July 15, 2015

Choosing Your Bridal Shower Venue

When you're the bride to be, it's pretty safe to say that the list of tasks and to-do's does not end. It isn't all that bad, especially when you get to do the fun items on the list. Choosing a venue for any event can be a hard task, but add in the pressure of a wedding and it can become a little crazier. Selecting the perfect venue is a big task, but I am here to share some tips on how to make it your best celebration yet.

Incorporate a piece of personalization
Do you and your soon to be husband love golf? A local country club may be the perfect place for you. If you are foodies and want to bring some great elements in to the mix, one of your favorite restaurants would be a great spot for you. 
I chose a winery, because we originally wanted to have our wedding at one. The winery venues we had looked in to didn't hold as many people as we planned on inviting so we had to move on in our search. When it came time to pick a bridal shower venue, a winery was one of the first places I looked at. I am so happy to be able to include a part of my original wedding wish with my upcoming winery shower.

Lay out your plans early
Before you head to potential venues lay out some of your plans. Here are some questions you may ask yourself:
Do you want a large shower? How many people do you estimate inviting?
Will you have it catered or do you want somewhere that has food on site?
Do you want it in the outdoor elements or something inside that doesn't risk the weather?
What is your budget? Do you have one?
Do you want minimal or DIY decor, or are you planning on going "all out"?

These are things you will definitely want to know before heading in to meetings or beginning your venue search. It's good to be prepared and have a plan that will be set in to action.

Does this venue fit all your wishes and needs
You may have a vision board, or ideas pinned that you want to see come to life. Can this venue fulfill those desires? Can you turn your local restaurant in to the Tuscan themed bridal shower of your dreams? Does the gazebo on the lake meet all of your nautical desires for your celebration?
Don't be afraid to tour more than one venue. Get quotes and ask plenty of questions. Also be sure that the manager or event planner is easy to reach and friendly to work with...this will be a huge help as you are planning your shower.

Ask questions, lots of them. Don't be afraid to speak your mind.
I'm kind of a freak when it comes to planning, I like to have allllll my information in line. Here's some great questions you can ask the staff at your potential venues.

Does the venue have ample space?
Can you bring a caterer in to the venue, or do you have to use one of theirs?
Are they charging you for tables, chairs, tents, etc?
What is the price per plate if you are using their dining options?
Can you bring in your own alcohol or do they have a bar?
Are you being charged per hour or one set fee?
Can you come in early enough to set up prior to the shower?
Is your potential date already taken?
Is there any minimum food or beverage prices you have to meet?
Is there a maximum amount of people the venue holds?
If it is outside, what if it rains? Are there other options?

While there is a lot of things to keep in mind while planning your shower, I feel that if you have a plan in action and questions ready you will be able to celebrate at a perfect venue with ease.

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  1. These are awesome tips! I actually didn't have any input into my bridal shower venue and gave my sister full control of planning that LOL! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. I love that you're using a winery! So cool!

  3. I love the winery idea! My MIL planned my entire shower since I didn't live in Chicago at the time. We had it at a local Italian restaurant, and I couldn't have asked for a better day:) Looking forward to more posts!

  4. I think a good plan of action with any event is key. That location though... Perfection!! I love it so much!

  5. All great tips! The winery idea is definitely smart! I didn't plan any part of my shower, I just showed up which was really nice!

  6. Living on Cloud NineJuly 15, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Great questions! I just know your wedding events are going to be spectacular!!!

  7. Great advice gurlie! All of the planning and stress leading up to the big day is like no other, and you're doing a fabulous job of keeping it all together! Can't wait to see pics from all your events <3

  8. Great tips...I especially love the one about personalization!!

  9. Great ideas!! I didn't plan my shower, so I loved having one less thing to worry about ;) Thanks so much for linking up with Macy and me for Wedding Wednesday this week!

  10. Thank you Meg, I am loving Wedding Wednesday!! I am looking forward to my shower :)

  11. Thank you so much Melissa, I really appreciate it!

  12. Thank you so much Kate :) You're so sweet...I'm taking it one step at a time, once I see the big list I get overwhelmed but I am just doing little by little. I am really excited for all the celebrating!

  13. Thank you so much. You're so kind, I am really excited for everything!

  14. Thank you so much Pamela. The winery is going to be a lot of fun! I like planning things, and my bridal party has been a huge help so it's been great :)

  15. Thank you Melissa, plans are real important ;) I am REALLY excited for my shower and to see all the planning come to life :)

  16. Thank you so much Megan! oooh Chicago is amazing, I bet it was beautiful! I am excited to post more that I've been working on ;)

  17. Thank you Chelsea, I am really excited to see it all come together!

  18. Thank you Biana, I appreciate that. Awe, sisters are good for that kind of bridesmaids have been my sisters haha...Xo!