Richmond Wedding Venue Spotlight: The Broadberry
Tell us a little about your venue!
The Broadberry is a fairly new venue to Richmond and has rapidly become the hottest, newest unique venue to hold wedding receptions! We’re in a prime location right at the peak of the museum and fan districts, making it super convenient to find hotels in every direction. Plus, we can help with all accommodations!
We’ve been told we are “very Richmond” with our industrial feel, yet historical look. We have national artists’ work on murals along our exterior walls, gorgeous chandeliers for that perfect setting inside, and the most popular bands in town and around the world playing on our stage.
I’d love to set up a tour for you! Also, be sure to check out our blog and website for testimonials and more info so you can see for yourself! I host meetings and walkthroughs every day of the week and will make myself available for a time that works best for you!
How did you get started in this business?
I have been doing events in Richmond since 2006 at several different venues in the city. I am one of the founders (since retired) of RVA Fashion Week and have hosted The Bootleggers Ball, NYE at Brown’s Island, and other various events. With my combined expereince in event planning and working in the industry, it has led me manage events and marketing at a number of venues and brought me to The Broadberry to lead our brand in the private events spectrum.
What’s your favorite wedding story??
I love when couples take advantage of the story behind our space and really utilize the unique options we have available. One couple designed their whole wedding around the idea of us as music venue. From hosting their ceremony on stage, full with a complete light show to hosting a band on stage for the reception and streaming video clips and images on our two large projection screens. We created show/band posters to imitate the upcoming show posters we already have up. Plus, weused our top of the line sound/lights system for their DJ. It was perfect!!
Why do you like working with weddings?
It’s the most important day of your life! I love that couples come to us to share and host this special day for them. It’s exciting to see how creative they can be with our venue. We are so flexible with what you can do here. If you envision it, we can make it happen!
What is the most difficult situation you have faced with a bride and how did you resolve it?
There really hasn’t been any difficult situations, considering how flexible we are as a venue. Everyone that ends up booking with us is just like us: laid back and fun. The only time there has ever been a speed bump is sometimes involving budget. But that’s when we work with the bride/groom on payment plans or seeking outside vendors to help with costs. We do whatever we can to make this happen for you as seamlessly and stress free as possible!
From a vendor’s perspective, what is the one best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?
PLAN ahead! This is not something you want to rush. One year is ideal for planning. Also, don’t get too overwhelmed. It can be stressful, but don’t forget to use your resources! Brides sometimes get in so deep with trying to finalize things or find vendors, sometimes running out of time or forgetting completely about something significant. I have to remind them to call me! We can help set you up with vendors or offer recommendations to folks that have worked with us before and know what they are doing in our venue.
How far in advance should couples book your services?
I would recommend at least 8 months in advance. Sometimes we can get lucky if a date is available sooner, but 8 months is probably the safest best, if not even a year or more is best.
What inspired you the most / where do you find inspiration?
Creativity! I love when people really get creative with our space, and it’s even more fun when I can contribute with them! Let’s do something different! Really make your wedding as unique to you as a couple as possible!
What do you like to do when you are away from work?
I have a 9 month Rottweiler that I like to take outside to play and go on puppy play dates! I, of course, love to see live music, whether it’s here at The Broadberry or anywhere else.
Thank you, Erin, for chatting with us! If you’d like to learn more about The Broadberry, please visit www.thebroadberry.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.