Today’s podcast takes an inside look at some of our business decisions. More specifically, I’ll be talking about “no” and all the things that we say “no” to doing at our wedding venue. So the word “no”. Do you say it enough? Not in the sense of being difficult or combative. But do you say it to help set boundaries? To make sure each couple you work with has the same guidelines or rules to follow? Or sometimes saying no can just make your life easier and less complex. I’ve learned over the years that strategically saying “no” is not a bad thing. Of course there are many situations where we want to jump up and down and say yes so excitedly and other scenarios that need to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. But there are definitely other times where we know the answer is no. Today I’m going to walk you through some of those and talk about why that is.
In this episode, you’ll hear about:
- Unprofessional vendors
- Food trucks
- Weddings without planners
- Friday weddings
- And more (Hey, I can’t give them all away here!)
RESOURCES WE MENTION:
Kristin Binford Venue Consultant – new venue owners’ Facebook group and Masterclass
EventStable – save $100 on your order
The Venue Owner Shop – use code FIRSTORDER to save 15% on your first order
The Contract Law Shop – use code KELLYEWELL10 to save 10%
ABOUT OUR GUEST:
Today’s show is a solo episode with host, Kelly Ewell. Kelly is the owner of 48 Fields, a century-old farm estate set in the heart of Virginia wine country. The venue focuses on working with couples who want to give their guests a relaxed but thoughtful countryside wedding experience.
Having previously been a wedding photographer for 10 years, Kelly has experienced a lot when it comes to weddings – from the highs of seeing a surprise return of a loved one from deployment to the lows of no-show vendors. She can pin a boutonniere in record time, is a master of logistics, and still tears up every time a bride walks down the aisle. Especially if it’s to the classic Canon in D. Played by a string quartet.
When she’s not hosting weddings at 48 Fields, Kelly can be found visiting Northern Virginia wineries with her husband, Steve, and dog, Piper.
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Find full show notes from this episode here.
The Aisle Files Podcast is created and produced by Kelly Ewell, owner of 48 Fields Farm.