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Tips from the Pros: 15 Tips (and Tricks!) that’ll Kick Start Your Wedding Planning

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newlyweds cutting white wedding cake at wedding venue with bloomsWhen you’re engaged, it can seem like everyone’s a wedding planning expert. From the day you announce your engagement, it can seem like everyone has some advice about your wedding venue, dinner, flowers…

We’ve guided a lot of couples through wedding planning over the years, and we know the process can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put some of our top tips (and tricks!) into a list that you can use as you plan your special day.

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Your First 5 Wedding Planning Tasks: Where to Start

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wedding day at a reception hall with bride and groom dancing after wedding planningEverybody has that one thing they really want in their wedding: unique wedding favors, a fantastic DJ, that must-have band, the one-of-a-kind cake or menu option.  Fact is, it’s easy to get caught up in all the details and miss out on a few—and important—wedding planning details.  It can make you miss out on the best site for your reception, the quality caterer, and all the other big details that leave an impression on your guests.  So where do you start wedding planning? Here are five big details that’ll get your wedding planning off on the right foot—and create the perfect foundation for your big day.

Fiance & Family Conversation

We know this first step isn’t technically a wedding detail, but it is vitally important to the wedding planning process.  Talk to your fiance about the guest list (specifically how many), budget, style, and any specific requests or wants they want (you may be surprised!).  If you have other family members that have expressed interest in helping you with planning, talk to them about any guests they want to invite, any financial contributions they may want to make, and any special requests they might have for your big day.

During your conversation, set a date or a time of year for your wedding so you can start to research and confirm the major details of your wedding.

Wedding Venue

It’s time to turn your vision into reality. Start with the one detail that sets the backdrop for your vision, and plays a major part in creating the right atmosphere for your big day.  Decide the area you want to hold your wedding in, and any special needs you might have (i.e. handicap accessibility, parking, close to hotels, etc.)

Contact venues that fit the location and any special needs you have, plus fit the style you and your fiance want for your big day.  For instance, if you’re looking for an elegant venue with character, look for historic venues in the city with plenty of parking.  When you contact the sites, make sure you ask for a list of fees (along with these other questions) to make sure your final cost fits with your wedding budget.

Catering

Not everyone can create a delicious spread that fits your atmosphere and delights the taste buds, so make sure you book a quality caterer right after you book the venue.  Some wedding venues require you to use a specific caterer; if you have a caterer you really want to use, ask your wedding venues if they have an open vendor policy.  Open vendor policies allow you to bring in whatever vendors you want and ask the staff for recommendations for others if you don’t know.

Entertainment

If you want excellent wedding entertainment, don’t wait to contact and book entertainers.  The best wedding entertainers’ (bands, DJs, etc.) calendars fill up fast, so make sure you don’t procrastinate.  As soon as you have your date and wedding venue, start contacting and booking the right wedding entertainer for your big day.  Many venues have limitations on how long your wedding entertainment can play, or sound restrictions, so make sure you ask your venue about entertainers before you sign on the dotted line.

Dress shopping

Once you have your backdrop set and have a set wedding atmosphere, it’s time to fill in all the details that make a coordinated wedding—including the dress!  Make sure you wait until after you book the venue to make sure you don’t have a mismatch, such as a traditional hall and a modern dress or a contemporary dress with a historic hall.  It’s time to make sure all your details fit together for a beautiful, coordinated day—and to have fun wedding planning!

What is the best month to get married?

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circling wedding date on a calendarIt’s the million dollar question when wedding planning: June. September. October. Those may be the most popular months to get married in, but choosing the right wedding date is actually a very personal question with a different answer for every couple.

We’ve seen weddings during every season of the year, and while we can’t tell you what wedding date is right for you, we can give you some factors to consider that’ll help you choose the right wedding date:

Venue Availability. If you have a dream wedding venue or have located the perfect venue, contact the venue for a list of available dates.  Choose an open date that fits your, your fiancé, and your family’s schedule and you’ve got a date and a venue. (If you don’t have a venue for your wedding in mind, use these tips to find the right site for your wedding.)

Special Dates. Choose a date or dates (just in case) that has special meaning to you or your family, such as your grandparent’s anniversary or the day of your first kiss. If you have a specific date that you absolutely have to have, book your venue as soon as possible to make sure it’s available. 

Budget. To keep your wedding on budget, choose a wedding date that is considered off-season (not June or October, ask your venue what they consider off-season) or on a day of the week other than Saturday.

Work Schedule. If you or your fiance is in a profession that has a “busy season,” choose a season that allows you the time to get away for your wedding and honeymoon.  From there, pick a favorite date or ask your venue for a list of open dates that fall within that season.

Family. Ask your favorite family member for their availability and use that date to book a wedding venue that works for you, your fiance, and your special family member.

Season. If you love a certain season over another, such as a love for the fall season and colors or an appreciation for winter colors, open up your calendar to choose one or two months during your ideal season. Use your second (and incredibly important) decision wedding venue to narrow your pool of wedding dates.

Still uncertain? Here is a very short list of the pros and cons of choosing a wedding date around a particular season. If you want more opinions, contact a venue with seasoned event planners who can help you determine the right date for your big day.

Spring

floral bouquet on table with sparkling back drop: outdoor touch for spring weddingPro: Spring weddings can be full of beautiful floral décor and refreshing spring colors.

Con: Spring weather in Wisconsin can be unpredictable, so your chances for outdoor photos may be limited.  On very rare occasions, your date may be interrupted by unpredictable weather (like a May snow storm!).

Summer

outside rennaissance place a beautiful wedding venue on a hot summer dayPro: Summer is a beautiful time for weddings with lots of potential for outdoor photographs, bright colors, and a fun summer theme with unique summer wedding ideas.

Con: Wisconsin summers can be hot! Use these tips to keep your wedding cool and fun.

Fall

Pro: Fall weather can be beautiful, and so can the trees in your wedding photos if you time your date right.  A fall wedding is also an opportunity to incorporate beautiful autumn touches and colors in your wedding decor.

Con: Fall weather is unpredictable. It can be 60 degrees one day and 30 degrees the next, and we’re not even going to mention the wind.

Winter

wedding venue with candles, uplighting, and glittery snow back dropPro: Winter weddings can be a beautiful winter wonderland or celebration of the holiday season.  One of the many perks of a winter wedding is incorporating special tastes of the season that your guests appreciate, such as a hot cocoa bar or tasty sweet holiday treats table.  There are actually many ideas that can make a winter wedding extraordinary.  To save money, ask your venue if your winter date is considered off-season.

Con: A winter weather is a bit of a gamble, with a chance of snow, bitter cold, or a blizzard.

Wedding Planning Tips from the Pros: Ways to Save Money on Your Big Day

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wedding day at a reception hall with bride and groom dancingCall it experience, call it history.  We guess it’s fitting that the staff of a historical wedding venue would give out tips on how to save funds during wedding planning; we’ve been part of the planning of a wedding or two (or three or 40 or…) and can give you tips on how to stay within your wedding budget while still planning the day of your dreams (we’ve done it before!).

Look for beauty and budget-friendly when choosing your wedding venue.

When you start planning your wedding, sit down with your fiance and create a wedding day budget.  This helps you fall into the trap of 1) spending without a plan; 2) paying too much for one area of your wedding, such as your wedding venue, and not having enough funds for other areas.  That doesn’t mean you have to hold your wedding in a dirty wedding hall; don’t make assumptions about the cost of a beautiful wedding venue before you contact the wedding hall.  Believe it or not, beautiful, budget-friendly wedding venues do exist.  There are several in Milwaukee, such as 1451 Renaissance Place, which is located near hotels for guests and is an elegant, affordable wedding venue.

Set a unique wedding date when other couples don’t.

wedding planningLate fall, winter, or early spring are considered off-season, which means that many wedding venues and vendors give discounts to couples who choose a wedding date during these times of year.

Choose a wedding venue where you can choose your vendors—and your savings.

If you want to add up all the savings from an off-season wedding date, or just want to choose the vendors that can give you the biggest savings, look for a wedding venue that lets you select the vendors (called an open vendor policy).  Not every wedding venue has an open vendor policy, so add this to your list of questions to ask your wedding venue.

Plan a Friday evening, Sunday brunch or holiday date for your wedding date.

If you want to hold your wedding during “peak season,” but want to shave dollars off your wedding budget, ask your wedding venue if there are discounts for holding your wedding on a holiday, weekday, or Sunday. Again, these non-typical days are often open because they are less popular wedding dates.

Hold your ceremony and reception in the same wedding venue.

cookies for wedding guestsIf you want to eliminate costs associated with transportation from the ceremony to reception, choose a wedding venue with space for both.  Make sure you ask about specific spaces for each part of your wedding day so your guests don’t have to stand in the middle of the clean-up being done by venue employees.

Take it easy with wedding favors.

As wonderful as wedding favors are (we’ve even given you 50 ideas for the perfect wedding favor for your big day), resist the temptation to order too many.  It’s one of the most common mistakes made by couples: ordering way too many favors and wasting money that doesn’t get used.

Ask for ideas.

Many wedding venue and vendors have had experience with helping couples stay within their wedding budget.  Don’t be afraid to ask them for ideas.  Staff members can make recommendations that help you make budget-friendly wedding decisions that keep you on track and give you the day of your dreams. Some wedding venues, such as 1451 Renaissance Place, even offer a final wedding planning meeting that allows you to see the wedding venue costs before your wedding day, allowing you to make final changes that keep you within your wedding budget.

7 Ways to Choose the Perfect Wedding Date

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couple cutting cake on wedding dateEvery bride and groom’s path to choosing their big day is different.  For a friend of ours, it was a fall wedding she stood up in—and loved the colors and weather.  After she got engaged, she called venues to determine their open fall dates.  Once she chose her ideal venue, the date was set, and all the fun wedding planning began.

We’ve seen many wedding dates set at our venue (and many weddings and wedding receptions happen!) so we thought we’d give you some tips on how to set the perfect wedding date.

Season

If you’ve had visions of a soft sparkling white winter wedding reception with hints of cranberry and evergreen, or need to set a summer wedding date because of your busy season at work, you have some flexibility when choosing your wedding date.  Open up your calendar to choose one or two months during your ideal season, and use your second—and incredibly important—decision, your wedding venue, to narrow your pool of wedding dates.

Venue Availability

Found a venue that you just can’t wait to get married in? Have you been dreaming of a venue you saw online?  Once you’ve visited the wedding site to confirm it’s as beautiful in person as it is online (this is a must)—and you’ve gotten engaged—contact the venue for a list of available dates.  Choose an open date that fits you and your fiancé’s schedule and—boom!—you’ve got two items checked off on your wedding planning checklist: date and venue. (If you don’t have a venue for your wedding in mind, use these tips to find the right site for your wedding.)

Special Dates

Your grandparents’ wedding date.  The day you met.  The day of your first date.  Your parents’ wedding date.  The day you became engaged.  If you have a specific date with sentimental meaning, try to book your wedding venue as soon as possible to make sure your ideal date at the perfect venue is available.

Budget

We’ll just say it: weddings are expensive (that’s why we’ve given you tips on how to save money while planning your wedding while planning your wedding).  If you want to save money with numerous vendors, choose a wedding date that is considered off-season (ask your vendors what they consider off-season) or on a day other than a Saturday (again this varies between vendors so ask them for what days they consider off season).

Wedding Vendors

Do you have a wedding photographer or caterer you really, really want to use?  Contact them for available dates, and choose an open date for your wedding day.  If you have a wedding caterer you’ve always wanted, you are going to need to coordinate two schedules: the caterer and a venue with an open vendor policy.  Many venues require you to use their caterer, so this should be one of the first questions (of many-a full list of questions to ask your wedding venue is here) when you contact your venues.

Work Schedule

If you want to have lots of time to take care of last minute wedding planning tasks, your wedding, and a honeymoon—without rushing into the office during and after—contact prospective wedding venues for dates during your professional “off time.”  For example, if you are a teacher, a summer wedding gives you time to “get away” for your wedding (use these tips for keeping your guests cool at your summer nuptials).  Landscapers, farmers, builders, and any other professionals dependent on the weather: this tip for choosing a wedding date may apply to you.

Family

Is there just one thing that could make your big day the most special day of your life—having a very important family member at your wedding ceremony and reception?  Ask your VIP family member for their availability and use that date to book a wedding venue on a date that works for you, your fiance, and your special family member.

How long does it take to plan a wedding? Where do I start my wedding planning?

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10632619_10152731218526803_2716563146322134270_nThere is no standard answer to this question; if you ask Google “how long does it take to plan a wedding?” the search engine’s answer is six months. The truth is somewhere in the middle: wedding planning can be done in a short amount of time or as long as years depending on your schedule as a couple.

More important than the amount of time you have is the amount you can accomplish; wedding planning is a process that does take time. Once you get through the initial excitement of your engagement, it’s time to jump in and kick start your wedding planning.

Where to start

Before you go dress shopping, before you order your cake, sit down with your fiancé (and any other family members involved with the wedding planning) and discuss your vision, style, budget, options and needs. Even if your fiancé seems uninterested in wedding planning, find out if he or she has any preferences for your big day. If your parents or other family members have expressed interest in helping pay for your big day, talk to them now and find out how much they are offering, or what expenses they want to cover. Set your budget higher than you expect—incidental costs often come in higher than you anticipate.

Next set a date, which can be three months or three years out—again it’s all dependent on your schedule as a couple. Setting a date does not mean focusing on a single day, though you can if you want to get married on an anniversary, holiday, birthday, or other special day.

If you are on a time crunch, consider holding your wedding on a non-traditional day, such as a Thursday, Friday or Sunday, when wedding halls, caterers, photographers and other wedding vendors tend to be available. Also try to choose wedding venues where many of the details are set, such as a venue where the wait staff and coat check is included. Schedule appointments with potential wedding venues so you can narrow down your options.

For couples who have longer to plan their wedding, start with a date, month and year, or series of dates. Set in stone the major details of your wedding: wedding venue, date, and any specific vendors you want on your special day. Contact venues to find out what dates they have available, and make appointments with the halls to view your options.

Decide who is going to take your wedding planning from there

wedding planningSome couples want to handle every step, every detail of their wedding planning. If that’s who you are as a couple, set a schedule of tasks that need to be done as your selected date draws near. If you are splitting up the wedding planning to-do’s before you say I do, be very clear about who is doing what and what deadlines need to be met.

If you as a couple don’t have the time, have a lot of professional obligations, or just feel overwhelmed by all the wedding planning, look for a wedding planner or a wedding venue with event planners on staff. An event planner can book your important details, such as your wedding venue and food, and coordinate all the small details so your wedding matches your vision, no matter how long or how short of a time you have for wedding planning.

Enjoy the results

Wedding planning is a labor of love so keep your eye on the goal: a memorable wedding that fits the two of you as a couple. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask your wedding venue staff, wedding planner, friends and family.   Wedding planning is a team effort, and the result, your special day, is worth the effort.

Wedding Planning Tasks to Get Done Over the Holidays

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wedding planningThe holidays are crazy busy, but they are also an opportunity for couples wedding planning. We can hear you: “Seriously?! I’ve got too much to do!” Whether you just got engaged over the holidays, or you’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on your wedding planning, the holidays are your chance to “get the ball rolling” and start checking off boxes from your wedding checklist.

So why are the holidays the right time to get started? Depending on your occupation, you and your fiancé may have less professional obligations. If you have family coming into town, this is your chance to involve them in the wedding planning process.

Booking your venue

wedding day venueBefore you design the invitations, or plan the flowers, you’ll need to start by choosing the right wedding venue for your special day. While choosing the right venue sounds easy, reserving the perfect site is a lot like Goldilocks in the story about the three bears. You need to find a site that’s not too big and not too small. Fortunately, you don’t have to eat porridge to find the “just right” venue, but finding the place that’s perfect does require a conversation with your fiancé about all the factors you both need to consider when selecting the perfect wedding venue such as your style as a couple, your needs, expected amount of guests, date, and budget. We’ve written in depth about how to choose the perfect venue in a past blog post.

Once you’ve set your wedding venue criteria, set up appointments to visit halls. If you can’t personally visit the hall, send someone you trust. Make sure you ask questions and confirm every detail, and enjoy your storybook transformation from Goldilocks finding the right place to one of those fabled princesses or princes who finally finds true love.

Dress shopping

The holidays are an ideal time for dress shopping when your friends and family are in town and off of work. Remember, wedding and bridesmaid dresses should be ordered 6-12 months before the wedding day. If you can, make an appointment at your preferred dress shops. An advanced heads-up ensures enough staff to give you personal service.

When you go dress shopping, use this piece of advice: select who comes along with you carefully. While your friend or family member may be an enthusiastic dress shopper, you don’t need a “Negative Nancy” when choosing your special dress. You don’t need a full entourage either, no matter what you see on those TV shows. Use caution when choosing friends and family to come along for a less stressful, and fun, experience.

Food

wedding foodThe food at your wedding is a huge part of your big day and a decision that should not be made lightly. If you have a caterer in mind, be sure to ask the question, “can I use my preferred caterer at your venue?” when researching wedding venues. Some venues only allow certain caterers, or have an in-house caterer that you are required to use. On the other hand, venues with open vendor policies allow any licensed caterer to serve at their location.

If you do have a choice of caterer, make sure you ask caterers you are seriously considering for a taste test and information about their services. Be very clear about what you want at your wedding, so your caterer can give you accurate pricing information.

These items are by no means an end-all list (you can find that full planning list here); feel free to book your entertainment (once you’ve booked your hall), select and draft your invitations and save the dates, book your photographer or videographer, and choose a florist. If you don’t have the time, or just feel overwhelmed by it all, add another criteria to your wedding venue list: a wedding venue with event planners on staff. An event planner can book your important details, such as your wedding venue and food, and coordinate all the small details so your wedding planning doesn’t feel as crazy busy as the holidays.

50 Wedding Favor Ideas You (and Your Guests) Are Sure to Love

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wedding favorsThanks to European nobility several centuries ago, today’s couples have the tradition of wedding favors to add to their wedding planning checklist. What started as a simple giveaway of sugar as a way to show off has now evolved into a modern scramble to select a wedding favor that fits who you are as a couple, and what fits with the theme of your wedding. If you’re still in the middle of that scramble, searching for the right wedding favor for your wedding, we at 1451 Renaissance Place have compiled a list of wedding favor ideas that can help you decide what is the right wedding favor for you. With 50 different wedding favor idea options, you’re sure to find a wedding favor that fits your style—or at least be inspired from our extensive list.

  1. Mints
  2. Coasters
  3. Hot cocoa kits
  4. Jars of jam (or other goodies)
  5. Coffee beans
  6. Cookie cutters
  7. Candles
  8. Ornaments
  9. Bottle openers
  10. Candy bars
  11. Bottle/can koozies
  12. Honey jars
  13. Popcorn
  14. Hangover relief kits
  15. Mini cheeses
  16. cookies for wedding guestsCookies
  17. Magnets
  18. Paper weights
  19. Mini puzzles
  20. Flash drives (for a technology-themed wedding!)
  21. Shot glasses
  22. (Small) bottles of wine
  23. Chocolates
  24. Bookmarks
  25. Peppermints
  26. Pet treats
  27. Matchboxes
  28. Plants
  29. Seed packets
  30. Bottles of lemonade
  31. Gift bags
  32. Key chains
  33. Handkerchiefs
  34. Caramel apples
  35. Candy hearts
  36. Rock candy
  37. Mini pies
  38. Tea cups (and bags)
  39. wedding day venueMeasuring tapes/rulers
  40. Flashlights
  41. Bottles of soda
  42. Sun catchers
  43. Muffins
  44. Picture frames
  45. Cookie mix in a jar
  46. Chicken noodle soup ingredients (in a container)
  47. Window clings
  48. Snow globes
  49. Bath salts
  50. Wine glasses

If you are looking for a wedding venue that can help you plan all the details (not just wedding favors), contact us at 1451 Renaissance Place or send us a message on our Facebook page. We’re here to help make your big day beautiful—beyond the wedding favors.

Wedding Planning Mistakes REALLY Easy to Make (And Avoid)

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wedding planningLet’s be honest: no matter the size of your wedding, wedding planning is a really, really big job. And in the midst of coordinating all the details, it’s REALLY easy to make mistakes without even realizing it; it’s only after the wedding day that the bride or groom starts compiling a list of regrets. You know the “I wish I’d done that…” or “Looking back…” How do you avoid those potential regrets while in the midst of the wedding planning process? We’ve compiled a list of suggestions so you don’t slip into these common wedding planning mistakes.

Not setting a budget

Your budget is a key detail in every step of your wedding planning process, and a question you’ll find every vendor asks about. Sit down with your fiancé and any family members or friends who have expressed interest in giving you financial gifts for your special day. Making sure everyone is on the same page financially can minimize wedding planning stress, and drama, as you progress through the process. Don’t start wedding planning without a budget (unless you don’t need a budget); you’ll find that wedding expenses add up fast. If you want a sure-fire way to stay on budget, choose a wedding venue (like 1451 Renaissance Place) where you get a list of final costs at your final wedding planning meeting so you can make tweaks to the reception to fit your budget.

Blowing too much of your budget in one area

A wedding budget is like a marathon; you don’t want to put out too much energy at the end and not have enough left to cross the finish line. To make sure you stay on track, make a lined budget plan with amounts in each column. Remember, you don’t want to spend all your money on a dress and not have enough for the photographer.

Taking on too much

There is no shame or blame in asking for help. Wedding planning is a process, and can be an intimidating process for anyone. If you’re overwhelmed, consider choosing a wedding venue with an event planner to coordinate and finalize all the details that come with your wedding.

Procrastination

cookies for wedding guestsTo borrow an old saying, “the early bird gets the worm.” The prompt couple also gets the caterer of their choice, the best bands, DJs and entertainers, and the in-demand venue. Don’t wait until the last minute. Coordinate and confirm as many details in advance. Don’t think you’ll have time to talk to your band about your favorite dance songs, or you can call your caterer with last minute changes that morning. Follow up with your vendors well before your wedding date to confirm, and discuss in depth any preferences you have.

Not keeping everyone in the loop

Once you’ve conferred with all your vendors, coordinators and family, put the schedule for your wedding day (and day before and after) into a schedule and share it. Whether you have two or 20 attendants, give your bridesmaids, ushers, groomsmen, deejay and other participants of your big day a detailed schedule of where and what times you need them—in person, if possible. Don’t rely on random texts or other people. In the same way, consider doing the same for your guests; we’ve seen beautiful websites created especially for a couple’s big day with all the day details carefully outlined, and all their questions answered (saves you time on the phone too!). Another option is to create a social media page with details; remember this only works if your guests are on social media. If you want a more traditional schedule, compile all the details and include them in your invite.

Not leaning on experience

wedding day venueIf you need assistance while wedding planning, turn to people with experience. Don’t be afraid to ask your venue coordinators or vendors for recommendations for other vendors; your wedding venue staff know what florists that do a beautiful job, and caterers can recommend local wedding décor vendors. Or, if you want to consolidate and simplify the process, choose a venue with an on-site event planner or hire a wedding planner. Together, you and your entourage can produce a beautiful wedding day that speaks to who you are as a couple.

Treating every detail like a stand-alone part of your wedding day

Your guests are going to walk and view your wedding as a whole, so make sure you coordinate your details accordingly. Try not to get stuck on a detail that you have to have; instead focus on your wedding day as a whole, and choose details that fit with your overall vision. For example, don’t get stuck on using lilies if planning a fall wedding—and don’t think that you have to plan a rust colored fall wedding either.

Expect excellent service

310490_10150434622281803_1655992384_nWe’re not advocating turning into a bridezilla (or a husand-zilla), but set your expectations high, such as when researching wedding venues. We’ve compiled a list of five must-haves that you should expect from your wedding venue, and questions to ask to find out everything you need to know—everything you need to know to select the best wedding venue and vendors that offer the excellent service you need to plan your big day. Don’t settle for anything less.

Listen to yourself

Remember, this is your big day. At the end of the day, everyone’s going to have an opinion and advice but this is YOUR day. Decide what style fits you as a couple, and plan accordingly (or find a wedding venue with a planner-see our tip above). The result is a beautiful reflection of you are, and many months of wedding planning for your special day.

15 Questions You Should Ask Your Wedding Venue

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wedding day venueA wedding venue is one of the most significant parts, and one of the biggest decisions, of your wedding day. Your wedding venue provides the inspiration to plan the rest of your details—the cake, event décor, lighting, table coverings, wedding favors, even your dress. Think about it; you’d choose different décor for a barn wedding than for an elegant reception hall. That’s why it’s so important to ask every wedding venue you are considering these 15 questions; the answers help you choose the perfect venue for your big day, and give you a base to work off of as you set all your other wedding details in stone. A little bit of knowledge now can also save you from a big mistake later, when you didn’t know a key detail that costs you your hard-earned funds, or your wedding planning sanity.

  1. What dates are available during the month/season I am considering? OR Is the date I am considering available?
  2. What are your venue rates? What length of time does that rate cover? What is included in the rate?
  3. How many events are held at your venue at the same time?
  4. How many people can your venue accommodate? How many can be seated at dinner?
  5. Do you offer event/wedding planning services?
  6. Do you have preferred vendors I have to use? Or does your venue have an open vendor policy (which means you can bring in whatever vendors you want)?
  7. Can I have my wedding ceremony and reception there?
  8. What is your alcohol policy? Is it provided or do I have to bring it in?
  9. Do you offer free parking?
  10. Are you wheelchair accessible?
  11. What type of staff will be in attendance during my event? Will there be an on-site coordinator?
  12. Do you have liability insurance? (Covers you in case of an on-site injury.)
  13. What is the cancellation policy?
  14. Are there on-site or nearby rooms for my out-of-town guests?
  15. When can I see your venue in person?

wedding venue questionsIf you have any other questions, or you want to see 1451 Renaissance Place, an elegant, historic reception hall in Milwaukee, contact us or ask us on our Facebook page. We have experienced staff members that can answer questions about our wedding venue and your big day. This is one time in your life when you can’t ask too many questions; you need to make a serious inquiry to ensure that you’ve selected the right wedding venue for your once-in-a-lifetime day.