Smart Tips To Choose The Perfect Banquet For Your Wedding

So, he finally he popped the most awaited question and you finally said yes!


What next?

Undoubtedly the wedding preparations. I don’t mean to stress you out but it’s seriously an understatement to say that you’ll have thousands of things to look after so as to make the most important event of your life a success! So, it’s time you get working with every little detail right from your wedding dress to the venue.

Specifically talking about the wedding venue, a perfect one is crucial for a memorable celebration. For most of us, a banquet hall is a standard location for a wedding and even for corporate events. No matter whether you wish to get married in your hometown or that of your would-be hubby, a banquet hall can be the best and the most reasonable option. However, choosing the one that fits all your requirements would take a lot of hard work.

Ahan! That doesn’t mean you’ve got to worry about it. Here are the best tips to help you out with the same. You may thank us later (wink)!

Start your search well in time:

It’s all about timing.

You start well in time and you end up grabbing the best options!

You keep on delaying it and you’ll have to settle for something that is just “okay”.

So, when searching for a perfect banquet hall for your wedding, it is important to start your search early enough to grab the best offer. The reason behind this advice is that just like wedding designers or photographers, the banquets are also booked months in advance. So, if you’ve always wished to get married at one of those popular banquets in your city, you may simply lose out on the opportunity to do so!

Create a guest list:

Yes, that’s what you should start with!

Before deciding the location or venue or the banquet, prepare a guest list. Pick up a pen and a paper and jot down the names of all your relatives whom you wish to be there on the most auspicious day of your life. Also, it is advisable to start with the most important names. Creating a short list will make it easy to add on the names as and when you feel like.

Wondering how it would help?

Well, a guest list that’s prepared well in advance will help you get the other things sorted with utter ease. The list will help you get a clear idea about the number of people going to attend your wedding. Moreover, it will help narrow down your search for an appropriate banquet hall for your wedding.

Decide the location:

Already have a dream wedding destination?

Do you wish to get married in your hometown or your would be better half’s or is it some far away destination?

If you’ve not yet decided the location, sit down and have a meaningful conversation with your would-be hubby about the same. However, you need to be careful about the location you’re choosing. Just make sure that you know the location well and that the guests can reach there easily without any problem.

Other factors to be considered while deciding the location is whether it is connected to the main road and public transportation. Lastly, consider the parking and transportation cost as well.

Set a budget:

Once you’ve created a guest list, it’s time to indulge in some serious research. Now that you have an idea about how spacious a banquet you require, you may search online or even ask your near and dear ones for suggestions.

While searching for an appropriate banquet, you may apply another filter apart from the capacity and location. Have a clear idea of how much you are ready to spend and then search for the banquets that fall in that range.

Try and explore different choices and get estimated cost of the wedding ceremony for the number of people you are going to invite. Once that’s done, compare all the available options so as to grab the best possible deal.

Choose an appropriately sized banquet hall:

The size of the banquet you will be booking matters a lot!

You ask me why?

Okay let me ask you two simple questions:

  1. i)Do you want your guests to feel cramped and uncomfortable with little or no place to move?


  1. ii) Do you want your guests to feel ill at ease due to more than a space that’s required to accommodate all of your guests?

Your answer to both these questions would surely be a big NO! Isn’t it?

But that’s what will happen if you choose a banquet with a capacity smaller than what you need or larger than required respectively. So, it’s advisable that you keep your guest list handy and consider the number of people who will be attending the event. When you have an exact idea of how many people will be coming, you can make a clear decision about which wedding hall to hire. This will actually help choose a wedding hall that best suits the size of your party.

Check for availability:

This is yet another reason why you need to start searching your wedding banquet well in time.

As a matter of fact, there are a number of banquets that may not be available at the time of year you hope to marry. Suppose you wish to marry in winters and the place where the banquet is located becomes isolated during those months due to heavy snowfall. Or you may wish to marry during the monsoon when some other banquet is not available due to the transportation issues due to fog.

So, that clearly means, it’s no use booking that banquet for your D-day and you should look for some other option.

Pay attention to the interiors:

A negative publicity would be the last thing you would like to get on the most important day of your life. In fact, it’s more of a nightmare for anyone! But unfortunately, that’s what you would be getting if you do not pay attention to the interiors of the banquet you are about to book.

Make sure that the banquet you choose is clean, modern, and well cared for. Though you may feel that the decorations can cover up for all the imperfections, if the venue itself is dilapidated you simply won’t have much to work with.

So, make sure that the interiors of the banquet are in their best condition so as that they light up with the decorations later.

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Get a clear idea of the amenities that are offered:

As a matter of fact, most wedding halls provide basic amenities for their clients which include seating furniture and basic decorations. If you are looking for add-ons like audio/visual equipment, charging stations or free Wi-Fi, it’s best to mention it to the banquet director.

You may indulge in a meaningful conversation and talk about facilities such as ample parking, restrooms, caterer wares and other necessities. If they do not provide these additional amenities, you may have to look after them on your own.