There are many things that you need in order to pull off your dream wedding. But one of the most important is a location to host your reception. This is where all of the fun will happen. After the I Dos and here comes the bride, it is time for some great food and drink and entertainment.
Depending on your wedding decor and vision, you will obviously be on the lookout for specific things in a venue and you should take the search seriously because you don't want to end up at a place that lacks in many of the amenities that you really should have been looking for in the first place. There is no doubt that the New Jersey area has some truly amazing venues, but that doesn't mean that all of them are for you. You will need to know what you want and then heed the tips below. We promise you that before long, you will be signing a contract that places you and your guests into the most amazing venue that is a perfect fit for your needs.
Over time, you have probably become familiar with a number of venues in your area that might or might not be exciting to you as a potential site for your wedding. You also undoubtedly have family, friends, and coworkers who have been to wedding receptions and might be able to provide you with venues they think might be very nice for your wedding. This should give you a working list of potential venues to contact. When you do contact them, find out if they have your wedding date and time available on their calendar. Also, ask them how many people their venue is able to accommodate. If both questions give you hope, then arrange a time that you can visit the venue and interview the coordinator.
When you get to the venue, talk about how much it would cost you to rent the venue. Make sure that you are clear about what is included in the price that they give you. Do they require a deposit? How would you go about paying for the rest of the invoice? Find out if you can hold your ceremony there as well. This is a great option just in case. Also, depending on whether other events have the venue booked earlier or later in the day, find out how long you can have the venue for your reception. Is there a minimum or maximum rental time?
In terms of the decor, how much flexibility do you have to move things around or to bring in your own decorative items to make the venue look exactly like you want it to? Related to this topic, make sure you take a good notice as to how the existing decor looks so if you are bringing in your own decorations, will the two styles clash? Talk about when your vendors can start setting up. This is very important because you want to make sure that everything is ready to go when your guests show up. Do they provide coat check service? This can be a really nice bonus. What about catering? Do they have an in-house caterer that you must use or can you bring in your own? Are there kitchen facilities? Does the venue provide any items in the way of tables, chairs, linens, plates, silverware and more or will you have to rent these items yourself? How many restrooms are on site? Depending on how many guests you have coming, the ratio or guests to toilets could be important. For the site that you really fall in love with, make sure that it is for all the right reasons. When you are satisfied, get everything in writing.