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There are many uniquely beautiful reception venues available to you, depending upon the size of the guest list and your wedding budget. The reception venue sets the tone for your wedding and is a crucial element in implementing your planned décor and design. From a wistful blooming garden to a well-manicured country-club lawn, here are a few options to help you discover your ideal venue.

Some banquet halls provide full-service packages thereby making the planning process easier and more affordable. Others have a “preferred” list of wedding vendors, allowing for choices within certain parameters. Depending upon the space, banquet halls are easy to transform into your dream wedding space. Also, the staff members are experienced and have worked with many local wedding vendors, creating an easier flow of communication. The only challenge for this venue is the possible turnaround time for decorating, especially when an event is scheduled the evening before.

Many couples love a rustic barn setting for their reception venue. It provides shelter while also allowing guests to dance under twinkling lights or a moonlit sky. A barnyard reception can also serve as a special nod to family history or a cultural significance. The toughest challenge for this venue is arranging catering, restrooms and entertainment. Also, remember to consider the seasonal temperatures as usually a barn is neither heated nor air-conditioned.  

If you dream of a classic space, a country club may be your most fitting option. Set on tailored greens, country clubs offer a sophisticated style and space. One of the few challenges posed by this venue is that your event may not be totally private due to club members accessing the pool or grounds. 

Nestled around fragrant blooms and a beautiful landscape, a garden reception can be transformed into a dreamy affair. Allow the garden setting to speak for itself. With nature as your backdrop, your table arrangements and other décor can be simple and subtle. For this reception venue, be certain to outline a rain plan, just in case the weather is not in your favor on your special day.

If you picture a large wedding in a grand ballroom, a hotel reception may be perfect for you. Hotels are easily able to accommodate a large group and usually are able to arrange an appropriate space more suitable for a smaller guest list. The staff is knowledgeable and experienced with events. The only challenge is that you may be sharing the venue with a neighboring wedding or other large event on the same day or evening. 

Surrounded by beautiful works of art, a museum is a stunning and sophisticated venue for your reception. Many museums have staff members who are experienced in executing weddings and can offer great insight for creating your ideal event. You may find that some museums may have a list of preferred vendors, which may limit your options for catering or décor.

Depending upon your ideal landscape, a reception comfortably settled in a park may be just the casual venue you are looking for. Arranging family-style tables, with your ceremony location nearby, gives guests a wonderfully intimate feeling. Prior to making your arrangements, be sure to check with the city offices for any necessary permits or special permission. Also, scope out the space to make certain there are adequate restroom facilities and sufficient resources to meet your electrical needs.

There are countless fabulous weddings arranged at private homes. This venue provides a private and special space, uniquely your own. While most parents may shy away from the option due to the workload and preparations, hosting your reception at a family estate can be very intimate. The toughest challenge to overcome is arranging adequate kitchen space, restrooms and parking. If you are planning your event at a private home, inform the neighbors of your plans so they will not be frustrated by the traffic and possible noise that evening. If they know what is going on, they will be more understanding of the special occasion and not call law enforcement with a complaint.

If you are planning a small, intimate wedding, a restaurant is an excellent option. With possibilities for a unique menu and cozy ambiance, this type of reception venue is stress free and relaxed. You could even allow guests to order directly from the menu. Prior to booking your reception, consult with the restaurant owner or manager regarding space limitations and noise level of the restaurant during the time frame you are considering. If the noise inherent in a restaurant environment concerns you, simply inquire about the availability of a separate area for your reception, such as a party room. Otherwise, just prepare yourself not to be overwhelmed or distracted by other diners during your event.

A tented reception is a fantastic option that can comfortably accommodate a large guest list. While providing guests with shade and cover, everyone is still able to enjoy the sunset and dance into the evening under the stars. A tent company will have many options for you to choose from, including lighting. Prior to finalizing arrangements, we encourage you to complete a walk-through of the land so you can provide any electrical outlet information to your rental company.

For a full list of venues, review our VENUE GUIDE in this issue or visit neweddingday.com for more details. |NWD|