(Closed) What to ask wedding venues?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ask what they include in their prices.  Some places offer catering, bar, tables, linens, etc… other places offer only the space.  We ended up going with a more expensive all inclusive venue because it ended up being cheaper than the less expensive venue would have been once we added in all the rentals we would have needed.

What times are available?  Will they let you come in and do a rehearsal the day before?  Set up decor and bring in larger items ahead of time?  Is there a secure area to store anything?  Do you get ready there or get ready at a hotel and travel to the venue?

What kinds of packages do they offer?  Full service plated meal plus open bar/buffet or food stations/bring your own alcohol/etc.

I’d also ask if you can see a sample contract ahead of time so you can ask questions already knowing what their standard operating procedures are.

Post # 4
1669 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

In addition to the above:

Venue capacity with different set ups (our venue can hold different numbers if you have plated or buffet, and different numbers if you have a band or a DJ, etc)

Will you be the only wedding/major event there that day? (This was hugely important to me – not to sound selfish but I have no desire to be sharing a venue with another bride, even if they are in a different area)


Can you use any vendor or is there a list of preferred vendors?

Who is in charge of running the wedding on the day? What are their responsibilities (our site includes a DOC)

What is their policy on candles?


Post # 5
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

All the above questions/points are great! I would also ask about any “hidden” fees. Some venues charge corkage fees, cake cutting fees, clean up fees, security guard fees, bar tender fees, security deposit etc. It can all really add up. Having an idea of ALL fees and costs will help you decide what venue is best as not all venues charge these fees.

As the other girls mentioned, some venues let you rent the venue the night before to decorate. But will they charge you for a full day booking for that or give you a discounted rate?

What time do you have to be out of there?

If it is a reception venue – can you choose what caterer you want or do they have a caterer you have to use?

Can you use all areas of the facility – some places allow you to do pictures outside around the property and some places tell you you can only use the room that you rented and have to stay in that area.

Clean up – what all has to be done. Do you have to do it all or do they offer clean up services. If they offer clean up services, how much?

A really big factor for me was the amount of freedom for decorating. I have a a fabric ceiling decor kit that I want to hang on the ceiling, and other things that may need to go on the walls etc. Some places give you plenty of freedom but tell you you can only use certain ways of attaching stuff to the ceiling/walls. But many places won’t let you attach anything to the ceilings or walls at all. So if you have a certain vision of what you want your wedding to look like, I would run it by them to see what they say. 🙂

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