Questions to Ask When Booking a Wedding Reception Site
This article was written by L.A. Banquets
When you are looking for a reception site for your wedding in Southern California, you’ll know the right spot when you see it. But finding a place that you love doesn’t mean that the work is over. You need to make sure you are asking the right question before signing a contract with a venue in order to get the best service and to ensure that you aren’t hit with any surprises when it’s time to pay the venue.
As you are looking at banquet halls in North Hollywood and elsewhere in Southern California, here are a few questions you need to ask:
How much is the deposit and when is the full amount due? Working out the particulars of the financial obligations is critical, but something that many couples tend to rush through in the haste to start planning their reception. You need to find out what you owe and when you owe it so you can make sure you meet your commitments without any last-minute stress.
What is the cancellation policy? No one anticipates having to cancel a wedding but illnesses, deaths in the family and other unexpected issues can come up. It’s important that you understand the cancellation policy before you sign a contract. You’ll want to know if there is any penalty for cancelling and how far out you can cancel before you owe the full amount.
What is your policy on outside catering? Many reception sites have their own catering business and can handle your guests’ dining for the reception. However, this isn’t true with all Los Angeles wedding venues — particularly smaller venues or ones that are non-traditional. You also might have a favorite restaurant that you want to cater your event. You need to make sure that is allowed by your reception site or if you need to pay an additional fee.
What are our options for serving alcohol to our guests? No wedding reception is complete without a little libation. Make sure you check with the wedding venue as you plan ahead. In many cases, alcohol is handled separately from catering. You’ll have to choose between beer and wine or a full bar and may have to pay for bartenders. You can also save money by purchasing your own alcohol and using it, but you’ll need to check with the venue first.
Is there a private area away from the party? Perhaps the bride or the groom needs a few minutes alone to escape the commotion of the party. Or maybe the wedding party needs space to take extra pictures. Chances are, you’ll enjoy having access to a private area away from the main reception.
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