Photo by Meredith Teasley
You're engaged – congrats! One of the first decisions you'll be making is where you're getting married. And like we said last week, there are so many great wedding venue options in Nashville. One of my favorites is The Barn at Sycamore Farms! The luxury indoor/outdoor venue in Arrington, TN is picturesque and beautiful inside and out! I spoke with Marissa from Sycamore Farms about booking your wedding venue – what are the best questions to ask a venue manager? How do you know the right information to know that the venue is exactly what you're looking for? In the words of Marissa, she says, “Ask away! There is no such thing as stupid questions!” To make sure there are no surprises down the line, keep reading to see The Barn at Sycamore Farms' take on the questions you should ask your venue manager below. And stay tuned tomorrow for part 2 of their advice!
The Most Common Questions Couples Ask a Venue Manager:
What is the guest count of the ceremony location(s)?
Where are the ceremony location options?
What is the guest count of reception space(s)?
Where are the reception location options?
How many parking spaces are available?
Where is the nearest hotel for guest accommodations?
Should I get a wedding coordinator?
What does the price include?
Are tables and chairs for the ceremony and reception included?
When can we arrive at the venue?
How late can we stay at the venue?
How early can we get on site, and have to be off property?
Are we required to use your vendors?
Can we bring our own food and/or alcohol?
Questions You Should Ask Your Venue Manager:
What are the responsibilities of the venue and staff?
What are my responsibilities as the client?
What are the responsibilities of the vendors, according to the venue staff?
What information do I need to provide the venue, when?
Other things to note:
Make sure to get a list of items that are included in the price quoted. This lets you know a hard cost and reference of how to budget all other details moving forward, and ensures you know exactly what you are getting. Always try to get things in writing, its easy to answer a question over the phone, but also easy to forget it a year later when the event takes place. Always send emails of specifics, especially financial questions, to reference later.
Make sure you completely understand the following: total cost, what is included in the venue cost, all rules and regulations of the venue (ex: county codes: must be off property no later than midnight)
Thank you so much for sharing such valuable insight with us, Marissa! And while you're venue shopping, be sure to check out The Barn at Sycamore Farms – with a gorgeous custom built-in chandelier, lake & island along with a beautiful bridge and state of the art barn, it's seriously such an incredible choice if you're looking for an upscale wedding venue in the Tennessee countryside. Check out more here on their website and also be sure to follow them on Instagram here!
The second photo on are all by Jenna Henderson Photography.