Your wedding day is a day you have planned for and dreamed of for many years, and you want to make sure it comes together appropriately. Once you have set a date and begun to hunt for a wedding dress, you need to find a venue where you will host your reception. Here are some tips to consider to help you appropriately calculate your budget and consider specific details of your venue choice.
Ask About Fees
One of the major determining factors of a reception venue can be its cost. Make sure you consider every cost that comes with a venue so you don't overspend your budget and get into trouble financially. You don't want to start your married life off with extra debt you have to pay off.
First, you will want to find out about the rate for renting the location, which can vary depending on the day of the week that you book. Traditionally, a Friday booking will be less expensive than a Saturday, which is more popular. If you are looking to save some money, then select a Friday date that fits your schedule.
Be sure to find out what the cancellation policy is, and how much the fee would be, in the event you need to cancel last minute or reschedule for another time. Also find out if they charge a staffing or valet fee to accommodate your guests and their vehicles. Ask if there is a set-up fee for any of your requested arrangements, such as special seating, decor, or a greeting set-up. If you are hiring their catering service, ask if there is a food and beverage minimum, or an extra rental fee for the dishes and linens.
Check For Physical Specifics
After checking into the cost of reception venues, you want to make sure the location physically meets all your requirements. This includes making sure there is enough parking for all your guests. If you are renting a private home and garden as your venue, for example, the actual venue location may have a great deal of space, but there could be a problem accommodating all of your guests on the street. This could cause a traffic problem, and you may end up with a traffic citation.
If you are looking at a location that is not traditionally used for weddings, such as a park, make sure there are enough electrical outlets to provide power for lighting, music, and for other needs. You might need to plan on renting a generator for the event. If the venue is outside, be ready to move your wedding indoors if the weather turns bad. That means making sure the venue has an acceptable indoor area as a back-up location.