Its so easy to get sucked into a beautiful wedding venue but not knowing exactly what you signed up for could cost you more than you intended in the long run. Extravaganza Wedding Consultant, Ntombi tells you what to look out for: • Hourly/Overtime Rate – most venues include 8 hours in your venue hire anything over any above that may be charged at a higher hourly rate for over time. There may be an even higher charge if you go over midnight. • Suppliers – Venue tend to have a preferred suppliers list, if the venue is non negotiable with regards to you using your own suppliers then the suppliers are probably paying to be on that list through commission paid to the venue. If that is the case, in accordance to the Consumer act they must make you aware of this arrangement and cost. • Staff – Find out if the waiters and barmen are included, how many hours are included, the overtime rate and if gratuity is included in the quoted rate. • Venue Coordinator versus Wedding Planner – Most venue’s include a venue coordinator in their packages but be warned a venue coordinator and a wedding planner are 2 different roles, communicate your expectations. • Food packages – Tastings are usually an additional cost. Don’t be forced into a menu that won’t suit you and your guests, play around with the options on offer to create something unique. • Extra’s – Linen, crockery, cutlery,red carpet and ceremony furniture may be an additional charge. Read the fine print before you sign on to a venue! Happy wedding planning!
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