Though the ceremony is probably the most important thing for you as a couple, the location that guests will remember the most is the reception hall. After you’ve said your vows, exchanged rings, and sealed the deal with a romantic kiss, the rest of the event will be spent eating, dancing, and mingling with your guests. Depending on the size of your wedding, there are many things you need to consider when choosing your wedding reception venue. To help get you headed in the right direction, here are some tips for picking your reception hall that will hopefully make the task a little easier.
Same or Separate Venues?
One of the first things that you’ll need to decide when choosing your reception hall is whether you want it at the same location that you host your ceremony or at a separate facility. There are advantages to both, but ultimately the choice is up to you. The benefit of having the ceremony and reception at the same location is that there isn’t anywhere to travel. This can be great if you have elderly guests in attendance or want to save money on transportation to the reception hall from the ceremony site. The downside is that you’ll need to find a location that is romantic enough for a ceremony and has all the amenities needed for a reception which can be a little tricky to do.
Distance from Ceremony
If you choose to have your wedding reception at a separate location from the ceremony, you need to keep the distance away in mind. Not only will you need to get the wedding party to the reception hall, but you’ll also need to make sure it is easy enough for your guests to find that nobody gets lost along the way. Typically, you want to try to keep the reception hall within a few blocks of the ceremony site so it is very easy to find and some people could even walk if they wanted to. You can choose a location that is farther away, but make sure you have clear direction to hand out to the guests to make it as simple as possible to find.
Size of the Room
Lastly, you’ll want to consider the number of guests on your guest list when you go out shopping for a reception hall. Not only do you need to fit everyone into the room at tables to eat, but you’ll also need to consider the capacity of the dance floor. You want the room to seem fairly crowded so that everyone feels like the party is full, but you don’t want it to be uncomfortable at the same time. Just make sure there is plenty of room for everyone on your guest list before choosing your wedding hall and that can give you some important direction as to which venue to choose.