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By Lorna Urwin
Deciding on a venue is often a case of going with your gut and what looks or feels right. While these impulses are undeniably important, it’s crucial not to forget about the less instinctive parts too. No one wants to set their heart on a venue only to discover unexpected restrictions or limitations. To help make your venue hunting as easy as possible, we’ve gathered the essential questions below - slip this list into your wedding planning folder, and you’re ready to go
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If you have a specific date in mind, this is a make or break question! If not, you may still want to determine if something will be possible in your season of preference, or on your ideal the day of the week.
Large venues sometimes hold more than one wedding in a day, particularly during peak times. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it may have implications for the atmosphere of the day and for setting up/clean up.
Get a clear picture of when you’ll take control of the space (to begin set up) and when you have to be finished (some venues have a closing time in place, or require further payment/overtime beyond a certain point).
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Whether or not a venue can accommodate the number of guests you want is a top priority. As such, you should have at least a rough idea of the headcount you want when browsing venues. View the spaces yourself (including facilities like car parking and bathrooms) to ensure there’s plenty of room and facilities to fit everyone comfortably, without there being too much empty space.
You’ll want to have a clear picture of how the changeover will happen. Will the venue take care of this? How long will it take? Where will the guests be during this time?
The logistics of travel between the ceremony and reception site will be a significant factor in any venue decision. If you have one or the other picked out already (say, your local church), be sure to think about the distance from there to each reception venue you consider. If you’re flexible with one or both, enquire about nearby ceremony options when speaking with reception venues and vice versa.
If you’d like for any part of your wedding to take place outdoors (ceremony, cocktail hour, even the whole event!), it’ essential to ensure there are alternatives available should inclement weather hit.
If you have any guests where accessibility is a concern, be sure to check that each part of the venue will be suitable for their needs. This may include entrances and exits, doorways, space between tables or other furniture, distance to facilities and ease of movement across the floor. This question is particularly important if you are considering an island venue like Haurakia Lodge or any of the beautiful wineries on Waiheke. If you are considering Waiheke our Ulitmate guide to Waiheke Weddings article is for you.
If you have guests travelling from afar, or if you’d like to indulge in a stay of your own, you may want to check whether the venue has their own rooms, while also enquiring about options (at a range of price points) nearby. Having an inner city venue eliminates the possibility of not having accommodation in the vicinity. If you considering an inner city venue, check out this blog article. For a list of the top urban venues in Auckland, check out this article.
It can save money to rent from your venue, but you’ll want to be confident that they have the right quantity for your guest list, that the items are of high quality and in line with your taste/décor plans.
If you already have ideas about your dream décor, ask early on to make sure the venue can cater for your vision! Don’t forget to ask if you’d like to remove certain things (flowers normally on display, for example) as well as add them.
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Occasionally venues will specify that you must adhere to in-house or venue-approved providers. It can be reassuring and useful to have a pre-approved list to work from but ask in advance if you’d rather have the freedom to use other vendors.
Who will my point of contact be? (You’ll want to meet with and get to know this person before making your decision.) Will there be an event coordinator? Who will do what on the day? Getting a clear idea of the role(s) venue staff play should enable you to budget appropriately for any additional help you’ll need.
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Assuming you want to serve alcoholic drinks at the wedding, make sure you understand any limitations or requirements.
This shouldn’t be a problem, but if you’re looking at public buildings like museums or places of worship, there may be rules about using flash.
This is particularly relevant for venues set in or near residential areas.
There are any number of other restrictions that a venue might stipulate, from use of open flames (candles) to insurance to rubbish disposal. It doesn’t hurt to ask about this in an open-ended way!
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For most couples, costs are one of the most important factors when deciding between venues. Venues may quote in different ways, so be sure to compare prices on an equal footing. For instance, some might include crockery/linen hire in their price while others don’t, or some may have an increased cost because the timings of the rental are longer.
Be clear about how much payment is required and the deadline for those payments. It’s a good idea to expect the unexpected and understand up front how cancellation will work should something get in the way of the date or location you’ve picked.
In a church setting, in particular, there may be additional costs for securing an organist, other musicians or a choir. Similarly, you may be asked to donate towards facilities/the verger in a larger venue.
If you’re planning to party long into the night/morning (and the venue allows the party to run this late – see question 3), ensure you ask about the overtime policy for staff and vendors. You’ll want to budget for this within your venue costs from the beginning.
This blog was also published on our sister site Wellington Weddings
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