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5 Must-Haves You SHOULD Expect From Your Wedding Venue

wedding venue Milwaukee WIYou have every right to set your expectations high for your wedding venue (unless you’re using Uncle Lester’s barn for free!). After all, this is the wedding setting for your big day, and—depending on your wedding schedule—may even be the venue where you say your vows and host your wedding reception. Don’t get us wrong, that doesn’t mean you can turn into a Bridezilla, but it does mean that you should include these five ‘must-haves’ on your wedding venue list:

A full tour

Note the word ‘full.’ You should get a complete tour of the reception hall before your wedding, including the place where you and your attendants would be getting ready. If you want to see the hall look its best, and get other ideas for your wedding, check to see if your preferred wedding venues host open houses. Often, you can find the open house dates on their website or social media site (1451 Renaissance Place announces upcoming open houses on their Facebook page and website.)

Pre-wedding coordination

Even if your event staff is not full-time, they should be open to assisting with coordinating your vendors. At some point before and on your wedding day, you’re going to need some assistance pulling it all together: the caterer coming in, decorating, cake drop off, etc. If you want to select those vendors, choose a venue with an open vendor policy. And if you need assistance selecting and a full-service coordination, select a venue with an event planner on staff.

Excellent service

Whether your wedding venue outsources their coat check or bar staff, or uses in-house staff, you and your guests deserve excellent service on your big day. If you as a couple would like servers exclusive to your event, look for a wedding venue that hosts one event at a time. Once you find the venue, if you have any special requests for them, discuss your requests with them as early as possible in the planning.

A contact on the day of the wedding

Emergencies happen, even on your wedding day. The cake drop off time changes. Your entertainment act needs more than anticipated. This is when it’s nice to have a contact that can be reached at any time on your wedding day—and only one contact.

A reply to your initial inquiry

You shouldn’t have to call multiple times or send tons of Facebook messages to get a response from your wedding venue. Once you identify the area or areas you want to get married in, start contacting wedding venues about your preferred date (or dates). If you want to get married in Milwaukee, contact 1451 Renaissance Place via email or on our Facebook page. We can give you everything you should expect in a wedding venue—and more.

15 Questions You Should Ask Your Wedding Venue

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.

5 Ways to Welcome Your Wedding Guests

place cards to welcome wedding guestsYour wedding day can be hectic, often without time to welcome and thank every wedding guest. Don’t stress about it; there are other ways to greet and show appreciation to your wedding guests—even before they arrive at your ceremony. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite ways to welcome your wedding guests, and make sure they feel appreciated as they enjoy celebrating your special day:

  1. Make a good first impression. Start with decorations before your guests get to the reception hall. Our favorite wedding welcomes have come in a wide variety of unique welcomes, such as a chalk on the sidewalk picture or unique entryway décor.
  2. sign for weddingCustomized sign. This is a DIY project that can be uniquely you, or a fun customized purchase uniquely designed for your wedding. If you are hosting a wedding with a lot of pearls, make or buy a sign with pearls around the frame and a custom message for your guests. If you make the sign with a generic message such as “Welcome to the newest Mr. & Mrs.” you can even use the sign in your residence after the wedding.
  3. cookies for wedding guestsGifts. Leave little favors at the entrance, or on tables around the reception hall that fit with your wedding décor, who you are as a couple, or a chance to nibble. Create a table with appetizers or sweets and little wedding favors so your guests feel taken care of and part of the festivities. If you have guests from out of town, reach out to them with a customized packet of maps and information about the area.
  4. wedding favorsTake song requests. You can do this either on your wedding day, or before the event. Make your guests feel part of the festivities by asking for their song requests. You can do this on the RSVP cards your guests send back, or in a neat display at your wedding.
  5. Let them know you have their best interests at heart. When you send out your invites, let your guests know about transportation or hotel reservation deals. Another way is to book a wedding venue that has free parking or that is close to local hotels, like 1451 Renaissance Place. Let them know about these great wedding venue perks by including a small printed card inside the invitation that gives them logistical information.

Renaissance Place entranceThe most important way you can make your guests feel welcome is by choosing a caterer and venue that makes them feel welcome. Select a wedding venue with a welcoming entryway that makes your guests feel at ease, such as wedding venue 1451 Renaissance Place in Milwaukee. 1451 Renaissance Place also has an open vendor policy, allowing you to choose a vendor that fits with your wedding theme and takes care of your guests. This elegant venue also has the advantage of hosting one event at a time, making the enjoyment of your guests the staff’s sole focus. If you have any more questions about making your guests feel welcome at 1451 Renaissance Place, ask us on our Facebook page. With years of wedding planning and event experience, we can help you make your guests feel appreciated at your 1451 Renaissance Place wedding—and turn your welcoming ideas into an elegant reality.

Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Right Wedding Reception Hall

wedding venue Milwaukee WIIn some ways, we’re all beginners in choosing the right wedding reception hall for your big day. Every wedding day is a beautiful, and unique, opportunity to celebrate your union with your family and friends. As the wedding reception hall whose job it is to make your dream day a reality, we know how overwhelming wedding planning can be, and especially how hard it is choosing the right wedding reception hall—the crux of your dream wedding. So what factors should play a part in choosing the right wedding reception hall?

  • Date. There are two ways to use your date to find the right wedding reception hall. First you can have several dates available and contact reception halls about what dates are open. If your heart is set on a reception hall and date, reserve the hall on that specific date as soon as possible (years in advance)—or ask for open dates and choose that date for your wedding. The second option is to set your dates and contact halls about that date. Once you know the facility is available, you can set up appointments to tour the sites that have your ideal date available.
  • Your wedding day needs. Do you need a ceremony and reception site? Ask about the size of the wedding reception hall. Do you need accommodations for out-of-town guests? Use a map to make sure the reception hall is close to hotels. Do you need a caterer? Ask the hall manager about what services they provide. Do you have a caterer or other vendor that you want to use? If you have a vendor, you want to use, contact wedding reception halls and ask what vendors they allow in to their facility. A few facilities even have an open door policy, and allow any vendor in to their reception hall. Does the reception hall have space for all your guests? To find the right site for your wedding, make a list of questions and your needs for the wedding. Ask the manager at each reception hall the questions before you tour the hall. If the venue won’t allow your preferred caterer, there is no reason to go visit.
  • Your style. Are you a couple with traditional tastes? Do you like historic facilities? Prefer a barn out in the country? Talk with your fiancé about what kind of wedding he or she envisions to make sure you are contacting and visiting reception halls that match your tastes and style.
  • Set your budget for your reception hall. As you research facilities, ask for pricing information so you have a clear idea of all expenses. If you are looking for a way to save money, ask about the reception hall weekday rates, set your wedding on a Friday or Sunday or use one of these tips to keep your budget intact.
  • How much planning help you need. Are you busy and need help with coordinating your wedding? Ask each reception hall about wedding planning services.
  • Handicap accessibility. If you have friends or family with mobility issues, keep them in mind as you choose your reception hall. Remember you have options. Thinking about handicap accessibility now can ensure that everything goes smoothly on your wedding day.

Here’s a factor that shouldn’t be part of choosing the right wedding reception: procrastination. Since the wedding reception hall is such a vital part of your wedding day, don’t delay contacting local wedding reception halls to set up an appointment (even via social media!) or checking their Facebook pages about open house dates. An open house is a unique opportunity to see the wedding reception hall, get a full tour, talk with vendors and even enjoy refreshments. It’s also the chance of a lifetime to envision your big day, and decide what wedding reception hall is the right location for one of the most important days of your life.