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Durham Wedding Exchange, Local Venue Spotlight, a Post by Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image from The Wedding Exchange 

Interview by: Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

If you were to spend some time roaming the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Area, you would quickly find out that we are quite blessed with an abundance of amazing wedding venues. (And brides still have trouble finding a venue during peak season!)  The Triangle area is rich with history and charm to fit pretty much any wedding theme you could think of.  The Wedding Exchange in Durham is one such venue.  Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, was able to catch up with Amy Henning, the Marketing Manager, at the Wedding Exchange in Durham and find out more about this new & promising venue!

 

  • What is the history of the building? How does the venue reflect that historic charm?
    • The John O’Daniel Exchange building (where The Wedding Exchange is located) was built in 1917 and was originally a hosiery mill. It later became the Farmer’s Exchange and was a staple in Durham. We still have Durham natives who tour our building and remember when it was the Farmer’s Exchange. The building held a few other businesses before falling into disrepair. In 2008, our building owner Wendy Clark renovated the building and reopened in 2009. The building now houses 24 offices, 2 conference rooms and 1 event space – The Wedding Exchange.
    • The venue has been completely renovated, and we installed hardwood floors to mimic the original floors in the building. The venue’s original brick walls are still intact, and we are in the process of upgrading the space so that it can function more efficiently and beautifully as a wedding venue.
  • When did The Wedding Exchange open (history of the business)?
    • In 2017 we began marketing the event space in the John O’Daniel Exchange as a wedding and event venue. Since then we’ve hosted wedding receptions, baby showers, corporate events, parties, repass dinners and more! We love serving the Durham community and being a part of their celebrations.
  • In a nutshell, how would you describe The Wedding Exchange?
    • The Wedding Exchange is an intimate, industrial space located minutes from downtown Durham. We can seat up to 80 guests, and the market lights and hardwood floors add an element of industrial charm to our venue.
  • What is the process of booking and planning a wedding at The Wedding Exchange?
    • We book a tour of the venue with the bride or couple and any key decision-makers. Once we receive the signed contract and deposit ($250 + 50% of the rental fee), the space is secured. The remaining balance is due 90 days before the wedding. 30 days before the wedding, we do a final walk through with the planner and couple to write down what we need to put in place the day of the wedding, and receive signed catering agreements, bartender agreements, and event insurance.
  • What is one of your favorite wedding memories at the venue?
    • Our first bride married a man who was originally from Barbados. They had an intimate ceremony, and his family was able to watch and celebrate with them remotely. We love that they were able to customize a cross-cultural ceremony in a way that fulfilled their dreams and matched their personalities.

 

The Wedding Exchange in Durham is a beautifully charming venue that you must see to appreciate. I cannot wait to see their future renovations, because the verbal description alone made my design mind go wild! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that industrial chic is my favorite venue style. So I’m ridiculously excited to have another option in Durham. From this Amy at Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, we want to thank Amy at the Wedding Exchange in Durham for sharing her time to paint such a beautiful picture of this venue. Check them out today!

 

Looking to plan your wedding at one of the fantastic venues in the Triangle or Triad? Reach out to Knots ‘N Such today, and we can help you find the perfect location!

XOXO,

Amy

What To Ask Your Wedding Planner, tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

Feature Image by Jamie Blow Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.

A couple of weeks ago, we shared a blog with you about the importance of hiring a wedding planner and the benefits that come from having that coordinator available to you in the wedding planning process.  If you are like me, then you were probably like “I need all the help can get!”  You might also be thinking, “I don’t even know where to begin?” At Knots ‘N Such, we always schedule an initial call to begin the process, and today we want to help you out by giving you the top 5 things you can ask a wedding planner at the beginning of the wedding planning process that will ease your mind and help you find the perfect fit in a wedding planner.

bride and groom kiss under ceremony arbor flowers

Little Fin Photography

  • Question 1: What sort of services do you offer (full day coordination, event styling, etc.)?

Every bride is different in what they need for their wedding.  You want to find out at the very beginning what services are offered by your wedding planner and whether those services meet your particular needs.  If you know going in you need both a full day of coordinator and event styler, you want to find out upfront if this is something that is offered from the planner or how they can meet your wedding day needs.

  • Question 2: Can you create a timeline that tells everyone involved in the planning process—other pros, members of the wedding party, to-be-weds and families—what to do and when to do it? 

Timelines are super important to ensure the smooth flow of your wedding day.  The more vendors you have, the more that timeline setup can become a bit complicated.  Talking through that with your wedding planner and seeing her role in that process will help ease your worries, and if offered, take that task off of your plate (especially if your day of timeline is tight due to travel or venue restrictions).

  • Question 3: Will you coordinate arrival and set up of vendors? If so, what does that look like?

Like with the timeline, seeing what your planner offers in terms of coordination with other vendors is important to know up front.  What role do they play in finding those vendors?  What role do they play in contacting those vendors before the wedding day?  This will ensure that communication is open and clear between all parties involved.

  • Question 4: What’s your secret for staying calm under pressure, and how do you handle day-of disasters?

Take it from me, many times weddings may seem easy breezy from the outside, but there are many blocks holding that image together.  Every person handles stress differently and asking this question upfront to your planner will give you insight into how they remain calm and handle the unexpected.  Their calmness hopefully will transfer to you in the wedding planning process and at the time of your big day.

  • Question 5: What will our communication timeline look like up until your wedding?

Finally, it is important to know when and how often you expect to hear from your wedding planner.  These expectations will help keep you on track and hopefully trust in your wedding planner’s process. This will also help you so that you can relax in the time leading up to your wedding and avoid micro-managing the person you have put faith in to create your vision.

Modern Wedding Ceremony at 21C Museum Hotel

Thirteenth Moon Photography

Hopefully talking through these questions will help you find the perfect fit in a wedding planner and make your planning process a bit easier.  Here at Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, we would love to help you in both your wedding planning process.  Contact us today!

XOXO,

Amy