I cut and paste this from an email to my father as he was searching for venues for his own wedding:
a) What’s the room rental fee and for how many hours? Aslo ask the price for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, afternoon and evening wedding.
b) Is there a minimum
c) What are other type of fees? (some places includes fees in the price, some place charge fees on top of the cost)
d) Service charge?
e) Tips? (some places charge both service and tip fees, so you will have to make sure).
f) Tax included in the price?
g) How much is cake cutting fee and corkage fee (if bringing wedding cake and outside wine)?
2) What does the venue/caterer provide? (linen, chairs, flatware, etc).
a) How much is the upgrade for each item?
3) Do you have to use their vendors (photographer, florists, etc)? Some venue won’t let you work with outside vendors.
4) Does the venue require insurance?
5) How many wedding does the vendor have at one time?
6) Does the venue provide the day of coordinator?
a) What’s will the person do that day (need to know what they will or won’t do that day so you can fill in the gap)
b) If they don’t provide one, you will need to hire one or ask someone to take this roll. Warning:Some coordinators are good, some are useless, so it’s important to research and know what they’ll do.
c) Does the venue/day of coordinator help with the setup (setup the placement cards, decor, etc)? Our took care of everything.
7) Ask about parking. Where the guests will park? Is it free for all guests?
8) Does the venue has sound system or the DJ/bands have to bring the speakers? (not important, but good to know)
9) If hors d’oeuvres are included in the package ask the following:
a) How may type of hors d’oeuvres?
b) How many pieces per person?
10) Ask if they have a wedding that you can stop by to take a look at the place.