How to Choose the Right Wedding Venue
After getting engaged, it's only natural for the bride and groom-to-be to seek out wedding venues for their big day. It is important to be prepared to ask certain questions when you visit these locations. When checking out wedding venues for their big day, engaged couples should be prepared with a list of questions to ask ahead of time. It is important to be an informed consumer, and by making certain inquiries, you can ensure that that is the case.
Capacity and Availability
The first, and possibly most important, questions to ask are in regards to capacity and availability. If the wedding venues that you are looking at are not big enough to accommodate all of your guests, then it is likely that you need to look elsewhere. Since this is such an important part of the planning, it is good to have your guest list finalized at this point so that you have a solid figure to base your decision on.
The next thing that you should inquire about at the wedding venues that you are visiting is their availability. If they are not available to host your event on the specific day that you have in mind, you may need to consider either changing the date or continuing on in your search. It is also important to keep in mind that these types of places schedule events months, and sometimes even years, in advance. So, it is imperative that you begin your search and start your planning as soon as possible.
Next, find out what kind of accommodations are offered at the wedding venues. While some may have all the bells and whistles, so to speak, others may only offer the bare minimum. It is vital that you know all of this information ahead of time so that you can plan accordingly. If you are having a big, lavish event, the accommodations may be important to you. For those hosting a smaller affair, it may be of less significance. Either way, it is valuable information to have.
Food and Beverages
If you are having your reception in the same place as the ceremony, you will need to account for food and beverages. Whether you want to include the classic dinner and dancing or you would like a more low-key, appetizers and cake option, you need to discuss your choices upfront. You may also want to ask if the place that you are considering offers in-house catering or if they allow for outside vendors. If the latter is the case, you may be able to shop around for a better price on this service. Photographer and Videographer
One aspect that is often forgotten when booking a reception is the photography / video aspect. Does the venue have their own photographer? Will they accept your own photographer or will you have to work with their photographer? Is the photographer part of the staff? If the photographer / videographer are part of the staff, the quality of their service will be lower. Most photographers who can sustain an influx of constant business will choose to work by themselves, rather than on a paycheck. Make sure you can bring your own photographer and videographer.
While all of the aforementioned aspects are important to keep in mind, it is also crucial to discuss the cost of the event and any financing options that may be available to you. Do not forget to get a written quote in advance!