Tue09302014

Wedding To Remember

Questions to ask before you book

Here is a simple checklist of things to ask venues before choosing one for your special event.

• How many events per day does the venue allow? Some places book more than one event on the same day, which limits your setting-up time and may require ending the party before you want to.

• Is amplified music allowed? Are there any limitations, such as quitting at a certain time? Is a generator necessary?

• What kind of alcohol is allowed?

• Must the venue's preferred caterers be used?

• Does the price include tables, chairs, china, linens, and so on, or are those extra?

• Is there ample parking for vendors to set up and for guests?

• Does the venue provide an onsite coordinator to deal with such difficulties as electrical demands?

• Does the venue provide wait staff or must the bridal party make sure its caterer can staff the party?

• Is there a cake-cutting fee?

- Pam Walatka

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