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Things to look for in Wedding Reception Venues

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When you have a date in mind and you have started planning your wedding, you are going to be on the hunt for a ceremony location along with a wedding reception venue. Knowing ahead of time what you should be looking for in a reception site will help you to create a dream event that all of your guests will remember. After all, this is where everyone in attendance on your big day will gather to celebrate your new life as a married couple, so it is important that the space is just right.

Planning out your guest list will help you to get started as you screen potential venues. You need to make sure that you have plenty of room to accommodate all of your guests in accordance to the set up that you are hoping to have. Take into consideration where the DJ or band will be set up, whether or not you will be having a head table or a sweetheart table, and even if the food will be a sit down meal or a buffet affair. Some wedding reception venues will even allow for screening of the site while another reception on their schedule is in full swing so you can get a good idea of how the space flows when filled with people.

The food you will be serving at your reception will be another key factor as you search through your options of wedding venues. Find out if the places you have in mind provide full catering, what they have in the way of waiter/waitress staff, what they offer for cocktail hour before the meal time.... and so on. If you are hoping to have family or friends cater the food for your reception, will the venue allow for outside catering to be brought in? These are all things that you need to take into consideration before booking.

Often times, wedding venues will offer complete packages for the bride and groom. Some venues will have their own caterer, a baker that they recommend for the cake, a DJ or band that they like to use and even a photographer that you can hire. Usually, you will have the option of picking and choosing whether or not you want to go with their recommended vendors or bring in your own.

Take into consideration the color scheme that you have in mind for your wedding. Look around at the potential venues in order to find one that fits in best with your theme. Many brides will look for a garden or patio setting for a spring wedding, or a sleek, contemporary styled venue for an evening wedding... and so on.

While you are looking at the venues, never be afraid to ask questions, and always have your notebook handy. Ask about the amount of outlets that are available for use, the number of parking spots that are available for guests, and even the options that you have in terms of liquor to be served at your event. Also, will you have sole use of the premises for the duration of your event. Before you know it, you will have an incredible reception that you and your guests are going to love.

Many reception venues will hold a civil ceremony license. This means, if desired, the marriage ceremony can take place in the same venue.