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6 Important Things Everyone Forgets When Picking Their Wedding Venue
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Looking for a wedding venue is a lot like looking for an apartment: a little bit fun, a little bit stressful, and mostly exhausting. But when it comes to touring a wedding venue, there are several things that couples tend to forget about until it’s too late. Avoid regrets and go over these key details before you commit to your venue…

1. Power & Outlets

Yes, this venue is gorgeous—but can it handle the power needs of an event? Some venues may require you to rent a generator (or several) to avoid blowing any fuses with lighting, music, heaters/air conditioning, and other power demands a wedding brings. And if they do have on-site power, make sure you know where all the plugs are. Historical buildings often have far less power outlets than modern spaces, so make sure you have what you need for getting ready (especially if you’re plugging in hot hair tools) and the rest of the day. You may need an extension cord if you have a specific plan for where you’ll be needing things like lighting and audio equipment.

2. Contingency Plans

For the most part, no one is aiming for rain on their wedding day, but everyone should consider a venue’s “rain plan” before booking. Some venues move outdoor weddings inside, others set up tents, others don’t have a backup at all. Make sure you know what the plan is and consider that you may be using it. In Southern California, you may also want to consider wildfire dangers. Is your venue surrounded by forest or in a known fire-prone area? What do they do if the venue is unavailable or damaged? Do they have partner venues they can work with in emergencies? Will your deposit be refunded? Of course you don’t want these things to happen, but if they do you’ll feel a lot better if you know the plan.

3. Cleanup

When you imagine your wedding day, you probably aren’t thinking about cleaning up afterwards. But someone has to do it! Be sure to ask who is responsible for cleanup (it’s usually you) and when you’re required to have the venue clean. Some venues have to be cleaned immediately following the party whereas others allow you to clean up the next morning. Ask your wedding planner to help you come up with a cleanup plan (ideally one involving a cleaning staff and not you). Make sure you also get trash guidelines from your venue, because some spaces hold you responsible for any trash left on-site (even in trash bins).

4. Hidden Rules

Are you envisioning a romantic, candle-lit first dance? Is your dog going to be your ring bearer? Don’t forget to check ahead about your venue’s rules and restrictions. Many venues prohibit candles or open flames of any kind. Sparklers are also commonly not allowed. Some venues also limit confetti throwing, animals, or food trucks on the property. Most LA venues also have music volume restrictions after 10pm (which is dictated by county law rather than the venue itself).

5. Accessibility

If you’re able-bodied, you probably haven’t given much thought to accessibility, but if you have disabled guests you’ll definitely want to make sure you can accommodate them. If you’re expecting elderly guests, guests in wheelchairs, or guests who otherwise struggle with physical mobility, make sure to keep this in mind during venue hunting.

Is the whole property wheelchair accessible? Historical buildings tend to be far less accessible than modern ones. Keep an eye out for step-up entryways, tight corridors, and non-accessible restrooms.

Even people who don’t use wheelchairs may have mobility issues that make it difficult for them to traverse hills, uneven terrain, stairs, or long distances. How far will guests need to travel between parking and the ceremony space? How much of it is uphill? Ask the venue manager if they have designated accessible parking or a drop-off space.

6. Taxes & Fees

Depending on where you live, your venue rate may be subject to local taxes. Make sure to ask if those taxes are included in the quoted price or if they are additional (and get the full quote for how much that will be). Some venues may require gratuities for staff that are rarely included in the rate, so be sure to ask about any included gratuities and account for them in your budget. Venues may also expect you to cover clean-up costs and trash removal through them. Extra fees may apply if you want to have them move furniture or set up a dance floor. Get any additional costs cleared up from the start.

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Wonder Woman–Themed Elopement in Santa Barbara
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This Wonder Woman themed elopement was a comic book lover's dream! Audrey and Cody are just the cutest couple and she totally rocked her Wonder Woman look. Everything from her dress to their color palette to the rings was breathtaking, and the setting amongst ruins deep in the hills of Santa Barbara just brought it to another level.

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I love how this ring is so reminiscent of the original Wonder Woman's crown.

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Their intimate couple's picnic was set like an elaborate feast fit for gods and goddesses.

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This cake featured a gold "crown" inspired by Wonder Woman's crown in the latest movie iteration.

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I am downright obsessed with this bouquet from The Flower Shop!

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The sun was coming through the clouds in the most gorgeous way, as though the heavens were shining down.

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A vintage gold headband and gold geometric cuffs gave a subtle nod to Wonder Woman's costume and famous bullet-proof armor. So of course we had to get a shot with her most well known pose! (Little secret: Her "powers" in this photo are actually an effect done in real life, not in Photoshop! Any guesses as to how I did it?)

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Seriously, how cute are these two?

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CREDITS

Photography: Jade Elora Photography
Styling / Planning: Fandom Affairs
Cake / Cupcakes: Sugar Studio
Florist: The Flower Shop
Hair / Makeup: Absolutely Fabulous Glamour Studio
Dress Store: Adina's Bridal
Groom's Suit: Friar Tux
Rings: Princess Jewelers
Couple: Audrey Gloger, Cody Gigold

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Colorful Punk Wedding in Highland Park
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I've always loved color. I've also always loved punk rock and black. Growing up, my bedroom was pink and black with an entire wall plastered with band posters. That pretty much sums up my aesthetic. But for some reason, people think "punk" is synonymous with "black". Not true! This wedding is a gorgeous example of combining punk rock elements with a neon, 80s-inspired color scheme.

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Studded napkin holders and matte black dinnerware plus hot pink napkins and a killer  geometric table runner perfectly merged punk and vibrant. The best part? The table runner is a simple DIY made out of just colored paper!

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I'm obsessed with this invitation suite from Alexis Designs Things! 

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LA Speakeasy provided on-theme colorful cocktails.

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This awesome graffiti-inspired cake was created by Nicole Bakes Cakes. I love the metallic zipper details.

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Upon entering, guests are greeted by this custom graffiti board with "seating card" pins that guide them to their table and double as name tags. (Plus, they're a fun little take home souvenir!)

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Guests can get "inked" from this custom tattoo bar with American Traditional -inspired designs.

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Can you believe she did her own hair? Autumn is a hair stylist and makeup artist so she crafted her own look, complete with "hair piercings" and a braided bridal mohawk.

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Check out that ring! I love how the hidden skulls add a touch of punk rock that you only notice if you're looking closely.

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A leather jacket is officially my favorite bridal accessory.

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This nearby graffiti wall just happened to match their color scheme. I'm pretty sure that's fate.

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And to wrap up this punk affair? Time to rock out in the York Manor's underground speakeasy where the party can last into the night!

 


CREDITS

Photography: Jade Elora Photography
Styling / Planning: Rock n’ Willow Events
Venue: The York Manor
Tabletop Rentals: La Piñata Party Rentals
Cake / Cupcakes: Nicole Bakes Cakes
Florist: The Flower Shop
Stationery: Alexis Designs Things
Hair / Makeup: Autumn Skibinski 
Couple: Autumn Skibinski and Aaron Garrett

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Fortuneteller Romance Wedding Inspiration
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This wedding look was inspired by the powerful image of the mysterious fortuneteller woman. It gives nods to a vintage, forties vibe while also incorporating otherworldly details like tarot cards, crystals, and even a crystal ball. The dark, moody, embellished vibe reflects the strength and mystique of the woman behind the inspiration.

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This gorgeous vintage-inspired ring (named "The Dynasty") was designed and crafted by the husband and wife team behind Make Her Say Duh! engagement rings.

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Instead of typical "bride" and "groom" chair back signs, their chairs were adorned with sun and moon symbols hung from gold chains.

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Tarot cards took the place of table numbers, the sweethearts table denoted by "The Lovers" card.

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The bouquet was made of almost entirely dried flowers, including dried proteas and multiple varieties of purple, blue, and green eucalyptus

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The bride's gown is a Rebecca Schoneveld piece: the sheer embroidered “Emerson” gown over a simple “Lumi” slip. Her veil is a hand-beaded rhinestone cap veil with fingertip length tulle back by Camilla Christine.

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The bridesmaids wore boho-style long-sleeve paisley maxi dresses from Forever 21.

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CREDITS

Photography: Jade Elora Photography

Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals

Bridal Gown: “Emerson Gown” by Rebecca Schoneveld Design Studio

Bride Makeup: Danielle Baum

Bridesmaid Makeup: Unforgettable Makeup

Hair: Roxy Garvan

Veil: “Daisy” Veil by Camilla Christine

Engagement Ring | “The Dynasty” by Make Her Say DUH! Engagement Rings

Models: Lacey Marie Miranda (Bride), Baruch Sanchez (Groom), Amanda RedCloud, Angelita Montrose