Finding your wedding venue should be one of the first things you tick off your to do list, but you’re job isn’t finished after you’ve found the perfect location. That’s right, once you’ve said “yes!” to the wedding venue of your dreams, there’s still plenty of work to be done. If you’re clueless as to what comes next, this is the article for you.
Confirm your deadlines
Let’s get the not-so-fun stuff out of the way at the beginning. The first step you should take after reviewing all the paperwork is confirming all your deadlines for details (like guest count) and payment. Once you’ve sorted out the logistics and costs, you can move into the more interesting phases of planning.
Plan a visit (again)
Yes, you’ve probably already done a walkthrough of your wedding venue, but you’ll want to schedule another visit one or two months after you’ve signed all the contracts.This will help you figure out what to do with the space on your big day. If you need a little help, bring along your wedding planner to help work on your vision.
Connect your planner
Speaking of your wedding planner, you’ll want to connect them with your vendor coordinator ASAP. This will help keep everyone on the same page when it comes to sorting out all the moving pieces of your wedding.
Find your vendors
You’ve still got plenty of spots to fill on your wedding vendor list once you’ve signed off on your location. The next steps you’ll want to take are finding your caterer, florist, DJ and the rest of your wedding A-Team. If you’ve chosen a venue that offers all these services in its wedding package, lucky you, your job just got a whole lot easier. Your wedding venue may also have a list of preferred vendors that are familiar with the facilities and policies. Looking outside of your venue’s staff and contacts? Let them know as soon as you sign on any florists, bakers or limo drivers so that they know what to expect on your big day.
Do a tasting
Who doesn’t love food? If your venue is catering your wedding, you’ll want to schedule a tasting where you can sample all the sweet and savoury dishes the chef will be cooking up for your big day. You should have a first draft of your menu sorted out about a month after you confirm your venue, but you can do a tasting a few months in. Keep in mind that your tasting should be a couple months before your wedding day in case you need to make any changes.
Tie up loose ends
All that’s really left to do regarding your wedding venue is tying up the loose ends. Plan a meeting with your venue coordinator a month or two before the date of your wedding to sort out all the nitty gritty details (you’ll want your wedding planner by your side for this one). Finalize your food and bar menus, give the vendor coordinator a draft of your wedding’s timeline and seating plan and explain any extra decor or planning details they may need to know.