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10 Questions to Ask a Wedding Venue Before Booking

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Finding the perfect wedding venue for your special day is no small task. Serving as the foundation of your fabulous festivities, your chosen location must embody your personal style as a couple, appropriately serve the size of your guest list, offer an attentive staff and so much more, all while being conscious of budget. There’s truly so much to consider when making this decision! We know your head might be spinning at this point in your search, so we’ve compiled a list of 10 questions to ask your potential wedding venue before booking to ensure that you’re getting the most out of the sweet setting that will hold a precious place in you and your loved ones’ hearts for years to come! Read on to find out what you should be considering when selecting your local Oklahoma wedding venue and why!

questions to ask a wedding venue before booking

Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City

What kinds of services does the venue offer?

Does the venue have a kitchen and can it provide catering for your wedding? Can outside caterers use that kitchen? Do you offer a set up and clean up crew or will I need to build an event team or find volunteers? Getting clear on all the services your potential wedding venue has to offer can save you so much time and money in the end! Conveniently located amongst some of Oklahoma City’s most popular attractions, the Renaissance Waterford is pleased to provide its couples with a talented catering team, rentable AV equipment, professional planners as well as the ability to book a block of ten or more rooms for your wedding party to receive a special group rate! The Renaissance Waterford will provide you and your guests with an unbeatable setting along with a staff passionate about making your dreams a reality!

questions to ask a wedding venue before booking

Remington Park

What makes your venue unique?

This one may seem obvious, but you definitely want to make sure you’re taking full advantage of all the venue has to offer! Understanding the location’s history or even learning more about its features can add such a special personality to your celebration. Newly renovated, Remington Park has the perfect space to make your reception, rehearsal dinner or wedding shower uniquely you! Their executive culinary team is dedicated to providing elegant dining and first class service. Complimentary valet parking is available for all groups during live racing as well as groups of 50+ all year long. Remington offers an exhilarating experience like no other that your friends and family are sure to remember for years to come!

questions to ask a venue before booking

Moore Farms Rustic Weddings & Event Barns | Andi Bravo Photography

What floor plan or ceremony space do you recommend for my guest count?

Consider asking your venue coordinator what floor plan or ceremony space is appropriate for you and your guests. Although you may think you know what you want, listen to what they have to say initially. You never know, their ideas based on past experience could inspire a new direction for your celebration! Offering an elegant and rustic flair, Moore Farms Rustic Weddings & Event Barns boasts three unique facilities along with a Bride’s Cabin and Groom’s Bunkhouse. The Hitching Barn is a massive climate controlled 6,560 square foot rustic barn, featuring a loft with a balcony and stacked stone fireplace. The Rustic Pavilion is available next to the barn set within a canopy of oak trees. A beautiful setting for any event during all four seasons. Their Timberline Barn is ideal for a social cocktail hour or rehearsal dinner.

questions to ask a wedding venue before booking

Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center | Holli B. Photography

Can you help customize our wedding menu?

Customizing your wedding menu is such a special way to convey your personality as a couple and emphasize your theme. The Embassy Suites is the perfect setting for your wedding day, and their experienced team is ready to cater to your every need! Their on-site social events manager will be there with you every step of the way, from complimentary menu selection tastings to ensuring that each and every detail is executed flawlessly the day-of. Aside from their incomparable dining experience, the Embassy Suites is prepared to accommodate celebrations with a guest list of anywhere from 10-2,000. They have a wide variety of space options, from their breathtaking Grand Ballroom with 26’ ceilings to the University Ballroom with 18’ ceilings. They offer small banquet rooms that work great for intimate events such as your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, brunches and gift openings!

questions to ask a wedding venue before booking

The Palace Event Center | Kelsi Laine Photography

Do you have an exclusive vendor list?

If a venue has an exclusive vendor list, this can really drive up cost. However, an exclusive vendor list is different from a preferred vendor list. An exclusive vendor list indicates that you are only permitted to use those vendors for your event while a preferred vendor list consists of vendors that venue simply has a special relationship with. It’s important to make this distinction on your first tour, especially if you have any significant creatives in mind. Your guests will feel like they’re being entertained in the middle of a European courtyard at The Palace Event Center. Their preferred vendor list is quite extensive, including many of our favorite local Oklahoma wedding creatives! With it’s Old World Style décor, large crystal chandeliers and rare architectural antiques, you’re sure to love their space. The Palace can host up to 500 guests for ceremony and reception.

questions to ask a wedding venue before booking

The Grand Canadian Theater

What’s included in the price?

From food to rentals to beverage minimums, you’ll want to know all of the detailed specifics of what’s included in your potential wedding venue. Hidden gems like tables, chairs and linens can save you the hassle of finding and renting furniture yourself; however, oftentimes the minimum charge of food and drink can far exceed what your ceremony will require. Make sure you request an estimate based on the qualities of your wedding. The Grand Canadian Theater is a wonderful example of a venue offering spectacular perks! From their fun photo booth room to the timeless marquee sign outside displaying your name, their team is dedicated to making your special day oh-so unique!

Oklahoma City Zoo

What is the venue’s backup plan for rain or inclement weather?

Will Rogers said it best: “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it’ll change.” Unfortunately, this is not the kind of uncertainty you look for on the most important day of your life! With that being said, it’s essential that you not only ensure your potential outdoor venue has a game plan for inclement weather, but that you actually LIKE that space! The Oklahoma City Zoo is a spectacular setting to host your special event. Choose from a variety of beautiful settings – from a reception ‘underwater’ with the sea lions, a large picnic area set by the lake or an exotic gathering by the elephants in all the new Sanctuary Asia (opening later this summer). They offer exceptional, award-winning culinary options and professional event planning services to meet all of your catering needs!

questions to ask a wedding venue before booking

Cox Business Center | Aaron Snow Photography

What sort of lighting is included in the venue?

Or even better, is special lighting included at all? Lighting has the ability to make your event take on a certain ambiance that can give it the extravagant mood it deserves! Another important point regarding lighting is restriction. Oftentimes, venues have parameters around what can and cannot be hung and draped, as well as whether or not an open flame is permitted. The Cox Business Center provides couples with six lighting enhancements of their choosing along with complimentary votive candles. In addition, Cox Business Center offers all-inclusive wedding services with catering by renowned Chef Devin Levine, CEC. Home of Oklahoma’s largest Ballroom and spaces flexible enough to accommodate even the largest extended family, Cox Business Center offers in-house floral, state-of-art A/V and technical services, and late nights. Couples have a catering manager and an event coordinator to make the big day flawless.

questions to ask a wedding venue before booking

The Hamilton Event Center | Josh McCullock Photography

Can I rehearse my ceremony?

Rehearsing your ceremony at the wedding venue may seem like an obvious component of your package. However, this is not always the case. It’s important to clarify in case you need to find another location to run through your big day! The Hamilton Event Center offers wedding parties ample time to rehearse, along with an unbeatable rehearsal dinner package to make the night before as intimate and personal as possible. The walls are a taupe brown with panels of textured fabric that hang from the open 16-foot ceiling, covered with a beautiful lightweight fabric hiding colored accent lights to match your theme. The room has wood floors perfect for dancing, and it has a large decorated accent window ideal for a beautiful backdrop for any picture. With two 60” large flat panel TV’s, you can display your personal slide show and turn your party into a memorable event.

questions to ask a wedding venue before booking

Woodward Conference Center

Who will be our main point of contact when planning our wedding? Can we meet them today?

Coming face-to-face with your potential main point of contact in connection with the venue is a telling sign of how attentive their team will be throughout your wedding planning process. You’ll want to make sure you walk away with their personal information and feel comfortable leaving your big day in their hands! Situated in northwest Oklahoma overlooking Experiment Lake, Woodward Conference Center offers an experienced staff that will assist you with everything from design to local vendors and are able to make your wedding day stress-free and oh-so memorable! Woodward can accommodate up to approximately 650 guests with both indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces available. The Conference Center is the premiere venue for creating the picture perfect wedding you’ve always dreamed of!

Barre3: Finding Confidence in Your Unique Strengths

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Inspired by a combination of three exercise practices, ballet barre, yoga and pilates, Barre3 is designed to lift, lengthen and tone your body. Today, we’re taking a minute to dive deeper into this ever-popular workout by gaining a better understanding of the lifestyle that serves as its cornerstone to ensure the best version of yourself is making that walk down the aisle! Of course, Barre3 offers a unique approach to fitness with its low-impact moves and high-muscle burn, but what really sets it apart is the overarching goal to break down the negativity surrounding health and fitness.

Barre3

With new workout and diet trends changing practically every day, it can be hard to find a community that openly promotes confidence through individuality. We’re so accustomed to treating exercise as a punishment, convincing ourselves that if we aren’t out of breath and seeing stars then we aren’t working hard enough. We’re constantly compelled to strive for this unrealistic idea of perfection that seemingly holds only one identity when the truth of the matter is that this flawless picture simply does not exist. Barre3 recognizes these falsehoods, and stands strong on a foundation comprised of internal empowerment and self-love!

“Within the four walls of a Barre3 studio, the stage is set for you to explore your individual truth, to stand up for yourself, and to build confidence in your unique strengths and wisdom,” says Franchise Master Trainer Sarah Catherine Wheatley.

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Barre3 is so much more than squats, lunges and planks. It’s a mentality-based discipline that gets you healthy from the inside out! Retraining your mind to love the current body it’s in while working toward improvement can make all the difference when it comes to exercise, and surrounding yourself with a motivating community rooted in doing just that is the best way we can think of to get your fitness journey started off on the right foot!

On top of a focus on physical activity, Barre3 has curated a special nutrition formula tailored to help you meet your goals of weight management, mental clarity and consistent energy. Eliminating foods that could unknowingly be harmful to your body holds just as much importance as incorporating those that will better serve it. Gluten, refined sugar, dairy, alcohol and coffee all carry the potential to sabotage your success.

Barre3

Gluten causes inflammation in your gut and blocks the absorption of essential nutrients, while refined sugar depletes the immune system and disrupts blood-sugar levels. Dairy carries a slew of unwanted side affects including: inflammation, digestive problems, increase in mucus production and fatigue. Alcohol is sugar, but deserves its own recognition because we know how hard it can be to eliminate entirely. It causes enormous blood-sugar spikes, causing your body to convert that extra energy directly into fat. Similarly, coffee stimulates the release of cortisol, our stress hormone, that speeds the absorption of sugar into the blood stream. That’s right, you know what’s coming! Unspent energy = fat stored in the body.

Positive changes in energy, mood and sleep are just a handful of worthy results to upgrade your diet for!

Ready to transform your health? Book a class with our friends at Barre3 today and prepare to discover a happier, healthier you!

Reshape Your Future with Injectable Aesthetics’ CoolSculpting®

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Reshape Your Future with Injectable Aesthetics' CoolSculpting®

SHAPE WHAT YOU SEE WITHOUT SURGERY OR DOWNTIME

Oklahoma’s most well respected plastic surgeons, Dr. Stephen Gauthier & Dr. Justin Jones, and local Oklahoma City medical spa Injectable Aesthetics, have teamed up to bring you CoolSculpting®, with the newest applicators and technology on the market. CoolSculpting® fat-freezing procedure is the only FDA-cleared,* non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. As you can see in the before and after photos, the results are proven, noticeable, and lasting – so you’ll look great from every angle. Hear from Injectable Aesthetics’ CoolSculpting® experts Stephen Gauthier, MD, Natausha Spears, RN and Justin Jones, MD below to see if you’re a good fit for the treatment!

Am I a candidate?

The CoolSculpting® procedure can help both women and men get rid of those stubborn bulges for good. The non-invasive treatment works on those pesky love handles that nobody really loves and even that double chin you see in the mirror every morning. Our staff is trained to evaluate each person individually, and determine whether or not you are a good candidate for CS. Our consultation is free of charge.

How long is each treatment and how many treatments will I need?

Our staff will help you create an individual treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. At OIBC (Oklahoma Institute of Body Conturing), we have the newest CoolSculpting® systems and applicators, so we are able to treat multiple areas at once.

Can I return to normal activities after my treatment?

Yes, you can. The CoolSculpting® procedure is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Patients often return to work on the same day after a CoolSculpting® treatment is completed.

Visit Injectable Aesthetics‘ vendor profile to see even more non-surgical cosmetic treatments, skin care services and products available to you at the medical spa.

Honeymoon Spots to Sea with Michelle’s Destinations: Jamaica

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Wanting to relax on the beach for your honeymoon? Find locales you’ll love with Michelle’s Destinations! Travel Expert Michelle Carbone with Michelle’s Destinations knows firsthand how to make the most of your honeymoon locale, which is why she is our go-to when it comes to where to stay, what to do and how to get there! Check out the first part of this two part series highlighting one of her favorite destinations, Jamaica! Scroll on to get a look at what she loves about this dreamy honeymoon hotspot!

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Perks | You’ll find great food, various styles of resorts and hotels, friendly locals and fantastic tours. It’s one of the best priced islands in the Caribbean!

Relaxation | Grab a Red Stripe or some rum punch and relax on the beach! Unwind with a spa day or float down the Martha Brae on a bamboo raft.

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Adventure | Venture into the jungle for zip lining or cliff diving! Climb one of the many waterfalls, try Jamaican bob sledding, river board and river raft or enjoy a game of golf!

Dining | Everything jerk – fish, chicken, pork and more! Scotchie’s is a famous must stop Jerk Shack. Jamaica is a great destination for Vegans and Vegetarians as well. Dine at Glistening Waters and then visit the Luminous Lagoon (microscopic plankton glow when you move in the water)!

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Shopping | Tropical Treasures and the Mage Mart in Montego Bay (AKA Mo Bay) is my favorite – high end shops can be found in Jamaica as well as many craft markets.

honeymoon spots

Accommodations | Villas, small hotels and all-inclusive resorts large and small exist here! A few personal favorites for my honeymooners – Secrets St. James and Wild Orchid Montego Bay, Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, Couples Swept Away and Sandals South Coast.

 


Photos courtesy of Couples Swept Away

The Top 5 Reasons Brides Love the Campbell Hotel

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Campbell Hotel Advertorial

Located right on Historic Route 66, The Campbell Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel and event center consisting of 26 uniquely decorated rooms, a lounge, and full salon and spa services, all situated conveniently near downtown Tulsa’s most popular sights and attractions. Completely renovated for Tulsa’s 2011 Designer Showcase, the hotel invites you to experience a piece of Tulsa’s celebrated history and recaptured first-class nostalgia. With so many incredible features, we have no doubt that The Campbell Hotel will serve as the perfect backdrop for your special day! As hard as it was to narrow down, here are 5 fabulous reasons brides have fallen in love with this space!

1. Multiple Event Spaces

The Campbell boasts three versatile rooms. The Ballroom is a great blank canvas featuring stunning chandeliers. Renaissance Square is popular for its vintage vibes and vaulted ceilings. Meanwhile, the intimate Boardroom is a great option for a small rehearsal dinner or bridal luncheon, or anything you might find useful over your wedding weekend.

Campbell Hotel
2. Interior Charm

Fall in love with exposed brick and wood beams, along with stunningly high ceilings and vintage-style lighting, found inside Renaissance Square. Bonus! It also boasts a beautifully appointed loft space overlooking the reception area where the wedding party can relax or get ready.

Campbell Hotel

3. Great Location

Recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, the Hotel is located on America’s famed Route 66. Its position on such an important roadway is convenient for out-of-town guest travel. The Campbell also has easy access to Tulsa’s main major thoroughfares, making it a quick commute from your other wedding events in the city.

Campbell Hotel

4. Stunning Photo Backdrops

A wall of old-fashioned suitcases and an heirloom couch found in the lobby add a nostalgic feel to any portrait, or opt for the velvet sofa and mirrored walls inside the bridal suite. More photo ops can be had on the staircase, against the backdrop of the charming Renaissance Square or fountain or inside one of the unique guest rooms.

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5. Unique, Well-Appointed Guest Rooms

Your out-of-town guests will be charmed by the character of their rooms, as each one was designed by a different Tulsa interior designer. These elite designers created spaces such as The Equestrian Suite and The Bama Pie – each giving a nod to Tulsa’s special history.

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Even More Reasons to Love the Campbell Hotel

  • Bring in your own caterer or the hotel restaurant Maxxwells can cater your event. Your call.
  • The staff makes each bride’s experience unforgettable – customer service is of the utmost importance.
  • When the reception ends, the party can continue into the wee hours in the Campbell Lounge.
  • The Sky Suite – done all in white and with a modern fireplace – is an oh-so romantic room for the wedding night.