Choosing a Venue For Your Reception

There are many important questions you need to ask when trying to narrow down a location. Here are a few pointers.

Many sites are booked at least a year in advance, so it’s best to begin the hunt early. The most desirable locations will usually be reserved first. If the location of your choice is booked Saturday’s check the possibility of having your wedding & reception on Friday evening or Sunday afternoon.

Many couples prefer to have the ceremony and reception at the same place. This lessens the time spent traveling to the reception and reduces the chance that some guests may get lost or not attend.

Guests enjoy watching the couple get their wedding photos taken. This also provides a relaxing atmosphere for guests to chat together. Many of the guests will not have seen each other in quite a long while if your family is anything like mine.

Prepare a list of questions ahead of time so you get all the information you need during your visit.

  • Visit your chosen facility when it is set up for a wedding.
  • Get all the details in writing, and check the expiration date of the cost estimates.
  • Be sure to ask the facility how many weddings it books at one time. If two wedding receptions are taking place at one time, it may take away from your special event. You may also find people wandering into the wrong reception.
  • Consider how much service the staff at the site will offer you. Be sure to ask this question when considering a site for the reception.
  • Will a personal coordinator from the staff be present during the event to be sure things are running smoothly?
  • How should you contact the staff if they are in another reception or down the hallway in the ballroom? Be sure to ask lots of questions concerning the availability of the assistance from the staff.

Once you have taken care of these details, one of the hardest parts of the wedding will be finished.


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