First venue visit later! Any tips?

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
8775 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK


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princessmiaofgenovia :  Looks perfect! Ask them exactly what is not included in the price they give you. For example, we got a winter wedding package (Friday in March) and it is a great deal, but we have to pay an extra cake cutting fee and pay extra for drinks for the toast, which is fine, but an added extra I might have forgotten about for budgeting!  

Post # 4
3050 posts
Sugar bee

Things I found helpful when venue shopping:

  • can they give you a copy of the floorplan/lsyout with dimensions?
  • find out if they require you to use their preferred vendors or if using outside vendors has an additional fee
  • take lots of pictures of the space to keep it fresh in your memory
  • ask if they have photographs showing other weddings or parties at the venue.  (My venue had several photo albums of this and it was SO helpful when thinking about layouts, how to decorate, etc)
  • is there adequate parking/accessibility on public transit?
  • any hidden fees?
  • how early can your vendors get in to decorate? how long do you have exclusive use of the space? at what time does all decor/stuff/etc related to your wedding have to be out? (ie, if the florist or whoever doesn’t come back to remove the floral decor until the next morning will you forfeit a security deposit or get an additional cleaning fee?)
  • make note of where the electrical outlets are!!! 
  • can you bring in outside rentals (chairs, etc)?  do you have to put down a dancefloor to protect the floors?
  • alcohol… can it be served, permits required?
  • is there a space that can be used as a bride’s dressing room/bathroom/lounge?  really nice to have a little room with a bathroom you can retreat to to fix your makeup and have 5 minutes of peace.  
  • speaking of bathrooms… are there ample toilets for your guest list?
Post # 6
8775 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

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princessmiaofgenovia :  Also, ask about any restrictions on vendors, i.e, do they have a noise limit in place and will only let you use a approved DJ. What time can vendors access the venue to set up, what time can you access the venue, is there a corkage fee etc? 

Post # 7
1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: USA

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princessmiaofgenovia :  Congrats!! There’s a lot of questions to ask since your venue is one of your most major wedding purchases. For me the most important questions were: 

  • Do they require certain vendors through them (catering, alcohol, etc.) and what order minimums, taxes, and gratuity charges would be on that. You will need to add this into your final cost. 
  • If venue provides set up and tear down for anything, and any fees for that 
  • DJ setups and any fees for plugging into their sound system if they have one 
  • Decoration restrictions, if any 
  • How early you and your vendors can arrive to set up on the day of and how late you can stay 
  • Also find out if they include cake cutting or if it’s additonal fee. 

Hope this helps! 

Post # 8
1182 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I would make sure to take lots of pictures and even videos. It was helpful to look back and remember certain details

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