Wedding Venue Advice : Venue Restrictions

There are several fairly common restrictions that you should always ask about and take into consideration before deciding upon a wedding reception venue.

Will the venue close at a set time?

Firstly, find out whether your party will have to finish at a set time, and whether this affects your decision; for example, some venues require that you have left by 10pm. Others allow you to stay later, but will likely impose restrictions on noise (music or other!) after a certain time. If your chosen venue is located in a residential area, there may be restrictions on noise levels altogether, which could mean problems if you are thinking about hiring a band, or even a sound-system.

Does the venue hold a suitable alcohol licence?

Another possible restriction to be sure to ask about is the venue’s alcohol policy. Some local authorities impose limitations on the serving of alcohol in certain locations. This is a particularly relevant restriction to ask about if you’re thinking about planning an outdoor reception, or using a temporary structure such as a marquee. Make sure that your venue has obtained the appropriate licence before you think about moving any alcohol there – the last thing you want on your wedding day is for the police to show up and take it all away!

Are children allowed?

Unfortunately, many luxury wedding venues impose restrictions over where children may go, and at what times. If there will be children attending your wedding, it’s a good idea to find out if the venue has any child-minding facilities or services in place, as, for example, some are able to provide babysitters in the evening.

Will my choice of decorations be restricted?

Some venues have decoration restrictions, which you will need to make sure you are aware of well in advance so that you can prepare something that fits in with the requirements. For example, some venues will not allow you to use certain flowers that are prone to creating pollen stains.

Some venues are additionally strict and particular over their other restrictions; some don’t like confetti, and some even forbid high-heeled shoes for fear of the flooring becoming damaged – this likely won’t go down well with at least a couple of wedding guests!

Are you able to use your own suppliers?

It is important you ask venues you are interested in if you are allowed to bring your own caterer, decorator etc with you, or if you are obliged to use their own contractors and suppliers.

A few others

A further sample of other limitations you may come across:-

• No red wine (until guests are seated)
• No naked flames
• Limited parking
• No smoking

Make sure you are aware of any restrictions well in advance

Venue restrictions should come clearly stated within the contract or information pack often supplied. If you cannot find details of their restrictions in the contract, simply ask about them just to make sure!

The important thing to remember is that you will need to find out well in advance about any limitations a particular venue may impose. That way, if you still love the venue despite its restrictions, you will have enough time to adapt your plans around them in order to create your perfect wedding reception.

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