There’s more to the perfect wedding venue than just the aesthetics (though good looks are a huge bonus!). There are all sorts of important details you’ll need to cover before you sign on the dotted line. We’ve asked the pros for the key questions to ask your wedding venue you’ll want to ask before you book. You just might want to bring this list with you!
Pricing & Availability
- Is my date of choice available? If not, are there any surrounding dates available? Or do you have a wait list for dates?
Pro tip: Try to visit venues before you’ve chosen an exact date. If you have a few options or a range of dates that might work, you’ll be more likely to secure a spot at the venue of your dreams!
How far in advance can I reserve my date?
3.What are the rates for different days of the week and times (Friday, Saturday, Sunday; morning, afternoon, evening)? What about different seasons!
Pro tip: If you don’t have your heart set on a Saturday-night wedding in the summer, you may find more available dates on a Friday or Sunday and during the slower season—as well as lower prices!
How many hours are included in the rental of the space? How early can we arrive, and how late can we stay?
Is there an additional charge for extra hours? How much?
How many weddings or events do you host on one day? On one weekend?
Pro tip: Ideally, you’ll want to be the only event on-site on your wedding day, as having other events happening can result in less set-up time, limited venue access, and confusion for your guests. If you’re not guaranteed to be the only event that day, find out how much it would cost to do a complete buyout, as well as ask about how the staff handles having multiple events at once.
How much is the deposit?
How do you structure the payment schedule?
Pro tip: Most venues will have you pay a deposit upon signing the contract, and the balance in installments between the day you sign and your wedding date.
- What is included in the total? Does it cover service charges, gratuity, and cleaning fees, or are those additional line items?
Pro tip: You may see a “++” on certain items on the bill. Called “plus plus,” that means you’ll be paying tax and gratuity on top of the listed cost.
- What is the cancellation policy?
Pro tip: You’ll want to find out how long you have to cancel and get your money back (or at least some of it).
- When is the last possible date to make changes to our reservation?
Pro tip: If there’s a chance you might need to change your wedding date, find out how long you have to do so without incurring a penalty or fee.
Do you have a list of approved or recommended vendors we can use?
Do we have to use your approved vendors? If not, are there limitations or guidelines we need to meet when bringing others in?
Pro tip: If your venue doesn’t require you to use their vendors, ask if there are any they recommend most highly. A vendor who is familiar with your venue will already know the quirks and challenges of the space, which will make your planning process that much easier!
Is the site handicap accessible?
Are there noise restrictions?
Pro tip: Many venues are under noise ordinances (town or county rules requiring music to stop at a certain time) or have restrictions of their own. Find out how late you can play music, as well as whether you need to turn it off at that time or just turn it down or move inside.
How many bathrooms are there? Will we need to rent additional portable restrooms?
Is parking available on-site? How much space is there? Will guests be charged for parking?
Pro tip: Sometimes use of parking is included in your site rental fee, sometimes it isn’t. If there is a fee and it isn’t covered by your rental, ask how much it would cost for you to pay for your guests’ parking for the evening.
- What is the venue’s capacity?
Pro tip: Find out how many guests you can fit in the space with and without a dance floor, with a band vs. with a DJ (as a band will require more space), and with round vs. rectangular or square tables to understand which decisions will help you maximize the space and your guest list.
Do you have your own sound equipment and speakers, or will those need to be rented or provided by the entertainment?
What is the backup plan for rain or inclement weather?
Pro tip: Go look at this space closely, too! While no one wants a rainy wedding day, it happens quite often, so you’ll want to love your Plan B just as much as Plan A.
- Are there any décor restrictions?
Pro tip: Ask about where and how things like lights and drapery can be hung, as well as whether you can use candles with an open flame or if you need to use LED candles instead.
When can vendors arrive for setup?
Will your staff be involved in setting up and breaking down the décor? In what capacity?
Pro tip: A venue like a hotel will usually have staff available to help arrange and set the tables, then help pack up any rented glassware, flatware, and dishes at the end of the night. Confirm exactly what the venue’s staff will be doing so you can pass that information on to your other vendors.
Food & Drinks
Do you have an in-house caterer? If so, are food and beverages included in the venue rental fee?
If there is not an in-house caterer, do we have to choose from a list of approved options, or can we hire our own caterer?
Do you have a food and beverage minimum? What are the consequences if we don’t meet it?
Pro tip: Venues with in-house caterers will often have a food and beverage minimum that you’re required to meet as part of the contract—essentially a minimum amount you need to spend. Find out what happens if you don’t meet it, as well as what upgraded options you might be able to add to your menu to help you meet that minimum.
- Do we have to purchase liquor through you, or can we source liquor elsewhere?
Pro tip: Many venues offer the option of purchasing liquor directly through them (especially if they have an exclusive or in-house caterer), which is super convenient. It can, however, come with a hefty markup. Find out if you can source your liquor elsewhere, which allows you to price-shop, or if you can buy it yourself and bring it to the event.
- If we can bring our own liquor onto the property, is there a corkage or service fee?
Pro tip: If your venue does allow you to buy your own alcohol, they may charge a fee to serve it on the property—which is still often much less than the price of ordering straight through the venue.*
- Who will be our point person as we plan our wedding? Who will be our point person on our wedding day?
Pro tip: It’s always best if these two people are one and the same, but that’s not always the case. Find out who your contact will be for the planning process, as they’ll be the contact for your vendors as well. But also make sure you get the contact information for whoever will be at the venue on your wedding day, so you can ensure they have all the necessary details in order.
- Can we meet them today?
Pro tip: If they aren’t the person you’re doing your tour with, try to meet these contacts in person ASAP to find out if you get along. It’s not a deal breaker, but having a good rapport will make the process much more smooth, and it’s always nice to put a name and face together!
Brides, having long hair can be a blessing and a curse. While we love those hair-in-the-wind moments, it can sometimes be a real pain combing and tugging through long strands. It’s easy to run your tresses through a flat iron or blower on a day-to-day basis, but when you’re getting ready to walk down the aisle, plenty of factors come into play when deciding on your wedding day ‘do. Will my hair hold the style? Will I inadvertently cover my gown’s lace neckline? These are some of the many questions that will may worry you, but the answer is quiet simple: opt for an updo!
Whether a sleek ponytail or low maintenance bun, a wedding updo will prevent your luxurious strands from flying all over the place, and keep the attention on your wedding dress. Even better, you can add nearly any hair accessory to create a look that’s all your own. Keep scrolling for 17 wedding updos we’re loving right now.
An open back dress and low bun are a match made in bridal heaven.
After your updo is secured, loosen a few strands from the front to frame your face.
Long fine hair can be twisted up under to create a 40’s Bob style which looks timeless and glamours.
Your hair pins can totally double as accessories, like this bride’s gold leaf pins.
Show off you gown’s detailed neckline by opting for a high or low updo. This bride’s low maintenance waves is the perfect contrast to her otherwise chic look.
New fall fragrances debut every year like clockwork, but your wedding day scent leaves a lasting impression on one of the most important occasions in a bride’s life. Whether your nuptials are right around the corner or you’re looking for your new signature scent, consider the newest crop of autumnal perfumes hitting the shelves this season. Below, eight new irresistible fall fragrances on alistbeauty.ca radar right now.
It doesn’t get more timeless than the newest floral iteration from Chanel. Consider this fragrant bouquet of jasmine, ylang-ylang, orange blossom, and grasse tuberose the new classic every woman should own. Chanel Gabrielle Chanel Eau de Parfum, at Sephora
Cool spices make for a surf-meets-campfire vibe in this chic autumnal fragrance. Refreshing notes of seaweed are juxtaposed beautifully with an oud blend and pink peppercorn to put you in the mood for fall.
Tiffny & Co.
If you could bottle up a glamorous New York City–inspired perfume, this would be it. Tiffany & Co.’s new signature fragrance was inspired by jewelry, of course, and has a fresh radiance with notes of vert de mandarine and iris (the lovely flower synonymous with the brand). Tiffany & Co. Eau de Parfum, at Bloomingdale’s
Floral fragrance lovers will clamor over this contemporary jasmine and tuberose-infused perfume. Rangoon creeper—a south Indian plant that changes colors from pink to red when it blooms—rounds out the scent with a powdery finish. Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum, at Sephora
Inspired by the quintessential Ralph Lauren woman, this decadently balanced scent of feminine florals with rich woodsy notes is a perfect fit for the fall season. Ralph Lauren Woman Eau de Parfum, at Sephora
The iconic American brand has remixed the circa-1993 classic Obsession with this new lavender and musk iteration. The aromatic intensity makes quite the statement, in the best way possible. Calvin Klein Obsessed for Women.
The name says it all: With an energizing mix of fruity florals, this pomegranate, jasmine, and rose-infused fragrance is the ultimate feminine scent of the season, pink hue and all. Burberry My Burberry Blush, at Sephora
With a harmonious mix of bold ginger and sultry tuberose, this powdery floral has quite the unexpected pairing of notes. The striking infusion is balanced seamlessly with sandalwood for a fragrance that’s anything but ordinary. Hermès Twilly d’Hermès Eau de Parfum, at Hermès
We get it that all this prep for your wedding make up can be overwhelming , so let us at Alistbeauty help! Here are 2 bridal makeup scenarios see a lot: One, you’re not much for make up person in general and have no clue where to start; two, you’re a beauty diva at heart but you’re getting too in-your-head to choose the perfect look. Either way, figuring out what kind of look to bring to your first makeup trial can be downright nerve-racking. After all, the image you choose to give yourself can sketch the entire vibe of your wedding day. Aim to have your first trial about two to three months out from your date so that the Alistbeauty makeup artist can understand the palette we are working with.
It’s always best to have an overall idea of what you want to look like but, Alistbeauty understands that there’s some room to play and have some fun, since nothing is set in stone during your first trial. Also very important information to relay to your chosen artist: YOUR dress and hair. In the end, everything should complement each other for a cohesive look.
” I always request that my bride come in with a visual reference—no fewer than two photos and no more than three,” “The pictures help in ways that words can’t. Show us what you like and don’t like”.
Glow: This look is all about glowing cheeks and healthy skin. Think lots of bronzer, super natural and pretty, non-structured, and easy-going. Your makeup artist will want to keep the skin mostly natural, defined with warmer colors and lots of highlighter for a health glow, and a softer, diffused eye and brows. The vibe is “I just woke up like this.”
Glam: Could not be more different than the above. This focuses on a full-on smoky eye, covered skin, and very defined features. Everything is precise for this kind of look. The skin is polished to perfection and contoured, the brows are defined, and the eyes have plenty of smoke and full, glam lashes. You’ll want to keep the lips a balance of all of these other layers, probably with a nude. The vibe is “I just left the red carpet to be here.”
P.S. Remember, bringing reference photos to your trials is helpful, but definitely keep an open mind when you get there. Don’t fall into the trap of setting your mind on what you envision before you get to see what different looks look like on you!
Writing Your Wedding Vows
- Develop a plan. First, you will want to work together to develop a plan for the writing of your wedding vows. Ideally, you will most likely want your vows to both be the same length. So, it would be best to choose a time limit or a word count for the writing of yours, so that one is not much longer than the other’s.
- What to write. With so many qualities that you love about your partner, you may be at a loss as to how to represent each detail throughout your vows. While it may seem daunting, there is actually an easy guide in which you can follow.
- To start off, it is best to showcase why you fell in love with your partner.
- Next, highlight the qualities that you love about them.
- Last, explain why you want to spend the rest of your life with them, along with how you will be there to always take care of them.
- Practice makes perfect. We have all heard it before…practice makes perfect! It is best to practice reciting your vows at home, in front of the mirror, so that you can be comfortable when speaking in front of your guests. Also, it is ideal to always bring your vows written down with you, as even if you have a good memory, nerves can kick in, and you certainly wouldn’t want to forget any of those special words.
- The vows you speak to your partner will be the start to your marriage. So, writing them with confidence is certainly ideal. These tips will assist you in creating meaningful wedding vows.
The Perfect Wedding Day Accessories Are From Alistbeauty
You have found the perfect wedding dress, but we all know that accessories are the icing on the cake. If you’re looking to add some serious style to your wedding-day look, it’s all about the wedding accessories. From hair accessories to veils, shoes, and jaw-dropping statement earrings, Spring 2018 is the season of full on wedding accessories that make brides stand out. .
Scroll through for our favorite accessories from alistbeauty.
The bigger, the better: That was the statement designers made about wedding earrings this season.
Pearl hair accessories, piled-on layers of pearls and pearl-encrusted gloves.
Hair accessories came in the form of birdcage veils, large single flowers on slicked-back buns, and even headbands.
Just look at how amazing our Coco Chanel Style Shoot turned out!
Alistbeauty is so happy to see how timeless this shoot looks , like the great ladies designs.
“Fashion is in or out but, Class is forever! ” (Coco Chanel)
Co-Producer, Concept Creator & Stylist: Rachel A. Clingen Wedding & Event Design | Co-Producer, Concept Creator & Stylist: Laura Atendido, Laura & Co. Events | Gown: Ines Di Santo | Invitations & Stationery: Paper Damsels | Floral & Decor Production Manager: Jessy Tooney | Photography: Visual Cravings | Venue: 99 Sudbury | Lounge Furniture & Bar Rentals: Contemporary Furniture Rentals | Custom Perfume Bar: Aromachology | Cakes, Sweet Table & Macaron Favours: Truffle Cake & Pastry | Black Grace Chairs: Detailz Chair Couture | Custom Aisle Runner & Bar Monogram: Dance Floor Decor | Hair & Makeup: Al Fortier, A-List Beauty | Jewellery: Tara Fava Jewellery | Lady Chanel Fascinator: Blair Nadeau Millinery | Production Assistants: Ellie Martires & Baye Husband of Laura & Co. Events
Wishing the very best to our Ikonica Beauty Virginia and her new husband Ross.
We are extremely grateful to have been a part of this happy couples BIG Day!
Virginia was looking for a old Hollywood glam look that would match her sense of style!
We think she rocked it with a true petal pink lip colour from alistbeauty and snow frost and baby-boll pink eye shadow enhanced with a thick cat-eye eyeliner.
The day was amazing and truly Ikonica!
Get the look
Petal pink lip colour from alistbeauty
White Snow Frost Eye shadow
Baby-Doll Pink Eye Shadow
Trooper by Kat Von D
Blush Blush Blushing Bride!
Looking in a mirror and gently pull down your lower lip to view the inner lip colour. Match the color you see along the inside of your lip to your blush colour and you have the perfect shade.
Sounds too simple, the color on the inside of your bottom lip is slightly different from the rest of your complexion, but still compliments it. For example, if you’re on the fair side and your inner lip is pink, a similar shade of blush will work beautifully.
NARS POWDER BLUSH
Hall of Fame winner Orgasm is a blush shade that is one that flatters every skin tone. Fans rave about the coverage, which can be as light or as intense as you want.
CHANEL POWDER BLUSH
Beauty pros can’t get enough of this. The baked-powder technology means this is the smoothest, silkiest blush around. It’s available in an impressive array of 17 colour shades,allowing you to mix colors whenever you want to feel like a pro makeup artist yourself.