December 22, 2016
Being wedding stylists, we get the opportunity to evaluate many wedding reception facilities while having little or no bias to "sell" one location over another. Most Brides and Grooms know where they will be holding the ceremony before they decide where to have the reception, so we have compiled five observations that can help you when selecting your venue.
- Distance – Consider a venue which offers a diverse selection of spaces to accommodate all the various aspects of your wedding, from an elegant dinner the night before, to the wedding itself, to the reception and a space to dance the night away, all within the same venue. If people must drive a long way to get from the ceremony to the reception, some will get distracted or decide to do something else. Try to keep the reception within a 15 to 30-minute drive of your ceremony. If it is not possible to get a reception hall close to your ceremony, make a caravan. Have the Bride and Groom lead the parade, and people will follow you to your reception.
- Time - Time is just like the distance issue. If your wedding reception is several hours after the ceremony, people will get busy doing other things and not show up for the reception. Try to start the reception within an hour or two of the ceremony. If you don't want to start your wedding dance at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, have a Meet and Greet mixer before your reception. Serve some punch and get people to mingle. This will be one of the few times that both families will be together. Encourage family members to share stories about your childhoods.
- Size - People like their personal space, and they have most likely spent an hour packed into a church for your ceremony. If you let them spread out, they will enjoy themselves more. Make sure your wedding reception choice has plenty of room for your guests. The people renting the location might tell you it holds 200 people, but that doesn't necessarily mean it will hold 200 people comfortably! Make sure to visit your top venue selections before booking.
- Climate Control - Having a summer wedding? Is your reception space air conditioned? If people sweat while just sitting, they won't dance. On the flip side, if they are cold they won't dance either (who wants to dance in a parka?). Also, make sure you know who has control of the thermostat so the temperature can be adjusted if needed. Chances are your reception will be warm and stuffy while all the guest are there, but as they trickle out during the night the room will begin to cool down.
- Smoking - This is a hot button issue, but if your wedding reception space is non-smoking, you can fully expect smokers to leave your reception for 15-30 minutes every hour or two. If enough of them leave the reception area, you may find a large percentage of your guests hanging out in the smoking area. This can be a problem if you have many smokers in your wedding party. You don't have to allow smoking, but it is something you should consider, especially if anyone has any health problems like asthma or allergies that could be triggered by smoke. If you decide not to allow smoking in the wedding reception area, how close is the nearest place for a smoker to go? Is it close enough that you will be able to get needed wedding party members during events like the bouquet toss or garter auction?
We, at Brympton House, are a distinctive and unusual venue because no matter the size of your guest list, we offer varied and unique spaces for every part of your wedding and reception, there is no need to re-use the same room or outdoor space twice, no need to have separate locations or require guests to travel from one side of town to another. The Mansion can host a variety of evening, week day or weekend events for any number of people. With both stylish open plan areas featuring elegant furniture, stunning lighting ideal for evening receptions and 33 acres of grounds and gardens, your dream wedding is possible at Brympton House. We offer overnight accommodations for up to 60 of your guests, with rooms in the Manor House, at our Bed & Breakfast, The Fat Pigeon, and in our rooms above the Stables. Should you wish to accommodate even more guests, we invite you to consider hiring our classic bell tents for a bit of Somerset glamping! They are essential luxury camping magic! With the feel of a boutique hotel, your guests will spend the night under the stars, at the heart of the Brympton estate but just a hop, skip and jump away from a party in the Stables!
With the creative expertise of our in-house events team, all these spaces can be transformed to meet a range of bespoke event requirements. Our styling team, exclusive caterers, evening food service providers and our excellent signature bar staff can see to every detail for an intimate affair or tremendous blow out of a wedding celebration. There is no limit to what your wedding and reception can be with one of the most exclusive and captivating venues in the UK as it’s backdrop.
Wedding reception venue coordinators will no doubt bring up several factors for you to consider when you interview them for your booking, but the above are often missed or overlooked items. If you keep an overall picture in mind while working with your wedding planner or event coordinator on the decorating ideas, details of the event and time plan of the event, you will no doubt have an enjoyable and memorable wedding reception.