Ever wondered how a prominent New York wedding planner chooses her favorite venues? We just had the pleasure of working with Leslie Price of In Any Event on a gorgeous wedding at the New York Public Library featuring our Rock & Pop Strings and our Star Talent Twilight Dance Band.
Here’s how Leslie chooses which venues to work with:
Q: When working with a new client, how do you select your short list of venues?
A: My short list ranges anywhere from 3 to 5 recommended venues. Some clients are looking for a blank canvas, while others need a more finished space. I try to show clients a broad variety of styles from traditional to off the beaten path. Obviously, their number of guests factor into the equation. Most clients ask for one or a combination of the following: views, outdoor space, architectural interest, landmark status, great food and service, hardwood or stone floors. So I’m always on the hunt for a venue that combines one or more of those elements.
Q: Besides size, location and style, are there other reasons you recommend certain venues over others?
A: If the banquet manager is flexible and responsive, it makes my job of selling their space easier. Each party I plan is different, to reflect the fact that each client is different, so I prefer to recommend venues where the banquet manager is a collaborator and willing to try something new, from custom menus to alternative floor plans and even trying a new style of service. Also, most of my events require fairly elaborate set up, so I like working with venues that offer additional load in/out time. Part of my job is to put together a team of pros who work well together so I prefer spaces that allow me to bring in my favorite vendors.
Q: When choosing between two similar venues, what does the client’s final decision come down to?
A: By watching a client’s reaction when they first see a space, I can usually tell which way they’re leaning. Choosing a venue is like being in love. You just “know”. It “feels” right when you walk through
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