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  • Writer's pictureClarissa Donohue

5 Questions To Ask Before Booking Your Wedding Venue

Updated: May 15

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Let's be real, wedding planning, while it can be fun and exhilarating, it can also be overwhelming. Between juggling a million tasks and checking a million boxes, it's easy to get swept up in the excitement and forget some crucial details before booking the perfect venue and suppliers. But fear not, lovebirds! As a Manchester-based alternative wedding ninja, I'm here to help you throw away the tired traditions and design a right good knees-up that's unforgettable.

But before you start picturing a canal-side ceremony and a rooftop rave (because let's be honest, that sounds amazing!), there are a few logistical questions you need to ask your potential wedding venue. These might not be the most glamorous aspects of planning, but trust me, getting them sorted upfront will save you a mountain of stress later on. So grab a brew and let's dive into the nitty-gritty.

5 Essential Questions Before Booking Your Dream Venue:

  1. Bird Access: When can the bridaEarlyl party access the getting-ready suite? Remember, hair and makeup artists often start early (think 6/7am) so you'll need ample time to get glammed up.

2. Supplier Setup: When can your suppliers access the venue on the day? Some venues might allow them to drop off equipment beforehand, while others have limited storage.

3. DIY Dream Team? Does the venue allow external suppliers, like your own caterer or wedding coordinator? This is crucial for creating your unique wedding vision.

4. Sound Check: What are the noise restrictions? Are there sound limiter devices? Don't forget to let your band or DJ know about these beforehand – communication is key!

5. Post-Party Breakdown: What time is the "de-rigging" the next day? Knowing when suppliers need to finish their breakdown and clean-up will ensure a smooth post-wedding transition.

Ready to Ditch the Cliches and Embrace the Craic?

These questions might seem small, but they can make a massive difference in creating your dream alternative wedding. Now that you're armed with this knowledge, it's time to find the perfect Manchester venue for your unforgettable celebration.

But wait, there's more! Drop a comment below and tell me: What's your wildest, most wonderful vision for your wedding? Let's get creative and ditch the wedding rulebook together!

Clarissa 🧜🏼‍♀️

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