At this time, Gallery 1874 is able to host events with 50 total occupants. Please note that this number includes Gallery staff and other vendors that you bring in as a part of your wedding or event.
Here are a list of steps we are taking to ensure safety for our staff and your guests:
Here are a list of rules venue hosts and guests must follow:
Moving forward, Gallery 1874 will update the capacity guidelines on the homepage of our website to give our clients the most up to date information regarding capacity details.
For more information about hosting an event during COVID-19, please give us a call today!
1. Venue and Date
The first step in the process of hiring a company to cater your wedding is to select a wedding date and reserve your wedding venue. These are both important tasks to complete prior to your search for a caterer, as you will need to check availability and determine travel fees (if applicable.)
2. Guest Count
Most caterers will base the cost of their services on the number of guests you will have at your wedding. Having a rough idea of your guest count will help determine the cost per plate and the number of staff the company will need for your event.
3. Serving Style
Did you know that buffet-style service is often the most affordable option for catering? However, you will likely have a variety of serving styles to choose from such as family-style, food stations, and plated meals.
4. Full Service
Does your venue require your caterer to wash dishes, sweep, mop, and empty trash at the end of your event? If so, you will want to ensure that you are only looking into full-service caterers. Venues like Gallery 1874 require caterers to simply wash any of our dishes that are used, clean the kitchen, and take out the trash from the event. However, many venues may also require your caterer to set up floor plans, in addition, to tearing down tables, chairs, and linens at the conclusion of your gathering.
5. Food and Beverage
Does your wedding venue require that you use a specific list of caters from their preferred vendor’s list? If so, you may be tied to using the catering companies that they have a relationship with. While a list of qualified caterers is helpful, you may be restricted to certain cuisines, price points, menu options.
If you are able to choose your own caterer without restrictions, we recommend using sites like TheKnot.com and WeddingWire.com to select caterers based on location and price.
You will also need to determine if your venue takes care of bar-service in-house, or if you
At Gallery 1874, we require professionally insured caterers. With that in mind, your options are limitless. You can choose from our list of favorites, or do some exploring of your own. Gallery 1874 also takes care of bar service in house, so you do not have to worry about hiring bartenders or sourcing alcohol for your event.
You’ve likely grown up envisioning how you want your wedding to look and feel. Fast forward to today, and you now need to find a ceremony and reception site for your upcoming wedding. You may be feeling lost and curious about where to look and how to find the best value for you and your partner.
In this article, we will review a few tips to consider as you begin budgeting for a wedding venue, and what you should keep in mind as you seek out a space to host your event.
When it comes to finding an affordable wedding venue in Colorado, we typically recommend that our couples start off with creating a wedding budget. Having a firm idea of what you are able to spend on your wedding will give you clarity when it comes to finding a space that is right for you and your partner.
As you begin to create your overall wedding budget, it is important to note that all areas of your wedding do not have to be created equal. In order to get the best perspective on what areas of your big day you and your partner value most, we recommend that you make a list of vendor categories that you will need and put them in order from the most important to the least important. These might include, ceremony site, reception site, wedding planner, photographer, videographer, rentals, catering, bar service, dress, tux, transportation, floral, music, and more.
Once you have a list organized by priority, you will have a better understanding of where you two should allocate more of your budget and other areas of your budget where you should prepare to spend less. While there is no correct order, we often see couples prioritizing the place (venue) where they will host their wedding, the photos on their wedding day, in addition to catering and bar options at the top of these types of lists. In Colorado, we see that most couples are spending close to $28,000.00 on their wedding.
Now that you have a better idea of where your budget falls in line with your priorities, it’s time to start writing out a guest list to determine the venue size you will need for your wedding.
As you begin creating your guest list, a great rule of thumb qualifying guest list question is: “Have I seen or heard from this person in the last six months?” While there are exceptions to every rule, this is a great way to frame your thought process as you start deciding who to include on your guest list. Be sure to keep in mind, that your guest list will be a direct correlation with the amount of money you will need to invest in your wedding. Your wedding venue, catering, bar tab, dessert, centerpieces, and more will all be a direct reflection of how many people you choose to invite. According to a poll in 2018, you can expect to spend about $203.00 per guest at your wedding.
Once your guest list is completed, it is time to start looking for venues that fall in line with your desired budget, aesthetic, wants, and needs. To get started, we recommend asking recently engaged friends and family members about their recommendations. You can also check out online resources like The Knot and Wedding Wire where they will allow you to search for properties based on capacity, location, and price.
As you start making a list of favorites, do your best to narrow it down to your top 5 wedding venues that you would like to visit in-person. Prior to booking your venue tour, we recommend calling to ask qualifying questions to ensure that the venue aligns with your budget and what you have planned. After-all, you won’t want to waste your time or the time of the venue if they are out of your budget or if they are unable to accommodate your group size.
Here are the top 5 questions we recommend asking before your tour:
Now that you have an idea of your wedding budget, your guest count, and the top 5 questions to ask your wedding venue, you are ready to start touring!
If an all-inclusive art gallery and wedding venue in Old Town, Arvada piques your interest, inquire today to learn more about Gallery 1874. We offer affordable wedding venue options for intimate gatherings and larger events for up to 150 guests. All of our wedding packages include tables, chairs, linens, glassware, getting ready suites and more! Get in touch today to see how we can bring your vision to life.
Are you newly engaged and struggling with the idea of choosing between a traditional wedding or elopement in Colorado?
At Gallery 1874, we offer a plethora of of wedding and elopement options for your to choose from.
Our space can accommodate up to 150 guests, so we would be happy to chat with the pros and cons of having a larger wedding vs. an intimate gathering with your loved ones.
For those seeking an elopement style gathering, we have the perfect solution. At our historic venue in Old Town Arvada, we often host elopement receptions, elopement ceremonies, and we also have packages that include both!
Elopement packages include: Tables, chairs, linens, set up, tear down, bar service, and optional catering, and 4 hours in the space.
Are you curious about what an elopement at our wedding venue would look like? Check out one of our example elopement timelines below.
Example Elopement Timeline
4pm: Building Access/Decoration setup via family and friends
5:25pm: Ceremony Concludes, the bar opens, & cocktail hour begins
5:35pm: Passed Appetizers are served via Gallery 1874’s in house caterer
6pm: Dinner [Optional]
8pm: Event Concludes [Additional time can be pre-purchased]
Does the timeline above look like a good fit for your elopement with your closest family and friends? If so, send us an email today at email@example.com to discuss pricing and availability. We would love to chat about the details with you over the phone and get you in for a tour soon.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Colorado Elopement Packages
Do you offer catering services?
Yes, we have an in-house caterer and we also allow outside caterers?
Do you have a preferred vendors list?
Yes, we would be happy to share a list of vendors we enjoy working with. We share our preferred vendor list with all of our couples that are hosting weddings and elopements with us.
How many people can your venue accommodate?
Gallery 1874 has a seated capacity of up to 150 guests.
Do you have rooms where we can get ready?
Yes, we have two getting ready suites on site. Both are available for no additional cost?
What items does your venue provide?
We offer many of the basics so you and your partner will not have to worry about purchasing rentals. Tables, chairs, black linens, cups, and plates are included. In the event that you use an outside caterer, please note that additional fees may apply for use of our plates and silverware.
Do you provide staff in your elopement packages?
Yes, we provide a staff member to tend to the bar. We typically include a second staff to serve as a venue coordinator. The responsibilities of our venue coordinator include locking and unlocking the venue, serving as a point of contact on the day of your elopement, ensuring the the bar is staying stocked, and communicating with our in-house catering team as needed.