Weddings are one of the most joyous occasions in everybody’s lives. It deserves to be celebrated and cherished for years to come. To make that perfect dream wedding happen, there’s a lot of careful planning that goes behind it. You might be feeling overwhelmed by the infinite number of questions running through your mind. ‘Where do I start?’ ‘How do I find the right banquet?’ Well lucky for you, we have curated a list of things that you need to consider before choosing the right banquet for your big day!
Weigh your wallet
Before you start looking for banquet halls, the first step is to set a budget. List out all the services and elements you require in a banquet hall like, accommodation, decoration and catering service and then calculate how much each overhead can sum up to. You must also pay attention to the intricate details like cost per plate of food and the floral decoration charges. By budgeting in advance, you can know the costs and compare it with what you can afford. Once you’ve set a budget for the banquet hall, you can start looking for halls that fit within that bracket.
Blue pin your guests
The next logical step after setting a budget is to roughly estimate the number of guests you are expecting. Only if you do that will you be able to find a suitable banquet hall that will accommodate all the guests, right? Depending on this number you can narrow down on the venues and check only the ones that fit your budget and the size. Most wedding planners advise going for a bigger hall than what you have in mind to avoid having a space crunch later.
Pick a prime location
Location is a very important factor while finalising the banquet hall for your wedding. Find a banquet hall that is easily reachable and accessible for all the guests. If not, you can arrange for some form of transportation. Little things like these matter a lot when it comes to weddings. Avoid picking a location that is too far from the heart of the city as your guests might have trouble commuting to such long distances.
The social infrastructure of the locality must be on point. Having a retail outlet nearby and a few ATMs can come in handy for all the last minute requirements. Inspect if the banquet hall has good connectivity with bus and train routes. Take Porur for example, it is close to the heart of the city with an amazing social infrastructure. It has all the basic shops and banks that can cover every wedding relate need.
Check if the banquet hall can accommodate your wedding theme
Choosing a wedding theme is an important aspect of wedding planning. It makes the job easier as it provides a framework within which you can execute your plans and ideas. Once you decide on the wedding theme, look for a banquet hall that has the layout and facilities that can accommodate it.
If you envision an intimate, casual, outdoor wedding that brings you one with nature, check if the banquet hall is blessed with lush green corridors. The decorations and interiors differ with themes so make sure you pick a banquet that incorporates various themes so that you are left with multiple options to choose from. Or if you wish for a traditional, southern-inspired wedding style with high raised pedestal, classical music and walls decorated with fresh flowers, ensure that you choose a banquet hall that has an interior to support such a ceremony.
Inspect the banquet hall in person
Most Indian weddings have several small and big events like Haldi, Mehendi, and Sangeet. Find a hall that can accommodate all the wedding ceremonies with ample amenities and facilities that cater to your guests. Following is a checklist of facilities that a good banquet hall must have:
- Abundant parking space
- On-site accommodation for single and group stay
- Power back up
- CCTV surveillance
- Availability of audio controller or DJ console
- Good ventilation
- Optimal air-conditioning
It’s best to evaluate the banquet hall in person and have a clear, elaborate discussion with the manager where both parties can discuss their terms. Focus on the menu and the food quality that you are offering. Try to arrange for services that offer a multi-cuisine spread as different people have different tastes and you must satisfy each one of your guests. A good outlay of delicious pastries and refreshing drinks is a good start.
With these tips in mind, you can turn that perfect dream wedding into reality. If you are on the lookout for the best banquet hall, consider Feathers. Our banquet halls are a perfect venue for your wedding as they’re located in the heart of Chennai, making it the ultimate go-to place.