The venue you choose for your wedding will go a long way toward setting the tone and vibe for your big day. You obviously want it to be somewhere special; somewhere aesthetically pleasing; somewhere that can accommodate you and all your guests; and somewhere you’ll look back on with fondness as you reminisce about the day you tied the knot.
As such, doing some research is key. Brides and grooms should have a good sense of the venue’s characteristics, rules, and amenities before signing on the dotted line. And that may include asking some questions, or considering some qualities, you hadn’t thought of before.
What kind of venue personnel will you be working with?
It’s always good to know who your point person will be as you orchestrate your big day. Is there an on-site event planner, or simply a manager? Is there a separate banquet manager to coordinate your reception? Who is the person you’re supposed to call with any questions, suggestions, or concerns—and how can that person be reached?
How many events does the venue tend to host each day?
Larger venues may host multiple weddings or parties on the same day—and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. However, you’ll want to confirm that you have full access to the facilities you want, when you want them, and that your party isn’t rushed out to make room for someone else’s.
Are there contingency plans in place for bad weather?
If rain threatens your big outdoor event, will there be indoor accommodations available—and are you going to like those indoor accommodations? Make sure you see them before agreeing to them! Also make sure you ask about a back-up power generator—just in case.
What are the technical accommodations?
Your DJ is probably going to bring microphones, speakers, and gear, so that should be no problem—but what about the wedding officiator? Ensure that you have what you need to make him or her heard, even to guests sitting in the back rows.
You may have thought of all of these things already, of course—but if not, make sure you bring them up when speaking with your wedding planner or the venue coordinator! And of course, if you’re looking at Mosteller Mansion, you can call us with your questions any time.