If you’ve started wedding planning you have no doubt ask yourself the question, “Why are wedding venues so expensive?” As the owner and operator of the wedding venue, I can tell you exactly where your money goes. I’ll admit, the answer is a bit boring, but the importance of this behind-the-scenes information cannot be understated. Venues earn their value by providing excellent customer service and beautiful, safe spaces.
Venues Provide Excellent Customer Service
From your initial inquiry, through the booking and planning process, your venue should support you as you navigate the chaos of wedding planning. Venues should not only answer your questions quickly, but also offer useful planning resources and helpful suggestions based on their experience. If you’re planning your wedding without a wedding coordinator, you’ll definitely benefit from a venue that will help determine a set up for your event that not only works with your vision, but also functions well for the flow of the event. Additionally, venue staff should provide event management assistance, address facility issues and anticipate your needs, all in an effort to help make your event go smoothly.
Venues Create Beautiful Spaces
Pretty things don’t come cheap. Venues spend enormous amounts of time and money creating and maintaining beautiful spaces for your wedding. Since every inch of the property is photographed and experienced by your guests, everything you see inside and outside a venue is carefully planned, selected, and cared for by someone. The cost of decorating, cleaning, landscaping, and maintaining the property requires significant human and financial resources. To amplify these costs, additional expenses are incurred nearly every weekend from damages that must be repaired before the next event. The cost of your venue goes beyond the customer service you receive and what you see onsite. Your venue fee also goes toward paying practical expenses like mortgage payments and utilities. In order to provide you with a top-notch facility your venue must charge a fee that covers their costs.
Venues Keep their Property Legal and Safe
Legitimate venues value property aesthetics, guest safety, and facility functionality equally. Safety and function concerns are amplified with large groups of people and the guest experience can quickly be negatively impacted in a facility that’s not prepared. Thus, all venues are legally required to adhere to The Kentucky Department of Housing, Building and Construction regulations in regards to handicap accessibility, electrical wiring, emergency exits, maximum occupancy, and restroom facilities just to name a few. Wedding venues, including barns, spend ample money and time to provide a facility that meets all of Kentucky’s Building and Plumbing Codes. It should be noted that not all venues follow these standards and thus risk being fined or closed by the state. To avoid stress and uncertainty, make sure the venue you’re considering is legally up to code by asking to see a copy of the venue’s certificate of occupancy. You may even want to request proof of insurance from your venue to make sure they carry adequate liability and property insurance.
I know that Warrenwood isn’t perfect, but no venue is. I do my very best to make my clients happy from start to finish and believe me when I say it is NOT easy work. Wedding venues are no exception to the old adage, “You get what you pay for.” Hosting an event at Warrenwood is not cheap because it just costs that much for me to provide what clients want and need. Warrenwood could be less expensive if I were willing to compromise on one or more of the above categories, but I won’t and I can’t. I care too much about my couples to give them anything but the best. So, in your wedding venue search find a venue that provides value where and how you want it. Even if Warrenwood isn’t your style, we want you to find a place that puts you first and makes your wedding day amazing. You deserve that!
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This content was initially published as an article in Bridal Bliss Magazine. The images in the post were taken for a summer styled photo shoot: