What to Look for in the Perfect Outdoor Event Venue for a Wedding

The Perfect Outdoor Wedding Venue with Couple in Convertible

According to popular wedding website TheKnot.com you should select the outdoor event venue for your ceremony and reception 12 or months before your planned date. Contemporary or country, here are our (alphabetical) tips for picking your perfect place.

The ABC’s of an Outdoor Event Venue

Ambiance and Amenities

What’s your vibe?

You could choose intimate and casual, elegant and funky, vibrant country chic or rustic venues. Perhaps you dream of a gentle splash of water as you speak your vows or the applause of crickets while walking down the aisle? A country hoedown? A sun-splashed oak grove?

An outdoor event venue is the only place you can have an expansive blue sky backdrop designed by nature. No generic hotel ballroom or hall decor compares.

Check out photo galleries and websites for inspiration. Visit places in person at different hours of the day.

Consider your flow- are you holding the ceremony and reception in the same spot with a pause in the middle to “flip” the chairs from audience-style to eating? Are you moving from place to place? How does your venue graciously accommodate guests of any age, size or special needs?

Budget

Draft your budget early, so you know your “must-haves” and “would-be-nices” for one of the most important days of your life. It’s no good to set your heart on a palace if your 300 closest friends will eating generic potato chips out of a bag in the parking lot.

Keep a checklist of your personal priorities to help you narrow down the possibilities. Your venue will affect your choice of dress, the number of guests and level of formality, so an early budget estimate will keep your dreams down to earth.

Don’t forget necessary items like food and beverage or additional extras (and often extra cost!) like parking, sound systems, lighting, off-site kitchen rentals, tables or linens. Try to find an all-inclusive quote. No one likes surprises at the bottom line!

Capacity and Calendar

This refers to picking a place that can accommodate your planned guestlist. Is there room for all to be seated comfortably? Is there sufficient power for your lighting, music or sound? The very best venues have the ability to plan for the worst weather scenarios, whether that means shade, tent, heaters, indoor space or delay. If there are multiple events going on at the same time, what is the backup plan for a weather-related emergency?

An outdoor event venue calendar will be busy on the weekends predicted to have the best weather. In general, pick your season and then your venue, so you can have flexibility in dates. Booking early ensures you get your date- when the weather is not too hot, not too cold, not too windy or rainy.

Dancing and Drinking

If you plan on either, make sure you understand any noise or alcohol restrictions unique to the venue. No one wants to be disappointed by a 10:00 pm noise complaint or an unexpected early bar closing time.

Effort

Are you responsible for finding a caterer, florist or musicians or is there a list of approved vendors? Does the event space offer a dedicated wedding organizer for your day? Will there be a manager on site at all times to ensure that your party goes off without a hitch?

What are YOUR considerations for choosing an outdoor event venue? Let us know in the comments or contact us learn more about our ABC’s.

4 Fun Alternatives To The Traditional Office Holiday Party

company partyThere’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season in the office than with an end of the year company party. A company party helps fuel company culture and improves bonding between employees. This is one of the reasons why group business trips have increased up to 2.5% in 2016.

However, for some companies, an office holiday party can feel as stale as leftover gingerbread cookies. But how can you make sure your employees have a good time without making things too exciting? The following office holiday ideas are sure to help your business bring in the new year without breaking the bank.

  1. Change the venue. Not all workers enjoy celebrating the holidays inside their office. This is because the office space and location can make your employees feel like they’re still at work. Try changing the venue for your office holiday party to an outdoor event space Kansas City offers that’s chic, charming, and rustic like The Bowery. This event space has both an indoor and outdoor space so you can bring in the holiday season no matter the weather.
  2. Have a company picnic. Company picnics are a great way to bring everyone together at any time of the year. Nothing bridges gaps between departments quite like food, after all. If it’s too cold to head outside, go for a casual potluck instead with employees dressed in fun holiday sweaters.
  3. Host a cookie-making party. It’s always great to share food with one another. But it’s even better to make food with one another. Think of the last time you made cookies with someone else for the fun of it. Odds are, you had a blast. Bring that fun to the whole office for a stress-free, fun-filled, hilarious office holiday party.
  4. Host a decoration contest. A little friendly competition is a great way to build productivity in the office. Add a little holiday cheer and your office space will be decked out for the season. A cubicle-decoration contest will brighten up the office space and spread cheer to all departments and clients.
  5. It can be a challenge to ensure each and every employee at your office holiday party is having a good time. Fortunately, when you host party rentals at The Bowery in Kansas City, entertaining your workers becomes that much easier. Contact The Bowery today to schedule a reservation.

Planning An Outdoor Wedding? Consider These 3 Essential Tips

outdoor weddingOutdoor weddings can be incredibly beautiful and romantic. The possibilities for wedding photos are endless and the colors of nature are sure to make a wonderful backdrop as you say your wedding vows.

Of course, outdoor weddings are still weddings, and all weddings come with their own possible pitfalls. There are certain steps you should take to ensure your open air wedding is as perfect as your imagined. Fortunately, with a little planning, you can guarantee your wedding day will go smoothly.

Consider the following outdoor wedding planning tips to ensure your big day goes off without a hitch:

  1. Have a backup plan
    You may be able to plan for a specific date for your wedding, but you’re not always able to determine what weather you’re going to be facing that day. Whether you’re planning a summer wedding or a fall wedding, rain is always possible when your ceremony is outdoors. So what can you do about rain on your wedding day? Consider unique outdoor wedding venues that offer both an outdoor and an indoor space. That way you won’t have to worry about the weather raining on your wedding parade.
  2. Plan for wind
    Wind always likes to make an appearance when it isn’t wanted. If you’re going to spend hours on your hair and makeup, you want to keep gusty conditions from ruining your wedding photos. Fortunately, with a little preparation, that’s not a problem. When picking a wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses, choose fabrics that are on the heavier side and avoid chiffons altogether. Additionally, tell your hairstylist that your wedding will be outdoors. Bobby pins and hairspray will help keep any straying strands intact.
  3. Make sure everyone can hear
    Outdoor wedding venues are great for spreading out guests to ensure that everyone can see. However, you also want to keep in mind that everyone should be able to hear the ceremony as well. Be sure to do some test runs at the outdoor venues you consider. If your guest list is higher than 300, you may want to consider using a microphone during the ceremony. This will ensure that the elderly members of your party (as well as those in the far back) won’t miss out on anything.

Nearly 49% of event planners use the internet to find venues today. To help shorten your search for unique wedding venues, The Bowery in Kansas City offers a romantic and beautiful space for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. If you’re looking for outdoor, rustic wedding venues, contact The Bowery today for more information.