Determine the Size of your Party Important. Each venue requires a minimum amount of money needed based upon the size of the venue. Renting a space that can accommodate 3000 people will be more costly if you only need space for 50.
Date of the Party Necessary when inquiring about venue options. Many restaurants book months in advance. Popular wedding months such as, April thru June and October, reserve quickly. Advance planning is your best defense.
Purpose of Party Are you searching for casual, business, or formal entertaining? Be clear on YOUR VISION and expectation. While many venues are suitable for different occasions, some may be restrictive towards your goals.
Menu Vision Your taste and what your guests enjoy maybe different. Think of ALL your guests. While trying to impress with fancy, sometimes given the audience simple and tasty and selection is the best choice.
Audience Size and Menu Selection Serving large parties has some hidden challenges. Seasoned venues know how to avoid. Serving four people is different that serving one hundred… it takes strategy!
Menu design and limited choices help expedite order taking as well as delivery of your food. This allows all of your guests to enjoy the meal together at the same time.
Private vs Semi-Private Some restaurants and venues are set up for multiple parties. They share common areas such as bar, restrooms, and lobby. Even though common area is shared, they have designated rooms for the actual party. This would be semi-private.
Private venues are all inclusive and exclusive for a given period of time. Private venues are less restrictive than semi private venues.
Location of Venue Something that should be taken into consideration. Planning a rehearsal dinner with out of town guests, you should consider easy access to hotels. Requiring your business team for a dinner presentation after hours… is the restaurant centrally located?
A three hour graduation ceremony plus an hour drive to the restaurant will guarantee a hungry audience. Being considerate of your guest’s time is a great policy.
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