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Top 4 Questions to Ask Wedding Halls for Rent

If you’re about to join the more than 2 million married American couples, congratulations. There’s nothing more exciting than beginning a life with the person you love most. However, first it’s important that you host an amazing wedding.

Finding Milwaukee wedding halls for rent is the first step towards the perfect day. Here, we’re going to look at some of the questions that you should ask after Googling ‘wedding venues near me.’

1. Where Are You Located?

When looking into wedding halls for rent in Milwaukee, you need to begin by inquiring about the location of the venue. Your wedding needs to take place somewhere accessible so that all of your guests have convenient access to it.

Make sure to choose something in the heart of the city. You’ll need a place that has convenient parking as well as nearby hotels. Choosing something far from the center of town can cause issues for guests, so you need to avoid these problems at all costs.

2. How Many People Can You Accommodate?

Most weddings consist of around 150-250 guests. Whether you fall into this range or are looking to host an even larger party, you need a Milwaukee wedding hall that can fit your needs. 1451 Renaissance Place can comfortable accommodate around 400 people.

This is especially important because unexpected guests may arrive. People can RSVP incorrectly or bring plus-ones that they didn’t tell you about. Avoid the stress that comes along with additional people by having a large enough location to accommodate them.

3. What Services and Amenities Do You Offer?

The best Milwaukee wedding reception venues offer a wide variety of services and amenities for you and your guests. We offer a lot of different services such as wireless internet, a dance floor, a private kitchen for your caterers, and free parking. Additionally, we offer custom LED lighting that matches your theme and decor.

These are only some of the amenities that we offer. Above all else, we will ensure that there are experienced staff directly assigned to your wedding to help you with everything. Before selecting a venue, ask for more information about these services.

4. How Do Costs and Pricing Look?

It’s critical that you select a venue within your price range. You also want to avoid hidden fees and surprise costs. Communicating with the people who will let you use your venue is a surefire way to make this happen.

Talk with experts about your finances and how much you have to spend. At 1451 Renaissance Place, we’ll assign an expert to your wedding to discuss your budgetary needs. Coming up with a payment plan that works for you is a top priority.

Look Into Wedding Halls for Rent Today

While there are many things to consider when looking into wedding halls for rent, these are some of the most important concerns. Make sure that you hire a wedding location and team that’s willing to communicate about the amenities that matter to you.

We’re committed to making your event a success by hosting it in our historic building and beautiful location. Contact us to discuss our venue and to book your event today.

What spaces do I need at my wedding venue?

wait staff at wedding venueMaking sure you have the right spaces at your wedding venue may not be a glamorous criteria on your wedding venue checklist, but it’s a necessary part of scouting locations for your big day. Many a married couple and an event planner can tell you that having the right rooms at your wedding venue is an invaluable part of planning a smooth-running day. (After all, who wants to change into their wedding attire in the car?)

Space vs. spaces

Let’s start with a key differentiation; we’re talking about the spaces you need on your wedding day as opposed to square footage. For square footage, make sure you ask the wedding venue about their maximum capacity—and make sure you don’t exceed that number. A maximum capacity is set in place for the safety of your guests.

Like the old fairy tale, the right wedding venue is not too big and not too small. Once you have used these tips to craft a tentative guest list, use that number to choose the right sized wedding venue. If you choose a wedding venue and only invite a few guests, your venue is going to look empty. The opposite decision can backfire as well; a wedding venue crammed full can send your wedding guests to the door because they are uncomfortable and feel crammed in.

Spaces

As important as adequate wedding venue square footage is ensuring that the right wedding spaces are available for your big day. Ask your wedding venue about rooms you need for your big day, such as a room for changing, a secure area for your belongings, catering space, restrooms, and—most fun!—unique spaces for wonderful photography opps.

If you’re planning on holding your wedding ceremony and reception at your venue, add that space to your wedding venue checklist. Ask the wedding venue if they have adequate space for the ceremony without having to make your guests wait for the venue staff to take down and set up the wedding reception.

Another key consideration for many couples is locating a venue that can meet the special needs of their guests. If you have a guest on your guest list with special needs, look for a wedding venue with spaces that are accessible for your guests.

Some venues come with an in-house caterer; if you’d rather bring in your favorite caterer, look for a venue with an open vendor policy (and tips on how to choose the right wedding vendors for your special day). A venue with an open vendor policy allows you to bring in a caterer of your choice, as long as they have a valid catering license. In addition to an open vendor policy, ask the venue if they have space for your caterer or if they have space for a tent your caterer can use. These are the spaces that might not be as exciting as dress shopping, but are vital when you’re planning every detail of your big day.

Wedding Venue Checklist

outside rennaissance place a beautiful wedding venueYour wedding venue is one of the most vital (if not the most important) parts of your wedding day, so why should your process to choose the right venue be haphazard? No, the search for the right wedding venue should be organized (other tips for organized wedding planning here) so you don’t end up spending all your money on your venue (with no money for a dress!) or choosing a wedding venue that’s way too big. Are you on the search for the perfect site for your big day? Use this wedding venue checklist to find the right wedding venue that you can say, “I do” to (and use as the foundation as you coordinate all your wedding details!).

__Cost – what is the total cost of the venue (i.e. watch for overtime fees, extra costs.etc.)?

__Date – is the venue available on my wedding date OR what dates are the venue available?

__Handicap access – does the venue have access for any of your guests with special needs?

__Location – is the venue in the area you want? How far is the venue from your ceremony site?

__Planning does the venue have a wedding planner on staff that can assist me?

__Parking – does the venue have parking space that your guests don’t have to pay a fortune for?

__Reviews – what do other couples say about the venue? Are there a lot of complaints about the staff? (Tip: check their social media reviews.)

__Size – can the venue hold the amount of guests on my estimated guest list?

__Space – does the venue have all the spaces you need for your wedding (i.e. ceremony space, changing rooms, etc.)?

__Staff – does the venue provide the staffing you need for your wedding? Or do you need to find staff for your big day?

__Style – does the style of the venue fit with our style?

__Vendors – does the venue require that you use certain vendors? Or does it have an open vendor policy?

__Viewingwhen can I see it? Can you envision your wedding there?

6 Mistakes NOT to Make When Choosing Your Wedding Venue

bride and groom on steps of wedding venueChoosing the wrong wedding venue for your big day can lead to some huge post-wedding regrets. To prevent those regrets, we’ve compiled a list of common mistakes couples make when narrowing down their choices of wedding venues.

Not asking about all the fees

Contact potential venues in your target area for prices before you visit—and don’t forget to ask about the details. We’ve given you a list of 15 questions to ask venue staff here, and don’t be shy about asking about charges and fees (such as an overtime fee) and what is included in the cost they are quoting you. This becomes especially relevant when comparing a venue that offers staffing versus a venue that does not. Once you factor in the cost of staffing, your prices may become equal—or it might be less expensive to go with a venue that offers staffing once you include all the costs together.

Looking at venues out of your budget

Once you’ve factored in all the costs and fees, mark off the out-of-budget venues off your ‘must see’ list—and don’t make any exceptions. Don’t risk falling in love with a place you can’t afford—or jeopardizes your future financial plans together as a couple. Do make sure that you, or someone you trusts, visit your potential wedding venue in person; don’t make this huge wedding planning decision without seeing your venue and seeing how it compares to the pictures you’ve seen online.

Making assumptions

wait staff at wedding venueDon’t assume that you can hold an awesome reception until the early morning hours. Restrictions like a limit on reception hours or choice of vendors can really dampen your reception. Do your due diligence when researching your wedding venues; make it a point to ask about any restrictions or venue requirements. If you have a caterer or florist in mind, choose a wedding venue with an open vendor policy which gives you control over who you hire to provide service at your dream wedding.

Not focusing on your guests’ needs

It doesn’t matter if you’re inviting 100 or 1,000 guests to your wedding. Keep your guests’ needs at the forefront of your venue decision while still selecting a venue that matches your style. Choose venues that are handicap accessible for guests with special needs, or make accommodations for them so they can attend (i.e. a golf cart that can transport them to your ceremony or reception). Don’t forget to think about all the needs of your guests, such as parking; your guests shouldn’t have to take out another mortgage on their house to pay for parking so they can come to your wedding. If possible, choose a venue with a specified parking area just for your guests

Choosing a venue that doesn’t fit all your guests

As much as you love that cozy little venue, don’t sacrifice the comfort of your guests—or their safety in an emergency—in a venue that won’t fit everyone. Ask your preferred venue how many guests they can accommodate, and narrow your list to wedding venues that can realistically fit all of your guests.

Thinking you can take it all on (when you can’t)

Feeling overwhelmed? Consider booking a wedding venue that has an event planner on staff. With an intimate knowledge of the venue, an on-site wedding planner can help you plan the night of your dreams—and help you avoid the mistakes and post-wedding regrets.