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    Win Tickets to Our 34th Annual Wedding Extravaganza!

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Engagement Photo Contest runs from Monday, January 13 -Monday, January 20, 2014

    Enter our Engagement Photo Contest on Facebook for a chance to win a Couple’s Spa Treatment and two tickets to our 34th Annual Wedding Extravaganza on Friday, January 24, 2014!

    Start or finish planning your dream wedding with ease at Turf Valley’s 34th Annual Wedding Extravaganza. Turf Valley has one of the longest-running and most exciting wedding shows in Maryland! With over 85 service exhibitors, including photography, entertainment, cakes, and more, you will be able to meet with each vendor to receive information and discuss your wedding needs.  Admission to the Extravaganza includes an open bar and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a full-course seated dinner and wedding fashion show.  This year’s fashion show will feature wear from Hitched, Francesca’s, Bridal Boutique of Columbia, Hyatt, and several other local boutiques.

    For this year’s show we are giving away two tickets plus a couple’s spa treatment to two engaged Facebook winners! Melissa Russell’s romantic Busch Garden engagement story was the winner of our first contest, receiving more than 90 votes! For this week’s contest, running now until Monday, January 20th, we are asking you to simply upload your favorite engagement photo to our Facebook page.  Encourage your friends and family to like your photo by Monday, January 20th by 9:00 a.m., and you could be our final winner!

    Good luck and we hope to see you at the show! Stay connected with Turf Valley on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for wedding tips, ideas, and more. 

    The Advantages of Choosing Turf Valley for Your Government Travel Needs

    Last updated 9 months ago

    At Turf Valley of central Maryland we have years of experience working with a wide range of travelers. Some of them are vacationers, while others are businessmen on corporate travel schedules. Given Turf Valley’s close proximity to the heart of the Baltimore-Washington, DC corridor, we have also had the opportunity to serve a great deal of military personnel and government travelers. At Turf Valley we offer clearance-sensitive conference facilities such as the Cameo Ballroom, a room that is certified by the United States Department of Defense as a secure meeting space. We are less than 45 minutes from Fort Meade and Fort Detrick, and only 15 miles from the United States Social Security Administration Headquarters in Woodlawn, Maryland. We also offer per diem rates and special packages such as extended-stay military housing needs.

    To learn more about why Turf Valley is the ideal place for your government travel needs, visit our website today. And to speak with a professional at our hotel, please give us a call at (410) 465-1500.

    Inspiration for Your Winter Wedding!

    Last updated 9 months ago

    A winter wedding is a wonderful way to commemorate your love for your significant other. And while many people love to incorporate winter wedding motifs such as pinecones, snowflakes, and holiday colors, there are a number of other, more dazzling ways to embrace the season. For winter wedding décor ideas, continue reading.

    Color and Flowers
    To avoid having an overly holiday-oriented wedding, go easy on the red and green. Silver and white add winter-themed elegance without being overpowering. Use satin ribbons, crystal accents, and phalaenopsis orchids for a beautiful winter ambience at your wedding. White hydrangas and ranunculuses are other full flowers that will look great.

    Impress your guests at your wedding by choosing a creative cake design. Red and green ribbon is pretty, but if you want something more unique select a white, classic-style cake and have it topped with silver powder and a white sugar ribbon.

    Invitations and Favors
    Winter wedding receptions are typically held inside an elegant ballroom, rather than outdoors. To send out a formal invitation, use heavy cardstock printed with dark font and hand calligraphy. Use silver envelopes to incorporate a winter motif. For a more original favor than cookies or truffles, try chocolate-coated cranberries or roasted nuts.

    Impress your guests with ice-carved vases filled with white branches and hanging crystals. Use white table linens to top the tables, and frosted glassware for a classy touch. Surround the centerpiece with candles.

    Music and Cocktails
    A classical pianist is enjoyable, but if you want to add a touch that guests will be talking about for years to come, hire an a capella quartet to sing a collection of jazz and pop songs, or a cellist that can play classical tunes to set the mood at your wedding.

    At Turf Valley of central Maryland we have years of experience catering to winter weddings. We have some of the most exceptional wedding venues in Maryland, which can seat anywhere between 50 and 650 guests. Call us at (410) 465-1500 to learn more, and visit our website to see our wedding packages and venues.

    What to Do With Your Wedding Dress After Your Wedding

    Last updated 9 months ago

    “What should I do with my wedding dress now?” is a common question asked by brides after their big day. So we sat down with Chris, a specialist at Schroedl Custom Cleaners, to get the answer.

    Clean It and Preserve It

    Save your wedding dress for your daughter’s wedding or wear it again at your vow renewal by having your gown professionally cleaned and preserved before storing it.  Gowns are cleaned and preserved in a four-step process on-site at Schroedl Custom Cleaners, a Baltimore family-owned and operated business since 1861.  The gowns are first soaked in a solvent to remove any dirt, stains or discoloration.  They are then hand-cleaned to remove any remaining stains and hung in a special drying room.  After dry, the gown is placed on a mannequin and pressed. Finally, the wedding gown is preserved and placed in an acid-free box designed to keep out light, moisture and dust. Brides are always free to inspect their cleaned and pressed gown before preservation.  

    Sell It

    Earn extra money for your honeymoon or for you and your spouse’s first big purchase. There are countless outlets for those brides looking to sell their wedding gowns.  Some dedicated websites even have sections to sell bridesmaids, flower girl, and mother of the bride dresses. Selling your wedding dress will not only help you earn extra cash, but it may also help another bride afford her dream wedding gown.  A used wedding dress can sell for around 50 percent of its retail value, and it’s best to sell right after your wedding – while the dress is still in-season and in-style. 

    Donate It

    Help make a bride’s dream come true by donating your wedding dress.  Many charities accept used wedding gowns, and there are even nonprofit organizations specifically focused on weddings.  Chris shared the story of a bride who recently used Schroedl Custom Cleaners to clean her wedding dress before donating to a charity for wives of military servicemen. Most organizations will request that you have your gown cleaned at home or professionally before making your tax-deductible donation.

    Whichever you decide, Chris highly suggests cleaning your wedding dress right after your wedding day.  Before honeymooning, it is common for a bride to task her maid of honor or mother with having the dress cleaned to keep any stains from setting. There’s nothing worse than finding your gown discolored and stained!  

    Schroedl Custom Cleaners specializes in restoring antique and vintage bridal gowns, stain and discoloration removal, and wedding gown preservation. Meet them at Turf Valley’s 34th Annual Wedding Extravaganza on Friday, January 24, 2014 from 4:30-10:30 pm. Purchase tickets online or call 410.423.0812 for tickets and overnight packages.

    Share your engagement story for the chance to attend Turf Valley’s 34th Annual Wedding Extravaganza free!

    Get Your Golf Ball to Go Farther with These Tips

    Last updated 9 months ago

    While accuracy is a very important aspect of the golf swing, many people forget to also focus on distance. Learn more about how you can extend your shooting distance by watching this video clip.

    The factor with the most influence on the ball speed is not the power, or the arm speed of your swing—it is actually the club head speed, which is largely determined by how square the swing is. To improve your ability to hit the center of the ball with the middle of the club face, try practicing with club face tape. Watch the video clip for more tips on how to modify your swing for maximum distance.

    At Turf Valley in central Maryland we have two 18-hole golf courses for you to enjoy. Check out our website to learn about our hotel, golf courses, restaurant, spa, and event facilities in greater detail. And if you have any questions, give us a call at (410) 465-1500.

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