Best Portugal Wedding Venues: Questions Your Wedding Venue Should Be Able To Answer

So much goes into planning a destination wedding, but Camélia Gardens is to let you in on a little secret: Once you have got a solid list of possibilities, take things one step further and vet the location yourselves. Below, we’ve listed the top questions you should ask potential venue before choosing. 

  1. What do you offer versus [insert the name of another venue you are considering]?
    This will give your venue the opportunity to point out distinctive features of their facility as well as their wow-worthy special services. 
  2. Do you offer packages or is everything custom or à la carte?
    Find out exactly what’s included in each of the different packages, to be able to make realistic planning easier. 
  3. Are you flexible when it comes to customizing the menu, music, flowers, rentals ?
    If you really want a certain pro (for example, you definitely want to bring your own photographer), or if you have specific needs (like a kosher or vegetarian meal), this is the time to find out if your venue will accommodate you. 
  4. What spaces are available for the ceremony and reception?
    Just loving the look of a spot is hardly enough—you also need to know the venue can comfortably fit all of your guests, and that it’s available to use on the date and time of day you want. Because some venues book multiple weddings at once, find out if that secluded beach area you’ve been eyeing is actually a possibility for you. And definitely take a look at any plan B options they offer in case of inclement weather. 
  5. How much of a deposit is required to reserve my date?
    Double-check not just how much you’ll need to pay to reserve your spot, but also when each remaining payment is due. 
  6. What types of activities are there on the property? What’s nearby?
    While you are visiting the venue, if you have the opportunity to speak with an on-site coordinator, this is a great question to ask. You should also find out if there is a possiblilty to request a specialist to coordinate activities for you and your guests. 
  7. Are children allowed, and if so, is there an age cutoff?
    Some all- inclusive resorts are adults only. Those may be a great option for the honeymoon, but not so much if you were planning for your younger family members to attend your wedding. If there are babies or kids on your guest list, double-check that the venue is family friendly. 
  8. Do you host more than one wedding on the same day or at the same time?
    A large and spread out venue may mean that other guests could wander into your reception. In this case, you may want to consider a different venue. 
  9. How formal is the venue?
    You need to find out if the venue of your choice really fits your style. Ask about the standard attire in the premises during every part of your events.