Choosing a venue can be a daunting task but if you know the right questions to ask and what type of venue fits you and your wedding budget it can make this difficult decision much easier.
If you are new to searching for a venue the phrase “full service” venue may not make any sense to you. A full service venue can be a great thing for a bride who has limited time to plan a wedding and wants an easier planning process. One of the things I loved about working at Glendalough Manor is that they basically hand you a guideline of steps that need to be completed and in the end you had planned the majority of your wedding.
Well, I want you to know that many venues are not like that. While working at other venues and helping brides stay in budget I realized more and more that sometimes a facility rental fee is just that…..you get the rental of the space for a specified number of hours and other than that you were on your own. Many brides do not realize the work and cost that can be involved with choosing a “do-it yourself” venue that only supplies the space. When looking at venues make sure to find out what the facility rental includes. If the facility rental only includes the rental of the space that means you will have additional expenses including the tables, chairs, rental of linens, dinnerware, flatware, dance floor, audio equipment that are usually included with a full service venue. All of these items add up and in the end can be much money and not to mention all of the extra work involved in coordinating and reserving all of these items. Make sure to be aware if choosing a “do-it yourself” venue that you understand restrictions, permits, parking (which can be very expensive) and any other costs that may be associated with the venue.
Make sure you weigh both options and add in all costs. Sometimes a venue that may seem cheaper is actually the same price as a venue that includes everything you need and is less hassle in the end.
Look for my next blog where I will outline questions to ask possible wedding venues! Happy Planning!