Every woman dreams of a grand wedding. What makes a wedding more special is celebrating it in a historic mansion. Mansions are perfect for staging the most elegant and almost fairy tale like ambiance. Your guests will really feel that love is in the air during the wedding and during the reception.
Here are some things you should do if you want to rent a historic mansion for a wedding:
- Do your research. Find historic mansions in your are by searching from wedding and tourism directories. If you are planning on holding the reception only and the wedding in a church, you should choose one that will be accessible from the church. You can also try searching the telephone directory for possible listings of historic mansions in your area. Alternatively, you can check out some historic mansions online but some of them may be far from your area. Still, it is best to browse the Internet so you can compare the rates with those that are near you. Make a list of your choices and take note of the contact details.
- Contact the mansion administrator. Once you have your list, you can start calling the mansion administrators for their rates and other available facilities. Find out if they have special packages like free rooms for you and our entourage. You can also inquire about days with discounted rates.
- Set for an ocular inspection of the place. By this time, you should have narrowed down your choices to the ones that will fit your budget. Otherwise, you only risk the time and energy in visiting a mansion that you can't even afford. Together with the administrator, you and your fiance or a trusted friend or relative should tour the place and check out all the facilities. If you have a wedding coordinator, it will be best to bring him/her to the mansion. Imagine the placement of your tables, chairs and other fixtures and assess if they will all fit in the designated area. Put into consideration the facilities that may be needed by guests who are minors, seniors or handicapped.
- Ask about restrictions and other reminders. Some mansions have their own in-house caterers and may require you a corkage fee if you bring in your hired caterer. You should also inquire about additional fees for electricity, liability insurance and other added costs.
- Read the fine print. Before signing the contract, be sure to read each line carefully, especially those regarding your responsibilities. Settle on an agreeable period for set up and clean up. Take note of their cancellation policy, too.
- Ask for recommendations. You can ask the mansion administrator for their recommended caterers, florists, bands and photographers. Doing this will save you the time, energy and stress from explaining the mansion's policies and regulations to your vendors.
Holding your wedding in a historic mansion makes it one of the most memorable occasions not only for you but for your guests as well.