If you are having a church service, you should make sure you feel comfortable with the clergyman/woman who will marry you. If you don’t feel comfortable when first meeting the vicar or priest find out if there is another at the same church.
How long will the service take?
Where will the signing of the register take place?
Are photographers and/or videographers permitted within the church? If so, what restrictions are there placed upon them?
If it rains on the day can photographs be taken within the church after the service?
Are there restrictions on where confetti may be thrown?
Will there be any other wedding services on the same day?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions:
When choosing a venue for your reception (and possibly the ceremony also) consider:
Location & Size
Location. Where is it in relation to your home and the church, and how easy it is to get to for your guests (particularly those most important to you). To make the most of your big day, the reception venue should be in comfortable travelling distance. This way you will maximise the time you have with friends and family, no one will get lost and things will run much more smoothly from making your entrance to the wedding breakfast to being toasted as the bride and groom, cutting the cake and having time for photographs.
Its capacity. If the venue isn’t big enough to cater for the number of guests you have in mind you will have to rethink either your guest list or the venue. Changing the venue after you’ve booked it could cost you dearly!
Facilities, options and grounds
Can the venue cater for all of your guests’ needs? Do you require/can they provide disabled access?
Is there sufficient parking?
Do meals meet your expectation? Are menus appropriate? Does the management allow outside catering?
Does the price include a champagne reception and wine on each table? If not, how much extra will you be expected to pay?
If the venue requires you to provide your own wine, will you be charged corkage?
What entertainment options are there? If these do not meet you requirement, are outside entertainers allowed?
Does the venue have a dedicated coordinator responsible for making sure everything goes to plan?
How big and what shape are tables? How many people can be seated at each?
Is there a toast master/mistress? Is this service included in the price?
How will the venue be dressed? Are there any restrictions on how outside companies can dress the room? What access will be permitted to such a company?
Will the venue have to be vacated by a particular time?
What accommodation is available at or close to the venue? Are there discounted rates for large parties?
What are the grounds like? Will you need these for photographs? Are there any restrictions?
It’s not unheard of for venues to double-book. So, if your chosen venue appears to meet all your requirements and you’re ready to pay a deposit, make sure you get a signed contract that lists all the things that have been agreed.