Attending an open house at the Green Building and 501 Union is one of the best ways to get a feel for it as your potential wedding venue. You can see the venue and our staff in action, and you can take your time exploring and asking questions as needed in a calm, no pressure environment. We always invite a few of our favorite vendors to join us, so open house is also a great opportunity for those who have already booked the venue but are still looking for vendors to help execute their dream wedding. Visit our calendar for upcoming open house dates, and check out some of our tips for making the most our of your visit:
Bring a friend or family member to bounce ideas off of – preferably someone whose opinion you value, but who won’t stand in the way of your vision.
Keep in mind these venue checklist essentials to ask about during your visit.
- Bring your phone, camera, and notebook to take notes, document the venue, and quickly find your favorite vendors online.
VISIT THE PRIVATE SUITE
Take a peek at the venue's private suite – can you imagine yourself getting ready there, or having a quiet moment before the ceremony begins? Is there enough light for hair and make-up, is the furniture comfortable, is there enough space for your wedding party?
MEET THE VENDORS
Open house is a great time to meet potential vendors. You can ask about their familiarity with the venue and get to know their personalities in person rather than browsing endlessly online. Are they warm and friendly? Are they knowledgeable about the venue?
TAKE LOTS OF PHOTOS AND NOTES
Be prepared to take many photos of the venue from all angles. If you notice a particular design element you like about the venue, document it! If you are visiting a few different venues, they could all start to blur together so you'll want to take note of standout features to jog your memory.
GET TO KNOW OUR STAFF
Our venue coordinators will be onsite to answer any questions you have about hosting an event at 501 Union. When you book the space, you will be assigned a venue coordinator who will be your guide from the time you sign the contract until the last pickup after the wedding. Say hello to them at open house!
SCOUT THE AREA FOR PHOTO OPS
In addition to getting a feel for the venue itself, keep an eye out for other spots that would be good photo ops for first look and family photos. Take a short walk around our block and you'll find plenty of interesting murals, quintessential Brooklyn stoops, colorful buildings, and industrial vignettes with tons character.
You’re going to be looking at tons of venues and meeting all kinds of people trying to sell you things throughout the planning phase, so try to make it fun. Taste all the food, drink all the booze. Turn it into a date night, and hit up one of these local spots after you leave open house.
Have more questions? Ask us in the comments!