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Why are Wedding Venues so Expensive?

August 8, 2018

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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.

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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.

Summer Bride Indoor Wedding

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.

Boho Summer Wedding Ceremony Space

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.

Outdoor Summer Wedding with Vibrant Floral Design

Final Thoughts

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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  1. Ron Booker says:

    It makes sense how you said that venues that specialize in weddings and receptions have all the necessary resources and processes in place to pull off an exceptional event. My niece will get married in a few months and she is super excited. I will recommend her to look for a venue where they can provide with most of the items needed for an event so she can save time and money.

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hey there, I'm BRITTNEY!

Categories

As the Owner & Chief Celebrations Officer at Warrenwood Manor, I'm here to tell love stories, drop wedding planning tips & share my journey as an entrepreneur and historic preservationist.

Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Planning

HAPPENINGS

Popular Posts

Hosting a Rehearsal Dinner

The Perfect Guest List

Destination Weddings at Warrenwood