When it comes to enjoying a flawless Utah wedding and reception, experience is key, but that can be a kind of Catch-22. After all, chances are you’re new to this planning a wedding thing. How can you have experience with a once-in-a-lifetime event like your wedding?

The answer is easy. You don’t—and that’s okay. By choosing a venue that has the experience for you, you can enjoy all the perks that come with a long history of wedding planning.

Of course, finding an experienced wedding venue that also matches your vision for your big day isn’t always easy. That’s why it’s important to ask the right questions. Make appointments and meet with several different wedding venues, and be sure to bring your list of questions along with you. It will make for a much easier decision in the end.

Experience, Experience, Experience

The first (and most important) question you’ll ask is how much experience the venue, wedding planner, or provider has. We understand and appreciate that everyone has to get a start somewhere, but this your wedding day. You only get one try at it, and you’re most likely spending quite a bit of your savings to make it perfect.

That’s why we recommend that you look for someone who has done hundreds, if not thousands of weddings. This will ensure that they are not only qualified to host your event, but that they have the right business licenses and insurance in place, a long list of satisfied brides and grooms, and great last-minute emergency capabilities.

It’s this last one that you should really focus on. Every wedding is unique, but almost all of them have some kind of issues to untangle: family quarrels, medical emergencies, bad timing, or unruly guests. A venue with experience will know exactly how to smooth over the rough edges so that you can enjoy your celebration.

Other Venue Considerations

Other questions you’ll want to include on your list:

  • What is the maximum guest capacity?
  • What is the maximum parking capacity, and how accessible is the building from the parking lot?
  • Does the venue have liability insurance?
  • Is the venue ADA compliant, and where are ramps located?
  • Where are the restrooms, and how updated are they?

You’ll also want to walk through the facility yourself to get a feeling for the setting. Take note of the materials being used, as well. For example, does it have vinyl gazebos or plastic tables, chairs, handrails, or other faux items that detract from the ambiance and aren’t very authentic?  What is the kitchen like? Can it handle the scope and size of your event, and is it somewhere you’d want to have your food prepared in?

In the end, you should go with your gut feeling. When you walk through the door, you should feel the magic and romance of the place. You should be able to picture your loved ones there, all of them comfortable and at ease. While you should still go through your checklist to make sure the venue is qualified, there’s a lot to be said for first impressions, too.