Key Questions to Ask Your Wedding Ceremony Venue Before You Book It

When choosing your wedding ceremony venue, there are numerous things to consider. Prepare yourself with this list of key questions to ask when going on a ceremony site visit, broken down into categories:

1. The Wedding date
  • Is my preferred date and time available?
  • Do you hold more than one ceremony on the same day? Would this interfere with our wedding?
2. Payment
  • How much does it cost to use the site? What does it include?
  • How much is the deposit and when is it due?
  • When is the remaining balance due?
  • What is your refund and cancellation policy?
  • Does the venue have liability insurance?
3. Space
  • How many wedding guests can this ceremony space hold?
  • How long is the aisle?
  • Are there rooms/spaces where the bride and bridal party can get ready?
  • Are there enough bathrooms for guests? Do I need to bring in portable facilities?
  • Is there parking? What is the capacity?
  • Do you allow throwing flower petals or blowing bubbles following the ceremony?
4. Logistics
  • If the wedding is outdoors,what is the backup plan in case of bad weather?
  • How long can we use the space?
  • How long before the ceremony can set-up begin?
  • How much time do we have to clean-up after the ceremony?
  • Can we schedule a rehearsal time? Is there a staff member to help run a rehearsal?
  • Is there a staff member to help coordinate on the wedding day?
  • For a religious venue, are there any restrictions regarding clothing?
  • Are there any restrictions or rules I haven’t covered that I should know about?
5. 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?
  • Are there enough electrical outlets for the musicians?
6. Photo/Video
  • Are photography and videography allowed?
  • Are there any restrictions on photography or videography?
7. 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 or rules in terms of decorations? For example, are candles allowed? What areas are we allowed to decorate?
  • Are there any rules on lighting or where they can be set up?

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