Selecting your wedding venue is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when planning your special day. The right venue will set the mood, tone, and theme for your wedding, whether you opt for an elegant hotel ballroom or a rustic wedding venue in Miami.

But how do you know when you’ve found the right place to tie the knot? Here are a few key questions that will help you select the perfect space.

What’s Included with the Rental?

It’s important that you understand everything — and I mean everything — that a venue offers with their booking. Will they include chairs and tables? With the on-site staff set up and clean the space? How much time do you have to party? These elements can be the difference between one venue and another, so make sure you’re familiar with all the minute details before making your decision.

Do You Have a Preferred Vendor List?

After you rent a wedding space, you’ll have to fill it with food, music, photographers, the works. Some venues (including our very own are happy to help you with those decisions by providing a list of vendors we already know and trust. If you’re not sure where to look for your wedding vendors, a list like this can be a godsend.

What’s Your Rainy Day Plan

The weather is always a risk factor when you’re having an outdoor wedding, which is why a backup plan is essential for every wedding venue. Before you sign a contract, ask to see what the rainy-day space looks like. Make sure it’s something you’ll be happy with, just in case that wedding venue of your dreams gets too waterlogged to use.

Can We Meet Your Team?

Most couples want to be very involved in wedding planning, and that means spending a lot of time chatting with your venue staff. It’s important to know that you can trust the venue’s wedding team; if you don’t, the planning process can become very unpleasant, very fast. Before you book a space, make sure to chat with the owner, wedding coordinator, and anyone else that will be involved in bringing your special day to life!

What’s Your Cancellation Policy?

In the unlikely event that your wedding doesn’t happen, you certainly don’t want to get saddled with a monstrous bill. Make sure that you and your partner (or whoever is bankrolling the wedding) read the fine print on your venue contract, and ask lots of questions to make sure you understand the cancellation policy. Most likely, you won’t have to cancel the big day, but knowing what fees you’ll be in for (just in case) can provide some piece of mind.

Do You Offer Payment Plans?

Let’s say you’ve discovered the perfect wedding venue. It’s gorgeous, it’s tropical, it’s the best venue out there for your rustic wedding… but it’s also out of your price range. That doesn’t always mean that you should cross it off your list; in fact, many wedding venues are happy to work with couples and set up payment plans that suit their budget. Ask about your options so that your perfect wedding space doesn’t slip away.
Asking these kinds of detailed questions will help you find the venue that suits your style, your guest list, and your budget. If you’re looking for a rustic wedding venue in Miami, click here to contact us. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have!