Hey, couples! We know some of you are getting ready to start looking for your wedding venue which is so exciting but can also be hard to navigate. We are here to help you out. Today we are sharing 4 questions you MUST ask your wedding venue before booking. Make sure to read all the way through for a special surprise we created just for you. Let’s get started!
1. Does the venue come with any furniture?
This can save you so much money and time. When you know what furniture your venue provides, you will be able to create a more realistic plan for your other rentals. Items like ceremony chairs, tables, and linens might be available if you just ask. When you meet with your rental company, you will be able to outline exactly what you need. Be sure to ask your venue if the furniture is included in your rental package or will cost additional fees. If the furniture is included, maybe you now have room in your budget for another dream aspect of your wedding day!
2. What’s the weather backup plan?
This question isn’t just for outdoor venues. You need to know the backup plan in case of imperfect weather! Does your venue provide or allow tents? Is an alternative indoor space available? How are the driving conditions leading to the venue when it snows or rains? Remember, unexpected weather can also relate to the temperature. Ask your venue if they allow or provide heaters, fans, and water as well. When you ask all of these “weather” related questions, you will be able to determine a venue that will support you if/when things don’t follow the original plan.
3. Where are the power sources? If any.
As adventurous wedding planners, this is one of the first questions we ask. You are going to want to know exactly where the power sources are if any. This covers plug-ins AND generators. This is another question that could yet again save you money if your venue can provide its own power sources. You will be able to book vendors that are equipped for whichever power source situation is available. So, whether you are glamping in the desert or celebrating in a modern industrial space, the party will go on!
4. Who is your point of contact for planning purposes at the venue?
Communication is everything during wedding planning. Make sure you obtain the point of contact for events and weddings at your venue. You will want to be able to reach out to them with any other questions or information later on. Especially if you decide you want to move forward with booking a venue, having the right direct contact will help you grab your spot quickly.
A Complete Venue Walkthrough Checklist
These are just a few of the questions you need to ask as you start touring possible wedding venues. Now you might be thinking, “But what else should I ask?” We have you covered!
We want to make this as easy as possible for you so we are sharing our very own Venue Walkthrough Checklist! This checklist is a tool that we use personally anytime we do a venue walkthrough for a client.
What’s included in the Venue Walkthrough Checklist?
- 7 pages of MUST-ASK questions for every venue
- Questions to help you budget properly
- Pro tips from experienced wedding planners (us!)
- Questions to help with your timeline
- And more!
This is a one-stop-shop doc that will get you excited and feeling confident when doing your wedding venue walkthroughs. Ready to get organized? Grab this 7-page Venue Walkthrough Questionnaire for only $19!