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12 Red Flags to Look Out for When Touring a Wedding Venue


When touring a wedding venue, it's essential to be attentive to various details to ensure it meets your expectations and needs. We would also recommend touring the venue with your wedding planner. Here is our list of 12 Red Flags to Look Out for When Touring a Wedding Venue.


red flags to look out for touring wedding venue


1. Poor Maintenance


First on our list of 12 Red Flags to Look Out for When Touring a Wedding Venue is poor maintenance. Observe the overall cleanliness and maintenance of the venue. Signs of neglect, such as peeling paint, cracked walls, or dirty carpets, could indicate a lack of attention to detail.



2. Unpleasant Odors


Pay attention to any unpleasant smells, such as mold, mildew, or sewage, which could indicate sanitation issues or poor ventilation.



3. Limited Accessibility


Check if the venue is easily accessible for all guests, including those with disabilities. Lack of ramps, elevators, or accessible restrooms could pose challenges for certain guests.



4. Overcrowding


If the venue seems cramped or overcrowded during the tour, it may not be able to comfortably accommodate your guest list. Ensure there's enough space for dining, dancing, and socializing without feeling cramped so that your guests can enjoy themselves.



5. Inflexible Policies


Be wary of venues with rigid or inflexible policies regarding vendors, decor, or timelines. You want a venue that can accommodate your vision and preferences within reason and is willing to work your wedding planner.



6. Hidden Costs


Watch out for hidden fees or unexpected costs that are not disclosed during the tour. Make sure to ask about any additional charges for services like cleaning, security, or overtime.



7. Lack of Privacy 


Consider the level of privacy the venue offers, especially if there are multiple events taking place simultaneously. You don't want your wedding to be disrupted by noise or unwanted guests from other events.



8. Poor Lighting


Insufficient or unflattering lighting can negatively impact the ambiance and aesthetics of your wedding. Assess the natural lighting during the day and the artificial lighting options for evening events.



9. Limited or No Parking


Insufficient parking facilities or expensive parking fees can inconvenience your guests. Make sure there's ample parking space nearby or inquire about shuttle services if needed.



10. Unresponsive Staff


Pay attention to the responsiveness and professionalism of the venue staff during the tour. If they seem disorganized or uninterested, it could be a red flag for poor service during your wedding.



11. Restrictions on Alcohol


If the venue has strict limitations or exorbitant fees regarding alcohol service, it could significantly impact your budget and guest experience.



12. Noise Restrictions


Check if the venue has any noise restrictions or curfews that could limit the duration or volume of your celebration, particularly if you plan to have live music or a DJ.


If you want to learn more about our 12 Red Flags to Look Out for When Touring a Wedding Venue, contact us to speak to one of our wedding planners.


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