Blank Venues

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUki5T3k-SA[/embedyt]Planning a wedding can be so hard when you are trying to make it unique.  You don’t want your wedding to be too cookie cutter but coming up with new ideas that no one you know has done before is a lot of work.  And there are so many different types of blank venues. When you do find that perfect place, make sure that it’s beautiful scenery and amazingly high ceilings don’t cloud your reason.

Blank Venues

With a lot of couples finding new and eclectic venues for their weddings, it can be easy to overlook practicality in favor of aesthetics.  Since most unique venues weren’t made with weddings in mind, like barns for instance, they are a blank canvas. This means they might not have existing elements that are essential to a good wedding.  So, while that beautifully rustic barn might be great for pictures, think practically.  Will it work for your staff, entertainment and guests? And if not, can you budget for the extra expense of compensating for what the existing venue lacks?

What To Consider When Picking Unique Venues

Your Guests

They all love you and want your day to be as special as possible! However, you also want to make their experience as fun and easy as possible, right?  That might not happen if your guests have an aversion to using porta-potties because your beautiful barn venue doesn’t have the proper restroom facilities.  

Your Staff and Entertainment 

To make your day run smoothly, your catering staff and entertainment must be able to do their jobs in a clean and easy to use environment.  In your venue, will you have access to a food prep location like a kitchen? Will you have a work station for the catering staff? Can the venue’s power supply handle a band or Dj equipment? 

Blank canvas venues can be great and luxurious and wonderful places to let your creativity run wild.  However, for a lot of them, you have to bring everything in yourself to make that beautiful space functional for your guests and staff. And that is where the costs begin to skyrocket.

If you and your partner are able to budget out the extra expenses then go for it! However, other beautiful, existing venues already have amenities. If that makes the most sense for your budget, try consider one of them.  Your guests and staff will thank you for it!

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Breaking Traditions and Unique Alternatives

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When you’re planning your wedding, do not feel pressured to do the same traditions every one else does.  Not everyone likes cake, or maybe you think tossing the bouquet is cheesy.  Whatever the case may be one thing remains the same; IT’S YOUR WEDDING! A big part of the fun of planning your own wedding is getting to pick and choose exactly what you want for your big day. Breaking traditions in your wedding planning will create a fun and unique experience for your guests.

Have Fun With Food

This might be one of the easiest and most common traditions to break.  Loads of people don’t like cake so, why force it into your special day? One anti-cake couple’s idea for a unique substitute was to cut chocolate balls instead.  Not a huge chocolate person? No problem: Cupcakes, donuts, ice cream and more have been popping up in the place of traditional wedding cakes.  Pick whatever sweet treat you and your partner love, and make that the main event!

Think Drinks

Getting creative with small details in your wedding is a sure fire way to make it memorable for your guests.  For example, your seating arrangement and table numbers.  Sure, anyone can have a fancy script card on a plate. But a fun twist will set your wedding apart from all of the rest! One couple featured a champagne wall with custom name tags with each guest’s seat and table on it.  This will really make your wedding one to remember, especially when the guests can take them home.

Breaking Traditions

Now, before you say it, we know. Cookie tables are a staple in any western Pennsylvanian wedding. But, hear us out. Candy tables are becoming more and more popular due to their versatility and ease.

No rules are set in stone when it comes to your wedding.  Do what makes you and your fiancée the happiest. Think outside of the box and most importantly, have fun with it!

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Your Wedding Layout: Where To Put Your DJ?

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6r8W8mt-YU[/embedyt]We, at Wenning Entertainment, have seen our fair share of weddings.  You have so many things to worry about when it comes to wedding planning. From food to flowers to table arrangements, there’s a lot to handle. This week, we’re covering something that might not even be on your radar yet: your wedding layout. More specifically, where you put your entertainment. Even though it might seem like a little thing, where you put your band or DJ has a huge impact on your guests.

Where do you place your entertainment in your layout? 

If you don’t know much about event planning you might want to shove the DJ in a corner so that they don’t take up too much of your event space.  However, this is a HUGE mistake.  Once you put your DJ in a corner, you isolate the unlucky guests sitting between them and the dance floor.  

It’s always best to put your Dj in the front or your space right in front of the dance floor with no tables in between them. That way, no table is getting blasted with music from a speaker.

Who are you putting where, and why?

Probably the worst mistakes you can make in your guest layout are direct results of where you place your entertainment.  Always take into account accessibility. For Example, DOn’t sit your oldest guests by the entertainment.  They’re here for you and want to be able to have fun and talk to people. That will not be possible for them if you place them right next to booming speakers.

If you have to put your entertainment in a corner due to your event space layout, think hard about your seating chart. Your younger guests will enjoy the loud music more 

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Wedding Timeline Planning

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6r8W8mt-YU”][vc_column_text]When faced with planning your wedding timeline, your to-do list might seem very scary at first. Do you order the catering first? What about the flowers? And of course, you have your dress to think about and that has to be perfect!

This month at Wenning Entertainment, we’re going to cover the exact order you should book your vendors in to make sure that everything runs smoothly for your big day!

Step 1: Your Venue and Reception Hall

To cover all of your bases, you want to focus on the hardest, most in-demand vendors first. So, the first thing you want to do is book your venue and reception hall. These can be separate or combined depending on your location and price point. It’s best to get a jump on this first so that the place you have in mind will be available for your date. Plus, knowing the venue will make planning the fun stuff like flowers and seating arrangements way easier.

Step 2: Your Entertainment

The next step is to book your entertainment. If you aren’t familiar with the world of wedding vendors, you might be overwhelmed with the volume of wedding bands and DJs there are. Entertainers can be booked up to 2 to 3 years in advance so get a jump on that. To make sure that you find the best one to keep the party alive all night long you’re going to want to research and research early.

Step 3: Your Photographer

Then, your next step is to book your photographer. Good photographers can be booked for up to 2 to 3 years in advance so get a jump on that. This is one of the most important days of your life. You’re going to want it captured by a reliable photographer that you trust. So book them early!

Step 4: Your Videographer or Cinematographer

Lastly on this list is your videographer or cinematographer. Some people are still wary about traveling and large parties. To make sure you have a video worthy of showing grandma, book your videographer or cinematographer in advance. They always book up to about a year and a half to three years in advance.

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