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Wedding Venue Trends: 2011 to 2017

November 3, 2016

Wedding venues come and go, but these last few years have been full of surprises. Couples are choosing new, unconventional wedding venues and at the same time, are moving away from venues which were long the most popular choice.

Here are our 5 key findings in our Wedding Venue Trends Report:

beach

Beach Weddings

Beach weddings have long been the most popular wedding venue, but in the last 5 years, they’ve been on the decline. How much have they declined? Beach weddings have dropped in popularity by 27% over the last few years.

Beach weddings still remain the most popular type of wedding by far, but in 2-3 years we could see another venue at the top, and we may already know which venue…

barn

Barn Weddings

If the last couple years have proved anything, it’s that barn weddings aren’t just a fad. They’ve been steadily growing in popularity these last few years proving that they’re here to stay. If current trends hold true, barn weddings will become the most popular wedding venue by 2020.

hotel

Hotel Weddings

Hotel wedding venues haven’t seen a major increase or decrease in popularity in the last few years. Any change in popularity has been insignificant, meaning that hotels remain a common choice for many couples.

castle

Castle Weddings

Castle weddings have always been rare. Even though they make for a fairy-tale wedding, their cost is often prohibitive for many couples. 2014 and 2015 saw a rise in their popularity, and things were looking promising, but their increase in popularity was short lived and they returned to pre-2014 levels of popularity this year.

summer camp

Summer Camp Weddings

After several years of relatively low popularity, summer camp weddings appear to be on the come up. There have been small examples of summer camp weddings and they make for epic wedding venues, but many couples may be reluctant to try such a radically new type of venue. Still, many couples are leading the way and thanks to their courageous choice in wedding venues, we are seeing an increase in summer camp wedding popularity. 2017 should see even more summer camp weddings, and we can’t wait for this unique type of venue to get the credit it deserves.

The Data

In order to find these key points, we analyzed search queries across the U.S. using Google Trends. Here is the raw data for those interested in seeing the facts for themselves:

Google Trends Research

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Why an Outdoor Wedding is the Best and the Worst

September 2, 2016

One of the most important decisions that an engaged couple will make is choosing their wedding venue. Not only will this dictate when the wedding will take place, but it will also be that place where you will exchange your vows to forever. It will also be marked on your mind and your guests’ memories. So it has to be special and perfect.

Contemplating if an outdoor venue will be great for your wedding? Let us help you by pointing out some factors why outdoor weddings are the best and could be your worst nightmare.

Pros of an Outdoor Wedding

1. Natural beauty
Whether you choose to get wed at the beach or a garden, you can be assured of amazing photos in an outdoor venue. With its breathtaking scenery, your guests will have fun taking their selfies because every area is a photo worthy background.

2. Natural light
Photographers love natural lighting. And any outdoor venue will offer this with the presence of the gorgeous sun.

3. Kid-friendly
Good thing for couples who have so many guests bringing kids. Kids by nature are restless when enclosed in an area such as indoor venues. They run around and throw tantrums that sometimes interrupt the prepared program. An outdoor venue will distract the kids and will help their guardians manage them better.

4. More affordable
An outdoor venue can be more affordable especially if chosen venue is not your typical wedding venue being rented. In addition, an outdoor wedding offers more options for themes and has very minimal need for styling – letting you play with your creativity better and guarantee you more savings over an indoor wedding venue.

5. Great ambiance
There is always something about outdoors that gives off a romantic and calming vibe among the guests. Guests feel more informal and relaxed that adds up to the intimacy of the event. Whether it is a fantastic sunset as the backdrop or garden lights and lanterns, it will certainly set the mood for a romantic night.

Cons of an Outdoor Wedding

1. Uncontrollable weather
Probably the biggest challenge in an outdoor wedding is the unpredictable weather. It could be sunny all week but suddenly rain on your wedding day. This can certainly be a disaster if you have not prepared any Plan B.

2. Bugs
In a wedding, sometimes surprise guests come. But you wouldn’t want this unwanted guests to ruin your wedding– bugs! Summer season attracts flying insects everywhere. It can be an irritant for guests and distract them from the ceremony or reception program.

3. Heat
Warm summer season with the sun blazing down could be a good thing for your photos but certainly not for the comfort of your guests. Sweat clinging on the backs of your guests and constant fanning can be really irksome. To reduce this concern, provide refreshments or fans as gifts and you may also set a dress code so your guests can come ready.

4. Uneven ground
Outdoor weddings will help guests get comfortable with nature. But their feet rarely do! Imagine your guests coming in high heels or their best shoes without a decent cemented pathway to walk at. It could ruin their favorite shoes forever and will make them uncomfortable all throughout the wedding.
In the end it’s all up to you. The key here is to be proactive and always be prepared for the inevitable. Best of luck!

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4 Unexpected Types of Wedding Venues

July 26, 2016
Winery Wedding Venue

There are more and more couples looking to have an out of the ordinary wedding. Of course, they want to keep some of the traditional elements, but experiment with others. As a result of that, unexpected types of wedding venues are becoming very attractive. A place that is new and unusual attracts many young couples as a perfect place to get married. Many couples use this opportunity to express their creativity and to make this experience more comfortable and enjoyable. In order to find out what is thought of as unexpected wedding venues, here are four examples:

1.  Sport wedding venues

In the past, the vast majority of sports fans were men, but the situation is different today. It’s not unusual for both partners to be interested in a specific sport. They watch the games on TV or visit the local sports complex. In a situation like this, choosing a sports venue is a perfect solution. If a couple enjoys playing golf, you could find a golf course that allows wedding ceremonies and enjoy the reception in the clubhouse. You can also spend some of the wedding outdoors or even allow the guests to play golf if they want to. Many other sports venues can be turned into wedding venues, so take this option into consideration.

2.  Historical wedding venues

People have always been fascinated by history and tradition, so choosing a wedding venue that represents some important landmark, ruin, or place that has a national significance guarantees a unique experience. We are sure that many of the guests will be thrilled to be part of your wedding. In addition, historical wedding venues represent great places for taking memorable photos. We should not forget that many of these historical sites are already developed for the accommodation of tourists, so you won’t have a problem with the infrastructure. Finally, the majority of historical sites are surrounded by beautiful nature, so you can easily organize an outdoor wedding.

3.  Parks

In case your wedding is scheduled in late spring, summer or early fall, you can choose a local or state park for this purpose. This is definitely not an ordinary place to get married, but these parks look lovely. A big plus is that you won’t spend a large fortune on decorations if you choose a local or state park as a wedding venue. Before you choose this solution, make sure that you are following the local or state laws.

4.  Wineries

Wine tourism is growing every year and there is more than one good reason for that. When it comes to unexpected types of wedding, we suggest wineries because they are usually nestled in a beautiful, isolated place which makes them ideal for intimate weddings. You and all your guests will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the stunning views around the winery. Of course, you will also get a chance to enjoy top-quality wines.

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4 Affordable and Unique Meeting Spaces in Dallas, Texas

January 19, 2016

Finding meeting spaces in Dallas, Texas that are unique and don’t break the bank can be a challenge, but one that’s worth facing. Unique meeting spaces will boost meeting effectiveness and success by increasing creative problem solving, boosting productivity and more.  Whether you’re looking for a venue for team building, or just a quiet cafe with WiFi that you can rent out for a discussion of company goals, you’ll find it on this list. We’ve picked a corporate venue for everyone and every business using our simple and powerful search tool.

Here are 4 unique and affordable meeting spaces in Dallas, Texas:

The Hospitality Sweet (a cheap meeting space in Dallas)

1. The Hospitality Sweet

The Hospitality Sweet is a Cafe that is available to rent on evenings and weekends. This meeting space has the added benefit of handling the set up, food, beverages, and clean up, so you can focus on your meeting and being productive.

The venue comes WiFi , capacity for up to 75 people, and on-site catering with vegetarian options.

The Trinity Center in Dallas (A Unique Meeting Space)

2. The Trinity Center

Located in the Dallas Design District, The Trinity Center can accommodate meetings, brief presentations, breakfasts, luncheons and cocktail parties. Here are the rooms and capacities of each:

  • 25 seated in the large boardroom
  • 6 seated in the small conference room
  • 200 standing in the gallery and boardroom
  • 60 seated in the gallery and boardroom

There is on-site catering with the option to bring in off-site caterers, but no alcohol allowed.

 


 

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The AMC Movie Theater makes a great venue for corporate events and meetings

3. AMC NorthPark 15

With a wall to wall screen, popcorn, icees and candy your meeting will be sure to wow. There are Plenty of Pros to Meeting at an AMC Theatre:

  • Comfortable, tiered seating
  • Convenient locations and parking
  • Cost-competitive rates
  • Reliable support for multimedia presentations
  • Flexible theatre capacities
  • Access to traditional theatre concessions
  • Catering options
  • Superior AMC customer service
  • WiFi is also available

If you need a unique meeting space that’s one of a kind and budget friendly AMC NorthPark 15 makes a strong choice.

Group Dynamix is a Great Venue for Team Building

4. Group Dynamix

While this space was traditionally made for teenage parties, there’s no reason it can’t be enjoyed by adults too. This meeting space in Dallas, Texas is particularly suited for team building because it packs as much excitement, fun, and enjoyable challenges into a day as possible with a Ropes Course, Archery Tag and Blacklight Dodgeball. So if your meeting is focused on bringing the team together and you need that on a budget, Group Dynamix makes a great choice.

Didn’t find the perfect meeting space?

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21 Venues that are Kosher, Halal, Vegetarian, Gluten Free and Vegan

January 8, 2016

I was mostly messing around when I checked all of the food options in VenueCenter’s simple but powerful advanced search options. I expected to break the search or just end up with 0 venues. Instead, I found a bunch of venues around the country that serve kosher, halal, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free food.

Food Options

The Venues

1. Bellagio Hotel | Las Vegas, NV

  • Price: $$$
  • Capacity: 401+
  • Venue Type: Hotel

2. DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina | Berkeley, CA.

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 401+
  • Venue Type: Hotel

3. Drury Plaza Hotel Riverwalk | San Antonio, TX

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 251 – 400
  • Venue Type: Hotel

4. Duchman Family Winery | Driftwood, TX

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: ???
  • Venue Type: Villa

5. Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center | Grapevine, TX

  • Price: $$$
  • Capacity: 401+
  • Venue Type: Convention/Conference Center, Hotel

6. Hampton Inn Bostn Bedford Burlington | Billerica, MA

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 0 – 75
  • Venue Type: Hotel

7. Highpoint Event Center | Dallas, TX

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 251 – 400
  • Venue Type: Banquet Hall

8. Hilton Palacio Del Rio | San Antonio, TX

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 401+
  • Venue Type: Hotel

9. Holiday Inn Dallas –  Richardson | Richardson, TX

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 251 – 400
  • Venue Type: Hotel

10. Hotel Emma | San Antonio, TX

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 401+
  • Venue Type: Hotel

11. Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas |  Irving, TX

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 401+
  • Venue Type: Banquet Hall

 

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12. Kindred Oaks | Georgetown, TX

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 151 – 250
  • Venue Type: Banquet Hall, Hotel, Villa

13. Nature’s Point | Lake Travis, TX

  • Price: $$$
  • Capacity: 151 – 250
  • Venue Type: ???

14. Red Oak Ballroom – Austin | Austin, TX

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 151 – 250
  • Venue Type: Banquet Hall

15. Santa Ana Star Center | Rio Rancho, NM

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 401+
  • Venue Type: Arena/Stadium

16. The Bicycle Hotel & Casino | Bell Gardens, CA

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 151 – 250
  • Venue Type: Hotel

17. The Milestone – Aubrey Mansion | Aubrey, TX

  • Price: $$$$
  • Capacity: 251 – 400
  • Venue Type: Villa

18. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain | Marana, AZ

  • Price: $$$
  • Capacity: 401+
  • Venue Type: Hotel

19. The Westin Downtown Dallas | Dallas, TX

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 401+
  • Venue Type: Hotel

20. The Windsor at Hebron Park | Carrollton, TX

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 251 – 400
  • Venue Type: Banquet Hall, Loft

21. Worthham Center | Houston, TX

  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 401+
  • Venue Type: Retail/Unique Space

Conclusion

I could see needing a venue that is both vegetarian and gluten free, but if you need it to be kosher, halal, vegan, vegetarian and gluten free you may as well tell your guests to bring their own food! Haha.

What do you think? Is there any reason someone would need all of these food options?