When it comes to choosing and booking your wedding venue, here are the questions you and your groom should ask before setting your heart on it and handing over your payment details…

Is it available on my wedding date?

This should be your first question. The last thing you want is to fall in love with a venue, to find it’s fully booked on your wedding day.

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What’s your capacity?

Ask for the venue’s minimum and maximum numbers, you want to make sure that you can fit in everyone that you want to be at your wedding!

What are your packages?

What are all the different options and would they be willing to adapt one to suit your budget? You might miss out on some good deals if you don’t ask.

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Are you licensed for weddings?

If you want to get married at the venue, you need to check they are legally licensed for civil ceremonies. Otherwise you might have to save the legalities to the day after your celebrations.

Will ours be the only wedding on the day?

If you want to be the only bride, ask about hiring the venue with exclusive use. Don’t let another bride steal your thunder!

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What are the parking options?

Is there safe and secure, off-road parking where guests can leave their cars? Always take the guests and transportation into consideration.

Can my friends and family stay overnight?

Does the venue have enough rooms to put up guests for the night? You don’t want your guests leaving early because their house or hotel is a trek away.

What are the catering options?

Ask if you can have a tasting of the menu, and make sure to check there are options for gluten intolerant and vegetarian guests.

When does the party have to end?

Is there a curfew or cut-off time for the disco music, or a latest time by which everyone has to leave? If you’re planning to party through the night, you’ll best to ask.

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Do you have a corkage fee?

Is there an additional charge if you provide your own alcohol?

So there are the basics! Whether you’re going for a church wedding, a castle wedding, a marquee wedding, a beach wedding or a barn wedding, make sure you ask these questions and then let the planning commence!

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