Sunday, March 2, 2014

Non-Traditional Wedding Venues

Reception halls and hotel ballrooms are not the only locations for wedding receptions. Today anything goes. A budget conscious bride may be able to find eclectic, wedding-friendly options; many of which may surprise your guests (in a good way). When selecting a non-traditional wedding venue it’s important to keep in mind the following:

Not all choices will end up costing less. The secret is being able to recognize the bargains.

Watch out for “hidden costs”. A non-traditional wedding location may be cheaper or free to rent, but also know that many times they will pose additional logistical challenges that a traditional wedding venue will not. The costs of making these locations event-ready, is where a lot of the “hidden costs” will come to light. Examples include Porta Potties, tables ,chairs, tents, electric generators, insurance, permits, and security. Additionally, many vendors will charge you extra for the additional staff and equipment needed to setup in a particularly challenging location.

Hire the right planning help. If you’re considering having your wedding in a non-traditional location, the best piece of advice I can give is to employ the services of a professional and experienced wedding designer and planner. They will be able focus on the services you need for each stage of your event (from electrical outlets, sink with water, refrigeration, etc.). This way you can more easily compare the total cost between your different options.