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Finding a reception venue of your dreams is hard enough. But once you're set on a specific site there are a slew of questions you'll need to ask before signing on the dotted line. Here, a few things to keep in mind when searching for the place you'll be celebrating your big day.
First you'll want to find out if the reception venue of choice has a wedding package available and what exactly that entails. If there are some items you don't want, you should also ask if there are any substitions allowed. After that, you'll need to get down to business by finding out what local laws apply to serving food and even more important alcohol. Aside from a legal standpoint, you'll also want to ask if the site itself has any restrictions when it comes to food, drink, music, flowers, and décor — these are the sorts of things you do not want to find out late in the game after you've already ordered hundreds of hanging candles or light fixtures that are not permitted in the venue.
Logistically, you'll want to know about the space itself. Does the kitchen have prep space? Does the facility suggest you use recommended vendors? What time can vendors arrive to set-up? Is there a preferred space for them to unload all of their items? Where can group shots be taken? What is the parking situation like? How about a dressing room for the wedding party? What is the electricity and water situation like? Is there enough support for a sound system? How many people can the dance floor hold? And, of course, what kind of privacy does the property have (especially if it can hold more than one wedding party at a time)?
Last, you should ask about any taxes, overtime charges and gratuity. Also ask about liability — just in case one of your guests has too good of a time.