When searching for my ideal wedding venue, I visited all the typical “Best Wedding Venues” within a couple of hours from Portland. The options and amenities varied depending on whether I was looking at a hotel ballroom or a local community grange. For me, it was a bit overwhelming putting a sizable chunk of my budget into the space – because I still needed furniture, lights, flowers, food, the works! In a moment of budgetary panic and an impending schedule, we chose our friends backyard over a swanky “all inclusive” venue. It may have been a bit more work, but it turned out even more beautiful than I could have imagined!
My “dream wedding venue” was created in a place meant for casual BBQ’s and birthday parties in my childhood. With these tricks and tips below you can transform any “casual space” across the board including empty industrial buildings, oversized parking lots, an open field on a farm, a state or city park, historic building, sandy beaches, in the grape vines of a vineyard, or among the trees of an orchard; you can go anywhere!
Here are a few of the obvious and not so obvious necessities for planning an event “off the beaten path!”
Event rental companies have most anything your heart desires to set the mood; string lights, chandeliers, spot lights, up lighting, marquee letters, lanterns, candles and more. Lighting is one of the major ways to transform a space and create the ambiance your party craves. But don’t forget, if you bring in a device that needs to be plugged in – you’ll need somewhere to plug it!
Lighting is single-handedly the most important design element in any room, any concept, and any event.
For more on lighting http://www.theluxuryspot.com/decor-spotting-ideas-for-unique-wedding-lighting/
Yes, restrooms! If you’re inviting 100+ guests to a historic building, a farm house out in the country, or a ceremony among the vines of the vineyard, you may find yourself in need of restrooms that meet the same standards and design detail as the rest of your reception. Our friends were super gracious in letting us use their backyard as our venue but they weren’t interested in 200+ people traipsing through their house using their restrooms. Luxury restroom trailers have solved the porta potty dilemma with elegance for any black tie event. Heating, air conditioning, sound system, crown molding, and custom cabinetry are incredible innovations for outdoor restrooms – they are like a party zone all to themselves!
Boutique luxury restroom rentals are an essential piece to any upscale event. Treat yourself and your guests!
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Many of your vendors will need electricity in some capacity. Whether it’s the DJ, the caterers, the lighting, or extras such as a fun photo booth or luxury bathrooms, your vendors will need power. Often, they can each provide their own power when arranged in advance. If that option is not available, you can also check out your local event rental company or even your local hardware store for the best weekend deals!
It’s important that you always calculate what [power is] needed, then make sure there’s twice as much power available as required.