20 Questions to Ask a Wedding Venue

20 Questions to Ask a Wedding Venue

(Photo taken by Bonphotage Photography)


After the engagement, you first need to determine your budget and guest list.  This will help you with the next step….


Choosing a wedding venue.  Determining your guest list will show you how big of a space you will need and outlining your budget will help you choose a venue that stays with in your price range.


When searching for a wedding venue you will want to ask the right questions to help make your decision and know what each place has to offer.  Here is a list of 2o questions to ask a wedding venue before choosing your location.


20 Questions To Ask A Wedding Venue

  1. What is the rental fee?  What does this include and exclude?
  2. What is the deposit and cancelation policy?
  3. How many can the room accommodate for a seated dinner, buffet dinner, cocktail reception?
  4. Is the space shared with another event?  How is privacy ensured?
  5. How many hours are included in the rental rate?  What is the cost of overtime?
  6. Are there any restrictions on the type of music, number of musicians or time played?
  7. Are there any rules on decorations, flowers or photography?
  8. Is there heating and air conditioning?
  9. Do they have an in house caterer or preferred list?  Can you bring in your own caterer?
  10. Can you do a food tasting before choosing the menu?
  11. Do they provide bar service?
  12. Do they have liability insurance?
  13. Do they require vendors to have any insurance?
  14. Is there a location for a ceremony?
  15. Is there parking for guests?  Are there any parking fees?
  16. Do they have a bridal suite?
  17. Do they provide tables, chairs and linens?
  18. Is the venue handicap accessible?
  19. If you are using the outside, what is the backup plan for rain?
  20. What time can vendors start setting up?


I hope you found this article helpful.  Please feel free to print this out and take it with you to your venue meetings.  If you have anything to add, please comment below.


Winter Wonderland Wedding in Chicago

Winter Wonderland Wedding in Chicago

As the snow is lightly falling outside I thought today would be the perfect day to show off Asha and David’s winter wonderland wedding in Chicago.  Snow and winter scares a lot of us when it comes to planning a wedding, but that didn’t stop Asha from her dream wedding.  We had a snow storm that day which made for some pretty awesome photos!

Let’s hear it for the vendors who made this day happen:

Ceremony: Faith United Protestant Church in Park Forest

Reception: Tuscany Falls

Photography: Jolie Images

Music: DJUj Mobile Lights and Entertainment

Flowers: ZuZu’s Petals

Transportation: Chi Town Party Bus

Band: Lynne Jordan and the Shivers

Wedding Planner: Creatively Yours