Trying to Decide on a Wedding Reception Venue? Here Are 4 Things to Consider

First of all, congratulations! You’re getting married! After you’ve celebrated with your closest friends and family, it’s time to sit down and start planning for your special day. There are so many details that go into the wedding planning process that it can often feel like there are endless decisions to be made. The time has come to order flowers, select your first dance song, and pick out a little something blue.

But, one of the most important steps in the planning process is to decide on the wedding reception venue that’s right for you. This is your first official party as newlyweds, and you’re celebrating with the people you care about the most. Be sure to make it a good one.

To help you jumpstart the planning process, here are four things to keep in mind when selecting your reception venue. Then take the quiz below to help you narrow down your choices!

1. What style of wedding are you envisioning?

Venues aren’t one-size- fits-all, so it’s important to make sure you have a clear idea of what style of wedding you want to have. Are you picturing a rustic barn wedding or an outdoor bohemian wedding? The feel of your wedding will also determine your location. For example, an urban NYC hotel won’t have the same feel as these Los Angeles wedding venues with oceanside views.

2. Is the venue full-service?

If you’re looking for a way to ease the stress of the planning process, it may be smart to consider booking a full-service reception venue. These locations will offer everything you need to have a successful event, from tables and chairs to catering essentials and linens. Venues that aren’t full-service, on the other hand, will require you to book all of your vendors separately before the big day.

3. What are the venue’s hours of operation?

Make sure you have a clear vision of the timeline of your wedding day before selecting your venue. Some locations have strict hours with no flexibility of extending that window of time while others charge a lofty fee if you’re looking to stay later into the night.

4. Is the venue within my price range?

Perhaps the most important thing to consider when choosing a venue is its price tag. If you have a limited budget but have your heart set on a specific location, you may want to prioritize your spending with other vendors. For example, if you or your future spouse have artistic talents, you could take the DIY route for details like centerpieces and decorations. Take a look at this couple’s wedding who chose to incorporate the groom’s graphic design skills into the decor elements at their chosen Chicago wedding venue.

These are just four aspects of choosing a venue that you should consider during your wedding planning process. To get you thinking about other elements that will come into play on the big day, take this quiz from WeddingWire that will help you select a venue type based on your preferred style elements.

Debbie + Felix’s Golden Beach Romance Wedding!

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Our love story goes a little something like this…

Over 12 years ago Felix and I met on a church altar, as he was introduced to me as my new guitar player for a group I was in. (He told me that, I don’t remember lol) We went on to being friends and meeting up occasionally because we had a lot of mutual friends.

Felix says that I stood him up one night (for what was suppose to be our first official date), lol…very true. Because of that, we didn’t speak for a while. Fast forward 5 years, we found a mutual interest, House of Cards. We set up a time to watch it and hang out (the new season was said to be released in 4 months…bummer).

Later that week, we decided to hang out before the season would air. At that time, we haven’t seen each other in 4 months!! We went out, I was on crutches and he was so proud to be with me and my broken foot. I knew it was real from then. That was the official part of the introduction of our love story.

He proposed in Puerto Rico and we got married there as well. Choosing Puerto Rico as our destination wedding location was easy! Puerto Rico is beautiful, rich in culture, rich in activities and the FOOD AMAZING! It was fun, creative, filled with love and epic! One weekend filled with three epic days of activities. From ATV’s, to street fairs, to a large catered dinner at Raices, to the Bacardi Factory tour every detail was carefully thought out. My husband and I even rented a van to keep the traveling parties together (we even tried some singalongs). We created epic pieces like our guest globe and our mad-libs for the guest to share their blessings/date tips with us. The Mr & Mrs sign was a special project that we worked on together as well. It was simple, cute and fun! This Professional DIY Wedding was one for the books!


Unique Destination Weddings and Honeymoons With Terrasenses & Etica Events

Bahamas, Hawaii, Mexico … Destination beach weddings are super popular, and couples who go this route might have the difficult task of choosing which gorgeous part of the world to say their I Do s. †But there’s one country that is amazingly gorgeous that you may have not considered before: Ecuador.

Ecuador is a small country in South America that sits on the equator and has a tropical climate along the coast and a mild climate in the mountain areas. The language is predominately Spanish and the currency is the US Dollar, so there are no confusing cost conversions to deal with when budgeting for your wedding. †Ecuador is also the home to the Galapagos Islands, famous for giant turtles, Charles Darwin, and now, beautiful weddings.


For the last five years, Terrasenses and Etica Events have created luxury and environmentally responsible destination weddings and honeymoons in Ecuador for couples seeking something a little different and adventurous.  They take on a limited number of weddings every year so every event gets their full attention. They strive to create an event that is unique and personal to each couple, and they love working with DIY brides to bring their vision to life. Your wedding package includes everything you need for your big day, including your hotel stay, ceremony and reception venues, photography, food, cake, hair and makeup, and decor. Plus, we love Terrasenses and Etica Events for their commitment to the environment. Everything about your wedding is locally sourced in Ecuador – from the food to the flowers – and with certain locations you can even plant a tree in your name!


There are several wedding locations available, from the beach to the forest to the Amazon jungle to the Andes Mountains to the Galapagos Islands. AND, if you package your wedding event with a honeymoon in Ecuador, you can experience everything this diverse country has to offer. Take a look at their Destination Weddings and Honeymoons e-brochure on their website and gasp over the beauty of, well, everything. Seriously, every single wedding package looks like a fantasy. Choosing a wedding or honeymoon in Ecuador is the easy part – the hard part is deciding which location.

And because Terrasenses and Etica Events love DIY Bride readers, they have some special offers just for you:

  • Book a honeymoon with Terrasenses and Etica Events and receive†one massage or spa treatment of your choice per person at the Papallacta thermals + Turkish bath at the Thermal Steam Cave.
  • Complimentary hair styling, make-up, manicure, and pedicure if you book a wedding or vow renewal package over $10,000 (a $535 value).
  • Complimentary photography package (bride and groom getting ready, details, ceremony, and beginning of reception) if you book a wedding or vow renewal package over $15,000 (a $899 value).

Mention DIY BRIDE with your booking.

Be sure to follow Terrasenses and Etica Events on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date news about their wedding and honeymoon packages, and for the pretty pictures they post.


First and last photo credit: Juan Carlos Paredes Photography
Remaining photo credit: Terrasenses – JosÈ Luis Agualongo



DIY Bride has a financial relationship with Terrasenses and Etica Events, meaning we may have received compensation for this content and/or related content. We firmly stand behind our review and recommendation, and are committed to promoting only those companies we feel offer our community excellent products, ethical business practices, and outstanding customer service.

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