The Nitty-gritty Questions: What to Ask before Choosing a Wedding Venue

When you’re looking for a wedding venue, forgetting to ask an important question could mean a key element gone missing or a hefty charge you were not expecting. So before you make your mind and decide that a certain place is what you are looking for, there are questions that you need to ask to keep regrets at bay. To get you started, these are some of the most important questions you should ask.

1. The wedding date

a. Is the date you are considering available?

b. Does the venue have enough seating capacity to accommodate your guests?

Beyond these basic questions are more issues that need to be ironed with your potential venue. The following list is designed give you an overview of what to ask in order to minimize surprises.

2. Fees and payment

a. What is the rental fee and what is included in that price? Will rentals be different if the wedding will be held during weekdays or weekends? Are there discounts for booking off-season? How flexible are your packages?

b. Is there a payment schedule? How much is the deposit and is it refundable? What is the cancellation policy? Note: There are certain wedding venues Midlands that offer a refund when you cancel far enough in advance. But after a certain date though, you will not be able to get a refund.

c. Are there hidden costs (service charges, cleaning fees, or overtime charges) that might get charged to you after the event?

3. The ceremony

a. Which rooms are licensed for ceremonies? Is the ceremony taken in the same room as the reception?

b. What is the change-over plan when converting from ceremony to reception?

4. The food and wine

a. Is there an in-house caterer? Are kitchen facilities available for hired outside caterers? Most wedding venues Midlands have in-house caterer buts they are also welcome outside caterers.

b. Is there a complimentary menu and wine tasting before the finalization of the menu? How many people can attend and is there an additional charge?

b. What is the food and beverage cost on a per-person basis and what are the upgrade costs?

5. The reception

a. What crockery and cutlery provided in the package?

b. Are there any decorations such as menus, centerpieces, flowers, or cake stand available? Are alternatives available?

c. Are there decoration restrictions or are slight changes to the existing décor allowed (e.g. move furniture)?

d. Will the decoration party be allowed to gain access in advance to decorate the reception?

6. The wedding party

a. Where does the band party set-up? How big is the dance floor?

b. Does the wedding venue own a sound system and will that need to be rented too?

c. Will the band be able to set up in advance or will it be during the change over?

7. Accommodations

a. Is the bridal suite included in the price? Are rooms provided for the parents?

b. Will there discounted rates for guests who are booked?

c. Are there near-by hotels and bed-and-breakfast guests can spend the night before the wedding?

d. When is the check-out time?

8. Facilities

a. Is the place child-friendly?

b. Is there enough parking space and is it complimentary?

c. Does the venue have public liability insurance?

Do not hesitate to ask all the questions you need to ask. Remember that you can have a stress-free wedding only by going through the details bit by bit.