How to chose a
wedding reception venue
by Tash Hughes of
There are a lot of decisions to be made when planning a
wedding. Although the dress and flowers may get a lot of
attention on the day, choosing where to hold the
reception is just as important to the success of the
You may already have a clear idea of where you want to
celebrate after the ceremony, but if you donít, it can
be a big decision to worry over.
What are your choices?
Obviously, there are thousands of venues available, but
the main categories of venue are outlined below.
In a backyard
In a hall
In a reception venue
In a restaurant
On a boat or other Ďmobileí venue
At a landmark
Some of the following choices will be easy for you as
one option wonít suit your taste, budget or the season
of your wedding. However, the other choices may take a
bit more thought before one is clearly your preferred
Indoors or outdoors
DIY or professional venue
Stationary or mobile
Formal or casual
Table service or smorgasbord
Close to home or somewhere particular
Traditional or modern
Morning, afternoon or evening
Once you have these general terms and your budget
decided, your choices are fewer and therefore it gets a
bit easier. For instance, if you decide you want a
casual reception near home, there will only be a handful
of places to look at and decide between.
Maybe you and your fiancť canít agree on one aspect, or
you donít think you can manage your choices on your
budget. This is when you get creative and see what you
can come up with Ė try the following examples for
Diane and James wanted a formal sit down reception but
didnít like the only reception centre in their area.
Jamesí parents had a large backyard so they hired a
marquee and caterers to have a formal, indoor reception
in the back yard.
Suzie wanted a cocktail party so everyone would mingle
at her reception but her parents were horrified that
people wouldnít get enough food that way. Tony and Suzie
decided to marry in the early afternoon so the reception
could end before 7pm, meaning people didnít expect a
full meal anyway. A group of close friends then had
dinner with the bridal couple and their parents.
Jason hated the idea that people would leave the
reception early so he wanted to celebrate on a boat, but
Trudy wanted a traditional wedding. They had photos
taken at a historic mansion near the pier and celebrated
on a boat that offered formal dining.
Linda and Andrew didnít trust the weather to be fine for
an outdoor wedding so they had the ceremony and
reception at a reception centre with beautiful grounds.
The ceremony was planned for the rose garden, followed
by drinks in the courtyard and an indoor reception. When
it rained, the ceremony and drinks were simply moved
into the lounge area in front of an open fire.
Kathryn and David were keen dancers so they didnít even
look at professional wedding venues. Instead, they
choose a local hall so there would be plenty of space
for a dance floor and they could then also afford a band
to provide the music. By hiring uni students as waiting
staff, they still had a formal meal with table service
and the reception went late into the night as there were
no nearby residents.
Tash Hughes is
a professional writer and an incurable romantic! In
between romantic gestures, she runs
Word Constructions so she can
solve writing problems for all business people. Tash
regularly writers, letters, webcopy, media releases,
articles, newsletters and marketing documents.