For the majority of people, planning a wedding isn’t something they have a lot of experience with. Don’t get us wrong, planning a wedding with no experience can still be a very enjoyable experience, but oftentimes when all is said and done, people look back and either wish they would have done something slightly different or known something sooner in the process. There are a lot of things you simply don’t know about planning a wedding unless you’ve done it yourself.
We hope to change that sentiment, and we hope that by doing so, we’ll make your wedding planning experience easier and more enjoyable. With that said, here’s a look at five things they don’t tell you about planning a wedding.
1. A Venue Isn’t Just A Venue
When picking a venue, you don’t just want to find a place that is big enough and that has availability on your big day. A venue is more than just a place to gather, it should help to set the tone for a magical evening. For example, a venue like The Riverside can provide spectacular views and exquisite natural lighting, while The Grand 1858 can offer intimate and elegant indoor or outdoor ceremonies. Set your wedding apart by having the venue add to the festivities instead of just being a place that is big enough for your group.
2. You’ll Want To Decorate The Venue
Booking the venue is a good start, but you’ll also want to personalize it with your own decor and style. However, you probably won’t be able to decorate until the night before the wedding at earliest, and some venues may want you to wait until the day of your wedding. You’re not going to want to set up your reception hall on the day of your wedding, and while you may have friends or family willing to assist, sometimes it’s easier to know that it’s being handled by the professionals. Our styling and production team can decorate your venue based on your decor and lighting preferences and give you the peace of mind that it’s being taken care of while you focus on other things on your big day.
3. Consider Transportation
You may not personally need parking or transportation, but a number of your guests likely will. Parking and transportation options can be hard to find if you’re getting hitched in the Twin Cities, so you’ll want a venue that has on-site parking. Our venues have this perk, which makes life that much easier for your guests.
4. It’s Simpler To Keep Food Options In House
While this may sound obvious, feeding your guests can get difficult if you’re trying to arraign caterers for your venue. It’s much simpler to choose a venue that has top notch on-site dining accommodations. This also provides you with peace of mind knowing that a caterer won’t back out or run into transportation or staffing problems on the day of your wedding. If you keep things like decor, dining, lighting and music in-house and with one company, it’s so much easier to organize each aspect and to avoid problems because you’ll be working with one point of contact.
5. Where Will You Get Ready?
Some venues don’t lend themselves to wardrobe changes or make it easy for the wedding party to get ready ahead of the ceremony. You’ll want to be able to get ready at the venue, so make sure you consider where you’ll be able to get dressed and have hair and makeup done on the day of your wedding. Our venues offer Bride and Groom Suites so that everyone can get ready with ease on the big day.
If you want assistance with any of the above aspects for your wedding, please consider syncing up with the team at Entourage Events Group. We can streamline the planning and production of your wedding to ensure everything is as you dreamed it would be. For more information, or to request a tour or learn more about our pricing options, fill out this short form on our contact page. Let us help make your wedding an unforgettable experience.