#WW Tip: The Venue Search

Availendar: #WW Tip - The Venue Search
Welcome to our Wedding Wednesday Tip! Every week we will share a few tips as you are planning or attending a wedding. Since we are pretty focused on availability around here, I figured we should kick off this blog series about finding available venues!
When searching for your dream venue, here is a quick list of tips to help guide you through the process.
Location
I would never make my guests travel further than _______. Narrow down locations based on where your guests are coming from and how many will need to stay overnight based on your location.
Style
Which of the following best describes your dream wedding style? Start to learn the terminology that describes what you are looking for and research accordingly.
– classic, romantic and elegant
– rustic
– modern, clean and simplistic
– alternative
Season
The ideal weather would be _______. I used to hate when brides would come to me and say they don’t care about the date and then I would spend days searching for availability just to have them turn around and say, “I want a fall wedding”. At least narrow down to a season or roughly 4 month timeframe to help with your search.
Budget
Most venues take one of two approaches (sometimes both) in regards to pricing:
1. Per person: a venue that has in-house catering may charge you a per person food and beverage price or say you must meet a certain dollar amount as a food and beverage minimum.
2. Venue rental: A flat fee for renting out the space – either per room or for the whole venue.
You should inquire about other possible fees including coat check and attendants, other staffing, parking, set up and breakdown, security, rentals (using their tables, chairs & linens), end time (will they charge you if you keep partying).
Availability 
After you have narrowed down the above, you can start to search  for the perfect available venue. Availendar can help connect you with the availability calendars of venues. We are currently in beta in NYC but hope to be in more cities very soon. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at info@availendar.com.
Happy planning!
XO
Amanda

Vendor Spotlight: Alexis June Weddings

Originally from the Midwest, New York-based photographer Brandi of Alexis June Weddings got her start in photography as a journalist in the United States Air Force. After moving all around the world, she settled in NYC and believes photographing weddings is both an honor and a privilege. Available for travel worldwide, check out Brandi’s full calendar and avails below!

 

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See Brandi’s full calendar and avails on her profile, here!

Availendar: Alexis June Weddings

5 Quick Tips to Survive Wedding Season

Availendar: 5 Quick Tips to Survive Wedding Season

 

A recent study by American Express notes that the price of attending a wedding has skyrocketed – up 75% from just two years ago. As I am currently in the stage of my life where all of my sorority sisters, friends, cousins and colleagues are getting married; I pulled together a few tips for saving money.

1. Attire: I have frequently used Rent the Runway when I’m attending a more formal affair. This saves from having to purchase a gown that is too fancy to wear again (or, at the very least, be photographed in again). For the other weddings, do not underestimate the power of the infamous LBD or “little black dress”. Find one that is a flattering cut that could be dressed up or down with accessories. We found this one from Jenny Yoo which would work perfectly with any of these adorable but totally affordable Jeweliq necklaces.

Availendar: Perfect LBD + Statement Necklaces

Necklaces top to bottom: Lucia necklace, Dove Marquise Bib necklaceLance Bib necklace. Dress: Jenny Yoo

For those of you actually in a wedding and fear the purchase of the one-time-wear, bridesmaid dress, you are also saved by a different but equally fabulous LBD….the Little Borrowed Dress. This fabulous bridesmaid dress can be rented at a discount rate so if the bride is unaware of this awesome option, feel free to educate her.

2. Hair: What if I told you there was an Uber for Blowouts? Well, there is! Please meet Glamsquad. Download the app and make an appointment. A stylist will come to your house, give you a perfect blowout for $50 and be on their way. Done and done.

3. Pre-wedding events: If you are like me and invited to over 7 weddings this year, you probably also have around 15+ pre-wedding events to also attend. Now this is going to sound harsh but if you’re really trying to not dip in to your savings account this wedding season, you may need to make a difficult decision and only attend a select few. With the help of Anna Post, etiquette expert at the Emily Post Institute and author of Do I Have to Wear White?: Emily Post Answers America’s Top Wedding Questions, we are told that it is perfectly acceptable to not give a shower gift if you don’t attend the shower. And if attend multiple showers, you only have to give a gift at the first one or split your budget among the events.

4. Travel and Accommodations: Welcome to the buddy system. The best way to save money when you need to book a car and/or hotel is to team up with a group of friends and share. Plus, this makes for really fun stories around the breakfast table after the wedding.

The best tip for dealing with all of the travel is to start early. When you wait until the last minute, regardless of your intention, you end up scrambling to figure out the details and spend way more than you need to. Plus, the couple has probably set aside rooms at a discounted rate so if you wait too long, the rooms will either be gone or the rate is no longer available.

5. The ultimate tough decision. Last but not least, sometimes you just have to say no. There was one year that my husband and I desperately needed a vacation so we thought long and hard about which was more important at the time and made the decision to decline the invite to a few weddings and use that money to get away. It was tough because I totally have FOMO (fear of missing out) but we ended up very happy with the decision in the long run. This year we are fortunate to have a wedding in a cool city we have never been to so we are planning our vacation around it since we already have the flights and hotel. Either way, you have to do what is best for you given your current circumstances and no one can fault you for that.

 

For more wedding tips and advice, check out 10 Tips for Attending a Wedding in a #Tech-Crazed World or follow our Wedding Advice board on Pinterest!

Vendor Spotlight: Belathée Photography

Annabel Braithwaite and Dorothée Brand launched Belathée Photography in 2003. Together they have established a boutique wedding photography company that remains true to custom service and sincere creativity.Whether photographing together or separately, at events large or small, Annabel and Dorothée create their signature Belathée look. It is a unique balance of fine art, photojournalism and portraiture.With their presence in both New York City and Seattle, they are available for national and international assignments. See their full calendar and avails below!

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See Belathée Photography’s full calendar and avails on their profile, here!

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Vendor Spotlight: Ruth Eileen Photography

Ruth Eileen Photography is a New England based wedding photographer and firm believer that there is beauty in simplicity. She believes that photography really comes to life when it’s personal and when it serves a greater purpose than just the click of the button. She loves getting to know her clients and making sure they feel loved and cared for through the whole process. See Ruth’s full calendar and avails on her profile below!

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See Ruth’s full calendar and avails on her profile, here!

Availendar: Ruth Eileen Photography

Vendor Spotlight: Marvin Tsai Photography

Marvin Tsai is a wedding, portrait and editorial film photographer with a love for medium format cameras, natural light and incredible scenery. Using an approach that combines documentary and fine art styles, Marvin captures beautiful, honest, and timeless images. See Marvin’s full calendar and avails below!


Availendar: Marvin Tsai Photography

Availendar: Marvin Tsai Photography

Availendar: Marvin Tsai Photography

Availendar: Marvin Tsai Photography

Availendar: Marvin Tsai Photography

Availendar: Marvin Tsai Photography

Availendar: Marvin Tsai Photography

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See Martin’s full calendar and avails on his profile, here!

Availendar: Marvin Tsai Photography

 

So how can Availendar help you? Availendar is an online tool for connecting brides and planners to the calendars of their favorite vendors. Sign up for free here!

Vendor Spotlight: Bayly & Moore

With a love of good music, adventure, and making images of fantastically interesting people, the team of Bayly & Moore set out to start capturing love stories in Auckland, New Zealand back in 2009. Fast forward a handful of years and they’ve travelled the world, meeting and photographing people in love. Based in Brooklyn part time, see their full calendar and avails below!

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See Bayly & Moore’s full calendar and avails on their profile, here!

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Peach + Lilac Wedding Inspiration

Today we’re kicking off the week with a pastel Spring palette: Peach + Lilac! Fresh and romantic, today’s wedding inspiration pairs dreamy lace dresses with untamed florals and a modern invite for the perfect Spring affair. Shop these items below!

Availendar: Peach + Lilac Wedding Inspiration

Image credits: Centerpiece, wedding gown, floral up-do, peach wedding shoes, necklace, lilac wedding invitation, peach dress, peach bellinis.

For more ideas, check out our Rustic Lavender, Glam Garden Party, or Lavender + Blush wedding inspirations!

Fashion Friday: Bridal Baubles

After saying “yes to the dress”, don’t forget your most important accessory – wedding day jewelry! Today we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Bridal Baubles to be worn on your wedding day and beyond. Shop these items below!

Availendar: Bridal Baubles

Shop these items: 1. Jenny Packham earrings 2. Juliet & Company necklace 3. Kate Spade earrings 4. Jenny Packham bracelet  5. J. Crew earrings 6. Kate Spade necklace 7. Tom Binns necklace 8. Ben-Amun bracelet 9. Ben-Amun bracelet 10. J. Crew earrings

Vendor Spotlight: JBM Wedding Photography

JBM Wedding Photography is a studio of passionate wedding photojournalists based in Brooklyn, New York and San Francisco, California. JBM captures all of the emotions and moments of your wedding day, telling your love story through stunning images that will last a lifetime. See their full calendar and avails below!

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See JBM Wedding Photography’s full calendar and avails on their profile here!

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