The reception is the celebration of one of the most joyous moments in your life with those closest to you. Filled with tradition and symbolic foods, the reception weaves family and friends together as they greet you for the fi rst time as husband and wife.
Because the location of your reception is one of the most important aspects of your wedding festivities, it is crucial that you select and reserve your reception location well in advance. You can choose from a host of places such as a church or temple fellowship hall, a hotel ballroom, someones home, a country club or a private party room in a restaurant.
If you marry during a season of reliably good weather, lake sites, gardens and arboretums can add beauty to your wedding reception. Many public parks and historical sites off er both indoor and outdoor facilities. Check with county parks and recreation departments throughout the area for availability of public sites. To create a reception that is uniquely yours, use your imagination in choosing a location. Check on the availability of restored mansions, bed-and-breakfast inns, art or antiques galleries and even farmhouses.
The number of guests, the style of your wedding and your budget will play a major role in your fi nal decision. Do try to include all wedding guests at your reception. A reception of cake and champagne for all can be more meaningful than a sit-down dinner for a few.
In selecting a reception location, keep these questions in mind: Is there suffi cient space for the number of guests? Is the location convenient, and does it off er adequate and accessible parking? Will the facility be comfortable for the guests? Will the lighting and acoustics provide the atmosphere you want? If you wish to serve alcoholic beverages, are they permitted? Does the location provide catering and cleanup services?
Regardless of the location, you want to be assured of a smooth-fl owing reception. We suggest that you ask a friend to play the important role of keeping an eye on the overall reception. If any problems arise, this person can handle them along with the necessary professional. This service is a wonderful gift for a friend to give. It will free you and your parents to relax and enjoy your reception as the celebration it is meant to be.