Planning a wedding? As you look into ceremony sites for your wedding, refer to this quick checklist of six questions you should ask before booking your wedding venue.
Question 1: Do you have my date available?
This may seem obvious, but some wedding ceremony venues do work on a first-come-first-served basis, or may book weddings for similar Saturday afternoon time slots. Ensure that your spot is reserved exclusively for you, and allow enough time to enjoy your day without rushing.
Question 2: Are there any restrictions on set up times and clean up requirements?
Some wedding venues have staff available to help set up or to clean up after the wedding, but some don’t. Also be sure to ask about wedding guests throwing rice or confetti-you’ll want to let people know if your wedding venue doesn’t allow these traditional ways to celebrate your marriage. And don’t forget to reserve the location for rehearsals!
Question 3: Who is my contact both for planning and on the big day?
Your wedding ceremony site may have a wedding coordinator on staff. Keep in contact with this person as the big day approaches to make sure there aren’t any glitches.
Question 4: What fees or donations are expected, and when should they be paid?
There may be building fees, grounds fees, janitorial fees, kitchen fees, minister fees…the list goes on and on. Ask the ceremony site’s wedding coordinator about all these fees to avoid unexpected surprises as you’re headed out with your new husband.
Question 5: What kinds of equipment will I need to rent?
Many wedding venues do not have sufficient chairs, tables, kitchen space, parking, etc. to accommodate your wedding party and guests. Ask in advance if you will need to bring any rented items, if you can rent items from the venue, or if they have restrictions on what items you can bring in.
Question 6: Will the officiant charge travel fees, rehearsal fees, or other costs?
Some popular wedding sites supply their own officiants (the minister or justice of the peace who officiates the ceremony). Ask if this official requires his or her own set of fees for travel, rehearsing, or performing the ceremony.