Today we are publishing an awesome guest post. After you do your pre-wedding planning and select your wedding bands, you need to plan your wedding reception. Here are some great tips to help you choose the best wedding reception venue. Enjoy!
For many, a wedding is a long-dreamed-of event. If you are in the process of planning your wedding, laboring over every detail and trying to get every element just right, one important thing to consider is your reception venue. The venue you select for your reception can have a major impact on the quality of this post-wedding party. As you move through the deciding process, consider some of the factors that could play a part in determining just how ideal the venues you are considering are for your special day.
The capacity of the space is the first thing you should consider when screening wedding reception venues. For the space you are considering to be a perfect fit, it must be neither too large nor too small to accommodate the number of guests you plan to host. If the venue is too large, it will likely appear empty and may seem impersonal. If the venue is too small, your guests will be cramped and far from comfortable at your reception. Because of the importance of finding a site with the perfect capacity, make this high on your list of determining factors.
On your wedding day you will want everything to be easy and convenient, both for you and for your guests. When picking your reception venue, seek one that is conveniently located, ensuring that your guests don’t have to travel a long distance from the site of the wedding itself to this post-party place. While it is perfectly acceptable to ask your guests to drive a short distance to get to your site, the less they must drive the better. If you plan to host out of town guests, also take into consideration the proximity of the reception site to a hotel. If you can select a reception site that is very near a hotel, you can allow these guests to enjoy your wedding celebration then travel to their hotel with ease and substantially decrease the likelihood that guests who have imbibed alcohol at your wedding get behind the wheel as they will have a nearby place to sleep post-reception.
The perfect reception space will fit seamlessly with the theme you are trying to establish for your wedding. If you plan a sleek and modern wedding, seek specifically a reception space that echoes this theme, choosing an inner-city penthouse with sweeping views of the skyline or a stark loft-like space with exposed brick walls and metallic accents. If the wedding you have planned is more quaint and romantic, select an old-world space, such as a centuries old winery or a historically significant space that still has all of the charm of a bygone era. By selecting a space that already fits with your wedding theme, you can reduce the amount of money and effort you have to dedicate to decorating the space, as the space will already fit with your wedding motif.
Dancing plays an important part in many wedding receptions. When selecting your reception venue, keep in mind whether the venue you are considering offers adequate space for your guests to cut loose and dance the night away. Seek specifically a site with a dancing-ready flooring option, such as engineered hardwood flooring. Flooring of this type not only looks sleek and attractive, but also provides the perfect space for dancing. If the space you are considering lacks a dance-ready space, it may not be the ideal option as you will not be able to offer your guests a space for this popular reception activity.
If there is a reception venue that has personal significance for you and your partner, it may prove the ideal space for your post-wedding party. Think back in your relationship to determine if any reception-appropriate space holds special meaning for you and your partner. For example, if you first started seeing your partner romantically after sharing a dance at your high school prom, the venue at which this first dance took place may be the ideal one at which to have your reception as the site already holds special meaning for you and your soon-to-be-spouse.
Many people are willing to splurge on their wedding days, paying more for a reception venue than they would for any other event in their lives. You should, however, consider cost when seeking out the best venue for your reception. Even if you are willing to stretch your budget a bit to get that perfect reception site, you shouldn’t abandon your budget all together as doing so could set you and your new spouse up for financial hardship. If you have budgeted an amount for your reception venue when initially planning your wedding, try not to deviate too much from this original figure, as doing so could put serious stress on your new union. If you worry that you will completely abandon your budget if you find that perfect reception site that is outside of the budget, don’t go to see sites that are too far above the monetary amount you hard earmarked for this portion of the wedding expenses.