Why you Should Attend a Wedding Venue Open House
Selecting a wedding venue is one of the most important, and exciting, choices you will make for your big day. It is a setting you will remember for the rest of your life, and that will be featured on the walls of your home. While you should take the time to tour any venue, an open house offers a unique glimpse of it dressed to the nines and bustling with people. Besides free drinks and food, here are five reasons you should attend, and how they may influence your decision.
To Meet the Venue Coordinator
Attending a venue first and foremost gives you the opportunity to see who you may be working with, one-on-one. Seeing as the coordinator, and staff, are in charge of bringing your vision to life, it is important that they understand it. Make sure that you feel comfortable communicating with them, and that they are willing to do so. It will also be easier to inquire about packages, and other services, in person. If you are lucky, they may offer a discount if you commit to the venue within a certain time frame following the open house.
To Test the Ambience
As high quality as a wedding venues pictures may be online, nothing can beat seeing it in person. Today people tend to have a theme, or mood, to their wedding and reception. If you have one, you should make sure that the venue can match it. Many venues also use the opportunity to show off the space decorated and lit up, so that couples can see how it will appear throughout the day or night. Take the opportunity to envision your decorations and color scheme in the space, or to get some inspiration. You may even take photographs, so that you don’t get confused after visiting several venues.
To Get a Second Opinion
While many couples attend open houses alone, they are not the only ones permitted. You are welcome to bring parents who are helping pay for the wedding, friends in the wedding party ‒ anyone whose input you desire. In fact, we highly recommend it. Extra eyes will help you think of questions to ask, and give you people to bounce ideas off of. Besides, there is nothing more comforting than the honest and trusted opinion of friends and family. Be sure to bring people who are supportive, and can provide constructive criticism that will not dull your enthusiasm. Always check the invitation for the number of visitors you may bring along. Some venues ask that you only bring one in order to allow the most comfortable atmosphere for you to experience the vendors. Too many people can make the event seem like a Black Friday sale, in which you may or may not get what you are looking for because of the sheer amount of people attending. You can always schedule a time to return with your bridal party and family members.
To Ask Questions
It is easy to get overwhelmed or distracted at a venue ‒ especially with food and drinks. A few days before the open house, think about any questions you need answers to, and write them down. This is your opportunity to get each one answered directly, without the hassle of back and forth phone calls. There are no silly questions, and venues are typically excited to share anything and everything they can about the space and amenities. It is meant to be a fun, low-pressure occasion for everyone involved to enjoy.
To Meet Preferred Vendors
One of the best perks of attending an open house, is the convenience they provide by showcasing vendors. They typically include florists, DJs, bands, caterers, photographers, videographers, wedding planners, and more. Why is this so special? These are often trusted businesses that the venue has experience working with, and knows will provide their clients with a good experience. That means, if the price is right, you will have little work to do yourself when hunting down reputable vendors.
At Pine Lake Ranch, we offer open houses to show potential couples a sneak peek of our venue, and how we can exceed their expectations. We hope to express not only the beauty of our venue, and the memories it will evoke, but the dedication of our staff and vendors. Follow us on social media, to receive news on our venue and open houses, or contact us today with any questions. We look forward to meeting you, and learning how we can make your wedding dreams a reality.