Many wedding professionals and couples beginning their wedding planning excursion agree that selecting a venue is the most important and influential part of planning a wedding. Scheduling wedding venue tours, learning the policies in each space, remembering pricing can be taxing—particularly because “No venue does it wrong, they simply all do it different” said Debbie Martin, general manager of The Foundry at Oswego Pointe and former wedding planner, referring to the diversity among venues pricing structure and policies. Here are some tips and considerations Debbie Martin at The Foundry and West Coast recommend keeping on the forefront in search of a venue:
Questions and Considerations between couples:
- Indoor or outdoor?
- What time of year?
- Same venue for the ceremony and reception, or move locations?
- Does the venue staff make you feel confident in their ability to deliver?
- Do you feel comfortable in the venue? Could it feel like an extension of your home?
Questions and Considerations for the venue:
- What is included in the fee?
- Are there “add-on” options? If so, what are they, and what are the costs?
“Some venues can sound like a bargain, though if nothing is included, you aren’t able to compare prices accurately with other venues that do come with inclusions” says Debbie Martin.
- How long is the venue rental period?
- Is the contact person you will be coordinating with throughout the duration of wedding planning the same person that will be at the venue on the day of? If not, can this be arranged?
There is much research that goes into selecting a venue. Often, word of mouth and referrals can be an invaluable resource. Take the time to prepare a list of questions before taking a tour, and add to the list as you tour each venue, as new inquiries arise. Ask if the venue has a comprehensive venue information packet, like the Details and Specifications packet at Flex Space. When it comes to selecting a venue “knowledge is power”.