I don't know what reception I'm at, but for God's sake give me a gin and tonic.
Choosing a reception venue is one of the most important decisions any couple will have to make. This is because the reception is the highlight of the wedding and the opportunity to entertain your friends and thank them for taking the time to attend.
First thing to do is make a list of possible places you'd like to use. Go through magazines, get referrals from couples who wedded recently or simply ask your friends and family for ideas. Next thing is to call the reception sites and book an appointment to see the place. Here's a list of questions you need to be able to answer favorably before you commit to booking the hall:
- What is the cost of the venue? Is it within your budget?
- Is your wedding date available?
- If the reception is different from the wedding venue, how far is it?
- Can the hall accommodate the number of expected guests?
- How many hours of rental is included in the cost i.e. from what time to what time will the venue be available for your use?
- Does the venue come with a wedding coordinator?
- What is the cost for each additional hour?
- Does the cost of the venue include tables, chairs and decor?
- Is there an in-house caterer? If no, can you bring your own food or do you have to use one from an approved list?
- Are there any other services included in the cost i.e. lighting, sound?
- Are there additional charges for set-up and clean-up?
- Are there clean toilets?
- Are there restrictions related to decorating the venue?
- Is it allowed to serve alcohol on the property?
- Are there any noise restrictions such as who can play and for how long?
- Is there sufficient parking space?
- When can the decorating and set-up start?
Whichever venue offers you the best quality and comfort within your means is what you should go for. Don't be afraid to ask questions and revisit until you can make up your mind. This place is going to hold a lot of memories for you so ensure you pick a place that you absolutely love.