Ah, the reception venue for your wedding. At the beginning of the planning process of your wedding. It’s one of the most important things on the list. We want people to have a good time and are ready to pay what we need to ensure that happens. Of course, then the price of the wedding begins to set in. Suddenly, that open field in that old apartment complex begins to look mighty appetizing. But before you decide to put all your financial eggs in the ceremony venue basket. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind to ensure your reception venue for your wedding will still be the amazing party you’re dreaming of:

1.) Is there enough room for your guests? You might think 150 isn’t a lot of people. But get them all in one room, and things can get crowded quickly. In addition, just because a place says it has the capacity to carry 200 does not mean it has to capacity to carry 200 people comfortably. The best way to ensure your guests will have some elbow room is to take a look at the place when it’s decorated for another wedding. All the tables, chairs, dance floors, DJ setup, catering equipment, and more have been included. You’ll better understand how many people the room can house.

2.) Do you have enough privacy? Many of us assume the good nature of most people, but the fact is an open bar is a very tempting thing to many a person. It’s quite easy for someone to put on a suit, help themselves to a few drinks and then slip off with a souvenir from your gift table. Plus, let’s not forget to mention the countless photobombs spreading around the internet right now; of course, you want pictures from your big day, but surely you’d rather keep the half-naked (or completely naked) tourists out of them.

3.) Can you decorate it? A beautiful garden or majestic church needs no decorating, but most reception halls need help. However, no matter your resources, covering up fluorescent orange walls with oversized butterflies painted on each one will be pretty tough.

4.) Does it have the right acoustics? What’s the point of hiring a band if no one can hear them? Just because a room is the right size and looks nice does not mean it’s practical. Test out your acoustics beforehand to ensure the room is a good sound match.

5.) Does it have enough plugins? If you want music and food at your big day, you’ve got to have some energy options for the vendors to plug their things in. Even a generator might be enough to do the trick.

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