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Choosing Your Wedding Reception Venue - Some Tips

Oct 10, 2007
The choice of your wedding reception venue is one of the keys of success for your wedding. You guests, as well as both of you and your partner, will probably be staying there for at least a few hours. As a consequence, you should choose the venue carefully. There is no doubt that a badly chosen reception venue will ruin your wedding to some extent. In this article, we will focus on the ways to choose a venue for an indoor wedding.

First of all you need to book the venue as soon as you decide to get married. This is especially important for some popular venues. You may need to book a year in advance in order to secure your wedding plan. If you are planning to hold your wedding on a Saturday, you may need to prepare to pay a higher fee since it is so popular for couples to have their big days on Saturdays. On the contrary, you may get a discount if you are going to have your big day on Friday or Sunday according to some researches, since it is less popular.

The scale of your wedding will also affect how you choose your reception venue. If you are going to hold a small wedding, a small restaurant (or even a pub if you would like to make it informal) may be a prefect choice for you. On the contrary, you will choose a hotel ballroom or a large clubhouse if you are going to hold a wedding which is quite large in scale. As a matter of fact, a small wedding can be more intimate and you can really spend your time with your guests while a large scale wedding can somehow similar to a social event. At the end of the day it is your own choice to have a big or a small wedding.

Besides, you will also need to consider if the venue provides facilities such as parking spaces. You guests may drive and it will certainly be a mess if no parking space can be provided. If you are going to have your wedding in such a venue, you should make sure you inform the situations to your guest beforehand. You may also need to arrange transportation for the guests, if necessary.

When we consider the actual reception, you will need to ask if you can have space for dancing and a live band. This is very important if you would like your guests to stand up and dance. A live band will undoubtedly heat up the atmosphere of your wedding. You may need to change your plan if you are going to book a venue which cannot provide space for a live band and dancing.

You will also need to ask if the venue can provide catering services. You have to ask for the price for the catering services. If the venue does not provide catering services, you will need to seek for catering service outside. You need to make sure that the caterer has experiences in providing catering service in the venue you choose.

You should also try to visit the venue before you make your final decision. You cannot just rely on the photos from the bridal magazines or websites. You will certainly be disappointed if you choose the venue barely from the photos.
About the Author
Jerry Leung is a wedding invitation designer with great interest in Chinese Style Wedding cards. He Designs a lot of Chinese Wedding Invitation Cards. He runs a Wedding Blog about tips on weddings and also runs a Wedding Vendors Directories.
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