Choosing a wedding venue is a daunting task. It eats a massive chunk out of any budget and determines the all important date of your big day. The venue can also determine how many people you invite and therefore influences your guest list. Freaked out yet?
Here are some things to consider when you’re picking a venue:
The most annoying part of finding a venue is all the research involved. You start off by Googling wedding venues in your area and you are SHOCKED by the amount that pop up!
From my experience, most venues don’t have their prices or packages on their websites. You have to email them for marketing packages. Be sure to also ask questions in your email because often the answers won’t be in said package.
Questions to ask:
- How many people can they accommodate in the reception hall?
- Is there a chapel on site?
- What dates do they currently have open?
- Are there any specific restrictions at the venue? Think of your elderly relatives and tons of stairs for instance or if you are allowed to have candles on the tables. This might seem like a no-brainer but there venues that require that you have candles in little glass containers at the very least to avoid a) a fire and b) messing up the table cloths.
- Are there any fees that will later be added like parking or security?
- Do they have an in-house caterer that can provide the food or work with specific dietary requirements? Acouple of my guests are vegetarian and vegan so that will be added to the cost of my venue.
- What else is included in the package apart from the venue hire itself? Think along the lines of linen and cutlery.
- Will there be an additional ‘venue hire’ cost in addition to the catering?
- What are the corkage fees?
- How much is the deposit?
- When is the deposit and full amount of the venue hire due?
- When can you expect to give the venue your final guest list?
When choosing a venue ALWAYS go look at it in person. Photos can be VERY deceiving. Remember to include potential additional costs. Most venues charge you if you stay after a certain time.
You need a rough guest list to help determine the cost of the venue. When choosing a venue, remember to ask as well how many people can fit into the reception hall and how many will be seated at a table. You don’t want people being cramped up and it will also help you later down the line when you do a seating chart.
This might seem like a weird thing to consider, but will there be enough space for your guests to park? NOTHING is worse than having to look for parking and you want your guests to enjoy the evening, not stress about their cars being parked outside in the street.
Consider the theme of the wedding you envision
Thinking of having a very formal, black tie wedding? Then you should preferably not have your reception in that rustic barn you were eyeing…
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