Happy Summer! Our staff has been busy with Summer events as well as the many weddings that have been occurring during this busy season. We've also seen an increase in interest in the venue for 2016 weddings.
When you begin your search for a venue, there are several things to consider and keep in mind. Here are a few recommendations from our events manager to help with both your initial venue search, as well as some helpful things to know before your appointments with venue representatives.
1. When searching for a venue online, take notice of their website. Are there plenty of pictures from multiple places on the property? Are they open with their policies, pricing, and availability?
How recent are their reviews and updates to the website? A venue with an easy to navigate website that looks as if it is updated regularly is likely taking their wedding business seriously! Having lots of different photos and an open policy and pricing plan shows that they have nothing to hide! When you visit a website, you should get a good feel for the venue - one that makes you feel as if you've already visited the venue.
2. When you reach out to a venue representative, give them as many details as you can! Knowing your date, guestlist number, and personal style will help immensely when they contact you. This is also a great first step in creating a relationship with that representative, something that will be extremely helpful in ensuring easy planning throughout the duration of your wedding.
3. Feel free to ask questions, but also be sure to listen to the representative. Often times, the questions you have and many you didn't think of will be answered during your conversation with the representative and the tour of the property they give you. Also, be mindful that your questions are relevent to the current conversation. Asking a question about clean up while your representative is talking about electricity capabilities may make them lose their train of thought and could possibly cause them to leave out other important information.
4. Don't treat picking a venue like a business transaction, and your venue representative won't either. We love showing couples the SDH venue, especially ones who are excited and enthusiastic. While there is a time for serious conversation about contractual obligations and financial expenditures, your venue tour should be fun and stress-free! This is a big decision for your big day, and treating it like a transaction will take away from that experience and will set the tone for your future communication with your venue representative. We model our behavior after your body language and level of enthusiasm, so come to your appointment with the attitude you'd like to see from your representative!
While we hope that after visiting our website, you'll make an appointment to see the Sam Davis Home and that that will lead to you booking our venue for your special day, these tips are valid for any venue! Enjoy your wedding planning and have fun venue shopping!