Congrats on your engagement! I’m sure there are wedding planning images and thoughts swirling around your brain right now and it can be pretty overwhelming. After you’ve chosen your wedding date (or a few different dates for options), the biggest thing I wanted to tackle first was finding the venue. To me, having a venue and a locked in date gave me an anchor point to work backwards from. It was slightly more difficult for us because we were planning a wedding in a state we didn’t live in. This meant a lot of emails back & forth with venues, requesting prices and package information, narrowing down our list to a final five across three states on the East Coast that we were interested. We flew out for a long weekend of wedding venue tours & celebrating!
I know it can be a crazy time, but I put together a comprehensive list of the questions we asked each venue as well as questions that were answered during the emailing process. I break them into categories so feel free to bounce around & pick the ones that apply to you! You can also personalize it if you have your own twist for how you want your day to be (e.g. Eóin wanted karaoke so he asked whether or not there were options to have that set up or a close by karaoke bar?). Biggest piece of advice is to keep the answers for each venue organized separately! I put all of mine in a google sheets doc; the rows were the questions and each column dedicated to a different venue’s answers. You can also put the answers in a notebook, a planning binder if you have one or the notes app on your phone.