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OceanCliff Rhode Island, 65 Ridge Rd, Newport, RI 02840

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Five Bridge Inn, LLC Massachusetts, 152 Pine St, Rehoboth, MA 02769

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Graduate Providence Rhode Island, 11 Dorrance St Providence, RI 02903 United States

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Kirkbrae Rhode Island, 197 Old River Road, Lincoln RI 02865

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Interview Transcript

What makes a professional venue?

Kirkbrae

Choose a venue that has a high reputation or lots of experience in hosting different types of weddings.

Graduate Providence

One thing I tell all couples that I do meet with, it’s very important when you walk into a venue, you want to be able to envision yourself in that venue.

Five Bridge Inn

The reason to go with a professional venue is that they know the “ins” and “outs” of each vendor that you hire to come on that venue.

OceanCliff: Anybody can be a venue. Any lawn, any tent, any building can call themselves a wedding venue. But you need to find somebody that’s experienced and people that love doing what they do.

How should an established venue be maintained?

Five Bridge Inn

A venue should be perfectly maintained on a daily basis, from morning till night.

Graduate Providence

You want to be able to be comfortable in how your event will be presented and the surroundings that you’re in.

OceanCliff

That means 7 am after a giant party the night before we cannot be seeing leftover sparklers and beer bottles.

Kirkbrae

Nobody wants to walk into a venue where there’s beer bottles everywhere or trash but also keeping it very elegant for your wedding day.

How important is an inclement weather plan?

Kirkbrae

You wake up and it's raining. You're nervous, but you always should count on your venue and your on the day planner to take care of this for you.

OceanCliff

Having a plan in place, knowing where to go, what to do.

Five Bridge Inn

We can control a lot of things during your day that you may not know about, but we cannot control the weather.

Graduate Providence

The expectation that you need to have something in place so that there is a plan to know what's going to happen in the case of inclement weather.

What about benefits for the couples?

OceanCliff

A professional venue knows that it's all about benefits to the couples. Everything that you offer should be something that will be beneficial to them.

Kirkbrae

There are tons of benefits that a professional wedding venue should have. One that sticks out to me more is food tasting. Food is very important to a lot of clients.

Graduate Providence

There are many different venues and different benefits that can be offered, but there should be things that make each couple feel special.

Five Bridge Inn

And also, if the bonus is that you have a place attached that you can stay for the night, that's even more of a bonus.

How does a venue accommodate all kinds of events?

Graduate Providence

Venues should cater definitely to every type of event and couple, whatever event may be happening, making all of their clients feel very comfortable.

OceanCliff

Social, business, corporate, all cultures, all different types of people, all ages.

Kirkbrae

Being able to accommodate them in all different ways, whether it's different recipes on food or different types of decor.

Five Bridge Inn

A wedding venue should not be prejudiced to anyone at all.

What about relationships with vendors?

Graduate Providence

You want to have the respect of wedding vendors that you work with so that you can maintain a professional relationship to execute a really nice event.

Five Bridge Inn

A venue should make it very accommodating for all vendors that come to the property. Whether it has a full kitchen for a full catering service or photography and where they can take the best pictures ever for you.

OceanCliff

You should find one that has relationships with the top vendors in the area.

Kirkbrae

Bottom line is, this is your day, and this is the day you’ve been dreaming of all your life. Make sure you choose the professional wedding venue that’s right for you.

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