Awesome Venues–Waterfront Convention Center

This is the first in a series of articles featuring some of the greatest locations in the Quad Cities where we have worked over the years.  Our first venue is the amazing Waterfront Convention Center located on State Street in Bettendorf Iowa.  The Waterfront Center is a big venue, capable of hosting banquet events for up to 650 guests in a wedding setting.  The room is very nearly acoustically perfect and has some bold architectural texture that looks great with up-lighting.

Here are some of our favorite photos from past events at the Waterfront:

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Red and white uplighting highlighting the main banquet room entrance at the Waterfront Convention Center. The room has a lot of architectural features with texture that are further accentuated with the up-lighting.

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For this wedding the dance floor was exactly in the center of the room. Barely noticeable on the stage is one of our BOSE speakers which are very effective at filling the room with amazing and crystal clear sound. This room was designed by Tamara Wendt Design, who supplied the crystals and the teal up-lighting.

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Purple, Purple, Purple! Brooke and Ben’s wedding featured the color purple, for which we supplied lots of high powered purple uplighting which bathed the Waterfront Convention Center in the luxurious color!

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A shot prior to the opening of the doors at the 2013 Quad Cities Festival of Trees Sugar Plum Ball, for which we have provided the entertainment for the last 8 years. Notice the Waterfront’s capacity to seat lots of people in a banquet setting!

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Another shot of the Sugar Plum Ball. The Waterfront Convention Center features lots of room to dance, which is a good thing, because this crowd always packs the dance floor!

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For this peacock themed wedding at the Waterfront Convention Center we furnished uplighting to accent the peacock colors that were found throughout the room.

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Nothing beats a fall wedding at the Waterfront Convention Center. To go with the couples’ theme we provided high powered yellow and orange uplighting.

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At this wedding reception in the Waterfront Center we installed programmable uplighting, allowing us to change the color theme throughout the night. It made for quite a party!

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Celebrate!

 The Waterfront Convention Center’s website is http://qcwcc.com

Katie and Adam 03/10/12

Peacock feathers abounded at Katie and Adam Powers’ Spring wedding and reception held at the shiny and elegant Waterfront Convention Center on March 10, 2012.  “Ever since I heard that Katie’s wedding would be on March 10 I have been praying for beautiful weather!” mentioned one of couple’s relatives as we waited for the ceremony to begin.  And what perfect weather it was!  Sunny skies and temperatures in the 60’s are not the norm for the second weekend in March, but then again, this was not a normal day for Katie and Adam!

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The couple’s ceremony took place in the glass encased atrium of the Waterfront Center, allowing for perfect views of the beautiful day outdoors.  Katie was a beautiful bride as she descended the grand staircase and made her entrance to Purcell’s “Trumpet Voluntary”.

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Elizabeth, the Flower Girl, makes her way down the long ceremony aisle.

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Katie descends the grand staircase, escorted by her Father.

After the ceremony the couple’s 350 guests enjoyed appetizers and cocktails in the West Atrium.  We furnished some upbeat cocktail music using one of our BOSE wireless systems to help make the hour more festive!

The facility’s grand banquet room was opened to the guests at 6:30.  Guests found the room to be beautifully decorated in the couple’s peacock theme, including turquoise and purple flowers, peacock feathers, black linens and chair covers with turquoise sashes provided by Clazzy Designs.

We enhanced the theme with up-lights in turquoise and purple throughout the room.  Katie furnished us with some color swatches so that we could custom match her color scheme and program our up-lights prior to the event.

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Black Tie provided turquoise and purple uplighting to accentuate and enhance the peacock theme. Floral and decor by Clazzy Designs.

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Peacock, purple and turquoise table settings and uplighting.

What a beautiful setting for a party!

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The newlyweds made their grand entrance, along with their large wedding party, to the song “Marry You” by Bruno Mars.  The couple cut their wedding cake which was centered on the dance floor, immediately to kick off the festivities.

Members of the wedding party included:

Parents – Mike and Julie Snyder, Lonnie and Jackie Powers

Ushers – Colin Donahue, Frank Coryn, Dustin Lenz and Travis Lenz

Flower girl and ring bearer – Elizabeth Kramper, Kellen Powers

Bridesmaids – Carolyn Wehr, Kaitlyn Wehr, Kristen Mandle, Mary Snyder

Groomsmen- Craig Rodgers, Alex Graber, Christian Grieser, Andy Snyder

Matrons of Honor – Karen Cervantes, Jessica Judkins

Best Men – Ryan Powers, Jason Powers

There was a welcome speech by the Father of the Bride, Mike Snyder, and a blessing by Pastor Lynn Thiede.  Guests enjoyed a video montage as the dinner buffet began.

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After dinner Katie and Adam kicked off the dance floor fun by dancing skillfully to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley.

As you can see, the party was great and the guests really used the dance floor to it’s fullest!

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Katie gets ready to toss the bouquet. What a beautiful wedding dress!

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Adam goes for the garter!

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A perfect toss!

Please visit our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BlackTieEntertainment for more photos of the party!

Wedding professionals who assisted Katie and Adam Powers to have the most perfect wedding day imaginable included:

Venue – Waterfront Convention Center

Linens and Floral – Clazzy Designs

Men’s Formalwear – Men’s Wearhouse

Bridal Attire – Maurice’s

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes – Hy-Vee

Photographer – Brianna Cornell

Lodging – Isle of Capri

Ceremony Sound, Up-Lighting, DJ Services – Black Tie Entertainment (that’s us!)

(All photos in this article taken by Robin or Tim Schaver)

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Wedding cupcake tiers from Hy-Vee.

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Thanks to Katie and Adam for letting us share in your incredible day!  We wish you the very best!

Army Birthday Ball-June 19, 2009

This year Black Tie was honored to again serve as the music provider for dancing at the annual Army Birthday Ball.  The 2009 version of the annual event was held on Friday June 19 at the sparkling new Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf Iowa.

This event is open to the public and features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a receiving line, a streamer ceremony, dinner, a cake cutting ceremony, guest speaker and, of course,  a dance.

The Army Birthday Ball Event has grown to become one of my favorites over the years, and with the move to the new convention center the Birthday Ball is now bigger and better than ever.

Doing the Cha Cha Slide in full dress uniforms, elegant gowns and formal wear!

Doing the Cha Cha Slide in full dress uniforms, elegant gowns and formal wear!

Here is a chronological play list of the music the guests enjoyed dancing to during the course of the evening:

Michael Bublé The Way You Look Tonight
Glenn Miller In The Mood
Earth Wind & Fire Let’s Groove
Marcia Griffiths Electric Boogie
Mr C Cha Cha Slide
The Beatles I Saw Her Standing There
Alan Jackson Good Time
Cupid Cupid Shuffle
Anne Murray Tennessee Waltz
Lonestar Amazed
Wilson Pickett Mustang Sally
Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive
Peaches & Herb Shake Your Groove Thing
Vanilla Ice Ice Ice Baby
Michael Jackson Billie Jean
The Romantics What I Like About You
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble The House Is Rockin’
Usher Feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris Yeah
Flo Rida Low
Nelly Furtado Promiscuous (Ralphi Rosario Radio Mix)
Billy Joel Just The Way You Are
Solomon Burke Cry to Me
The Commodores Brick House
Wild Cherry Play That Funky Music
Jennifer Lopez Let’s Get Loud
Chubby Checker The Twist
Etta James At Last
Kenny Chesney Me And You
Van Halen Jump
Van Halen (Oh) Pretty Woman
Michael Bublé Save The Last Dance For Me
Michael Bublé Sway
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life [Remastered 2003]
Donna Summer Last Dance
A great time in the beautiful new Waterfront Convention Center Ballroom.

A great time in the beautiful new Waterfront Convention Center Ballroom.

I offer my sincere thanks to the fine individuals who organize this event for allowing me to be of service again this year.