Finding the perfect wedding venue for your dream wedding can be exciting and stressful. There are so many details to consider beyond location, budget and services. When we dream about our wedding day, we imagine the colors, flowers, dress and location. Many of the details that go into making the dream wedding come true are often missed. This short guide to choosing a wedding venue will help you create the wedding of your dreams.
The best place to begin planning is with a daydream and a list. Envision the location and the seating in the ceremony space. Imagine the flowers and the lighting. Do you envision rose petals on a romantic aisle? Take notes as to the elegant sheers, crystal chandeliers, decorative table linens, table runners, flowers, candelabras, chair sashes, and the chinaware. This preliminary list is where most of us begin, but there is so much to consider. Before you book your date, it is important to know what is included.
Fully Designed and Decorated Wedding Venue
One of the first and obvious questions about your wedding venue is whether it includes furnishings and décor. It can be expensive to rent furnishings and décor separately, and hire a professional designer to design the space. Choose a wedding venue with all of the furnishings, décor and a professional design team to incorporate all the details into your perfect moment.
An all-inclusive wedding venues, like Crystal Ballroom Rock Hill, includes professional design services to create your theme, and the full decoration of the wedding venue for your magical day. You will be able to customize your ceremony aisle with décor, flowers and lighting. You will coordinate the elements of your table settings from a selection of napkins, linens, overlays, runners, charger plates, candelabras, vintage manzanita trees, floating candles, lanterns, and floral arrangements. Before you book a venue, make sure the furnishings and designs are included.
A Bridal Suite and Groom's Suite
Make sure your wedding venue has a bridal suite and groom's suite to prepare on your wedding day. Beyond the space, it must provide access to a bathroom, have full length mirrors, a vanity for makeup and a place for lounging.
Day of Event Coordinator
Make sure your wedding venue offers day of event coordination services. The primary function of a coordinator is to make sure every piece is in place, just the way you planned it with your wedding planner. They coordinate the movement of the wedding party and guests within the wedding venue. All aspects of the ceremony and reception are managed and organized to ensure everyone is seated according to assignment, gifts are arranged, food services are managed, toasting and speeches are organized, and the first dance and music are coordinated the way you imagined. They guarantee that the wedding party makes an entrance in the appropriate order and at the appropriate time. Entrances, music and ceremonial events are all managed according to the way you planned.
A Food Manager at Your Wedding Venue
You might assume you have the food covered with your catering company. While a catering company can offer additional food manager services, it is important to find a wedding venue with a food manager service. A food manager manages the cuisine, desserts and appetizers at the event, from temperature control to portioning. Appetizers and delicious hors d’oeuvres are butler passed to guests according to the timeline of the event. The more guests, the more important a food manager becomes.
Bartender and Banquet Staff
Some venues provide the wedding venue, furnishings and décor, but not all provide staff services. Choose a wedding venue with a bartender service and banquet staff. Bartender services prepare and serve beverages, and manage portion control to keep your guests safe. Banquet staff manage the reception ballroom, butler pass appetizers and delicious hors d’oeuvres, fill water glasses and serve your guests.
Planning a wedding involves so much more than the space. You will need to build an entire team of wedding vendors to make the magic happen. A wedding venue that can plan and design the entire event, and facilitate the connection with professional vendors is gold. There is no need to search directories, make sure your wedding venue can connect you with professionals. The collaboration between vendors and an all-inclusive wedding venue makes creating the wedding of your dreams effortless.
Crystal Ballroom Rock Hill
Crystal Ballroom Rock Hill is an all-inclusive wedding venue with an in-house design team and planners dedicated to creating the wedding and reception of your dreams. Every wedding package includes a meeting with designers and access to a treasure trove of décor. All of the furnishings, designs, and services are included in every wedding package. Additional day of event coordination services, food manager services and upgrades to customize your event are available upon request. Plan your entire fairy tale with Crystal Ballroom, from ceremony to reception. Contact Crystal Ballroom Rock Hill to schedule your private tour and begin planning.