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A couple of months ago, my younger sister got married in a beautiful ceremony at her church. Our father has pastored this rural, evangelical church for the past twenty-nine years. Therefore, this special place to both of us was the obvious right venue to have her wedding at. After the wedding ceremony, my parents hosted a reception in the church’s activity building. My sister even decorated this large building herself. Have you picked a venue for your wedding, but don’t know where to have your reception at? When looking for the right place to have this special event, consider your personality and the personality of your future mate. For instance, if you’re cowboy or a cowgirl, you probably wouldn’t enjoy a wedding reception at an upscale country club in town. On this blog, you will discover the best places to host a wedding reception at.

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The Perfect Wedding Reception Venue

Questions To Ask When Looking For A Wedding Reception Venue

by Virgil Woods

When you are planning your wedding, it can be a very exciting and stressful time. You may miss some things here and there and forget to ask certain questions of your wedding contractors (photographer, caterer, baker, and reception venue) that may cost you more money or could leave you on your wedding day without needed items such as chairs, photo props/backgrounds, cake knife, or servingware. Read on for questions to ask when you are looking for your reception venue.

How Many People Does The Venue Hold?

You may be required to pay per person, not just for the hall or venue itself. Be sure the venue will hold all of your guests and that you can afford to have all of your guests at that venue. You may need to cut back on your guest list if you can't afford to pay for all of the guests. Also be sure to ask if there is a minimum number of guests that you have to pay for. If you have less than the minimum amount, you could be responsible for the extra costs even if you don't have that many people.

What Does The Venue Include?

In addition to the venue, is there on-site catering? Will they set up the venue for you and take it apart afterward? Do they include tables and chairs, or do you have to find someone else for these things? You need to know what all is included with the venue itself so you can figure out the additional costs of hiring a caterer, set-up crew and a table/chair rental company. These costs can add up quickly, so you need to be prepared ahead of time.

Do They Require You To Use Specific Vendors?

Some reception venues will only use specific vendors that they have used prior and may have a contract with. Ask for the list of vendors so you can call them yourself and get prices. If your venue doesn't require you to use specific vendors you have a bit more choices in vendors and can get a vendor that is within your budget.

What Is The Payment Policy And Cancellation Policy?

Find out if you can make payments and how you can do this. Some venues may require a deposit and monthly payments in cash, some may accept checks. Ask ahead of time so you know how to make the payments, unless you can pay it in full. Also ask about a cancellation policy. Some venues may allow you to cancel up to six months prior to the date with a full refund and then a percentage of the cost each month after. Find out ahead of time in the event you have to cancel your wedding reception for some reason.

Ask plenty of questions when looking for a reception venue. You need all of your questions answered to be sure the venue suits your wedding style and your budget. Create a list of questions and ask them all at your initial appointment. 

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