VENDOR VS WEDDING PROFESSIONALS

Well to us Pros; we are Wedding Professionals and we find that our customers the public brides call us Wedding Vendors. Some don’t care but some that have been around a while do. Today the discussion is about us Wedding Pros.

Most of us Wedding Pros are each other’s Biggest Fans and not competitors. This is how we all should be. We are all so different we have too many different things to offer in this event business.


Every month many of us Wedding Pros meet during the week at monthly schedule breakfasts or luncheons at different Restaurants and Venues. This is the way we network like a family of Wedding Pros should. We meet new contacts monthly and help each other by word of mouth.


Net”Working” is work and those in most of our areas meet and WORK together great. We have Conferences that most attend and have State Meetings for different areas of our talents. Our Main goal is to give our Clients the Blissful Event that we all want.


The have Pages and Groups on Facebook where you can find them. They are all structured a little differently but the goal is the same. 
In the Houston Area, you can find them by searching the following….
· West Houston Wedding Professionals

· Central Houston Wedding Professionals

· Bay Area Wedding Professional

· Fort Bend Event Professionals
 
We at Binders Gardens Venue are hosting the following Groups.
March 14 for the Fort Bend Event Professionals at 9am, for more information we can direct your invite to the correct person at Info@BindersGardens.com – cost is $20.
April 4 for the West Houston Wedding Professionals at 11am, for more information we can direct your invite to the correct person at Info@BindersGardens.com – cost is $15.

Binders Gardens

16630 Hwy 36

Needville, TX 77461

(Outside of Katy, Rosenburg, Sugarland Area)

WEDDING VENUE QUESTIONS TO ASK


Not all wedding Venues are the same, so when comparing Venues; don’t just look at price. Compare Apples to Apple and not Oranges to Apples when looking for a Venue.  

Selecting a wedding venue is one of the earliest, and most important tasks on your to-do list. If you’ve never planned a wedding before, how can you be sure of the questions you’ll need to ask to find the perfect venue?

There are specific questions to ask when looking for a venue.

*What is not included in my rental of the venue, what extra charges or deposits are needed for their wedding package?

Ask if Chairs, tables, linen will be included in your rental package.  It’s not always provided.  Ask if any other items will be require to rent to have a wedding ceremony and reception.  Ask what details are extras perks sort of their package.


*What if something happens?

All weddings need a plan B and what if plan.  Outdoor wedding venues know that it could rain and they will tell you want they do or you should do.  Do you need insurance?  What if the Electricity goes out?  No one ever thinks to ask this.  If you have insurance what is covered to protect you if that would if happens. If the venue has plan Bs in place, and they have the answers for the would if; then you are in good hands.


*Should I tip anyone or this also a hidden cost?

The norm is to tip servers and come prepared to tip them. Bartenders usually have a tip jar but they also hire extra servers to help if the event is large. It’s best to ask your vendors if the tips are included in their cost. You need to know these things in advance.


*Ask for Exclusive price?

If your Venue only gives a price for Tables and Chairs, ask if they will give you an exclusive price on everything from cake, photos, Flowers, DJ and Catering. Sometime they can get the price better.


*Ask if there is a separate cost for a Cake?

In my experience, no one has a plan for who is responsible in cutting the cake. If you want the venue to be responsible to cutting the cake, serving it, providing cake plates and forks; their might be an extra fee. If not, then make sure you prepare in advance if Aunt June is cutting the cake and if she knows how correctly. Then make sure you have cake plates and extra forks. Don’t forget the Cake Cutter Knife and Cake Server.

*Ask how long you can Dance?

If you have hopes of drinking and dancing from dawn til dusk at your wedding you might want to ask if you can do that. Some venues only allow on an average four hours of Reception time. Some let you go over for an extra fee. Vendors and Venues basis their fees on four hours of Reception time and that is what they pay their staff for. So if you go over that basis set time frame, you might get sent an extra bill. Some will let you stay without the bar and music. Find out for your records. Even the Photographer is only expecting a certain time frame to be there and they might extra for the longer party.


*Ask about rules on decorating?

If you have big plans of having a hundred candles, fireworks, balloon, lanterns, hanging chandeliers and hanging material from the ceiling, they might get tarnished with a pop of a balloon. Many venues have strict policies against nails, tape, staplers, fire, and open flames. Find out in advance and if there is a fee to have them. A garden that has regular beauty may need no extra decorating to set the tone of your wedding. You can ask if there is a small fee to use any centerpieces and plants or arbors they have available for your event.


*Ask for the fee of the next day and if they schedule other events on the same day?

Large Venue may have several small weddings at the same venue to meet the demand. Find out if you can block off the night before to have your rehearsal and dinner at the same location. Sometimes they offer it for a small fee. It’s best not to have your wedding at the same time to not get parties confused to where to attend. Ask if you can schedule cocktail hour and what is the extra fee in between your ceremony and reception. 


*Ask if there is bathrooms and parking for your guests.

Many sites have a fee for parking and many times you can arrange for valet parking for an additional expense. This does help things run smoother than if people have to struggle to park and walk to the event. You could have a party bus pick up your out of town guest and shuttle them to the event in one pickup.


There are many factors and fees to consider when booking a venue, contact us at info@BindersGardens.com to get started with a tour.
 

WEDDING COORDINATOR/PLANNER .. VS .. VENUE COORDINATOR

All Coordinators are not equal and you should know the difference before thinking you don’t need a wedding Coordinator.  


We’ve heard it SO many times- “Oh the venue coordinator will handle everything, I don’t need a wedding planner/coordinator.”


We might need to clarify what they will do and what is not expected from them.

What most brides don’t quite understand is that the venue coordinator is just there for the Venue standpoint and manage help where needed. 


Nothing against venue coordinators, but they are there to facilitate who and what comes in and out.  If they tell you they can handle things on the day of your wedding, it’s true- they can, but it’s only within a certain scope.


A venue coordinator is looking out for the best interest of the venue. A wedding coordinator looks out for the best interest of YOU, the bride. The venue coordinator deals with everything having to do with the venue- food, setup, etc. A wedding coordinator will deal with aspects of the venue, such as setup, and will make sure everything is to your specifications. 


If your ceremony is at a location other than the venue, your wedding coordinator will be there with you. A venue coordinator will not be at that offsite ceremony. If the ceremony is at the venue, the venue coordinator will be there to help with the coordination of the ceremony.


 A wedding coordinator stays by your side throughout the day and night. They are there to tell you when things will be occurring throughout the night, such as the cake cutting, bouquet toss, toasts, etc. When I was planning, I stayed until the very end of the wedding, until all of the guests were gone. A venue coordinator stays until the meal is served, and the majority of the time, leaves after. Some may stay until the cake is cut and served. He or she will not be by your side throughout the day or night. Although the venue coordinator will do their best to keep you happy, he or she likely will not be involved if your bustle breaks, when it comes time to load up your gifts, or tracking down your lipgloss. 


 A wedding coordinator contacts your vendors before your wedding to make sure everyone is confirmed and knows what time they will be arriving. A venue coordinator may contact vendors that have to do with setup of the reception, but it’s not common. Other vendors, like your photographer or hair and makeup, would not be contacted by your venue coordinator.

 Venues are known to have a high turnover rate among the coordinator/sales positions. The person that you book your wedding with may or may not still be there when it comes time for your wedding a year, year and a half later. Your wedding coordinator is hired by YOU, hand selected by YOU, and won’t be going anywhere (unless, God forbid, something horrible happens!).  

These are just a few things to inspire some thinking when it comes to deciding whether or not you need a wedding coordinator. This is in no way meant to be bad towards venue coordinators… as I said before, I LOVE venue coordinators- it’s always awesome to work with them! I just want you all to be aware of the differences between the two so you can make the best decision!