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How to Choose the Best Wedding Reception Location

So you are finally ready to tie the knot – and now you’re knee-deep in planning mode.  But before you can start shopping for your dream dress or sending out invites to your loved ones, you need to choose your best wedding reception location.

Choosing a wedding reception location can be a surprisingly difficult task.  You might have a few ideas of what you’d like in mind – however, venues can be unavailable, or too expensive, or not exactly what you’re looking for.  If you’re worried you won’t be able to choose the best wedding reception location, take a look at these helpful tips and techniques.

Know Your Theme

Choosing a wedding theme is much easier than finding a wedding reception location.  After all, knowing your theme narrows down the venues where your reception can take place.  Sit down with your fiancé and talk about what you both want from your wedding.  Are you beach people?  Do you love the idea of a traditional church wedding?  Do you want to get married in the great outdoors?  Once you understand what theme best reflects your relationship, you’ll be in a much better position to choose an ideal wedding reception location.

What’s Near Your Wedding Ceremony Location?

Many couples opt to have their wedding ceremony in the same location as their wedding reception.  If you’re not doing this (for example, you want to get married in a church), narrow down venues based on the location of the wedding ceremony.  You don’t want your wedding guests driving for over an hour just to get to the reception.

How Many People Are You Planning to Invite?

The size of your wedding invite list will undoubtedly play a huge role in choosing the best wedding reception location.  Fortunately, you don’t have to have a specific idea of how many people are coming – you just need a general number.  When you’ve narrowed down reception venues, call up the owners to ask how many guests they can accommodate.  You’ll usually find that your final reception choice will be determined by the size of the venue.

What Fits in Your Budget?

Of course, you’ll need to keep your budget in mind when choosing your wedding reception location.  On this point, it’s vital for you and your fiancé to decide on how much you can spend for the wedding.  You don’t want to blow your entire budget on the reception venue – after all, you still have to buy your dream dress and wedding invites!

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