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5 Tips on Scouting Wedding Venues

TRADE SECRETS

5 Tips on Picking Your
Wedding Venue

Event Managers at some of the city’s top wedding venues share their insights

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OUTDOOR VENUES

When choosing a venue with an outdoor space, have a rain plan. Ask about an indoor or tenting option which can accommodate your guests in case of inclement weather.
‐Wendy Nash, Social Sales Manager, The Press Lounge
(212) 757-2224, thepresslounge.com

MEET THE DAY-OF STAFF

Don’t assume the coordinator you are working with leading up to your event is the same person who will be there on-site the day of your wedding. Ask well in advance of your wedding date who that person will be and make sure to meet him or her.
— Jordana Maurer, Events Director, The Kimberly Hotel
(212) 888-1220, upstairsnyc.com

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INQUIRE ABOUT VENDORS

Ask venues for a list of vendors they have worked with before, as those are the people who will really understand the space they are in, and how to best work within it.
—Gina Riley, Media/Production Coordinator, The Foundry
(718) 786-7776, thefoundry.info

CHECK FOR CLEANLINESS

An element often overlooked is the cleanliness of the bathrooms, which is always a good indication as to how detail-oriented the venue might be.
—James Munz, Director of Catering, Mandarin Oriental New York
(212) 805-8800, mandarinoriental.com/newyork

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GO WITH QUESTIONS

Bring a list of questions with you when scouting each location. Ask about the venue’s capacity, amenities and menu.
—Lisa Gneo, Director of Sales & Marketing, Z NYC Hotel
(212) 319-7000, zhotelny.com

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