Choosing a wedding hall is arguably one of the most important decisions you'll face during the wedding-planning process. This is the place where you will not only tie the knot with your partner, but enjoy dinner and dance the night away with your loved ones. As you shop around for wedding halls, however, there are some common mistakes that you'll want to be careful to avoid.
Underestimating Your Guest Count
All wedding halls will have "maximum capacity" limits that cannot be surpassed during your event due to local fire codes and other regulations. Therefore, you'll want to be careful about falling in love with a venue that's too small for the anticipated size of your wedding. Avoid underestimating your guest count; if anything, you'll want to overestimate to be sure that you choose a venue that can accommodate all of your guests.
Failing to Negotiate on Price
Many people don't realize it, but most wedding halls out there are willing to negotiate when it comes to pricing. This is especially true for venues that offer a number of services, such as catering, bar services, DJs, and more. Of course, it all depends on demand. If you're holding your wedding on a popular date (such as Valentine's Day), your negotiating powers may not be as high as if you were to hold your event on a random Saturday in February.
Not Reading the Fine Print Before Deciding
No matter how much you have fallen in love with a wedding hall, it's imperative that you read through your contract carefully before you sign it or place any kind of deposit. There could be stipulations or rules in place that you're not in agreement with. Specifically, be sure to look for restrictions on decorating and noise levels.
Assuming You Have to Hold a Saturday Wedding
Finally, if you're on a budget, don't assume that you have to hold your wedding on a Saturday. You might be surprised to learn just how much money you can save by having your wedding on a Friday, Sunday, or any other day of the week that works for you. Because demand for wedding halls and other services is lower on these days, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars these days.
By being careful to avoid these mistakes when it comes to choosing your ideal wedding hall, you can ultimately make the decision that's right for you.