There are hundreds of wedding reception venues to choose from for your wedding reception. Some are perfect for one type of wedding reception, while others cater to every different type of wedding reception. For example, some may be more suitable for a garden wedding, while others may not be able to handle the idea of being outdoors all night long. Here are some considerations that should be made before choosing reception venues.
You will want to find out if wedding reception venues offer catering. In many cases, catering is optional. A wedding reception is typically a social celebration usually held just before the end of a wedding ceremony, as thankfulness for those who attended the wedding, so the term reception: the happy couple get society, in the literal sense, as a married couple. However, many hosts of wedding receptions opt to hire catering services for the convenience. You will want to make sure that you can serve all the foods that you plan on serving, so you may want to find out in advance if your caterer will be handling any foods.
Are there any special decorations or flowers being used at the wedding reception? In some cases, you may want to bring this up in your evaluation of the wedding reception venue you have chosen. Some hosts of wedding receptions may use flowers with custom ribbons tied around them, while other hosts may do their own arrangement of fresh flowers and ribbon. The beauty of having a custom arrangement of your own fresh flowers is that they can be sent to you as a wedding gift. It is your word, so you decide what to put in them, how to arrange them and if you would like to include other types of floral arrangements as well.
Are there any large dance floors? If your venue holds a lot of people, you may not be able to move around as much as you would like to, due to cramped quarters. This can mean that you are limited in your design choices, but wedding reception venues with large dance floors are the most popular today. They allow you to have more guests in one area, dancing rather than standing around waiting to be served.
Is there a food counter? Sometimes, food may need to be brought to the wedding reception venues as refreshments are prepared. If the venue has a food counter, it will be easier to serve food, because it will not be so long before it is brought out. It will also be easier to keep track of everyone's preferences, since there is only one type of food and everyone knows what they like to have.
Will the wedding reception be held indoors or outdoors? This factor will be important for you, depending on the climate, if you are choosing one of the many wedding reception venues that can be found today. Many of these venues will hire event planners to choose the right temperature and lighting systems, as well as how to control the noise level and music. In order to make sure that everyone is protected from the weather, some wedding reception venues offer their weddings under tent conditions during the day.
How many people can be accommodated at each wedding reception venue? The number of people that can be accommodated at a wedding reception depends on the type of reception that you want. For instance, a casual outdoor wedding may require fewer guests than a formal indoor one, because more space is required. On the other hand, you could have a lot of space for a large wedding reception, and still find that there are not enough people to accommodate everyone. The amount of people accommodated will also depend on the length of time that you and your fiance are going to be married.
Will your wedding ceremony happen the night before or the day of? There are now many wedding reception venues that offer early bird discounts, in order to get couples in the mood to plan their wedding. Many couples opt to have their wedding reception the day before, since they don't have to worry about providing catering and decorating for a big event. However, it's still nice to have the option to get married the night before, if you want. Some wedding reception venues have packages available for early bird wedding reception, so check with them to see if they are offering anything special for couples who plan to get married the night before or the night of.