I hope everyone had a happy New Years! I also hope you enjoyed my last blog on budget! My next blog theme in this series is venue! Choosing your venue is your biggest decision, since it affects the rest of your decisions.
You begin by researching all the venues in your area, and then narrowing them down to ones that suite your needs, style, and personality. You need to look for many things while choosing a venue. Some important questions to ask are:
Does the venue come with chairs, tables, and linens?
Do you have to decorate yourself? Do you have to decorate the day of?
Are there dressing rooms for both the bride and groom?
What is the guest capacity?
Do they have areas for both ceremony and reception?
If it’s an outdoor location, do they have a back-up plan if it rains?
Is there enough parking? Is parking free? Is it on-site?
What is the deposit required to book your date?
Are you able to change your guest count after booking?
Do they require a security deposit for possible damages? Will you get it back?
What are the policies for bringing in outside vendors?
What are their alcohol policies?
If they have an in-house caterer, do you have to use them?
Can you set-up a payment plan? What methods of payment do they accept?
When does the final payment need to be made?
What kind of service fees do they have?
How long is the venue rental?
Will they have staff members working the day of?
How many bathrooms do they have?
If you have any guests attending that are in wheelchairs, is your wedding site easily accessible?
Remember to be thorough and ask all your questions before signing the contract. Make sure you are aware of everything that is provided in the price of the venue. When sticking to a budget, remember to allot for chair, table, and linen rentals if your venue doesn’t provide them. If you are not wanting the stress on your wedding day, you should look for a venue that includes set-up and clean-up. You don’t want to put any family or friends out by asking them to decorate at your venue just hours before your wedding, if it’s avoidable. Try making a chart with all these questions to help you decide on a venue.
Although the pressure of this big decision can be stressful, after you finally book your venue and set your wedding date, it helps the rest to easily fall into place. So relax! Your one step closer to your dream wedding!