8 Questions You Need to Ask About Your Wedding Venue
Finding the right wedding venue is one of the most important tasks for any couple. Once that’s done, other wedding planning tasks usually slip into place. So, what should you be asking as you look around for ideal locations? Here are eight questions to keep in mind.
- How Many Guests Can the Venue Accommodate?
COVID restrictions won’t be around forever. Some sort of normality is expected to return sooner rather than later, so it’s a good idea to ask how many guests each venue can accommodate as this could be a deal breaker, especially if you’re planning a sizable wedding.
- Are There Extra Costs We Should Know About?
When it comes to hiring a venue, make sure you know exactly what you’re paying for. Hidden or unspoken extras such as bottled water on each of the tables could impact your budget. And don’t assume that VAT is included in your bill.
- Are There Payment Plans Available?
If paying for a venue upfront is going to be difficult, make sure you ask about payment plans. Many venues will accept a deposit and a series of payments leading up to your big day which will, in turn, ease any financial pressure.
- What is Your Cancellation Policy?
It’s always good to prepare for the unexpected. So always ask about the cancellation policy of a specific venue. While cancelling is likely to be the last thing on your mind, a situation may arise which means you have to. Knowing the facts will make the process easier.
- Will We Have Exclusive Use of the Venue?
Some wedding venues host multiple weddings on the same day. So, if you’re looking for exclusive use of a location, it’s essential to ask this question. It could help you choose between multiple venues.
- What Are Your Rules Around Alcohol?
If you want your big day to be a boozy affair, it’s a good idea to suss out the rules around alcohol. Are you allowed an open bar? Can guests purchase their own drinks on the premises? Can you bring your own alcohol and are there any corkage fees?
- Does the Venue Have a Catering Service?
Feeding your guests should be a priority. Therefore, it’s essential to find out what your venue offers in terms of catering. Do you like the menu? Can they provide a wedding breakfast as well as an evening buffet? Can you sample some of the food? Can the venue cater for specific and complex dietary requirements?
- Does the Venue Offer Overnight Accommodation?
If you’ve guests coming from far and wide, you’ll need to help them find suitable accommodation. Or at least point them in the right direction so they can relax and enjoy your wedding in style. Choosing a venue with accommodation is the perfect solution as it will allow you and your wedding party to all stay together and enjoy a nice post-wedding breakfast the following day.
If you’re looking for a dreamy venue nestled on the Kent coast, don’t miss the Hythe Imperial. With wedding packages to suit everyone, you can enjoy a celebration to remember.