Know Your Guest List
You will need a pretty close estimate of how many guests will be attending your event. Capacity is going to be one of your top limiting factors when looking for a venue. Also, consider your guest’s needs like accessibility, areas for children to play (if invited), and separate seating areas away from the dance party or loudness.
Chose A Date, or Two
You can quickly fall in love with a venue and be utterly heartbroken if it is not available on the date you want. If it’s possible to be flexible on the date, have a few to choose from. This is not always possible. Sometimes the date is set and it can not change. But that is no need to panic if the venue you want isn’t available. Just like there isn’t only one fish in the sea, there is definitely not just one event venue for you to chose from. There is a lot of them. Like a whole lot. With similar characteristics.
Set A Budget
Create a budget. You have seen all the wedding shows on tv and the one thing that gets out of hand faster than the bride’s attitude is the budget. Before you start touring spaces and getting all the details, set an ideal price of what you are comfortable spending on a venue. Also, ask if the venue has additional packages like tables, linens, chairs, place settings, catering, and setup. No matter what your budget is, any space can be transformed into whatever you heart desires with the right décor and lighting.
Take A Tour
You have an idea of your guest count, your date, and a budget. Now let’s get a starter list of places to see! Finding options can be a bit overwhelming when there are so many. Thank goodness for friends, especially the friends addicted to the internet. Delegate out some duties to your friends to find event venues for your guest count. Add their findings to your findings and start calling and arranging times for tours. Create a list of questions you want to ask and have them with you when you go.
There is a venue for every event and every budget. Armed with a little bit of research and the right questions you will have no problem finding exactly what you want. Gilreath Farms might even have what you are looking for. Check our event venues below and contact us at 865-219-2634 send us a message for more information!
Gilreath Farms Estate
Located along the winding Swanpond Creek, this historic dairy farm is located less than 15 minutes from downtown Knoxville, TN. Beautiful scenery, water features, and rustic appeal will surround you and your guests.
Stables at Gilreath Farms
The Stables is located on the Gilreath Farms Estate. Once a horse stable, it was purchased and renovated by Gilreath Farms in 2014.
We are excited to announce the addition of our latest venue – Pond’erosa. Located at 7620 Hall Road in Knoxville TN. Our Pond’erosa venue has everything you could ever want as a setting for your event. Pond’erosa comes complete with two cabins, a large stocked pond, beautiful open fields, a rustic barn, and plenty of parking areas.