As the Wedding Events Manager at Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort, I consider the many aspects of this unique setting and how to convey this to the individual interests of each couple I connect with regarding their wedding day. The day of the visit to Cranwell, I provide ample time to tour the many facets we have to offer to gain a true feel of the campus including the Spa, golf course, and guest rooms and of course the specific areas previously discussed in my preliminary calls with the couple.
There is of course a great deal of information that is available on the web about our location, from reviews on Wedding Wire, resort information on The Knot and of course our resorts website. However, the real excitement for me is the initial conversation that allows me start to form images that represent the unique ‘personality’ of our couples and how I can help to have this reflected in there ceremony and the weekend.
I put a lot of thought into how I will present the property to every single couple that visits Cranwell. Once I have a couple on property for a site visit, I want to ensure that I provide enough time to look at everything they want to view. Whether it’s our spa, golf course, rooms, or something specific they would like to see, it important that we tour it all.
I ask a number of questions beforehand to help me get to know the couple, best prepare myself for their visit, and come prepared with specific information or guest rooms on property. One of the most challenging aspects (and why I love my job) is that some couples are unsure as to what their dream wedding weekend would look like. This can be daunting for the couple and prevent them from getting the most out of their visit. To help make sure you don’t miss a thing while visiting your potential wedding venues, I’ve put together this simple list of DOs and DON’Ts:
DO arrive 10-15 minutes early. Just relaxing, enjoying the view, and to get a real feel for the location. This allows more time for you as the couple to take everything in at the venue.
DO call if you expect to arrive late. As a Certified Wedding Professional, I’m here to make the most use of your time and a phone call can help me make any adjustments that might be necessary to maximize your time.
DO allot for enough time to tour the venue or property in its entirety. When making your appointment, ask how long it typically takes for a complete tour. This will help you better schedule your time and be more relaxed if you plan to visit other venues that same day.
DO take as many pictures as you feel you need to remember the venue! Photos are a great way to remember the special aspects of each location and help you come to your final decision.
DO ask questions! I love when a couple comes in with a list of questions! It lets me provide them with the most relevant information about our resort and to help personalize their wedding day.
Do ask about planner charges. I’m here to assist you in planning your wedding at Cranwell at no charge to you, but it’s important to always inquiry upfront if there are any planner charges.
DON’T assume anything during the visit and ask for clarification. If you have a concern or there is something you do not understand, make sure you ask. I’m happy to answer questions or explain any aspect in more detail. I hope a couple leave feeling like they truly understand the many unique elements our resort has to offer.
DON’T bring a large group of people for your site visit. I understand how important it is that your families view the event spaces (especially if they are contributing financially). It’s also important to remember that you will be the ones working with the Wedding Planner the majority of the time. A connection with that person to ensure that there is trust and a comradery with each other throughout your wedding planning process is crucial.
DON’T forget to make an appointment if you would like a detailed tour. There is so much care and planning that goes into preparing for each couple’s visit, you will be giving yourself the full benefit of my expertise when you make an appointment in advance.
DON’T forget to tell the venue when your search is over. I could not be more thrilled if you found what you were looking for, even if it wasn’t our venue. So please leave a short voicemail or email letting me know that your hunt is over. It truly is very much appreciated.
Following these simple suggestions during each visit, I know that you will be able to collect the best information possible to help you both select the ideal wedding venue for your perfect wedding day/weekend!