Your wedding venue will be the most important part of your entire wedding planning process. Not only will the venue be the first item on the checklist, but it will make most of the decisions about your wedding day. There is so much more to the space than the ambiance. Let’s explore questions asked by real brides and get the answers from real wedding professionals.
What is the first step to choosing a wedding venue?
You will need to narrow your search down to one location before you search for venues. Before you choose a wedding venue, you should know your estimated guest count, budget, and location. The ideal venue will have the space to accommodate your guest count. Most couples spend about half of their budget on the wedding venue, but this calculation depends on the venue and the budget.
What is the best location for a wedding venue?
The location is important. Wedding venues provide enchanting spaces, but make sure it is located where it matters. The location should be significant and meaningful to you and your partner. You should also consider the distance to an airport and surrounding hotels.
How should I design the wedding venue?
The design and theme are what make a wedding unique. The internet has no shortage of inspiration. Articles, blogs and social media are overflowing with wedding design ideas. Creating a collage of ideas is a good place to start, and helps you discover your style. Choosing a wedding venue with in-house designers can take all the stress out of planning and creating the theme and design.
Do I need a wedding designer?
If you book your wedding at an all-inclusive wedding venue, the furnishings, décor and design services are included. If you book an empty space, you will need to rent furnishing, designs and reinvent the entire space. A blank canvas would probably require a professional wedding designer, unless you have family or a close friend with the talent that is willing to help.
Are services included with the wedding venue?
An empty space provides limited services, if any at all. An all-inclusive wedding venue usually provides all the essential services, and a little more. You should try to book a venue that provides the furnishings, chinaware, banquet staff, bar services, food managers and day of event coordination services. A bundle of the essential services can save you thousands on the wedding venue.
Does a wedding venue assist with booking vendors?
Wedding venues do not normally assist with booking vendors, unless they are providing the vendors and including them in your package. Some venues require that you use their vendors. You should determine whether outside vendors are allowed prior to booking your event. Most venues have a list of recommended vendors. A venue might include artificial floral designs or be attached to a restaurant to provide affordable catering options. Choosing vendors that are recommended by a venue is a safe way to plan the details, but you might want the flexibility to choose your own. Vendors that work countless events with venues build a reputation so there is less at risk.
What are the advantages of having the ceremony and reception at one venue?
The one-stop wedding integrates the ceremony and the reception space, which has a few really nice benefits to think about. It definitely avoids the transportation issues and the gap between the ceremony and the reception. It gives you better control over the flow of your event and timing. It is also convenient for guests. A wedding venue that combines the ceremony and reception saves money.
Questions Every Bride Should Ask
How many people can the wedding venue accommodate?
Are there any restrictions with the space, time, alcohol or sound?
Are outside vendors allowed?
Is there a bridal and groom suite at the venue?
Is insurance required?
How many hours will the venue be available for the event?
How much time will the venue be available prior to the event?
Is it possible to book extra hours?
Crystal Ballroom Charlotte
Crystal Ballroom Charlotte is an all-inclusive wedding venue that bundles the venue, furnishings, décor, staff services and a professional wedding design team. Step inside of the design studio and choose your linens, chinaware, floral arrangements and elegant décor from exclusive Crystal Ballroom designs. Design your venue with the assistance of the floral design team and professional wedding designers. The vendor policy allows you to book outside vendors or plan with a list of preferred vendors. Bring imagination and plan your magical moments in a wedding venue designed just for you.