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How to Choose a Reception Hall: Always Go For The Free-Standing Venue

Whether you are planning a wedding, or need to look at a reception hall for quinceañeras, it is important that you find just the right venue.

While you could just book the first place you find in the phone book, this could lead to an event that is disappointing or a space that does not work with your master plans. Consider these tips to make sure you book the right reception hall for whatever event or party you have planned.

  • Size Matters – One of the most important things you should consider is whether the venue works for the size of your event. While most places will work as reception halls for bar mitzvah, for instance, it takes an especially large establishment to hold an awards ceremony for 1000 guests. Ask what size events can be comfortably held and consider space for the equipment you will need to bring in.Renaissance in the Gables Building


  • Available Services – Does the venue offer DJ services? What about linens, tableware and transportation? It is important that you find out if the venue has the services you need, and how difficult it will be to bring those services in from the outside.
  • Meal Service – For most events requiring a reception hall, there is a meal or banquet involved. Find out what options are available. You may have special dietary needs for your event. If you are looking at a reception hall for sweet sixteens, you would need a different meal plan than for a wedding.
  • Convenience – No matter how perfect your venue seems, if your guests cannot find the location or there is not enough parking, it will never work. Consider these elements too, so your event goes off without a hitch.


These are just a few things you need to keep in mind before you book a reception hall. Do not be afraid to ask questions. The facility managers are there to help you and want to make certain your event truly is a day to remember.