Wedding Reception Venues: What You Need To Know

Posted on: 1 June 2018

When it comes to selecting the perfect wedding reception venue, things can get overwhelming pretty quickly. How do you choose when there are so many different types of venues to choose from? There are always advantages and disadvantages to each location, and there are always those little details that people fail to tell you. So, here is what you need to know about some of the most popular venues for wedding receptions.

Hotel Ballrooms

Two of the best things about hotel ballrooms are that they provide the romantic atmosphere that you're seeking for your wedding reception and they can fill as few or as many people as you need. Generally, hotels will provide you with everything that you need for the reception (stemware, linens, dance floor, etc.) and they will often offer representatives to help you with the organization.

One downside to hotel ballrooms is that they are often booked months in advance. Therefore, it is important that you start planning early and get your reception in the books. In addition, things can get a bit pricey, especially if you have an extensive guest list. With some hotels, you may be required to use their food services rather than being allowed to bring in food from an outside catering company.


Since food is a major part of your wedding reception, it makes sense that you may want to consider having your reception at you and your groom's favorite restaurant. Most restaurants have a large party room that can be used for private events, such as receptions. In many cases, a special menu can be arranged specifically for your event. Keep in mind that there is very little that can be done regarding the appearance of the establishment, so make sure that you're comfortable with the look and feel of the restaurant. Also, depending on its location, parking could be an issue, so you may want to consider hiring a valet service for the evening.

Church Auditoriums

In general, this venue is the least expensive of them all, as you can get it for a flat fee. If you are members of the church, you may not have to pay anything at all. Under most circumstances, there are no restrictions as to what vendors you can use (florists, caterers, etc.). Just know that you will be working with a blank slate in terms of décor. Also, the tables and chairs (which should be included in your rental fee) are used on a regular basis, so they won't be in perfect condition as they would be if you were renting them. Of course, minor imperfections can be covered with tablecloths and chair covers, if your budget allows.

In the end, it all comes down to your personal taste and budget. Make sure that you choose a wedding reception venue that reflects on you and your groom's personalities and will create an atmosphere that will help create memories that will last forever.