The wedding reception is when you'll get the opportunity to spend time with your friends and loved ones. The right reception venue can help you have a beautiful, stress-free event. When it comes to actually selecting a venue for your wedding reception, you need to balance many different factors and concerns. Here are five questions you can ask yourself to help you narrow down your selection:

1. Is the venue conveniently located?

If you're holding your wedding reception at a different location than your ceremony, you'll want to make sure the location is easily accessible. If the venues are too far apart, you'll have to account for travel time and the fact that your guests may not feel up to a long car drive. If possible, it's a good idea to choose a reception venue that's close to the site of your actual wedding.

2. How many people can the venue hold?

Weddings come in all different sizes. Some people prefer small, intimate gatherings, while others want a large party where they can invite everyone they know. Neither option is better than the other, but you'll want to make sure your reception venue can accommodate the size of your guest list. Ask the reception manager what their size limits are before booking the venue.

3. Does the venue have any time limits?

Some venues have time limits on how long a wedding reception can run. This is especially true of more popular venues with a high turnover. You'll want to be aware of any time limits so you can plan accordingly. If you want to party all night long, take care to find a venue that will allow you to use their space for a sufficient amount of time.

4. Is catering available on-site?

No wedding reception would be complete without delicious food. You'll want to have your food catered so you don't have to worry about cooking and serving it on your big day. If the reception venue you choose has catering available on site, that can solve two of your problems at once. Find out what your prospective venue offers as far as food and beverage service.

5. Does the venue offer a dance floor and a sound system?

The newlyweds' first dance is often a highlight of the wedding reception. If you plan to feature dancing at your wedding, you'll want to choose a reception venue that offers a dance floor. Make sure they also have a sound system available. If one isn't provided, you may need to hire a sound engineering company separately.