Reception Venue Feature

8 Questions to Ask your Wedding Venue

June 8, 2022

When looking for a venue, make sure you ask the essential questions such as what is the capacity for the space, what are your deposit and cancellation policies, is your catering menu flexible, along with more questions to ask. Here is some advice for things to ask your venue, what to look for, and what to watch out for that you may not already know.

Reception Capacity Set-up

1. What is the capacity for the space?

  • Find out if table set-up affects capacity 
  • Ask about your layout options

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Signing Contract for Venue

2. What are your deposit and cancellation policies?

  • Ask when deposit and full balance are due
  • Find out how late you can cancel and still get a refund

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Bridesmaids help bride get ready

3. Will I have access to spaces besides the event room?

  • Ask about bridal suites and places to take pictures
  • Determine if there are enough parking spaces and restrooms on-site

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Wedding Coordinator

4. What on-site coordination services do you offer?

  • Find out who will be in charge of the event on the day
  • Ask if there will be a host or hostess on-hand for guest needs

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First Aid Supplies

5. Does your staff have health and safety training?

  • Verify if staff is trained in CPR and First Aid
  • Ask about T.A.M. training (Techniques of Alcohol Management)

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Catered Appetizers

6. Is your catering menu flexible?

  • Browse the selections for variety
  • Find out if you can design your own menu
Variety of drinks

7. What is your bar policy?

  • Ask if you can have an open bar
  • Look for variety, including frozen and non-alcoholic drinks

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Special Coffee Service

8. What special amenities do you offer?

  • Ask about secondary food services
  • Find out if complimentary mints and coffee services are provided

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