Week 38: Venues

Do these things this week
Walk through reception venue questions
Tour your top 3 ceremony + reception venues, we'll book one later next week
Ask around for good wedding planners
Schedule appointments with 3 planners

Event stylist Rebekah Carey McNall of A&B Creative says, “The environment of the wedding is incredibly integral to the ultimate design of the wedding. After keeping the couple’s personal details in mind and incorporating them into the design, the next most important step in the design, is the environment of the venue. Is it an outdoor wedding? What are the natural elements on the property that we want to incorporate? Are there colors that help shape the palette?”


As you’re touring venues, bring the list of questions below to ask the venue manager:

  • How many guests does the venue accomodate? Is all necessary seating provided? What about parking?
  • Does the venue host more than one wedding on the same day?
  • What will your access to the venue be on the day of your wedding, including set-up and cleanup time?
  • Does the venue provide an in-house coordinator?
  • Does the venue have an in-house caterer / baker, and if so are you required to use their services?
  • Is there a bridal suite for the bride and bridesmaids to get dressed? What about the groom and groomsmen?
  • Will you be able to host a rehearsal and / or rehearsal dinner there the night before your wedding?
  • Are local permits required for lights and sound?
  • If it’s an outdoor venue, is there a back-up location in case of rain?
  • Is the venue wheelchair accessible?

Tip: All-in-one outdoor ceremony and reception venues typically offer so much natural beauty that fewer flowers and decorations are needed to customize the space. If you have a smaller budget, finding an all-in-one venue is a great way to save money.


Even if you don’t plan on using a wedding planner, we recommend scheduling a consultation with two to three for next week. We’ll talk more about how to determine if you should hire a wedding planner, designer, or coordinator next week.