Post # 1
Hi all, happy hump day! After getting engaged in November we have got our first venue visit this evening after work. I wondered if anyone can give tips on what we should be looking out for and any questions we should be asking, please? This is the first time we’ve done anything of this genre before so I would be grateful for tips from people who are more experienced than us, especially if you can think of anything un-obvious we should have on our radar!
For context, the venue is in London UK and is suitable for both a ceremony and a reception. This is it: https://www.islingtonmetal.com/wedding-event-gallery/
Thanks so much xx
Post # 2
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 # 3
A cake cutting fee! That would never have occurred to me, thank you! I will definitely ask about that for sure.
Post # 4
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 # 5
Excellent list! A lot of those things we already have answers to but I love the idea of checking electrical outlets and asking about a dressing room space. Thank you!! The parking is the main thing we are scouting out today. It’s in London so is excellently served by public transport (it is a 1 minute walk from the nearest Tube station and is surrounded by bus stops) but I woud like to see if there are any parking spaces around it too just in case, or at least if there is a carpark relatively close by that we could cover costs for and organise a shuttle to and from for people who do wish to drive.
Post # 6
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
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
I would make sure to take lots of pictures and even videos. It was helpful to look back and remember certain details