5 Questions to Ask About Your Wedding Venue

Selecting your wedding venue is a big step in the planning process. In fact, it’s one of the first plans you’ll need to make, as it can dictate all the other aspects of your wedding—budget, guest list, catering options, theme, and more.

It’s not a decision to make lightly, then! Due diligence is critical. As you tour different venue possibilities, here are five questions to ask, all of which can help you pick the right place.

How many people will it hold?

Maybe you’ve always dreamed of a big wedding, with 250 people in attendance. That’s perfectly well and good—unless your dream venue only seats 100. And the inverse can also be true: A huge, cavernous room might feel empty if you only plan to invite 30 guests. Get a feel for the venue size, and think about how that impacts your guest list.

How will it look on my wedding day?

When you tour a venue in spring but plan to get married in the winter, you’re not really getting the full picture of what your big day will look like. Ask to see some photos of the venue in the appropriate season, and consider things like the plant life and general lighting around the venue; will you be disappointed if seasonal changes throw these things off?

What about catering options?

Will you be allowed to pick your own on-site caterer—or are you required to use the venue’s house kitchen crew? That’s something you’ll definitely want to know before settling on a venue!

What’s included in the rental fee?

When you pay for the space, what’s included? Are chairs part of the deal—or will you need to pay extra for those? Is silverware included, for the reception—or will you need a caterer to bring those? Think about any little “extras” and ask if they’re included in the price.

What’s the weather contingency plan?

Planning an outdoor wedding? Hopefully, you won’t get rained out—but of course, you never know. Make sure you know about the venue’s backup plan—and that you’re okay with it.

Learn More About Mosteller Mansion

If you have any questions about Mosteller Mansion, or just wish to tour it, give us a call. We’re here to help you pick the wedding venue that’s right for you. Reach out to us any time!

How Employers Can Keep Drinking in Check at Their Holiday Parties

Every employer wants to provide their team with a chance to unwind, have fun, and perhaps even build a little team unity—and a holiday party is a great way to check all three of those boxes. But even well-intentioned holiday parties can sometimes spiral out of control, especially when there is alcohol involved. And when the drinking gets out of hand, it’s all too easy for other behavioral issues to crop up—along with liability issues for the employer.

Does this mean it’s best to just not serve alcohol at all? Not necessarily. There are steps employers can take to encourage drinking in moderation. Here are just a few suggestions.

How Employers Can Curb Holiday Party Drinking

  • Set expectations. There’s nothing wrong with talking to your employees up front, and reminding everyone—in a gentle and good-natured way—that certain behavioral standards still apply, even when you’re outside the office.
  • Provide drink tickets. Allow each employee to have a certain number of vouchers, each one good for one drink—and once they’ve used their tickets, there’re done, plain and simple.
  • Make employees pay for drinks. A cash bar will certainly help you moderate alcohol consumption!
  • Limit the alcohol offerings. Something a lot of HR professionals recommend is offering a restricted alcohol menu—beer and wine, maybe, without any hard liquor to contend with.
  • Provide festive alternatives. Some fun, holiday-centric, non-alcoholic cocktails can help people to buffer their drinking.
  • Offer different activities. Make sure drinking isn’t central to the party. It should never feel like the main event. Provide other ways for people to have fun, work together on a volunteer project, or simply be entertained.

You don’t have to be a spoilsport or a buzzkill, but neither do you have to settle for reckless drinking at your company’s holiday gathering. Take some steps to curb drinking, while ensuring your team members still enjoy the festivities. And to learn more about catering options for your party, reach out to Mosteller Events.

 

How Big Should Your Wedding Be?

Of course, you may have your heart set on something small and intimate; or, conversely, on something big and boisterous. Regardless of where you lean, take a minute to consider some of these quick points.

Small Weddings (50 guests max)

If you’re having a destination or a small civil ceremony, this may be the size you’re thinking—and frankly, 50 people may sound like a lot. But wait: Say you’re inviting both sets of parents, both sets of grandparents, all your siblings and aunts and uncles… how many people is that? Obviously, wedding guests can add up quickly, so while a smaller wedding means more intimacy and more time with each guest, it also means you’ll have to leave some people out. That’s the big con to consider here: The people you want to invite, and who may expect to be invited, but who just don’t quite make the cut.

Medium Weddings (50-175 guests)

For many, this is the “just right” zone—but be aware that your wedding may end up feeling fairly small or fairly large, just depending on which end of the spectrum you end up on. For many brides and grooms, a medium wedding can allow you to invite everyone you like while still keeping your budget under control—though it may involve some sacrifices or cut corners here and here.

Large Weddings (More than 175 guests)

If you want your wedding to be a massive party, well, the sky’s the limit! Just make sure you can find a venue to fit everyone, and a budget that will accommodate everyone. And, be aware that you may not get face time with all or even many of your guests.

The ultimate decision is up to you, of course—so think it through, and if you have questions about holding your wedding as Mosteller Mansion, let us know!