Choosing a wedding venue and what to ask

Some top tips to think about when choosing the venue for your big day

  • If you are planning to have the ceremony and reception at the same venue – ensure that they have a wet weather/hot weather area big enough to take all your guests in comfort.
  • Is the wedding venue big enough for not only your guests but any entertainment you are considering? For example, is there a dedicated area for the band? Are you having a photo booth? Is there somewhere to put it?
  • Are there any other weddings taking place at the same time? You do not want to have to turn your dance music down because the room next door are having speeches.
  • Is the venue wheelchair accessible? Does it have lifts and ramps for easy access for elderly guests?
  • Is there a retiring room for you and your party if you want to relax before or during the reception? Ensure there is a bathroom big enough to accommodate the bride and her wedding gown.
  • Is there a time limit that your guests can stay – if the party is in full swing is it possible to extend this time and how much will it cost?
  • Consider how your venue will look in the season you will be marrying in. Is that lovely tree you envision having photos under going to be in full bloom or completely bare?
  • Consider how your guests are going to travel to the venue. Is it easily accessible to public transport and does it have good parking facilities?
  • Do they allow you to bring outside entertainment to the venue? Some venues do not allow outside bands, photo booths, DJ’s etc.
  • Ensure that you and the venue are on the same page as far as what your package includes. If you are only paying for wine and soft drinks ensure that the wait staff understand it is their responsibility to collect payment from guests for any spirits, cocktails or mocktails consumed.
  • Get everything in writing before you pay your deposit. It is your responsibility to ask all the right questions. Read the fine print!