What to Consider When Searching for a Banquet Hall?

Find Your Perfect Banquet Hall

When choosing a banquet hall you want to make sure you find the perfect fit for your event. Every detail of the event must fit perfectly in the banquet hall you have chosen.
When looking for the perfect venue, you want to consider everything important to you. What do you feel when looking to make your event a success for all involved? Here are some items to think about.

Budget Range

Perhaps the first consideration when choosing a banquet hall should be looking at your budget and setting a budget range. On average, banquet halls cost about $1200 per hour to rent and operate. Certain sacrifices and compromises can be made to adjust this cost, but it’s important to set your budget and try to stay within the parameters of what you can afford.

Some venues charge extra for the rental of equipment. Make sure to factor in these costs when looking at your budget.

Another item to consider when setting your budget is the cost of the other services you will need for your event. If you are spending more than the average amount for dining services, you may need to cut back on the rental of your banquet hall. If you have many guests, inquire about whether each guest will raise the price of the hall or whether the number of guests doesn’t affect the budget.

Proximity to Venue

When you are inviting multiple guests to an event, you need to make sure that it is close enough that your guests will be able to attend. It is important to choose a venue that is close to the area from which you and your guests are traveling.

For example, if you have four banquet halls in mind, it might be a good idea to estimate the distance and commute time to each banquet hall. If you are booking a venue for a wedding reception, for instance, you will want to measure the distance between the ceremony and the venue. This will ensure that your guests will be able to make it to the venue. It also reduces the chance that they will get lost on the way there.

Some venues offer amenities for both ceremonies and receptions which is very convenient for guests, as there is no travel between the two. It is a great idea to look for a venue of this type. This can ensure safety and ease for guests as well as the wedding party.

Make a List of Requirements for Your Venue

Making a list of what you require in your banquet hall or venue is a very important part of choosing your venue. This list should contain what is important to you in your banquet hall. Some items to consider in your list are:

  • Capacity for Number of Guests
    If you have many guests, you’ll want to make sure that you reserve a banquet hall that will easily accommodate the number of guests you will be entertaining.
  • Type of Dining Availability
    This is important for your list of requirements because the way you serve your guests will set the tone for the event.
  • Bathroom Locations
    This may be an important item for your list.
  • Beverage Options
    Some venues don’t allow the serving of alcohol. Others may offer a full bar. You will want to know what types of beverages are offered or allowed in your chosen banquet hall.

There will be many other items you will need to add to your list. Just make sure that you are organized in creating the event that you are envisioning.

What Amenities Does the Venue Offer?

Ask the manager of the venue what amenities the venue will offer for your event. For example, do they provide equipment or decorations for the event? What about speakers? Do they connect you with string quartets or a DJ? It is important to know what each venue has to offer so that you can make the most of every opportunity and amenity available to you at your chosen venue.

Another question to ask your banquet hall is whether they provide catering options. This will be something you will want to know and take advantage of when you are booking your venue.

Consider the Aesthetics and Environment of the Banquet Hall

One of the most important and yet sometimes overlooked options for banquet halls is the aesthetic and environment of the venue. There are many styles of rooms that can be booked for events, and you will want to make sure that the venue you choose matches the character of the event you are planning.

Different Types of Dining Services

An important aspect of any event is the subject of how the food will be served. There are several options available. Here are some ways that you can entertain your guests in style while also satisfying their appetites.

  • Buffet Style
    Offering multiple options and allowing guests to choose what they want; the buffet style is one of the most popular dining styles for many types of events.
  • Reception Style
    This refers to a type of food service in which guests mingle, eat, and converse. It is a style of dining that accommodates groups of diverse attendees.
  • Food Stations
    Food stations are similar to buffets, but they have several differences. An event with food stations will offer different types of food at each station. Chefs will prepare the food in front of the attendees. Some examples of food stations include omelet stations, waffle bars, and prime rib carving stations.
  • Cafeteria Style
    A cafeteria-style dining experience is not dissimilar to a buffet. The difference is that with cafeteria-style dining, servers will choose portions for the guests and will serve the guests.
  • Plated
    With plated food service, guests will remain seated while meals are brought to them by servers. These meals typically have at least three courses, including a salad, a main course, and a dessert. It is a common service method for more formal occasions.
  • Pre-Set Service
    This may refer to foods like salads, breads, or desserts. It is not appropriate for meals that are served warm. It is a method in which food is pre-plated and set on the table, available to each guest when they arrive.

Visit the Hall

If possible, visit the hall you have chosen. Before finalizing any banquet hall, you will want to make sure that you accurately assess the hall and the space to be 100% sure that it is the type of space you need.

Contact Us and Book Well in Advance

Once you have chosen the banquet hall, it is recommended that you contact the event location and book well in advance. It is a wonderful way to make sure you are securing the hall that will suit your needs and make your event a success.

Lakeview Hills Country Club

If you’re in Michigan and looking to book a venue that has all that you need and more, look no further than Lakeview Hills Country Club. Between our award-winning wine list, our breathtaking views, and our beautiful event spaces, we offer everything you will need to create the event of your dreams.  Come set up your event in our brand-new outdoor pavilion. This beautiful space features mechanical walls, heat, electricity, and chandeliers. It seats up to 200 people, but this number can go up to 500 people when supplemented by an adjoining tent. See for yourself what elegance can be achieved using this beautiful space. Enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors combined with the comfort of an indoor space.  Inside our venue, the Lexington Ballroom is a full ballroom that can accommodate up to 275 guests and has a full dance floor, a bar, and space for a banquet. Looking for something a bit smaller? The Huron Room seats up to 120 guests with a bit of spillover for additional guests at the Tin Cup Sports Bar. If you’re ready for the ultimate cozy gathering, our San Marino Lounge seats up to 60 people and is perfect for your more intimate affair. We do recommend that you book as early as possible so book today at our website or call us at (810) 359-7333.

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