Planning your wedding reception can be challenging. Still, choosing the right venue can be half the battle—and hotels can be the solution. Hotels provide a luxurious, inviting atmosphere that is hard to find anywhere else, especially those in Albuquerque. Sound appealing to you? Follow our guide to learn everything you need to know about hosting your wedding reception in an Albuquerque hotel.
Choosing Your Hotel
Now that you know you want to host your wedding at a hotel in Albuquerque, you’ll need to find one that meets all your needs. Before you decide which one you want for your big day, make sure to:
- Determine Your Number of Guests—Before you get started with choosing your hotel, finalize your guest list. The number of guests you’re inviting to your wedding reception will influence your hotel decision. If your guest list is large, you’ll want a hotel with an expansive lobby to house all your wedding tables and chairs. For smaller guest lists, you’ll have a little bit more flexibility for size.
- Assess the Amenities—As you assess your options, consider what does your hotel have to offer you. You’ll want a hotel that offers amenities like made-to-order breakfast, as well as special honeymoon packages.
- Ask About Any Special Package Offers—Ask the Albuquerque hotel you’re considering for your wedding if they offer special rates for large events. Most likely, your hotel will have some sort of package deal for hosting receptions—be it a discounted honeymoon suite or an overall discount—especially if you’ll have multiple guests staying.
- Make sure that your guests will have proper transportation available to them, whether they are flying in from another city or just traveling from a nearby town—public transportation or taxis are helpful, as is ample parking. Choose a hotel to host your wedding that has plenty of safe and secure parking.
Every wedding reception, including those at hotels, require proper planning to ensure the day run smoothly. Consider the following for your big day:
- Food—Consult with your hotel to find out what they allow. If your hotel requires you choose from a specific list of caterers, analyze your options to determine which one best fits with your tastes. If you are allowed to bring in your own caterer, decide what which way you’d like to offer your food: buffet or served directly to the tables. From here, you can narrow down your options. Some hotels may offer discounts or special offers if you choose from their list of approved vendors, so it may be beneficial to check about that for the food and your wedding cake.
- Alcohol—Similar to your menu, some hotels may require that you utilize their bar, or they may allow you to bring in your own. If you can bring in your own bar, your drink options are endless. You can opt for a bartender that serves custom cocktails for a designated number of hours, then move to beer and wine only—or you can offer pre-mixed drinks. If you do serve alcohol, make sure that your guests have options for what to do after your wedding, whether that is finding a safe way home or having the option to book a last minute room at the hotel. It’s important all of your guests stay safe, and if they are drinking, they shouldn’t be on the road.
- Decor—One of the best things about hosting your wedding at an Albuquerque hotel is the included decor. Many hotels will have a southwestern style that looks gorgeous for any wedding. Ask your hotel if they offer rental linen or any other decoration items you may need. If not, plan accordingly.
- The “After Party”—After the majority of your guests have either headed back home or to their hotel rooms, the remaining group of your party may not be ready to call it a night. If you don’t have a plan in place, this could quickly become disorganized. As you and your guests book rooms, designate a few that will become the space for the “after party.” That way, those who want to go to bed can sleep in peace while others can keep the celebration going. Check to see if the hotel you’re considering offers any special promotions related to booking a block of rooms dedicated to the hotel guests or wedding party—this way, people can plan ahead and not have to worry about things at the last minute.
Last Minute Considerations
You probably have all your bases covered for your Albuquerque hotel wedding, but don’t forget these last few things:
- Ask About Parking—While many of your guests may choose to stay at the hotel, others may just be coming for the wedding and then going back home. Some hotels only allow customers to park vehicles. If your hotel does not allocate parking spaces for guests, make sure you provide alternative arrangements. Ask a day or two before your wedding, also, if there are vacant, available rooms for anyone who decides they want to stay over instead of driving home after the wedding
- Be Considerate—Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and you have every right to celebrate that. Still, be considerate of the fact that other people will be lodging in the hotel for the evening. If your friends and family have booked hotel rooms for the night, make sure they keep the noise down to a reasonable level.
- Bring Extras of Everything—Hotels will provide almost everything you need to make your wedding day special, but you’ll always want to be prepared in case Murphy’s Law strikes. Before you head over to the reception hall, pack extra trash bags, paper towels, bags of ice or anything else you think could come in handy—it’s better to be safe than sorry!
- Plan for Tips—Like any wedding, you’ll need to budget for tips to your caterers, bartenders, DJ and any other services you use. In addition to these, you may want to prepare a tip for any hotel employees who help out for your special day. They may not accept tips, but you will want to have them on hand just in case.