Choosing a Reception Location

One of the very first things that couples do when planning a wedding is choose the location for their reception. This is essentially the core of your event: once you’ve chosen a location, you have a date, place, and time all ready to go. Because your reception location will act as an indicator of the type of event your hosting, it’s important that your location match your intentions. How can you whittle down the large field of choices to make the right decision?

Know Your Style: Before you can choose your location, you will have to have an idea of the type of wedding you’re wanting to host. Are you looking for a large, family style wedding? Or will this be a small, romantic affair? Define what it is that will make your wedding truly a vision of your dreams so that you can begin narrowing down your options. Keep in mind that you don’t have to have everything locked down, this is simply to give you a jumping-off point.


Define Your Deal-Breakers: While it is possible that one location may contain every last one of your wishes, chances are that you will find something that doesn’t quite live up to your expectations in each one of them. Decide what is a nice-to-have as well as what you consider must-haves. Knowing what these are will help you decide if one location truly has an advantage over the other.

Site Visits Required: It’s simply not recommended to select a location based on pictures alone. If you’ve hired a wedding planner, they should have performed a site visit. Even so, you’ll likely want to get a feel for where your reception is going to be. Besides getting a more accurate idea of what your reception will feel like, a site visit also has the added benefit of getting you excited for your own reception and putting you in the right frame of mind for wedding planning.

Once you’ve chosen your venue, you can begin filling out the other details so that you can achieve the right look and feel for your special day. As a florist, we will take in to account your reception location when making recommendations for your décor and floral arrangements. If you need assistance choosing a location, reach out to us and we can provide some recommendations.