What Should You Ask The Ceremony Venue?

by | January 8, 2014

MikeStaffProductions0391_20130810_Anderson-EnhancedWhen selecting a venue your wedding ceremony, there are many factors to consider. Whether you hold your wedding ceremony at a church, hall or outdoor location here are some questions to ask.

Is there adequate space to accommodate your wedding party? Are there private rooms for dressing that are large enough for your entire party? Dressing at your ceremony venue is convenient and cost efficient. Getting ready at your ceremony location can also help to maximize your photography timeline on your wedding day.

Is there a specific way that the processional, recessional, and seating are typically handled? This a great way to get ideas for the order you will like. If your family traditionally likes a receiving line after the ceremony, be sure to ask if the venue can accommodate.

Is there adequate space for seating all of your guests? Make sure all guests can easily view where you will be standing.

Is the venue accessible to elderly or disabled guests? Review your guests and their physical needs before booking.

Will there be adequate parking for the number of guests you have invited? Is there a shuttle service if the parking is separated from the venue? If there isn’t enough parking near by, inform guests of car pooling locations. This is particularly true for downtown locations.

Are there any certain religious requirements enforced by the venue? Check their requirements early. They may affect your readings, songs, even your dress. You may also be required to take classes or complete counseling prior to your wedding date.

Do they allow you to include and/or supply music for the ceremony? Do they have a specified space and necessary electricity needs for your chosen music? Make sure all equipment is in proper working order.

Will your chosen officiate perform the wedding ceremony in your chosen location? Some judges or clergy members will only perform weddings in certain locations. Be sure to coordinate your officiant and venue.

Is there available protection from the weather if planning an outdoor event? Develop a possible backup plan.

Regardless of your chosen location, is the altar space visible to all of your guests during the ceremony? Walk around your venue checking different viewpoints.

Are there strict rules in place for the photography and filming of your wedding? It is helpful to know and share any rules regarding the photography and videography of your wedding ceremony. Some venues may limit the movement and camera placement during the ceremony.


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