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You can search for venues by location, budget, service type, and style. After your preliminary search, narrow down your venue search to those that could potentially be your dream venue. You’ll not only want to look at photo galleries but also learn about the descriptions, any amenities that are included, and what restrictions the venue has. We also recommend having an idea of your ideal wedding vision and have an estimated budget based on your guest count.
Once you have a list of venues you are potentially interested in, we recommend reaching out to them and/or visit them before you’ve chosen an exact wedding date. If you have a few date options or a range of dates that might work, as well as some dates that absolutely won’t work, you’ll have more flexibility and may be more likely to secure a spot at the venue of your dreams.
If you have a specific date in mind, note that some venues might already be unavailable, therefore limiting your venue search.
It’s also important to note that Saturday evenings are the most popular, and therefore, the most expensive option, so if you don’t have your heart set on a specific day of the week, you may find more available dates on a Friday or Sunday. Some venues also have seasonal prices, so keep that in mind when looking at venues and prices.
Ideally, you’ll want your wedding to be the only event occurring on-site that day. When venues rent space to other parties around the same timeframe, this usually results in less set up time, limited venue access, and potential confusion for your vendors and guests. If the venue you are interested in can accommodate other events on the same day, you may inquire how much it would cost to do a venue buyout or ask how the staff accommodates multiple events in a day.
Does this venue have an in-house caterer/bartending team?
If so, do you have a food & beverage minimum that needs to be met? If the minimum isn’t met, what happens? And are there upgraded options to choose from to help us meet that minimum if we are low? Does your in-house caterer provide all plates, silverware, glassware, napkins, linens, or do we need to rent these items?
Do you have specific preferred caterers we have to use, or can we hire our own caterer? Is the caterer required to stay until the very end of the reception?
Do we have to purchase the bar items through the venue? Does the bar come with glassware, ice, garnishes, napkins, etc., or do we need to provide those items?
Are we allowed to bring in our own liquor, and is there a corkage fee or service fee?
Do we need to hire the bartenders, or is that something the venue does for us?
You’ll want to get specific details regarding setup & teardown from the venue, including who is in charge of what, especially the end of the night tasks. The last thing you want to do after your wedding is take out trash, so you’ll want to make sure you know the responsibilities and duties of all of your vendors before the night of.
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