The Top 8 Questions to Ask About Your Wedding Venue
Posted on: November 7, 2018

Are you ready to start looking at wedding venues? This critical part of the wedding planning process doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Be ready with these eight questions when viewing a venue and you’ll get the answers you need to make an informed decision about where to host your special event.

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#1: What is the Venue Fee?

The cost of venue should be first question you ask. Couples with a specific budget in mind should ask this question before scheduling a visit; if it’s not in your budget, you don’t need to bother visiting. In addition to the base price for renting the venue, be sure to inquire about other venue-related costs. Some venues charge extra for certain services or the use of tables, chairs, linens, and other furniture and décor.

#2: How Many Guests Can You Fit?

You should have a basic guest list in mind when choosing a venue. Make sure any venue you consider can comfortably fit at least 80 percent of your guest list (since it’s unlikely that everyone will be able to RSVP “yes”).

#3: Is My Date Available?

If you already have a wedding date in mind, make sure the venue is available. Unless you’ve already made specific plans for a particular day, you could choose your wedding date based on what’s available at the venue you love the most.

#4: Does it Fit My Style?

Think about the vision you have for your wedding day. Will you be able to achieve it in this particular venue? While some venues can be decorated in any manner, others already have a specific look that can’t be altered.

#5: What Services are Available?

Do you want an all-inclusive package that includes food and drinks? Will it cost more to hire waitstaff or is that included in the price? Find out about these extra services and inquire about whether there is an on-site wedding coordinator you’ll be able to work with.

#6: Is the Location Convenient?

If any of your guests will be coming from out of town, it’s important to think about whether there are any accommodations nearby. The venue manager should be able to let you know about any local hotels, B&Bs, or house rentals. In addition, think about transportation to and from the venue. Can guests use public transportation? Is there enough parking on site, or should you get a hotel shuttle?

#7: What are Your Restrictions?

Most venues have at least some restrictions. If you want a late-night dance party and they require that the music is off by 9 p.m., that might be a deal breaker. Other venues may have restrictions about alcohol service, decorations, or which vendors you are permitted to hire.

#8: What is the Cancellation Policy?

Wedding venues are a big investment, so it’s important to know what happens to your money if you had to cancel for an unexpected reason. Get the details about what happens to your deposit and whether you get any type of refund in the event of a cancellation.

Take notes about each wedding venue you visit to find out if it suits your needs. You may find a few potential venues you like, and the answers to these questions will help you make a final decision about where to host this once-in-a-lifetime event.