Hello Day Dreamers,
I know I have already spoken about venues in a previous Wedding Planning post for a refresher, click here. However, I felt that searching for a venue and booking a venue needed to be separated, plus D and I are getting close (I think!) to saying yes to one venue. We have it narrowed down to two, but in our minds we have pretty much decided, now we are just involving our parents for assistance making the final decision. So if you are at the point where you are saying yes to a venue, consider these few points.
Booking a Venue
If you are ready to book, I am sure you have done your due diligence and looked into a few venues or you just knew the venue you wanted and you are raring to go. Before you sign on the dotted line, consider a few things.
- Have all the necessary parties agreed on the venue? Not all couples pay for their weddings, if you are not 100% paying for your wedding, make sure everyone is on board. The final decision is yours as it is your big day, however we should always consider those who are helping out financially.
- You have done a site check? If you have been dreaming about that venue since you were 13 and you must book it, make sure you visit first, check out the venue, the event space and the washroom!
- Read through the contract. I know it may be 4 or 5 pages, however if you don’t read it before you sign it if a disagreement occurs later that had been specified in the contract…too bad so sad!
- Make changes to the contract (if you see fit). Sometimes language may be unclear or vague, if you feel so strike it out and use different language to describe the line item. If you feel something is missing add in a line item. If you feel something shouldn’t be in there, take it out. When you send the contract back, the venue may disagree with some changes and be okay with others. The bottom line is both parties need to be comfortable with the contract before both sign. Just know that the contract they send you the first time can be changed and added to.
- Before booking ask about renovations. So many times venues do updates that you may not be aware of and could possibly affect the look and feel of your event. It is always good just to be aware of what is going on, especially if they may be happening close to your wedding date.
It all really comes down to feeling comfortable with your decision. The venue will most likely be the largest expense for your wedding, so don’t sign anything that makes you feel uncomfortable!