Choosing your wedding venue is one of the hardest and most important decisions of the wedding planning process, so you need to make sure you’re asking the right questions. Here Bijou Wedding Venues come up with 5 you might not have thought of!
It’s natural to ask about availability, bedrooms and timings when you visit a wedding venue, and you may find that the more venues you visit, the better you’ll become at asking the right questions according to the style of wedding you wish to have. That being said, Bijou Wedding Venues have shared 5 questions with us that you may not have thought to ask, ahead of your hunt for the perfect wedding venue.
Food will be a huge part of your day so it needs to be right. Find out how your venue does it – we think in-house teams are best as they’re the most invested in making sure your day goes perfectly. Usually they can also work to any specific recipe or dish you want – but it’s worth checking. This may crop up further down the line, but if you plan on having a friend bake your wedding cake, or you’d like to make your own edible favours, ask the venue what is and isn’t permitted. Your chosen wedding venue may have restrictions when it comes to what can and cannot be brought on-site due to insurance purposes.
If you plan on getting married outside, it’s important to ask whether or not the venue has an outdoor wedding licence and if there is an additional cost for outdoor nuptials. If you’re unlucky with the weather on the day, what is the back-up plan and are the capacities the same?
Drinks are another big part of your day. They’re also a big part of what makes wedding venues viable businesses so there can be friction if expectations are mismatched. If you want to do something ‘off the beaten track’ or corkage, for instance, check that it’s allowed and find out the prices.
If you want to end the night with a firework display, check whether this is permitted. You may find that some venues state clearly that fireworks are allowed, where as others either don’t allow them, or do allow them, but only with consent from the local council or nearby neighbours.
How much deposit will you need to put down and when is the final balance of your wedding due? Knowing this information could make a big impact on your wedding budget. Some wedding venues will ask for an initial, non-refundable deposit, and then the rest of your balance will be due in installments leading up to your wedding date. Depending on how soon your wedding is, you may need to pay the full balance up front.