Top 10 Questions to Ask When Touring a Wedding Venue

Choosing the perfect venue is one of the most important decisions when planning your wedding. It’s essential to gather all the necessary information to ensure the venue aligns with your vision and needs. At The Granary at Fawsley, we welcome couples to ask as many questions as they need to make an informed decision. Here are the top 10 questions to ask when touring a wedding venue.

1. Is the Venue Available on My Preferred Date?

Before falling in love with a venue, make sure it’s available on your desired wedding date. If your date is flexible, ask about alternative dates to increase your chances of securing the venue. If your date is available, many venues, including us at The Granary, will allow you to place it on hold for 7 days whilst you make a decision.

2. What Is the Venue’s Capacity?

Understanding the capacity of the venue is crucial to ensure it can comfortably accommodate your guest list. At The Granary at Fawsley, we can host weddings with up to 150 daytime guests, and 200 in the evening, providing ample space for both intimate and larger celebrations.

The Wedding Barn at The Granary at Fawsley

3. What Is Included in the Venue Fee?

Different venues include different amenities and services in their venue fee. Ask what’s included, such as tables, chairs, linens, and setup/cleanup services. This helps you understand the overall cost and what additional items you might need to budget for. At The Granary, we include all furniture and linens in the venue fee. We have several packages which also include food, or we can cost everything separately if you would like something more bespoke.

4. Can We Have Our Ceremony and Reception at the Same Location?

Hosting your ceremony and reception at the same venue can simplify logistics for you and your guests. Ask if the venue has separate areas for the ceremony and reception, and whether there is an additional cost for using both spaces. The Granary at Fawsley is licensed for ceremonies and we have 3 different options, including the option for an outside ceremony on our pretty lawn.

The lawn at the Granary at Fawsley. Perfect for outside ceremonies.

5. What Are the Catering Options?

Food is a significant part of your wedding celebration. Inquire about the venue’s catering options, whether they have in-house catering, preferred caterers, or if you can bring in an outside caterer. At The Granary at Fawsley, we use Kearney’s Catering,  who offer delicious catering options using locally sourced ingredients.

A dessert with gold cutlery

6. What Is the Backup Plan for Inclement Weather?

If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony or reception, it’s essential to have a contingency plan for bad weather. Ask about indoor options or the availability of tents to ensure your day goes smoothly, rain or shine.

7. Are There Any Restrictions or Policies We Should Know About?

Understanding the venue’s policies on noise levels, decor, and end times is important to avoid any surprises on your wedding day. Additionally, ask about any restrictions on bringing in outside vendors or items, such as fireworks or sparklers.

8. What Accommodation Options Are Available?

If you have out-of-town guests, it’s helpful to know what accommodation options are available nearby. The Granary at Fawsley offers 10 comfortable bedrooms for you and your guests, and we can recommend additional local accommodation.

Room with bath at The Granary at Fawsley - Wedding Couple Accommodation

9. Can We Personalise Our Wedding at Your Venue?

Personalising your wedding allows you to make your day uniquely yours. Ask about the flexibility to bring in your own decor, choose your own suppliers, and any limitations on customisation. We welcome couples to decorate The Granary at Fawsley to reflect their style, while providing essential services like DJ and catering.

10. What Is Your Policy on Payments and Cancellations?

Understanding the venue’s payment schedule, deposit requirements, and cancellation policy is crucial for financial planning. Make sure you are clear on these terms before signing a contract.

Touring a wedding venue is an exciting step in your wedding planning journey. Asking these key questions will help you gather all the information you need to make the best choice for your special day. At The Granary at Fawsley, we’re here to answer all your questions and help you create the wedding of your dreams. Contact us today to schedule a tour and see how our beautiful venue can bring your vision to life.