If you’ve never enlisted the services of a wedding venue before, you may be wondering what etiquette rules you should be following. You’ve come to the right place! At Spring Lake Events, we not only love helping couples put on their dream wedding, but we’re also passionate about providing education about various topics in the wedding industry.

Wedding Venues

Choosing the right wedding venue is one of the biggest decisions that you’ll need to make during the wedding planning process. However, the work doesn’t stop once you choose a venue. After you’ve selected where you want to hold your wedding, there are a few things you’ll want to think about.

Your Contract

Most wedding venues will ask you to sign a contract. Making sure that you thoroughly read this contract is important, as it will most likely have clear guidelines that you need to follow. While you’re reading through a potential contract, make sure to take a look at the payment details, as well as any timelines that are mentioned.


If a potential venue that you’re looking at doesn’t have a contract for you to sign, that’s a big red flag. The contract is beneficial for the venue, but it also protects you as well. If you’re not sure what to look for in a wedding venue contract, consider speaking with a lawyer or a wedding professional.


One of the most important things to be sure of is that you’re paying all of your bills on time. Some venues will require a deposit, while others will ask for payment installments. It’s essential that you’re aware of the payment details before you sign a contract, so you can be sure that they align with your budget and what you’re able to provide financially.


Most venues will have a certain timeline that you’ll need to follow closely. They should provide you with a time when you can begin setting up and will also detail when you’ll need to have everything cleaned up.


Paying attention to the timelines that your venue provides is essential, so that you can avoid any late fees to any other charges that might be associated with not leaving the venue at the right time. If you have people who are going to be helping you clean up the venue, make sure that they’re aware of when everything needs to be cleared out.


It’s essential that you clean your venue well. Making sure that you’re not leaving behind decorations or flowers is important. If you do leave behind a mess, then your venue may charge you a cleaning fee. Consider looking in your contract to see if the cleaning fee has already been specified.


Some people don’t think about bringing cleaning supplies as part of their wedding materials, but this can be a great way to make sure that you’re staying on top of everything and that nothing is left out. Consider bringing some wipes and a broom, as well as anything else you think you’ll need that’s specific to your venue.