The look of your wedding venue sets the tone for your entire wedding. It can be stressful to choose a location so important without knowing what to watch out for. Here are the top five things you should know about before booking your wedding venue:

1) Making Sure Your Wedding Venue has Caterers

You do not want to make the mistake of choosing a wedding venue that does not have caterers or is too far from good ones because it creates more work and stress during such an already busy time.

2) The Venue’s Lighting and A/V Options

A bride wants their reception to look amazing with all sorts of little details and great lighting will really help them stand out You may need special lighting options or an A/V specialist, so be sure to ask about this before signing any contracts.

3) The Size of the Venue

The last thing you want is for your guests to feel cramped or lost in a huge space. Make sure to measure the venue and think about how much room you will need for your guests, the dance floor, the band, and the buffet.

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4) The Availability of Dates

Many venues are booked up quite far in advance, so it is important to check availability as soon as you start planning.

5) The Location of the Venue

This may seem obvious, but make sure to choose a venue that is easily accessible for all of your guests. If some people have to drive a long way or take a plane to get there, this can add to the stress during such a busy time.

6) Catering Costs

Talk to the caterers and venue about how much food and drinks will cost. Make sure that it is reasonable for what you are getting because this can be a huge expense on top of everything else.

7) Security Deposit

This could be as high as half the price of your entire wedding, so make sure all policies are written down clearly in the contract. Also, see if you can work out a payment plan with the venue instead of paying it all at once.

8) Parking Situation

Do not choose a wedding venue without a proper parking lot or one where guests have to park blocks away from the actual location. This is stressful enough without adding another small fee the mix just for parking.

9) Cleaning Fees

Some venues charge a cleaning fee for giving the space back to them in the same condition as it was when you first got there. This is something else that needs to be discussed and should not come as a surprise after your big day.

10) The Deposit

You will need to pay a deposit before booking any wedding venue, so make sure that everything has been explained fully before signing on the dotted line.

11) Rules of the Venue

There are usually some rules that need to be followed by guests, vendors, etc. Make sure they are all reasonable and easy to follow so you don’t have any surprises on your big day.

12) Alcohol Policy

Some venues have strict rules about how much alcohol can be consumed or they may not allow outside booze at all. Talk to your caterer or planner about what is allowed so there are no mishaps.

13) Assigning Seating

Discuss seating plans with the venue in advance so everything falls into place after the ceremony. The last thing you want is for someone like a close family member who gets stuck at another table where they do not know anyone else!

14) Security

Do not forget about security for any wedding reception because issues can arise if they are not planned beforehand. It also makes guests feel more comfortable knowing that there is someone all night keeping an eye out.

15) The Price

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Do research on the average prices of weddings at this location and make sure you are getting a bargain for what you are paying. There should never be extra fees or items missing from your contract.

In conclusion, choose a wedding venue that has great amenities and makes everyone feel comfortable and welcome without adding too much stress during such an already busy time!