Houston Wedding Venue Advice; Tips To Choosing The Perfect Location
“What advice do you offer to couples who are debating on having their wedding reception at a residence opposed to a venue?”
The wedding and reception should be a seamless occasion for the happy couple. A venue offers this experience, especially one that is all-inclusive like Morgan Falls Event Center. An all-inclusive venue provides concierge wedding planning with everything you need-from catering to coordination and more-under one roof. Hosting a wedding reception at a residence may sound like a good idea in the beginning, however the couple should consider the hoops and hurdles they may have to jump through, that can quickly become a headache. The couple will need to consider questions such as: Which noise ordinance and parking permits do we need? Is there sufficient space for guests to sit or dance? Is there enough space for parking? How many tables and chairs will we need? Let’s not forgot the big question Who will clean up? Those are just a few items on our checklist for planning a successful wedding reception. A venue will allow them to focus on starting their life together, instead of planning event details. Of course, where the couple has the reception is ultimately their decision, but having it at a venue can give the couple a breathtaking affair to remember.
With a venue like The Dunlavy, you can get everything in a one stop shop including your Event Coordinator! It may seem more personal at home but take the work away from you and do our best to make your wedding as effortless for the bride and groom as possible so you can enjoy your special day.
Choosing the venue is probably one of the biggest considerations in wedding planning. The venue is what will help the couple set the tone and establish the vibe they want to convey to guests. Generally, the choice of a residence as the venue sets the scene for a more intimate and laid-back atmosphere. A wedding at a home, farm, or ranch can set the scene for a warm gathering of friends and family, especially if lodging is included in the venue rental package. Too often a couple will come to the end of the wedding day and feel like they were barely able to visit with their guests. A residence-based wedding with lodging included allows more time to visit with those the bride and groom may only see on occasion.
To ensure success when pulling off such a wedding, the first and most important point is advance planning with a realistic schedule. Communicate in advance with the venue owner and know when you may begin decorating. Know what items are available onsite and use them, as opposed to bringing an abundance of items with you. Minimize the work you need to do as much as possible, then schedule time for decorating and socializing as you prepare for the ceremony, and afterwards, as you clean up. A realistic schedule will minimize your stress.
In addition to advance planning and scheduling, it is helpful to have a designated person in charge of setup, event, and cleanup. This doesn’t have to be a wedding planner. It could be a friend or relative, and preferably one who isn’t directly involved in the festivities. Bring that person along on visits to the facility if possible, and make sure the venue owner or director knows who they are.
Communication is the final critical factor. One great benefit of having the event at a residence is the personal involvement of the owner. The owner/director tends to be more available and willing to engage in advance planning and intimately knows and cares about the venue. This allows he or she to make recommendations and suggestions that will be helpful to a successful event. In addition, communication with the vendors is important. Be sure they know where they are going and ask them specifically what they will need to set up. A residence wedding may be different from the set-up they are used to at a more traditional venue. Communication with your guests is also helpful. Let them know they may be going a little out of the way- perhaps not in the city center. If they will be parking and walking, prepare them for that in advance or provide a shuttle. If they will be outdoors, let them know that too and provide fans, water, or blankets depending on the season, to keep them comfortable.
A residence wedding is a wonderful way to slow down a day that may rush by all too quickly. Following these few tips will allow you to maximize the benefits of an intimate setting and create the most memorable event possible for yourselves and your guests.
Few people have access to a Father of the Bride home along with a Hollywood budget for planning. Remember how much time, stress and money it took to make that property picture perfect? A tent alone could break the bank. Brides typically choose us
because of our ability to make the wedding process easier and more enjoyable. Not only do we have a veteran staff to guide the brides through the intricacies of events, but also provide a wealth of resources from ideas and trends to staffing and equipment making dreams both realistic and a reality. Having everything at our fingertips - from valet and security to linens and china – eliminates the hassle, additional costs and outsourcing elements that would needed make a home event ready.
We know many couples are looking to save money on their weddings these days, and some are considering residences versus professional wedding venues. However on your special day you'll want to be able to enjoy your family and friends, and not worry about organizing all details. Professional venues will help you cover all the things you might not think about, such as insurance, adequate bathroom facilities for your guests, and indoor alternatives if your outside ceremony location gets rained out. At BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch, we have a variety of wedding packages with different levels of coordination depending on a couple's budget and needs. Our authentic Texas vacation homes are the perfect compromise between a traditional venue and a residence, and offer plenty of space and privacy. Your wedding day isn't something you want to take a gamble on. We'd recommend trimming your guest list a little over hosting your event at a private residence.
A Texas Renaissance Festival Wedding is truly a unique experience. Every bride wants to feel like a princess, here we won’t just make you feel like a princess, we will make you one. We have hundreds of amenities to make your day truly special. No DIY decorations or familial stress, here our very experienced and professional staff takes care of every detail from premium parking for your guests to clearing a path to our wedding chapel for each and every bride. With five themed ceremony sites and two private reception venues, say “I do” to a Royal Wedding Ceremony provided by the Texas Renaissance Festival.
When considering a venue for your wedding, in general, a private residence provides more intimacy and less formality in the structure of the service. It is often decorated and planned with friends and family, creating warm memories for all who know and love you both. A rented venue often comes with a wedding planner, familiar with the ways the facility can be decorated and used and who is experienced in all sizes and styles of weddings as well as specifics for various faith traditions. The planner can ask questions and make suggestions from their experience that will personalize your wedding while maintaining a smooth execution and flow – so that all your guests witness is your love and joy that day!
We've had many brides who are price shopping and trying to distinguish what would be better for their budget; hosting their wedding at a venue versus having their wedding at a private residence. There is a common misconception that you can save a lot of money by hosting the wedding at a friend or family member's home and the fact of the matter is; that is simply not true. There are items that a commercial venue naturally provides that private residence does not. For example, most private residences do not have the proper electrical requirements that a DJ, band, lighting, and other vendors need. A venue will also provide plenty of restrooms. Another amenity that is often overlooked is a dumpster. Most of all a venue provides a rain plan and peace of mind which is priceless. All of these items and many more are common oversights that will demand extra dollars in the budget that most brides do not accommodate for.
Although at first thought, it might seem less expensive and easier to have your wedding reception at a residence as opposed to a venue, there are a lot of hidden costs to consider. Most people do not have enough tables, chairs, linens, plates, silverware, napkins, glassware, etc. to accommodate a large number of guests in their home, so renting all of these items will be necessary. The cost of rentals can add up quickly. Each person will require at the minimum, one glass, one dinner plate, one dessert plate, two forks, one knife, and one napkin. The average cost for each item is $0.60, so that is about $4.20 minimum per person plus tax and delivery, and that doesn’t include tables, chairs and linens. Rental companies typically deliver Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm and Saturday mornings only, so if you require delivery or pickup on Saturday afternoon or evening or on Sundays, you will have to pay a hefty after-hours fee. You will also have to find a caterer and pay for additional staff to handle the rentals. You also need to consider having your house cleaned before and after the event as well as trash management.
The beauty of having an event at a venue is that all you have to do is show up, and everything is included in the venue rental. No need to worry about cleanup either! It is definitely the easier (and possibly cheaper at the end of the day) way to go!