Choosing a Reception venue

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Choosing a Reception Venue, Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the right spot for their wedding reception.

Choosing Reception Venue - Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle


There are a variety of styles to choose from, whether you are looking for a modern city hotel, a stunning stately home or a comforting country escape this country has it all!

Finding the perfect venue for your special day can be quite a daunting task so I have pulled together a few points for you to consider which should make the process of Choosing a Reception venue a little easier.

The size of your guest list can be the main factor affecting your choice of venue. If you are planning an extravaganza with 200-300 guests then the lovely country house may not have a function room to accommodate those numbers so it would be out of the running straight away.

Choosing Reception Venue - Culloden

Culloden Estate & Spa


The style or theme of your dream wedding may also influence your choice of venue, you should discuss your ideas with your partner before starting your search. If you love the vintage shabby chic look then the ultra-modern city hotel may not provide the right surroundings to carry off your theme.

Another factor to consider is if the venue provides accommodation especially if it is a little bit out of the way from where your family and friends live. Or if you have family coming from overseas – is it accessible from the airports and ports?

Choosing Reception Venue - Old Inn Crawfordsburn

Old Inn Crawfordsburn


Before heading out to view any venues make sure you have done a bit of research. Now that you have an idea of numbers and style of wedding that you both want you can start shortlisting the venues that you want to go and visit.

Look online for local hotels & reception venues – chatting to friends that have recently got married and thinking of venues that have a special meaning to you and your partner are a great starting point.

Wedding Photography at Leighinmohr House Hotel

Leighinmohr House Hotel


Ideally, 3-5 venues would be plenty to go and visit or your head will be swimming with too much information and you will get confused about each place. Book an appointment with the venue wedding coordinator or manager to see the facilities and make sure you have a list of questions prepared before you go so that you have not wasted your time.

Read More: Questions to ask at Your Recption Viewing

Choosing Reception Venue - Hilton Templepatrick

Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick


Lastly, when you visit a venue it is important that you get the right feeling from the place and the staff as soon as you enter, after all these may be the people responsible for your special day!!

Find Out More: Some of my favourite Local Wedding Venues

Paul Crawford

Wedding Photographer Paul Crawford

Based in Ballyclare, Northern Ireland

Paul is married to Patricia (who helped him write these Wedding Hints & Tips posts!!) and the proud Dad to 2 fantastic sons.

A full-time professional photographer since 1990 and been privileged to have photographed well over 1300 weddings since then.

He worked in his own High Street Photography Studios up until December 2010 when he decided to downsize and work from home. He now splits his time between running Photography Courses and Wedding Photography, limiting himself to 30 weddings a year to maintain the quality and high level of customer service to each of his couples.

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