Friday, December 17, 2010

On the Fourth Day of Christmas

On the fourth day of Christmas my wedding planner gave to me...

A venue!

Looking for that perfect venue (or venues) to exchange your vows, become Mr. & Mrs., and party the night away is an exciting process and can be exhausting all at the same time. You will want to look for charm, personality, and roominess. Here are our top 5 things to consider while out on venue tours.

1. Ample Space - Make sure the room is large enough to accommodate the number of people on your guest list. The space make look roomy when it's empty, but keep in mind that you will need enough room for tables, chairs, buffet, the band or DJ, the dance floor, possibly a lounge area or a photo-booth...and each of this things can take up a lot of space. The best way to assess the size of a site is to ask to see the venue when it is being set up for another wedding. 

2. Privacy - Privacy varies widely from place to place. If you are getting married in a park, on a golf course, or in a botanical garden be prepared for some on-lookers and possibly even a few smiles, waves, and well wishes from passer-byers. If this bothers you, consider a lawn at a private estate. Be sure to ask the banquet hall or hotel if they book more than one wedding a night and if they have another wedding booked for your desired wedding date. If it will bother you to hear the noise of another party or for another bride to share your venue, than consider trying to book your wedding on a date when there won't be another one next door. 

3. Color - If you have your heart set on a particular color palette or theme make sure the colors of the carpet, walls, curtains, and chairs do not clash. If you have your heart set on a spring pastel palette of rose pink, ivory, and sage green then that brown carpet just might wreck the effect. The venue doesn't have to match exactly, but it shouldn't clash with your mood or theme either.

4. Outlets - Make sure to take a good look around the room to see if it has a lot of outlets. Especially if your venue is not a regular host to weddings. The main user of the outlets will be the entertainment and lighting, so take note of where the outlets are located. And be sure to ask your entertainment vendors (i.e - band/DJ, lighting, photo-booth, etc...) how many outlets they will need. Be sure they are dedicated outlets so that they don't blow a fuse. 

5. Parking - You will want to make sure that the venue has a well light parking lot or garage nearby, or enough space on the street for parking. If parking is sparse at the venue than consider a shuttle bus to transport guests from a better parking location to the venue.

If you would like more ideas or help on finding the venue for you, please contact us at or 214-810-4024 for a FREE consultation. Be sure to mention the 12 Days of Christmas when emailing or calling. 

Happy venue hunting!

Photo from a wedding we did at Arlington Hall, taken by Katie Mosley Photography



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