More Tips for Selecting the Right Wedding Venue

My Wedding Checklist on theknot.com by khoberg, on Flickr
  • Prioritise and draw up a shortlist as to what’s important to you. If you can be flexible about your choice of wedding venue, you’re more likely to find a better deal.
  • Search for wedding venues online.
  • Draw up a shortlist of potential wedding venues, check availability, then make an appointment to visit. Popular wedding venues will be busy at weekends, especially during peak wedding season.
  • Have a few dates in mind just in case your first venue choice is not available. If the venue owner is keen to fill the space, you might be able to negotiate a discount on your wedding venue.
  • Visit different wedding venues and spend time looking around. Have a look at portfolios of other people’s weddings.
    Speak to the staff that will be on duty on the day – do you feel comfortable with them?
  • If you want to bring your own beverages and there is a corkage fee – try to negotiate a lower rate. There’s no harm trying – especially if you have a large number of guests.
  • Weddings can be expensive so it’s easy to just ‘accept’ the cost quoted. If you don’t think it’s worth paying what you’re being quoted, try to negotiate or walk away.
  • Before you pay a deposit and sign a contract, read through the contract carefully. Look out for any hidden extras or restrictions and anything that contradicts what the wedding venue has already told you. If in doubt – ask.

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