If you narrow down your venues to the ones you are truly excited to go check out, it shouldn’t take more than a handful of visits to find one you and fiancé both love. Before you visit your first venue make sure to check out their website and social pages for pictures, videos, and reviews that will give you an idea of whether it’s worth visiting or not.
After deciding on a handful of venues to visit, being prepared with the right questions to ask will make your decision a whole lot easier. Here are a few that can help filter your options:
What are your capacity limits? Ask about maximum AND minimum requirements.
What is included in the total venue cost? – Don’t assume basic equipment like chairs and linens are included in the total.
When is my deposit and remaining payments due? – Venues normally ask for a deposit at the time of signing, but how much that deposit is and when the remainder is due can vary.
How does my date affect my price? – Flexibility with your dates and times can impact the price significantly.
Do you have any referrals? – Some venues may be restricted due to privacy policies, but a willingness to share referrals is a good sign.
What are your alcohol requirements and/or restrictions? – Not every venue is licensed to provide alcohol services.
What are your catering requirements and/or restrictions? Some venues require you to use their catering services while others charge a fee for you to outsource.
Ask to see a sample contract. – When you finally decide on a venue read the final contract carefully!
Hopefully, that helps you in your search! If you would like any more tips, I have a blog post on this topic that dives into more details about what to ask potential venues. You can check it our here:
Good luck finding your wedding venue!