13 Oct 10 Things to Look for in a Banquet Hall
Ready to throw a party? You probably already know that choosing the venue is one of the first things to check off your to-do list. But in a destination town like San Diego, party venues are abundant, so how do you know which one to pick? Use the guide below to help you. Here are 10 things to look for in a banquet hall.
#1. Location, location, location
Whether you’re organizing an office party or a quinceañera, the location of the banquet hall is key. It should be special, of course, but you also want to consider the logistics of getting everyone to the site. If you’re planning a whole wedding weekend, it may not matter as much if it requires planes, trains, and automobiles to get there, but if it’s a single day event, choose a venue that’s easily accessible to the majority of your guests.
#2. Ample space
Make sure the banquet hall you choose offers ample space for your guests to mingle, dance, and breathe freely. If the site is empty when you visit, ask to see photos of it set up with tables, chairs, a bar, and anything else you might want to include. That way, you’ll get a better sense of how spacious it will feel on the day of your event.
#3. Layout options
If you’re planning to host your wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue, it’s usually best if there are separate areas for each phase. Choosing a banquet hall that offers a ceremony space, a place for the cocktail hour, and a reception hall will help optimize the flow of your event. It’s also great to have options for both a casual, buffet-style meal service and formal table service, so you’re not married (pun intended) to one or the other before you start planning the details.
#4. Personalized ambiance
No matter what kind of party or event you’re organizing, you’ll want to personalize the ambiance to your occasion. A casino-themed retirement party should not feel the same as a formal military ball. Be sure to choose a party venue that allows you to personalize the space to suit your style and your event.
#5. Full-service options
If you’ve never organized a party before, you may think it’s a simple undertaking. But once you have your list of tasks laid out before you, it won’t take long for you to realize how much work it really entails to throw a great party. Since the event venue is one of the first things you have to lock down, be sure to choose a banquet hall that offers full-service options so you can hand over some (or all) of the tasks on your to-do list should the need arise.
#6. Customizable amenities
Even when you choose a full-service event venue, it’s important that you have some say into what kind of package you’re paying for. If the party venue you choose offers only a one-size-fits-all party package, you may end up shelling out money for things you don’t need and missing out on things you do. Instead, host your event at a location that allows you to customize the amenities so you can keep to a strict budget or splurge on some extras.
#7. A killer dance floor
One thing about event organizing is that sometimes your vision for the perfect party develops and becomes more specific the deeper you get into the process. In other words, although you may think you don’t need a dance floor when you start the process of organizing your best friend’s low-key baby shower, you may suddenly discover that yes, an LED-lit dance floor would make it a day to remember. So be sure to opt for a banquet hall with a dance floor no matter what kind of party you’re throwing.
On the day of your daughter’s quinceañera or Sweet 16, the last thing you want is to hear the drunken guests in the banquet hall next door break out into an argument. To avoid uncomfortable scenarios like this, choose a private event venue that’s all yours, so you can remain uninterrupted by outsiders. Also, consider choosing a venue that has an additional private space where your daughter can get ready to make an entrance on her special day.
#9. A personal touch
This should go without saying, but the relationship you have with the staff at the banquet hall can make or break your event. When you’re visiting sites, be sure to take note of how helpful and friendly the staff is. If you feel uncomfortable with the way they speak to you or if they try to rush you into signing without answering all your questions, move on. Find a venue with a staff that’s dedicated to providing you with top-notch service from start to finish.
#10. Licensed security and insurance
As much fun as it is to choose the décor and plan out the details for your party, it’s also important to consider the safety of your guests and how protected you are should anything go wrong. Choosing a banquet hall that is fully insured and offers licensed security will give you peace of mind on the day of your event.
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