Is a Cheap Banquet Hall Really the Best Deal?
We’ve all heard the saying, “You get what you
pay for.” Although there are times that going the least expensive
route does make the most sense, when renting a banquet hall you’ll
want to have a clear picture of your event before making that
decision. Price won’t be the only differentiation between costly and
cheap banquet halls. There’s always a reason that one property is
less expensive than another. Hotels and specialty locations, such as
historical homes or plantations tend to charge more, in general,
than a church or private organization. Does it really matter for
your event if you rent a cheap banquet hall? Only you can decide.
Many variables come together when pricing a banquet hall. Your job
lies in determining the value of each of the variables as you
Location – It’s the same concept as buying a home;
you pay more for a better location. If family and friends are heading
right to a wedding reception from a church, location is an important
factor. You’ll want to choose a safe area that is in close proximity to
the wedding ceremony or use a hall right at the church. For a business
conference, the ease of getting from a hotel to the reception hall may
be an issue for out-of-towners. Depending on whether the event is in the
daytime or evening hours, you’ll need to note if the location is as safe
Amenities and Services – Hotel halls tend to be
more expensive because of the overhead that has to be covered. They
provide convenience, and a multitude of amenities and services, such
as catering, audiovisual, staging and more. If you don’t need these
services or if you don’t mind shopping around for them on your own,
using a hotel banquet hall doesn’t make sense. A church or private
location may offer you a cheap banquet hall to save you money, but
you will need to take into account any additional expenses.
Demand – A banquet hall in greater demand may be
more expensive than a less utilized property. The price may rise
simply due to supply and demand.
Specialty – A specialty hall, like a historical
home or plantation, may be more expensive because you’re paying for
the prestige and uniqueness of the property. These sites may not
have as many services available as similarly priced hotel halls.
Specialty banquet halls do make the event more memorable, but there
is usually a price to be paid. Occasionally, you will get lucky and
find a cheap banquet hall in a specialty location because it is
interested in attracting new business. Be on the look-out for such
Quality and Size – The maintenance, cleanliness
and overall quality of the hall affects the price. Newer, more
modern halls tend to run higher. The best way to determine if a
cheap banquet hall is well-maintained and clean is to visit it
personally. Bathrooms and food handling areas should be clean and
useable even in a less expensive building. In most cases, a larger
banquet hall costs more, but the other variables can have as much or
more of an impact as the size. Read more about
Choosing A Banquet Room or Banquet Hall.
It is possible to find a cheap banquet hall if you’re
willing to concede the perfect location and don’t need a great deal of
help with services and extras. Prioritize what is most important to you
when renting a hall, then search for one that meets those needs and fits
your price range. If your needs and your price range are incompatible,
you’ll have to pay more or have less. Typically, any large town will
have a decent variety of banquet halls in multiple price ranges.
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