(Closed) Ahh… it's becoming real. : ) Any advice?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Make sure to ask about little things you are recorating with or plan to decoarate with such as rose petals. I forgot to ask until the last moment. Luckily we got to use them, but some places won’t let you use rose petals (real or fake) becuase real get into the carpet and fake if water is spilled can stain table cloths and then you won’t get your deposit back or you will have a hell of a cleaning fee. Also ask about hanging things on the walls like if you are stringing lights and such.

I can’t think of too much else. Just keep in touch with your venue whenever you have a question.

Post # 4
5073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

ask if the bar will be open during dinner, and how many bartenders will be manning the bar all evening.

Post # 6
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

ask about cake cutting fees, additional fees for bringing in things like a grooms cake, candy bar, or if you plan to do wine/booze favours if it is an option. Also ask about what their automatic gratuity/house fees are if they are not included in the price per person.

We are serving our wedding cake for dessert and our venue is giving us a free late night fries/gravy (or poutine station for the Canadian bees). If you want to serve your cake for dessert maybe see if a late night food option is something they will do…

Post # 7
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Also find out if there is a cap on the bar, we didnt ask our venue, and it turns out that there is.. bummer. and especially if there is a cake cutting fee… they can really get ya with that!!!

Post # 8
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

So exciting!! 🙂 I agree with Teresa, cake cutting fees, taxes, tips, etc. Our hotel venue had a $7,500 minimum but that did not include the $1,500 tax, $500 tip and $300 cake cutting fee. Some places weve seen include that in the minimum which is great! Also, you may want to ask if they have a discounted room rate for quests that are planning to stay the night.

Post # 11
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am glad I asked about setting up a little space for our smokers.  I wanted them to not feel like outcasts, so we’re gonna have a little spot for them.

I am also glad I asked about what decorations I am allowed, and when we can get in to set them up.

Post # 14
23597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

How exciting!! YAY she has a venue everyone! 😀

Post # 16
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2006

Some more things to consider…

Find out when they release staff. Many venues want toasts, the cake cutting and eating done early so they can have staff clear everything up and be released. Then it’s just the bartenders and one or two busing staff. This can impact your time line plans.

Floor plans are critical and many hotel venues never consider where the DJ or Band will be located. You need to make sure no tables, guests or the bar will be between the DJ and the dance floor.

Other things to consider are the acoustics and lighting. Nothing kills a party early like poor acoustics, once the dancing begins. 

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