Found your perfect wedding venue? Don’t book a thing until you’ve asked these all-important questions…
Finding the dream wedding venue is the most important thing on your to-do list… other than buying the dress of course! It’s the staple that the rest of the planning is based on and sets the tone for the whole day, whether it’s a beachfront balcony or a grand country house.
However, when visiting your dream wedding venue, it’s so easy to get swept away and overwhelmed with all that it has to offer. Many couples are too distracted by stunning grounds and beautiful décor that they forget to consider the practical details of the day.
The event organisers at Rivenhall Oaks Pavilion know how important it is to consider all aspects of the wedding before making a decision. Here are their 7 crucial questions they advise you should ask potential venues to make sure your day goes to plan.
Are you available?
The first question you need to ask any venue you’re interested in is whether they have availability around your chosen dates. It may even be a good idea to ring and ask in advance of the viewing, to save you falling in love with a venue you can’t have.
What’s your capacity?
Another deal breaker question is how many people your venue holds. It’s important that it’s big enough to fit all of your guests in comfortably, especially if you have a long guest list. You don’t want to have to leave your Great Aunt Valerie sitting outside or ask guests to share chairs to save room!
Do you hold ceremonies?
Many people like to have their wedding ceremony and reception all in one venue. However, you need to make sure the one you’re looking at has a wedding license. If not, you could ask what potential ceremonies there are nearby.
Who is permitted?
Many venues have a preferred list of suppliers when it comes to services such as catering and entertainment. Ask your venue whether they have an in-house caterer or DJ that you have to use, or whether they are happy for you to hire your own if you’d prefer.
What equipment do you have?
A question that a lot of couples forget to ask is whether table linin and crockery is included in the price. There could be a potential disaster if you turn up on the day and the tables are bare!
Who else will be here?
On your special day, it’s okay to want privacy. You should ask your venue whether you will have exclusive hire or whether there might potentially be other weddings going on in the day.
Is there a contingency plan?
No one is able to predict the Great British weather. You might envision a romantic outdoors setting in some beautiful grounds, however, you do need a backup plan just in case. Ask your venue whether they have a contingency plan in place, whether this is a sheltered area or an inside alternative.
For more information on Rivenhall Oaks, visit https://www.rivenhalloaksgolf.com
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