A lot of venues were disabled or destroyed in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy and left a lot of people wondering what they were going to do. At Clarks Landing, we were able to do our three weddings the weekend before the hurricane AND we did our three weddings the weekend after the hurricane. A lot of people just chalked it off to us being lucky, and to an extent we were. But if they knew what went on behind the scenes a lot of wedding couples would have to ask “Would my venue have done that?” and “Am I comfortable with my venue to handle emergencies?”
Our owner built a state of the art building, with hurricane proof windows, high off sealevel and invested in a $150,000 full building generator. Days before the storm, our marina worked tirelessly to remove all the boats not just out of the water, but to the higher ground of our upper parking lot. All doorways on the river level were taped and sandbagged. The water did indeed come over our docks in feet, but only inches inside our restaurant and store. As we evacuated, and I was locking down the venue, the weather was getting progressively worse but inside the venue; the chandeliers were twinkling, the music playing, refrigerators humming, belieing the danger that was coming.
The morning after we assembled a crew and began washing windows, cleaning debris, and relandscaping. Our generator provided power for any and all residents and rescue workers to charge their phones or use the bathrooms. That weekend, as darkness enfolded much of the state, people were noticing our lighthouse and uplighting in the ballroom from the distant area and local roads; all at full power! In the midst of all the misery that was surrounding us, we provided a beacon of hope for three of our brides, grooms and their families and friends to enjoy a night away from the chaos that had engulfed our state.
In shopping for a venue, along with being dazzled with the ambiance, decor, food and service, you should feel a confidence that your venue will handle unexpected situations with the same promise they are handling your special day.