The wedding venue. Usually the first thing a couple books when planning their wedding. Planning a wedding can be super fun and exciting, while also being intimidating. It's most likely your first time planning a wedding!
This first step of planning is a big one! There's many things that go into consideration for a wedding venue - location, price, aesthetic, size, etc. In Savannah, we have SO many beautiful venues! It's amazing and overwhelming, but they all cater to different couples. Once you have your choices narrowed down, what do you ask? I'm here to help! Here are my Top 30 Questions to Ask Before Booking your Wedding Venue!
Get Down to the Basics
What dates do you have available in *month(s) you are considering?*
How many guests can I have at your venue?
What is the rental fee and what is included?
How many hours does the rental fee include, and can we extend it? If so, how much?
How much is the deposit, when is it due, and is it refundable?
What's the payment plan? What forms of payment do you accept?
Can I have my ceremony here, too? Is there an additional cost?
Are there bridal/groom suites for the bride, groom, and/or wedding party to get ready?
How much time is allocated for the rehearsal?
What's the cancellation policy? - SO important for this era of COVID
What's your weather contingency (backup) plan for outdoor spaces?
Do you have liability insurance?
Is the venue handicap accessible?
Where do guests park?
Are there noise restrictions?
The Yummy Stuff - Food & Beverage
Do you have an in-house caterer? Do you have a preferred caterer list?
If I hire my own caterer, is there a kitchen available for them on site?
Is there a food & beverage minimum?
Can we do a food tasting before we finalize our menu selection? How much is it?
Are tables, linens, chairs, plates, silverware, and glassware included?
Can we bring our own alcohol?
Are there additional charges for bar staff?
Getting Fancy - Decor & Rentals
Do you have an inventory of décor (lighting, candle holders, vases, etc.) we can borrow from?
Can I move things around or do I have to leave everything as is?
Do you provide heaters and/or umbrellas for the outdoor spaces?
Can I bring my own decor?
Do you have a preferred rental company list?
The Professionals - Vendors
Do you have a preferred list of vendors I need to stick to? If I hire vendors not on the list, is there a fee?
Do you offer on-site coordination? What services are included?
What time can my vendors start setting up on the day of the wedding?