December is the most popular time of the year for couples to get engaged! It is that exciting time of year full of love and magic that brings couples and families together. For all of those who got engaged this holiday season, it is time to start planning! Choosing a venue might be the biggest and most expensive decision you make during the planning process. It is important to know exactly what you are looking for and exactly what each venue offers. Here are some things to consider.
SPACE & CAPACITY
This is priority number one. Make sure to do a take tally of your guest list and see if the venue has the space to accommodate. You not only need the space to accommodate your guests, but you will have to fill the room with tables, chairs, space for the band or DJ, and room for your guests to dance and mingle. It is a good idea to ask the venue if they have visuals of what the room looks like fully set up for a wedding of your size.
This isn’t always the most important aspect of a venue, but it is something to consider. Public places such as a park or beach are often fun, beautiful and inexpensive, but yield little privacy from strangers and patrons. Golf courses, hotels, and banquet halls can offer a little bit more seclusion, but can still be disrupted by other guests, patrons, employees, and customers. A private farm or estate would offer the most amount of privacy.
PRESENTATION & VIEW
Remember that the backdrop of the venue will influence the wedding and how your guests will remember it. What will be the first thing your guests see when they arrive? What will the room look like when they sit down for dinner? What impact will the decor, furniture, and architecture have on the memory of your wedding? These are all things to consider about how you want your wedding to look.
If you decide to hold your ceremony outside, look for venues that offer back up plan in case the weather isn’t ideal. Ask the wedding coordinator if there’s an indoor space you can use should the rain wash you out. If they don’t offer indoor space, check and see if there’s an option to set up an outdoor tent at the very least.
It is also important that the venue has a lot of open places to park! Whether it is a paved lot, driveway, open field or empty street make sure it is a legal and safe place to park. Safe is also a big factor for guests such as children, elderly, and handicapped that may be attending your wedding.
Our venue can accommodate up to 225 guests in our event center with plenty of space for everything you will need. River Oaks offers to our brides & grooms so many amenities coupled with a beautiful, spacious, and elegant venue. Your guests can lounge in our private banquet rooms, grab a drink at the bar, bust a move on the dance floor or mingle outside on our patio while they take in the sweeping views of the golf course with the Mississippi River Valley in the background. These picturesque views are great for your cherished wedding photos as well. There is also plenty of parking for your guests in our wide-open parking lot for everyone to join!
If you have recently got engaged are looking for somewhere to hold your wedding, consider having it here at River Oaks! We would love to help you, and your significant other, start the rest of your lives together. Contact us at (651)438-2121 for questions about our venue.