Post # 1
Tomorrow Mama A & I are going to meet with our venue’s owner and do a walkthru of the chapel (ceremony) and one room schoolhouse (reception). I am so so excited! This is the first time she will have seen it, other than in horrible cell pictures! And just because I can, You can view it here: http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/cloverdale-chapel-meetinghouse-creswell/5786d1d1c715007e.html
Anyhow, I know there are all sorts of questions that I should be asking and I have started a list but would like some input from Bees. Is there anything I need to remember to ask? Anything that you forgot to ask but wish you had? Any, anything? LOL I have waited for this day and since it is such short notice I have a billion thoughts in my head a butterflies in my tummy! hee hee
I will be taking some measurements and hopefully getting some more pictures. This time I will make them more detailed so I can get a better idea of seating and whatnot. Thank you a million times over!
Post # 3
1. What’s their policy on changing your date after signing a contract? A lot of places won’t charge you as long as you re-book for another event within a year.
2. Are there hidden fees? Extra costs for extra waitstaff, upgrades on silverware/china, hiring extra bartenders, getting permits for alcohol, plating fees for cake?
3. Who’s responsible for cleanup? What are you allowed to bring in to decorate? Tape, tacks, staples? Can people throw things like confetti/rice/petals?
4. What’s their electrical setup? Do they have enough outlets for things like lights, speakers, etc.? Do they charge extra for those?
5. Are there noise restrictions? What time will you have to leave? What’s the charge if you go overtime by an hour or so?
6. Who will your contact be if you have more questions? Will they be working at the venue for the foreseeable future?
7. Can you come in to check details/measure/look at other setups whenver you like?
8. Do they charge for their food tastings? How long before the wedding should you do one?
9. When will they need your deposit? What about the balance?
10. How late can you change the number of people or the menu options? Do they accommodate extra guests?
11. Can you store things like table decor prior to the event? Who will set it up for you? How long do you have before you have to come take it back after the event?
Post # 4
Whew, I missed a few of those! THANK YOU!
Btw, I was so excited that I failed to look at previous posts, sorry for the irritation ladies!
Post # 5
It’s always a good idea to ask about decorating policies. For example, can you have candles (if that’s relevant)? How are you allowed to attach any decorations to the walls/ceiling/etc.? Also who does the cleanup? Do they do it or will your party be responsible? One question I always fall back on is: Is there any question you wish brides would ask about, but usually don’t?
Good luck and have fun!
Edit: cameronwedding was much more thorough than I was! 🙂
Post # 6
Don’t forget to ask about guest parking, how early they will allow you to set up the day of or even the day before.
I think the faqs page on the link you gave us gives a ton of great answers to important questions! Oh! Do they have a room for you and/or your groom to get ready in? Is it big enough for your ladies and probably mom and photographer? If you are planning on getting any pictures prior to the wedding, but not having your groom see you before, is there an area that’s secluded where you could do that?
Post # 7
I will admit to copying, pasting, and adding my questions! lol I just don’t want to forget a thing!
@StarryNight2011: I wouldn’t have thought of asking that! It is probably very beneficial to ask the owner, afterall, weddings are her business! She is such a wonderful gal and had so many ideas the first time we went out to see the chapel.
@dodgercpkl: There is a very small room… like 12’x6′ but it is full of antique furniture, more for photo ops than anything. There is a Comfort Inn not too far from there and I was thinking of renting it for Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. That way 1.) We can be within 5 minutes of the chapel to get ready 2.) If Mr.A & I need to escape for a few to change or just have a breather it is totally close enough for that 3.) I would like to have a place for my Sis & Brother-In-Law or Grandfather (also the officiant) to rest… they have a long drive and it is the least we could do for them! It’s nothing special but it would work. 🙂
Thanks again, after a stressful few weeks I am looking forward to this! And the Dress Dash in a few days! lol