The Questions You Need to Ask about the Ceremony Site

December 7th, 20106:54 pm

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The Questions You Need to Ask about the Ceremony Site

If you’re new to this wedding business, like most of us are, then you may very well not know what exactly you should be looking for or what questions you should ask before you sign on the dotted line and agree to any sort of contract.  Below are some of the most important questions that you should ask any ceremony site so that you can be sure that you will have the wedding of your dreams.

  • Is the wedding site available on the day (or around the time) you would like to be married?
  • Will there be any other ceremonies that are taking place on the day of the wedding?  This can cause parking issues and added chaos to an already chaotic day, though you can also perhaps flit any floral arrangement costs or décor costs with the other couple
  • How much do you charge?  Can you fit within my budget, and are there any packages available to us?
  • What is the initial deposit?
  • What are the cancellation fees and what are your cancellation policies?
  • How long can we be on site and do you provide “clean up” services?
  • How many guests can the ceremony site accommodate?
  • Where is parking available?
  • What sort of restrictions are there involving the décor, photography, floral arrangements, and any other facets that pertain to weddings?
  • Can we throw rice or confetti?  How about rose petals?
  • Can we hire on our own band or DJ to play music, or do you provide the musician?
  • Is it possible for you to provide the musical instruments, or will the band and/or DJ have to bring his or her own equipment?
  • Do you have any connections with vendors who may be able to provide us with a discounted price on food, music, alcohol/bartending, etc.?
  • Can we have candles?  If so, is there a restriction on the type of candles we can have?
  • Does the provider provide any of the following:  Seating, an arch, an aisle runner, candelabras or a canopy?
  • Is there a spot outdoors near the ceremony site where we can take nice outdoor photos of us and the wedding party?
  • Will the limo fit at the front of the ceremony site?
  • Do we need to use a particular wedding officiate, or can we bring our own?
  • Are here any restrictions regarding how the wedding party should be arranged as well as where they should sit or stand?

For religious couples:

  • Do we need to take any couples counseling courses prior to being married?  If so, for how long and with who?
  • Do I, my fiancé, or both of us need to belong to this particular church, congregation or synagogue in order to be married? If we do, for how long do we need to be a member?
  • Can we use the same décor and floral arrangements that already exist in the church, congregational hall or synagogue for our wedding, free of charge?