Arguably one of the most important elements of your wedding. It’s where you will have all of your closest friends and family celebrating you and the love of your life. There are hundreds of beautiful venues throughout the garden state to pick from, but there’s only one that will be YOURS.
What to do beforehand:
Write a rough draft of your guest list— if you fall in love with a space that has a max. capacity of 150 but want to invite 225, that’s not going to work
Talk budget—be open and honest with yourself and fiancé about what you’re comfortable spending per person
What to bring:
Pen and paper—take notes during so you don’t miss a thing
Something to take photos with— as you’re walking around, take pictures of the areas they might not have on their website
An open mind about a date—season, date, day of the week. If it’s your dream location, maybe consider other options
What to ask:
-About Getting Ready:
Do you have a bridal suite/groom area? If so, how early can you use it
Check out how many outlets and chairs are in the space
-About the Reception:
Are there any limits on where photos can be taken?
When you do the food tasting and flexibility of food styles (vegan/gluten free/etc)
Can you use your own vendors or only the ones they work with
What reception details linens and chairs, table site
Price per plate—for your guests, your vendors and any children if you’re inviting them
Hidden fees- setup/clean up, cake cutting, etc.
What is the initial deposit?
Does the venue have liability insurance?
Local hotels or transportation for guests
Cancellation policy—weather or family emergencies can happen, it’s best to know what your options are
On-site ceremony availability
Does the venue have a generator?
Look at the bathrooms before leaving!
After your appointment:
Write down pros, cons, feelings, etc.
Sleep on it, and write down your feelings again in the morning
Don’t go overboard looking at venues—the more you look at, the harder of a decision you’ll have to make
Your first venue trip is thrilling and will probably make it feel “real” that you’re getting married. Take a deep breath and take it all in. Try not to stress, your wedding will be perfect!