10 Things to Look for in a Wedding Venue

Hey friends!
So you’re engaged! And now you’re on the hunt for your dream venue. Well there are quite a few things you should look for in your venue besides the perfect backdrop to your “I dos”. Here are some of the core questions you’ll want to ask when you’re first visiting your wedding venues.

1. Space 

What’s your guest count and what kind of activities are you going to be doing? Does a large ballroom suit your needs? Do you need something small and intimate?

Jardin Del Sol Wedding Venue by Sarah Anne Photography

2. Kitchen

A full kitchen is ideal for any caterer you may hire. When you tour your venue ensure they have industrial refrigerators, enough storage for supplies, prep area and ovens.


3. Rentals//Inclusions

What does your venue come with? Do you need to source your own chairs, tables?


4. Preferred or Required Vendors?

Most venues have a preferred vendors list filled with people they love working with, however, some venues have a required list where they will ONLY work with a set range of people. This is an important question to ask before you sign on the dotted line because it can alter the final product of your wedding.

5. Photography Restrictions

Ensure any restrictions on areas for your venue are clearly communicated so you can relay them to both your photographer and guests


6. Clean Up Time

Is this included in your rental or is this outside of the rental time period? This can cut down on your reception, so ask up front!


7. Parking

What types of parking is available? Typically country weddings have ample parking but cities can be tricky! Most venues can offer great advice when it comes to accommodating your guests and travel.


8. Discounts//Bundles

If you book at a hotel or bed & breakfast, often times you and your wedding party will receive discounts on rooms for the wedding. See what specials you can get for yourself and guest by booking at the venue!

9. Wedding Insurance

Does your wedding venue require you carry your own insurance? This is important to have the day of because often the venue rep will request your paper work before they let you into the venue for the day


10. Weather Contingency

What happens if it rains? Here in the PNW it’s super important to have this plan B because we never know what could happen!

WHEW! Lots of things to think about, here are my favorite venues in the Seattle area, give the a try 😉



Where does the light fall during your ceremony? Are you or your loved one going to be blinded by sunlight while saying your vows? Where the sun will be will be a great indicator of what time to have your ceremony at…don’t forget about this one! It’ll also contribute to the quality of your photos 🙂

Here are a few of my favorite wedding venues, check ’em out!

The Corson Building

The Fairmont Hotel

The Rainier Club

Swiftwater Cellars

Jardin del Sol

The Edgewater Hotel


The Foundry by Herban Feast