Find the Perfect Location for Your Wedding: Wedding Venue Questions to Ask
Wedding Venue Questions to Ask
You (hopefully) only get married once, so it’s essential to pick the right wedding venue. To ensure you do, here are wedding venue questions to ask.
Are you trying to pick the perfect wedding venue? Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the options? There are more than 2 million weddings in the United States every year – that’s about 6,000 per day!
The average wedding budget is $20,000, but there’s so much that needs to happen with that money. You have to find the perfect flowers, the perfect dress, the perfect caterer. By the time you get around to finding the perfect wedding venue, you may not know what questions you should ask!
We’ll walk you through the most important wedding venue questions. Even if it’s not your first time getting married, you still want the ceremony to be peaceful and beautiful. Investing in your wedding venue will make your pictures turn out better and keep your family in a great mood.
1. General Questions
The first and most important question for any wedding venue is whether they have your date open. You don’t want to go on standby when you have to print invitations, figure out hotel situations, and plan for a caterer. You might be surprised to know that you should try to schedule your wedding at least six months in advance.
If there’s a venue you really love, call them about one year before you’re ready to get married. It’s better to lock in the date — and the rate — early.
There are other basic questions to ask a wedding venue. Is there a secure place to store wedding gifts? Is there a coat check? How many guests can this venue accommodate? Can we use the outside lawn and patio for a cocktail reception?
You should also try to find out if there’s another wedding or another party that will need your reception hall. If so, try to schedule your wedding reception later in the day so your guests don’t have to clear out by a certain time.
2. Setup and Decoration
Once you’ve cleared a date with your venue, move on to questions about decoration and setup. Do they provide table linens? When can you come and start decorating? Can your centerpieces have flowers, glitter, or candles?
If you have a certain seating arrangement in mind, ask if they can arrange the tables according to your plan. You’ll want to make sure that the venue is accessible to disabled guests and that young guests have high chairs.
A great wedding venue will help you plan your perfect wedding and reception. They will work with you to realize your vision and to arrange the reception hall the way you need it to be done.
Before you commit to a venue, you can ask to see pictures of other wedding receptions and ceremonies. The venue might let you come to a wedding that they’re hosting to take a look around before guests arrive. It’s vital that you find a venue you feel comfortable with before you sign a contract.
3. Food, Alcohol, and Cake
If you’re going to cater the wedding, ask your venue if they have in-house catering service. If they outsource their catering, see if they can recommend a reliable company to you. When you call, mention that your venue referred you-you might get a discount!
Other questions to ask your wedding venue include how many wait staff they provide, whether they offer a cash bar or unlimited drinks, and how much they charge per extra guest over a certain number.
Some venues offer couples commemorative knives for their cake cutting ceremony, while others charge a cake cutting fee. Don’t be afraid to get into the details with the venue’s representative. You should have a dedicated point of contact who can answer all of your questions.
You also want to find out if the venue can accommodate people with allergies and food sensitivities. It sounds completely overwhelming, which is why some brides work with a professional wedding planner.
4. Payment and Insurance
One of the most important wedding venue questions is: how much is this going to cost? Can I finance the cost of my wedding reception and ceremony, or do I have to come up with the entire amount up front?
The venue should be able to tell you whether you need insurance or not, as well as let you know about payment options.
That’s another reason to book your venue at least six months in advance. If you can make monthly payments, you should have the venue paid off before you get married.
Finding the perfect venue can seem stressful, but we offer personalized tours and the chance to see the entire property before you choose your date. We also offer onsite photography packages, a bridal dressing suite, and stress-free setup and tear-down.
5. More Wedding Venue Questions
If you’re planning on hiring a DJ, let your venue know in advance. They’ll let you know when your band or DJ can set up and what time they will have to remove their equipment.
We encourage couples to schedule a time to tour the property. We’ve got you covered. We open the venue the day before the wedding so our couples can have their rehearsal dinner. On the day of the event, we offer open access to our property from 9 am until 11 pm.
The perfect venue will help you address all of the details you’ve got swimming around in your head. Need a bartender? We have them onsite. Need a fallback option in case of rain? We have a 4,000 square foot tent.
Try to write down questions as you think of them. That way, you can address them when you come for your tour.
How Can I Get Started?
Take a deep breath and realize that you don’t have to do this alone. Figure out a few dates that would work well for you to get married and write them down.
Then write down the five most important details for your wedding. Your wedding venue questions could be about flowers, a DJ, certain food, or even a particular color scheme.
Send us an email or give us a call and we’ll take you around the property so you can see what we offer. We have a gallery of pictures on our website and really enjoy helping couples have a magical experience!