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Rochester Wedding Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners & Bridal Showers

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Your reception should be the perfect ending to a perfect day.
It is the time to relax and enjoy the company of the people who are celebrating your new life.

Reception Site Options

Your Rochester area reception site should suit the style of your wedding. If your wedding is very formal, a more formal site would be in order. If your wedding is very relaxed, perhaps a reception at a park would be the right choice for you. Some choices available are Rochester and local area hotels, restaurants, party houses, country clubs, your house of worship, parks or other public outdoor sites, or even private homes, such as your own or your parent’s. Consider how far the site is from your wedding site, and how easy it will be for your guests to find.
When you have decided on the type of site you want, ask among your friends and family for recommendations. Find out where they have been that the food was very good, the site very pretty, etc.

  • The most common sites: party houses, hotels, or banquet halls generally provide their own catering. They can also take care of all the other details of the reception, so that you will have less to coordinate.
  • If you opt instead for a house of worship, make sure you check if there are any restrictions on alcoholic beverages or music. Ask what the fee for using the facilities will be, and if they will allow you to bring in a caterer. Make sure all equipment and facilities are available, such as a kitchen with refrigerators and stoves, if you need these.
  • If you choose a private home, make sure that you have enough room to accommodate all of your guests. You (or your family) can prepare the food, but that might be adding a lot of extra stress and work to an already busy day. You may want to look for a caterer to take care of the menu. Arrange for the rental of any equipment that you will need. Make sure there is adequate parking for your guests. You have to determine if there are adequate rest room facilities available. You must also provide for the chance of bad weather, either by moving the party inside or having a closed tent.

Traditional (On-Site) Rochester Area Reception Locations

These are the sites most traditionally associated with receptions: party houses, restaurants, banquet halls, and country clubs. These sites will have all of the amenities you will require, all equipment and services that you will need. These sites provide you with one-stop shopping and are the most convenient.

How Big A Room Will You Need?

The very first thing you and your fiance need to do is make a list of who you are going to invite, in order to get an approximate number of guests. The total number of guests will determine the amount of room you need. Try to get this count as accurate as possible. You don’t want 200 people crowded into a room that only holds 100, and you don’t want 50 people spread throughout a room that holds 300.
After you have made an initial list, call around to some of the sites you think you may be interested in. Ask for a tentative price range. Then look at your budget. If the banquet hall charges $25 per person, and you have $3,000 budgeted for the reception, then the 100 people on your guest list are well within budget. But, if you have 500 people on your list, then you have to either rethink the size of your reception or take some other cost-cutting measures.

Make An Appointment

After you have made some preliminary decisions, call the sites you have been considering and (if applicable) ask to meet with the banquet manager or catering director. Take a tour of the facilities, and look at the room you are interested in. Bring your list of Questions to Ask to this meeting. Make sure you are fully satisfied before you leave. Ask if this particular person will be on hand at the time of your party, and if not, who will be.

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