A wide array of different types of reception venues
are available for you to choose from. Main considerations will be
your budget and how much work you and your families are willing to
take on as part of hosting your reception. Here are some of your
"Full service" Reception site who
will provide the room, food service, bar, service staff. Many of
these sites will also provide tableware, linens and even decor.
Examples of "Full Service" venues include Banquet Centers,
Country Clubs and hotels. These venues typically charge "by the
plate" and additional fees may also be levied. Make sure you
know what is included! There is a wide array of choices (quality
and cost) within this "full service" category. One of
the main advantages with choosing a higher end full service
venue is that they have experienced management and staff who
will take care of many routine details for you.
facilities would include Church halls, Community Centers and
Fraternal Organization halls (VFW, Elks, Eagles, Etc.) There are
also some privately owned facilities that fall into this
category. Services offered by these kinds of facilities greatly
vary. Some have their own catering and bar service while others
allow outside vendors. Many of them simply hand you the key and
leave it to you to handle all the setup and cleanup yourselves.
Some of these locations are well maintained and managed while
others leave a lot to be desired. A lot of money can be saved
when using one of these venues but you need to do considerable
research before deciding on any "partial service" venue. Fees
for these locations vary depending on what is included. Keep in
mind that many of these "banquet halls" provide little
management support and have a very small (if any) staff to
assist you with your reception. Make sure you know exactly what
to expect from your reception venue.
"Do it Yourself" Receptions are
yet another option but one that should be carefully scrutinized
before being taken on. Having your reception in someone's barn
or in a large tent installed in someone's back yard to save
money may seem like a good idea until you consider the other
logistics involved. What is the access to the location? What
about parking? Rest rooms (Do you really want your guests to
have to use porta-jons at your reception?) Power availability
(sometimes multiple circuits are needed)? What happens in case
of inclement weather? What about insects? This option may be
fine for a small, informal reception, but not desirable for a
larger celebration. If you opt for this kind of event, there are
a number of local Party Rental companies who can assist you in
determining what kind and amount of items you will need such as
tents, tables, chairs, linens, dance floor, tableware, etc.
As with any wedding vendor, make
sure you have a detailed contract so you know exactly what
is included. Many venues require outside vendors (DJ's,
bands, caterers, etc.) to provide Liability insurance. If
this is a requirement of your venue, make certain that your
vendors have the necessary coverage before you hire them.
Have more questions? We've
performed at receptions at all of these kinds of locations and would
be happy to share our experience with you. We also know which
Reception venues are the best and which ones should be avoided. Give
us a call and we'll be happy to make some suggestions.