Recently I was talking with one of my wedding planning friends about venues. She shared that one of her brides called her specifically for a venue search. They went to several venues in Olympia and Tacoma. The bride looked at Grand Holiday Ball Room, South Sound Manor, Scottish Rite, and the Chapel. They are all very nice venues and I would recommend them to anybody for their wedding. I have personally gone out and met the owners and viewed them myself. My friend said that the bride liked them all but felt strongly that she would have to spend extra money for decorations at three of the venues. When the bride walked into the Grand Holiday Ball Room her jaw dropped with excitement. My friend said” only if you could have seen the smile on her face”. I feel this is a great trend for venues that are elegantly decorating their venues then adding that into the rental fee of the venue. Secondly providing a package that includes: catering, venue, centerpieces, tablecloths, DJ, chair covers, and more for $6,500 to $8,000 depending on your guest count, not bad. I really feel that this trend will catch on with other venues because you become a one stop shop and you stand to make more money. These days due to the economy brides must be practical in their budget but be honest champagne test never goes away. Take your time with your venue search. Make sure you look at several venues. Go back and look again if you are not sure. Don’t allow you planner to rush your decision. Remember your wedding day only happens once for the first time. Here are a few venue links below take a look if you are look for a venue for your wedding. I hope you wedding day is very special. Talk to you soon!!!!!!