Make the Most Out of a Venue Open House

3 Tips to Making the Most Out of a Venue Open House

Come prepared

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Borrowing from the Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared,  you should be properly equipped when attending a Venue Open House.  Bringing the following tools with you will help you get the most information to make the best decisions for your upcoming event: A bag of some sort, as bags may or may not be provided at the Open House.  This will come in handy for all the business cards, information sheets, and chatchskis you may be collecting. A means to take down lots of notes in case a vendor runs out of or doesn’t have information sheets.  A list of important questions to ask vendors. Include questions about selections, prices, and vendor availability. Your mobile phone to take pictures, check-in online or visit the vendor’s website/social media page.

Bring a friend or family member

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Two heads are almost always better than one.  With so many decisions to make about all the event details, having another person to talk you into or out of something can be very helpful.   He or she may even think of additional questions to ask and can help with collecting information and talking to potential vendors if you are short on time.

FB20Get sensual

Use as many senses as you can use to experience and understand all the vendors’ services or products.  Obviously, you are going to see and hear a lot, but often there is food to taste, flowers or other products to smell, and fabric or other products to touch, so reap the benefits of what you learn from as many senses as you can use.   Sometimes seeing and hearing don’t provide enough information to make the best decision.


Put these techniques to the test at Historic Oakland’s Fall Wedding Open House on Wed. Nov. 4th.  Register online today!

The staff at Historic Oakland want to help you plan your event. We are here to assist you with everything you need, from lists of caterers to choosing how to decorate the rooms, deciding on how to use our beautiful grounds or finding the best photographer. Our historic venue in downtown Columbia, Maryland will make your event one that all your guests will remember for years to come. Call us to set up a tour or see if we have availability, 410-730-4801 or email us at [email protected].

Written by: Wendy Trilling,
Guest Relations, Historic Oakland Manor

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