How to Choose the Right Reception Venue

Choosing your reception venue is one of the highlights of planning a wedding. As you begin your search for the perfect spot, take this list of factors and consider which location satisfies the “must-haves.” With some careful searching and deliberation, you will find the place best suited for you.

Does it fall in your budget? It is best to discover your reception venue after completing a detailed budget. Venues vary in price and will undoubtably take a large portion of your finances. If you select a venue at a high price point, be sure you leave room for food and beverages along with music and the rest. Many locations require a deposit and commitment to hold your day of choice so make sure you have estimated the cost for other vendors before you sign on the dotted line.

Is the setting right? When you walk in a space, can you picture your wedding celebration there? Do you have an automatic feeling of comfort and happiness, or do you feel uncomfortable and on edge? Pay attention to the energy of the room and see if it suits your personality.

Prior to checking out a location be sure it checks your must-have boxes. If you always dreamed of an outdoor wedding, don’t commit to an indoor reception hall simply because the price is right or you like their menu. Imagine your perfect day and narrow down locations that fit the scenery you’ve always dreamed of. A gorgeous view can be your best backdrop and help to make a reception unforgettable.

Do they cater? Food is essential at a wedding reception. If you want a venue that serves food, narrow your search to only those with an in-house caterer. If your place of choice does not handle this in-house, make sure they will work with outside vendors or even provide recommendations for preferred merchants.

Will it suit your guest list? Be sure that the venue you select will comfortably hold the number of guests you plan to invite. With that in mind, verify there is also plenty of space for toasting, dancing, food and evacuation in case of an emergency.

Is there ample parking? Unless you have valet help, it is imperative to find a location that allows your guest to easily join and exit your reception. Make sure they do not have to walk too far…especially when they are dolled up for your celebration. If you find a place where parking is a concern, plan for a shuttle to run through the night and assist your guest to a parking area close by.

Romantic Valentine’s Day Wedding Ideas

Valentine’s Day is all about LOVE. If you plan to get hitched on the most romantic day of the year, here are a few dreamy ideas to inspire your special day.

Decorate with plenty of red. Red is the color of love! Therefore, Valentine’s Day is marked with all the red flowers, boxes of chocolate, and teddy bears you can imagine. But, why red? Psychologists have found both sexes to be more attracted to a mate when they are wearing this brilliant color. So, bring it on and don’t be shy. Show it off with bridesmaid’s dresses, flowers, tablecloths, centerpieces, and anything else you want symbolize love.  Be sure to also accessorize with red so your hubby-to-be will be in awe as you walk down the aisle.

Incorporate hearts. The main theme of Valentine’s Day…and your wedding… is love. And what symbolizes love more than a heart? Along with the red accents, use hearts throughout your décor to create a focus on your theme. And don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Heart shaped cakes, balloons, and table decorations are just a start. Sprinkle your reception tables with candy hearts and even create an oversized heart backdrop for the dance floor.

Watch out for cupid! According to classic mythology, Cupid is the god of love who carries an arrow filled with lovestruck desire. If you are hit with his infamous arrow, you will surely fall in love on the spot. He is portrayed as an adorable, chubby boy armed and ready to send his love arrow flying. If you want your Valentine’s Day wedding to symbolize love at its finest, hang cupid in all four corners of your venue. Perhaps he will even create a new match at your reception!

Light it up with candles.  Have you ever imagined a romantic, dim evening surrounded by the glow of beautiful candles? This is the perfect setting to bring on the romance at your wedding.  Use it to light up the aisle before you make your appearance and set one on each table at your reception. With a brilliant balance of candles and mood lighting, romance will surely fill the air.