Congrats on your engagement! You are about to enter one of the most exciting times of your life! But we get that it can also be a bit overwhelming at times – so many decisions, so much to organise, so many working parts.
At Allely Estate, we do what we can to take the stress out of the situation, to make planning your big day the fun experience it should be! Starting with our in-house wedding planner, a totally free service we offer our couples. Athina is a superstar planner – she’s so organised, she has all the best suppliers in her contacts book, and she knows how to go the extra mile to make your wedding day memorable for you and your guests (in all the good ways!).
If you’re still tossing up which venue to go with, we found a blog on what questions to ask your wedding venue that might be helpful. You can find that here on the Jesse and Jessie blog or below.
This list of questions is comprehensive and covers a fairly formal venue, however, most of it applies no matter where you choose. Use it as a point by point checklist or just refer to it as a starting guide, whatever suits you!
Where do guests park and how many spots are available?
Is there valet?
Is there a cost to park?
What else is going on that night that may make it difficult for guests to park?
Exactly what crockery/linen/cutlery is provided as part of the package?
What type of tables do you have (shape, size, top table), How many will they seat? Are there different options?
Is any decor/stationery provided (menus, centrepieces, red carpet, flowers, cake stand)? Are there alternatives available?
Can I move things around and decorate to suit my purposes, or do I have to leave everything as is?
If we want to set up and decorate the venue the day before the wedding, can we gain access?
Can we hang things on the walls or from the ceiling?
Do we need to bring in a contractor to hang decor or lights?
Are there decorating restrictions/will the decorating time be charged?
Can the centerpieces contain candles?
What do they use for table settings?
Can we see a copy of the room table layout?
Are there booster seats or high chairs available for children?
Are we required to return the room to the original layout at the end of the night?
Do you have an area to store decorations that we can collect the following day?
What are the insurance requirements for you and your vendors?
Does the venue have its own liability insurance coverage?