Posted on: 10 March 2017
If you're hunting for a wedding venue, you've probably got some idea of your basic requirements: how many people you're going to have, what kind of ceremony you wish to hold, what types of entertainment you want to put on in the evening. Plenty of venues will be able to match the basics, though, so how do you know which one is going to be right for you? By asking every business on your shortlist these two simple questions, you'll be able to pick out the perfect wedding venue from a crop of venues that would merely be 'okay'.
"Can I see photos of some of your other weddings?"
The very best wedding venues will have experience of hosting weddings of a wide range of types. If they have some sample photos you can flick through, don't look for weddings that look like the wedding you want to have: look for weddings that show as much variety as possible. If the venue has hosted a huge range of themes, tastes, styles, cultures and gender configurations it's the best sign you're ever going to get that they'll be ready for whatever you ask of them!
Wedding venues don't have a hand in the planning of a wedding, of course, but you'll need your venue to be on-side with whatever it is you're hoping to do. If they sound enthusiastic about your plans and they've accommodated a wide range of requests in the past, there's a very good chance that they'll turn out to be your perfect pick.
"Are you the person who will be with me on the day?"
In most venues, the answer to this will be 'yes'--it tends to be the official wedding coordinator who conducts tours and meets potential couples. If it's not, however, don't take that as a bad sign: different places do things differently, on top of which it's always possible that you're there on the day they happened to have a dental appointment or pre-book a holiday or be taken ill for a day or two.
If something like that is the case, however, it's absolutely vital that you meet with the person who will be working with you on the day itself before you commit to any one particular venue. You need to know that you get on with them and that you feel like you can communicate with them, and like you and them are on the same page regarding what you want. The best coordinators will be calm, capable and trustworthy, and understanding of your questions and concerns.Share