What to ask about a venue?

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would add to ask:

-Are there any restrictions in terms of where we can/can’t go or be?

-How many days/hours do we get for set up and tear down?

-Do you have a liquor license? (If you’re serving alcohol, that is)

-Who would be the main point of contact?

-How do the payments work? What are the timelines?

That’s all I got. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@Creiddylad:  Hmm being that you’re renting from a place that normally doesn’t do weddings you’re in a bit of a different situation.  So you probably want to spend most of your time figuring out what they can and can’t do for you.

Also, if you plan to serve alcohol you’ll have to see what you can/can’t do considering they’re not really a wedding venue.

Post # 7
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567 posts
Busy bee

@Creiddylad:  You need to ask:

What times do we have it for

If we use this venue, does it include all rooms, etc.

How many bathrooms, are they accessible

Do you charge me per glass, per chair, per table cloth, per wait staff?  (My venue includes a 5 waiter staff, all the glassware, plates, chairs, for free!) (A good venue won’t charge you those things)

Does your venue, make you use your catering, for food and alcohol or can I bring in my own. ( Ask them if you can do a consumption bar, it’s cheaper)

Do you allow sparklers outside, are their any rules I need to know about.

Are their going to be any other events going on at the same time as mine?

 

Post # 8
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8910 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

In addition to what PPs have said:

See if their staff would be involved in any setup / cleanup… helping set up chairs and tables and tents, dealing with trash, etc.  

Make sure there are enough facilities for trash, power, etc.

Any sound cut-off time?

Is there good access for trucks hauling in tents / bathrooms / etc?

Any sort of insurance required?  

Do you need certified bartenders to serve alcohol?  (Our venue was fine with us just putting out a bunch of kegs and bottles of wine, but it seems like most places require servers for liability.)

Post # 10
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871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Creiddylad:  What materials are included in the price – tables, chairs, tablecloths, silverware, napkins? Do they have preffered vendors (even if they dont do weddings they may have local suggestions), what are the noise limits/time limits, when can you get access for set up, when does clean up have to be done by

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