21 Questions you should ask any Wedding Venue
Before you sign that wedding venue contract and fork over a hefty deposit, make sure you’ve got all the information you’ll need to make the best decision for your wedding. With all the excitement of planning, it’s easy to forget to ask some fairly important housekeeping questions. We’ve put together this list to get you started with the question-asking and also to ensure the key elements are covered.
Questions to ask the venue:
- Do you have our date available?
- How many people can the space hold? (Seated or Standing?)
- What is the fee for the space rental?
- What exactly does that fee include? (Sometimes it’s just the space, sometimes it may be all-inclusive – tables, chairs, linens, lighting, catering, etc.)
- Can I see a sample of items you provide?
- What is excluded from the rental fee?
- How many hours does the rental rate include? (And how much is an additional hour?)
- How many parking spots are available for guests? (Is it free?)
- Is there additional parking available if needed? (Is this an extra cost?)
- Can we use any vendor? (Sometimes venues have lists of preferred vendors.)
- Do you do all the setup and tear down of items included in the fee?
- If the ceremony and reception will be held in the same place, will you have the time and resources to make this a seamless transition?
- Is there a private bridal room(s) and/or groom’s suite available for setup?
- If we have an outdoor element, is there a back-up location if the weather is bad?
- Are there any restrictions on the use of the space? (Photography, videography?)
- Are there any noise restrictions?
- Do I need to get any permits, licenses or insurance for the wedding?
- How much is the deposit? (And when is the balance due?)
- What forms of payment do you take?
- What is your cancellation policy?
- Do you have any reservations with the fact that we’re the same sex?
Question 21 may not be necessary if you’ve used one of our vetted vendors, but it never hurts to ask the question and get it all out in the open upfront. (While global attitudes are changing, there are still plenty of ridiculous people out there.) You may even want to open with that one question.
Planning for your wedding is one of the most exciting, exhilarating (nerve-wracking, stress-inducing) times in your life! With the right legwork, the details will all just fall into place. :)