What to Ask Your Wedding Venue

20 Questions to Consider When Touring

Photos by Emily Leonard

There’s so many factors that go into finding the right venue, and while budget and availability are top priorities, we have a list of questions that are important to keep in mind. Lucky for you – if you tour with your Confetti and Cocktails Event Planner, we’ll have the answer already or obtain the info for you!

  1. What is included in the rental fee, and how many hours does it cover?
  2. What’s the payment plan/schedule? What forms of payment do you accept?
  3. Capacity maximums and contract minimums on attendees?
  4. Do you have liability insurance? Am I required to get event insurance?
  5. Are there any noise restrictions?
  6. Will the property be undergoing any sort of renovations during my wedding? 
  7. What kind of security is provided in the contracted spaces; ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and ready room spaces?
  8. Are you licensed to provide alcohol service?
  9. Do you have a corkage fee?
  10. Can we provide our own wine, beer, champagne, or hard liquor? If not, can we make special requests? What about signature cocktails?
  11. Do you have an in-house caterer or do I need to provide my own? If there is an in-house caterer, do I have the option of using an outside caterer instead?
  12. Do you have an on-site baker, or do I need to source my own cake? If there is an on-site baker, can I still bring an outside cake? 
  13. Is there a cake-cutting fee? If I use a cake made on site is the fee waived?
  14. Can I hire my own vendors? Is there a preferred vendor list we need to stick to?
  15. Can the venue accommodate a DJ or live band?
  16. What time can my vendors start setting up on the day of the wedding?
  17. Are open flames allowed? Many brides have a candle-lit dinner vision, which we agree is beautiful, however a large number of venues don’t allow this!
  18. Electrical hookups? Important to note this when touring, but especially important to ask if this is an outdoor venue, or a space you’ll be bringing in food trucks.
  19. How many restrooms are there? We recommend 1 restroom per 25 people, at a minimum. 
  20. When the venue is not a hotel, consider transportation and accommodation options and how this will impact your budget.

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