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What Type of Questions Should I Ask When Looking at Wedding Venues?

Making a decision about your wedding venue requires a lot of thought and consideration because the wedding venue is an important part of your wedding festivities. The process of choosing the venue is not easy and you might be required to go through a large number of venues before you find the one that checks all the right boxes. 

Most times, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the beauty of some wedding venues and forget to ask all the important questions that matter. Looks are not everything and the beauty of the space can end up overshadowing a lot of other important factors. When you visit a wedding venue for a tour, you should remember to ask questions about important topics like pricing, availability, security, privacy, services, capacity, and more.

This is why it is imperative that you should know all the logical questions you should ask while searching for the right wedding venue. Below are some questions that you need to ask while considering any wedding venue to host your wedding event.

Questions To Ask Yourself

Before you begin searching for a wedding venue, there are certain important questions that you need to ask yourself in order to avoid picking the wrong venue for your wedding event. These questions include:

  • What is my budget?
  • When is the wedding day?
  • What is the theme of my wedding event?
  • Do I have a general location in mind?
  • Indoor or outdoor wedding?
  • A venue with or without accommodation?
  • Ceremony, reception, or both in the same venue?

These questions will help you narrow down the basics before beginning the search for the perfect wedding venue for your wedding day.

Questions To Ask The Wedding Venue Management

After narrowing down the wedding venue options, the next step is setting up a physical tour to access these venue options. A physical tour will help bring to life the space you saw through pictures, brochures, inspo pages, and more. You also get the chance to inspect the venue for yourself and get an in-depth feel of the space.

The management team of the wedding venue is also available to guide you through the tour and answer all the necessary questions. You should make a list of questions that you want answered before you set up the tour so that you don’t forget any important questions. These questions are absolutely necessary because you can easily get sidetracked by the elegance or beauty of a wedding venue and forget all the other important details.

Below are some questions that need to be asked before you sign the contract for your wedding venue.

Pricing & Packages

  • What is the cost of the wedding venue?
  • What packages do they offer?
  • Does it fit your wedding budget?
  • Is the price of the venue cost-effective?
  • What is included in the packages?
  • Is the price of the venue negotiable?
  • What are the payment methods?
  • Is the payment upfront or in installments?


  • Is the wedding venue available on my wedding day?
  • What time will the venue be available?
  • When can I book the wedding venue?
  • Can I change the timing of my booking in the future?
  • How do I secure the wedding venue for my event?
  • How flexible is the venue with date adjustments?

Size & Capacity

  • How big is the wedding venue?
  • What is the total capacity of the venue?
  • Is the capacity flexible or fixed?
  • What are the terms when it comes to capacity?
  • Do you include staff while deciding the capacity of the hall?
  • Is the space expandable?


  • What services do I get from the wedding venue?
  • What is included in the wedding packages?
  • Are decorations included?
  • Do I need to hire my own catering services?
  • Does the venue come with its own sound system?
  • Are furniture included in the packages?
  • Is there available accommodation in the venue?
  • What is the cost of each service included?
  • Do you have backup plans for each service?

Security & Privacy 

  • How private will my wedding event be?
  • Do you have security personnel on-site?
  • Do I have to pay for security?
  • Will there be any external interruptions?
  • How separate will my wedding be from other events?
  • Do you hold different events on the same day?
  • Can I trust the security system?


  • Do you offer in-venue catering services?
  • Do I have to separately pay for food and refreshments?
  • What are the catering packages and meals included?
  • Can I bring my own food and refreshments?
  • Do you provide in-venue servers?
  • Do you have a kitchen in the venue premises?
  • What are the limitations when it comes to catering?
  • Are utensils available?
  • Can I take a look at the menu options?
  • Is the menu customizable?

Transition & Schedule

  • Do you support both day and night events?
  • Can I have both my wedding ceremony and reception on the same day?
  • Will you change decorations between two events?
  • Can I trust you to make the transition from ceremony to reception smooth?
  • Do I have to give you a copy of the events schedule?

Comfort & Accessibility

  • Do you have a bathroom in the venue?
  • How many bathrooms are available?
  • Do you have a dressing room?
  • Are accommodations available?
  • How accessible is the wedding venue to guests?
  • Do you have a lounge area?
  • Is there a kitchen in the venue?
  • Do you have an indoor backup plan for an outdoor venue?
  • How responsive are you to external intrusions?

Terms & Conditions

  • What are the terms of your wedding venue?
  • What is forbidden on the grounds of the venue?
  • What is included in the wedding venue contract?
  • What is needed to secure the wedding venue?
  • What are the terms of payment?
  • What are the limitations when it comes to catering?
  • Does your venue have load in and load Out terms?
  • What are the limitations when it comes to decoration?


  • What is the bathroom situation?
  • Are there any alcohol limitations?
  • Do we need to flip the space or not?
  • Do you have any recommendations for guest transportation?
  • Who among the staff will be handling my wedding?
  • How can I keep in contact with you?
  • Do you have a backup plan for weather complications like rain, blizzard, and heat?
  • Is the wedding venue legal?
  • Can I bring my own entertainment?
  • Is there a noise limit?
  • Do you have arrangements for disabled people?

These questions stated above can really help you select the best wedding venue available. It is important to ensure that the wedding venue you choose checks all the important boxes apart from being stunning and beautiful. Hopefully, this guide was helpful and you were able to secure a wonderful wedding venue that is beautiful to look at and provides you with everything else that is needed to make your wedding memorable.

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How Long Does It Take To Plan A Wedding

At the best of times, planning your dream wedding is a tremendous feat that requires hard work, dedication, self-control, and organization; for these reasons, it’s bound to take quite a while. However, not everyone’s expected planning timeline is the same. This is mainly because most people lead different lives and are planning their wedding under differing circumstances. For example: If you are fully employed and working a 9 to 5 job, you cannot expect that it will take you the same amount of time to plan your wedding as your friend or neighbour who only works 10 hours a week. So because of these differences and varied factors, it’s important to determine how long it will take “you” to plan your wedding, independent of everyone else.

In this blog, we are going to talk about some of the things that you need to consider in order to determine how long it will take you to plan your wedding. So without further ague, let’s get right into it…

1. What career do you have and what lifestyle

The very first thing that you need to be conscious of when you and your spouse start trying to determine just how long the entire wedding planning process will take (so you can plan out how much time you’ll need to dedicate to said preparation, set a date and determine when to book your venue, your caterer, your cake, etc. and so much more), is your combined lifestyles. What exactly are your careers? How many hours do you spend working? Do either of you have very much free time? All of these questions will help you construct a pretty accurate timeline for your wedding preparations.

For example, if you are fully employed and have very little time to dedicate to wedding planning, it would be advisable to begin said preparations at least half a year in advance. However, if you find that you have a lot more free time on your hands and are willing to put in the work, it may be possible to get everything done within a few months, if not weeks.

2. What are your wedding dreams and desires

Sometimes, the answer to this question can tell you how long it will take to plan your wedding whether you like it or not. Your dreams and desires for your wedding, as well as how flexible you are with these things, will directly impact your timeline. For example, if you have a venue that you’ve always dreamed of hosting your wedding at and this venue must be booked 12 months+ in advance (which a large chunk of the most demanded venues often are), you’ll already have you answer.

Why spend months worry, stressing, and slaving over every single detail of your wedding day when you can have an expert take on that burden for you. Here at Clarence House, we have a full team of wedding professionals that would be happy to help you plan out your big day, and that will cover all your needs and desires, so you won’t have to worry about lifting a finger to make your wedding dreams a reality.