b'12+ MONTHS VENUES DANIELLE HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHYFive things to consider when touring venuesLocation QUESTIONS TO ASK While the location itself has to fit your theme and vision (rustic, industrial,How far in advance shouldDo you have coat check? urban, nautical, etc.), there are other aspects about the location that youI book?should consider. For instance, how close are the nearest guest accommoda- Do you offer catering?tions? Are there scenic spots nearby for your wedding photos? How far is itWhat is the rooms capacity? Do you offer bar service?from your ceremony venue? Answering these questions will help to makeIs there a facility rental fee? Do you offer/rent linens? the day of your wedding seamless and stress free.Is there a fee if the receptionDo you offer/rentHidden costsruns long?centerpieces? Youll want to go into your meeting with a budget in mind, but the baseDo you have a ceremony Do you offer/rent tables? number youre presented with may not be the same as what you see on the space?Do you offer/rent chairs? bill. A venue may sound affordable at first, but then you realize that tables,Will I be the only wedding chairs, and linens arent included in that price. Thats a huge hit to your that day?Do you work with outsidevendors? budget! Find out if youre expected to use vendors from their preferred listWill you attend the and whether they require a minimum number of guests.rehearsal?What are your decorating Do you provide security? guidelines? PrivacyDo you have in-house Your wedding day is one of the most intimate and personal momentsIs there valet service or adecorators? in your lifeso take note of how private the venue is. Are there other parking fee? When can we have access tobanquet rooms within the space that may also be rented out that weekend?Do you have a bridal suite?the space to decorate? Will there be any renovations going on? The last thing you want is hearing Do you have a stage?Do you have outdoor a construction crew down the hall or sharing the parking lot with another Do you have a dance floor? locations for photos? party. Similarly, if youre getting married in a more public spotlike apark, garden, or museumyoull want to speak with the coordinatorDont forget to ask the general questions on page 4 about ensuring privacy.46 TODAYS BRIDE|12+ MONTHS UNTIL I DO|VENUES'