Post # 1
I am meeting with a potential venue next week, and I am hoping you guys could provide some suggestions as to what we should be asking the vendor, and things we should be looking our for.
Post # 3
There must be lists of these questions out on the internet. Let’s see:
- Are they available on the dates you want?
- What’s the price and how much time does that get you (usually 4 or 5 hours)? Cost to add on an extra hour/if you run over?
- Will the property be in use that night for other events?
- When can you start decorating? Any restrictions on decorations? (e.g. no candles, confetti)
- What’s the menu options? Can they accommodate special dietary restrictions (e.g. vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher)? Is that an extra charge?
- Is there an extra charge for coffee service?
- Can you bring in an outside cake? Is there an extra charge for cake cutting?
- Can they modify the apps list for you if you want something not listed?
- Does the bar options include a champagne toast? Can you cap the bar? Can you have a [insert complicated method of doing bar, such as full open cocktail bar at per person charge followed by closed bar during dinner and wine service paid per drink and then reopen bar for per hour chage continuing]?
- How many people can the venue accommodate? With or without dance floor?
- Will they do X (clean carpets, replace things that you see are worn) prior to the event?
- What is required to reserve the date?
- When will they do a tasting and how many people does it include?
- Any other restrictions (e.g. my vendor can’t have music past 10pm w/o a permit, and then only until 11, per town ordinance)? If you are doing things yourself do they require insurance (e.g. I must bring cakes from a licensed place, can’t do it in my home)?
- What activities are available in the area? (e.g. if it’s a golf course, can your bridal party have t-times in the morning before. If near a lake, can they arrange kayaking for your guests)
Sometimes the answers don’t matter as much as getting a feel for how accommodating and flexible they will be, and how professional.
Post # 4
I can see myself getting too excited and forgetting to ask some of those things, so I plan on making a good list.