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Otago just about has the lot when it comes to type, style and size of venue for wedding receptions.
From beaches to mountain lodges, vineyards to historic homesteads, railway stations to castles and country homes, five-star hotels to local halls, museums to marquees on the lawn, restaurants to racecourses, there are numerous venues for the celebratory receptions to be held.
Some couples already know exactly what they want. If so they should make contact to ensure it fits in with their budget and secure the desired date. If they're not sure they should visit a selection, meet their function managers, have a guided tour of the facilities and discuss all their requirements.
Professionals can guide bridal couples and family members assisting with the organisation of the wedding to suitable solutions, whether it is for a gathering of 150 people or 15. It might be a sit-down luncheon or dinner, a buffet, or drinks and finger food. Most venues have a swathe of menus available, or can have the chef tailor one to the particular style of reception.
One of the important aspects of any venue is its atmosphere. Don't be put off by stark spaces as most look this way when they are empty. Once the tables are set, the flowers in place and the guests have arrived, the warmth and conviviality will be palpable!
Although at the time of booking a final count is not expected, it is imperative that closer to the time the function manager is given the exact number of guests attending. It is usual for a written estimate to be sent to whoever is holding the purse strings for the reception, and when guest numbers are finalised a firm quote is then given.
TIP: If it is an evening reception candles can add a special magic. If the venue itself does not provide candleholders these are available at most hire firms if a number are required.