Post # 1
We are heading out to our first venue visit. I have a list of questions I have gotten from the bees and planner books, I’m bringing my camera, and the venue has already given us their rates. Anything else I should consider bringing/doing? What should I expect? All advice appreciated (and needed).
Post # 3
Just take time to stop and really look at the place and imagine your wedding. If you can’t see it happening there, move on :).
Post # 4
if youre a DIYer ask if tape is allowed
Post # 6
Do you have a list of questions to ask? Here is a good list that I can think of..
- whats the max # of people it can hold (comfortably)
- what do they provide (tables, chairs, linens, vases, candles, silverware, place settings)
- what is their parking situation (do guests have to pay, is there valet, is it on the street, how much is there)
- is it handicap accessible (if necessary)
- if you are having children – is it appropriate for children
- how many bathrooms are there and make sure they are nice bathrooms
- what times can you have your ceremony/reception -how long do you have the space for
- what time can you begin setting up/what time do you have to be out by
- what restrictions do they have (no open flames, no petals, sparklers, etc)
- do they have preferred vendors and are you required to use their preferred vendors
- can you rehearse there the day before
- do they provide a DOC
Post # 8
PitBullLover gives a great list, but just to add to it:
It’s good to know how many waiters and waitresses per table as well as how many bartenders and also if they allow any outside vendors, for example we wanted to do a desert buffet and use our favorite bakery.
Post # 9
When you get home, make yourself a spreadsheet so you can calculate all of the extra costs and compare them. Sometimes the $30/plate can spiral to $75+ with fees, tax, staff, etc!
Put each venue on a different tab, with the final cost for your projected number of guests. You may be surprised and which venue comes out to be the best “deal!”
Post # 10
If you are allowed to hang stuff from the walls, and if so what they would prefer you to use. We can but only if its with those sticky tab things (sorry I don’t know what they are actually called!).
Also if you have other venue’s on your mind make sure to go & look at them too. I feel in love with where we are getting married but my fiance pushed me in to looking at other options just so I didn’t second guess myself in the long run.
If they provide the chairs, linens, etc ask what colors they offer and if it will cost more than just the basic white/ivory. If you have different options for the chairs check on the price difference.
Post # 11
If you’re looking at an outdoor ceremony or reception ask if they have a backup option in case of rain. If it’s an indoor site, ask to see it, and if it’s a tent ask how much extra it will cost and how far in advance you need to reserve it if needed.
Post # 12
@sonj818: This is BRILLIANT. I’ve been plugging venues into our budget spreadsheet on the fly, but I never thought to save the tabs and compare. I’ve been keeping it all in my head! Thanks!