Who has started a Wedding Venue Business??

posted 3 months ago in Beehive
Post # 2
1906 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Haven’t done it, but you may want to talk to a lawyer before you buy up a bunch of stuff. If you want to do it, I’d personally want to create a limited liability company  to protect my personal assets, and have them draft a rental agreement and make sure you have sufficient insurance. You also would need to verify that your property doesn’t have restrictions for business use. 

And then you have (in the us) laws that require the property to be handicap accessible. You may need a firemarshall etc to inspect the building and determine the max capacity. You’d need enough fire extinguishers, parking and bathrooms. I’d ask the attorney what all would be involved in making sure you’re compliant with all federal and local laws. 

Post # 3
1030 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

What PP said. Start with a lawyer, research laws in your area in regards to how the property can be used, if taxation will change etc. 

Insurance insurance insurance.

Post # 5
7072 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

cincilady2019 :  Legalities and logistics of aquiring the property and everything that goes with it, I *highly* suggest that you reach out and consult with 1-2 vendors from each category to “pick their brains”. As a wedding photographer I’ve done this for a couple of venues and I can’t tell you what a smart decision it is on their part. You can speculate what would be good all day long, but if you aren’t working within that specific niche you really don’t know. A coordinator/planner can talk to you about the logistics of a wedding day and all the small details often forgot about. A caterer can go over what they need in a facility. The photographers can discuss the things to do to get the best photo results. You get the point. Musicians/DJ’s can go over what they need in terms of outlets/power, etc. 

Post # 6
738 posts
Busy bee

I’m in Canada so I’m not sure the regulations in the US but the venues have a certain # of weddings/events they can host each calendar year for the first 3 years of business. Might be different but I know it came as a shock to some venues because they weren’t able to be making profit back fast enough to pay off the money they had been loaned or pay themselves a salary for the first few years. 

Post # 7
183 posts
Blushing bee

tobeornottobe7 :  Seriously? Is that a law in Canada? That seems so unnecessarily restrictive on small businesses! 

Post # 8
990 posts
Busy bee

You also need to speak to a CPA. You’ll need to set up QuickBooks (or whatever book keeping program you’ll use) so that you’re tracking the money you’re putting into your business and also all of your pre-opening expenses and asset/inventory purchases for tax purposes. This way if you never do open the business, you can still deduct some of your expenses as new business exploration.


You’ll also need your LLC/LLP set up as well as your state’s resale certificate to be able to purchase items at true wholesale prices.


There may be limits (or just serious side eye) about using your future business’s assets / inventory for your own personal wedding. 


And from a non legal / tax point of view, make sure as you’re purchasing items that have broad appeal to many brides, not items that suite your own personal taste. Figure out if you even want to do that now vs renting now and buying later once you’ve actually written a full business plan and have zeroed in on exactly what your business will entail.

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