The venue you choose for your reception should be as perfect as your wedding day itself. When shopping for a wedding venue, consider how much space you require, the visual quality of the venue surroundings, and the amount of creative control you expect.
Look for Ample Space
- The average number of wedding guests in 2011 was 138, according to TheWeddingReport.com. Choose a venue that gives your guests enough space to mingle and enjoy themselves. Aim for a venue with high ceilings and a maximum capacity above the number of guests you expect. A 3,400 to 3,600 sq. ft. space can accommodate 150 for a seated dinner and 200 for a standing cocktail reception.
Consider the View
- Because it will be the backdrop for thousands of wedding photos, pick a venue with visually pleasing backgrounds. Ask yourself if there’s enough natural light and interesting views, like the sunset or city skyline. A venue with glass walls is great for providing these backdrops while protecting you from the uncertainties of weather.
Choose a Venue that Gives You Creative Control
- Some wedding venues pull out the same old tables, chairs, and linens that they’ve used a thousand times in previous weddings. While well-maintained facility equipment works fine for some brides and grooms, others prefer a little more say in what decorative and functional items to include in a wedding reception. Pick a wedding venue that allows you to exercise creative control while providing the technical infrastructure like adjustable lighting, high-quality sound systems for music and microphones, and a fully-equipped kitchen for the caterer.
The Glasshouses offers two possible wedding reception locations, both with floor-to-ceiling glass window walls and stunning waterfront views of lower Manhattan, the Upper West Side, and the Hudson River. Explore our event spaces in the up-and-coming NYC neighborhood of Chelsea to see if it’s the right location for your reception. Give us a call at (888) 803-8573 for more information.