Traditional Wedding Venues vs. Non-Traditional Space:
5 things to consider before choosing a non-traditional space
“Location, location, location”… said to be the three most important qualities for a piece of property. This phrase could just have been as easily coined for selecting a wedding venue, potentially the most important of the many decisions to be made when planning a wedding.
These days, there is no shortage of non-traditional venues getting into the wedding business, with many doing weddings as a secondary focus. As a result, servicing these weddings can be a secondary focus as well. The allure of non-traditional space may be exciting conceptually, but executing the vision may turn out to be more than you bargain for. Here are 5 reasons to consider entrusting your big day to the wedding experts.
- Professional expertise: Hotels and most traditional wedding venues have the distinct advantage of having a certified wedding professional on staff to advise on wedding trends; to help the bride and groom create their vision; and to coordinate timelines and the numerous vendors (catering, floral, cake, rentals, ready rooms, etc.). If the venue being selected does not provide this wedding coordinator, couples must incorporate additional funds into their budget for a wedding planner, as executing all of the details could be overwhelming given all of the moving parts.
- Inclusive pricing and customization: Most everything is presented in one inclusive pricing package. The catering price includes the food & beverage, service, set-up & breakdown, centerpieces, tablecloths, etc. There are no unanticipated expenses that create “budget creep”. Additionally, hotel culinary teams tend to be more open to menu customization and theming versus the typical catering company servicing non-traditional venues.
- Full scope of services: Hotels can curate the entire experience, not only for the special day, but from the time the first guest arrives and the last guest departs providing surprise and delights along the way. It is typically not a wedding day anymore; it is a wedding weekend or experience. A hotel can provide guestrooms; a sense of place and gathering; unique photography opportunities; seamless transitions from “ready rooms” to ceremony and ceremony to reception with an elevator home. Don’t forget to plan a brunch for the next day.
- “Traditional” Venue does not equal “traditional” wedding: There are modern and classic wedding venues that provide beautiful interior landscapes that can be transformed to compliment any wedding with contingency plans for any outdoor events that may be affected by weather. Most hotels and wedding facilities have on-site audio-visual companies that can work magic with simple, cost effective lighting packages.
- Extra perks: Hotels generally provide a complimentary accommodation (many times a suite) the night of the wedding with lovely, congratulatory in-room gifts for the bride and groom. Hotels also have loyalty rewards programs that provide loyalty points and incentives that can be used for the honeymoon, which can provide considerable savings.