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Ulari Nwagozie: Right Questions to Ask When Selecting a Venue

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Just before signing on the dotted line on your contract for an event venue you wish to use. There are some key questions you would need to ask to make sure the venue meets your event requirements. After asking questions and taking notes, you can then sit to compare and contrast your notes to select the place that works best.

Venue Details

  •  Name
  •  Address
  •  Website (if any)
  •  Name of Contact Person
  •  Phone Number
  •  Email (if any)

Date & Payment

  •  Is our preferred day available?
  •  How many other weddings or events will be booked that day?
  •  Is there any planned construction?
  •  What are the site fee, deposit, and payment schedule?
  •  Do costs vary by day or time (Saturday, Sunday, afternoon, evening)?
  •  Are there hidden costs?

Service charges
Cleaning fees
Membership dues
Overtime rate
What is the cancellation policy? Is the deposit refundable?

Food, Drink, Dancing & Decor

  •  Can we use an outside caterer?
  •  Can we bring in our own drinks?
  •  If yes, is there a corkage fee?
  •  If no, what is the pricing for alcohol?
  •  Is there room for a band, DJ, and/or dancing?
  •  Can we alter the existing décor in any way?
  •  Are candles and/or confetti permitted?

Rules & Regulations

  •  Who onsite staff will be our point person throughout the event?
  •  Does the venue have insurance or do we need to get it?
  •  Do we need any permits?
  •  What are the restrictions?
  • Minimum and maximum capacity
  • Handicap accessibility
  • Noise
  • Photography/flash
  • Child limitations
  •  What time can our vendors start setting up?
  • What time do they need to leave?
  •  Who is responsible for cleanup?

What’s Included?

  •  Parking
  •  Valet
  •  Security
  •  Air-conditioning
  •  Adequate power supply (24Hours Generators and their capacity)
  •  Toilets and Bathrooms
  •  Adequate electric spots
  •  Sound System
  •  Bridal Suite
  •  Tables and Chairs
  •  Linens
  •  Tableware

Hope that these points help you to make a holistic choice when selecting your event venue, this event season or even next year!
Happy Holidays!

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With a decade of experience working with business owners, clients and community groups on a variety of special events and projects. Ulari loves to build and manage both relationships and projects. Besides writing and events planning, she adores her family and close friends, loves great hair extensions, DIY activities, politics and cooking!

5 Comments

  1. Maureen

    December 15, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    I understand the writers point of view. Are you planning any event. I could hook you up with any venue of your choice that fits your budget in lagos and abuja

  2. wunmi

    December 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    your contact details pls @ Maureen

  3. Zeezah

    December 15, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing Ulari!

  4. f.n.Nwapa

    December 15, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Dear Ulari

    I Love your name.

  5. Bukola

    December 17, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Those questions are very important, you also need to find out if Vendors like DJ and band can use their power or they have to bring their generator, How much do they charge vendors… we manage events, get 30% discount this festive season on your choice venue… Holla…

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