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Touring venues this week!!!

I will start touring venues this weekend! I am so excited!!!
Any question suggestions would be great!

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    bsn1752bsn1752 member
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    edited December 2011
    How many people it holds?
    Outside caters or preferred/required list?
    What accomodations their fee includes?
    What days/times can you have your rehearsal?
    What's the gratituty?  Is that included in the bill?

    I know there's more, but just ask your questions as they come up... (plus, other girls will have alot of input here as well!)
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    bsn1752bsn1752 member
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    edited December 2011

    PS - where are you touring?

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    fallbride1109fallbride1109 member
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    edited December 2011
    Make sure you ask about any and ALL fees:  set up/clean up/tear down; parking; after-hours; cake cutting; presetting the tables

    Any restrictions:  can't use candles, can't throw petals, etc.

    When can you arrive and when can you leave?  How many total hours do you have access to the venue?  Will their be another wedding on your date?  Are they available on your date?

    Everything that is included:  food/beverage/catering; decor; linens; waitstaff/bartenders; venue coordinator; chairs/covers, etc.

    If you want an outdoor ceremony or reception, what is the bad weather plan?

    Any minimums or undisclosed fees/service charges you haven't mentioned.
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    bsn1752bsn1752 member
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_texas-dallas-ft-worth_touring-venues-this-week?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local Wedding BoardsForum:102Discussion:3cc6e38d-cb48-45eb-ad18-a5771c4260c5Post:a6560f30-3d91-447e-976c-7093d7f365a5">Re: Touring venues this week!!!</a>:
    [QUOTE]Make sure you ask about any and ALL fees:  set up/clean up/tear down; parking; after-hours; cake cutting; presetting the tables Any restrictions:  can't use candles, can't throw petals, etc. When can you arrive and when can you leave?  How many total hours do you have access to the venue?  Will their be another wedding on your date?  Are they available on your date? Everything that is included:  food/beverage/catering; decor; linens; waitstaff/bartenders; venue coordinator; chairs/covers, etc. If you want an outdoor ceremony or reception, what is the bad weather plan? Any minimums or undisclosed fees/service charges you haven't mentioned.
    Posted by stephiehall[/QUOTE]

    YES! I knew Stephie would be able to answer this one well!  :)
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    courtski2004courtski2004 member
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    edited December 2011
    What linens do they provide?
    Do they charge to fold your napkins a preferred way?
    What type of certerpieces are included (many provide votives and or mirrored centerpieces)?
    How long do you have the space?
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    edited December 2011
    If security is provided and their charges?  Some require 1 guard for every 100 people, some require 2.  And most that I've researched charge by the hour.
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    jenngbjenngb member
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    edited December 2011
    I will be viewing:
    Marc Events
    Addison Event Center
    Westin-Park Central
    Ross Avenue Wedding Chapel
    Crown Plaza- Addison
    and possibly The Atriums- Farmers Branch
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    fallbride1109fallbride1109 member
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    edited December 2011
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    jenngbjenngb member
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_texas-dallas-ft-worth_touring-venues-this-week?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local Wedding BoardsForum:102Discussion:3cc6e38d-cb48-45eb-ad18-a5771c4260c5Post:11a4a943-8ce7-4473-ad6a-a68ea86e91b4">Re: Touring venues this week!!!</a>:
    [QUOTE]NathanandJordan toured Ross Avenue WC and was disappointed. <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_texas-dallas-ft-worth_ross-avenue-wedding-chapel-beware?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local" rel="nofollow">http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_texas-dallas-ft-worth_ross-avenue-wedding-chapel-beware?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local</a> We have had several Knotties use AEC with good reviews.
    Posted by stephiehall[/QUOTE]

    Thanks- You know it all.
    I am excited about AEC! My co-worker told me her friend got married there not too long ago and she loved it.
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    Tia_ChicaTia_Chica member
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    edited December 2011

    I hope you find a venue you love!

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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_texas-dallas-ft-worth_touring-venues-this-week?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:102Discussion:3cc6e38d-cb48-45eb-ad18-a5771c4260c5Post:a2156aa6-1609-4f47-86a4-f0b90366bfbb">Re: Touring venues this week!!!</a>:
    [QUOTE]I will be viewing: Marc Events Addison Event Center Westin-Park Central Ross Avenue Wedding Chapel Crown Plaza- Addison and possibly The Atriums- Farmers Branch
    Posted by jenngb[/QUOTE]

    I looked at the The Crowne Plaza in Addison and really liked it but it was booked on my day, and the atriums were nice but also booked on my day. The Westin was soo nice, but alittle out of our budget.   We ended up going with the crowne plaza at 635 and 75

    Have fun looking!!
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    jenngbjenngb member
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_texas-dallas-ft-worth_touring-venues-this-week?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local Wedding BoardsForum:102Discussion:3cc6e38d-cb48-45eb-ad18-a5771c4260c5Post:41c0e123-e71b-40c4-b4b4-14244b94a92d">Re: Touring venues this week!!!</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Touring venues this week!!! : I looked at the The Crowne Plaza in Addison and really liked it but it was booked on my day, and the atriums were nice but also booked on my day. The Westin was soo nice, but alittle out of our budget.   We ended up going with the crowne plaza at 635 and 75 Have fun looking!!
    Posted by Valeriekay23[/QUOTE]

    The one question I am not sure about is when they ask "how do you plan on spending on my reception?"
    i would like to say around $8500 for food and drinks but is that something I should say at this point or what???
    HELP!!!
    My budget will be $15000 total and when I put that info in the Knot it shows that I could spend about $8000 on the reception. Does that seems accurate?
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    edited December 2011
    On the knot budgeter it has EVERYTHING on there.  You may not need every single thing that it budgets for.  I believe you can put zeros in for those items and it will reconfigure your budget. I'm not 100% sure, I played with the budgeter right after I got engaged.  I would be upfront with how much you can spend, and remember EVERYTHING is negotiable!  Usually with the hotels there are minimums you have to spend.  At the crowne plaza it is 8k.  I think I remember the Westin being more, but I'm not sure how much more.  HTH!Smile   My budget is 27K and the venue is about 17K for 200ppl and this includes chair covers and table runner rentals, sit down dinner, and open bar for 4 hours. Tax and gratuity.
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    edited December 2011
    I toured the AEC and was very disappointed. It didn't seem like it was worth what you had to pay. Have fun looking and ask lots of questions!
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    edited December 2011
    [QUOTE]The one question I am not sure about is when they ask "how do you plan on spending on my reception?" i would like to say around $8500 for food and drinks but is that something I should say at this point or what??? HELP!!! My budget will be $15000 total and when I put that info in the Knot it shows that I could spend about $8000 on the reception. Does that seems accurate?
    Posted by jenngb[/QUOTE]

    How many people are you planning for and what kind of menu are you thinking of going with? That will be a big factor in how much your reception costs. For example: we have 150 people, 4-hour bar (beer, wine & house liquors thata were yucky wells surprisingly), carving station, action station, heavy apps & a chocolate fountain and it came to $66/person (or $9900 total.)

    A sit-down dinner will be on the higher end while lighter fare will run you less; just think about what time of day you are doing all this too. Be mindful of any additional chargers (like bartender or carving station attendants) plus tax and gratuity.
    ~DFWs Resident Snark~
    I'm not so good with the advice... Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?
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