Questions to Ask During Your Wedding Venue Tour
It’s easy to be awestruck during the tour of a wedding venue—so awestruck, in fact, that it’s easy to forget to ask key questions you need to plan your wedding.
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Stained glass windows. Beautiful high ceilings. Grand stairways. It’s easy to be awestruck during the tour of a wedding venue—so awestruck, in fact, that it’s easy to forget to ask key questions you need to plan your wedding.
However, there’s more to planning a wedding than just a beautiful wedding venue. There’s setting (and keeping) a wedding budget. Making sure your wedding venue meets your guests’ needs. Hiring a wedding photographer. All of these details fall in to place if you ask the right questions to your wedding venue staff.
Some questions you should ask when you first contact the venue (i.e. how many guests they can accommodate, if they require certain vendors, and these other questions). You don’t have to know every detail about your potential venue (you can ask more questions later), but you should go down this list of questions to make sure you’ve got the important questions answered.
How many hours does the venue fee cover?
This question can save you money later; some venues give you a cost up front but charge you overtime fees if your reception goes over a certain length of time. Ask the wedding venue this question when you contact them or make it a top priority when you tour the wedding venue.
Do you offer parking? Is there parking nearby? What is the cost of parking?
To be sure, this question is more for your guests than you (after all, you’ll be arriving by limo or another fun mode of transportation!). The fact is that your guests appreciate not having to walk a few miles—or not having to pay a ton so they can come to your wedding. If you really love a venue but you don’t want your guests to pay for parking, ask if you can make arrangements to prepay for parking in advance.
Are there any sound restrictions we need to be aware of?
It’s better to find out now—before you start shopping for a DJ or band—if there are any sound restrictions or curfews that you (and your entertainment) needs to be mindful of during your wedding reception. If you want a late-night dance-a-thon, ask this question upfront when you call the venue.
Have other wedding bands and DJ’s performed here? Can you accommodate their equipment?
Don’t assume that your favorite wedding venue has the outlets and system to accommodate your wedding entertainment. Ask your wedding venue if other bands and DJ’s have used the space, and if there are any special requirements that you need to mention to the bands and DJs as you vet them.
What are common places for photo opps?
Wedding photos are an invaluable memory that you can hold on to for a lifetime. Start thinking about them during your wedding venue tour. Ask to see areas that other photographers have used for photos at past weddings and keep an eye out for beautiful spots that’ll give you that perfect wedding day shot.
Do you have space for a ceremony? Is there space for changing that my wedding party and I can use? What spaces are perfect for mingling? Dancing?
Wedding spaces are an integral part of your big day. Space for a ceremony, for guests to mingle when they arrive, for you and your attendants to change and store your valuables, a good dance floor…they are all important details necessary for a smooth-running wedding day. If any of those spaces are outdoor, make sure you ask about a Plan B space (this is Wisconsin after all!) in case of inclement weather.