Before deciding on a wedding venue, determine approximately how many guests you expect to attend and the size of your budget. You will also want to decide if you plan on having your ceremony and reception in different places or if you want an all-in-one wedding venue.
Once you’ve decided on the more practical things, now consider if you want to have an intimate affair or an over-the-top soiree. Most cities have many options, anywhere from a loft, vineyard, church, beach, park, lake, you name it.
Now you can start researching and interviewing different wedding venues. You’ll want to book your venue anywhere from six months to a year before your wedding day, especially if your wedding will be during peak wedding season, the spring and summer months.
Here are a list of questions you’ll want to ask your potential wedding venue:
- What’s the decor like? Are you gonna have to spend extra money on decorations and flowers to make it look like what you’ve imagined?
- Is there room in the venue for a band or DJ and a dance floor?
- Do they have adequate bathroom facilities?
- Can they provide an in-house caterer, and if so, is it food that will be to your taste? Do they have a limitation on which caterers you can use?
- What is their cancellation policy?
- How close is the parking to the ceremony and reception rooms? Is there valet parking? Is there an extra charge for parking?
- What is the payment schedule and deposit requirement?
- Do they have a liquor license? Can you bring your own?
- Does the wedding venue own a sound system or will that need to be rented elsewhere?
- Is there an extra room or space for the bride and groom to change or relax?
- Will the venue work well for the photographs? Can the venue manager recommend spots on the grounds? Is there an outdoor area with a nice setting?
Hopefully these questions will help you be more prepared for your wedding day without any unexpected surprises. You should also compile a list of questions of your own to cover the basics.