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Don't Be Left In The Lurch!

For venues, you need more than just a contract to make sure your event goes off without a hitch!

Every couple of years, we hear that a venue has been closed down because they don't have the proper permits. The bride has done everything right; gotten a contract, paid everything on time. So how can her event get cancelled?

Many rural and residential areas have zoning which doesn't allow for events on a commercial basis without some type of conditional use permit or exemption. Each city or county issues these permits to facilities to host events.  These permits spell out maximum capacities, hours of operation (like how late the music can play), amount of increased traffic on the roads, etc. Without the proper permits, all it takes is one unhappy neighbor and the venue is shut down. In the case that came up recently, 30 summer brides were left scrambling to find alternate locations in peak wedding season.

So, how do you make sure this doesn't happen to you? Don't be afraid to ask if your venue has a use permit for gatherings of your size and if there are any restrictions. Always be sure to get a signed contract that spells everything out including refunds and damages if something happens to the venue that would cancel your event.
Cases like this normally only come up with venues that are in city neighborhood or rural settings. If your venue has been hosting events for a long time, chances are you won't have any problems. But it never hurts to ask!

For more information on permits and contracts be sure to read our helpful hints about venue selection and contracts.