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Planning a wedding can be an extremely stressful and time consuming task. With so much to think about, plan and book, it can be tough to even know where to begin. The venue for the reception is one of the most important things that you will need to choose for your wedding. You will want to pick somewhere that is beautiful, in keeping with the theme of your wedding, and large enough to comfortably accommodate all of your guests. This article provides some simple yet effective advice which will help you to find and choose the perfect venue for your wedding reception in no time.

The Search

The best place to start the search for the ideal wedding reception venue is online. All of the major wedding venues will have a website which will display photographs and more information on their venue and what they offer. Just use your search engine and keywords to have a browse for venues in and around your ideal venue location. There are a range of places which may be suitable for hosting a wedding, such as private estates, villa rentals, manor houses, large restaurants and even castles.


It is a good idea to set a rough area where you would like the venue to be located in. If you are having your wedding near to where you live, then you should search for venues around that area so that your guests can easily get there after you have done your vows. You can always arrange group transportation to take your guests from the wedding area to the reception venue, but you still won’t want the travel time to be that long.


The next thing to check is the size of the venue. You will first need to have a list of all the people that you would like to attend your wedding, as this will give you an idea as to how many people you will have to cater for. The venue website will typically say how many people they will be able to cater for, although you can always call or email them if you need some more detailed information. Make sure there is enough space for everyone, as you don’t want it to feel cramped.


What facilities does the venue have? Are they able to provide an in house catering team? Can they help with organizing or setting up the entertainment system? Is there a hotel in the venue, or are there any hotels nearby so that you guests have somewhere to stay. These facilities will help you to make the final choice when it comes to selecting a wedding reception venue.


How much does it cost to hire the venue? You may want to ask several venues for a quote so that you can get an indication as to how much it costs, and to see if you are getting a good deal for your money. Many venues will offer discounted rates if the down payment is made with plenty of time in advance, or if the wedding is held in low season. Don’t be afraid to ask if they have any special discount packages if the venue is a bit over your ideal budget.


If you see a place that you truly love, then before you get too excited, you should first check they have availability on your chosen wedding date. Many venues can get booked up pretty early in advance, so try and get planning and booking as soon as possible.

Follow the above tips and you will be well on your way to finding and choosing a beautiful wedding reception venue. Good luck!


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