Finding the right room for a wedding

Locate the reception hall that suits your ceremony.

So how do you choose the best room for your wedding? Here is a plan with questions to ask yourself:

  • Start looking for a banquet facility the moment you've selected a date and time for your function. The longer the lead time, the more options you'll have to choose from. You're not likely to find a quality facility if you're rushing through a last-minute search.

  • Have a complete guest list with you throughout your search. Not just a number, but a complete list. There is a big difference between a room that seats 10 and a room that seats five hundred.

  • Another important "who" is the facility staff. Make sure you have a clear understanding of who will be working your event and that their level of experience and attire will match your expectations.

  • The old real estate axiom of "location, location, location" also applies to banquet halls. Start your search in locations that are easily accessible to all of your guests, with adequate parking or valet service.

  • If you find the perfect spot but it requires an inconvenient drive, talk to the facility manager about arranging for group travel from a central location.
Also, have a checklist of everything you'll need a banquet facility to provide:
  • Will you need full meals, a buffet-style dinner or snacks?
  • Will you want coffee or soft drinks, and, most importantly from a cost perspective, do you want alcohol to be served?
  • Are you envisioning a dance floor, a stage or platform for a band to set up, or any other physical requirements beyond mere tables and chairs?

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