Finding the proper venue for your wedding is another one of the many hard choices in planning for your special day. There are a lot of things to consider when trying to find that perfect place. Below you will find a few things that you should be looking for and asking about your potential venue.
- Is the venue available? It seems like a silly question, but some venues are booked up to 2 years in advance. Make sure you check the date early enough that you will be able to change the date or look for a different place to hold your wedding.
- Is there room for the ceremony? A lot of couples are having their ceremony at the same location as their reception now. If you want to hold your ceremony on site, ask what the options are. Some venues have separate rooms or even a location outdoors just for ceremonies. Find one that fits you both.
- What times are available? Some venues have a very strict cutoff time. This means that if the venue says 11 pm is the cutoff time, you need to be sure that the party is brought to a finish a little before 11. Some venues have been known to shut down the DJ and turn on all the lights very promptly according to there schedule. Make sure that you ask when the cutoff is and if you will be allowed to extend the time if the party is still going strong. Some venues will extend the time for a price.
- To Cater or not to cater? Most venues offer food service, while others allow catering, and some even allow you to have a choice. Remember to always check before placing a deposit on a venue.
- Entertainment setup. Always find out what time the entertainment will be able to setup. Most DJs or bands will want to start setting up 2 hours or more before. Make sure you also find out about entrances for your entertainment. Some venues require DJs and bands to only enter through certain doors. Knowing about stairs and elevators is also very helpful for your entertainment.
- Is the room the right size? Consider your guest list. You don't need a grand ballroom to hold a reception for 50 guests, and you don't want guests practically sitting on top of each other because you got a room that was too small. Always go with the full number of people invited and still add a few extras to make sure you choose the right room size.
These are just a few suggestions for finding the right venue. What it comes down to is, make sure you and your soon to be spouse are happy with your decision. This is your special day and you deserve everything you want.