Wedding Tip Wednesday: Venues

How do you choose your wedding venue? If you have booked your hair and make up services with us, you are familiar with our Beauty Concierge, Lauren. What you may not know is Lauren is a wedding planner and founder of Lauren O. Events. To celebrate Women in Business month we are featuring Lauren for this week’s new blog Wedding Tip Wednesday!


With our busy wedding season, we become very familiar with all the venues our artists travel to. We get shout outs for our pink bags and aprons and are happy to work with venues to make your experience even more stress-free. 


With our resident wedding planner right here at our office table, we asked Lauren what big topics she covers while choosing a venue for her clients and what questions she hears most often.

1. Will we have exclusive use of the facility the day of the wedding?

This is important because you want to know what to expect on your day of. If your venue has multiple banquet rooms you need to know how many and what type of events they host per night. What measures are taken to ensure minimal interruption by the other parties during your event. As well as what common areas are shared by guests and what space you are being granted exclusive use of.


Venue: Farmington Gardens Photo Credit: Rachel Girouard Photography Flowers: Earth Blossoms

2. What type of deposit is required and what is the schedule of payments?

You need to know what, when and how deposits and payments are to be paid to the venue.

3. What is the maximum capacity of the site?

Make sure your venue has adequate space for all of your invited, not expected, guests.

4. Are we allowed a rehearsal at the venue for no additional charge- if so, when?

A rehearsal might sound like a given but it’s not. You’ll want to verify a rehearsal is allowed and on what day and time of the week. Do not assume your rehearsal is the Friday before your Saturday event and do not assume the rehearsal time is granted free of charge.


From a hair and make up perspective, being on the same page with your venue is incredibly important for how smoothly your getting ready process will be.

Is there a bridal suite?

Size is a huge factor in the number of people that can be getting ready at the same time. Bridal suites typically cater to a large group with appropriate accomodations. 

Are there big windows and good lighting?

Natural lighting is extremely necessary for a smooth make up application and will ensure your artists can create the best look for you. If the room is not well lit, the artist may need to bring lighting. 

When can you check into the venue?

Asking the venue about how long before they will have access to ensure enough timing for the hair and make up. To stay with your team’s timeline is extremely important to make sure everyone is ready at the expected finish time. 


We travel all over New England and have become familiar with many different venues! To see our adventures check out our hashtag #travelingBEbag on instagram where our travels are documented by our signature pink bag everywhere we go! Check out our instagram here!

14012832_10207294278690372_183118369_o.jpgThe team leaving the Middletown Inn