wedding receptions include the venue, the centerpieces, the decorations, flowers, music, food, program, etc. These aspects together form that one magical moment you will remember for years to come. The first task in your to-do list is choosing a fabulous reception venue. In this article, you can find some helpful tips to help you narrow down your list.

A Right Roomy Fit The wedding hall should be large enough to accommodate the number of people on your guest list. The room may look big when it’s empty, but wedding essentials such as tables, chairs, a buffet, bar, the band or DJ setup, the dance floor will fill it quickly. You will need ample space on the lawn, in the arboretum or poolside for your guests. The best way to decide the size of the site is to go see it when another wedding is all set up.

Eating, Drinking and Partying Areas There should be logical places within the venue where guests can eat, drink, and dance. When you assess the site, try to envision where each activity would happen. If a room is too small, you will probably feel cramped. Note the locations of columns or other disturbances in the room. Check whether they will block your guest’s views of the dance floor and the cake table.

Privacy Privacy varies widely by venue. If you are planning for a daytime event in a public place, such as a park, beach or botanical garden, be prepared for strangers to trek past your party. Sometimes, they may even smile and come by to offer their wishes. If you are comfortable with the interruption, go for it. Otherwise, opt for a lawn on a private estate or golf course for outdoor weddings. Banquet halls and hotels hold more than one wedding at a time. The sound may disturb you, so try to schedule your wedding when there won’t be another wedding next door.

Lighting Lights can determine mood and space. If the event is during the daytime, double-check that your hall has plenty of windows. If it’s an evening affair, the room should not be too dim. For outdoor weddings at dawn, candles can be set up.

The Proper Palette If you are considering a certain theme and color palette for the reception, ensure that the venue’s existing, the non-removable decor doesn’t clash with your vision. The walls, carpets, chairs, and curtains shouldn’t drastically conflict with your party’s theme. A space with pastel colors or floral motifs would be a perfect fit for a spring wedding brunch. Consider an elegant room done in neutrals or black and white for a classic wedding.

Good Acoustics The place should not be too echoey, it might make it difficult for guests to hear one another talking. Ensure that the room’s sound quality is good and tailor your music to the venue.

Parking Areas The venue should have a good parking lot. Ensure that the site is near an empty street where it’s legal(and safe) to park. If the parking area is a problem, look for other ways like bus or vans to take guests to the venue.