It is not uncommon for wedding venues to have a selection of vendors you must choose from and work with. For example, there may be a specific caterer or florist that they tell you to use. It might make the planning portion quicker, but you don’t want to forgo your dream just because it’s a convenient option.
Some couples may jump for joy upon seeing a preferred vendor list provided by their venue. However, to achieve the precise vision desired for their special day, many couples will find it difficult if they are restricted to a tiny list of options. This is why when you start to choose wedding venues, which you can do throughThering.org, you will want to consider those with an open vendor policy.
An open vendor policy means that you are able to bring in whomever you would like for every unique aspect of your wedding. Do note that most places will require that every vendor has the proper licensing and insurance.
Imagine having found the perfect setting with all the amenities needed, but you can’t get the flowers you wanted, or that delicious entree from a caterer you tried- it would really put a damper on one of the biggest days of your life. A venue with an open vendor policy creates a blank canvas to create something special for you and your guests.
With open vendor policies, you can stick to your budget, save money, and allocate funds for the things you want, which allows for more wiggle room financially. It gives you the choice to decide what vendors are necessary and which ones may not be. Perhaps you want to have live music at your reception instead of a DJ, or want a videographer instead of photographer, or even both. The possibilities are endless with the freedom that comes with an open vendor policy.
Below is a quick look at one of the stunning weddings we hosted here at The Estate at Cherokee Dock.It’s a perfect example of how an open vendor venue allows you to have the wedding of your dreams!
The biggest take away is that you are in charge. You get to decide exactly what you want, which should always be the case when it comes to your wedding day. At venues with preferred vendor lists, they often times receive a percentage of the vendor’s profits in return for listing them on their website. Keep in mind that if you want the best service, freedom with your budget, and the wedding of your dreams, then selecting a venue with an open vendor policy is an absolute necessity!
Join our Venue Director, Aryn Meyer, and Executive Chef Travis Hartley of Food Warming Equipment Company, Inc., during his recent visit to The Estate at Cherokee Dock to learn how to make Guinness Beef Stew - just in time for St. Patrick's Day!