How to choose Reception Halls and Venues
These tips and ideas will guide you in choosing your perfect wedding venue.
Most couples know where they will be having their ceremony, be it at their local church, temple, or mosque before they choose their reception locale.
What should you consider when choosing your reception hall?
Location for your banquet hall
Years ago when families lived close by, choosing a venue was easy. Since today’s families are spread throughout many cities, states or countries and have already traveled quite a distance, it is important to keep the ceremonial place and reception hall within a 45-minute drive.
Include directions to the ceremony and hall in your invite. You may also want to consider having a selected person lead a caravan for other guests to follow. IF you have a large number of out of town guests you may want to consider hiring a bus to transport them back and forth.
Number of Guests
Your budget will determine the number of guests that you can invite to your wedding. Remember to assume that 15% of your invited guests will not be able to attend your wedding. They may have other commitments, be on vacation, or become ill.
Additionally, if your guests have a long distance to travel or if your wedding date is during a holiday or the summer, you might have more people declining your invitation.
Be certain that the hall which you have chosen states that a particular room will accommodate the number of guests that you're anticipating will attend your celebration. You also want to make certain that the room will fit your number of guests comfortably and not be crammed in.
Ask the caterer how many guests you must guarantee and how many days before your wedding you are entitled to make changes.
Time of Ceremony and Reception
Set the time of your ceremony and celebration based on your particular needs i.e., how long will it take your guests to travel from your ceremony to your reception place, how much time will you need to take your pictures (allow more time if you are choosing to take your pictures at a place other than your reception hall).
If there is a long time between the ceremony and celebration you may want to consider asking the hall if they will serve coffee, juice and cookies to your guests so they can mingle while they are waiting for your party to begin.
What do Reception Halls include in the base price?
There are many options to consider when choosing your venue. As you go to the different reception halls and interview the directors, take comprehensive notes and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
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