Whether you plan to hold the ceremony in the same place or will be travelling to the venue after the ceremony, there are lots of considerations to make when planning your wedding reception.
The most basic thing to look at when considering venues for your wedding reception is whether the place is large enough for your party. All venues have a person limit on their rooms that specify how many people it can legally hold so once you know how many people you will be inviting, you can start the search. While a room may be big enough on paper to hold everyone, you should consider what it will be like when you add all the tables, room for guests to move around and a DJ if you are having one – this means a dance floor area too.
Look at the facilities on offer from the venue and also consider the time of year you are getting married. Every venue will showcase itself at its best, on a sunny summer day. But what happens if it is cold? Does the venue have adequate heating to stop guests shivering as they eat? Or if the day is one of those extra hot ones, is there air conditioning to cool everyone down?
Many couples today consider using the services of a wedding planner, either associated with the venue they have chosen or an independent one to help find the venue. Whether they’re a specialist wedding planner, or one of the expert London event planning companies who coordinate wedding receptions and all other sorts of parties, not only will they have knowledge gained from experience that they can use on your behalf, sometimes they can even get discounts or extras thrown in. but most crucially, getting some help can relieve a lot of the stress of the process and allow you both to concentrate on other areas of the big day. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to choosing the right company to help you with your reception planning, you can start searching on Google, or see what other clients thought of the companies you’re considering, by checking out their Facebook page.
You will probably end up with a list of up to half a dozen different places that could be suitable for your reception. So how do you pick one from them all? One way to do this is to look at the other considerations for the day.
Privacy is something that matters for some couples. Are there going to be members of the public wandering around the venue or watching from outside? If you don’t want this, then choose a private venue rather than a public location as you have better control of the location.
Look at the areas for the guests to use during the day. Is there are outdoors area if you are having a spring or summer wedding where the kids can run around? Are there plenty of seating areas after the meal for guests to relax?
Finally look at it from the guest’s viewpoint. Is there plenty of places to park their cars during the day? Are there transport links to help people travel there before the wedding? Also consider how many rooms the venue has if people are going to want to stay there rather than travel home. Answering all these questions will help you find the perfect wedding reception venue.