5 Things To Consider Before Booking Your Wedding Venue
You've visited some wedding venues and found one that is perfect for your big day! But before you sign on the dotted line there are some things you should consider.
There are the obvious questions like if your date is free and if the venue can accommodate your guests, there are some other considerations to keep in mind. So you don't end up with a venue that's far from perfect consider these five points before you strike a deal!
You should ask about what the costs given to you actually covers and if there are any other charges. Ask if there is a service charge, cleaning fees, or any overtime charges. Also get information about the venue's cancellation and refund policies. You might be able to make payments over time with a payment schedule rather than paying in large lump sums. If your venue is in a space that is weather dependent you should ask if there is a fee for relocating the wedding indoors should the heavens open.
You will want to personalise your venue to suit your wedding, so you should ask about what you can and can't do in terms of decorating. Can you have candles, are you able to hang things from the wall? There may be restrictions about what you can do. Also ask about any restrictions when it comes to photography at the venue.
Some venues have catering restrictions and may only allow you to use their own caterers or a company they work exclusively with. They might cost more than the amount you had budgeted for, so it's important you work this cost into your budget. Make sure the venue has an alcohol license, and find out if any alcohol is included in what you are paying, or if there is any possibility of bringing your own drinks.
Facilities for guests
While your wedding day is about you, there are considerations you need to take into account for your guests. Parking is a big issue with many venues, so check there is plenty of parking available there or nearby. If there is no parking you might have to consider arranging transportation for your guests. Also, if there is a charge for parking, you should include this when you send your venue details to guests. Make sure there are plenty of bathroom facilities, and if you have anybody with mobility issues you should ensure there is one that is accessible to them. It's also worth asking of there is a coat check or somewhere your guests can store items, especially for weddings in the colder months.
Time and noise restrictions
It's important to ask about any restrictions there might be at the venue and how they will affect your wedding. Your venue might not have a late license, and you might have to pay for an extension on the bar. There might be a time when your guests have to leave by, and if the venue is in a residential area there could be noise restrictions. Remember to ask about any details that might mean you have to end the night earlier than you planned.