Surely there will not be any wedding receptions taking place without the appropriate venues. The only other factor that may be as important or even more important on some occasions is booking the Church, but the venue and location of the ceremony are definitely the first things to take care of when planning a wedding.
The truth is that the venue can make or break the whole experience and it is therefore of utmost importance to take the following points into consideration when booking venues for wedding receptions.
1. Ambiance - The venue should reflect the personalities of the bride and groom. You must be completely comfortable, at ease and leave the venue with a smile before you decide to book it.
2. Location - The venue should be in a convenient location for the bridal party as well as the guests, if the venue is out of the way then it should at least offer comfortable accommodation, leisure facilities or nearby entertainment.
3. Efficiency - Notice how efficient the booking process is: How long does it take for the coordinator to come back to you? How friendly is the staff when you arrive at the venue for the site visit? In what state is the main wedding room when you are shown around? If you find the process isn't seamless and professional from the start chances are it might all go horribly wrong on your big day.
4. Added value - How eager is the venue to help with additional services? Many venues offer extra services for wedding receptions included within their packages? These may include flowers, the wedding cake or chair covers. Take this into consideration as it may make your life much easier and allow more time and money to pamper the bride.
My advice will be to see as many venues as possible. Compare like for like and find the venue that fit like a glass slipper. If all goes well this will be your only chance to make it a perfect day.