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Banquet Halls - Receptions - How To Choose The Best Facility For Your Big Event

Author : Stephen Daniels

While organizing a big event such as a wedding reception, a company get-together or a fundraising event in the Chicago area, there are several essential details that should not be forgotten. Whether you are researching Chicago banquet halls, hotels or reception halls, some important considerations can help you pick the perfect venue for your special event.

Before you start your search, first and foremost, make a list of the basic logistics of your party or get-together. Be sure to start your shopping with information that includes:

* the desired date and time

* the number of expected guests

* the type of event (wedding, fundraiser, exhibition, business meeting, etc.)

* the budget

If you are planning a wedding/reception combo, or just the vows ceremony, there are plenty of Chicago wedding venues that are both classy and affordable. Considering the size of your party and the budget will help narrow down the many choices available to you and get the planning stage underway.

What type of venue best suits your needs? Hotels and restaurants can be ideal rehearsal dinner or wedding reception sites, as they offer food and hospitality to your guests. If you are looking for a more unique setting, there are historic homes, buildings and mansions in Chicago that offer a one-of-a-kind ambience that is impossible to duplicate at more modern convention centers or hotels.

On the other hand, ballrooms, reception halls and big tents for outdoor gatherings are highly versatile spaces, and can serve as great locations for a party, whether it is a casual summertime get-together or a formal affair. Banquet halls, which are usually rented for formal meals, also serve as great spaces for a reception, corporate party or other event. If you need a stage, dais or even dance floors for more festive parties, most of these sites can accommodate your requirements.

It's a good idea to go over all your options and find a site that fits all your needs, both in terms of space and ambiance. In a large metropolitan area like Chicago, other important considerations include location within the city, ease of access from the airport or interstate, and parking for your guests.

Once you have narrowed your list down to the top candidates, the fun part of the planning begins. At this point, it is essential to visit the potential locations to experience the ambience first-hand. Of course, if meals or hors d'oeuvres are part of the deal, you'll want to sample the food to help you decide on the menu. Check out the ease of transportation and parking facilities. Make sure it is easy to find, even in inclement weather. While visiting and tasting, gather information, pictures and price quotes on all the places you visit, because those documents will help you in your final decision.

If you are looking into Chicago banquet halls, reception halls, or any other venue, make sure the space is really large enough to accommodate your expected number of guests - plus a few more, just in case. If you have to hire servers, entertainment, DJs, speakers etc., be sure the location can hold these additional people, and get a price for providing them food and drink too. Look into any deals, discounts or extra amenities that may be available, and that will separate one venue from others you are considering.

When it comes to booking a quality location, the recommendations of friends and associates should never be overlooked. Online review sites can also be very helpful in separating the best of Chicago banquet halls and wedding venues from the less desirable locations. Ensure your event is memorable for all the right reasons by doing some thorough research and planning.

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Stephen Daniels is an acclaimed internet marketing strategist. When searching for premiere Chicago banquet halls, he recommends European Chalet Banquets. With gourmet food, individual planning services and luxurious European-styled spaces, they work to provide the perfect venue for you and your guests.

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