Essential questions to ask your wedding venue and wedding suppliers

Make sure your wedding suppliers are the right ones for you with these key questions

Your wedding venue

  • Is it available on your chosen date? if not what is the nearest available date?
  • What is the capacity for a seated or standing reception?
  • Is it close to your ceremony venue?
  • Is the price within your budget?
  • Does it have in-house caterers with menus you like the look of?
  • Will there be other weddings taking place on the same day?
  • Can you move furniture or pictures?
  • Is there accommodation for guests, and will they be offered a discount?
  • Are you able to have a marquee/ band/candles/fireworks?
  • If you want, can you have a late bar?
  • Does the quoted price include VAT and service charge?
  • When is payment due?

Your wedding dress designer/shop

  • Is there a fee to try on dresses?
  • Will other girls be trying on dresses at the same time as you?
  • How long is your appointment?
  • Is there a maximum number of dresses you can try on?
  • Is there a limit to how many people you can bring with you?
  • How long should you allow to have your dress made?
  • How much do alterations cost?
  • How many fittings will you have?
  • What do you need to bring with you, eg, shoes, lingerie etc?
  • Are co-coordinating accessories available?
  • Will you be required to pay a deposit, and when should you pay the balance?
  • Will you need to collect your dress when it’s ready, or can it be delivered? Is there a cost to deliver the dress?

Your wedding photographer

  • Can you view their previous work?
  • Do they use film or a digital camera?
  • Is their style of photography informal reportage or traditional and posed?
  • How many pictures will they take?
  • Who will own the copyright of the pictures once they have been taken?
  • How long will the photographer stay?
  • Have they experience of taking pictures at the venue you have chosen or will they visit the venue beforehand?
  • When will you receive your pictures?
  • How do their fees work?
  • Will they set up an online gallery?

Your wedding caterers

  • Can menus be mixed and matched? Do they cater for specific diets, ie Vegetarian, Gluten Free?
  • Can they alter menus to fit your budget?
  • Do they offer a menu tasting service?
  • Do you have to pay for a tasting?
  • What does their service include?
  • Do they provide waiting staff?
  • Do they provide alcohol, or could you get it cheaper elsewhere?
  • If you do provide your own wine, will the corkage costs offset your savings?

Your wedding cake maker

  • Can you see examples of their work?
  • Can you choose from a selection of different cake fillings?
  • Is it possible to sample their cakes?
  • Can you have mixed-flavor layers?
  • When will you pay, and how?
  • Will they come to your venue to assemble the cake on the day?
  • Do they provide a Cake Knife?

Your wedding florist

  • Can you see examples of their work?
  • How many other weddings is the florist doing on the same day as yours?
  • Will the florist you’ve consulted be the actual person doing your flowers?
  • Can they suggest ways to help you keep within budget?
  • Is there a maximum distance they will travel to dress your venue?
  • When will you pay them, and how?
  • Do they charge for breakages?
  • How long do they need to set up?

Your wedding entertainment

  • Does your DJ have a versatile play list. Can they work from a play list you provide?
  • Does your band play recorded music between sets?
  • Can your band provide a demo CD?
  • Do they need a meal on the day?
  • Do they need a room to get changed before they perform?
  • How long do they need to set up?
  • How do you pay?