Hey there, beautiful bride-to-be!

So, you’ve scheduled your venue tour—exciting stuff! But before you get swept away by long list of potential wedding venues, let’s make sure you’re armed with all the right questions to ask.

After all, finding the perfect venue is a big deal (it sets the tone for your design, your budget, and many decisions!) and we want to ensure you’re making those decisions with confidence.

Here are the top questions to be sure to ask during your venue meeting:

  1. Availability:
    • Is our desired wedding date available?
    • What are your booking policies and procedures?
    • Do you offer any discounts for off-peak seasons or weekdays?
  2. Capacity and Layout:
    • How many guests can the venue accommodate?
    • Can you provide different layout options for ceremony and reception setups?
    • Is there a bridal suite or getting-ready area available for use?
  3. Inclusions and Restrictions:
    • What does the venue rental fee include?
    • Are there any restrictions on vendors or décor?
    • Do you have any noise restrictions or curfews?
  4. Catering and Bar Options:
    • Do you have an in-house catering service, or can we bring in our own caterer?
    • Can we schedule a tasting to sample the menu options?
    • What are the bar service options, and do you offer customizable packages?
  5. Backup Plan:
    • What is the venue’s plan in case of inclement weather?
    • Do you have indoor options available for both ceremony and reception?
  6. Logistics:
    • Is there ample parking available for guests?
    • Are there any accessibility considerations for guests with mobility needs?
    • How early can we access the venue for setup, and what is the breakdown procedure afterward?
  7. Amenities and Extras:
    • Do you provide tables, chairs, linens, and other rental items?
    • Are there any additional amenities available, such as lighting, sound systems, or décor options?
    • Can we bring in our own decorations, and if so, are there any guidelines or restrictions?
  8. Payment and Policies:
    • What is the deposit required to secure our date, and what is the payment schedule?
    • What is your cancellation policy?
    • Are there any additional fees or charges we should be aware of?
  9. Past Events and Testimonials:
    • Can you provide examples of past weddings held at the venue?
    • Do you have any testimonials or reviews from previous couples?
  10. Personalization and Flexibility:
    • Are there opportunities to personalize the space to reflect our unique style and vision?
    • How flexible are you with customizing packages or accommodating special requests?

By asking these essential questions during your venue tour, you’ll gain valuable insights into each potential venue’s offerings, policies, and suitability for your dream wedding.

The venue search can sometimes feel overwhelming and even cause a few heartaches along the way. But fear not! We’re here to be your guide, your confidant, and your support system throughout this exciting journey.

If you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed or unsure, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team, and be sure to check out these other blog posts:

Best of luck on your search!!

XOXO, Deanna