After you have that beautiful, shining ring slid onto your finger, the next thing that almost every bride thinks about is just where she’s going to throw this fabulous wedding party! The reception is almost as important as any aspect of your wedding. It sets the tone, it sets the mood, and it should also be an expression of you and your soon-to-be groom’s personalities. Finding that perfect reception site can be a bit tricky, especially if you are new on the wedding scene or haven’t been to a lot of weddings recently. If you’re feeling lost and bewildered, then this article is for you. Here is how you can find some of the very best wedding reception sites out in your area today:
Talk to Friends and Family
Start talking to friends and family about weddings that they’ve been to recently. What wedding receptions have they really enjoyed? Did they like the location and could they see you having your reception there? Your friends and family will be the most honest critics about a reception site, so this is definitely a good place to start. Once you have gathered a list of even a couple of places they liked, find the phone numbers for these reception sites and start making visits. The most popular reception sites are booked well in advance, so don’t be surprised if there’s a 1 year (or more) waiting list.
Talk to your Parks and Recreation Board
Many people don’t think of speaking to the parks and recreation board in town, but if you are planning on having a wedding in town then it may be a good place to start. They will be able to suggest parks, beaches, historical homes and museums, and a number of other great locations that you can go check out for your wedding reception. The best part is, these venues are often less expensive than others, especially if these locations are maintained by the county or the city that they are in.
Check out Message Boards Online
Message boards online are another great place to go. There is a message board out there about wedding ceremony sites and reception sites that will relate to almost any area of the world. The message board members will be extremely honest about what worked, what didn’t, and how they would do it better next time. Stick around and try to find some great tips about vendors to use, too!
Check out Venues Online
The Internet is a great way to kick start your search, though don’t feel too overwhelmed by the vast majority of sites that will come up that are devoted to wedding reception sites. Take your time and start off small. View reception sites in one particular town, city, or area at a time. Once you have exhausted those options, move along to the next one. If you click on every link and take notes on every reception site that will be listed online, you may have a headache before the night is through.