(Closed) Going to see my first venue this Thursday–any advice?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5498 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t have any advice  (we’re doing a backyard wedding) but I do want to wish you luck! That’s really exciting!

Post # 5
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m not sure what to tell you, because so much is available online today. My important questions thus far have been 

– can we bring our own alcohol? 

– what extra fees are there?

– how is parking around the venue? 

– is security required by the venue? 

– what are their decoration limitations, i.e., sparklers, candles, etc. 

– what time will the venue be made available the day of, what time do you have to be gone, extra time charges? 

– can you have a rehearsal? 

Good luck! I can’t wait to visit our hopeful venue!

Post # 6
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’d say have your list of questions so you don’t forget anything. And also take a camera, it helped me when we’ve now been talking decorations with knowing exactly how the room is set up, etc.

Post # 7
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Oh boy! It is really hard especially if there are certain things the venue covers and certain things you are responsible for.

Bartending (cups, ice, soda, tea, water, number of bars and bartenders etc)

Facilities (linens, parking, set up, clean up, decorations allowedetc)

Post # 9
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

If you decide you want to secure the venue, then start making notes for all your logistics, like:

How long does it take to walk down the aisle?

How wide is the aisle space?

What are the chair dimensions?

What are the room dimensions?

Can you get a floorplan?

Those are all the things I wished I had after I looked at my venue

Post # 10
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

Ask if there is a coordinator on site that you will be working with

Right notes immediately after of all the things you like and don’t like, any pictures that inspired you, etc.

Definitely a camera – solid proof!

Table sizes and how many at a table

What extras are included – flatwear, tableclothes, etc.

If they have any required vendors

I think everyone has mentioned anything else I would say…good luck and can’t wait to hear how it goes!

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