How To Pick The Perfect Wedding Reception Venue

Friday, August 25, 2017

This post is all about one of the (if not THE) most important detail when it comes to planning your wedding - picking the reception venue. With careful consideration and a series of meetings/bargaining, I was lucky enough to snag the Art Gallery of Windsor as my wedding reception venue. I learned quite a few things in the process and I thought I would share some quick tips regarding this topic. Enjoy!

1. Consider your theme
If you're going for a lush floral theme, a squawky vintage-vibe location is definitely going to clash. Similarly, hosting a black tie wedding at a more so casual or rustic venue, is going to look awkward. You can easily eliminate many potential venue options when you consider the choices stemming from this perspective - start with your theme and colors first. My husband and I chose to host our wedding at an art gallery since our wedding was a Friday night affair, exuding a "great-gatsby vibe".

2. Think outside the box
I know you know that there are certain venue halls where everyone and their mother hosted their wedding reception. Although it is OKAY (no judgement) if you choose to go this path, if you want to host a wedding to remember when it comes to location, choosing your venue is going to take some active thinking. My husband and I wanted to host a "big city" wedding in a rather average zip code. With this in mind, we had to contact multiple locations that were not typical wedding reception venues to see what they could do for us. 

3. Put in the work 
This stems from the last one. As with anything in life, if you want to be different and memorable you need to actively put in the work to get there. This may mean communicating with several people when choosing your venue and coordinating your wedding.

4. Number, numbers, numbers
There are so many venues that you can rule out based on your guest count. My husband and I had a total of 77 guests at our wedding (this included children - so really it was like 60), so booking a small venue such as an Art Gallery was definitely possible. Booking a large hall just wasn't in the cards for us and would have looked so awkward - too much space for so few people. This goes the opposite way for a large guest count. 

5. The food
When choosing your venue, you want to consider the type of food that you will be serving. Does the venue have in-house catering? Is it feasible to bring in those p-e-r-f-e-c-t outside caterers? The truth is that food is also very important when it comes to the "experience" of your wedding, so consider it as an equal when considering your venue. 

What tips do you have for choosing the perfect wedding reception venue?

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