So you’re finally beginning to plan your wedding! This can be both stressful and exciting, but the sooner you begin, the less painful the process will be. One of the first things that should be taken care of in the wedding planning process is the reception banquet hall. You may have dreamed of something specific for your big day, but it’s important to approach this step practically while keeping in mind other factors that may affect your choice of venue: the date of your wedding day, the ceremony location, and the number of guests attending. The reception banquet hall is the place where you and your guests can relax, eat, dance, and have a good time, so it’s important to choose wisely as it sets the tone for the fun and final part of your big day!
As soon as you know where the ceremony will be held for your wedding, you will want to consider a reception banquet hall close by for the convenience of you and your guests. This will give peace of mind to your guests, in particular the guests that are from out of town, because the commute will be much shorter and easier with a reception banquet hall that’s nearby. If you have many guests who are not from the area, you may also want to consider a reception banquet hall that’s inside of a hotel, or at least has a hotel nearby where your guests will be able to spend the night.
If you know where your ceremony is going to take place, this means that your wedding date is set. Once you have a set day for your wedding, you will need to be a bit more flexible in terms of booking your favorite reception banquet hall. It may be easier to choose a date according to the availability of the specific hall you desire, and then book your ceremony according to the date set. This is because many reception banquet halls are booked months, even years, in advance, especially during the most popular wedding months of June to September. Los Angeles in particular is a city with a high concentration of weddings that take place in the summer and fall months, so it’s important to book your hall prior to booking the other aspects of your big day. If you’re keen on saving money or don’t have a big budget to work with, you should consider booking your reception banquet hall on a Friday since chances are you’ll get a better deal on the price.
When considering different reception banquet halls for your big day, make sure that the venue makes sense according to your needs. You want to the reception banquet hall to comfortable seat all of your guests so that tables and chairs aren’t cramped together. You also want to avoid a reception banquet hall that’s too large, because the empty space may not look appealing in photographs. For example, if you’re expecting 100 guests to attend your wedding reception, don’t book a hall that seats less than 100. Sometimes guests who don’t RVSP will show up, or guests will bring dates without noting so in their response. For these reasons it’s much more practical to have too many chairs than not enough. Parking availability is also essential in choosing the right reception banquet hall; you want to make sure that all of your guests will be able to park nearby, or ensure that valet services will be available for their convenience.
It’s important to consider the services offered by the halls you’re comparing before settling on one. Does the venue offer catering services? If not, you may have to spend more than you would spend with an in-house caterer. Does the venue offer decorations? If not, do they allow outside decorations? You will also want to ask about live music and deejay services, because sometimes it may be cheaper to use the services offered by the venue instead of bringing them in from outside providers.
Finally, don’t forget to talk business with the manager of the venue of your choice. Ask about payment methods/policies and cancellation policies. Be sure to compare pricing with services offered in-house, so that you don’t feel obligated to settle for a service that you’re not 100% happy about when the price is the same as an outside vendor providing that same service. You may also want to ask if there are any other events booked on the same day, because this could affect the time of your reception.
Sepan Banquet Hall & Catering located in Los Angeles offers two conveniently sized venues that you can choose from for your wedding day: one that accommodates 300 guests and a smaller hall that accommodates 170 guests. Our venues are also perfect for engagement parties, birthdays, showers, quinceaneras, bah/bat mitzvahs, and anniversaries. Contact us today to book an appointment and see why our halls are one of the most popular in Los Angeles.
Once you have your reception banquet hall booked for your wedding day, the rest of the planning process will be much easier! You can now start choosing decorations, themes, flowers, and begin the more detailed steps of planning a wedding. Good luck, and don’t forget to enjoy the process!