One of the first things on your to-do wedding list is picking an excellent reception venue. However, there are so many venues out there that it can be overwhelming, and quickly stressful, given the many other things you have to do. To help ease the burden, we have compiled a list of the most important things to consider when picking a wedding reception venue.
A Roomy Fit
This one sounds pretty obvious, but it’s important to ensure that the venue is big enough to accommodate all your guests. The venue may look large when empty, but wedding essentials like chairs, tables, DJ or band setup, the dance floor and the buffet will fill it quickly. Ideally, your guests will require some elbow room and even if you pick an outdoor site, you will require adequate space on the poolside, arboretum or lawn. The best way to evaluate the size of a venue is to go see it when another wedding, preferably one with a similar guest list is all set up. Alternatively, you can always tailor your guest list in order to match the venue where you wish to hold the reception.
An Appealing View
What will the guests see when they walk into the reception? Whether it’s a stunning vista of crashing waves or the city’s skyline, exceptional sites with a view are always a plus. However, if there is no view, look to a location’s architectural or decor details. Fine Persian rugs, artwork, an appealing chandelier and even period furniture can really lend your reception venue something extra.
Eating Drinking & Partying Places
The venue also needs logical areas where people can eat, drink, dance and mingle. When you are standing in the space, envision where each activity would happen. If the room is too small, to separate it into sections accordingly, you will probably feel cramped. It is also advisable to take note of the columns location and other obstacles in the venue. Will they block the view of the guests on the dance floor, cake and where speeches will be read? Keep all this in mind when picking a wedding reception venue.
This is an aspect that can make or break the mood of your reception. If you are getting married during the day, ensure that the place has plenty of windows. Nobody wants to spend several hours in a dark space when the sun is shining. If you plan to hold the event in the evening, ensure that the room is not too dim and that the lighting can be tweaked for the big entrance, dancing and dinner. If you are getting married outdoors, at say, dusk, ensure that you will be able to set up the candles if necessary.
It is advisable to visit the venue at the same time that you plan to get married. Even if the location looks great by candlelight, you might be surprised by the look of an outdated carpet during the day. As such, you’ll want to ensure that you check the venue both during the daytime and in the evening.
These are some of the most important things to keep in mind when picking a wedding reception venue. For more information on wedding venues, head over to Casa Loma.