What is the most stressful part about planning a wedding?

peltonSpeaking with a soon-to-be groom in the midst of wedding planning with his lovely fiancée, I asked him, “Besides cost, what is the most stressful part about planning a wedding?”

“Definitely finding the right place. Say you find a barn and the atmosphere is perfect. But many of the ones we’ve seen don’t have chairs or tables. Then you’re calling rental places and adding up the cost of delivering chairs and tables and dragging your friends in to help set everything up. Not to mention you need to make sure to tear everything down and have it ready for pickup.”

He’s right. There are so many moving pieces and tradeoffs with most event venues, but not at the Franciscan.

For instance, even if a venue has chairs and tables, they may not have linens, or adequate parking, or a full-service kitchen to keep your caterer from having to do things picnic style. Then you also need to take your guests into consideration. Is your venue close enough to accommodations to ensure your guests get home conveniently, and shuttles to ensure their safety?

You have enough to worry about to make the day go off without a hitch that you should consider lessening the stress on both of you by selecting a wedding venue like the Franciscan.

Before you even visit other venues, call and ask questions like:

What is the parking situation? How many cars can you accommodate?

How close by are hotels?

Do you offer tables, linens, chairs, and centerpieces?

Is there a bridal suite?

Do you have photographers, bakeries, DJ’s, florists and videographers that are familiar with the space AND come highly recommended?

Is there a point person I can contact with my concerns and questions?

We’ll save you time and point out that the Franciscan has all of these amenities AND a large parking lot. Even if your guests decide NOT to drive, there are 11 hotels within a 10 minute drive and many offer a shuttle that can take you here and back. Better yet, some have an airport shuttle, saving your out of town guests the cost of a rental car or from paying for a shuttle to and from DIA.

And of course, we have a trusted list of vendors.

We also have Sonja Frank, our on-site event manager, who exceeds our clients’ expectations. She has been called “a tremendous help” and “amazing” and best of all, “easy to work with and very knowledgeable.” You can reach Sonja at tptcater@aol.com.

Save the stress for after the wedding as you shop for a “new” home, move all of your belongings into said home, and maybe even start a family, or get a dog. Your wedding day is to be enjoyed and reminisced about for many years to come.