Becoming a wedding venue owner can be exciting in so many ways!! You work in the wedding industry where beauty, style, and individual uniqueness abound. Professional vendors in all fields will be gracing your venue.
A wedding venue owner has the opportunity to use his or her talents to make the venue unique. This is such a blessing and the rewards are great. When you can work at something you love, your life is better.
So, how do you become a wedding venue owner? Hubby Les and I have been running our venue, in our backyard, for over 8 years now and it’s an honer to get to share our experience with you.
A good place to start would be to read up on your subject. And while I wish there was a lot on the subject of running a venue, there just isn’t. When I created my eBook on this subject of venue ownership, I started writing about our adventures.
I have written many blog post on being a venue owner and you can find those here. Remember, the more you know on a subject, helps take the fear out of things. I love this verse! A great reminder to plan our project. Be in the know.
“Luke 14:28 For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? NASB”
A family discussion
Please take the time to discuses this venture with those who will be involved. A wedding venue owner has many responsibilities, and one person cannot do it all. I know marriages that have ended in divorce over the business.
And, some just quit. The amount of people through your yard every year can be a challenge, and sometimes a spouse can’t take it. Be honest with each other. It’s important to know why you are doing the business. When things get hard, and they will, remind yourself of the why.
Before you go to far
It’s very important that you check with your county and local town or city to see what the requirements are for a business of your kind. There are rules! Find out before you spend the cash to get started, that it is permissible.
I know it’s your property, and you pay the taxes. You should be able to do as you like with it, but it doesn’t work that way. If your permits are not in place, and someone complains, you will be shut down. Nuff said.
Find a mentor
Don’t go this alone. You’ll need someone who is like you, creative and with ideas flowing, to bounce ideas off of. I have found that usually one or the other spouse will be the voice of reason on some projects, lol, and that is good too.
Website, social media & marketing
Set this up ASAP, even before you are ready to open the doors. Tell your journey as it is happening, get the excitement for your venue out there. Then when the doors are open they will know you; want to work with you.
You have to be social! This is a very important part of being a wedding venue owner, a must. If this is not your forte hire someone to do it. If you have a high schooler at home hire them, they know all about it.
On your property is best
Why is on your own property the best? Because you live there. No driving to work every day. When you have a few extra minutes you can work in the yard or on a project.
Your home office will be at the ready too; when you have a contract to work on, calls to make, and website to keep up. Also, venue showings come to you, at your house, on your schedule. There are perks of being a wedding venue owner and using your own property.
You can be a wedding venue owner! If that is your dream, Do. It. I wrote a post on – How My Life Changed After We Started the Business. I’m 60 years old now. I have let so many dreams pass me by for one reason or another. Don’t do what I did. I have a road map for you if you are ready to get started.
Purchase the eBook: How to Start and Run a Wedding Venue – In your Own Backyard