You’re engaged! Congratulations! The search for the perfect venue begins. But how do you know what to look for, or ask, or expect when it comes to choosing the best place to start your forever? There are so many venues out there with different styles and inclusions, so when you’ve decided what you love, don’t let price and availability deter you from booking a tour. Have an open mind, and be ready to find the perfect place!
Couples reach out to venues that they’ve researched online, or venues where their friends have gotten married, and the 2 main questions they typically ask are about price and availability. There are several other things you should consider when choosing a venue. But let’s be honest – before deciding a venue is out of your budget or doesn’t have “the date” that you want, consider this – does the venue have exactly the vibe you’re looking for? Are you willing to change your preferred date in order to have your favorite venue? Could you find some wiggle room in your budget so you have have the venue that you’ve dreamed about? If you’re willing to be flexible, you could possibly get everything you ever wanted!
Some other questions to consider when touring venues:
Do you offer any discounts for military, first responders or teachers?
Would our wedding be the only event at the venue that day?
How many hours in the venue will we have on our wedding day?
Do you have dressing suites for the couple and their bridal party to use?
Can our pet be a part of our wedding day?
Are we able to use our own vendors, or do you have in-house options?
What is the max capacity of the venue?
Will the space require a flip, or are the ceremony and reception spaces separate?
Are we required to set up the tables and chairs, or do you have a crew that handles that?
What is the parking situation? Are we able to hire valet if we wanted to?
Do you have any outdoor space options?
What are the options for a rehearsal?
Does the price shown include all taxes and fees?
What percentage of the venue rental is due to secure our date?
What forms of payment do you take?
Is there an option to take our engagement pictures or bridal portraits at the venue?
Do you have a designated area for smokers or nursing mothers?
Enjoy the experience! Ask questions, take notes, and book the venue of your dreams!