10 Questions to ask your Wedding Venue
You’ve got the ring. You’ve got the date. But what questions should you be asking your potential venues? Here are my top ten questions to ask your wedding venue.
- Is the venue available on my date?
Seems obvious but if the venue isn’t available on your date, there isn’t much point going to view it. Unless this is your dream venue and you can’t see yourself getting married anywhere else, then be flexible with your wedding date.
2. What are the venue fees?
Are there any hidden fees? How many hours and what do the fees include? You want to know exactly what you are paying for and if you need to add on any extras to make your day run smoothly, like any extra cleaning fees.
3. How much is the deposit?
How much do you need to put down to secure the date? When do the other payments need to be made by? It is very good for your timeline and budget to know exactly when and how much you need to pay off your balance to a venue. This will be your biggest outlay for the wedding.
4. Can you bring in your own suppliers?
Some venues use in-house catering staff and have a list of suppliers that you will have to use. Are they flexible on this? You may have your own suppliers that you have fallen in love with for your big day, which most venues will accommodate.
5. Do you have exclusive use of the venue?
Some venues will have more than one wedding going on in a day. It could also be open to the public. Is this something you are happy with or do you want an exclusive venue?
6. When can you start setting up your wedding?
Will the venue be hosting a wedding the day before? If so, setting up will have to be done the morning of. (Bear this in mind if you are doing it all yourself.) Will the venue have a wedding the next day? Likewise everything will have to be taken down that evening.
7. What is the cancellation policy?
You never want to think about the what if? (but this could be a very expensive what if.) So make sure you know what will happen and what money you will loose, if you need to cancel. This will be stated in your contract.
8. How big is the car park?
Will the car park accommodate all your guests? Do your guests need to pay for parking nearby and walk to the venue? Be open with your guests and tell them exactly what to expect on the day, so there are no surprises for them.
9. Do they have efficient disabled facilities?
Will you have a guest using a wheelchair? You will need to make sure the venue has a disabled parking space near to the entrance, disabled access into the venue and a disabled toilet.
10. Can you see the venue set up for a wedding?
Most venues have open days throughout the quieter months. Which showcases their venue, set up ready for a wedding. Usually this is advertised on their website or social media. So make sure you follow them, to keep up to date with their events.
These are just some of the questions you should be asking your potential venue when you visit.
If you feel overwhelmed, this is where a wedding planner could come in to help you, they know all the questions to be asking a venue. They will go through the contract with a fine tooth comb making sure there are no hidden fees or clauses that don’t fit with what you are looking for in a venue.
Take a look at my services page to see how I can help you find your dream venue.
Thank you for reading
x Jodie x