Reception Venue Pros & Cons
a private home
Pros The site comes with a special meaning. The smaller space also creates instant intimacy.
Cons While hotels and function rooms already have tables, dishware and linens, you’ll have to secure these on your own. Plus, you’ll need to find a way to provide ample parking and restrooms.
country club, hotel or ballroom
Pros These spaces come with all the necessary tools, plus a staff. Packages often include a coordinator to help with the details or a list of suppliers they know and love.
Cons The price may go up considerably due to hidden charges for bars, cake cutting, valet and other add-ons.
beach or park
Pros Décor budgets can often be slashed because the natural surroundings serve as free decorations.
Cons Some public spaces may have rules limiting noise, alcohol and time of the party.
museum or historic site
Pros Having a party amid great works of art and ornate detailing creates a sophisticated atmosphere.
Cons Some sites prohibit candles or require the flame to be contained inside a larger vessel. Configuring furniture can be tough in rooms that aren’t designed for events.
“When you see a venue, stand at the altar. Can you picture your FH standing next to you? Can you see your family? If you can’t, move on.” —dizzinea