How to Say, “I Do,” in the Ideal Venue
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
You’re getting married. That was a big decision. Now you have another one: picking the right wedding venue. Here are a few tips and questions to keep in mind.
1. Before you can start considering your options, you need to decide on your budget.
2. You also need to have an idea of how many guests you want.
3. And, of course, you need to pick a date.
4. As you start considering the venues, these questions will help narrow the list:
· How many guests can it hold?
· What is the guest count minimum?
· Are there different capacities for different rooms?
· Can you have your ceremony and reception there?
· Will there be onsite accommodations for your guests?
· Is the pricing structure based on room hire, price per head, minimum spend or are there set packages?
· Find out exactly what is included in the price and if any upgrades are available.
· Is the catering in-house or is there an approved caterers list?
· Do you have a choice in which suppliers you can use?
· Do they have sample menus?
· How do their menu tasting sessions work?
· Is there plenty of natural light or will dark conditions make it tricky for your photographer?
· How easy is it to access by public transport?
· Is there plenty of parking?
· What chairs and tableware do they use? (If you prefer something different, you might need to rent them elsewhere.)
· How many other weddings will take place on the same day/weekend as yours.
· What are the staff numbers for service on the day?
· What are your bar options and can you see a bar pricelist?
· Can you supply your own beverages?
· When can you get in and out of the venue to give access to your suppliers on the day of the wedding?
· Are there any restrictions such as the use of confetti or candles?
· If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, does the venue offer a backup space indoors if bad weather hits?
· Does the venue have plenty of power outlets for entertainment equipment? It’s important to check this, especially if it’s in a location that doesn’t usually host weddings.
5. Try to find photos of weddings that took place at each venue and ask for referrals. This will give you an idea about the experience other couples had.
6. Pick a venue that feels comfortable, that fits your style and who you are.
7. Consider your guests. A short walk to a rustic church off the beaten path might seem like a great idea, but if you have guests in wheelchairs, it’ll be difficult for them to get there. How close is the venue to accommodations for your out of town guests?
8. Pick your colors or theme after choosing your venue. Otherwise, the colors in the venue might clash with yours, rather than complement them.
9. Once you’ve found the right venue, book it. Many couples book 12-18 months in advance which means popular venues go quickly.
We work with several Cincinnati venues. Contact Cincinnati Catering to see which one is right for you.