You may have found your dream destination wedding or the most romantic spot for your intimate celebration, but if you forget to ask these wedding venue questions, your day could turn out completely different to how you imagine.
This checklist ensures everything important is taken care of and will minimise the risk of any surprise or bolt-on charges from your venue. All your other questions about your venue can be secondary or worked out at a later date, but after pricing, these are the most important wedding venue questions you need to ask.
What Is The Dining Capacity?
Some wedding venues will strategically tell couples that they can invite a vast number of guests but might fail to mention how many can actually be seated and fed in the dining facilities. It is important to ask your wedding venue questions about capacities as soon as possible, before you send your invites out and get peoples hopes up. It is also crucial to compare the number of wedding breakfast guests with the available accommodation to ensure everyone can be catered to. Other wedding venue questions to ask regarding dining include:
- Do you provide catering services?
- Do you recommend external catering services?
- Do you charge corkage for brought-in drinks?
- Can I choose the wedding service type, i.e. silver service, banquet etc.
What Is The Nearby Accommodation Like?
If you are planning to say your I do’s somewhere rural or in a classic countryside manor home, it will be important to ask the capacity of the nearby or on-site accommodation. In rural locations, accommodations might be few and far between, so it’s important to check.
Quality wedding venues usually earn their reputation by having onsite accommodation and by being prepared for this kind of question and ensure their guests are looked after. Most couples invite approximately 100 guests and appropriate lodgings will be required for all your nearest and dearest to attend and enjoy the day.
Can The Spaces Be Altered For Intimate Wedding Parties?
Many couples now favour an intimate ceremony and wedding breakfast and prefer to invite their larger circle of friends and family to the reception. As a result, couples now want a wedding venue that can accommodate both styles of celebration. They may require a large hall or space for dancing the night away, but shutters or room dividers to ensure they are not swimming in space during their meal.
Professional wedding venues will know how to cater to every party size (although there may be a minimum requirement). Elegant dining spaces with high ceilings can feel both grand and intimate. Many couples get caught up with this particular detail, but on the day the space is filled with laughter, celebration and merriment so it’s also better to have too much room than not enough!
Will There Be Other Weddings On At The Same Time?
This is a vital wedding venue question to ask prior to committing to your setting. A wedding venue running multiple weddings on the same day can hugely impact the smooth running and logistics of your event. For example, parking, clashing mealtimes and wait time on service could all be impacted. It will also mean the surrounding accommodation is likely to get booked up quickly.
Ensure you have exclusive use of your chosen wedding venue for a seamless, stress-free and magical day.
Which Spaces Can Be Used For Photography?
You might have been sold on one specific area of your venue that is utterly beautiful. You can picture your wedding photographs in this one specific, romantic spot. Then you get told on the day of your wedding that you are not permitted access. To avoid disappointment, ask your wedding venue questions regarding photography and access.
What Is The Liability Policy?
Your wedding will be a truly spectacular day, but little accidents can happen. It’s important to enquire about your chosen venue’s liability policy to find out what you are covered for. This could save you money and help you decide whether you need any additional insurances.
For more information or if you have more wedding venue questions about the romantic, personalised packages available at St Audries Park, you can browse our FAQs or make an appointment to view our stunning venue.