When it comes to wedding planning one of the most important detail is to nail down your wedding venue. With the wedding business booming, more and more venues are popping up all over the country with all types of themes and amenities, so it’s important to know what you’re envisioning for your perfect day before you start touring venues.
When you do begin touring there are multiple questions you need to ask you venue:
- How many hours are we given? Does this include a rehearsal time?
Many venues require parties to be completely cleaned out by midnight, so if you’re planning on rocking all night long this is one question you don’t want to miss!
We most always suggest having a rehearsal the night before, especially with large wedding parties. This always helps calm the bride and gives some sense of organization on the wedding day.
- What is allowed for decor and exits?
This is important for many historical venues. They may restrict rose petals, confetti, rice, and many venues do not allow sparklers within a certain distance of the building. If you dream of a sparkling exit to your day, you may be limited.
- Do you have preferred or required vendors?
There aren’t many but some venues may require you use certain caterers or other vendors for your wedding. If you planned on having Aunt Betty cater or had your heart set on your favorite Italian place, be prepared to turn down some venues.
- What amenities and services are included?
Some venues will include linens, cake cutting, clean up, or a bridal brunch in their fees. This is a great way to save some money or time and something you definitely want to be on the lookout for!
- What is the down payment? When is the final payment due?
Once you’ve found your dream venue this is vital information to have. If you can immediately afford the down payment you need to go ahead and reserve your date, especially if you want to get married during their busy time. Final payment date should immediately put down in your bridal planner/ calendar so you can ensure you’re paid in time!