Post # 1
Hi Bee’s –
My Fiance and I are going to start doing some official wedding planning. You know, outside of my pintrest/wedding bee/magazine dreaming.
We are going to be looking at 5 different venues next week during the Christmas holiday vacation from work.
I want to know as many questions as possible that should be asked. What was a surprise to you? What do you wish you had asked?
Also, if you were able to negotiate a price how did you do so? We are planning on getting married in May of 2014 and I am afraid that because it is “wedding season” vendors will be unwilling to negotiate.
Thanks for reading!
Post # 3
Usually vendors has a set price. You might be able to talk one or two down, but it won’t be by much [esp. the really nice ones]. They won’t be hurting for business.
Secondly, it all depends on what you’re doing. Are you going to need tables & chairs? Do they offer them? Do they provide linens or will you need to rent them? Can you bring your own caterer/decorations/alochol? I had one venue tell me we couldnt hang decorations at all – that it wasn’t “needed”.
Depending on their answers, you’ll have other questions. If they don’t allow a catered, that means they probably cater themselves. What they offer, how much per person.
If they have a bar there you HAVE to use, how much it costs, hidden costs, ect. [One venue I went to charged $300 for USE of the bar per hour, plus the cost – a higher cost of course – per bottle of alcohol opened, AND an “opening fee” just to pop the top of each bottle [$15!]]. I ran from that place.
What all are you planning on having at your wedding? How many people? What type of decor? Ectect.
Post # 4
Thanks! I am planning on inviting 125 people. I hope the number of RSVP is closer to 100.
I have many questions related to how a bar works. I know I want a signature cocktail and open bar until the last hour. But I am nervous the cost will be outrageous.
Post # 5
I wanted an open bar, and the prices were pretty high for our budget [way out of our league], we didn’t want to do a drink ticket thing and limit them, as an open bar is tradition. We decided on finding a place that let us cater our own liquor [even BUYING a bar and TONS of alcohol was cheaping than some of the venues we looked into]. We decided on 12 mixed drinks/cocktails that we would have the ingrediants on hand for [of course they could mix their own], along with wine at each table, sparkling ciders & 1-2 small-home type kegs.