Questions to Ask a Wedding Venue on Tour

Questions to Ask a Wedding Venue on Tour

Groom dipping bride next to stone bridge with shower of sparks

Questions to Ask a Wedding Venue on Tour

Wondering what questions to ask a wedding venue before booking?  

Save time and frustration by taking this easy to use list of questions on your wedding venue tours.

Bride and Groom at the Pool

Rudy & Marta Photography

Ceremony Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue

  1. What time does the ceremony start?
  2. How much time is allowed for setup?
  3. What is the weather backup?
  4. Where are the nearest restrooms?
  5. Where does the sun rise and set? 
  6. Are multiple ceremonies hosted each day?
  7. Is the ceremony space private or public?
  8. How many people can be seated in the space?
  9. Can flower petals and ceremony decor be brought in?
  10. Are pets allowed at the ceremony?

Plaza de la Fontana - wedding ceremony with floral archway

Kathy Thomas Photography

Cocktail Hour Questions

  1. Does the timeline include cocktail hour?
  2. Where is cocktail hour held?
  3. Who directs the guests to cocktail hour?
  4. What setup is included for cocktail hour?
  5. What is served during cocktail hour?

Terrace with white chairs and purple draped tables with fire pit wedding venue questions to ask

Victoria Angela Photography

Reception Questions to Ask your Wedding Venue

  1. What time can vendors start set-up in the reception space?
  2. How long do I have the reception space for? 
  3. Is there a charge for extended the time after that?
  4. Does the venue include chairs, tables and linen? What does it look like?
  5. Is the china, glassware and flatware provided? 
  6. Are there any restrictions of any type in this space?
  7. Where are the nearest restrooms?  How many stalls?
  8. What is the policy on setup, breakdown and cleanup? 
  9. Are there noise ordinances to be aware of? 
  10. What is the maximum number of guests that fit in the space comfortably?
  11. Is there a sample layout of the space with my estimated guest count?

All of the Wedding Guests at Same Sex Ballroom Wedding in Orlando

Heather Rice Photography

Questions to Ask about Food and Beverage

  1.  Do you have an in-house caterer?
  2.  Do you allow outside catering?  What is the fee?
  3.  Is there a food and beverage minimum?
  4. What are the current tax and service charge percentages?
  5. Is the culinary team able to accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions?
  6. Do packages include a menu tasting prior to the wedding? 
  7. Is the bar included in the package?
  8. Is it unlimited or is there a cap set?  
  9. What brands are offered on the bar? Are there upgrade options?
  10. We have a favorite wine not on your menu. May we bring it?

Macaroon with wedding cake for venue tour

DR Photography

Wedding Day Preparation At Your Wedding Venue

  1. Is a ready room provided on wedding day?  What’s included? 
  2. What time is the ready room accessible?
  3. Are ready room menus available?
  4. Where is the nearest parking for guests?
  5. Is signage setup to direct guests from parking to ceremony and reception?

Bride and bridesmaids in leopard print pjs laughing while drinking champagne

J Photography by Jessi Caparella

Wedding Weekend Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue

  1. Are guest accommodations available?  
  2. If no, where are the nearest hotels?
  3. If yes, is there a discount for booking a certain number of rooms?
  4. Can rehearsal dinner be hosted here?  
  5. What about a breakfast or brunch the following day?
  6. Are there any amenities or activities available to the wedding party or guests?
  7. Is there a place to go after the reception is finished to continue to party?

Two couples in spa robes

Heather Rice Photography


Questions about Wedding Vendors

  1. Are preferred vendors required or can we use our own?
  2. Do vendors require insurance?  
  3. Who will we work with throughout the planning process and on our wedding day?
  4. Does the space accommodate a DJ or a Live Band?
  5. Is there a special price for meals for vendors?

Audrey and Brad's elegant wedding reception at Mission Inn

Ashley McCormick Photography


Wedding Day Venue Decor Questions 

  1. Can we bring in decorations?
  2. If yes, who puts them out?
  3. Does the venue have decor that we can rent?
  4. Can we use candles, sparklers, confetti, and fireworks?
  5. Does the venue have access to heaters on cooler nights?  
  6. Does the venue allow fog or dry ice machines?

Groom dipping bride next to stone bridge with shower of sparks

William Arthur Photography

Wedding Venue Photo & Video Questions 

  1. Where can we take photos on wedding day?
  2. If photo locations are far apart, how do we get to them?
  3. Will other couples be taking photos in the same spot on my wedding day?
  4. Am I able to get back into my ready room to retouch hair and makeup if necessary?
  5. Can we take engagement photos here?
  6. If yes, is there a charge?
  7. Does the venue allow for drone photography?  
  8. Is there anywhere on property that we cannot go for photos?
  9. What about video, any restrictions?

Bride and groom on outdoor staircase at night with dramatic lighting Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue

Cricket’s Photography

Questions Before You Book Your Wedding Venue

  1. Is my preferred date and space available? 
  2. What are alternative options?
  3. Are there dates that offer discounts?
  4. What deposit is required to book? 
  5. Is the deposit refundable?
  6. When’s the remaining balance due?  
  7. What’s the cancellation policy? 
  8. Is the timeline and guest count flexible after contract signing?  
  9. Am I guaranteed the space that I was shown today or is my space subject to change? 
  10. Are there any construction projects scheduled that could impact my wedding?
  11. When are my final guest counts due to the venue?
  12. What if my final guest count is much lower or higher than contracted?

Bride and groom kissing on boat at Marina del Rey

Jennifer Werneth Photography


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Mission Inn Orlando Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue

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