Three questions you should be asking to help find your perfect wedding venue
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If you have embarked on the adventure that is wedding planning, you will likely have given lots of thought to the venue. After all, there is hardly a more important consideration. If you’re organised with your planning, you may have already drafted a shortlist of potential locations – but how do you narrow down these options further?
You will likely have already sat down and answered some key questions which will have largely informed your search. How many people do you want to invite? What’s your budget? How far are you willing to travel? However, when visiting your prospective venues, it is important to be armed with some key questions for the proprietors to help you decide whether it’s the right fit.
Here are three questions you will need to get answers to.
Do you have accommodation on site?
Ample accommodation is a crucial consideration in the venue-picking process, particularly if you are opting for a countryside venue or a remote location where hotels are in short supply. If you’re asking your friends and family to travel far from home for your special day, providing accommodation options is a prerequisite.
If you’re told that the venue can offer accommodation, it’s important to find out as much information as possible, for both your benefit and your guests’. Find out the cost, check in/out times and any more details you think will be useful to pass on to guests. If there isn’t sufficient on-site accommodation, find out more about the local area and whether there are many hotels or B&Bs available.
How long will we have the venue for?
With nearly half (47%) of all couples across America postponing their reception last year due to the pandemic, many wedding venues are facing a backlog of bookings. As a result, it’s not uncommon for a site to host three or more weddings in any given week. This will restrict the amount of time you and your party have to set up and decorate the venue as you please. So, it is important to find out exactly when you will be given access to the site.
If you’re planning on spending a day or two preparing the venue prior to the big day, ensure the site is accommodating of this and they won’t need the space for any other bookings.
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Are there any restrictions?
The reception at the end of the day gives you and your guests the chance to relax and enjoy the celebrations after all of the emotion attached to other parts of the day. However, the last thing you want is for the festivities to be cut short due to venue regulations. If you’re looking to party late into the night, make sure the site allows for this, and there are no restrictions around loud music or curfews.
Other restrictions could be in relation to guest ages, as some venues enforce an over-18 policy which will make them unsuitable if you have any children on your guest list.
To sum up
If you thought that choosing an engagement ring was difficult, wait until you start your search for a wedding venue. With so many different venues competing for your custom, it can be hard to find the one venue that’s right for you. When viewing a venue, or even in advance of viewing, ensure that these three questions are answered and you will be well on your way to organising the wedding of your dreams.