4 Questions to Ask When Seeking a Wedding Venue

Knowing a location’s restrictions in advance can help brides manage expectation.

What are the time constraints? 
Museums hold events only during certain hours, generally when the museum is closed to the public. Some only allow one wedding a day.

Which services does the venue provide?
A full-service operation, which provides everything from the linens to the cake, can be beneficial when there’s limited time to prepare the space. However, you may want the freedom to select your own vendors. If that’s the case, make sure the vendor has handled events in that facility. Many venues can provide approved lists.

Are there any restrictions as far as the decor?
Museums, in particular, may prohibit certain items. For instance, the Delaware Art Museum does not allow balloons, glitter or live plants, which might infect the museum—and the art—with insects.

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Are there any limitations concerning photography?
Kennett Square photographer Joel Plotkin says many museums do not allow the artwork to appear in pictures. “It has to do with the copyright,” he explains. Also the museum may forbid the photographer from using a flash anywhere near artwork. Bright light can cause damage to old paintings, Plotkin says. 


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