Every Single Question You Need To Ask Your Wedding Ceremony Venue Before You Book It

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When choosing your wedding ceremony venue, there are numerous things to consider and important questions to ask. Here are some things to keep in mind when going on a ceremony site visit, broken down into categories:

1. The Wedding date:

  • Which dates & times are available?
  • If the wedding is in a place of worship, would any congregant be allowed to attend the ceremony?
  • Do you hold more than one ceremony on the same day? Would this interfere with our wedding?

2. Space:

  • What is the seating and standing capacity in the space?
  • If there is more space than required, could some pews be roped off?
  • How long is the aisle?
  • Is there a room where the bride and bridal party can get ready?
  • Is there a preferred location for a receiving line?
  • Is there parking? What is the capacity?

3. Logistics:

  • If the wedding is outdoors, is there a rain plan?
  • How long before the ceremony can set up begin?

4. Music/sound:

  • How are the acoustics in the venue?
  • Does the officiant require a microphone?
  • Do the readers require a microphone?
  • Is one available if needed?
  • Is there an organ or piano?
  • Could we hire outside musicians to play it?
  • Could other musicians be hired to play other instruments?
  • Do you have any restrictions regarding instruments or music?
  • Is there room for musicians to set up?
  • Are there enough electrical outlets for the musicians?

5. Photo/Video:

  • Are photography and videography allowed?
  • Where would be ideal for formal photos?

6. Flowers/Decor:

  • Do you allow couples to order their own flower arrangements?
  • If a place of worship, do couples usually donate the ceremony flowers, or can they be used for the reception?
  • Are there any restrictions in terms of decor? For example, are candles allowed? What areas are we allowed to decorate?

7. Payment:

  • How much does it cost to use the site?
  • What deposit is required?
  • When is the remaining balance due?
  • What is your cancellation policy?

8. Staff:

  • Is there a staff member to help run a rehearsal?
  • Is there a staff member to help coordinate on the day of including cuing everyone for the processional and helping with the setup?

9. Miscellaneous:

  • Do you allow throwing birdseed or blowing bubbles following the ceremony?
  • Is there an ideal location for this?
  • Does the venue have liability insurance?