Picking the right Venue

April 14, 2016. Category: planning, venue

Picking the perfect venue for your wedding can be one of the most stressful tasks a couple faces when planning their wedding! So, to alleviate some of the angst we thought we would share some of our insights on how to get the most out of your relationship when working with a property in hopes that it will make the process a little bit easier!

Wedding Planner_Vicki Grafton1. “The venue representative see the same event over and over again. Ask your contact what they are excited about. Have they seen something that is a unique use of their space or in house items? Is there something they have always wanted to do in their space? Getting your contact interested and looking forward to your day will play to your favor as you work through the planning process.”

Venue: Corcoran Gallery   Photographer: Vicki Graphton

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

2. “Remember a venue contact is not a wedding planner. Be respectful of their role and they will treat you with the same level of respect throughout the planning process. The manager of a venue’s job is to protect their space and in a hotel setting to manage the catering team. They might send over the names of their favorite vendors or offer to set up your escort cards but their focus is on their property and their team on your wedding day. A wedding encompasses so much more than the venue details, a wedding planner will help pull all of those items together so your venue contact put their focus where it needs to be on the wedding day.”

Venue: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium    Photographer: Connor Studios 

 In house venue rentals_ Kathy Blanchard

3. “Make sure you keep the venue’s in house items in mind when crafting the plan for your day. We are not saying that every venue has chairs that you will like or go with your look but if your space has natural chiavaris don’t get your heart set on gold chairs. If your space offers 5.5′ round tables try to steer clear of the communal table look on Pinterest. Every in house item you use can be another dollar you can spend elsewhere in the wedding.”

Venue: Meridian House    Photographer: Kathy Blanchard 



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