Choosing the right venue

Here in our beautiful corner of the world there is a wedding venue to suit all sizes and styles, from seaside, lakeside, urban, or country.
Of course the level of involvement that you wish to have will determine the location that is the best fit for you. Some prefer a more do-it-yourself style of function, while others would just like to turn up on the day and have nothing to worry about.
But don’t forget that as the reception is likely to take up the largest chunk of your budget, it is worth putting in a little more effort to find the perfect place for you.
Hotels, resorts, and events centres
With everything taken care of, there’s really no guess work involved. All you have to do is arrive, unpack, and be pampered.
Vineyards and wineries
What’s not to like about an outdoors wedding surrounded by vines? But yes, this is a weather-dependant choice requiring sensible footwear, so make sure that you have a rainy-day Plan B.
Gardens, parks, gazebos
A season-dependant favourite for the outdoors inclined. Plan for the best blooming season so photos are filled with flowers and green leaves.
Church halls and sports clubs
If you know how to make the most of a fairly stark space, this is the perfect option for an inexpensive, cheerful family-friendly occasion with all your favourite people.
Unique locations
It’s your special day, so why not make it super memorable by tying the knot on a boat, a hilltop, or even in your perfectly decorated backyard?

❏ Research: go online, ask friends, and ring suppliers to get some ideas. Enquire about capacity, cost, and availability, and definitely visit if possible. Photos are fine, but you might not get the right vibe once you’re there.
❏ Be clear on the budget, and be realistic about whether you are public gardens or five-star hotel.
❏ Does it meet your style and theme? A super formal venue won’t lend itself to a relaxed feel.
❏ Consider having your wedding on a weekday, as you may be able to negotiate a cheaper rate.
❏ Having the ceremony and reception at the same place will save on transport costs.