There's a typical top five first to-do's a bride will tackle and the venue is definitely one of them! Hold up there! Be sure to remember or jot down these questions to ask. The answer just may be a deal breaker for you.
1) IS MY DATE AVAILABLE?:
This may seem obvious, but if you have a certain date set in stone, make sure your potential venue isn't booked.
If you love the venue enough, you can always base your date on their availability.
2) WHAT IS THE GUEST CAPACITY?
You'll definitely want to make sure your potential venue can accommodate your guests. By law, there will be a maximum head count that you'll want to make sure you are abiding by.
3) WHAT KIND OF DEPOSIT(S) AND/OR COSTS ARE REQUIRED:
You'll want to know what deposit is required, how many deposits are to be made, and in what form the payments are required.
You'll also want to ask if any additional costs may occur. Some venues will charge hidden fees for clean ups, an overage of time, etc.
4) AM I SUBJECT TO USING ONLY YOUR VENDORS?
Many venues have an exclusive team of vendors they may require working with. If you have your own preferred vendors, you'll want to make sure that's allowed for your selected venue.
5) HOW SOON PRIOR TO THE WEDDING WILL YOU NEED A FINAL HEADCOUNT?
This date is a good rule of thumb for those RSVP cards. For example, if you know you need a headcount by May 1st for your June 1st wedding, you will want to state on your reply card "please RSVP no later than the 15th of April" to allow those last few RSVP's to come in just in time for your final headcount.
6) ARE THERE ANY RULES REGARDING CERTAIN DECOR?
Some venue are particular about decorations or party favors that may be a hazard. They may require battery operated candles versus fire burning candles. Perhaps throwing rice or holding sparklers as the bride and groom exit isn't within the venue's comfort zone.
7) HOW EARLY CAN I START SETTING UP & WHEN WILL WE NEED TO PICK UP?
Pass this information along to your rental company or the person in charge of decorations and styling.
8) HOW IS THE PARKING AND ACCESSIBILITY?
You're going to want to make sure you have ample parking and your venue is handicapped accessible for your guests.
9) WILL MY PHOTOGRAPHER HAVE ANY LIMITATIONS?
Pass this along to your photographer(s).
10) IS THERE A BACKUP PLAN FOR RAINY WEATHER? (outdoor venue)
If your venue will be held outdoors, you may want to make sure there's a backup plan or tent rental option as a Plan B.
Whether you are married on the roof top in the middle of the city, the church your great-grandparents wed in, or the backyard garden of your favorite plantation, I hope you find THE perfect place that suits all of your needs! XO, my dears!