Is the venue a blank slate where you bring in all the elements or do they include decor? The answer to this question will impact your budget and your wedding style.
Does the venue include any draping or specialty lighting? These elements can be the most costly and time intensive to add, so if they have them available (and it's part of your wedding vision) it can save big for you. Our venue includes draping at the doors and outdoor porches along with plenty of draping string lights!
What about table decor and settings? Does the venue have a decor closet or inventory you can access? Do they include place settings or does the caterer? Access to a decor inventory can save you big time! All those little lanterns, votives, etc. can add up quickly. Plus, if they are already at the venue, you don't have to bring them in, take them out and figure out what to do with them after the wedding.
Our packages include place settings with porcelain plates, flatware, glassware and cloth napkins. It sets an elegant backdrop for dinner.
Come for a tour and see more of our decor inventory to start dreaming about your wedding!
Make sure you find out if your venue has a list of preferred or approved vendors. Are you required to use these vendors? Is there a fee if you use an outside vendor?
Florals by Stems Atlanta
Preferred vendor lists are a great resource for vendors that have proven themselves and are familiar with the venue. At Pleasant Union Farm, we have preferred vendors but they are not required. These are vendors we have worked with and we value their service and quality.
Cake by My Cake Lady Lynne
Catering by 61 Main
You can find a list of our preferred vendors under the Wedding tab on our site!
Having your ceremony and reception in the same place can save on your budget and is definitely easier on your guests. Make sure you ask the venue if there is a space for the ceremony. Also, if you are looking at an outdoor venue, ask about the rain plan.
Is the ceremony location easy to get to for your guests? Some ceremony spaces have beautiful views, but may require a bit of a walk to access. Is there a separate fee for the ceremony? Sometimes there are fees for the additional setup, chairs, arbors, etc.
The majority of our weddings have the ceremony and reception at our venue. The outdoor ceremony space is just outside the main reception space and is easy to access. The surrounding gardens and forest provide a gorgeous backdrop with views of the blueberry fields. Our large, covered deck provides a backup plan separate from the reception space.
Of course, you could choose to go through with the outdoor ceremony in spite of a pop-up shower like one couple did and it provided really cute pics!
Our all-inclusive packages include ceremony decor, a custom built arbor and all setup and breakdown. We would love to have you come for a tour and see the ceremony space for yourself!
Before you fall in love with a venue, make sure it will fit all your guests! Every venue has maximum capacity and some may have a minimum for prime dates. You want to make sure you aren't planning on too many guests or too few. If a venue fits up to 400 and you are only planning on an intimate wedding of 50, you might feel swallowed up in the space.
You also want to ask what the layout for the maximum capacity looks like. Will all your guests be in the same open space or spread out in separate rooms? Is the maximum capacity all in conditioned space or does it require outdoor space?
Our maximum capacity is set at 175. This provides space for a seated dinner for everyone in our conditioned reception space. Most of our weddings are in the 75 - 130 guest range. One of our favorites was a wedding for 30 guests with a 7 piece band! The band stage was inside along with ceremony and reception since the wedding was in July and air conditioning was important!
What about ceremony capacity - especially if it rains? For outdoor venues, do they require a tent? Does the rain plan require a room flip and is there an extra fee for that?
The majority of our couples are looking for an outdoor ceremony and we have a beautiful lawn and garden space. If it rains, we also have a large covered deck that will fit a ceremony up to our maximum capacity so you have a built in rain plan that is low stress for you and your guests
We would love to have you come for a tour!
Pleasant Union Farm is a family owned wedding venue in North GA, about an hour north of Atlanta.