Wedding reception venue: the key points for choosing the right place

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Wedding reception venue: the key points for choosing the right place

The wedding reception venue...
Yes, it is difficult to think of marriage without thinking of a place. Then of course, there is the place of the secular and or religious ceremony, where in particular the vows will be exchanged. But there is also the place of the reception that one inevitably thinks of when thinking about the guest list. I would point out, however, before the remark is made, that on certain occasions, ceremonies and receptions can be held in the same place. And the content of this article also applies in this case. This point being clarified let's get to the heart of the matter ...

Where to start?

The perfect wedding reception venue is not just a place to house guests. It sets the tone and generally illustrates the theme of the wedding. Choosing a suitable location reduces the stress of all aspects of organizing any event.

I think you already understand the importance of choosing this ideal setting to create the atmosphere of your private event. But where to start ?

The first step in finding an exceptional setting is to find it on time. Wedding halls and other beautiful reception venues are generally in high demand. This means that your chances of getting the address of your dreams diminish over time. Do yourself a favor: start looking at least a year ahead of schedule. Besides, some already married couples will surely tell you that sometimes two years will not be too much! And I'm not even telling you about the impact on the price.

When you are looking for a beautiful reception room, you must have a goal in mind. It must be well defined in order to guide your research. If you don't, you might not know which frame to choose from the plethora of options available. And of course make sure you do this reflection in pairs or at least make sure that the person you are planning to marry is okay with the idea. The survival of a couple is often based on communication ... In short, here are some elements that will guide you in your search for the perfect place :

Your guests

What is a wedding reception venue without sufficient capacity to accommodate guests? Having enough capacity to comfortably accommodate the expected guests is essential. And I would even add, that keeping a certain flexibility in case of excess is recommended. Whatever the beauty of the place, the setting will lose all its charm if it is not adapted to receive all the guests present. Not to mention the organizational and security aspects ...

This means that you need to have the expected number of guests as early as possible in order to choose a venue that can accommodate a little more than that number.

Your budget

When planning a wedding, there are many elements to take into account at the budget level. However, since this is one of the biggest items in the balance, you need to know how much you can spend on the reception venue, before you jump into the research. Rest assured, there are plenty of options to suit your budgets, so you don't have to rob the bank to get a wedding hall or one atypical place. And once again sooner you will think about it ...

While staying within your budget, you should also consider the items included in the cost of the venue. For example, if everything is taken care of in terms of the decor, it may cost more upfront, but may be a more cost-effective solution once the accounts are done.

Service providers and service delivery

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Decorators, florists, but also caterers, DJs and photographers, is there an all-inclusive offer? Do you have the choice? This is an important point to take into account. Indeed this could allow you to save some time and money if by choosing a place you regulate other aspects of the organization.

However, be careful to check the references of additional service providers. Do they offer the services you want? Is the quality sufficient? And if this is not the case, in the room estimate can you subtract the elements that you will not be using?

As an anecdote, I once took photos for a wedding where the price of the room included the non-deductible services of a photographer. The bride and groom had had negative feedback from another couple and contacted me at the last minute. They then thanked me by indicating that after having viewed the photos of one and the other, they had realized that wanting to save too much on the photos of this event would have been a mistake.

So remember to ask for advice. This should give you an idea of what to expect.

Limitations and restrictions

Some places have certain restrictions on their customers. Sound curfews at a certain time, key collection only on D-day, inability to access an area of the estate, etc. You must check all restrictions to make sure they do not enter in conflict with what you have planned. Few things are more annoying than strangers disrupting a marriage for lack of clarity.


When choosing a wedding reception venue, every detail matters. Often times, it's the little ones that make your celebration so special or that mark the spirits the wrong way. Check the space for the dance floor, the parking lot, the state of the toilets and the kitchen among others. When you do a spotting, put yourself in the shoes of a health inspector. The venue for your wedding should feel perfect in every way and match your vision, specific needs and goals. And who knows, the discovery of a defect may give you the right to a discount.

Have a castle or an estate for your wedding? It's possible !

When you think of the glamor and exclusivity that come with celebrate your wedding in a castle, it can be envious and scary at the same time. Have a domain for a wedding it may seem magical as out of a fairy tale and inaccessible to ordinary people.

If you've always dreamed of having a castle for your wedding, it's possible. The rental of a castle for a wedding in Île de France for example is something that no longer surprises me. Taking into account the factors we have already touched on above, you can organize the wedding of your dreams in a castle, or a magnificent estate.

Why not opt for an atypical wedding reception venue?

Paradise wedding reception venue

I already mentioned in this article the need to have a vision when choosing your wedding reception venue? Indeed, you can organize the wedding you want, as far as you can imagine.

It should reflect your taste, style and personality and as much as possible be unique. You can decide to opt for small traditional reception rooms with or without outdoor space, adding a touch of originality here and there.

You can also decide to be atypical and unconventional. After all, this is a once in a lifetime event.

As well as being different, it can help keep costs down and give you a certain level of freedom and flexibility that a traditional wedding reception venue cannot. This is something that had been mentioned earlier in the article on choosing a honeymoon destination, with Airbnb in particular as an option but I digress ... This time I decided to talk to you about other options than, Disneyland or the beaches of Tahiti. If you have decided to opt for the original and atypical look, here are some avenues you can consider:


As long as the space is properly secured to prevent accidents, it can be a wonderful place.

The rooftops offer stunning views, make you feel like you're on top of the world, and by hosting your rooftop wedding in New York, for example, you can have an unforgettable experience on this special day.
However, keep in mind that alcohol does not give wings, even to the one who has it. is convinced. Safety remains the key word.

A yacht

Getting married on a yacht is one of the most glamorous options for an atypical wedding reception venue. It projects a peaceful and picturesque landscape and great photos. It is certainly an astonishing choice although it is not the most economical I grant you.

The zoo

A zoo wedding is great if you are an animal lover and want to feel as close to nature as possible. It is also quite an adventurous option. The adrenaline rush to the sound of a lion roaring will make your wedding a memorable event.

To be honest I never would have thought about it but I discovered this during my research and decided to talk about it. It remains to be seen where it is really possible ...

A botanical garden

Although also complicated in terms of permission, opting for a botanical garden for a wedding will seem more appropriate to the majority of readers than the zoo I think. With imagination and creativity it is possible to recreate a medieval setting or straight out of a fairy tale. A great option for people with a visual inclination. Once upon a time your wedding at Brocéliande...

Be sure, however, that plants with common allergens are tacitly kept away from the ceremony itself. An unforgettable ceremony in the heart of a superb flowered park, it is an enchanting setting but you would not want one of your guests to leave with a swollen face all the same.

Wedding at the museum

Oh yeah, you read it well. Few people consider museums as an option for celebrating or receiving a wedding. And yet once again I have found that it can be a beautiful and fun choice accessible in some countries. Like at the Rodin museum in Paris for example.

A romantic option for you and your guests to experience new things. Organizing a wedding in a museum can seem like a daunting task, and I think it is only possible by going through specialized wedding planners in this type of service.

I hope I've taught you a thing or two and given you some ideas for selecting your wedding reception location. Naturally, there are many other places which could constitute an idyllic framework for a union, the barn of a farm, a manor, an abbey ... The ideas are not lacking but the article is already very voluminous.

If you are already married, note me in the commentary where the event took place.
And if not, share a few lines in which setting you would like to celebrate.

Looking forward to reading you.


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