Choosing a wedding venue isn’t easy, but once you’ve narrowed down your selection to just a few, it’s important to get a very good understanding of the type of wedding day you can expect. You definitely don’t want any unexpected surprises at the last minute, so we’ve put together a few questions you can ask in order to avoid this scenario:
1. Is there any building, landscaping or construction taking place at the venue before my wedding date?
This is important for obvious reasons. The wedding venue you choose must look like the wedding venue you had in mind on the big day. Any tree-felling, re-piping, digging up lawns or building alterations and additions may have a devastating effect on your picturesque day so it is advisable to ask your wedding venue to inform you if they have these plans in mind.
2. How many weddings are held at the venue on a single day?
For some brides it’s absolutely no problem to share a venue with another wedding party, however if it is important to you to have the entire wedding venue to yourself for the day then you better double check sooner rather than later. Many wedding venues in the Cape have more than one ceremony and reception area so be wise when choosing. Some venues have their restaurants open to the public even when there’s a wedding taking place so if this is something that would bother you, rather reassess your chosen venue.
3. Do you have a plan B should the weather not cooperate on my wedding day?
If the majority of your wedding is to be held outside, it’s important to have a contingency plan should the weather be miserable. It’s also important to understand just what this would look like and whether the picture you have in your head matches reality. The last thing you want is the pressure of trying to control the weather because you really don’t like the Plan B option. If there’s one thing you can’t control on your wedding day, it’s the weather!
4. Are there any decoration restrictions such as using candles or moving things around to suit my needs?
You may be set on having candles, lanterns or floating lanterns on your special day. If this is the case, make sure that it’s a viable option before spending all your wedding budget on decorations that aren’t allowed in to the venue.
5. Is your service charge included in the venue hire?
Most wedding venues include a service charge in the venue hire cost, however it’s important just to make 100% sure of this first and not be met with any unexpected bills at the end.
6. What time can my vendors start setting up on the day of the wedding?
Is there a bridal changing room on site? Some venues host back to back weddings while others allow set up from the day before, it all depends on the wedding venues policy. This vital information will go a long way in alleviating any set up stress before and on the wedding day so make sure that you’re informed.
7. What is your cancellation policy?
This may not be something that you consider when booking a venue as for all intents and purposes you have chosen your wedding to go ahead. However there may be some completely unexpected changes like a last minute promotion to Australia, a new baby arriving, a change of heart or just that you found another venue where you would rather like to say “I Do”. It’s therefore necessary to find out whether your deposit is refundable, what the terms of cancellation are and whether you’re liable for any costs. Read the paperwork carefully before paying the full price.
If you’re struggling to decide on a wedding venue, read How to Choose a Cape Wedding Venue for sound advice, as well as How to get the most out of your wedding venue in the Cape for some tips before the big day.
If you’re dreaming of a Winelands wedding venue then hosting your wedding at a Cape wedding venue and particularly at Waterkloof Wine Farm is truly a magical experience. Waterkloof hosts many weddings per year and is an expert in organising, hosting and making sure that your wedding is the best day of your life. Professionalism, style, elegance and sophistication are all synonymous with Waterkloof.
Contact Waterkloof today for a Cape Wedding Venue that dreams are made of.
Wedding Couple pictured: Nikkita and Andre at Waterkloof Estate
Photographer: Yeah Yeah