Here's some great advice by Suzanne RoseHow to find an inexpensive but good reception hall for your wedding
Even if you do not have a big budget, you still deserve a great reception hall for your wedding. The following are some strategies to find the perfect setting to your fairy tale.
Ask for recommendations
One of the best ways to find an inexpensive but good reception hall is to get a recommendation. If you know someone who has been married in recent years, then you can ask them about the details about their hall. Also, if you have attended any weddings at a reception hall, then you can find out how much they charge.
Compile a list of other possible locations
You will want to come up with a list of possible reception halls for your wedding. There are many places where you can find potential halls. A lot of times they have local wedding guides, where people advertise their reception halls. You can look at an online source such as www.theknot.com. You can look at the phone book. There are many places that offer space for a wedding such as hotels.
In addition to the typical places, think of other places that might be a good place for a wedding but less money. For instance, a lot of parks have reception halls that you can rent. These are beautiful and surrounded by nature, and are often much cheaper than their counterparts at swanky hotels. Also, there are often government places that might be much cheaper. For instance, the city might have a room that you can rent. You can look at community centers as well.
Visit the locations that meet your budget
The best way to ascertain the quality of a reception hall is to actually visit the reception hall. You should go and get a feel for what the room is actually like in person. You might be able to take a peek in when an event is actually going on or see one that is at least decorated for an event. You will also want to go in armed with a list of questions. Find out details such as what is allowed and what is not allowed such as candles, decorations, etc.
A reception hall can play a big part in your entire wedding. With enough time and effort, you should find one to give you the wedding of your dreams, even if on a budget. Consider the above tips to help you achieve this.
I just love how realistic this advice is. Happy searching and remember; most venues are booked 12-18 months in advance. Make sure you reserve your date early!