Backyard Nuptials -- 4 Steps To Turn Your Property Into A Wedding Venue

Posted on: 31 March 2017

If you are looking for a way to turn your beautiful property into an income source, creating a wedding and event venue is a great way to do it. Here are 4 tips for making it happen.

Work with a Landscape Designer. The landscaping is a key component of attracting couples all year long, so don't skimp on this aspect. A landscape designer will be able to help you create a beautiful outdoor venue for ceremonies and pictures, as well as designing a welcoming entrance for guests. The ability to provide outdoor weddings will increase your income and provide variety for your venue.

Ensure the Conveniences. Couples and guests need basic services and conveniences in order to enjoy the big day. At a minimum, your venue should include sufficient parking, bathrooms, a place for couples to get ready, and electricity connections. It's a good idea to discuss these needs not only with a professional contractor, but also with your landscape designer to ensure good access.

Get Approvals. Before you commit to any particular venue or alterations to your property, research zoning and permit requirements with the local city planning office. You may need to get approvals not only for construction, but also for operating a business on the property, meeting noise ordinances, and having additional parking. This is a good time to meet with your neighbors as well, to resolve any potential issues they may have with your business. 

Protect Your Stuff. Having parties involving between a few dozen to hundreds of guests has the potential to damage your property and belongings, so be sure you're covered. Check with your insurance agent to see what additional insurance your business needs and to make sure your personal insurance has high-enough limits to cover new risks. In addition, you may want to physically protect your assets from wandering guests and small children. Create a barrier between your personal living space and the wedding venue, and build a proper fence to keep guests in the designated venue area. You may want to add some hardscaping -- such as pathways, temporary dance floor material, and a hard ceremony floor -- in order to keep your landscaping from being trampled too badly.

By doing a little work and research before you start your wedding venue business, you'll be able to create something that makes both you and your new guests happy for years to come.