This tip is for all the newly engaged couples that are beginning their bridal ventures. Aside from the dresses, tuxedos, food, decorations, and cake you need a venue to house all the festivities. Touring locations and discovering what they do and do not supply can become overwhelming, that is until now. Martha Stewart put together a check list of questions to ask when you tour a location. This check list will make venue shopping a breeze and help you narrow down the reaming ingredients you’ll need to scout for the wedding.
We liked the checklist so much that we wanted to highlight what we felt were the 12 important questions you should ask every venue. We went ahead and filled in the answers to each of these based on our accommodations at Menifee Lakes Country Club.
Top 12 Questions We think You Should Ask Every Venue
VENUE: MENIFEE LAKES COUNTRY CLUB
DATE: January 3, 2012
1) IS MINE AVAILABLE? –
If you have a specific day your heart is set on this should be the first question you ask. We will check dates over the phone or thru email so you know before you make the trip to visit us.
2) WHAT ARE THE RATES FOR DIFFERENT DAYS OR TIMES (FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY; AFTERNOON, EVENING)?
Yes, Friday and Sunday are less expensive than a Saturday and a day time event is less expensive than en evening. We will print a price quote for a wedding based on the menu options from our packages so you can consider days, times, and pricing with anyone who may be helping finance the wedding.
3) IS THERE A PAYMENT SCHEDULE AND WHAT KIND OF DEPOSITS ARE REQUIRED?
The basic payment plan requires a $1,000.00 deposit to book the wedding date. A 25% payment is due 6 months before the wedding date followed by a 25% payment, a 3 month 25% payment, and a final 25% payment 1 month before the wedding. The final payment is due 10 days before the wedding .
4) ARE THERE HIDDEN COSTS LIKE A SERVICE CHARGE, GRATUITY, CLEANING FEES, OR OVERTIME CHARGES?
We charge a rental fee, a per person charge for food service, California state tax of 7.75%, as well as a 20% service charge (can also be referred to as a gratuity). A quote will include all of the costs. You can add additional hours to the package for an additional fee as well.
5) WHAT IS THE LAST POSSIBLE DATE THAT WE CAN MAKE CHANGES?
10 days prior to the wedding date all final details and payments must be made.
6) IS THERE ROOM FOR A BAND AND/OR DANCING?
Yes, we have a large area that can be used for a band, DJ, and dancing.
7) ARE THERE NOISE RESTRICTIONS?
No, the reception is held inside the building so there are no noise restrictions.
8) IS THERE A BACKUP PLAN FOR RAIN OR OTHER INCLEMENT WEATHER? IF NOT, IS THERE A PLACE WHERE WE CAN PUT UP A TENT?
Yes and Yes, we can set up the ceremony inside if the weather is not permitting and for additional fee a tent can be set up outside.
9) ARE THERE LIMITATIONS ON DECORATIONS, INCLUDING CANDLES?
You must have all candles in containers that covers the flame. You can not attach or adhere any decoration to any walls or painted items.
10) ARE THERE RESTRICTIONS FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER IN TERMS OF FLASH, ETC.?
The photographer must check in with staff and will be informed off all rules and regulations regarding our location and the golf course. Inside the building there are no restrictions or limitations for the photographer.
11) WHEN CAN MY VENDORS ARRIVE FOR SETUP?
We include two hours prior for set up and additional hours may be purchased at a discounted price if more than two hours are needed.
12) WHO WILL OUR POINT PERSON BE BEFORE THE WEDDING? ON THE DAY OF OUR WEDDING? CAN WE MEET THEM NOW?
It would be Christa and Christina, and we both work as a team in the planning process and we will be here on the day of your wedding. Both of us give wedding tours and we are in 7 days a weeks and more than welcome to meet with couples during the planning of your wedding.
Have fun with the check list!