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Whether you’re hands-on or would rather just turn up and have nothing to worry about, your level of involvement will determine which location is the best fit for your wedding.
And it is worth putting in a little more effort to find the perfect place for you both, as the reception is likely to be the largest chunk of your budget.
Vineyards and wineries:
Outdoors under the grape arbour, surrounded by vines: what’s not to like? But this is a weather-dependant venue, so make sure to plan for every possibility.
Hotels, resorts, and events centres:
Everything is taken care of, all you have to do is arrive, unpack, and be pampered. Just remember to replace the dressing gown with your wedding dress before you step out ...
Church halls and sports clubs:
Perfect for the organised person who knows how to dress-up a blank slate, this is a good option for an inexpensive, cheerful family-friendly occasion to share with your favourite people.
Gardens, parks, gazebos:
A great option, but book early, and plan for the best blooming season so the photos look amazing. Uniquely repurposed Does a friend have a beautiful backyard, or perhaps a boat? Think outside the square for your nuptials for a truly memorable day.
A la carte, buffet, finger food, or food trucks - the menu will depend on your choice of venue. A la carte and buffet are best for a more formal traditional ceremony.
Have an idea of how many wedding guests and check the venue capacity, and whether there are other bookings at the same time. Be clear on the budget, and be realistic about whether you are public gardens or five-star hotel.
Research: go online, ask friends, and ring suppliers to get some ideas. Enquire about costs and availability, and definitely visit the space. Photos are great, but you might not get the right vibe once you’re there.
Does it meet your style and theme? A bouncy castle won’t lend itself to chic and modern, or a super-formal venue to a relaxed feel.