Top Questions To Ask Your Wedding Venue
EVERYTHING TO ASK BEFORE SAYING “I DO” TO YOUR VENUE
When searching for the perfect wedding venue, a little preparation can save a lot of time, stress and money. The venue will most likely be the biggest part of your budget, and the pressure to get it right can feel overwhelming. So, take a breath and relax, because we’ve crafted this list of essential questions to help ace your wedding venue tours and staff meetings. Just follow these guidelines and you’ll feel confident that you’re getting a great deal, a great experience and best of all no surprises on your big day!
WHAT DATES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE MONTH I'M CONSIDERING?
Why you want to know: This is the first question you should ask, especially if you’re planning on getting married in a popular month like June, September or October. If your date is set and the venue can’t accommodate it, then don’t waste any valuable time on further planning! Move on to the next choice on your list.
CAN I SEE A CLEAR PRICE BREAKDOWN, AND ARE THERE HIDDEN FEES?
Why you want to know: Venues know exactly how much it costs to have a wedding at their site, but they’ll sometimes avoid this conversation to prevent sticker shock. Like any other contract, you’re entitled to know EXACTLY what the bottom line is before signing and paying a deposit. Don’t forget to ask about hidden fees (they exist!), like for changing the setup or even having fewer guests than originally planned.
CAN I HOLD MY CEREMONY HERE, TOO?
Why you want to know: For those looking for an alternative to a church or chapel, this is an important question. Be sure to find out if there is an additional charge, if the ceremony area is close to the reception area, if there are changing areas for the bride and groom, and how much time is allocated for the rehearsal. Live Nation Special Events venues have beautiful spaces dedicated to your wedding ceremony. From intimate wedding parties to larger crowds, we can accommodate any size group while you say “I do” in style. We’ll build the ceremony into your budget and plan for a worry-free transition from vows to the reception.
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE USE OF THE SPACE I RESERVE?
Why you want to know: You’ll want to know how much time your pros have to setup and break down after the reception. Ask about overtime fees and if there are minimum and maximum rental times.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES THE SPACE ACCOMMODATE?
Why you want to know: This affects your guest list and the rest of your budget. If the space is great but only fits half of your guest list, then you have to make a decision of which is more important. Be sure and ask how many guests fit with or without a dance floor, with a DJ versus a band and with square or round tables to help you make decisions to maximize your space.
WHAT’S YOUR DEPOSIT/CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY?
Why you want to know: Here’s where you’ll want to ask to see a sample contract (a totally acceptable request) or ask to have their deposit/cancellation/refund policy outlined on paper for you. Things happen, and you'll want to know that you can recover any losses before you book.
WHO WILL BE OUR POINT PERSON AS WE PLAN OUR WEDDING, AND WHO WILL BE OUR POINT PERSON ON OUR WEDDING DAY?
Why you want to know: You’ll want these two people to be one and the same, but that’s not always the case. Figure out your contact for the planning process, for your vendors and for day-of logistics. If there are multiple contacts, make sure to understand their responsibilities and channels of communication.
IF THERE’S NOT AN IN-HOUSE CATERER, DO WE HAVE TO CHOOSE FROM A LIST OF OPTIONS OR CAN WE HIRE OUR OWN?
Why you want to know: Aligning your menu expectations with your venue choice is important. Ask about food and beverage minimums that you’re required to meet as part of the contract and find out what happens if you don’t meet them. Also, be sure to look into upgrade options that you might be able to add to your menu to help you meet that minimum. Our venues feature in-house caterers who will create a custom food & drink menu for your wedding. From delectable bites to craft cocktails, our professional chefs and mixologists will work with you to capture an unparalleled experience for your guests.
DOES THE VENUE OFFER BAR ENHANCEMENTS?
Why you want to know: Guests expect a top-flight drink experience these days, so be sure that your venue can deliver. Ask about their liquor, wine and beer options to ensure that their labels and quality are up to your standards. Be sure that the bar staff are qualified mixologists who will give your guests unique cocktails and excellent service. Lastly, ask about additional enhancements like personalized drinks that reflect something special about you as a couple.
WHAT’S YOUR LIGHTING LIKE?
Why you want to know: Often overlooked lighting is a key component to your reception’s atmosphere. You’ll want to avoid harsh fluorescent type light in favor of dimmable, soft romantic lighting. Once the party starts, be sure that your venue has the lighting to get your guests energized. Live Nation Special Events weddings use state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology to create moods that are warm, romantic, dramatic or dreamlike… whatever you can imagine! Our technicians have lit the world’s best performers, and they’re ready to help realize your vision.
Celebrate your happily ever after with us! Contact Live Nation Special Events and start the conversation about how to bring your stunning wedding to life today.