Questions to ask when Choosing a Wedding Venue (Before you Hire)


The proposal came and no doubt it filled you with joy and all the feels 🙂 . The next step needs to be planning where you will have your wedding. This may be the biggest decision you will make leading to your big day since everything else will be truly dependent on where you have your wedding. We cannot emphasize how much you need to ensure that you get the wedding venue in Nairobi, Kenya right.

No doubt you want your wedding day to be extra special and perfect. As wedding venues mean different things to different people, you need to find a place that will cater to all your needs and give you the best memories of your big day. So, we have put together a list of questions that you might want to ask your wedding planner or guide in wedding venues in helping you determine what venue is perfect for you.

  1. Is the wedding venue available on your preferred date?

Many wedding venues in Nairobi are usually booked way in advance. Typically you need to find out when they are booked and whether the dates when they are open align with your preferred date. Sometimes you may have to make concessions in order to have that perfect venue. In case you make some changes, ensure that all your suppliers are notified and that it does not mess up your entire wedding plan. We advise that you finalize the venue before you start planning for the rest of the itinerary for your wedding.

  1. What are the rates for different days of the week and times? What about different seasons?

Remember, it is all about aligning your wedding plans with the predetermined budget. Get to know the cost of hiring a venue depending on the day, time, and season. It is critical to filter affordable wedding locations in Nairobi as this will not be the only expense that will be incurred before your wedding. Find out and negotiate accordingly since you may be able to save on an amazing wedding location if you have the wedding during low season.

  1. How much is the deposit? How do you structure the payment schedule? What does the contract look like?

This is one of those vital questions that you have to ask and ponder about before your wedding day. Most intimate wedding venues in Nairobi venues will have you pay a deposit before signing the contract and the remaining balance paid in instalments. This might be different in other locations, which is why you need to ask as many questions as possible in order to get the best deal.

  1. Do I have to use your recommended Suppliers/Vendors?

Wedding planners in Kenya sometimes furnish you with a list of recommended suppliers or vendors they trust and regularly work with. This could limit your choices and potentially affect your budget scope. Others might not require you to use their vendors, and it is your duty to search for those who will assist you accordingly with planning your wedding. A supplier or vendor familiar with a wedding venue will also know the space well enough to ensure that you have an unforgettable experience for your nuptials.

  1. What is the capacity limit of the venue?

With the government’s recent COVID-19 restrictions, it is imperative to ask the capacity limit of your preferred wedding venue. Find out how many guests can fit in the place so that you can understand how to maximize your guest list and space. Think about parking- is it big or close enough to the ceremony location and reception? Do guests need a means of transport to move around the area?

  1. Will the location blend perfectly with your wedding style?

Now, we all know how brides want their weddings to be perfect, this means that the wedding venue you choose needs to match with your ideal wedding dress and a host of other wedding style facets such as shoes, accessories, bridal party dresses, etc. We are well aware that the wedding dress means everything for any bride. If for example, the wedding venue gives a rustic vibe, does your wedding dress blend well with the location and so forth. It is imperative that your wedding location blends perfectly with the wedding dress style that you choose as you would not want to leave anything to chance for one of the most important days of your life.

Planning a wedding is no easy feat, however, with this simple guide you have insight into what to ask so that you are in the best place to get the best deal for your dream wedding location.

Do you have any other questions we should pay attention to as we look for a wedding venue in Nairobi? Please let us know in the comments.


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