Choosing your Wedding Reception Venue

Before you visit, write down a list of questions you would like answering. Don't make a decision on the spot; ask for a written quote and consider all the options together at home. Most civil wedding and reception venues will have their own wedding planner who will be an expert in arranging venues and will be able to offer you plenty of advice. Here is a quick list of things to think about.

  • If you are thinking of spending your honeymoon night there ask if they have a suite available and if so can you see it.
  • Many hotels will offer a special price on rooms to guests travelling to the reception and some will offer free accommodation to the Bride and Groom.
  • Make sure you see the function room where the reception will take place and ask what the hotel / venue provides in the way of table linen, decoration, flowers etc.
  • A buffet meal usually works out less expensive than a formal sit down meal. Many couples decide on a small formal reception for a few close family and friends followed by an evening buffet / entertainment to include additional guests.
  • Make sure you are aware as to what drinks (if any) are included in the quoted price.
  • Music for reception; your reception venue may be able to recommend a local disco / entertainment or some larger hotels may have their own regular entertainers. Remember, if you book a live band that they need breaks and you may need a facility to play music during the breaks so put this on your wedding planning checklist
  • Spend time considering each venue and package offered. Once decided book and send written confirmation regarding date, time and the reception room you require. A deposit is usually required at this time.