When you start wedding planning, the first thing that comes is venue tours, and figuring out what to ask them is key. A venue is a big decision, it influences everything in your wedding. From the lighting to the decor style to what vendors they allow you to work with, it’s a major decision.
Keep reading to see what you should ask when you are touring venues.
This is important if you have a specific date that you are wanting to get married on.
Make sure that you have your guest count estimated before you go to tour venues. Even just a range is so important. Some venues only take 75 guests, some go all the way up to 500. It’s so important to ask this during venue tours, otherwise you might have to make cuts on your guest list.
Knowing the fee and inclusions is major. You might be able to get a $12,000 wedding venue with no inclusions, but there might be another option that is $12k and includes tables, chairs, and other pieces. A venue with inclusions saves you money through rental fees. Also, a lot of venues offer discounts during off-season or weekdays.
If you’re a party animal (heck yeah), you might want a venue that allows you to play music later than 10pm. This is incredibly important to ask if you’re wanting a late reception and dance party.
If not, you’ll have to find another location to get ready during the morning.
If not, you might have to find another location for your rehearsal.
Knowing what they’ve done before and making sure that you’re okay with it is so important.
Some in-house caterers are more spendy, or they might not have the food you want. Some venues require for you to use one of their preferred caterers, and apply a fee if you use an outside caterer.
Some venues don’t allow the use of sparklers, confetti, candles, etc. It’s important to know what you can and cannot use at a wedding venue before you book them. You don’t want to plan a huge candle decor piece and then not be able to do it.
Remember, this is not the same thing as a day of coordinator. Read this blog to learn more about the differences between the two.
This is such an important question to ask during venue tours. If you’re having an intricate decor set up, your vendors might need to access the venue a bit earlier than your venue might allow.
Most couples prefer to leave their decor overnight (packed up by us, of course) so a family member can pick it up the next day. This is definitely an added benefit.
This is especially important if you’re having a downtown wedding or a wedding in a popular area. If parking can be difficult, you might have to add a transportation vendor onto your vendor list.
If you have people on your guest list with disabilities, it’s important to make sure that they are able to access all the pieces of the venue that you are using.
Picking a venue and touring that venue can be stressful. This signals a big piece of the beginning of wedding planning, and that can be overwhelming. If you have a wedding planner, they can be so helpful in finding that venue, or suggesting venues that fit your vibe and budget. Feel free to contact us today!
Some of our favorite venues in Oregon are:
Green Villa Barn – Independence
Reach out to us to hear more venues we recommend in Oregon!