5 Tell-Tale Signs of a Quality Wedding Reception Hall
Youíve set the date, picked out rings, bought the
dress, reserved the church and decided on a theme, but you still donít
have a wedding reception hall. The most important celebration of your
new life canít be held just anywhere. With all of the choices out there,
how will you know when you have found an appropriate wedding reception
hall? In all of the excitement of planning, itís easy to overlook some
basic necessities. Finding a hall with the following five
characteristics is an excellent start to planning a fabulous wedding
Ask for references from other couples who have used the hall for
wedding receptions similar in size to yours. If they have
references, then you know they have experience in preparing the hall
for wedding receptions. Call the references and ask about the type
of reception they held at the hall. Ask about positive and negative
aspects of using the wedding reception hall so that you can get a
heads-up on possible issues.
#2 Reception Hall Manager
They have an experienced and pleasant reception hall manager to
assist you in planning the details including seating arrangements,
food preparation and service, decorations and music. Discuss the
availability of this person before and during the reception. Some
halls have a sales person who leases the site but is not actively
involved in planning and follow through.
#3 Location and Parking
Be sure that the location is safe, attractive and not too far from
your wedding site. Donít just think about the safety factor as
youíre touring it, but also consider how safe it will be at night.
Is there outside lighting? What other businesses are in the area?
Concerning parking, is there enough available for all of your guests
and is it near the reception hall? If you have invited anyone who is
in a wheelchair, be sure to check on access. Most facilities are now
required to offer handicapped parking and wheelchair access.
Inquire about additional items that you might need such as a dance
floor, staging area and audiovisual equipment. If they donít have
these items, make sure they have specific contacts for acquiring
them at reasonable rates. Itís wise to have a list of such needs
prior to visiting potential reception halls.
Look for a wedding reception hall that appears well-maintained. The
amount of energy put into maintaining the hall directly correlates
with their seriousness in assisting you to create a successful
event. Check overhead lighting, kitchen equipment and bathrooms for
functionality. Also check for cleanliness, particularly in the
bathrooms and kitchen areas.
There will be other important characteristics your
wedding reception hall must have. Your preferences may lean toward
surrounding gardens or chic, ultra-modern facilities. Your caterer may
require something more than is offered in a particular facility.
Lighting, windows and spaciousness can all be significant issues.
However, if you have found a wedding reception hall that satisfactorily
covers these five qualities, you are well on your way to a lovely
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