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5 Things To Bring When Touring Potential Wedding Venues

As you tour potential wedding venues, what you bring with you forms a big part of your success in finding just the right one. Not sure what you should bring along for these visits? Here are a few of the most important things. 

1. An Organizer. Although the venue tour will be primarily so you can see for yourself what the space and the staff are like, you'll also get plenty of handouts. So, bring an organizer to safely hold sample menus, brochures, business cards, vendor guides, rate charts, and swatches. This organizer should also give you lots of room to take notes either on paper or digitally. 

2. Your Checkbook. If you do feel strongly about a venue, be ready to pull the trigger on it right away. The best venues book up months in advance, so you may need to pounce once you're sure. Putting money down is one of the best ways to ensure that they hold that date for you. 

3. Extra Eyes. Arrange for trusted friends or family members to come with you. Even though your opinion is the most important, the observations and opinions of those who know you — and especially those who will be involved in wedding preparations — can be extremely useful. They will also help you remember all the details you might otherwise miss or forget. 

4. Your Phone. No, you shouldn't be checking your phone while on a venue tour. But you should be using it to record videos and take plenty of photos. These will be some of your most useful resources if comparing venues after the tours are over. And, they'll give you a head start on planning. 

5. A List of Questions. Don't rely on your memory to ask all the pertinent questions while you're at the venue. Make a list of questions in advance and fill in the answers as you talk to the venue staff. These should include general questions like their down payment policy, as well as queries specific to your nuptials, such as whether your dogs can be part of the wedding party. 

Where to Learn More

Want to know more tips for picking a great venue? Start by getting to know some of the best wedding venues in your area. With their help and these important items in your toolbox, you're sure to find the perfect space to have your big day.