Questions to Ask Before You Book Your Wedding Venue

If you’re planning a wedding then one of the first things on your to-do list will be finding a venue!  Searching for an unique venue that meets all of your needs is definitely the foundation to your wedding planning exploration.  Once you’ve found a few places you like, the next step is setting up a site tour, exciting right?!  Finding the perfect venue for your event is imperative, but there a few questions you’ll need to ask before you can determine if a location is right for your special event.


Wedding Date

Is my wedding date available?

(If your date isn’t available) What dates are available in the same month?

What is the price difference for renting the venue on a weekday, weekend, and off-season dates?

Is the venue exclusive for our date? Will other weddings be booked on the same day?



How many people can this location accommodate?

Is there space for a ceremony? (if you want the venue for both ceremony and reception)

Is there space for a band/DJ?

Is there a dressing room space?

What is the seating arrangement?

What are the decoration restrictions?

What is the back up plan for inclement weather?

Can I hire my own vendors? Or do I need to use the on-site/preferred vendors?

How early can vendors set up?

How much time is allotted for clean up/break down?

Can I see your client references?

Is there onsite parking? Do you have a valet service?

How many restrooms are there?

Is there a coat check?

Do you offer onsite coordination?

Is there a secure safe to store wedding gifts?

Are there any noise restrictions?

Will there be a sound system provided?

What’s the last possible date that to make changes?

Is the site handicap accessible?

Do you have liability insurance?



What is the rental fee and what is included in that price?

How many hours will be included in the rental?

How much are additional hours? How much are the overtime fees?

How much is the deposit?

Is gratuity included in the price?

What’s the cancellation policy?


Food and Beverages

Is there an exclusive caterer for the venue?

(If catering is provided) Can we set up a sample taste test?

What is the average cost per person for food and beverage?

Is there a separate space for cocktail hour?

Is there a cake cutting fee?

Do you have a liquor license?

Can I bring my own alcohol? Is there a corkage fee?

Is there a staffing fee?


We hope you found this article helpful, and happy wedding planning!

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