For the couple about to be married, choosing the wedding reception venue may not seem like such a big deal, because after all, the wedding site itself is the main event, right? However, there are many things that need to be considered for the reception, or it could end in a lot of discomfort and even awkwardness. Here are some things to mull over while choosing the reception venue.
Aside from the bride and groom, both sides of the family will typically be attending the reception, at least for a while. You need to ask if your families would be comfortable attending a bar for a reception if they are teetotalers, or if a bar/lounge will be appropriate for small children as well.
Additionally, if many of your family members are of opposing religions, you may want to have your reception at a non-religious site just to keep everyone happy. Unfortunately, the reception is about the people attending just as much as it is for the bride and groom.
Unless you are having the reception in an area of the country where it is always sunny and warm, you need to take a close look at the weather for that day. While you can't exactly predict the weather, you do need to be prepared for the worst case scenario.
In other words, don't be set on having an outdoor reception when there is a chance of rain or cold. This will just make everyone cold, miserable and eager to go home. Have a backup plan indoors just in case the weather decides not to cooperate with your reception.
Expected (And Unexpected) Guests
The last important consideration is the size of the venue you will need. For all of the RSVP's you may get back, it can be a little hard to predict the size of the crowd that will show up for your reception. Always overestimate the number of people who will show up for your reception, and choose a venue large enough to hold the number of people you know will be there, and any friends and hangers-on they may bring.
Reception crashing is very common and many people will be more than glad to attend any party, even if they weren't so interested in going to the wedding itself, so be prepared.
By weighing out these three factors, you can ensure that your reception will not be awkward to the families, will be weather-ready and will be more than large enough for any and all guests.