Post # 1
I’m super stoked! FI, my mom, and I are going to visit our first venue Saturday. We’ve researched other places but none stand out except this place. They host both the ceremony and reception for an affordable price. They also provide decorations, tables, dining ware as well as a DJ and a bar with a server. We’re pretty sure this is the place we are going to get married!
My question to all you bees out there, is what sort of questions should we ask (or not ask!) while looking at the venue? I have some questions in mind, concerning max. guests, other accomodations, candles, etc. but I don’t want to leave out some crucial questions that I think of later on after it’s too late!
Post # 3
@hisluckygirl22: Do they do cakes too? Some places will have specific vendors they’d like you to order from. If not, you might want to ask if they have a cake cutting fee. What about any special decor you might want that they don’t have? Is it easy to bring those in?
I think you’re pretty good for the most part. Just have a great time venue shopping! 😀
Post # 4
Actually, my future MIL will be making our cake because she makes wedding cakes for a living. I didn’t even think about the cake cutting fee, thanks!
Post # 5
Set up/ clean up included in price?
Do you have preference on vendors and if not used can other vendors come in?
What time does the music have to be done by?
Make sure that your aunt is licensed or if they take non-licensed bakers?
What size are the tables? how many people?
what exactly is included in price?
Size of dance floor?
Day of cordinator included?
if its a hotel… accomidations?
Good luck on your search! 🙂
Post # 6
@hisluckygirl22: I have a pretty thorough PDF I can send you. PM me your email if you would like it 🙂
I actually ended up not using it after the first venue, although we did 6 in a weekend, because it became very clear what was important to me and what I liked/didn’t like. You might have a similar experience.
Post # 7
you said there is a bar – do you bring your own liquor? if so do you have to pay for the liquor license?
What timeframe do you have the venue from? example – we had ours from 12pm that day, until 12pm the following day. so we were able to come back the next morning to pick everything up.
what are the load in/load out times for deliveries? example – can you bring some stuff the night before and they keep it in a safe place for you
ask if they have pictures of other weddings/events
ask for references of previous clients
specifically ask what the hidden costs are? ask to see a contract, and read it all carefully
What are the overtime charges? example – if your reception runs an hour over… don’t forget this will also include tear down time… everything has to be done and torn down before your set end time.
Do they have ALL the adequate sound system stuff like speakers, microphones, mixers, extension cords etc – you may need to bring some of your own depending
Is there a space for the bride/groom/wedding party to chill out before?
Who will be supervising the day of the wedding?
Where is the parking?
do they have a preferred caterer/florist – if so, what is the fee for NOT using them? they will probably charge like a 15% fee for outsourcing.