How to select the best wedding reception venue
Now that you are engaged and have discussed possible wedding dates and locations, it is time to settle on a venue for your wedding reception. This may seem simple, but there are a lot of factors to consider when selecting the perfect venue for your reception.
• Ask yourself or the manager at the venue you may be interested in the following questions (you can even get out your wedding planner
to write down your answers – you do have one right?
• Do you want an indoor or an outdoor reception? A public garden, historical site, banquet hall, hotel, etc.?
• How many guests do you plan on inviting and can the venue accommodate them all? You may need to downsize your list of invitees or
select a different location.
• How long do you need the venue, will this timeframe work at a particular venue?
• Do you plan on having your reception catered or do you need the venue to provide food and drink?
• Is there a bar on site or does the venue have a liquor license?
• Is the dance floor large enough – will you need space for a band or DJ?
• Are tables, chairs, plates, glasses, and linens included in the rental?
• How private to you want your reception to be? Park vs. a banquet hall.
• Consider your theme and color selection. Will they work well in a particular venue?
• Are views important? Inside will be beautiful but what about the view out the window?
• How is the flow? Can all areas be accessed easily?
• Can you access the venue early to decorate and rearrange?
• Are there any guidelines or restrictions for decorations or music etc.?
• Where are bathrooms, buffet, or any other important feature/facility located?
• Is there ample parking?
• Is there a coat room or valet parking for guests?
• Are there any packages that might include cake, food, an overnight stay etc. or are there any discounts for certain days of the week?
• Will there be someone available on location to help supervise your reception?
It is also important to take a tour of the venue. Ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable in making the right decision. Don’t forget to ask about signing a contract, or any upfront fees for renting. Most important, is this venue in your budget? Can you picture yourself celebrating your wedding here?
Good luck and happy hunting.