(Closed) Going in to visit reception hall and make contract. Any Qs I should ask?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t know if this is a random state law in MA, but all of the venues I saw required us to pay a police officer for ‘security’.  Its not a huge fee (I think about $500, depends on the town) but its definitely something you might want to know about before making your final decision!

Post # 4
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

What time can you or your vendors get in to set up for the reception?

 Can you bring in your own alcohol?  

Do they want you to close the bar before your reception ends (my venue mandates the bar close 30 minutes before the reception ends)?

 Do they want you to clean up right after the reception is over or can it wait till the morning?  

Policies on candles (some places don’t allow them, others are super specific about types of votive holders)?

Is there another event the day of your reception?

Any noise ordinances you should be aware of?

Hope it all works out for you!  Good luck!

Post # 5
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

PP have good ones, and maybe you already know since you talked to them on the phone so for actually being at the venue, the only ones I can think of that cannot be answered over phone/email

Can I see the different lighting options?

(If there is something hanging on wall/ceiling that you are or are not crazy about): Can that item be removed for day of? (Or is that a permanent fixture?)


Post # 7
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Other issues not mentioned:

What is the payment schedule?  Is there a cash discount (if applies) or any limitations on payment type?

What is the price for kids meals – if kids are attending?

Can you bring outside food – cake/favors/candy – and is there a fee?

Is there a minimum catering fee to rent the facility?

Good luck!


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