Post # 1
So, I’ve been in love with this venue for a while now. From the images online (this includes all the photos of actual weddings there that I’ve stalked on photographer blogs), I can absolutely see my wedding happening here. It’s got a perfect location, rooms for the guys AND girls to get ready, and separate rooms for the cocktail hour, reception, and ceremony–not to mention it is CRAZY GORGEOUS. I already know the price range (anywhere from $5-$8k, though I don’t know what changes the price to the higher or lower range for them), and I know what’s included: tables, chairs, A/V equipment. I also know that they allow outside catering (a requirement for me), and we get the place all day. So, before I start to choke up during the tour while imagining my wedding day in this building, I figure I should have ready a list of questions/be ready to make some observations/etc. Do you experienced bees have any tips or advice for this novice?
Post # 3
I don’t have any advice (we’re doing a backyard wedding) but I do want to wish you luck! That’s really exciting!
Post # 4
Thanks!!! I’m REALLY excited…this place is so dreamy and I can’t wait to see it in person after stalking it on the internet for so long!!
Post # 5
I’m not sure what to tell you, because so much is available online today. My important questions thus far have been
– can we bring our own alcohol?
– what extra fees are there?
– how is parking around the venue?
– is security required by the venue?
– what are their decoration limitations, i.e., sparklers, candles, etc.
– what time will the venue be made available the day of, what time do you have to be gone, extra time charges?
– can you have a rehearsal?
Good luck! I can’t wait to visit our hopeful venue!
Post # 6
I’d say have your list of questions so you don’t forget anything. And also take a camera, it helped me when we’ve now been talking decorations with knowing exactly how the room is set up, etc.
Post # 7
Oh boy! It is really hard especially if there are certain things the venue covers and certain things you are responsible for.
Bartending (cups, ice, soda, tea, water, number of bars and bartenders etc)
Facilities (linens, parking, set up, clean up, decorations allowedetc)
Post # 8
Thanks guys!! I totally forgot about a bunch of this stuff.
Post # 9
If you decide you want to secure the venue, then start making notes for all your logistics, like:
How long does it take to walk down the aisle?
How wide is the aisle space?
What are the chair dimensions?
What are the room dimensions?
Can you get a floorplan?
Those are all the things I wished I had after I looked at my venue
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
Ask if there is a coordinator on site that you will be working with
Right notes immediately after of all the things you like and don’t like, any pictures that inspired you, etc.
Definitely a camera – solid proof!
Table sizes and how many at a table
What extras are included – flatwear, tableclothes, etc.
If they have any required vendors
I think everyone has mentioned anything else I would say…good luck and can’t wait to hear how it goes!
Post # 11
Update: went to the venue, the tour guide was SO sweet, friendly, and knowledgeable, and really made a good sell. I think that if the news that there was $1500 in extra costs came from anyone else, we’d have been a lot less patient!
The good news is that we all LOVED the venue (well, Fiance said he “really liked it” and “it’d be a great place to get married”, but close enough…I’m enough ecstatic for all of us). You get an incredible amount of space for the price, which my mom loved, and it’s absolutely beautiful, even more so than I was expecting from the photos I’d already been swooning over. So stately and PERFECT for the feeling we’re aiming for in our wedding. It also has epic views of a very pretty part of the city from every room. My mom wasn’t crazy about the fact that to have the ten portraits of dead white men removed from the reception room, we’d have to pay some bogus $750 “art removal fee”, but as much as she disliked them, Fiance and I were okay with them, and I figure we might be able to haggle off that price since we want to get married in their off season.
The upside is that we’re getting married at the time of year when its rates are lowest. The downside is the above mentioned $1500 in hidden fees. They charge a mandatory $1000 for security and a day-of coordination team, which is not a bad deal at all. They charge $500 for their in-house A/V guy, who is basically mandatory since you have to hire him if you plan to use their A/V equipment.
I was SO prepared with my list of questions thanks to you bees, so THANK YOU!!! Even though I’d gotten literally only one half an hour of sleep the night before, it was a very successful visit. I’m basically sold on the place, but since we still have quite some time and it’s the first venue we went to see, we’re going to look around a bit more. So NO I AM NOT TELLING Y’ALL WHERE IT IS. 😛 I don’t want anyone stealing it! I’ll post it when we book it…I mean, if we book it…hehe.