You’re engaged! You found the right life partner, now it’s time to find the right venue. Before you put down a deposit, you might want to ask the following questions:
What happens if it rains?
Surprise! It tends to rain from time to time in New Orleans and, if it happens on your big day, you’re going to need more than a second line umbrella to keep you high and dry. Can your outdoor venue accommodate you with tents or back-up covered areas? Don’t forget to ask.
What’s included in the rental fee?
Is the AC extra? What about the TP? Just kidding, of course, but to prevent unwelcome surprises later on, ask what’s included in your rental free and what might be extra.
What amenities do you offer?
Before you fall in love with a venue, find out what they can offer you. Ask if they have dressing rooms, set up services, on-site catering, an on-staff wedding planner and so forth.
Do we need a permit for this venue?
You can’t just show up at Jackson Square with 100 chairs. You need a permit! If you’re getting married in a park or public space, find out how to make “making it legal” legal.
Are there any décor rules we need to know about?
Did you know that the St. Louis Cathedral prohibits flowers, rice, and confetti? And that all decorations on a New Orleans streetcar must be attached with string? It’s best to know the rules before you break them.
Do you have liability insurance?
What if somebody slips on a mini quiche? It could happen. Find out if your venue has liability insurance.
Do you offer discounts for booking an off-season date or for weddings on any day but Saturday?
New Orleans is always a great place to get married but discounts may be available at certain times of the year. And maybe, just maybe, you can get a deal for getting married on a Friday night.
Is there a cancellation policy? Is our deposit refundable?
What if there’s a family or work emergency, you stumble upon a venue you like better, or you decide to elope? Can you get your deposit back? Wouldn’t hurt to ask.