Now that you have picked a budget, and thought about the perfect place to get married, let’s go through some tips for picking a wedding venue.
- What date do you want your wedding, and does the venue have that date available? Usually, depending on how far in advance you are planning, and the popularity of the place you’re looking at, you can get the exact date you want, but this is not always the case. Be sure that you are a bit flexible with the date. If not, ask yourself what’s more important, the date or the venue?
- What is the maximum number of guests the venue will hold? Remember to consider your guest list when choosing a venue. You can’t ask Aunt Rose to stand while your BFF from high school gets a seat.
- Does the venue have a ceremony space, if you’re doing your ceremony on the grounds? If this is important to you, a one-stop shop, and they can’t host a ceremony, it may be time for you to look elsewhere.
- If you are having a ceremony elsewhere, how far is the venue from the ceremony site? While this is your special day, and it’s about you and your soon-to-be-spouse, you do have to consider all those guests that are coming to the wedding, especially the ones coming from out-of-town.
- Is the Point of Contact also going to be the Banquet Captain on the same day? This is so important! Some venues call it different things, but the point is, is the person you’re talking with at the venue during the entire process, going to be there for you on the day of the wedding to make sure that the plans you decided on are falling into place. Sure, you can opt to have a wedding planner, and that’s different, but it’s important for your venue contact to be there the day of the wedding.
- What is their policy on bringing in outside vendors? If you are hiring a caterer, florist, baker, decorator, etc. what is their policy on vendors. Be sure to ask all your potential vendors if they have liability insurance because venues will not allow outside vendors that are not insured.
- What is their pricing & minimums? This is so important and should be figured out, and decided on ASAP. Also, with alcohol and open bars, you need to decide on what kind of alcohol will be served, where, and when. Also, if you are choosing to have an open bar, what will your budget be for that, and who can be the person on the wedding day that the bartender or banquet captain check in with to make sure it’s all under control?
- What about weather changes? Here in San Diego, rain is not that often seen, but if your special day is wet, what’s the venue’s back up plan? No one wants a soggy wedding, so it’s important to get that nailed down quickly.
Hopefully, this gave you some insight on what to look for and consider for your wedding venue. Here at CreativeCatering & Events, we specialize in weddings, and have worked with a variety of venues. Let us know how we can help. Also, comment below with any questions, or future topics you want covered!
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