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Finding the Perfect Reception Site

So your getting married and now it’s time to plan your big day. This might seem like a daunting task but with a little bit of pre-planning it can be a lot of fun. Here are some things to consider when you start to search for the perfect place to hold your wedding reception.

1. If these walls could talk: Big venues often hold more than one event at a time, so find out what’s happening on your target date and where. You don’t want your guests to be shouting over the sounds or another band or seminar speaker next door.

2. Size Does Matter: Get a ballpark idea of who’s invited and round out that number to help target your search for the perfect space. Remember, the space may look roomy now but it will fill up fast with a band setup, buffet, tables, chairs and decorations.

3. Hell is other people: If you want something intimate, don’t hold your event in a public spot like a park or garden unless you rent it. Strangers may walk by and look, or even make comments.

4. Room with a view: Give your guests a little feast for their eyes. Pick a location that offers something visual such as a city skyline or a sunset overlooking the ocean. If you choose a historic building or museum, look at the architectural details, wall hangings and floor coverings.

5. Praying to the parking Gods: If you are having a city wedding, look for a lot nearby and negotiate a flat rate to validate your guests’ passes. Opting for a bus or trolley may be a solution to inadequate parking facilities.

by JASMINE MACDONALD

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