Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue
One of the most stressful (and fun!) times of your life is planning your wedding. The excitement of saying ‘yes’ to the man or woman of your dreams can fade quickly when you realize how much work planning every detail and speaking with so many different vendors to transform your vision for your big day into a reality. Addison Woods was born from the desire to alleviate as much stress from the married couple as possible, and to create an atmosphere where you can truly relax and enjoy your big day, with the peace of mind knowing that everything’s taken care of. To help take some of the work off your list, here are some questions you should be asking your wedding venue (which we hope is us!):
How many people can you accommodate?
Maybe you want your ceremony to consist of just your closest family and friends, making for an intimate celebration (think little white chapel - hint hint Laura May Chapel). Or perhaps you’re the big party type of people who want to invite the whole city to your wedding (our reception barn and outdoor space is perfect). Whatever your preference, you’ll need to know how many people can fit comfortably in your venue of choice - and if your guests list can fit! Addison Woods has accommodations for up to 270 guests and the entire venue is handicap accessible as well, ensuring you’ll never have to leave anyone out. Check out our capacities below:
Laura May Chapel - up to 200
The Oaks Ceremony Lawn - up to 300
Jaeger's Cabin - up to 24
The Reception Barn - up to 270
Stella's Lawn and The Veranda - up to 200
What dates are available in the month I'm considering?
This is possibly one of the most important questions you can ask a venue. Some area venues are booked for months, and it's possible some of the most sought after ones will be unavailable for years. Those coveted Saturdays are the first to go! That is why this is one of the first questions you’ll want to ask so that you can make sure your favorite place is available for your big day. If a Friday or Saturday is important to you because you have out of town guests, start planning early. Addison Woods is accepting bookings for 2020 and beyond, so there’s no better time to get your day reserved with us. The quicker you get your date set in stone, the better.
How much is the deposit, when is it due, and is it refundable? What about payment plans?
One of the best things you can do before diving into wedding planning is set a budget and stick to it. Wedding costs can quickly multiply as you begin hiring each vendor for your big day. Asking your venue early on about the costs and what their deposit and payment plans are will help you stay right on budget and steer clear from any surprises. Ask about policies such as day of coordination, security, bar pricing, staffing, and more. Each of these things can quickly add up - especially if you weren't factoring it in before.
At Addison Woods, We’re always up front with our cost and promise never to hide anything extra in the fine print. We’re all about you resting easy and keeping the focus on the celebration!
What is your weather contingency plan?
This question is important for all seasons, but especially in Texas (local Houstonians, you know what we're talking about). There's no guessing that summer will produce record heat indexes (this is why ALL of our indoor spaces are climate controlled), and the rest of the seasons are unpredictable and can have you in coats, rain jackets, or possibly sandals. An outdoor wedding on The Oaks Ceremony Lawn can be incredibly gorgeous, but you don’t want to sacrifice your vision if you are faced with moving your event inside. Here at Addison Woods we have a built in Plan B! If inclement weather pushes your wedding inside, we have plenty of room to host your ceremony and reception indoors in the comfort of our heated and air conditioned spaces. If the weather is unpredictable, you’re still going to be in control.
Here at Addison Woods, it’s all about you! You are our family; we believe in creating an experience where you and your guests can relax and celebrate at ease, while we handle all the heavy lifting. If that sounds like your kind of wedding, don’t wait to reserve your big day with us!
Contact us today to book your tour of our wonderful event venue so we can answer all your questions and show you around. Your big day is our big day and we can’t wait to celebrate it with you at Addison Woods.