To most of the guests at your wedding, the wedding party is the most important part of the entire event. Sure, they’ll sit through the ceremony, hear your vows, and watch you kiss, but really what they’re looking forward to is the food, drink, and dancing!
For this reason, it’s important to find the right venue for your wedding reception, a place where your guests can enjoy themselves.
Here are some things to keep in mind when searching for a wedding reception venue:
- Number of guests — If your wedding party is small, why not consider planning a wedding overseas? You only need to find a local wedding reception if you have A LOT of guests coming.
- Type of ceremony –– For those who want a religious ceremony, a church or cathedral may be a good venue for both the ceremony and party. If you’re not into the religious portion of the ceremony, you’ll find your venue options are far less limited.
- Ambience –– Are you looking for something small and cozy, or spacious and elegant? Do you want something new age and high tech, or something old-fashioned or classic?
- Catering –– Does the venue offer catering? If so, you can often save a bundle on the wedding party. If not, you’ll want to find a venue that will allow you to bring in outside catering.
The truth is that there are many smaller details to take into account, such as:
- and so on…
The list is very long, but that all comes later. First you need to decide where you want to hold the wedding ceremony, and go from there. You can often find a venue to hold both the ceremony and wedding party, but if not, you want to make sure the party venue isn’t too far from the ceremony venue.