and immediately left it's mark in dance move history. Learn how to have moves like Drake here.
4. Got It From My Mama
We don't know who's mom this is, but we wish we did. She would set it off in any dance circle. Take a look at what she did during the Warriors game. If you can mimic this, you will have your guests goin' nuts!
5. For The Love Of Fortnite
There's just something about this dance move that seems so fun! If you know someone in your wedding party that is a Fortnite nerd, then they have to use this as their dance move for their entrance.
6. Snap, Crackle, & Pop It
There are just certain moves that never get old. Throw your arms up, bend your knees, and just give it all you got!
At the end of the day...
...any dance move for your entrance is going to so enjoyable for you and your guests, so soak it all up and make your wedding everything you deserve.
The moment has finally come, you are newly engaged! Now what!?
One of the first things you should do when wedding planning is to book your venue. Download our 12 Month Wedding Planning Timeline to stay organized throughout your planning process.
Anyways, many of the popular venues will become booked very quickly, so it is important to mark this off your checklist. Now the trouble is, what venue should you go with? There is a lot to think about before deciding on a venue for your special day. After your wedding day has past, the videos and photos that are captured will be the only memory you have left, so you will be thankful for choosing a beautiful venue years down the road.
Answer the 6 questions below to help you choose the perfect venue for your Florida wedding.
What style do you vision for the ceremony and celebration?
This is a good starting point. You will need to figure out what kind of style you want your wedding to be. Styles can range from southern, country, rustic, traditional, elegant, glam, industrial, and the list goes on and on. The great news is that many venues can incorporate any look that you want, so don't get overwhelmed during the process!
Will you have the celebration indoors or outdoors?
Though it seems simple, once you can confidently answer this question, you will be able to narrow down a lot of places. Many venues have the option for an outside area for a ceremony and a covered or enclosed area for the reception. This is a perfect mix to allow you and your guests to have that indoor and outdoor experience.
How many guest do you plan on attending?
The number of people that will be attending your wedding, will affect what venues that you are able to select. Most places have a maximum capacity or limit of how many guests you can have on the premises. You would hate to book a smaller venue that will not be able to accommodate everyone you want to be there on the big day, so make sure to consider your guest list when booking your venue. We have plenty of space at the ranch and can accommodate 400 guests!
Have you set your budget yet?
This is one of the hardest parts of a wedding, but one of the most important. When picking a venue, try your best to keep the budget in mind. Take into consideration what the venue offers that may save your money on rentals, decor, and much more in the in the long run. Does the venue offer tables, chairs, decorations, etc.
At White Horse Ranch, we offer the following with our package:
We do our best to remove the hassle and create “one stop shop” experience by provide the all wedding services through our preferred vendors (catering, DJ, florist, cake, etc.). For more information on our pricing, click here.
What is your ideal wedding date?
Picking a date can be tricky. The time of year you want to get married can affect your venue. If you love summer weddings, you may want to consider a venue with an indoor or covered option in case it rains (even though they say rain is good luck on your wedding day!).
If you are dead set on a specific date, make sure before you even look at a venue, that they have this date available. There is no point in falling in love with a venue if they don’t have the available date you want. It is also important to research if the venue is available during certain times of the year or if they have an off-peak season with cheaper options.
Due to the Florida heat, we do not currently host any weddings May through August and only offer availability from September through April. Feel free to click the messenger button on the bottom right hand of the screen if you would like to see if your ideal wedding date is available.
Have you thought about guest parking? Don't forget.
Parking is something that no one really thinks about when booking a venue, but it can be a huge deal for your guest's overall experience of your wedding. At White Horse Ranch, we offer valet parking for your guests. This allows them to drive as close as possible to the ceremony and have their vehicle carefully moved to our parking lot in the front of the venue.
If you’re newly engaged, this is for you!
Getting engaged is one of the most exciting and memorable times of your life. It can also be a bit overwhelming with the amount of friends and family that will reach out with congratulatory messages and of course, advice. Some of it is really helpful, some of it, not so much.
We have heard it all, so we put together a short list of the most common things engaged couples wish they knew NOT to do when they got engaged.
1. Don’t Tell Your Instagram Followers Before Grandma and Grandpa
Do your best to tell the ones closest to you, especially family, before you post it the world. The last thing you want to happen is your grandma hear that you’re engaged from the neighbor who saw it on social media. We promise, the Instagram selfie can wait 24 hours! Tell your Grams before the Gram.
2. Don't Feel Pressure to Commit to Anything
Again, you will (most likely) be receiving A LOT of advice. Your Mom wants you to invite her gym friends. Your future father-in-law wants to keep the wedding very conservative. Oh, and your best friend knows this amazing photographer that you have to use. Try not to decide on a single thing in the first few weeks, or months, of being engaged. As your caught up in the excitement of an engagement, you also may find yourself getting hyped from the well wishes and inviting people along without thinking. Air on the side of caution here and don’t put yourself in a tough spot
3. Don't Choose Your Wedding Party Right Away
Same goes for the bridal party when it comes to not over-committing. Try to keep things vague and avoid making any commitments early on when it comes to your bridesmaids or groomsmen. You still have a lot of things to decide on first that may dictate this, such as the kind of wedding you end up having or your budget. Also, depending on the length of your engagement, friendships can change and evolve. Hold off for a little while before you ask anyone and make sure you are 100%.
4. Don't Wear a Ring That Doesn't Fit You
We all know that you’re excited to rock your rock, but don’t bypass the fact if it doesn’t fit perfectly. If your engagement ring is too big, it’s especially important that you get it resized immediately before you start wearing it. The last thing you want to happen is that you lose it or damage it. Being that it only takes a day or two to have a ring resized, there’s no excuse to not make sure it stays on your finger forever!
5. Don't Start to Book or Buy a Dress Immediately
It’s normal to start looking around at venues (like us at White Horse Ranch), vendors, and bridal boutiques upon getting engaged, but do not make any commitments, purchases or bookings until you are crystal clear on the details of your special day. You need to do your research and work around specific dates that are available for everyone involved. Not to mention you’ll also want to sit down with your future spouse to come up with a potential budget. If you purchase a dress too early in your engagement, you run the risk of growing tire of it, or see other gowns you would have preferred over the course of your wedding planning.
6. Don't Stress Out
There is a lot of planning, coordinating, and communicating during the wedding planning process. We understand it can be overwhelming. I mean, you’ve only been dreaming of this day for your entire life. No big deal. But in all seriousness, try not to let it stress you out or cause you sleepless nights worrying about it. After all is said and done, it’s just a big celebration with the most special people in your lives. You have the ability to make it as elaborate, or as simple, as you want to. You can always elope, too and throw a party. Regardless, enjoy being engaged and cherish this happy time with your other half!