Take Your Time Choosing the Right Venue for Your Wedding Reception

Your wedding is going to be one of the most important days of your life. You want to make sure that every moment is special. This includes the time that you spend at the wedding reception afterward. Make sure that you take your time finding a venue that you, your new spouse and both of your friends and family will enjoy.

A lot of things need to be taken into consideration when choosing a wedding venue. Here are some tips that will help you find the right setting for your reception.


You obviously need to make sure that space is large enough to accommodate everyone. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to figure that out. Venues will tell you how many people they can accommodate, but it is difficult to imagine how many people will fit there comfortably until the reception. It is a good idea to have a find a place with a capacity that is at least 20% larger than the number of people that will be at your wedding.

You can use tools such as RusticWedding.com to find the sizes of different weddings, but it is still a good idea to call and visit them beforehand. You really want to see the space itself to get a sense of how well it will accommodate your guests.

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Satisfy All Purposes

You will also need to consider the primary purposes of the wedding reception. You will need to make sure that the venue has space for:

  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Dancing

A space with a large banquet hall and a full bar is ideal. It is always a good idea to understand your guests’ interests so that you can find a venue that they will be happy with.

Pink wedding tables in outdoor restaurant

Check the Place Out First

Many companies may make their venue sound great on their website, but it doesn’t actually live up to expectations. You certainly don’t want to find that out when you are actually holding the reception.

You should definitely visit the venue in person before committing to it. You will probably want to check it out at the same time that you are planning on holding your wedding. This gives you the opportunity to see what the experience will be like. You will also want to speak with the staff first. Find out what services you can expect. You will also want to make sure that they are going to be personable, friendly and attentive. Most banquet halls and other venues that hold wedding receptions will have good staff on hand, but it is always a good idea to make sure first.


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