February is a popular month for couples to get engaged (can’t think why!) and you’re probably noticing that good wedding reception venues get booked up very quickly. To help with your wedding preparation, here’s a few venue-related questions you’re probably asking and some helpful tips and advice.


How to Pick the Size of Your Wedding Reception Venue

Before deciding on a reception venue, it’s a good idea to have a rough estimate of how many people will be attending. You don’t want everyone crammed into a tiny space but on the other hand, there’s no point paying for a huge venue if you’re having an intimate ceremony.

Top tip: don’t automatically discount a venue because you think it may be too big or small. Most wedding reception venues have different rooms available depending on the size of your guest list and are happy to cater accordingly.


How to Budget For Your Wedding Venue

It’s important to know your budget before setting your heart on a reception venue. Think about how much you and your partner can realistically afford and whether or not your family will be contributing. This step-by-step guide has some great advice about setting a wedding budget.

Top tip: if you’re flexible with dates, enquire about off-peak rates. Reception venues sometimes offer significant discounts for low season and mid-week weddings.


What To Look For in a Reception Venue 

When it comes to venues, seeing is believing. You simply can’t make a decision until you’ve had a viewing. Not only is this one of the more enjoyable aspects of your wedding preparation, it’s also very important. No matter how something looks online, you won’t truly be able to gauge if a venue is truly right for your special day until you’ve seen it in person.

Top tip: look out for local wedding fairs. As well as providing you with the opportunity to visit potential venues in the area, there will also be plenty of suppliers there from photographers and florists to wedding dress suppliers and entertainment. Many of them provide fair attendees with special discounts as well.


How Much Can Wedding Venues Help with the Wedding Preparation

Packages are great and take the stress away from your big day. The more a venue can do for you, the better. Even if you think you want to arrange everything yourself now, the last thing you want to worry about in the days before your wedding is whether or not the caterer is going to turn up.

When choosing a wedding reception venue, ask what packages they offer. These typically include anything from reception drinks and the wedding breakfast to a wedding planner. As well as making your life so much easier, it’s often much more cost effective than trying to source everything yourself.

Top tip: contact Harlequins about our fantastic wedding reception packages. We can cater for any event from intimate affairs to 400-people extravaganzas. As well as providing a unique venue which is bound to impress your guests, your personal events manager will be there to help you with every step of your wedding preparation.