This is the part where lots of couples panic. No need to! We've all been there. It's completely natural and goes with the whole wedding planning rush.
In Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel we've been planning weddings for decades and with so many diverse clients we've been asked all kinds of questions.
Below I'll enlist all the major questions and answers you need to know before you get to your venue. Depending on many aspects, answers on your questions will differ. I will suggest our version of it.
Here we go:
1. What is the capacity of your venue?
This is important information that will help you determine whether a certain venue can accmodate all of your guests.
In Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel we have 118 bedrooms, including twin, double, family, executive and interconnecting rooms. We also have bridal and junior suites. As for the ballroom, we can cater for weddings between 20 to 300 guests.
Matters can go very wrong if there are two couples getting married in the same venue. Always ask that questions and yes in our hotel it's strictly one wedding per day and it is all about you.
It's important to know whether what you are seeing will be changed before your wedding day. Changes can include reception area, bars, accommodation or any renovations that might directly influence your wedding.
4. How flexible are your packages?
Make sure to ask this questions as you might like a package and book it, but if changes occur closer to your wedding, there might be problems with the "fine print" that wasn't discussed.
In our hotel we are happy to tailor each package to make sure it matches your exact requirements. Talk to us about your priorities, specific ideas, number of guests, children, anything different you've seen abroad or at other weddings. We can cover it all.
Civil and humanist ceremonies are becoming more and more popular. If you are planning on one, you need to make sure your venue is right.
We are fully licensed to hold civil and spiritual ceremonies and we have numerous rooms, large and small to hold any size of the event. Reception is held in the Kings ballroom which is separate, therefore no time will be spent on resetting the rooms on the day.
These are important points as you need to make sure all of your guests will feel comfortable in the venue you choose.
We are a child friendly hotel and for all our junior guests we offer a kids club including bouncy castle, babysitter, Nintendo Wii games, arts and crafts and competitions. Children get special menu too.
All our functions rooms, ballrooms and bars are wheelchair accessible and our chefs cater for any dietary requirements: vegetarians, vegans, coealics, diabetics and so on.
7. Do you allow any food to be brought in?
Venue policies vary, but most of them, including us, don't allow any other food than a wedding cake due to insurance policies and high risks.
8. What facilities do you have for our guests?
You need to know all hotel has to offer to you and your guests. Our facilities include exclusive bar for drinks reception, private bar for your dinner reception, 2 separate smoking areas for each of these bars, separate bathrooms for each function room, courtyard, public and private restaurants, leisure club and spa, which offers special rates to wedding party members, multi storey car park with no extra cost for any of your guests.
Weddings are so colorful and beautiful, especially when you have a color scheme or theme for it. Make sure to ask your venue what they do decor-wise or can they match your theme.
We include full set up of tables, globe candle holders and vases with any flowers that you wish. We also have up-lighters and mood lighting to match you color scheme. As always, we are happy to discuss any new ideas.
Financial side is always important. Make sure to get as much information as possible.
We usually require deposit between €500 and €1000 to secure your date. After this, we can set up payment schedule to suit you. We understand high costs of a wedding, therefore we are as flexible as possible.
Questions you might have are endless and depends on many factors, however, despite location, size, time, these above mentioned questions apply to vast majority of the venues.
Please feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries, questions or simply want to enquire about fabulous weddings that we do.