Must-Ask Questions Before Booking Your Wedding Venue

Selecting the venue for your wedding is one of the most important (and expensive) decisions you will make during wedding planning. Perhaps you already have the perfect place in mind. Or maybe you are on the hunt for the space that suits you both. Either way, here are some things to consider and questions to ask the before signing on the dotted line.

Is there enough space?
Even if your guest list is not finalized, gather an idea of how many people you plan to invite. Find a reception space that allows everyone enough room to spread out comfortably without too much extra space. Most venues charge a minimum fee. So, consider the 15-20% of your guest list that will not be able to make it.   Here are also some tips for keeping your list small.

What is included in the package?
It is important to obtain package details in writing so you can evaluate it against other venues. Do they include catering, or will you need to bring in an outside vendor? Is there staff available to serve food and work the bar, or do you need to ask your caterer to provide this service? Are there clean restrooms nearby that your guests can access? Make a list of the important items and have it ready for your meeting. Anything you need to take care of independently should be carefully considered before you make the final decision.

Is it in a convenient location?
Consider where your overnight guest will stay before you make the call.  While there may be the perfect space in the middle of the country, it may be difficult for some guests to commute. Research suitable hotels nearby and find a reception hall close to the ceremony location. Ideally, you will select a venue where both can take place on site. There is no need for your guest spending precious time driving across town!

What about alcohol?
Be sure to ask the venue if the carry the proper licensing before you decide to stock the bar. If you choose to bring in your own supply, ask if they charge a cork fee. There may be a significant cost difference between the purchase of alcohol on site versus the per bottle opening charge you find on your bill at the end of the night.

 

How to Store Your Wedding Dress

Shopping for your wedding dress is one of the most exciting days out during wedding planning. This is the time to dress up and feel like a princess!  But, if you have already purchased your dress and it is now waiting at home for the big day (alterations and all), here are some storage tips to keep it looking its best.

Let it Breathe
While you may consider and airtight box after you say “I do”, storing a wedding dress for a future date is different. Your dress needs to breathe. Cloth garment bags will protect the material from outside elements while allowing proper ventilation. If you do not have a bag, simply place your dress between a flat bedsheet that fully covers the material. Cut a hole at the top of the sheet to allow your dress to hang with the sheet equally covering both sides. Feel free to use safety pins to carefully secure the sheet around the sides of your dress. Just make sure you do not pin the dress fabric, only the sheet surrounding your garment.

Let it hang
Hanging your dress tall will keep the fresh pressed look you received from the dress shop or alterations boutique. Once your dress is carefully placed inside the garment bag, hang it in a closet on a tall rack where the bottom is not bundled on the floor to prevent wrinkling. Try to select a location to hang it away from crowded spaces. If other clothes are shoved around your wedding dress, there is a chance more wrinkling will occur.

Find the best place
If you are debating which closet is best, choose the space that is opened rarely to protect your dress from overexposure to the sun. Also try to keep the dress in a cool, temperature-controlled room with low humidity. If you are storing your dress in a tropical environment, purchase a small humidifier from a local hardware store to keep your space cool and dry.

Leave it be
This may be the hardest part! Once you have safely stored your dress, try your best to leave it alone. Removing it frequently increases your change of spills, oils from your skin, new wrinkles, makeup, and other elements that can change the integrity of your new dress.

Once you are finally close to your wedding day, carefully remove your dress and have it professionally steamed.