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.
Ceremony Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue
- What time does the ceremony start?
- How much time is allowed for setup?
- What is the weather backup?
- Where are the nearest restrooms?
- Where does the sun rise and set?
- Are multiple ceremonies hosted each day?
- Is the ceremony space private or public?
- How many people can be seated in the space?
- Can flower petals and ceremony decor be brought in?
- Are pets allowed at the ceremony?
Cocktail Hour Questions
- Does the timeline include cocktail hour?
- Where is cocktail hour held?
- Who directs the guests to cocktail hour?
- What setup is included for cocktail hour?
- What is served during cocktail hour?
Reception Questions to Ask your Wedding Venue
- What time can vendors start set-up in the reception space?
- How long do I have the reception space for?
- Is there a charge for extended the time after that?
- Does the venue include chairs, tables and linen? What does it look like?
- Is the china, glassware and flatware provided?
- Are there any restrictions of any type in this space?
- Where are the nearest restrooms? How many stalls?
- What is the policy on setup, breakdown and cleanup?
- Are there noise ordinances to be aware of?
- What is the maximum number of guests that fit in the space comfortably?
- Is there a sample layout of the space with my estimated guest count?
Questions to Ask about Food and Beverage
- Do you have an in-house caterer?
- Do you allow outside catering? What is the fee?
- Is there a food and beverage minimum?
- What are the current tax and service charge percentages?
- Is the culinary team able to accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions?
- Do packages include a menu tasting prior to the wedding?
- Is the bar included in the package?
- Is it unlimited or is there a cap set?
- What brands are offered on the bar? Are there upgrade options?
- We have a favorite wine not on your menu. May we bring it?
Wedding Day Preparation At Your Wedding Venue
- Is a ready room provided on wedding day? What’s included?
- What time is the ready room accessible?
- Are ready room menus available?
- Where is the nearest parking for guests?
- Is signage setup to direct guests from parking to ceremony and reception?
Wedding Weekend Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue
- Are guest accommodations available?
- If no, where are the nearest hotels?
- If yes, is there a discount for booking a certain number of rooms?
- Can rehearsal dinner be hosted here?
- What about a breakfast or brunch the following day?
- Are there any amenities or activities available to the wedding party or guests?
- Is there a place to go after the reception is finished to continue to party?
Questions about Wedding Vendors
- Are preferred vendors required or can we use our own?
- Do vendors require insurance?
- Who will we work with throughout the planning process and on our wedding day?
- Does the space accommodate a DJ or a Live Band?
- Is there a special price for meals for vendors?
Wedding Day Venue Decor Questions
- Can we bring in decorations?
- If yes, who puts them out?
- Does the venue have decor that we can rent?
- Can we use candles, sparklers, confetti, and fireworks?
- Does the venue have access to heaters on cooler nights?
- Does the venue allow fog or dry ice machines?
Wedding Venue Photo & Video Questions
- Where can we take photos on wedding day?
- If photo locations are far apart, how do we get to them?
- Will other couples be taking photos in the same spot on my wedding day?
- Am I able to get back into my ready room to retouch hair and makeup if necessary?
- Can we take engagement photos here?
- If yes, is there a charge?
- Does the venue allow for drone photography?
- Is there anywhere on property that we cannot go for photos?
- What about video, any restrictions?
Questions Before You Book Your Wedding Venue
- Is my preferred date and space available?
- What are alternative options?
- Are there dates that offer discounts?
- What deposit is required to book?
- Is the deposit refundable?
- When’s the remaining balance due?
- What’s the cancellation policy?
- Is the timeline and guest count flexible after contract signing?
- Am I guaranteed the space that I was shown today or is my space subject to change?
- Are there any construction projects scheduled that could impact my wedding?
- When are my final guest counts due to the venue?
- What if my final guest count is much lower or higher than contracted?
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