3 Reasons Why You Should Attend a Wedding Venue Open House Event.


‘Tis the season! No….it’s not Christmas, but Spring is in the air and that means it’s Wedding Season! Now is the time when wedding venues begin to host Open House Events and it’s one of my favorite times of the year (next to Christmas). Here’s why:

It’s not plain ol’ window shopping

Attending a wedding venue open house event is by far the best way to get an exclusive sneak peek and a good idea of what your wedding will look like.

  • You get to tour the facility, view the property, check out the scenery, and get general feel of it in order to see if it fits the style of wedding you’re dreaming of.
  • You also get the benefit of a one-stop shopping experience for your wedding plans because you get to meet all of the venue’s preferred vendors in attendance; floral designers, coordinators, caterers, photographers, DJs, etc. It’s basically a meet and greet session, but vendors are there to provide you with information and answer any questions you may have.
  • But the best part of an Open House Event (in my humble opinion) is that there’s usually food and drink tasting as well as giveaways. It’s really lots of fun if you’ve never attended one.


(Vendors setting up for the Open House Event  @ Walnut Hill Farms in Jefferson, Ga)

As a floral designer and wedding coordinator in Athens, GA, I always enjoy attending open house events as it allows me the opportunity to meet the brides-to-be and their loved ones. The most recent one I attended was at the Walnut Hill Farms in Jefferson, GA. Many brides and their moms spend substantial amounts of time doing research whether online, thumbing through magazines, and registering on sites such as The Knot, and Borrowed & Blue looking for ideas and checking out the latest trends. This is why vendors (myself included) need to stay on top of current trends, no matter how many years of experience we have in our relative businesses. During the open house events, most questions I get right off the bat (aside from availability) are related to style because obviously, brides are wanting to be sure that I can create the look they want in flower designs.


Just as important, preferred vendors have a good relationship with the venue’s owner(s), and are usually very familiar with the layout of the place –  which  will make your special day seamless and stress free, and that’s what we all want.

In summary, it’s a great idea to look up different wedding venues in your area to see who is holding an open house event – make it a point to attend so you can see firsthand what’s being offered and gather all of the detailed information you need. It will ultimately give you a good idea on how to plan for your dream wedding to make it a day you and everyone in attendance will never forget.


If you have any questions regarding venues, flowers, coordinating, please feel free to reach out to me sheila@sheilariveraweddings.com and I’ll be more than happy to assist you.