Let's talk Venue today, shall we? Even though we are just now getting to Venue in our A to Z Party Planning Series, Venue is one of the first elements of your party you'll want to decide on. Your party Venue is another fancy word for location. Where will your party be located? Once you know your Venue, you'll be able to figure out the best decorations, food, guests, etc.
Types of Venues
- Reception Center
- Your House
- Formal Dining Room
- Town Halls
- Club Houses
- Park Bowery
- Canyon Picnic Spot
When planning your Venue, keep this in mind:
1. Schedule your Venue well in advance.
Of course, if your Venue is your house, you probably won't have a hard time booking it (unless your husband or roommates plan to have a giant party the same night). Reception centers, town halls, and boweries all tend to fill up fast. The sooner you know when your party will be, book your Venue to ensure peace of mind that you have your first choice of location. You may have to book the venue months before, especially for the wedding. You can do your research for wedding venue azle tx, or elsewhere before you finalize a location.
Some Venues will not be available for booking. On those cases, do your best to arrive early to secure your preferred spot (in the park, per se).
2. Choose a Venue that will match the type of party you are having.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but giving just a little thought to the perfect Venue will make the party more enjoyables. Kids party Venues are best outside where there is lots of space to run around (and to keep the clean-up minimal). If you are hosting a Garden Party Shower, you won't want your Venue to be the neighborhood park bowery where lots of kids and dogs are running around.
3. Choose a Venue that is accessible to all of your party guests.
When I was planning my wedding reception, for example, I knew that I would want my grandpa to be there. However, he had a hard time walking and would likely be getting around in a wheelchair. Even though one might have one of the Top power wheelchairs in the market if the location is not wheelchair friendly, there won't be any use! So, in choosing our reception location, we made sure it was wheelchair accessible.
You wouldn't want guests to not be able to come due to inaccessibility which might also mean that we would have had to look at mobility-friendly wheelchair accessible vans or cars that could help them arrive at the location as well! Luckily, we had it all sorted out in time and grandpa was there with me on my special day.
4. Venue availability for the particular season and weather-appropriate transportation service.
You might have in your mind that a bonfire up the canyon will be the perfect party. However, there may still be snow up the canyon or what if it rains? You could still have a bonfire, but why not do it in your backyard? Or, you may need to wait until summer to have this type of party.
So, make sure the Venue is available for the season you are hoping to have your party in. If you are planning to have a luxurious and extravagant party, also see to it that people have adequate transportation service, if required during seasons like monsoon or winters when it's snowing. You can hire an RPD Limo or another car service for your immediate family and friends.
5. Select a Venue that will accommodate your crowd.
Are you inviting 5 guests or 500? You'll want to choose a Venue that will fit all of your guests. The amount of guests you invite will greatly narrow down what options you have for your Venue. For smaller gatherings, a backyard or family room might work. But depending on the space you have, you might need a larger venue.
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I love using the backyard, or even just the front room of the house! Its free and you can do some pretty awesome stuff with it!