What to Look for in a Wedding Venue, Part 1 of 3

What should I be looking for in a wedding venue?

Now that you found “the one” and have an idea of the kind of wedding you want, the next big step is finding the right wedding venue. Before jumping in and signing the contract, make sure you know exactly what you are getting into. Here are some things to consider before you sign the dotted line.

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1. If the ceremony and reception are in two different locations:

a.) What is the distance?
b.) Will there be traffic?
c.) Transportation: how will people be arriving? How will you get there?

2. Is the space “roomy” enough for all of your guests, and spacious
enough to accomodate activities such as mingling, dining, and dancing?

2. If out of town, are there hotels nearby?

3. What are the overtime charges/fees?

4. Refund policies

5. Available parking (if applicable)

6. Restroom accessability

7. Gratitudes and taxes

8. Are there changing rooms for the bride and groom?

9. Staff to guest ratio

10. Allowed time for decorating and clean up

11. Terms of liability

12. Where will you have your photographs taken?

13. Does the venue allow candles?

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1. Does the venue come with a sound system?

2. How is the lighting? A crucial question as no one wants to celebrate in a dark room.

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1. Is there a back up plan in case of rain?

2. Do you need a permit?

3. Do what you need to do to keep the bugs away!

4. Account for wind

5. Make your guests comfortable. If it’s hot, provide cool drinks and fans

6. How is the sound system? Will everyone be able to hear?












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Food and Drink:

1. Is there in-house catering? (can be cheaper, but is the quality just as good?)

2. Does the wedding venue have a liquor license?

3. Can you provide your own liquor?

4. Cost of bar or service

5. Dessert bar policy

6. Does the wedding venue allow you to supply your own cake? Cutting fee?



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