Post # 1
I start looking at venues tomorrow (yayyyy!). What questions should I ask? I have a list (below), but anything you can think to add to it?I also have a list of things to check off if they are included or not, but this is mroe to see what kind of questions I need answered. Thanks!
How many events take place per day
Is there a Day of Coordinator?
Max guests? Min Guests?
Is parking available?
Length of reception?
How late can reception go?
Room rate is there is a hotel onsite?
Morning after brunch?
Where is cocktail hour?
When is the guest count due?
Vendors (preferred only)?
Post # 3
Is there a list of approved caterers that I must use or can I bring in my own caterer?
Can I bring in my own cake, and what are the requirements/restrictions? Do you charge a fee to cut and serve it? If so, how much?
What is your minumum and maximum “bar” package? (If I do not want to serve alcohol, do I still need to pay for it?)
How much is the security deposit?
Do you have restrictions prohibiting candles/open flames?
What is included in your package (tables? chairs — what type? linens? china? flatware? glassware?)
Are there any limitations or restrictions on decor?
Post # 4
Don’t forget to ask about the entertainment policy. I was surprised that my venue doesn’t allow amplified music, meaning live band with percussion instruments or portable speakers. We’re just going to play music off of an iPod instead.
Post # 5
My daughter’s venue keeps any leftover food from the buffet dinner. I thought that was a bit odd but it’s in the contract….what the heck do they do with it?
Post # 6
Great questions from you and the PPs.
Ask about a corkage fee for wine/champagne.
There’s a ton more I could tell you, but seriously – just go buy “The Bride’s Book of Lists: Things to Do & Questions to Ask” by Amy Nebens.
This thing has been a life saver, and puts forward so many questions I would otherwise not have thought to ask. It covers everything from ceremony to music to hotels, etc. With full lists and space for answers. The Appendix even inclues a Sample Photography shot list, a gift registry guide, contact information pages covering ever vendor, and wedding party member, a page for Bridesmaid’s measurements, and a list of things to bring with you on the WD.
It is seriously the best thing ever, and I take it all the vendor meetings. It’s not super big either, it can fit in most of my purses (except the clutches, lol!), and was only $12.95