A part of any bride’s dream wedding is the perfect venue. Savvy brides consider all of the reasons for selecting a particular location and the options available. Popular wedding events needing a venue include: rehearsal dinner, bachelorette parties, bachelor parties, reception, farewell breakfast or brunch. A hotel property can offer the ease of combining many of the to-do’s on a bride’s list to one location: event venue, catering, bar, and rooming of out of town guests.
Not All Hotels are Alike
When evaluating hotel venue options, keep in mind their target market and the possibilities opened up by choosing a location that not everyone is considering. Each of these options will vary on amenities, capacity and price ranges. They include:
It’s All in the Timing
Don’t put off booking your venue. The weekends fill up fast. The recommended time to book your venue according to RealSimple.com is nine to sixteen months ahead. Most will require a down payment. It can range from a flat fee to a percentage of the estimated charges - ranging from 30-50%. Booking your venue is one of the easiest things to check off your list, so get it taken care of early. It also influences so many other factors like décor, so if you know what the room will look like you can move on to other details.
Where do you find a list of venues? You can do a web search for your city and wedding venues. Or you could contact your local chamber of commerce for recommended locations. Another resource is wedding coordinators at churches. And if you’re using a wedding planner they will usually know about any available venue. Do try unexpected hotel venues. Ones that normally cater to the business crowd during the week may likely be wide open on the weekends. A location that is near the airport may offer a price that is more agreeable to your budget. If you are not counting on outside parts of the event, a location that may have some outside noise like highway or airports may offer real savings and convenience for your guests.
When It’s Time to Eat
It’s not always necessary to bring in outside catering. Be sure to check with the events or catering manager at the venues you are considering to review the menu options. Also inquire about custom options. Many venues have a chef onsite that will be happy to work with you to create the menu that you’ve been pinning.
While the venue is only one part of the wedding of your dreams, it is crucial that it is taken care of early. Get it booked and off of your list. If you’re considering a venue to seat 300 or less consider one of our beautiful properties. If you need any assistance in evaluating our properties, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 602-714-2442.