So you’ve researched some outdoor wedding venues and narrowed the list down to a few of your potential favorites (and we hope Jonathan’s Landing is at the top of your list!). In fact, many couples look at venues early! According to Pew Research Center, before getting engaged, 24% of American millennials will research venues.
When you are considering venues, there are some questions you should certainly ask to help ensure that the venue has everything you need to make your day perfect. The top three considerations for a venue are your budget, date, and style. However, there are still plenty of little factors to consider. Here are five great questions to ask your outdoor wedding venue.
How Many People Does the Space Accommodate?
A venue’s capacity directly relates to your guest list, and therefore, your budget. If you love the space but it only fits 75 comfortably, and your guest list is looking more like 200, then this might not be the space for you. You would have to decide between your guest list and the venue.
Do You Have Liability Insurance?
If a wedding venue doesn’t have liability insurance, you’ll have to purchase your own. This is important in case someone gets injured, your venue is damaged, or some other mishap occurs on your wedding day. The venue’s insurance is there to protect them if the venue is negligent and causes injury or damage.
Do You Offer On-Site Coordination?
Many venues offer an on-site coordinator included with the venue price. Meanwhile, other venues will have a lower price and (if needed) you will have to go find a day of coordinator for the big day. This information allows you to plan ahead and see what more research or planning you might need to do. Many brides prefer an all-inclusive wedding venue to help eliminate stress. So don’t forget to ask the venue this question!
How Many Parking Spots and Restrooms Are There for My Guests?
A good rule of thumb to follow is to have at least one restroom available for every 100 guests. You can also err on the side of extra caution, if your budget allows, and decide to get one portable restroom for every 50 guests, or to get more restrooms for women than for men.
When it comes to parking for your guests, you do not want to run out of space. Occasionally, parking for a wedding, or rather lack thereof, can become a logistical challenge. Therefore you will want to know the parking situation ahead of time. There are many different solutions for fewer parking spots than guests, so don’t knock off a venue with a small parking lot right away!
What Do We Do If the Weather Is Bad?
Outdoor weddings are beautiful but they do come with risks. Any couple that’s considering having an outdoor wedding should confirm a backup plan for rain and cold weather in their venue contract. That way, if the weather unexpectedly changes, you’ll have no reason to panic.
If you are looking for a beautiful outdoor wedding venue that will ensure you have the perfect day, choose Jonathon’s Landing. Give us a call for more information!