5 Questions to Ask about your Wedding Venue

Updated on Thursday 08th December 2016

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When looking for the ideal wedding venue, asking the right questions can be the key to a successful wedding – not to mention avoiding any additional expenses you might end up with at the end of the event. So, before you actually sign any contract, our Los Angeles wedding planners recommend you to make sure you have the following five questions ready to ask your wedding venue manager when you meet him or her face to face.

1.    Do you offer a day-of coordinator?

A day-of coordinator is a person who takes care of all the little details of the wedding from behind the curtains. In case there is anything that does not go according to the plan, like the vegetarian menu for your vegan cousin has not been prepared in time, or making sure that the table with the guestbook is prepared according to your wishes, he or she is the person to go to and who will take care of it on the spot. Make sure you discuss this person’s precise responsibilities and confirm his or her presence at the wedding before you sign the contract.

2.    Is there a service charge? And exactly how much is it?

Commonly, there is a service charge in all wedding venues for the drinks and the food. Generally speaking, it is set at 20% of the entire drink and food bill. Find out whether there is an extra tip besides the service charge. Usually, if the bar is hosted, tips will not be accepted by the bartenders. In case there is a cash bar, find out what the standard tipping protocol is.

3.    Is V.A.T. included on the bill?

It is an important question to ask your wedding venue manager. When discussing about prices for the venue, sometimes the V.A.T. is not included and you might forget about it. Find out what the entire costs for your wedding are including V.A.T., so that you do not get surprised when you receive the final bill. It is also a good idea to ask what is included in the whole price and whether they offer you the possibility to pay in installments.

4.    Does the wedding venue have its own sound system?

Many wedding venues, such as country clubs and ballrooms, usually have built-in sound systems in place. In these cases, if you are having a live band providing the music, all they have to do is come with their own instruments and plug them in. However, some wedding venues like museums or vineyards, do not have such sound systems in place so you will have to take care of that. A wedding planner in Los Angeles can make all the arrangements for the sound systems for your wedding so that you do not have to worry about that.

5.    Are there any later finish charges?

Many wedding venues have a certain time to finish the event which cannot be prolonged and some charge a later finish fee in case you would like to make your party longer that initially planned. Find out what these are, keeping in mind however that some of your guests have travelled a long way to attend to your wedding and the day has been long and busy for everyone, so usually a proper finish is at midnight.

If you are looking for a wedding venue in Los Angeles, we can help you find it. Do not hesitate to get in touch with our wedding planners in Los Angeles for a personalized offer.