Five Tips for Finding Your Perfect Wedding Venue

Congratulations on your engagement!  One of the first things you will do to begin your wedding planning is decide on a location.  Each venue varies in important information including pricing, rules and requirements making it difficult to keep it all straight.  Although this can seem overwhelming, there is no need to worry!  With a few tips you can easily find the perfect venue!

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1. Refine Your Search- I have found that most brides begin their search online.  If you start in a search engine, like Google, be specific in your key words.  For example, use the words “Outdoor Wedding Venue in Atlanta Georgia”.

  • Make sure to look at the location, nearby hotels, proximity to airport, etc to help in deciding on location.
  • Sometimes the best places to start are wedding sites that allow you to look at all wedding venues in a particular area.  We recommend wedding sites like Wedding Wire or Atlanta Bridal that allow you to compare venues and their locations all in one site.

2.Do Your Homework- Before calling a venue try to do as much homework and research on the venue as possible so you know which questions to ask.  Many times everything you need to know is on the website.  For example, Glendalough Manor includes all the pricing, menus and even a tool for estimating a total cost of your wedding right on the website!

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  • Print pricing as you research each site and make a budget for each venue you are interested in.
  • Note items included in the rental fee.  Do they provide tables, chairs, linens, centerpieces, or dance floor?  If they are not included in the rental fee make sure to add them to your budget.
  • Don’t forget to look for hidden fees.  These can add up and be the deciding factor in which venue is right for you. For example, is there cake cutting fee, chair setup fee, or wine corking fee?
  • Also look at social media for the venue including their Facebook page, Twitter Account or blog to see extra pictures and testimonials you may not see on the website!

3. Call Venue For Details-  Once you have done your research and have compiled a list of questions and prepared an estimated budget for each venue, call them to discuss any questions or concerns.

  • Make sure to ask if your preferred date and time is available.
  • It is difficult for many venues to state how much a “typical” wedding is at a venue so try not to ask this question.  Each wedding is unique and the price range can vary based on your choices.  If the venue answers this question it can mislead you in the cost of your event.

4. Schedule a Tour- Consider your budget and determine which venues are right for you.

  • I suggest narrowing down the venues to your top three choices and call these venues to schedule a guided tour.
  • Make sure to bring a notepad with you to take notes.  There will be lots of information you receive at the tour and it can be hard to remember if you don’t write it down.
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5. Review the Contract- At the end of the tour, even if you are still unsure, ask for a copy of the contract.  That way you can take it home and review all the fine print at home.  This may bring up questions or concerns you may not have previously thought of at your appointment.

Good luck in your search to find the perfect wedding venue and happy planning!

How to Combat A Rainy Wedding Day

It has been said that rainy wedding days bring good luck and fortune but many brides would trade that luck for a sunny wedding day.  After all of this rainy weather in our area it made me think about how many brides don’t prepare for the chance of rain on their wedding day.   My biggest advice for any bride, especially those with an outside wedding, is to have a backup plan.  There are a few easy ways to combat rain and prepare you in the event of rain.

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An ideal situation is that your venue provides an alternative location in the event of rain however many venues do not offer an alternative space.  For an outside ceremony or reception look at renting a tent.  If rain is in the forecast, look at renting a tent the week of the wedding to avoid any anxiety.

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Remember that your day is what you make it! Try not to get upset in the event of rain and embrace what comes your way.  It may not be your ideal situation but the more you prepare and have fun with it, the better.  Look at getting cute, fashionable umbrellas for you and your bridesmaids.

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Also, look at you and your bridal party wearing galoshes.  Think about how many cute pictures you can get!!

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Speaking of pictures, a rainy day is the best lighting for outdoor photography.  Don’t think just because it rains you can’t go outside. Find a covered area and take some pictures with the landscape in the background.

Or go out in the rain with your umbrella and take some romantic pictures with your new hubby!

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Rain or shine at the end of the day you are marrying the man of your dreams so don’t let the small things get to you!  You may feel disappointed if it rains on your big day but the more you prepare the better you will feel.  You could end up getting some of the most amazing photographs, not to mention a lot of goof luck and fortune!

Top Five Things to Do After You Become Engaged!

Congratulations on your engagement!   If you are recently engaged you may still be up in the clouds about your engagement!  After he proposes there is so much to do….you have to call all of your friends and scream that you just got engaged, post it on Facebook so everyone knows, bask in the attention of friends and family congratulating you, show off your beautiful ring, and then……start planning the wedding of your dreams.  Once reality hits that you now have to plan a wedding many brides are left with the question….now what?
We have created a list of the five most important things to do over the next few weeks to start your wedding planning!


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Setting a date may not be as easy as it sounds!  Of course your need to think about the time of year you want to get married.  Do you want a Spring, Summer or Fall wedding?  You will want to consider the day of the week to get married.  To save money look at getting married on a Friday evening or even a Saturday afternoon versus an evening wedding.  Make sure the date you choose allows enough time for planning and enough time to pay for the wedding of your dreams. Giving between six months to a year to plan and pay for a wedding is usually best.  Also, try not to be too specific on a date before you visit venues.  Having a few dates in mind (maybe 1st, 2nd, 3rd choices) can open up available venues for you!


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One of the hardest things you will do during your wedding planning is to decide on a budget.  Talk with both sets of parents and see what each will contribute, if anything.  This will help in deciding on an overall budget.  Most parents have no idea how much a wedding costs.  Preparing a sample budget is a great way to show realistic numbers to your parents.  A great tool available for any bride to use is the Cost Calculator at Glendalough Manor.  This tool gives you accurate numbers on everything from your venue to your flowers.


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You will need to decide on whether or not you will need a wedding planner.  How much time do you have to plan a wedding?  If you don’t have much time to contribute to planning a wedding, consider a planner that will take some of the stress off of you.  Are you planning a destination wedding that requires local knowledge and expertise?   Do you want someone to be there on your wedding day to execute the day so it runs smoothly?  Answering these questions will help in determining whether you may need a planner and how much help you will need!


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Think about what you want your wedding to look like.  Do you want an outdoor or indoor ceremony and reception?  Do you want a traditional venue or untraditional venue?  Do you have certain wedding colors you want to use?  Make a list of the top five words you would use to describe your dream wedding.  Keep these words in mind as you make decisions along the wedding planning process.


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Most brides say finding the perfect wedding venue is one of the most difficult decisions you will make.  Make sure to do your research.  Come prepared with questions.  Look for hidden costs that can add up as well as making sure you can afford any minimum requirements on food or alcohol.  Trust your gut.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Once you set a date, create a budget, hire a wedding planner, decide on an overall theme for the wedding and book a wedding venue you can start on what we like to call the “fun stuff”.  Buy magazines and search the internet looking at wedding dresses, cakes, flowers and all of the fun and exciting wedding details.  Try to enjoy the experience as stressful as it can be sometimes.  At the end of the planning you will be marrying the man of your dreams so that is what is most important!

Congratulations again and happy planning!