Inns and bed and breakfasts are ideal small wedding venues. Whether you want a small decadent indoor wedding or a simple garden wedding on a budget, there’s sure to be an inn or bed and breakfast to suit your needs.
Although many couples choose inns that they have previously stayed at to get married, some couples choose small wedding venues they’ve never visited. It might be an inn just a few blocks away, or one on the other side of the country – or even the globe.
If an inn piques your interest, there are things you need to discuss with the innkeeper before choosing it as the venue to have your wedding.
Here are some essential questions to ask an innkeeper before you say “I do”:
How many guests can the Inn accommodate?
How much will it cost?
Do you have all inclusive package deals?
Where is the ceremony held? Is it indoors or outdoors?
If the ceremony is outside, is there room inside in case of inclement weather? If not, will a tent be provided?
Where is the reception held? If the reception is outdoors, is a tent provided?
Is there a wedding coordinator on site the day of the wedding? What about a florist? A photographer?
Is there an onsite caterer?
Who performs the wedding ceremony? Do we need to hire our own minister?
Is alcohol permitted? Can we bring our own?
Can we bring our own cake or other food items?
What type of reception meal is available? Is it buffet or plated? Can I have a brunch reception? What about a cocktail reception? What about a seated dinner?
Do you have a dance floor?
Do you allow music? Can I hire a deejay or a band?
Can we rent out the entire inn?
Do you have a changing room for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready in? What about a changing area for the groom and his attendants? If not, will we have to rent a room in the inn for this purpose?
How far in advance should we book our wedding?
Are you open year round?
Can we save money by getting married off season?
Do we have to stay overnight at the inn to get married there?
How much time is allotted for our wedding if we are only renting the space for the day?
Is there a group discount available to my guests if they stay overnight?
Is there ample parking for wedding guests?
Photo: Outdoor wedding at Jenner Inn, Jenner, CA.