1) Picking a specific wedding date before finding your favorite venue.
Don't rule out the best venues in town just because your first wedding date choice was already taken.......Instead, find your favorite venue First and then be flexible with the available dates!
2) Not picking your venue/date soon enough.
Sure, you should make a short list of your favorite venues and visit them....but don't let that decision-making take months. You are competing with thousands of St. Louis brides for limited weekend dates of relatively few nice venues. If its even close to your budget, get your date held and move on with the rest of the planning!
3) Using separate venues for ceremony and reception (when you don't have to).
If the convenience of your guests is important to you, they will love NOT having 3 plus hours of dead time between ceremony and reception and all the extra travel required with having separate venues. And certainly, don't settle for a hastily created ceremony area in a corner of a banquet room, hallway or patio...you'll just be disappointed.
4) Picking a venue close by instead of something unusual or different.
Be willing to get out of your normal neighborhood a little and find something different. Your guests won't mind driving a little bit to see a place possibly new to them. Go visit places that interest you, don't just assume you won't like a certain part of town.
5) Not picking an outdoor ceremony location that has a backup wedding chapel.
OK, so lots of brides want a beautiful outdoor wedding but what is their biggest worry? Sure, its Rain! Having a tent set up just in case it rains is very expensive and usually cost prohibitive. Find a venue that has a charming rainy day backup area that is included with your rental (preferrably a chapel) and you won't be disappointed on wedding day.
6) Overestimating your guest count.
Most wedding guest lists are in the 100-250 people range and going over this number tends to make your reception unnecessarily expensive. A guest list over 250 is not necessary for most brides and it will severely limit your venue choices.
7) Using warmed-over, catered food instead of fresh, on-site meal preparations.
We all know that you could save money probably by finding some discount caterer who uses small, lesser quality ingredients and who prepares the food a half day before the meal, puts it in warmers, travels with it across town, puts it back in warmers and then hopes the food still seems fresh and hot when serving. Food prepared on-site is always preferred and will be the hottest, freshest and most delicious for you and your guests.
8) Picking a venue that requires traveling somewhere else for scenic photo backgrounds.
Traveling after your ceremony and before your reception with the whole bridal party can be a logistical difficulty....so do yourself a big favor and just find a ceremony location with lots of picture spot locations that don't require travel.
9) Not having a wedding coordinator experienced with the venue of your choice.
You might benefit from a friend or bridesmaid who wants to be your personal assistant on wedding day but don't confuse that role with the absolute necessity of a wedding coordinator very familiar with you and your venue. She needs to meet with you before the wedding, manage your rehearsal and coordinate your whole wedding and reception. If the wedding coordinator is included with your package.....Bonus for you!
10) Choosing slow buffet lines instead of faster and more elegant seated dining.
Don't assume that buffet's are always less expensive. Also realize that the buffet saves a venue by having less staff but this loss will only be an inconvenience for your guests. Guests with children, disabilities or older guests certainly don't like standing for long periods in lines and then hoping to get back to their table without a spill. Seated dining is certainly the most elegant and often the fastest way for an experienced venue to serve their guests.
11) Not choosing a venue with lighted, on-site parking.
Again, consider your guests for this important feature that can greatly effect convenience and safety. Guests having the hassle of a shuttle, off-site parking, street parking or the concern for personal or vehicle safety are all factors to consider.
12) Not choosing a venue that has optional house vendors very familiar with the venue.
Of course, you will choose the vendors often that you prefer....especially with things like your florist or photographer....but a house vendor is a business that has been picked usually because of great quality and price, they are extremely familiar with the location and the venue stakes their reputation on a good experience with that vendor. Often, they are your best choice, especially when there are so many to choose from. Using a little-known or inexperienced vendor is often a gamble that isn't worth saving a few dollars.
Wow!.....you may say.....that's a lot to consider when searching all over town for a venue that addresses All these concerns. I have Great News for you!! There is a little known venue in this area that actually designed their whole Wedding and Reception Venue to satisfactorily address All of these Wedding Day issues. Just a short drive from anywhere in the St. Louis Metro area is an easily accessed but still relatively unknown venue that has made brides who have found it over the last 20 years.....immensely pleased! The Larimore House Mansion and its historic buildings was built over 150 years ago and the current owners saved it after years of neglect and brought it back to its Victorian-Era Elegance and Romantic charm. Specializing in Garden or Chapel Weddings and Elegant Receptions for up to 250 guests, Larimore House Plantation has all the ammenities that today's bride demands. And yes......with lower priced options......Any Bride with even a modest budget can afford to host their very special day at this fantastic venue. So do yourself a HUGE favor, go ahead and visit a couple popular venues in town First and then go meet with their Wedding Coordinator and tour this beautiful property.....we're confident that this special place will quickly move to the Top of your list! Go ahead and Contact them today to schedule a tour, to obtain more information or to inquire about available dates.