It can feel very daunting walking into a wedding venue, unaware of all the questions you need to ask in order to be well-informed! Each venue comes with its own set of rules and it’s important to be aware of all of them so you can choose a venue wisely.
Here’s a starter list of 15 questions to ask your wedding venue when touring for the first time! Oh, and if you need help finding one in the first place, here’s my list of dream wedding venues in Birmingham,AL!
Many venues provide day-of coordinators, but some love an outside planner to step in.
This is super important! Don’t get stuck without tables, chairs or linens. You don’t want to be sitting on the floor. 😉
This impacts what time you’re able to coordinate with hair and makeup artists and what time vendors are able to arrive.
Can you come the night before to decorate, or does that necessitate an added fee?
Classic car companies are hesitant about sparklers being too close, and some venues don’t allow sparklers or non bio-degradable items.
Sometimes you’ve just got to hide the ugly parts! Pipe and drape is always great to have on hand in case you need to close off a section.
Like every venue, they require different things. Some provide their own bartenders, while others are content with you supplying the alcohol.
Downtown venues are notorious for having a lack of parking, but that’s part of the deal! Make sure to allow spaces for vendors and elderly guests.
Some venues can flip in 20 minutes like the illustrious Barn at Shady Lane, and others take closer to an hour. If you don’t mind how long your guests participate in cocktail hour, but if you’re really ready to party, you might want a shorter flip process.
No one loves a rainy wedding day, so be up front and clear about how you’ll decide on a rain plan.
Make sure it is the right size so there is a seamless reception flow and that your guests never feel too crowded at your wedding. Depending on the venue, they can have different capacities for different rooms, so make sure to clarify!
Decorating by yourself can be a challenge, but if it’s necessary for the budget, then double-check with the venue that you have permission to decorate!
Every venue should have this, but it never hurts to ask so you can communicate this to your entertainment vendor!
This directly impacts budget, so be sure to ask if the vendor has preferred vendors or required vendors.
This one can be a game-changer to help your day go smoothly. Moving locations definitely adds more details to plan and bags to pack, but it can be a big blessing to have your venue’s getting ready space to be home base for the bridal party.
If you take note of these questions to ask your wedding venue, you’ll be pretty prepared when it comes time to start planning! And if you still need help finding one, here are some of the best Birmingham wedding venues and six unique Atlanta wedding venues. For more info on weddings, photography, and other tips for brides, visit my blog!