Questions to ask your marriage or civil partnership venue

Wedding part set up at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Organising a wedding or civil partnership ceremony can be daunting if you haven’t done it before. 

There are so many things to think about.

To help we have put together a list of important questions you should ask your potential wedding or civil partnership ceremony venue when you visit:

Payments and booking

  • how long can you hold the date for while we check registrar availability?
  • how much will the deposit be, and when are payments due?
  • what is the cancellation policy if the venue cancels the booking?
  • what is the cancellation policy if the couple cancels the booking?
  • are there any costs not included in their specified wedding and ceremonies packages?


  • what is the maximum venue capacity for guests? Or is there a minimum number of guests required for booking?
  • do you have to use the venues suppliers for things like catering, venue styling and flowers?
  • has the venue got a civil ceremonies licence?
  • are there specific times ceremonies take place?
  • is parking available for guests?
  • is there accommodation on site for guests, or can you recommend accommodation nearby?
  • if there is accommodation on site what are the check in and check out times?
  • when can we access the venue, before and after the ceremony, to decorated and remove decorations?
  • is confetti allowed?
  • does the venue have disabled access?
  • is an early check-in available for guests at the hotel before the ceremony?

Food and drink

  • what are the menu options included in the specified wedding, and ceremonies packages, and what are the options for allergies and food restrictions?
  • is there any food, tea, and coffee included in the evening do package?
  • are there any free drinks included in the wedding breakfast? (usually, a glass of fizz for the toast would be provided, but this is not guaranteed).
  • how many guests can each table seat?
  • are linen, crockery and glasses included in the cost?
  • is there a corkage fee? (If you purchase your own wine)
  • are there any sound restrictions after certain hours, does the DJ/band have to finish at a certain time?
  • does the bar have to close at a certain time?
  • does the bar have a minimum spend, or any additional charges?
  • is breakfast included when staying at the hotel?

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