You’ve found the perfect venue for your big day, but before you jump the gun and book it, there are a few things you should consider. Sit down and have a conversation with your venue to ask important questions that will help you decide if it’s the right space for you.

Is our preferred date available?
Before you get too excited about the venue you have your eye on, first ask if it will be available for the wedding day you and your fiance have set. If not, keep searching!

What’s the largest number of guests you can accommodate?
If you have a winery in mind for your wedding venue, but a large guest list, you may not be able to comfortably accommodate everyone. Your potential venue should be able to tell you how many people it can seat so you know exactly how many people will fit.

What’s the site fee?
Site fees vary depending on the venue of choice. Some may have a larger site fee because they include tables, chairs and linens. But some come with a high price tag just for the space itself. Can you believe that at some venues, you even have to rent portable bathroom stalls?

Do we have to be a member?
If you want to tie the knot at a country club, first find out whether or not you have to be a member to do so. Some clubs are exclusive, but others let outsiders hold events there if they are sponsored by a member.

What time will our guests have to leave?
You may be planning on celebrating into the wee hours of the morning, but check with your venue first. Understanding the timeline of the reception will help you plan more efficiently. Some sites can charge up to $500 an hour for overstaying.

Will our guests have to pay for parking?
Oftentimes, if it’s a venue where people normally have to pay to park, chances are it will stay that way for your wedding day. But you can usually offer to pay the venue ahead of time so parking is free for your guests – just make sure you create room in the budget.

Can we use our own vendors?
Some venues require you to use florists and caterers of their choosing. Sometimes you can avoid this, but it may cost extra.

Who will be responsible for taking down the decor?
When the big day comes to an end, something needs to be done with all the beautiful, unique decor that you worked so hard on. Most venues charge a fee to have someone take care of this for you. If your wedding is being held in a private location, like a backyard, offer to pay the florist and the caterer extra to help out.

How did you decide on your venue? Share your thoughts with us!