Choosing the first venue you find isn’t always a good idea when you’re planning your wedding reception. Things can go wrong and you wouldn’t be the first person to end up with a disaster on your hands. To make things easier for you, we’re going to look at a few problems you might come up against. If you know what can go wrong you won’t make any mistakes and your wedding reception will be a success.
Overtime Fees Add Up
If you don’t have a lot of money to spend you might decide to look around for cheap venues. Even though you find one you like it’s easy to go with a cheaper option because of the savings involved. What will happen if your reception runs later than expected? You might be hit with overtime fees and your cheap venue now becomes more expensive than a better venue that wouldn’t have charged you anything extra. It’s important to ask about hidden costs before you come to a final decision.
The Room Fills Up Fast
When you start looking around venues they look great and there is space everywhere. That space fills up fast once everything is inside the room. If you decide to go with a venue that turns out to be too small it won’t make for a comfortable party. Don’t forget to visualize everything and everyone that will be inside the room so you know what to expect. You might decide it’s maybe better to go with a slightly bigger venue to be on the safe side.
Just because the room you plan to hold the reception in has beautiful architecture it doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. It doesn’t really matter what the room looks like if half your guests can’t see something because a giant column is blocking their line of sight. You should still take the architecture of the room into consideration, but think carefully about how it will impact your guests. Hopefully this won’t even be an issue and you find your perfect room.
Now we’re going to look at something that is easy to overlook since it doesn’t have anything to do with the inside of the venue. When you plan any party you must take parking into consideration because people need to get to and from the location in their car without any hassle. You can’t expect someone to walk for miles and it might not be safe for them to go back to their car in the dark. If you pick a big enough venue you shouldn’t have anything to worry about, but don’t forget to check.
Please Disabled Guests
Think carefully about the guests you’re inviting to your wedding. Do any of them have a disability that would make getting around uncomfortable? Does your chosen venue cater to people with disabilities? Not everywhere will make it easy for people and you don’t want anyone to resent going to your wedding. When you’re ticking venues off your list you should ask them if there will be any problems because you’ll know the exact disabilities your guests have.
Nicola Joseph, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger, currently writing for Landmark Venues, leaders in wedding receptions in NYC. She loves engaging in sports and enjoys her evenings watching her favorite sitcoms. You can get in touch with Nicola via Twitter @NicolaJoseph.
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