December 11, 2018, marks three years since Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake first opened its doors in Bicentennial Park.
To celebrate this milestone, we’d like to take a moment to share how Legends Hall has grown over the years and all the ways—both big and small—our team embodies world-class service each and every day.
Since 2015, Legends Hall has hosted over 3,000 events, including over 50 weddings and countless birthdays, graduations, banquets and more. The beautiful Traditions Ballrooms have also been home to 10 community art events and performances by local institutions such as the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Opera and Southlake Swing Band.
With the help of social media, our online presence has grown exponentially since we first opened—just this year we hit 2,000 likes and achieved a 4.9 rating on Facebook! We love getting online feedback from our clients and guests, but even more exciting is seeing all of the beautiful and ingenious ways our venue can be utilized.
We are especially thankful for the clients who are willing to share their experiences at Legends Hall, whether it’s in words, photos or both. Here’s what some of our clients have said about their big days:
“The Marq Southlake was the perfect reception venue for our August wedding!! The details of the building itself make for an absolutely beautiful reception setting. Every staff member we worked with at The Marq was professional and accommodating. They went above and beyond through the planning process, the set-up of our event and their availability to help with anything that was needed during the reception. I would highly recommend The Marq as a wedding venue!!”
— Bethany K.
“The Marq was such a fabulous place to host my daughter’s wedding reception. Not only is the space awesome and spacious but the staff is great too. We can’t say enough things about Crystal! She was more than accommodating and helpful! Crystal is on top of her game and a great asset to The Marq! The Marq is a great location and highly recommend using it for a wedding venue!”
— Taylor K.
“Incredible experience from start to finish of our event. Amity showed us so many possibilities for our event and helped us find the best fit for us. Then Crystal helped us perfect our layout and all the details prior to the event. Both were so friendly and quick to respond! On the day of our event, Stephanie and the young man (sorry, I forgot your name!) helped us at every turn. They went above and beyond to help us and it did not go unnoticed. Super impressed with everyone at the venue and we will definitely be using them in the future! Thank you all.”
— Tanya L.
We couldn’t agree more about our staff. We train banquet staff to provide exceptional customer service through Ritz Carlton training, ongoing guest speaker trainings, and monthly scenario trainings. That being said, they’re also a standout group of individuals who take ownership of what they bring to the team. Their passion for providing the best service and amenities to our clients far exceeds training.
We’re committed to being Southlake’s premier event venue, but we can’t do it alone. The key relationships we’ve created with local businesses enable us to provide a wide variety of high-quality services and amenities to our clients and guests. These businesses include but are not limited to: Braxdale Travel, Chamber of Commerce, Southlake Style, Keller Williams, American Airlines, The Distilled, Garabedian Properties, Rotary Wine Discovery and American Specialty Health.
With over 1,000 members, the Senior Activity Center is one of the most popular hangouts at Legends Hall. Our 10 complimentary fitness classes average about 200 attendees each week, likely thanks to our stellar instructors and wide range of classes—we offer Zumba, chair yoga, tai chi and so many more! Other Senior Activity Center programs include a variety of card and social games, art class, bingo, dances, knitting clubs and poker clubs. Can’t resist a game of Bridge? You’re in good company: the popular Monday and Wednesday Bridge programs host over 100 participants a week! The Senior Activity Center also partners with Metroport Meals on Wheels every Monday to provide approximately 100 meals to our senior community.
Here’s how the Senior Activity Center helped Veena and her husband feel at home when they first relocated to Texas:
“[At the] end of 2015, my husband and I moved to Southlake from Washington state to be close to family. Being seniors, we enrolled at the Senior Activity Center. It’s the best thing we have done. This place has eased us in; after living in WA for 30 years, The Marq has become an extended family. We like and take all the scheduled classes as per our health. We’ve liked every class we have taken. I want to say about Soheila, the Center’s coordinator: She is a pleasure. Always with a smile, helpful, informative and more. In reception, Brandon is also very nice and helpful and always has a welcome smile. Marie, who is a volunteer, is so nice as well. My husband and I are very grateful and appreciate the City’s service.”
Legends Hall has had an amazing first three years, and we owe it all to our world-class clients, guests and staff. We look forward to being the perfect place for life’s biggest moments for years to come.
With a year under its belt, The Marq Southlake is becoming known as the place to meet – literally. Since opening the doors to phase one December 12, 2015, more than 275 events have taken place within the 23,000 square foot facility known as Legends Hall. And, hosting legendary events – including luncheons, corporate meetings, evening receptions, private parties and community fundraisers – is what the staff at The Marq wants to be sure local businesses, organizations and residents knows about.
“The appeal of The Marq is not only its beauty and functionality, but also the fact that large rental spaces to host public and private events are limited in Southlake,” stated Ashley Newhart, interim events and hospitality manager for City of Southlake. “We are delighted to already have 120 events booked for 2017. We have such a fantastic space to offer and are really looking forward to getting more local businesses and organizations to step through the door to see what we have to offer and book their next event with us.”
Designed as a multi-purpose venue with indoor and outdoor spaces available for rental, the main attraction is Traditions Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 300 guests and features a built-in dance floor, stage, professional catering kitchen, and access to a covered outdoor terrace with fire pit. Suitable for events day or night, Traditions Ballroom has played host to several Southlake Chamber of Commerce luncheons and was the site for Southlake Style magazine’s annual “Best of 2016” evening reception.
“We love having Chamber functions at The Marq – it’s a first-class facility. The building is beautiful, the staff is a delight to work with, and the presentation technology is state-of-the- art,” commented Mark Guilbert, president of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. “Each time we conduct a luncheon at The Marq, we get very positive feedback from our attendees about the high quality of the venue. We look forward to returning time and time again.”
Also popular with local businesses are the three Legacy Meeting Rooms, which are ideal for seminars, a corporate retreat or breakout rooms. William Braxdale, owner of Braxdale Travel in Southlake, utilized one of the meeting rooms recently for a presentation to approximately 20 clients.
“The Marq offered easy access and a familiar location for our guests, perfect facility size, reasonably priced, technology for our presentation, and ample amenities to serve our needs. The Marq staff was remarkably helpful and energetic; they not only provided everything on time and as promised, but went to extra lengths to provide help with last- minute needs,” said Braxdale.
If planning a big event or community fundraiser in 2017, Legends Hall can accommodate 300-600 people total (utilizing all of the spaces available for rental and depending on the type of event). Such is the case with Staying Alive Southlake, which is co-sponsored by Texas Health Southlake, City of Southlake and American Heart Association. For the second consecutive year, the annual health fair will be held at The Marq in February, attracting hundreds of visitors for CPR training, Zumba classes, women’s self-defense demonstrations, obstacle course and vendor expo.
In addition to a beautiful facility, The Marq offers a professional staff and services to make the event planning process easy:
• On-site Banquet Specialist to assist with venue logistics on the day of the event
• Preferred catering list
• 72 inch round tables with white or black floor length linens and napkins with neutral banquet chairs
• High and low cocktail tables with house linens
• Six foot rectangular tables with house linens
• State-of-the-art audio visual and complimentary wireless internet
• Catering kitchen with ice machine
• Basic set of dishware, glassware, and flatware (when using a caterer)
• Food truck parking spaces along the promenade
• Complimentary on-site parking
• Southlake residents, businesses and non-profit organizations receive a 20% discount off room rental fees
These extra “perks” are what convinced Kristine Elieson to book the Carillon Home Owners Association’s holiday party for 170 guests at The Marq in December 2016. After contacting 12 venues in Southlake, Trophy Club and Grapevine and reviewing proposals from each, Elieson determined The Marq was the best choice overall in terms of venue size, flexibility, options, amenities and price.
“The staff at The Marq was wonderful to work with and they followed up in a timely manner on all questions and concerns. They are very experienced in large events and were able to give suggestions and advice. The night of our event they provided two staff members to help with anything we needed,” said Elieson. “The event was a fabulous success. Many residents had never been to The Marq and were very impressed. We are already planning to use it for our party next year. It is a beautiful venue right here in the middle of Southlake!”
The Marq is located at 285 North Shady Oaks Drive in the southwest corner of Bicentennial Park. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9AM-6PM and Saturday 9AM-3PM. The Marq is closed Sunday unless booked for a special event. For more information, call 817-748-8900 or visit www.TheMarqSouthlake.com.