(Closed) Venue Search Tips

posted 7 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Just make sure you get a very clear picture of what’s included in their pricing.  Does it include tables/linens/chairs/chair pads, or will those all need to be rented?  Do they provide the catering and bar service?  If so how many bartenders will they include?  If it’s outdoors, what is the rain plan?  Are there extra charges for parking?  If so, try to negotiate!  That’s my biggest regret about booking our venue, I love it but I just took all the prices at face value, but you can try to work it a little!  

Make sure you know about any decor restrictions.

Make sure you get an accurate picture of how many people can be accommodated.  For instance we were told our venue could hold around 200 people in the ballroom, but that was for a cocktail/standing reception, not for a full sit-down with a dance floor.  

Oh here’s one I didn’t think about at first because I was so in love with the place.  Do they have a bridal “ready room”???  Mine doesn’t so now I need to figure out where I’m getting dressed etc.  

That’s all I can think of right now, I hope it helps, good luck!

Post # 4
3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Get paperwork of whats included, dont be shy to ask for a quote! =) Ask about possible discounts? Parking? Rules (Noise Ordinance, Security Required, etc)? Use of flames/candles? Alloted/Total number of hours of use of venue, how early can Bride/Bridal Party arrive? What is the latest you can stay? 

Im sure the ladies will give you TONS of suggestions! Take your camera! And capture as much as you can and have fun with it! You are definitely going to see some awesome stuff and some stuff you couldnt believe people did for their wedding! 🙂 Check out all your options, we found it to be pretty fun! 

Post # 6
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@NJmeetsBX:Also, regarding pricing make sure you know if it includes the service charge or not (most places charge an additional service charge of 18-21 % ). That can really increase costs and throw off your budget if you are not planning on that.

I wanted to know a breakdown of what was included in the costs I was paying for the venue, also if something happened day of ( fire, electricity went out etc.) what they would do- what their back up plan is.

What type of venue are you looking at?

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