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Deciding on which wedding venue will be the perfect home for your union is no easy feat. There are so many things to consider in the initial planning stages, it can be easy to miss things.
To help you narrow down choice and execute that shortlist to perfection, I am joined by the events team at chic London venue, RSA House, who pride themselves on hosting celebrations that are as individual and as diverse as their couples. Guest posting for us today, read on to discover their top questions to ask before choosing your wedding venue. (If you missed their last juicy instalment on adding your personality to your venue styling – catch up here)
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1. Can we have our full day with you including the wedding ceremony?
This is important as UK venues have to be licensed for marriage and the licences are for specific rooms and not just the building. Value can often be obtained by making use of a venue for the entire day including the ceremony so it is worth making a cost comparison.
2. What can you do to help us provide accommodation for guests?
Even if your chosen venue does not have on site accommodation, ask this question, it’s likely you can take advantage of preferred rates that the venue has already negotiated with hotels in the area. Some hotels can set up a specific link and special offer that you can share with guests for them to be able to book directly.
3. How late can we drink and dance in the evening?
Important to know when planning for evening guests, late entertainment and dancing into the wee hours as to whether the venue has a late licence and if there are any particular restrictions on that licence, for example, noise volume.
4. Will there be any other weddings taking place at the same time as ours?
Some venues do take more than one wedding on the same day, which can have an impact on the overall experience if for example there is a cross over in use of facilities or for photography around the venue. So check ahead.
5. Do you have a list of preferred suppliers that we can use?
It may be useful to take advantage of already agreed packages and offers and use suppliers that know the venue logistics already. They can then make more sound recommendations and speak from experience of what they have seen work well for that particular venue. Some venues can be a ‘one stop shop’ if you want it to be for ease.
6. Can we try the food before our wedding day?
Most venues offer a menu tasting, it’s could also be a chance to customise dishes with the chef and really get excited about the day
7. What style of service do you provide?
Important in terms of aligning expectations to ensure that everyone is on the same page ahead of the day. Service style can link with a particular theme and flexibility can be provided regarding the dress of staff to reflect service, to, for example, be attentive yet with a more informal touch.
8. Are there any hidden costs that we are not aware of?
Important for budgeting and to ensure that no assumptions are being made as to inclusions in any packages. This is particularly important for items such as glassware, crockery, furniture where if something other than the standard venue items is preferable, this can add a lot of additional cost. Also on beverage service, it’s worth noting, some venues include a set amount in a package, but how much over and above, might be in additional consumption that is chargeable.
9. What have you seen couples do before – can you provide us with a selection of ideas for decor or inspiration?
This is important to show you how different the venue can look with the use of varying lighting, arrangements and style and show how creative you can be. Good one for the mood board!
10. What support do you provide in the planning process?
It is important to really get an understanding of what a dedicated wedding coordinator means and set guidelines on that and scheduled meetings through the planning period. A wedding coordinator is not the same as a wedding planner, so ask questions in advance to manage expectations.
This post is in Partnership with RSA House. For more information on planning, hit the planning section on Nu Bride and for more information on RSA House, hop on over to their website: https://www.thersa.org/hire-rsa-house
Cecelina Photography | All other images courtesy of RSA House