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Choosing the Perfect Venue for Your Event: Insights from an Event Venue Owner

As the owner of Speakeasy On State, I've had the pleasure of hosting a diverse array of events, from intimate weddings to grand corporate galas. I’ve learned that selecting the right venue is crucial to the success of any event. I want to share my insights to help you choose the perfect venue for your next event, drawing from my experiences and the unique perspective of a venue owner.



1. Understanding Your Event Needs

One of the first steps in planning an event is understanding the specific needs. When clients approach me, I always ask them to consider:

  • Type of Event: Knowing whether it’s a formal conference or a casual celebration helps in tailoring the space and services.

  • Number of Attendees: It’s vital to have an accurate estimate to ensure everyone is comfortable. Our venue can hold a max of 300 guests, however, that means breaking your party up into 2 different rooms. If you want to keep your party together, our max would be 200 guests.

  • Budget: Understanding your budget helps us recommend the best options within your price range. Don't be afraid to set a budget and stick by it! You never know what kind of packaging options may be available that would fit your budget and allow you to have the venue of your dreams.

2. Location is Key

The venue's location can make or break your event. From my experience, guests appreciate venues that are:

  • Easily Accessible: Our venue is centrally located, making it convenient for both local and out-of-town guests. We are close to many restaurants, bars, hotels and shopping as well.

  • Ample Parking: Making sure there is ample parking is a detail often overlooked but highly valued. We recommend that all of our guests parking the huge parking lot across the street where CVS is located. There is no time restriction and there is plenty of spaces available.




3. Creating the Right Atmosphere

The ambiance of the venue plays a significant role in setting the tone of your event. Speakeasy on State provides a historically elegant ambiance.

  • Versatility: Our space can be transformed to match various themes, from elegant weddings to professional seminars.

  • Aesthetic Appeal: We’ve invested in preserving decor from the past, updating just enough to bring in some elegance, and flexible layouts to make sure our venue can align with your vision.

4. Comprehensive Facilities and Amenities

I believe a venue should offer more than just a space. That’s why we provide:

  • Essential Furnishings: Our venue is equipped with round tables, farmhouse tables and chivari chairs. These furnishings come with each rental and can be used at your discretion.

  • In-House Catering: We offer customizable catering options, featuring gourmet menus that can be tailored to your event’s needs.

  • Accommodation Partnerships: For multi-day events or guests traveling from afar, we have partnerships with nearby hotels to provide convenient lodging options.

5. Ensuring Comfortable Capacity and Layout

It’s essential that the venue fits the size and style of your event. We offer:

  • Flexible Capacity: Whether you’re hosting a small gathering or a large event, our spaces can be adjusted to fit your guest list comfortably.

  • Customizable Layouts: From banquet seating to theater-style arrangements, we work with you to create the perfect setup.



6. Budget-Friendly and Flexible Options

Understanding the financial aspect is critical. At our venue, we provide:

  • Transparent Pricing: We offer clear, upfront pricing with no hidden fees, so you know exactly what to expect.

  • Flexible Policies: Our rescheduling policies are designed to provide peace of mind in case your plans change.

7. The Importance of a Personal Visit

While photos and videos are helpful, I always encourage potential clients to visit our venue in person. Here’s why:

  • Feel the Space: Experiencing the venue firsthand gives you a better sense of its ambiance and suitability.

  • Attention to Detail: During your visit, you can see the quality of our facilities and how well-maintained everything is.

  • Personal Connection: Meeting our dedicated staff allows you to discuss your needs in detail and see how we can bring your vision to life.

8. Relying on Reviews and Recommendations

In the event industry, reputation is everything. We pride ourselves on:

  • Positive Feedback: Our venue has received numerous glowing reviews from satisfied clients, reflecting our commitment to excellence.

  • Word of Mouth: Many of our bookings come from recommendations, a testament to the quality of our services and the memorable experiences we provide.


As the owner, my goal is to help you create unforgettable moments. Choosing the right venue is a crucial step in this journey, and I hope my insights help you make an informed decision. Remember, the right venue can enhance your event in countless ways, ensuring it’s a success from start to finish.

I look forward to welcoming you to our venue and making your event truly special.


Katie Marxer


Event venue

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