Find the Perfect Wedding Reception Venue
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Written by: Let’s Get Married Editor
Updated on 12/04/23
Like an engagement diamond ring, you need the right reception setting in which to shine as a couple. There are so many venue choices available for your wedding reception; how can you choose?
Know Your Style
Your style as a couple should be reflected throughout your wedding. When it comes to the reception venue, it’s important to feel comfortable with the level of formality. The organizers should be able to help you create an ambience as formal or laid-back as you wish.
Set a Theme
A wide-open reception hall is more easily converted into an urban loft theme, for instance, than a country inn. Likewise a vintage-theme wedding might require a more intimate setting. It often is easier to get your venue to fit your theme than vice versa.
Get the Numbers Right
Have a rough idea of how many people you are inviting and make sure the venue can accommodate them easily without crowding. Also make sure that there is ample parking and access to public transportation.
Covering important details before booking can save a lot of headaches later. Make sure to see the space at the same time of day as your reception, as it may look very different during the day than at night. If music is important to you, check the acoustics. For an outdoor wedding, ask if your affair can be moved indoors in case of rain or if a tent provided.
Create a Flow
It’s important that the venue organizers can help you set up separate areas for cocktails and appetizers, dining and dancing the night away. Some room configurations are better than others, so make sure to do a walk-through. It’s also important to have designated areas where people can get away from the action to rest now and then.
Orchestrate The Suppliers
A full-service venue will provide options to accommodate you and your guests throughout the evening, including cocktails and food. But you may opt for a venue that doesn’t provide such amenities. Since food is an important part of the wedding experience for many guests, start looking for a good caterer right away. There are also companies that rent out tables and chairs and other furniture, plus accessories such as archways, candelabras, chair covers and so forth.
Take your time and reserve in advance! Choosing a venue can be stressful but taking the time to visit each one can save a lot of headaches. Also, reserving well in advance to get the one you like is highly suggested, especially in metropolitan areas like Montreal.