Post # 1
Does anyone have any advice concerning questions to ask your venue/caterer before signing a contract? FI and I are going for a second look at our location this weekend, and are considering putting in our deposit to save our date. The venue will include the wedding ceremony site, bridal suite, wine tasting for our guests, the reception site, and they will caterer our event(tables, chairs, linens), and the will do alcohol and beverages. We have asked a lot of the basic questions, like cake cutting fee, champagne corkage…
Is there anything you wish you would have asked?
Also… I know a lot of these little questions can turn into big deals, so does the venue provide a contract that includes all this or did you take notes and then email them back so they confirm?
Thanks for your help bees!
Post # 3
My venue has a contract which includes everything, so if there is going to be a problem, it is going to be because I *forgot* to see if something was in the contract. Eg, like the contract talks about table linens and centerpieces…but it doesn’t mention chair covers!
Post # 4
Ask if your bridal suite locks up. You want to make sure your stuff is safe and also have a secure place to put your card box and presents. Make sure you’re the only one with the key as well!
ETA – If you’re bringing anything, ask when you’ll have access to bring things by and set them up.
Post # 5
I would ask if anything can change the stated pricing, based on food selection. Our pricing kept changing and was not as clear as I thought it should have (they added a food selection we wanted, and then charged us more than was on their price list, based on what our final choice was.) I thought it was a bit shady, since there was nothing ‘in writing’ for that particular dish option.
Post # 6
I would also be clear on who your main point of contact would be and what happens if that person is not there on the day of the wedding…. (yep, happened to us!).
Post # 7
If you’re having a florist, ask what the policy is for set-up and pick-up times, you don’t want to incur more charges (for example, if you’re using any vases, ect.)
Post # 8
Ask them if they deal with cleaning up afterwards (Like packing up all your wedding stuff when the reception is over.) I think it’s pretty standard with most venues but ours charged us $250.00 for clean up fee. We weren’t mad, we just didn’t think to ask about a fee beforehand.
Post # 9
@bakerella: That is a good thing to ask. I live very close but there will likely be some people who want to leave their items in there.
@oracle: He told us to come with our food ideas, so we are going to try and select everything now, and add our extras and what they include so there aren’t any surprises. But we will make sure prices are listed.
@als87: Good idea we will ask about setup and take down.
If anyone has any other ideas feel free to post 🙂