Wedding Day Venue Guide
Questions couples should ask when searching for venues :
One of the most important (and priciest!) parts of a wedding can be the venues. There are so many choices and styles, with many couples unsure of where to begin when looking for one. Also, once you have found it – what should you ask before saying ‘yes!’ all over again and signing on the dotted line?
Where to begin when choosing your venue?
Above all, keep in mind what is important to you. Couples! This important day is yours and the focus should be placed on what you want, not what you think your guests want. Think about what is important to you as a couple, make sure it meets your budget and start from there. If you are searching from scratch, do two things. First, search the Internet using key words that help
wedding venues and receptions
- historic wedding venues in Sussex
- budget friendly wedding venues
- hotels for weddings
- wedding and reception venues
Secondly, ask people you know about venues they have seen or used. You would be surprised how many people who have been or know someone who has been to a wedding recently! Once you have your list of venues, its time to take a look.
The first showround of a wedding venue:
When booking this, ask if it can be with someone who has worked on a wedding before. That way, they can walk you through the event and give you a real understanding of how the venue works on the day itself and can answer most questions there and then. While there, get a feel for the surroundings. Imagine yourselves in this place, on your wedding day. Interact with the staff and possibly stay for a drink or meal if you can. Experience the venue, sample of the quality of food; observe the level of professionalism of the staff. Are they friendly and welcoming or scary and rude? Then try to imagine them serving you on your wedding day.
Questions to ask during the showround of the wedding venue:
Note: some of these might be relevant or not (i.e children) and no doubt, you will have other questions regarding your own specifics, but these can certainly help get the ball rolling.
- How many weddings have they done?
- How long has the Chef been there and how many weddings have they done since the Chef has been there?
- What is the maximum number of guests permitted?
- Are children welcome?
- Do they provide high chairs, booster seats, etc?
- Is there disabled access, including toilets?
- Do they cater for special diets?
- Do they have a children’s menu?
- What does the venue provide as standard in their various packages?
- Is there a minimum spend restriction?
- Where can guests park?
- What time does the license run until?
- Are discos/bands/live music permitted?
- Timings of the day – how would it work?
- Where do people usually take photos?
Ask for testimonials for the wedding venue :
Happy brides love to share the news of their happy day. Many write to thank the venue for their part in making their day so great. Most hotels and traditional wedding venues keep the testimonials they have received from brides. Always ask if they have any. Not every bride writes in but you certainly have the right to be a little concerned if a venue is unable to provide any. Also, check reviews on sites such as hitched.co.uk and www.confetti.co.uk as people do submit venue reviews online. With online reviews, do remember to be wary since anyone can write them! Ask if they can refer you to a photographer who has shot a wedding at the venue around the same time of year as your preferred date. This is a great way to see how the venue works and looks.
So this list is by no means complete, but it can certainly help get things started for those in search of a starting point. Congratulations and happy hunting! For more information please contact the venues found in our registered ceremony venues and reception venues in the WithBellsOn directory, or contact the article writers, The Star Alfriston directly