Once you have agreed to say I do, you will want to start on your list of to dos for your wedding ceremony and reception. There are many details involved in a wedding, but one of the first things you will want to do, if not the first thing, is to find and book your venues. No matter what you are looking for in terms of size and style, the Washington DC area will have it. Will it be a major challenge. Yes, we are not going to lie to you, finding the perfect venue will feel like a hill you have to climb and struggle with. But if you really put yourself into the process and consider every angle and possibility, you have a great chance of ensuring that you book a venue that will make you and your guests happy. Here are some questions that you will want to keep in your pocket when you go to meet with venue personnel.
The first thing you want to get out of the way is your date and if it is available for booking. If you really like a particular venue, be prepared to be flexible with your date. You may have to move it around a little bit. If this just isn't possible and the venue is already booked, then you don't have to proceed with that particular venue. If you can agree on a date, you will want to ask if the location has any other events going on the day before or the day of your wedding. This may be a factor if there needs to be a big clean up or shifting of furniture or other items. It just better to discuss it now.
Talk about how many guests are going to be attending and whether the venue can comfortably setup and house them along with room for dancing, a band, and bar and food areas. On the other side of the coin, if the sit is huge and you are having a smaller more intimate wedding, it doesn't make sense to pay for all of that extra space. You want the perfect fit. Find out what is included when you rent a particular venue. Does your fee just cover the room or does it include items like tables, chairs, and lines? Do they possibly have decorations that you can use? This can be a tremendous help so you don't have to go searching for it elsewhere.
How long will your reception last? You want to find out what package deals the location might offer and how many hours that covers. If you think you will need more time, find out what that might cost. If you are thinking about possibly using a venue's in-house caterer, talk a bit about what the fees would be for that and what the fee includes. You want to make sure that the caterer's fee includes not only the food, but the staff that will work both the tables and the cooking.
A lot of people forget about parking, but actually this can be a major consideration. If you are have 200 to 300 guests, you will want to know if there are enough parking places for them all. If there are, is there a fee charged for parking. If there is not sufficient parking, you may have to think about shuttles to and from the location. As you can see, there are a lot of details to iron out. Tackle each issue one at a time and make sure you get all of your questions answered to your satisfaction before you make any decisions about booking a particular venue.