So, you’re engaged… Congratulations! Now it’s time to start planning your dream wedding. You’re on your laptop researching the perfect venue and mesmerized by the gorgeous ring on your finger! Try not to become overwhelmed with finding the best “deal” on your venue, and instead, focus on finding the best value for your money.
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Ask About Amenities included in your Venue Rental
It is easy to pick an event space offering a rental price you can’t pass up, but keep in mind you may be passing up on important amenities that ensure a stress-free wedding day for you, your partner and your wedding party. Amenities such as set up & tear down for example; Who wants to spend their wedding day rolling out five-foot tables and placing hundreds of chairs when you should be getting pampered and relaxing before you say “I do?” And no, your best friend, cousin and mom shouldn’t be doing it either! What about table linens? Linens can easily cost an additional $500 just to rent. And you would be responsible for damage, shipping and making sure they arrive on time. What do you do when the “too good to pass up” event space doesn’t provide on-site staff the day of your event to ensure the facilities are maintained? Oh, yea, toilet paper eventually runs out, and heaven forbid a bathroom incident that needs immediate clean up! These are just a few things to consider when booking your venue.
Compare Venue Quotes
Unless you have some awesome connections in the wedding industry, I recommend searching for an event space that provides as many amenities as possible at a fair price! Keep in mind, price means very little until you actually compare what you are buying to other offers. When you get a quote make sure you know what it includes and what it doesn’t – if you aren’t sure, ask! And if you still aren’t sure, ask again! Any good event space staff won’t mind explaining what you’re purchasing. Even though it takes some time to compare quotes, getting the lowest price and then finding out it wasn’t what you thought or you could have had more value for just a little more money isn’t a very good feeling for anyone!
It’s your day, it’s once in a lifetime, and you should feel your hard earned money was well spent, and you received a good value. Ask for complete quotes and take the time to really know what you are buying so you can make a decision based on value rather than a low price.
P.S. love the ring 😉
The OP Ballroom Event Team