What Questions to Ask Wedding Venues
Now that you are engaged, you are probably wondering what questions to ask wedding venues to ensure it is the one for you. With so many options to choose from, it is hard to decide and sometimes you can’t! There are tons of details and concerns that you need to take into consideration as you make your choice, so read below to figure out what questions to ask wedding venues to make sure it is the perfect fit for your wedding celebration.
How much does it cost and what’s included in the price?
When you talk to a venue, you’ll receive a quote for the price of booking it, but be sure to ask what is included in that cost. Does the venue offer cleanup, or are you expected to handle that yourself? Some venues include catering services or even an in-house DJ for an extra fee. Be sure to know what all your options are and what each item would cost you. And on that note…
Is outside catering allowed?
Some venues require you to use their in-house caterer, while others leave it up to you to book a catering service. All-inclusive venues are definitely convenient, but you’ll want to make sure any in-house vendors can provide the services you want. Take time to review the menu options and details before you book the venue’s caterer.
What is the capacity of the venue?
This might be an obvious one on what questions to ask wedding venues, but keep in mind some venues might have a minimum number of guests to book. If you love the venue, but it only holds 100 people, you may have to trim down your guest list. Or the capacity may be a deal-breaker for you. Know your priorities before you choose a venue, so you’re aware of where and how you can compromise
Can we have our ceremony here?
If you’re planning to have your whole wedding day in one place—a budget-friendly idea—then be sure to ask if you can have your ceremony at the venue as well. And if they’re cool with your ceremony being onsite, you may want to ask about any private rooms the wedding party can use for getting ready or any picturesque spots on the grounds for photos.
What’s your cancellation policy?
You may have your heart set on a venue, but you never know what circumstances could force you to cancel or reschedule your wedding day. It’s a good idea to know what a venue’s cancellation policy is and how much of your deposit you could get back, just in case. This is often forgotten when thinking of what questions to ask wedding venues so make sure you discuss it.
Do you have a wedding coordinator on staff? If not, who do I contact?
Many venues have a coordinator who can help you make sure everything is set up for your big day. If they’re not the person you’re speaking during your tour, make sure to get the coordinator’s contact info so you can get in touch with them and ask any additional questions you may have. And if the venue doesn’t have a coordinator, ask who will be your point of contact. It’s important to know who to call if anything goes wrong or if you have any last-minute concerns.
What is parking like? How many bathrooms are available?
These and other practical questions are important considerations when it comes to choosing a wedding venue. Think about what will make your guests comfortable and write a list of things that are important to making sure they have a good time. Consider things like the heating and air conditioning situation, accessibility, and the convenience and ease of parking.
Do you have a backup plan in place for bad weather?
If your venue has outdoor spaces you plan on using, ask about their plans for storms, snow, or other inclement weather. You want to be sure to have a solid Plan B in case the weather on your wedding day is less than ideal. Read my Tips for Rain on your Wedding Day if you want more ideas.
Do you have any decor we can use?
Some venues have basic décor items like lighting, vases, and candle holders, that you can use when you book the space. If there are items you want to use, you may be able to save money by taking advantage of those pieces.
If you came here wondering what questions to ask wedding venues, hopefully this helped give you some ideas to ensure you pick a venue that checks all your boxes. There are many more questions to ask to personalize your wedding, but these are the most common ones that cater to most every situation, regardless whether you are having a large wedding or a small elopement.
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