Questions To Ask When Viewing A Venue
When planning your wedding, one of the most important decisions you have to make is your choice of venue.
Here is a guide to the most important things to ask the events coordinator when you are viewing.
If you would like your wedding to be a private event exclusively for you and your guests, you need to check whether you will have exclusive use of the venue on the day.
Some large venues host more than one event at a time so you need to find out what the terms are for hire, and how much of the venue you will have access to.
You may have guests who are travelling a long distance for your wedding, so you will need to find out if accommodation is available on site, not only for the evening of your wedding but possibly for the evening preceding the event also.
Parking and Access
What are the guest parking facilities available, is it close to the accommodation?
Are there suitable pathways to the venue and accommodation in the event of wet weather, and is there sufficient lighting provided in the evening?
Is there disabled access available for the venue and accommodation also?
Décor – Dos and Don’ts
If you are getting married in a period building, such as a country house or stately home, you will need to ask what you can and can’t do in terms of décor. For example naked flame candles may not be allowed in certain areas.
If you would like to arrange a firework display in the evening you need to ask whether this will be permitted.
Caterers and Suppliers
Ask your wedding coordinator to put you in touch with caterers who are experienced in working at your chosen venue. At Capesthorne Hall, we have several event caterers we can recommend, who will arrange to meet you and provide you with a menu tasting before you decide.
Other wedding suppliers such as florists and photographers can also be recommended upon request.
If you are happy with the venue after your first viewing, ask if you can arrange a second visit, as you may wish to bring other family members along – for example to look at the accommodation, and discuss the finer details before you make your final decision.
If you wish to arrange a viewing appointment here at Capesthorne, simply contact our event team – details are on our website .
Why not take a look at the other wedding blogs on the website for more inspiration!