Selecting The Perfect Venue

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Congratulations on your engagement!

The journey you are about to embark on will be full of excitement, happiness, and plenty of decision making. First up, venue selection. We want to share just a few tips that may help make this process stress-free and fun!

Selecting the perfect venue

Before you start booking tours with your favorite venues, it’s a great idea to make a complete list of questions to ask when visiting. This process is sometimes overwhelming and you may forget to ask the right questions in the moment. Having a list will keep you on point and help you make your final decision.

  1. Know your style. What kind of wedding do you visualize? Rustic, classic, eclectic, modern, etc.? Now that you can visualize your style, selecting the right venue will be made much easier.
  2. Can the venue accommodate the size of your party? Be careful if it gets too snug – consider temperature and comfortability of your guests. Don’t be afraid to ask for a sample floor plan of what the space will look like with your party size.  You want to have plenty of room to bust a few moves on the dance floor.
  3. Know your non-negotiables.
    1. Is the perfect date more important than the perfect venue? You may have to be flexible.
    2. It’s a great idea to discuss what the most important detail to each the bride and groom is. For example, an open premium bar may be most important to the groom, while having chiavari chairs is most important to the bride. Find a venue that can make both come to fruition.
    3. Do you want to work with vendors provided by you? If so, a full service venue may not be for you.
    4. Can the venue fully execute your vision? Are they flexible with the setup? Also, be sure to ask if you are able to extend your rental if the party goes late.
  4. Be sure to find out everything that is included. Tables, chairs, linens, plateware, etc. Some full service venues will offer more of these items, while some venues are a blank canvas and rely on the couple to provide most everything.
    1. Before committing to a venue, ask that they put an estimated costs invoice for you. This will help keep your budget in check and ensure hidden fees don’t pop up unexpectedly.
  5. Think the logistics through.
    1. What type of parking is available? Some venues will have a separate lot, while others will just have street parking. If that is the case, be sure to ask about valet being an option for your guests.
    2. How many bathrooms are on site? Are they handicapped accessible?
    3. How many people are visiting from out-of-town? Is the venue close to an airport or convenient for all guests to get to? It’s a good idea to ask about nearby hotels and shuttle service.
    4. If hosting a ceremony and reception at the same venue, be sure to ask if both events will take place in the same space. And, if so, how long it will it take the staff to flip the room for the reception.

Bridal trends

In meeting with our clients, we understand the importance for your event to really embody and represent you as a couple. It is all in the details to highlight your personality and showcase uniqueness.

Trends we are seeing this year…

  • It is all about the party! We continue to see couples place a large amount of their budget on the reception space, catering/bar packages and DJ services to create a lasting impression for each of their guests.
  • The search for an unforgettable, unique venue! While hotels, banquet halls, and country clubs are still very desirable, many couples are searching for a space that really represents their personalities. The couples that visit our beautiful Barnett on Washington are searching for a space that their guests will not soon forget. A space that has character, history, and a natural elegance.
  • Classic weddings are in. Over the past several years, casual weddings have been very popular. Now, it seems the classic, or more traditional wedding is making its way back.
  • Food creativity. Couples are getting creative with their food choices and how the food is presented. Popular styles have been food stations with smaller tastings, to family style seated dinners. Family style dinners keep the table engaged and the conversation flowing.

Cheers to an unforgettable wedding journey!

Corporate Holiday Party Planning (St. Louis)

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St. Louis, MO – Holiday parties can be a great way to improve company morale and relationships between coworkers. It gives everyone a chance to mingle in an intimate, rather than business, setting, and allows families to feel involved as well. Hosting a successful holiday party, however, can take a lot of time and effort. Here are some tips to planning a well-executed event that won’t take up all of your companies time or break the bank.

Get coworkers involved. If the party planning responsibility falls on a group of people, no one will have an abundance of stress. Don’t force participation, but leave the option open for everyone who wants to help. Different people can take care of decorating, food, sending out invitations, and anything else you need. Allowing employees to help plan the event will also increase their appreciation for it, and they will probably have more fun at the actual party.

To reduce costs, consider having door prizes instead of a gift or favor for every employee. Door prizes are still a generous gesture, but fewer items will have to be purchased. Giving away the door prizes will also be a fun activity to get employees excited during the party. Make sure these prizes are not too extravagant, though. Sticking with nice, simple door prizes will keep the costs low and prevent anyone who doesn’t win from feeling too unhappy.

Instead of worrying about making everything perfect, focus on a few details. Get creative. Have a drink special for the employees, provide a high end buffet, pick a theme and decorate accordingly. A memorable evening doesn’t require going all out on every aspect of your party. Emphasizing a few details will make a great impression.

Hopefully these tips will help you plan a stress-free, fun company holiday party for everyone!

Interested in the perfect spot for your party? Try out the beautiful Barnett On Washington in the heart of Midtown St. Louis. Use the contact form below to get pricing and availability.

 

Creatives Night – St. Louis – July 10th

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Thursday, July 10th, the Barnett On Washington will play host to Creatives Night – Part Deux – an opportunity for professionals in the St. Louis marketing, advertising, public relations, and creative marketplace to connect for drinks, cigars, and networking. inside of a fun and engaging environment.

This event is open to those in the creative industry at no charge. Last time it was a blast. We hope that everyone who supported the event, and had a great time will join us once again. Creatives Night will take place from 5pm-12am and will feature some of St. Louis premiere marketing and advertising firms, publications, and organizations. All of the fun will take place once again inside of the elegant, newly renovated Barnett on Washington (3207 Washington Ave).

The event will feature a craft beer tasting courtesy of Urban Chestnut, access to our exclusive cigar room, free wi-fi, and much more. Simply print the free pass located on our blog (link below) to join us for the event. Feel free to invite friends, colleagues, and industry peers to join you. We simply want to show off our beautiful building those in the Creatives industry … because we know you guys like to party, and we hope that you will choose us as a possible future spot for more parties 😉

This will serve as a great opportunity to have fun, relax, attract new business opportunities, meet valuable connections within the industry, and to have a good time around others within a familiar line of work. If you have further questions about the event please fill out the form on our blog, or e-mail us at barnettonwashington@gmail.com.

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The Knot Rocked St. Louis At The Barnett On Washington

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On April 17th, The Knot invaded the Barnett on Washington for their annual Midwest mixer. The event was coordinated by Lacy Branch and featured a lovely display of decor and design.

St. Louis has always been a hotspot for beautiful Midwest weddings, but the Barnett on Washington showed once again why it is such a beautiful venue to behold. Lacy, with the help of The Knot team and partners, were able to transform the Barnett’s traditional, elegant, Spainish-mission style decor into something totally it’s own.

For more pictures of this beautiful event click here to see the Facebook photo album.

Thank you to all of the partners who made it great…

Lacy Branch Events, belli fiori, Parties & Props, Ltd., Sarahs Cake Stop, Grand Rental Station, Millennium Stl, CJ’s Disc Jockey Service, Fishe Fish Eye Fun, Hollyberry Baking and Catering Company, Jason Gibson Films, White-Klump Photography, Midwest Valet, Nuage Designs, Karen Bartolomei of Grapevine Paperie

 

Whiskey, Guns, and Smokes Night

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Chameleon Club – The Barnett on Washington’s private club – is hosting our first ever whiskey, guns, and smokes night. The event is open to the public and will feature fine whiskey tastings (free), fine cigar smoking, and the display and discussion of classic and modern firearms. It’s a great opportunity to come and hang out, drink whiskey, smoke cigars, and visit with experts in the firearm industry while admiring antique and modern firearms.

The event runs from 5pm-12am but will only feature free JP Wiser whiskey tasting with the Wiser Whiskey Girls from 6pm-7:30pm. The Barnett on Washington is right next to Urban Chestnut brewery, and showcases a lively and vibrant Spanish mission style environment. The event should be a fun and engaging affair.

There is no charge for Chameleon Club members, and only a $10 cover for all other visitors.

The Barnett features a full premium bar, with local and craft beers on tap, as well as a very fine selection of wines.

Don’t miss this fun and exciting event. Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/400506320094257/