A Fresh Approach to Finding a Wedding Venue
How’s this average?
The average couple touring wedding venues in wine country will visit between 12 and 20 sites before making a decision. Assuming a crammed schedule, that’s 4 to 5 days of making appointments, driving to sites, fitting in some quick bites to eat so you don’t pass out, trying to determine what site said what, and what site includes what, not to mention which site has the wine that you like best, so that you can finally take a deep breath and tell a site their the one.
Since the typical couple is spending over $30,000 on their wedding, not including the previously mentioned 4-5 days visiting sites, how do you simplify the process, reduce the cost and still arrive at the best choice during these difficult FOMO times?
Pretend you are searching for a place to live.
Our first suggestion is to treat this search in the same way you would search for an apartment or house. Neighborhoods exist for wineries, just like they do for housing. Are you okay with a commute? How far off-the-beaten-path are you and your guests willing to go? Within what distance would you want your overnight lodging to be? What’s the weather like in the areas you are considering – the wine is different due to microclimates, which means the weather is different due to the microclimates. While schools are not that important for this decision, perhaps access to a church is a factor. How readily available and plentiful is parking? These are all things that you would think about when it came to live somewhere, so why not think about them when choosing a wedding venue?
Same theme, only closer.
Are you a sucker for a view, or is a cozy environment your happy place? Are bathrooms something to luxuriate in, or simply use? Do you always keep the windows closed, or do you like to enjoy the outdoors?
It’s time for dinner – is restaurant quality what you look for in the food and the ambiance, or do you like some adventure in your meal to help add to the experience?
Music you say? It must be time to dance – do you only twirl on USBDA (US Ballroom Dance Association) approved dance floors, or are wood, concrete or even hardpan acceptable if the music keeps you going?
And finally, when it’s time to leave at the end of the night, how are you about the night? We know it’s going to be dark, but how dark – city street dark? Moonlight dark? Flashlight dark? It’s yet another small thing, but all of these taken together may help you determine what venue you want to live in on your special day.
About the author: Milestone Events Group is Northern California’s most experienced & largest event management company providing site selection services to multiple locations throughout Sonoma County. Over the past 5 years Milestone has helped hundreds of couples simplify the venue selection process by providing clarity, predictability and ultimately confidence for clients who work with them to evaluate wineries, ranches, and other locations for their private events.
After the venue selection process is complete, Milestone is also available to help produce events in a stress reduced and highly professional manner. www.MilestoneEventsGroup.com