So, your significant other has finally proposed — what’s next? For most, finding a wedding venue is at the top of the list. Once you have a date locked in, you can proceed with securing vendors, asking your bridal party, organizing save the dates, etc.
Speaking from first-hand experience, choosing the right venue is no easy feat. There’s a heap of questions to consider: Do you want a domestic affair or a wedding abroad? Will it be at a hotel, country house, castle, villa or somewhere unique? How many people will you invite? What’s the budget? The list goes on…
And while it can be overwhelming, the best thing you can do is make a game plan. Most likely, you’ll be emailing several venues at once and arranging viewings (tip: opt for virtual viewings for farther away venues, if you can). There may be a lot of back-and-forth too, so, to help keep things clear, create a list of wedding venue questions to ask after each viewing. This is a great way to ensure that the venue you want ticks all the boxes.
If you’re not sure where to start, arrange a coffee date or sit-down time with your partner to prioritize the most important items on your wedding checklist. For instance, if you’re both foodies, it could be the menu. If you’re music lovers, facilitating a band might be a must. Or, if you want a bigger wedding, you’ll need to double check the venue’s maximum capacity.
Once you have these priorities in place, you can move on to the finer details, which there are quite a lot of. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some lesser-known questions to remember to ask your wedding venue, from unexpected weather plans to hidden fees.