Getting married is a once in a lifetime event. Or, at any rate, it should be. So getting the details right is very important. Oh, there will be hassles, but minimize them with good planning.
You’ve chosen a traditional church wedding, gone to talk to the preacher who will marry you and begun the all important job of dress shopping. But what about the reception? Real work.
Where to hold the reception? Well, there are some tips that can help you make certain that things go according to plan.
1. Location, location, location
The venue should be reasonably close to the church and easily accessible. Things to avoid are venues in hard to find spots or venues in very busy, high traffic areas that make getting in and out problematic;
You should have set a wedding budget (yes, a real one). First, estimate cost of wedding (dress, flowers, invitations, etc.) and see how much is left. Then think about the reception. Remember that you will have to cover venue, food and probably drink and there may be extras for things like security deposit or catering staff. And don’t forget the all important decorations. Once you start planning, you may need to rethink your expectations or rethink your budget to fit reality;
How many guests will you have? You don’t want a too small parking lot, with guests parking on the street or (worse) blocking property owners’ driveways;
The venue should be attractive, that goes without saying. But what else do they offer? Tables and chairs? China and silverware? What are you responsible for and what is their job? Also, if you are looking at an outdoor venue, then think Plan B. What if it rains?
Don’t overlook this! When you start calling around and touring venues, how helpful are they? Do you feel that they will work with you and help you or do you feel that you are pulling proverbial teeth? And remember, get a detailed written estimate.