Do you have any advice on what to look for in a wedding venue?

there are so many options, I was wondering what I should keep in mind

Question Asked: 12/05/2017

Wedding Date: 9/08/2018

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Mercure Canberra

(14) · Canberra

Posted: 15/06/2017

What is most important to you. If it's the food and wine element, the size, the location, the flexibility you need in a venue all of these things need to be considered. It would be great if you had the time to sit down with your partner and make a list of the things that are most important to you. Once you have a list pick the 3 things that you both like, look for venues that boast those things. At least it a starting point :)

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The Holroyd Centre

(11) · Merrylands, Sydney

Posted: 7/06/2017

Hello, For every Bride and Groom, your Wedding Day is a really important and special milestone in your life and the journey you are about to embark on together.

Firstly, it is important to know what you and your fiance want, what you both like/don't like, what are your must have's and what are your negotiables, here are a list of preliminary thoughts and questions you may like to review and consider:

  • What do you want your Wedding Day to be like?
  • Are you looking for a venue that will plan with you and provide you with experience and industry contacts?
  • Are you looking for a venue that can help you with Ceremony to Celebration offers?
  • How many guests are you inviting?
  • What is your budget?
  • What date do you want to hold your Wedding? Is the date in the peak of the wedding season? Is your ideal venue available?
  • Is your ideal venue easily accessible and have easy parking options available?
  • When talking to venues, really understand what it is that they do offer for instance, set-up of your room, decorations, staff, catering options even consider whether there are additional charges for equipment and/or requests. For instance our venue includes everything, room set-up, linen, cutlery, crockery, glassware, food and beverage service staff, we serve tea and coffee to your guests at dessert time, we do not charge our clients for special dietary requirements, or for alternate meal service - even the little things we take care of for example providing Champagne Flutes for the Bride and Groom Toast or a cake knife for you to cut through your wedding cake.
Best wishes from the Holroyd Centre Events Team, we hope you find your Wedding Venue!
Taronga Zoo Weddings

(76) · Mosman, Sydney

Posted: 31/05/2017

This is a good question, but one that is also incredibly personal! Your venue is probably the most important piece to setting the scene for your wedding. You should always be prepared with your dreams and ideas before starting the venue search so that you know what questions to ask. Maybe you want a ceiling installation, but not all venues can accomodate this so it is good to get these questions answered up front.
What you really want to look out for, is a venue that can make all or most of your ideas come to life, from the obvious number of guests, down to having a special custom wedding cocktail.

Werribee Open Range Zoo

(8) · Melbourne, Werribee, Hoppers Crossing

Posted: 17/05/2017

Good Afternoon!

Choosing a wedding venue can be overwhelming with so many options available. I suggest sitting down with your loved ones and discussing everything that you would like to be at your wedding. Narrowing down to 3-5 must haves for your wedding venue! This will help to trim down your initial search before you start to request venue information. From there pick your top 5 venues and start booking in site inspections. The first question you should always ask is: do they have availability on your preferred date? You will find key dates book out years in advance at many venues. So a specific date is important to you, this can be a deciding factor! Hope this helps as you begin your planning J

Red Scooter The Unique Events Venue

(56) · Victoria

Posted: 17/05/2017

While there are many wedding venues choosing the right one for your celebration should be taken very seriously. The venue plays an extremely important role in your wedding, but you may not realise exactly how the venue can lead to the success or downfall of your wedding.

The venue plays a role in the photographs, the setting, accessibility, décor and overall appearance. Choosing a venue that has a nice setting, plenty of room and can accommodate your guests can be tricky. You need to consider the music; the food and everything you need to have readily accessible at your ceremony venue.

Gibraltar Hotel Bowral

(32) · New South Wales - Statewide

Posted: 16/05/2017

Great question,

An all in one venue is especially attractive for you and your guests, somewhere that can offer you the ceremony, reception and accommodation for all of your guests at the same venue. This means you won't have the expense of having to hire cars to take you from where you get ready, to the ceremony and then onto the reception and your guests won't have to worry about transport to the ceremony and reception, nor will they be at a loose end while the bridal party are off having photo's between the ceremony and the reception.

If you are looking at an outdoor ceremony ask you venue what their wet weather back up is. The weather is something no one can predict or control, for piece of mind you want to make sure the indoor wet weather back up is equally as stunning as your preferred outdoor ceremony location to avoid last minute disappointment and stress on the Big Day.

It's also a great idea to ask your venue what facilities they have for after the reception finishes, often your guests will want to continue celebrating, e.g. does the venue have a bar, how late is the license and how late will it stay open, Can they guarantee the Bar will stay open for your guests after the receptions ends. Its nice for the guest who want to keep celebrating to be able to do so with out having to be split up and catch cabs to another offsite venue.

Best of luck with the plans for your Wedding.

Midginbil Eco Resort

(20) · Far North Coast / Byron Bay / Lismore / Hinterland

Posted: 15/05/2017

my advice is to read as many reviews as possible and make sure they are recent, ask the venue to send you their recent reviews, accept there may be the odd bad one from bridezillas but they should have lots of great reviews on hand


(21) · Victoria

Posted: 15/05/2017

When you are looking for a place to get married you have to think about how you have envisioned the day! View the venue and you will know when you get the right feel! Don't forget to try the food :)

Pavilion on Northbourne

(7) · Canberra

Posted: 15/05/2017

Hi there!

Congratulations on your engagement! The first things to look for in a wedding venue would be whether they can accommodate a) your preferred date and b) your expected numbers.

A great venue will offer to assist with all aspects of your wedding, and have services in place for all of your unique needs, while still having flexibility to allow you to do certain things yourself if that is your preference.

You should ensure your chosen venue is transparent about what they can and can't provide, and the costs involved.

Last but not least, nothing beats an amazing, attentive, reliable event coordinator. When you submit inquiries to different venues, I recommend keeping an eye on the event coordinator's response time. When your wedding date is close, and you're feeling anxious, you want to know your venue contact will respond to you within 24 hours and not leave you hanging!

It's also useful to find a venue that has accommodation onsite (i.e. a hotel or resort), or has a few accommodation options nearby.

Best of luck finding your perfect venue!

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