Directions to The Caldwell House, Abbeville, Louisiana

DIRECTIONS TO THE CALDWELL HOUSE

105 E. Vermilion Street, Abbeville, Louisiana

From I-10 in Lafayette

From I-10 in Lafayette, take Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Exit 100.  Go south (if coming from the East, after you get off the exit, take a left and go over the I-10 overpass); (if coming from the West, take a right when you get off the exit).  You’ll be on Ambassador Caffery Parkway.

Go a couple miles or so and stay in the right lane.  Just after you pass the MacDonalds, Ambassador Caffery will bear to the right (if you go straight, it turns into Bertrand).  Stay on Ambassador Caffery for a few more miles.  Stay in the right lane.

You will pass a Walmart and Sams on the right.  You will get to a major intersection of Ambassador Caffery and Johnston (Hwy. 167).  There will be a Hobby Lobby and Texas Roadhouse there.  Take a right and head south.  About 8 miles later, you will reach the town of Maurice.  SLOW DOWN TO 40, OR YOU WILL GET A TICKET.

After Maurice, go 10 miles and you will come into Abbeville.  Get in the left lane.  When you get to the first red light in Abbeville, take a left (Ray Chevrolet will be on your right).  Go over the bridge and you will see a red light up ahead.  When you get to that red light, take a right at the next red light (by a Burger King).

Stay in the left-hand lane.  Go ½ mile and you will be approaching a red light.  DO NOT GO AS FAR AS THE RED LIGHT, or you’ll pass up our driveway (and it’s one way, so you’ll have to go around the block).  Just before the red light, you will take a left into our driveway, which is located behind a small white church building.  Look for The Caldwell yellow sign on the ground, after a house that is trimmed in stone.  Park in the back – this is all our parking lot.  You can then walk down the sidewalk and come in under the side porch.  Do not come in under the carport.  Use the intercom, call us at 337-281-0807, or there is a doorbell on the front side of the porch.

From Highway 90

From Highway 90 in New Iberia, take Highway 14 west towards Abbeville.  Travel for about 25 minutes, through Delcambre and Erath.  After you pass Walmart as you’re getting into Abbeville, stay straight on the Bypass (do not take a left on Hwy. 14/Charity Street).

When you get to the intersection of McDonalds and Burger King, which is the last red light before the bridge, take a left by Burger King going south.  (Follow the directions in the last paragraph above.)

From Kaplan on Highway 14

Traveling east, when you get into Abbeville, you will come to the intersection of Highway 167 and Highway 14.  Go straight, over the bridge, and get into the right-hand lane.  Take a right at the next red light (by a Burger King).

Stay in the left-hand lane.  Go ½ mile and you will be approaching a red light.  DO NOT GO AS FAR AS THE RED LIGHT, or you’ll pass up our driveway (and it’s one way, so you’ll have to go around the block).  Just before the red light, you will take a left into our driveway, which is located behind a small white church building.  Look for The Caldwell yellow sign on the ground, after a house that is trimmed in stone.  Park in the back – this is all our parking lot.  You can then walk down the sidewalk and come in under the side porch.  Do not come in under the carport.  Use the intercom, call us at 337-281-0807, or there is a doorbell on the front side of the porch.

From the south

Continue north on Highway 82 which will lead you to circle around the Vermilion Parish Courthouse.  At the back of the courthouse, Hwy. 82 becomes N. St. Charles Street.  Continue north.  You will be on a divided one-lane highway.  Just before the divided highway merges with the other two southbound lanes (about ½ mile), take a U-turn and go back south.  You will be on N. State Street.

Stay in the left-hand lane.  Go ½ mile and you will be approaching a red light.  DO NOT GO AS FAR AS THE RED LIGHT, or you’ll pass up our driveway (and it’s one way, so you’ll have to go around the block).  Just before the red light, you will take a left into our driveway, which is located behind a small white church building.  Look for The Caldwell yellow sign on the ground, after a house that is trimmed in stone.  Park in the back – this is all our parking lot.  You can then walk down the sidewalk and come in under the side porch.  Do not come in under the carport.  Use the intercom, call us at 337-281-0807, or there is a doorbell on the front side of the porch.

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HS Productions

My name is Homer Stelly. I’ve been a Disc Jockey for thirty (30) years.  I have been a DJ for birthdays, reunions, anniversaries, wedding receptions and private parties.  I have a great selection of music from the 50’s to the present. This includes French, Zyeco, Country, Swamp Pop, Rock, R&B, and instrumental.  I love to provide entertainment and enjoy seeing people have a good time.   I will travel just about anywhere within reason to DJ.  Music is my hobby so I enjoy playing it.

Unless you’re not too picky about the music which will be played at your wedding reception, you should be careful about who you choose for your DJ.  Anyone can claim to be a DJ.  Anyone can give their DJ service a name, print a business card, set up a website, rent equipment and download songs.  But only a professional DJ will have the experience to help you plan the music for your event, suggest music for memorable moments, know how to announce the proper music at the proper time, have a list of referrals and know how to work with the venue staff.  They are dependable and know how to act professional.  They know what it takes to make your event a success – their success and reputation depends on it.

Homer Stelly – 337-685-2785 or 337-278-6838

Email address: homer.stelly@us.army.mil.

Choosing a Wedding and Reception Venue

Choosing a venue for your wedding and reception is not only an important decision, but it should be done as quickly as possible.  Most venues can only accept one wedding per day or evening, and most weddings take place on Fridays and Saturdays.  Holiday weekends may not be acceptable for some venues.  Add to that the considerations of weather and time of year, if that is important to you, and the choice narrows down considerably.

Your first task should be to determine the number of guests you intend to invite, ruling out those which you must invite but you know won’t attend (i.e, your 90 year old aunt who lives in France).  The guest count will be crucial to pricing information not just for your venue, but for many of the other wedding service vendors you will be meeting with.

Next, you must decide what time of the year you would like your wedding to take place.  You may have always dreamed of an outdoor ceremony, however, if the location you choose for your ceremony and reception has no provisions for cold, hot or inclement weather, this may greatly affect the outcome of your dream-come-true wedding.  If you choose to have your outdoor wedding in the heat of the summer or chill of winter, you must be willing to accept the temperatures that come along with these times of the year, unless your venue has alternative provisions for those circumstances.

The Caldwell House in Abbeville, Louisiana offers you various choices for the location of your wedding and reception:

East Garden Ceremony Site,

under the shade of the trees,

for small intimate weddings

or larger weddings up to 200 guests;

Inside ceremony

at the base of the stairs

for small intimate weddings

of up to 50 guests;

West Garden Pavilion

for small weddings or larger weddings

of up to 200 guests, which offers protection from inclement weather.

(Photo by Moore Photography)

The most important factor to consider is what type of atmosphere you want for your wedding ceremony and reception.  Once you make that decision, you can narrow down the field for your venue and choose the one that’s right for you.

The Caldwell House
105 E. Vermilion Street
Abbeville, LA  70510
http://www.thecaldwell.com
337-909-0050

Wedding Planning Services

You have chosen a venue.  You’re in the planning stage of your wedding reception and you need advice on where to set up your tables, electricity needed for your DJ, you need to get into the building to plan the various aspects of your wedding…..but no one will return your call!  You leave messages, you bang on the door – no calls are returned – no one is available.  Days go by and you are at a standstill, your DJ keeps calling, the florist needs to know how many tablecloths to provide…and still, you cannot get an answer to your questions!

WOW, what money you’ve saved on renting this hall!  But now you are told you have to provide tables, and tablecloths, and rent your own chairs!  You are shocked at what it costs to furnish a empty hall with everything you will need to create the right atmosphere for your wedding.  But it’s too late now, so you just try to deal with it as best you can.  You are already stressed.

Finally, it’s your wedding day — a day you’ve dreamed of since you were a little girl!

Regardless, you still have to coordinate activities at the reception hall.  It’s summer, 95 degrees outside, and you have to find someone to get the key and go and put on the air-conditioning prior to the reception.  Okay, someone took care of that for you.

But who is calling now?  The cake decorator needs to get into the hall (earlier than she anticipated) and the icing is melting.  Now you have to find someone to go back to the hall and let her in.  Okay, the cake is set up, the hall is cool.

Time to get dressed and enjoy your wedding preparations.  But why is the phone ringing again?  The caterer needs to get in and all the food is sitting out in the heat.  You have to find someone to go back to the hall to let them in.

It’s past time for you to begin dressing, and the most special day of your life has already become a nightmare.

Don’t let this happen to you!

The Caldwell House offers assistance with your wedding and reception planning.  From the day you choose the Caldwell House for your venue, you will be given a list of preferred wedding service vendors to contact so that you can compare services and prices.  Our trained consultants are available by phone, email, instant messaging or meeting, and we will be with you every step of the way.  Your wedding is a priority to us and we want your event to be as successful as you do.  Whether you need help planning the layout for the reception, deciding on a timeline for various activities, or determining the right decor to help you create your special wedding and reception, we will be there for you.

Brides who book a wedding at The Caldwell House do not get an empty building for which she must hire a decorator or party-planner to help create her dream.  We take care of those things for you.  Included in our wedding and reception packages are coordination by our consultants of the rehearsal, wedding and reception.  Tables, tablecloths, chairs, fleur de lis dinnerware, silverware, glass stemware, coffee urns, punch bowl, cake knives, champagne flutes, and silver cake stand are all part of the package.  No need to rent these items.

Days prior to your wedding, your Caldwell House consultant will call each wedding service provider to confirm the date and time they will be at The Caldwell on the day of your wedding.  We will take care of any rentals you may have requested, will set up the house and gardens for the wedding ceremony and reception, and make sure everything is in place the way you want it.

On the day of the wedding, our staff will be there to accept the cake, flowers, and  assist the caterer with the setup of food.  We will make sure everything is set up for your wedding, just as you dreamed it.  We will take care of your immediate family members as they arrive.  We will greet your guests and direct them to the ceremony site.  You and your family and friends can enjoy the day and leave these details to us.

After the reception, the bridal couple can enjoy their honeymoon night, and their family and friends can leave to reflect on the beautiful wedding they have just witnessed — our staff will take care of the clean up.

The staff at The Caldwell House is honored when a bride chooses The Caldwell for this most special event and we will truly do all we can to make this your dream-come-true wedding!

Digital Music Services

Does it really matter which DJ you hire?


Hi, my name is Mike. I’m a full time DJ with many years of experience. If you’ll give me a few minutes of your time, I’ll explain how to avoid some of the most common mistakes that people make when hiring a DJ service.

Most people have access to Internet and music. Some of these people have become a self proclaimed “DJ.” I’ll be the first to admit that pressing a play button doesn’t take much talent, but knowing “what songs” to play does! Knowing what to say, when to say it and when not to say anything at all isn’t something you can learn by downloading songs.

There are many types of DJ’s.  A DJ that works in a bar or club probably isn’t the best choice for a wedding reception. Likewise, a wedding DJ may not be the best choice for a Sweet 16 Party. Here’s another example…Your best friend wants to “give you his DJ services as a wedding present.” They may not really be giving you anything, unless he or she is a professional DJ.  Much of the time, they are more interested in having the spotlight on themselves rather than on the event and guests. A DJ is supposed to play the “appropriate” music, at the proper levels and at the correct time. He will also speak to the guests during his service and make announcements, and will make the introductions of the bride, groom and family.  He will also need to work with the venue staff, photographer, videographer, etc. for a seamless wedding reception.  Will he know how to do this?

Will he be dressed appropriately?  Will he act silly or in a professional manner?  What about his speech, his language?  Will his set up and equipment be professional?

Watch out for… “I’ve been a DJ for (?) years.” You should ask, “How many events do you do per month? What venues or customers can I call for references regarding your services?”

Most DJ’s aren’t real businesses. To find out who is and who isn’t, ask for a blank business check. Only legitimate services will set up a business and have a business checking account. Only professional DJ’s are listed in the yellow pages.  Google is very handy, but it lists everybody it finds connected with this service. A business with a good web page is another indicator of a professional DJ service.

Ask questions, meet with prospects, look for real DJ experience, along with any extra value that might be included beyond the price tag.  This is your wedding reception, one of the most important events of your life…don’t overlook the services a professional DJ can provide you in creating that dream.

Mike Schnauder, Digital Music Services

Mike Schnauder
http://www.DigitalMusicServices.com
Article   2010, Digital Music Services, LLC
Photo   2010 Zoom Photo
Used with permission, all rights reserved

The Caldwell Bridal Show and Open House

Calling All Brides!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

No admission fee

The Caldwell House

105 E. Vermilion Street

Abbeville, Louisiana

337-909-0050

 


The Caldwell House, a beautiful 100 year old Mediterranean revival villa located two blocks north of Downtown Abbeville, will host its second Bridal Show and Open House.  View the exquisite beauty of the home, garden and pavilion while dreaming of your wedding taking place in these luxury surroundings.  Meet various wedding service vendors and find which ones offer the products and services you are looking to have in your own wedding.

A bridal show is the perfect place for you to see what is available in your area, compare products and prices, and personally meet vendors who will have a part in making your wedding the perfect dream for you and your groom. It’s a one-stop shopping experience.

The Caldwell House is the place to be on Sunday, April 10th for our second Bridal Show.  Wedding service vendors from all over Acadiana will be there to meet you, show their products, give you information, and help you make decisions on various aspects of your upcoming wedding.

Bring your checkbook, because you may be able to get a discount for booking with a vendor at the show.

For more information, call 337-909-0050 – ask for Mae.

For directions, click here.

NOT JUST FOR BRIDES

Have you ever passed by The Caldwell House and wished you could tour the mansion? Not a bride? Not a bed and breakfast guest? No problem!

Photo by Shane Falgout, Studio 2640

Come to The Caldwell House on Sunday, April 10th from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm and stroll the grounds, see our new West Garden Pavilion, and take a tour of the home.  FREE!

Stop by!  We’d love to have you!

Krewe de Caldwell Mardi Gras Ball

Krewe de Caldwell Mardi Gras Ball

Saturday, February 26, 2011

7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Caldwell House

105 East Vermilion Street

Abbeville, Louisiana


Come and experience our first

Mardi Gras Ball held at

The Caldwell House in Abbeville



As the Mardi Gras song so well known to many of us in Louisiana says,  “It’s carnival time!”

There is nothing better than spending the Mardi Gras season in the company of good friends, enjoying great food and drink, all while dancing under our new West Garden Pavilion for the first Krewe De Caldwell Mardi Gras Ball.

Experience the “joie de vivre” of the Mardi Gras season at The Caldwell House! Grab your friends, put on your favorite party dress, mambo over to The Caldwell House and join the fun. Call today to reserve your tickets.

Photographs by Shane Falgout, Studio 2640

Formal Dress (tuxedo’s not required)

Music By DJ Neil Trahan

Dinner Buffet (Don’s Custom Catering)

Cash Bar

Tickets:

$50 Single

$75 Couple

Limited number sold

Call 337-909-0050 – ask for Laurie

Or email events@thecaldwell.com