When you are planning a wedding, likely the most important decision you need to make is deciding which venue the wedding will be held in. You want to select one that both parties love while also choosing one that doesn’t charge you exorbitant rates to rent it out. Before you book a wedding venue, there are a variety of questions that you should remember to ask so as to ensure that you make the right choice.
1. Is the Venue Large Enough to Host the Entire Guest List?
There’s nothing more frustrating when managing a wedding than to find that the venue you’ve chosen isn’t large enough to properly host your entire guest list, which is why it’s essential that you inquire about the overall capacity offered by the venue. Make sure that you provide them with an accurate guest list number and consider selecting a venue that has more room than you need in the event that more people attend your wedding than you expect at the time.
2. Are There Additional Options In the Event That It Rains?
It’s impossible to be certain several months out from the wedding date that it’s not going to rain or that the weather is going to be acceptable, which is why you should ask about whether or not there are any backup options at the venue in case of poor weather. Make sure that any indoor area that can be used as a backup comes with air conditioning and try to ascertain whether or not the backup option has a large enough seating capacity for your entire wedding party. Most reputable venues will offer additional facilities in the event that the weather does not hold up as expected. A tent is a great way to stay outside even when it’s raining.
3. Is the Venue Available When You Want to Marry?
During your search for the right venue, you may want to ask some pertinent questions before you fully settle on a date, particularly if the venue is one that you’ve had your eye on your years as your dream venue. Certain venues are closed during the winter or will shut down during the holidays, which is something that you will need to identify before you’ve settled on a venue. If you’re slightly flexible on the date, this shouldn’t be an issue.
However, venues can also change in their appearance at different times of the year, which is an issue that could be problematic when visiting prospective venues in April while your wedding is set to take place in November or December. The furnishings and decor of a venue will usually change with each season, which is why it’s essential that you make sure that the lighting and general aesthetic of the venue will be to your liking when the wedding is set to take place. Consider searching for online photos of events that were held at the venue to get a better idea of what it will look like.
4. Can the Ceremony and Reception Be Held At the Same Venue?
If you want to hold the ceremony and reception of your wedding at the same venue in order to reduce expenses and save transitioning time, make sure that the venue is set up to handle this transition properly. Find out what types of spaces are available to hold every facet of the wedding and make sure that you ask the venue what they will do to make sure that the guests are satisfied during the transition from the wedding to the ceremony. Identifying this information before you select the venue will save you a lot of hassle in the long run.
Once you’ve asked each of these four questions, you should be ready to book a wedding venue with confidence. The most important aspect of choosing a venue is that you and your future spouse are both satisfied with the venue and what it offers. If you’re still feeling wary about the venue you’re thinking of choosing, take a detailed tour of it so that you can better visualize the wedding procession and the ceremony that will follow.