Questions to ask your wedding venue

Questions to ask your wedding venue - Hookhouse Farm

We reveal the essential checklist of questions to ask your wedding venue. When it comes to planning your big day finding a perfect wedding venue is one of the first tasks before setting a date. Before you pay any deposits there are a few essential questions to ask your wedding venue when planning your wedding. Engaged couples usually select a shortlist of venues as the first task and made appointments to view. Do have an open mind when you look at the facilities available, but also have an idea of what you will not be prepared to compromise on and what you will be prepared to compromise. It is really good to be prepared and come with a list of questions to ask your wedding venue. Prepare a checklist and mark them off as you go through the list. Most popular wedding venues are used to anxious bridal couples and already have a prepared FAQ sheet to handout. Here is a list of the most common questions to ask your wedding venue or thinking about when choosing the right venue for you. This will ensure that there are no nasty cost surprises nearer the time.

  • Most important – is there a cost for hiring the venue (most make a charge for hiring the facility)
  • Is there a set-up and break-down fee
  • What deposit is required and what are the cancellation notices
  • What wedding packages are available (do they include cost of venue hire)
  • If you are having a civil wedding – what is the cost of the ceremony (some venues charge extra for the ceremonial room)
  • Is it Exclusive use or is there a premium to pay.
  • If shared, how many other weddings are there that day and where are they located
  • What restrictions are there – candles, confetti, decorations, disabled access
  • Is there a coat room or space for hanging coats Can we use our own wedding coordinator
  • Is there an in-house wedding planner
  • Is there a dance floor
  • What time does the entertainment have to stop
  • Are there any restrictions on sound level for entertainment
  • Are gratuities included for waiting staff
  • Is there sufficient parking
  • Is there enough accommodation for guests wishing to stay overnight
  • If it is an early wedding, what time will accommodation be available
  • Are there changing facilities for the bride, groom and guests
  • Are there locations for stunning photography
  • Do they have a list of preferred vendors (entertainment, caterers)
  • Do they have a cake-stand and knife

If the venue is catering for your wedding reception – consider asking these questions

  • What drinks or cocktails are served for the reception hour
  • Is there a chance to taste our chosen sample menus (some venues have a mass tasting!)
  • Is there facility for an open, paid, or partly paid bar?
  • Is the bar located near the entertainment area or in a separate room
  • Can we bring our own drinks and if so what is the corkage price
  • Can we see sample table settings?
  • What does a sample place setting look like?
  • What table linen colors are available
  • How many waiting staff do you employ per guest ratio