January and February are when many of the brides engaged over the holidays begin their wedding planning process so over the next month or so we want to highlight a few of our favorite wedding trends for 2013.
2013 Trend #3
A lot of brides come to us asking for a “different” venue.
In NY/NJ there are many ballrooms that are in towns or on main roads without much character in the area, and that is a major complaint from many brides. The ugly carpet, chairs, chair covers, and curtains are the other major complaints most people have about the traditional venue. The “Wedding Factory” is a name that so many of my clients give them. That may be true of a few of them but the ones with the best employees make you feel like yours is the only wedding!
A nontraditional venue is a great option and one that is really gaining in popularity. However there are a few key things to note if you are looking into it.
1. You (may) have to bring in everything yourself. If you find a cool loft in NYC you need to bring in the caterer and the furniture and the plates, cups, silverware and everything else you could possibly need. This can be VERY expensive and hard for many brides/grooms/families to deal with. Many people walk into a big empty space and can’t picture out how to fill it. Below is a photo of just some of the choices to be made!
Party Rental Ltd. Showroom in NYC
2. A venue that is not set up for special events may also require some larger and more expensive things that not everyone considers. Tents and bathrooms are just one more thing to consider. There is never a guarantee on the weather its one of the few things a planner can’t control so if you plan on having a wedding outside a tent is a good idea, and if bathrooms aren’t accessible you need to rent them in as well. You also have to decide if you want to heat or cool your tents depending on the season.
3. Many places are not zoned for special events at so certain things are required like permits. A wedding on a farm or in a vineyard or park may be romantic but the permit required can be very costly and varies widely by city.
The good news is, even if you are using a traditional venue you can do some things to make it a little different without breaking the budget.
1. Bring in lighting. A DJ can usually provide a package so you can place lights along the walls in the color of your choice (just please don’t use green) which will help give the room a nice atmosphere.
2. Bring in chairs, linens, charger plats or other decor that will change up the room and give it a little personality. The choices are endless!
Linens from the Greenwich Party Rental Ltd location
3. If your budget is a little larger you can add in some bigger ticket items like drape for the walls, lounge furniture or a custom dance floor.
Whatever you do if you make the day about you and your partner it will be special and people won’t walk away complaining about the ugly carpet. They will remember how happy you both looked, and how much fun they had!