When it comes to getting married there are hundreds of things to be considered. From saying ‘yes’, to leaving for the honeymoon there are many decisions to be made.
Where should the wedding take place? If a warehouse venue is something you are considering at the moment or you have already made that decision, this handy list should help to organise your thoughts.
Number One: The Ceremony and Reception
Oftentimes the ceremony is held at one venue and the reception at another. This is generally because the ceremony venue, be it a church, garden or beach setting, it is not suited for all those other activities like dancing, drinking & meals. Separating the two events can be a good idea. Give the guests and the wedding party a chance to refresh. It can also be difficult in organising all guests moving from one location to another especially if you have a tight schedule.
Warehouse weddings, are a little different! Often the ceremony and reception can easily be held at the same location. Warehouses are large so there will be plenty of space to perform the ceremony, eat a meal and then dance to your hearts content. No need to travel, no need to stress about timing.
Number Two: Weather
Warehouses can be very cold in winter and very warm in summer. Heating and cooling solutions are quite simple but you want to discuss with venue management for their specific solutions. Do they have air conditioners or fans? Are they portable? Some warehouse venues even have an outdoor area, perfect for warm nights or even a fire.
Number Three: Chairs, Tables and Styling
You may be needing chairs and tables or furnishings to match your theme. There are easy enough to hire, although some venues may have their own to offer, as we do at Little Ginger.
Where it becomes tricky though, is styling. Some warehouse venues offer simple decorations such as festoon lights or faux greenery. Others may offer more with in-house styling teams. Some may offer furniture, while others have none. Double check what is included. You may need to hire backdrops, furniture and all other decorations.
Hiring an event planner at this stage may be a great idea. They will work closely with you and the venue to find solutions that satisfy everyone. They will also relieve a load of stress from your shoulders and allow you to better enjoy the wedding. Some couples consider they can do all the arrangements for their own weddings, but let’s face it you and your bridal team will be way too busy on the day to be checking the details are in place or to coordinate the vendors.
Number Four: The Kitchen
We’ve established that warehouses are indeed large, but their kitchens may not be. This is simply because warehouses are not usually designed with wedding’s and other parties in mind. Kitchens are added in at later date, if at all.
If lavish three course meals are your plan then you most likely choose a venue with a commercial large kitchen. Some warehouses may have the kitchen you are looking for, but a typical warehouse is often more suited to smaller grazing type meals. Appetisers with roaming waiters, grazing tables or grazing platters to be shared in the centre of tables. These options require less intensive use of the kitchen, yet remaining delicious and filling for your guests. Or you may hire the required kitchen equipment for larger meals.
Number Five: Beer, Wine and Spirits
Lots of warehouse venues have built in bars or, if not, they may have a mobile bar. At Little Ginger, we have both options available. Either way, warehouse venues may or may not hold liquor licenses. This means that you will need to check to find one that suits your preference. Do you want to provide the drinks or choose a venue or a caterer with a license.
Venue’s will have different liquor licenses and to determine what kind of bar you would like at your wedding you will need to know what the venue’s license allows them to do. For example: No liquor license at the venue, but you are allowed to BYO drinks and they provide the staff to serve & manage the alcohol, just not sell it. Others may have an onsite license, where you pay a per head rate or put money behind the bar, wait service may be to tables or a set up of an allocated service and self service system.
There are lots of things to consider and discuss to ensure that on the day all of your ideals are met. We recommend hiring staff to serve and clear up versus you opting for a fully self service concept. Remember everyone is happy to assist you in setting up or self service, but no-one wants to take care of the pack up, cleaning or dishes! It is your wedding day after all so we highly recommend having staff to assist all your food, beverage service and clean up needs.
Hopefully this condensed list has helped to narrow down your venue options, or maybe it has opened you up to previously unconsidered possibilities.
By Nelly Bowyer, Little Ginger Co.