This can be one of the biggest considerations when planning your wedding or event. Different venues use many different pricing models to come to the final cost, so it’s worth doing your research first and ensuring you’re completely happy with what’s included in the price. Some venues will calculate the final price per person, based on a minimum spend, or simply have a fixed hire fee. Different times of year and days of the week are also likely to affect the price, so try to stay flexible where possible.
A good way to discover if a venue will work for your type of event is to speak to them about events they have previously hosted. Some will be more experienced in hosting your type of occasion than others, and are therefore more likely to understand what works, meaning less hassle for you and a better end result.
When planning an event it can be daunting to try and think about every little aspect. Catering is an obvious one, but what about decorating, cleaning and waiter service, or AV support, licences, security and parking? There’s a lot to consider, so a good tip is to research a range of venues and see what they all offer, before making a list of what you require. You can then check with your venue to confirm they can support, or if they can outsource or suggest external companies to help.