How to Choose Your Banquet Venue

Choosing the perfect venue for your wedding banquet can be equally as important as finding the right dress. It is also one of the first things you need to set in your wedding preparations. As your banquet venue serves as the frame of the occasion, finding the right one means that the other details of your wedding will be easier to decide upon.

It can be daunting at the beginning, especially given the variety of options available for you here in Singapore. But don’t fret! In selecting your reception venue, you actually only need to know its basic features and your personal preferences so you can make the best choice.

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Your Personality and Style

Take inspiration from your shared interests as a couple to incorporate your style into your choice of venue. For example, if you’re both nature lovers, then opt for a garden or park setting and surround yourselves with lush verdant landscapes. You can consider the Botanic Gardens, Bottle Tree Park or Sentosa. If you have a love for animals, you can choose the Zoo where you can both set free butterflies after the ceremony. Or for the love of birds that you both share, celebrate your wedding at the Bird Park with its world’s highest manmade waterfalls that will look stunning in your photos.

Your Theme or Motif

There are two ways to work around your theme and your reception venue to make them cohesive: either look for a venue with your theme in mind or work on a theme based on the look of the place. If you already have a theme and have begun working on other details for it, then find a venue that is simple yet elegant without much need for decoration. This way your venue will not clash with your theme. On the other hand, if you have your heart set on a particular place that you both love then you can find inspiration from the place’s ambience to create your theme. For example, if you happen to be an artsy couple and you’d like to have your reception at The Arts House then you can definitely get creative with your theme to have an eccentric vibe for an intimate reception.

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Privacy and Security

Know your level of comfort when it comes to privacy. How private do you want your wedding to be? If you’re having it at a place that is open to public then you can expect onlookers and strangers waving, greeting, and probably even taking photos. If you’re fine with that then you need not mull over privacy too much. Otherwise, make the place exclusive and secluded enough to keep off wedding crashers. Do not forget to check on security as well. Make sure everyone is safe while celebrating your wedding.

Internal and External Space

You can either book a place based on its crowd capacity to accomodate your number of guests, or you can tailor your guest list to comfortably fit everyone in a venue you’ve already decided on. In determining whether a place is roomy enough, designate the activities in certain areas of the room and see to it that your guests can easily move around. Make sure it can accommodate your setup such as dining tables, possibly a dance floor and that there will be a smooth traffic of guests as they move around from one area to another. You can observe an event or another wedding reception prior to your own and see how the space is maximized.

Location and Accessibility

You can either book a place based on its crowd capacity to accomodate your number of guests, or you can tailor your guest list to comfortably fit everyone in a venue you’ve already decided on. In determining whether a place is roomy enough, designate the activities in certain areas of the room and see to it that your guests can easily move around. Make sure it can accommodate your setup such as dining tables, possibly a dance floor and that there will be a smooth traffic of guests as they move around from one area to another. You can observe an event or another wedding reception prior to your own and see how the space is maximized.

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Light and Sound System

For a festive ambience see if the venue you are considering is well lit. This is not only for visibility, it’s also important for setting the mood of the occasion for lighting, whether natural or artificial, can make or break the atmosphere of your celebration. Check also the acoustics of the room. Consider that a wooden or marble floor can amplify the sound while carpeted flooring can muffle it. Make sure that the venue has the capacity to support your electrical needs for light and sound, particularly in terms of in-house equipment and power outlets. If the venue has insufficient equipment, then make sure that you can rent what you need and that they are approved by the venue management.

Bear in mind that these are but guidelines that can help you find a venue to suit your reception needs. Have these items on your checklist as you go venue hopping. Take your time to find out how each will fair before you make your choice. This way you will have a venue that will be worth the effort to have the wedding that you want for you and your sweetheart.

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