In some parts of the world, the weather can be unpredictable, especially for weddings near the coast. As such, it’s a good idea to have contingency plans in place, just in case the heavens open.
A great option is to have a marquis available on the day. If it does decide to get stormy outside, guests can quickly pick up their chairs and take them inside, and the ceremony can continue.
Make sure you discuss any contingency plans with the venue owner before the big day. Make sure that they have a working plan for how to deal with a downpour right before you say your vows.
Check Your Venue’s Preferred Vendor Policies
Part of planning the perfect wedding is finding people you think will do a great job on the big day. No doubt, you’ve interviewed florists, photographers, and entertainers and picked the best of the bunch. But some venues have strict vendor policies and will only work with their list of “approved” people. As a result, you could be forced to work with vendors you didn’t choose.
Not all wedding venues are like this, however. Many have “preferred vendors” which they advertise as part of their sales negotiations, but they don’t force you to use them if you decide to take the venue. It’s a good idea, therefore, to find out what the venue’s vendor policies are before signing any contracts. Additionally, find out why your venue promotes certain vendors. Is it because they are really good at what they do and help to add to a positive guest experience? Or is it because the venue gets a kickback if you buy their services?
Taste The Food Before The Big Day
Most venues have excellent food preparation facilities. But the quality of food from one venue to another can vary markedly. Instead of waiting until the big day to find out whether the quality of the food is good or not, ask the venue to whip up some food for you and your family to sample in advance. Then you can decide together whether the in-house food is good enough, or whether it’s worth hiring in outside caterers.
Secondly, it’s important to discuss the issue of dietary requirements with the venue staff. Can they provide gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options for your guests?
Find Out If Your Wedding Party Will Be The Only Guests At The Venue
Nothing is worse than believing your wedding party will be the only people at the venue, only to turn up and find out otherwise. As a result, it’s essential to check in advance whether you’ve been granted exclusive use of the venue, or whether other members of the general public will be allowed on site too.
In some venues – like beaches and parks – privacy is difficult to achieve. At others, private spaces may be granted, but the noise from elsewhere in the building or the surrounding area, like the sound of loud music, may ruin the vibe. As always, do your homework before committing.