What are reception venues?

Drinks at a wedding reception venueWhat is a wedding reception?

The party held after a wedding ceremony, a wedding reception is a key part of any wedding celebration.

As a space where guests can drink, dance, dine and mingle, a wedding reception venue plays a major role in the big day. And there are now more options than ever before when it comes to choosing the perfect reception venue.

What happens during a traditional wedding reception?

All weddings have a well-planned out running order designed to ensure that the day runs as smoothly as possible. The vast majority of traditional wedding receptions run to a similar schedule.

Midday- early afternoon 

This is the time when most church wedding ceremonies take place. Depending on the type of service you opt for, a ceremony can last between 30 minutes to an hour.


During this period of time, the wedding party arrive at the reception venue ready to celebrate the happy couple tying the knot. The wedding party, including the best man and the maid of honour, tends to take charge of the wedding transportation.


Cocktails and meet and greet! This is when guests will enjoy drinks and mingle. Dinner is generally announced before long and all guests are welcomed into the main dining room.

5.30pm onwards

Dinner is served to the guests, speeches and toasts are made, the cake is cut and the bride and groom are asked to take to the dance floor for their first dance as a married couple.

Wedding reception traditions

There are lots of elements associated with a traditional wedding reception, including the father of the bride’s speech, the best man’s speech, the cutting of the wedding cake and, of course, the first dance.

However, traditions vary widely across faiths and cultures. There are many religious ceremonies that have their own traditions. For example, a number of laws and traditions form the basis of many Jewish wedding celebrations, including signing the Kerubah, taking vows under the Chuppah, fasting on the day of the wedding, and a celebratory dance known as the Hora.

What to consider when booking a wedding reception venue

When it comes to booking a wedding reception venue, there’s a lot to consider, from  the venue’s location to its catering facilities, its capacity and any packages on offer.

First and foremost, you should always meet up with the venue’s events team, as they will play a core role in ensuring that your celebrations run without any hiccups. Don’t be afraid to ask to sample the menu too, request the venue’s rules and regulations when it comes to last orders and noise, and ask for a tour of all of the facilities.

This will allow you to gauge whether or not the venue is suitable for your wedding theme, guest list and bespoke requirements, even for small intimate wedding details.

Why choose The Brewery for your wedding venue?

In the heart of London, The Brewery is a wedding venue like no other. Our wedding licence includes every one of our unique rooms within the venue and allows us to host your wedding ceremony and reception on-site for between 40 and 1,000 guests.

Our dedicated wedding planner is on hand to guide you through the entire process, taking care of everything from the budget to the dietary requirements, meaning you can relax and enjoy the build up to your big day. And from the moment you get in touch, your allocated wedding planner will become your single point of contact.

Each room includes everything you need to create the wedding you envisage – from LED lighting, PA systems and Wi-Fi.

To find out more about having your wedding at The Brewery, get in touch. Our friendly, helpful and professional team is always on hand to answer any of your questions when it comes to helping you to find the perfect wedding venue reception.