1: It MUST accommodate for inclement weather. Growing up in the south, I am used to crazy weather. It would be absolutely impossible to predict the weather on my wedding day. So I made sure to book a venue with indoor, outdoor, and covered outdoor space.
2: It will likely* require an insurance policy. This might sound like a pain, but it is actually a really good idea. You don’t want an accident to cost you a fortune.
3: Not all venues come with chairs, pews, or tables. You might want to consider what all you are getting for your money. Look for venues that come with seating to save money on rentals.
4: Venues book way faster than you think. If you have your heart set on a certain venue, then you might have to be flexible with your date. Some venues book 2 years in advance especially during peak wedding season.
5: The more aesthetic the venue, the less decorations you have to buy. If you spend a little extra on a beautiful, aesthetic outdoor venue, then you can skip spending money on tons of decorations.
6: Some venues require extra payments for the days before and after the wedding. Be sure to ask how many days are included in your contract. You do not want to spend $500 extra for your wedding rehearsal dinner.
7: You can still have a beautiful wedding with a cheap or free venue. You do not have to spend a fortune to have a beautiful wedding. Shop at yard sales and thrift stores and DIY affordable decorations.
8: You need to actually read your contract. Please look over it and actually read it before you sign. Fine print is important.
Let me know in the comments what you wish you knew about wedding venues.