Post # 1
We’re doing our first round of venue shopping over the weekend, and as a very newly engaged bride-to-be, I could use some help 🙂
What are the important questions to ask when visiting venues? What questions did you forget to ask but with you had? Any other advice?
We’re looking for a single location for the ceremony and reception, if that helps.
Thanks so much!!
Post # 3
Do they provide tables and chairs? Quantity? (Some will only provide up to a certain amount)
Do you have to rent a dance floor?
Do they allow set up outside (if you have a venue with an outdoor area)?
Is there a specific caterer you have to use?
Is there fee for security (officers)?
How much is the security deposit?
Do you have to pay extra for the rehersal time?
How much of the deposit do they need now?
How many mos do they need notice for cancellation and do you get the full amount back?
Do you have an allotted amount of time and how much are additional hours?
Post # 4
Thanks so much Camrie, that is really helpful!!
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Post # 6
do you need insurance
do they have an in house dj you have to use or can you bring in anyone
what kind of standard linens do they have and are they floor or half length
how many people are allowed at the tasting and how much it is to bring extra people (i.e. mine is only for 2 people, we’re paying for our parents to taste the food)
are the tables rounds of 8, 10 or 12
is there a rental fee for the room on top of the per plate cost
what is the minimum and maximum number of guests
are chair covers provided
are candles or open flames allowed
are they any set up costs involved
how long is the bar open
is there a cake cutting fee
are gratuities and taxes included in the cost per plate
what is the discounted cost for vendors meals
what is the discounted cost for kids meals
what is the ratio of staff to tables
what’s the fee structure
is parking free
is there a safe in the bridal suite
(if needed – are there hotels in the area and do they have a relationship with any of these)
is the facility exclusive to you or how many other functions are happening the same day/night
Post # 7
Thanks Marlew!! Great questions!