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Wedding Reception Planning Tips for Couples in Rhode Island

Wedding Reception Planning Tips for Couples in Rhode Island

It can be difficult to find just the right venue for your wedding reception. Some couples spend weeks or months looking, yet are still unable to agree on a location. It can help to narrow down the list of options by sitting down and figuring out what you need for the perfect wedding reception planning. While social event coordinators and wedding planners will likely have lists for you to browse through and connections to major venue owners, not everyone can afford to have their location selected for them by an expert. If you have been touring facilities for your Rhode Island wedding, but have come up short, consider crossing the border into Southeastern Massachusetts and take a look at Venus de Milo.

How Much Space Do You Need?
The best way to rule out a lot of venues from your list is to determine how many people will be invited to the wedding. If you get married in Providence at your local church or synagogue, you might not be worried about the numbers because there’s plenty of room. However, for wedding reception planning, you will need to have a fairly accurate headcount for a couple of reasons. The first being space, because you want to make sure that there is room for you, your guests, your wedding party, the decor that you have selected, and all of the activities that you want to include on your special day.

The second being cost, as most venues for receptions, will charge you “per head,” according to the number of guests. This usually includes the cost of any food that you want to serve, seating arrangements for each guest, the charges for the rental to provide space for everything you want to do, servers for dinner, drinks, and dessert, as well as the cost of any beverages that you serve, alcoholic or not. Once you get a “per head” cost for your guests, you will be able to figure out if you can add other things to your wedding reception planning or if you need to start reducing items and cutting people from your guest list.

What Kind of Food Do You Want?
Depending on the time of day, you will want to serve your guests some type of refreshments. With many couples paying for their own weddings these days, quite a few are opting to only serve appetizers, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks or a special “signature” drink, along with champagne for the toast. Others might plan an early Rhode Island wedding and host a reception in Swansea for brunch or lunch, instead of dinner. If cost is an issue, you can also serve a buffet-style meal instead of a plated dinner, to reduce the “per head” charge.

Go over menu options with the on-site social event coordinators to pick items that coordinate with your theme or reflect the tastes that you and your fiance share. Venus de Milo has a variety of different cultural, ethnic, and regional foods for you to choose from, depending on your tastes and your budget. There are many reasons to host your wedding reception planning at our venue after you get married in Providence, but the food options from our world-renowned restaurant are one of the biggest draws. In addition to wedding receptions, we also host corporate, charity, municipal and personal events, including birthdays, anniversaries, and retirement parties.

What Type of Decor Do You Like?
When you visit most venues for wedding reception planning, you will notice that they are often very plain and void of decoration. When you visit Venus de Milo and take a tour of our facility, you will notice right away that the decor is very unique and distinct. If you are looking for a venue that makes an immediate statement about the level of quality that you can expect to receive on the inside, then you want to host your reception at our facility. You can actually save money on decorations when you choose to host your Rhode Island wedding reception at our venue, which will also reduce the amount of set-up and clean-up that needs to be done before and after the wedding.

If you are interested in learning more about the world-famous Venus de Milo, give us a call at 508-678-3901. Our team of highly trained social event coordinators can help you to choose a date, select the best ballroom and area for the wedding, and assist in choosing food items for your menu. Make sure to contact Venus de Milo early for all of your wedding reception planning needs. After all, your focus should be on what you need to do to get married in Providence or anywhere in the surrounding area.

Give us a call at 508-678-3901 and speak with of our social event coordinators about your plans for a beautiful wedding reception celebration.

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