Pros and Cons of the Most Popular Venue Types

Whether you envision your wedding held in a hotel ballroom, a trendy bistro or a sunny backyard, there are pros and cons to consider for each. Here, what you need to know before you book.


Getting married at a hotel or resort is a popular choice. The number-one draw? Convenience for you and your guests.hotel-wedding


Experienced staff
“Hotels are accustomed to entertaining and hosting large groups of people,” says Cowie. “Here, you have a full infrastructure and team you can rely on.”

Rentals included
Because hotels typically provide everything you need to host your wedding, you won’t have to worry about bringing in lots of tables, chairs, linens, dishes, silverware, and stemware.

Built-in accommodations
You will often be able to reserve a block of rooms for your out-of-town guests at a discounted rate. And many hotels offer wedding packages that include free honeymoon stays.


Lack of flexibility
Depending on the hotel, your ability to rearrange the tables to suit your preferences may be limited. “Some banquet managers can be set in their ways and make it difficult to change things up,” says Blum.

Hidden costs
It’s important to find out exactly what’s included in your wedding—and what’s not. “For a hotel wedding, inquire about cake-cutting fees, valet costs, and overtime charges before signing a contract,” advises Pryor.

Other Restrictions
You may have to use the hotel’s vendors, such as the florist and/or lighting designer.

Photo Credit: Avery House

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