Wedding Venues in Glendale
The search is on! There are tons of wedding venues to choose from in Glendale. So we’re giving you some insider tops on what you really need to look for when choosing the best wedding venue. Here’s a list of the top 10 things to look for in a wedding venue:
Article Contributor: Jennifer N.
When I had initially planned my wedding, I looked heavily into destination weddings. I started off in Europe, then Mexico, and ultimately I decided to go local. I started looking around Los Angeles, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, and the more I looked, the more discouraged I became because of traffic and difficulty of navigating and parking. So I stayed real local: my hometown of Glendale.
Takeaway Tip: Choose a location you’re comfortable driving to and from. Remember, whatever you’re experiencing (traffic, parking, etc…), your guests will likely go through the same.
When I started looking for a wedding venue, I became increasingly discouraged because it seemed many of the venues I contacted had a extremely tight availabilities. Everything seemed to be booked at least a year in advanced. At first, it seemed like a good sign, but in the end, it became extremely frustrating to be turned away again and again. Plus, there was a lot of pressure to book or put down a deposit. I was turned off by these types of venues.
Takeaway Tip: Ask the venue if they have extended event dates on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Also, ask if they allow a “courtesy hold” on your preferred date and what the cost of the deposit is to reserve the date. A good venue should offer a reasonable deposit and courtesy hold.
Wedding planning can be a really stressful time. I remember when I went on venue tours, it seemed like all the questions to my answers were, “NO”! No smog machine, no candles, no hanging objects, no this, and no that. That’s were a venue with flexibility comes in. It was extremely important for me to hear the word “YES”!
Takeaway Tip: When you go on venue tours, don’t be shy to ask those little questions. Believe me, the more “YES” you hear, the better! Stay away from those venues that are consistently negative and unwilling to bend the rules for your special day.
#7 Easy to Contact
Luckily for me, I had a wonderful event manager who seemed to be available all the time! It was almost too good to be true. All of my calls were either answered on the first ring or returned within the hour. All of my emails were replied to in a timely manner, and I could always stop by to say hello (or ask annoying wedding questions…lol).
Takeaway Tip: Test your venue – start with requesting a venue tour. Take note of their response time early on. From there, try calling them and emailing them and see if they can get back to you within the hour or at least the same day. Have a bad feeling? Go with your gut and move on to the next venue. Trust me, it’s not worth playing phone-tag and it’s not cool to get a response several days later.
#6 Experienced Staff
OMG this is so important. If you walk into the event venue and the staff seems disorganized and scattered, then guess what – they will probably be disorganized and scattered on your wedding day!
Takeaway Tip: Go ahead and ask your venue manager tough questions. Interview them on possible scenarios that you might run into on your wedding day and what they’ve done in the past to resolve them. The more experience they have, the more cohesive their answers will be.
#5 What’s Included
You will be surprised if you don’t ask your venue manager what’s included within the base rental. So many wedding venues I visited in Los Angeles required the host to bring everything – including the electricity! When planning a wedding, trust me, you want as many free or included amenities as possible. A great venue should really provide: tables, chairs, all the dinnerware, linens, and their own catering options.
Takeaway Tip: The more the venue covers for you, the more time and money you’ll have to spend on the fun things like upgrades, rentals, and decorations.
#4 Event Space
I love to decorate! Just like any bride out there, I was really eager to display my taste and character through the decor and florals. For me, the type of wedding venue I was looking for would provide an elegant, sophisticated, and dramatic backdrop to my wedding. I appreciate good architecture and looked for unique tilework, details in the molding, and high ceilings. I just wasn’t attracted to some venues that were overly decorated with glass, mirrors, sparkles and glitter since it left little room for me to showcase my own style.
Takeaway Tip: If you’re wanting your tablescape and decorations to stand out, then go for a venue with a neutral setting. Look for light or white walls and simple lines that will not overwhelm your wedding decor.
In my experience, when you give your guests something spectacular, they will talk about it for days, weeks, months, and even years later! I chose a venue that was known for their executive chef who used seasonal ingredients. Our menu was customized to include traditional menu items, but with a modern flair.
Takeaway Tip: If you want to wow your guests, then focus on finding a wedding venue that will offer really high quality, and seasonal foods. A great venue will offer you options and substitutions. And, always, always go with a venue that will include a tasting! Believe me, you won’t be able to get one bite in on your big day, so consider the tasting your wedding dinner!
It’s so important to plan a per person budget with your fiance. This will save your valuable time looking for a wedding venue. One question that you should always ask the venue when first inquiring is, “What’s the venue rental fee, and approximate cost per person?”
Takeaway Tip: Most venues will have two sets of costs: (1) the cost of the venue rental, and (2) the cost of the catering. Don’t be alarmed. This is almost always standard for wedding venues.
#1 Venue Manager
Tah-dah! The venue manager is hands-down the most important factor to consider when searching for the best wedding venue. I was very fortunate to have a wonderful venue manager. Basically, this is the person that you will be in contact with before your wedding. They are usually your first point of contact when you go in for a tour, get a quote, book your event, and make your deposit. But they can also be a very valuable asset in the wedding planning process. A great venue manager will help remind you of important dates like when to make your payments, come in for a tasting, and they should be able to give you top recommendations for wedding vendors such as photographers, make-up artists, DJs, wedding planners, and more!
Takeaway Tip: Find out what your event manager can do for you. Are they willing to give you good tips and recommendations? Are they very responsive when you call or email? Are their emails clear and concise? Do they keep their promises?
About Jennifer N.
This article was contributed by a real life former bride. Now happily married, we ask her to think back on some of the challenges she faced when searching for a wedding venue. Jennifer shares some of the pitfalls and the signs any savvy bride should look for when shopping around for the perfect wedding venue.