Wedding Reception Venues

Finding A Wedding Reception Venue in North Dakota

You’ve gotten engaged! It’s a good thing. Now comes the dress, the bridesmaid party, the bachelor party, the DJ, the party, the food, the fun. But, have you picked your location? The venue? The party room? The all-too important wedding reception venue? It’s quite possibly one of the most important things you have to do when planning your wedding. Things are different in North Dakota from planning a wedding a Chicago. So, what types of things should one look for when looking for the right reception site in North Dakota? We believe we have some answers for you.

Is The Venue Large Enough?

How many guests do you have attending your wedding reception? What’s your RSVP list consist of? Have you asked important questions to hotel coordinators or event planners across Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks or Minot? When you tour facilities in North Dakota, you’ll most likely be viewing empty space, unless you’re lucky enough to tour on a day where a wedding reception is planned. If this is the case, you’ll get the see the room completely set for the reception that evening and get a great idea of  how many people the room holds, the decorations the venue provides and the overall ambiance of the facility. It’s very important that you consider tables, chairs, the buffet, a bar, the band or DJ setup, the dance floor and everything else that goes into planning this single night’s activities

Eating, Drinking and Partying Areas

The dinner is important, very important. People like to drink at receptions and that’s no secret. When the party begins, do your guests have enough room to have fun? Will the bar be too crowded? Is there ample overflow to a hotel bar or designated smoking areas? Are the bathrooms nearby? Is the dance floor the perfect size for your event? If a room is too small, your  reception will feel cramped.  When you’re looking for a wedding reception venue in North Dakota, make sure you pay special attention to obstructions in the room that are unavoidable. Will the DJ have a great space to set up and entertain? Is the dance floor in an area that is the center of attention or is it stuck in a small corner where nobody will congregate? Are there huge columns throughout the room obstructing the view of slideshows or video presentations you might have during the dinner? Can everyone see the best man give the toast? Will the head table be elevated? These are all important factors to consider when trying to find the best wedding reception location in North Dakota.


Does your venue have plenty of lighting if you’re getting married earlier in the day? Does the reception area have dimmers so you can set the perfect light level for dinner and then for the dance later? Do you want candle lighting? Does the venue allow candles? Again, very important questions to consider when seeking wedding and wedding banquet locations in Fargo-Moorhead, Bismarck, Minot or Grand Forks.

Ample Outlets

One of the most frustrating things a DJ can experience when trying to set up for your wedding reception dance is to NOT have enough outlets for his or her equipment. Do your entertainment company a favor and double check the venue you select for a good amount of outlets in the room. The last thing you want to happen is to have the DJ arrive on site to set up and then have to struggle to get going all because a simple power cord doesn’t reach or an outlet doesn’t work. Most hotels and other locations known for wedding reception planning do not have an issue with this, however you will run into other locations in North Dakota that are smaller or more unique for wedding receptions that may be limited on power sources. The bottom line, do you really want the bride, the groom, the best man or even one of your parents running to the local Walmart to grab an extra long extension cord?

Plenty of Parking

One of the biggest complaints we hear from people who have had wedding receptions in Fargo is the fact that parking is almost always an issue. The hotel is full. The venue has multiple events. The parking lot is just too small. We’ve heard them all. Make sure the site you choose for your wedding AND wedding reception has ample parking for all. If parking is a problem, look for other ways to get everyone to the party. Consider a hotel shuttle van, a party bus or even a limousine company. Don’t let problems with parking affect the outcome of this special day for you and your fiance’.

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