Questions to ask when Venue viewing?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
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Worker bee

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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

 

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