Finding the perfect venue for your wedding or event can be a challenging task. The cost of each venue is undoubtedly one of the deciding factors in which venue to choose. But before you sign the dotted lines, or even assign a budget amount to your venue, it is important to consider what you are actually paying for, and most importantly, what hidden fees you still may have to cough up even after you’ve paid what you thought was a one and done venue rental fee.
What is the length of the rental?
Some rentals are simply for the day of the event only, others are for the whole weekend, from Friday afternoon until late Sunday morning. What’s the difference? Day only rentals can be difficult especially if you are planning on hiring a rental company, or would like to do lots of set-up on your own. While a lower rate for a 24 hour period may seem like a great deal, consider whether or not you’d like to be setting up (and breaking down) your event on your actual wedding day. We encourage our couples to get all of the dirty work done the day prior to the wedding, allowing them to enjoy (and not work) on their wedding day! Having a bit of time on Sunday morning allows for the final clean up to take place in the light of day, and for you to pick up gifts and decor in a more leisurely time frame.
Who is going to Clean-up?
Congratulations, you’re married and the reception was a resounding success! Now that your guests have gone home though, who’s going to clean-up? Knowing beforehand, who is responsible for the final clean up of the event space and what the venue’s specific interpretation of “clean” means, is another important question to ask. Some venues require that you leave the venue exactly as you found it, completely swept, mopped, and toilets scrubbed; others are happy for you to remove your decor and not much else. It’s good to know these things beforehand so you don’t get stuck without a security deposit or clean-up fee while basking in the glow of your post-reception glow.