Post # 1
We received the contracts for our venue this weekend. The venue is in charge of the catering, DJ, cake, ceremony and service. What are the most important things that should be on the contract? Obviously the cost of the ‘package’ and the ceremony. The inclusions of the catering. The rules about decor. What else should I be looking for, that I may not be looking for? I want to send her the contracts and deposit this week and get the date booked.
Post # 3
I would ask for a very defined list in regards to decoration. I found out from my venue that ALL decorations have to be approved by the venue manager first and they have quite the laundry list of decorative items that are not allowed in the hall.
My hall also has a very strict dress code. I doubt this will be a problem considering I’m not expecting anyone to show up to my wedding in jeans and tennis shoes, but they won’t let men in the doors if their shirt is untucked. It’s worth being aware of.
I also made sure that the number of tables and chairs provided was noted somewhere in the contract.
Post # 4
make sure you have a clause about how you get your deposit back if something goes haywire. since the venue seems to be handling almost all of the details, you hopefully shouldn’t have problems with the vendors, but you might want to make sure that the venue has some provision put in if they have to substitute a vendor.
Post # 5
Ask for every rule they have!!! This should all be standard. But…make sure it includes times for everything – how early and late you can arrive/stay. ask about decoarting rules – open flames, sparklers, things thrown etc. ask about the catering details – corking fees, cake cutting fees, # of servers, their attire, bar rules (can you bring your own alcohol to save $$). Also be aware of guest # minimum or maximums. Ask about other events that could be occruring the same day. Ask if you can park a limo there, restrictions on photos or lighting…
Find out if they have recommendations for other vendors.