After deciding on who you’re going to get married to, the next biggest question is probably deciding where it’s going to happen.
Maybe you’re one of those few who knew the “where” before the “who” ever even came along. If so, congrats, you’ve certainly saved yourself some post-proposal footwork.
For everyone else, let the venue hunt begin!
Starting the Search
There are a number of ways you can go about finding potential venues. You can talk to friends and family. You can draw on your own experiences and think of venues you’ve attended in the past. Of course, you’ll also probably be using that wonderful, giant, and sometimes overwhelming tool we call the internet.
From there, you can see pictures, videos, descriptions, and more. They might even present you with price packages and the current available dates. But regardless of the information you gather from a website or from talking to someone, sooner or later, you’ll have to make some visits.
Before you do that, though, you’ll want to have some questions prepared.
Questions to Ask When Looking at Wedding Venues
What Dates are Available?
This could also be phrased “How far is it booked out?”. Depending on your situation, you might not care about specific days or dates as much as general timeframe. Saturdays will almost certainly be the day that’s booked out the furthest.
How Many Does it Hold?
Along with asking about occupancy, check to see if there’s any extra charges for seating, chairs, tables, etc.
How Long Does the Rental Last?
This is important for set-up, tear-down, ceremony, and reception time.
Do They Handle Both Ceremony and Reception?
It seems more common than ever for the reception to be at the same place as the ceremony. It just makes it easier for everyone and moves things along quicker. Most places can probably handle both. Then, the question is whether they’re in separate rooms or they flip the room you hold the ceremony in.
What Additional Services Can They Provide?
Décor and table setting? Valet? Coat-check? Bartending? Some places will be all-encompassing. Others will give you the space, and that’s about it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It all depends on what you want.
Lighting and Electricity Options?
Unless you’re having an outdoor wedding, lighting is key. You don’t want it to look like you’re getting married in a gymnasium, after all. If you’re unsure about the current setup, you may be able to request to seeing the proper lighting during your visit.
For outdoor weddings, you’ll want to make sure you have access to electricity. Otherwise, you’ll need to be renting a generator.
Are There Alcohol Restrictions?
If you’re having a dry-wedding, this is a non-issue. Otherwise, you’ll want to ask about the rules.
What’s Parking Like?
This is mostly a question if you’re having your wedding downtown somewhere.
Are There Hotels Near By?
This is good for everyone to know, from the bride and groom to the guests themselves.
What are the Options for Catering?
Some venues that offer catering actually require you to use their services. If you’re hoping to shop different catering options, that could be a deal breaker.
And for Those Looking at External Catering…
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