December 11, 2015 @ 11:06 PM

Tips for Selecting Your Wedding Venue

Planning your wedding day should be fun and exciting.  But for most, planning a wedding is a new adventure with a big learning curve.  To help you avoid unexpected surprises when planning your wedding, we’ve put together a list of the top questions you should ask before choosing your wedding venue.

 

Be sure to ask the same questions at each wedding venue so you can create a list of pros and cons and ultimately, choose a space that you and your guests will remember for years to come!

 
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Location

How many guests can the wedding venue accommodate (be sure to specify what type of floorplan you want – for example cocktail vs sit down banquet)
What time can I get in the venue and what time do I need to have all guests out of the venue?
Is there a bridal suite onsite?
Is there parking nearby?
Is there transit nearby?
What hotels are nearby?
What are some great locations to have photos taken nearby?
Can I do my ceremony and reception at your venue?
Who will be helping me with my wedding on the big day?
 

Food and Beverage

Do you provide catering?
Can I view your menu?
Do you offer menu tastings?
What is your policy on special dietary requests and menu customizations?
Can I bring my own food?
Do you have a kitchen on site?
Do you provide alcohol?
What do you charge for alcoholic drinks?  (not finding this out up front could leave you with an unexpected bar bill at the end of your wedding in the thousands of dollars)
Can I bring my own alcohol?
Do you provide bartenders?
Can I bring my own bartenders?
Do you provide mixers (pop, juice, etc.)?
Do you provide plates, cutlery and barware?
 

Sound, Lighting and Video

Do you have a sound system?
Do you provide a DJ?
Do you provide dance lights?
Do you provide a projector?
Do you provide a screen?
Do you have any other special audio, video or lighting equipment on site to create ambiance?
Is the Socan music licensing fee included?
Furniture, Décor and Linens
What furnishings come with the venue?
What décor do you offer?
Are tables provided?
Are chairs provided?
Do you provide cloth linens, napkins and chair covers?
Do you allow candles/open flames?
Are there any décor limitations?
 

Set Up, Tear Down and Cleaning

Who is in charge of the set up?
What is your policy on early drop offs and scheduled deliveries?
What is your policy on venue clean-up and disposal of garbage and empties?
 

Miscellaneous

What other special services do you offer (ie. décor planning, wedding planning, on-site rentals, other vendor discounts, set up, etc.)?
What makes your wedding venue special or different from other venues?
 

Pricing

Can you provide a quote that includes a detailed breakdown of everything that is included? Be sure to include all taxes, gratuities, alcohol and any licensing fees. 
Do you have a payment plan/when do I have to pay?
 
Considering The Metro for your big day?  Please contact our experienced wedding planners today to get answers to all these questions and more.  We’ve planned 100s of weddings and would love to help make your wedding day extraordinary!