5 Questions to Ask Before Securing a Venue0
After getting engaged and starting the wedding planning process, one of the biggest items to check off your wedding to-do list is securing a venue. For those starting out, it can be challenging to pick the right venue for your big day. Here are some questions you should ask yourself to help you secure the venue of your dreams.
1. Is it available on the date of your wedding?
Probably one of the first questions you should ask is if the venue is available on your wedding date. During my venue search, there were a few venues that I absolutely loved that were unfortunately not available on any of the dates I wanted. Popular venus will often fill up two years ahead of time, so try making a list of at least five to seven venues to consider.
Try visiting a few venues before choosing your desired date to get a feel of the space and imagine what it would be like on your big day. Pro tip: most venues will offer discounts and specials in the off-season and on Fridays and Sundays. If you’re on a tighter budget, ask for availability during these times.
2. Does it hold your desired guest count?
If that rustic barn you’ve been eyeing only holds 100 people and you were planning on inviting more than 200 guests, you might want to rethink your venue selection. See what the max capacity is at each venue you’re looking at and be sure to account for wait staff and vendors.
3. Is it within your budget?
This is one of the more important questions to ask when deciding on a venue. Set your budget before even looking at venues and give yourself a little bit of wiggle room for extra fees the site might impose on you. Figure out what the deposit amount is, what the payment schedule looks like, and what extra fees are included. You’ll also want to consider the cancellation policy. How long do you have to cancel? Will you get your money back if you do? When is the last possible date to make changes to your reservation?
4. Does the venue require you to use certain vendors?
Some venues will require you to use their approved list of caterers, day-of coordinators, florists, and hair-and-makeup teams. Keep this in mind if you’re on a stricter budget—this may give you less opportunity to choose vendors that you love and fit more within your budget. Additionally, this factor plays into how much you can personalize your wedding. For example, my friend really wanted signature cocktails at her wedding, but her venue didn’t allow any outside alcohol to be brought in and only allowed their bartenders to serve alcoholic drinks.
5. What are some of the logistics and specifics for the big day?
Think about what you want your wedding to be like before committing to a venue. Do you want a hard stop at 10 p.m. or do you want to continue your reception into the night? How many bathrooms are at the venue? Is there a space for the bride and her bridal party to get ready during the day? Are there noise restrictions? Is there parking on-site? Is there a plan-B for nasty weather? Make a list of all the minor (but important) questions you have for venue directors and ask all of these on a tour or over the phone.