The venue can create the perfect backdrop to your wedding ceremony and celebrations, contributing towards the overall theme and atmosphere. Whether it be rustic charm or sophisticated splendour, intimate or elaborate, an idyllic setting makes for a memorable occasion.
While the type of wedding that you and your partner want remains the most important consideration, several other factors need to be weighed up when looking for the ideal spot. The venue's capacity will impact directly on the number of guests you are able to invite, while your budget will also determine whether you go for a casual breakfast reception or a lavish evening affair at a top hotel. The time and season also count, and while it's unwise to host a garden reception during the rainy months, it is equally important that you check whether venues will be airconditioned in summer and, if necessary, heated in winter. An outstanding variety of venues is available in this province, with some catering for theme weddings and many able to offer facilities for both the ceremony and reception.
Small, informal weddings are ideally suited to a home reception, although it could also be a grand affair if that's what you would like. This type of wedding requires careful planning and a high degree of personal input, as every little detail is the responsibility of you and your helpers. It's probably a good idea to enlist extra domestic help, as well as allocating specific tasks to your friends and family. Caterers can be of great assistance if it is a fairly large wedding. Also, don't forget about toilet facilities - you may need to hire portable amenities for the occasion.
Hire a marquee if you are going to hold the reception in the garden - it might just rain on the day. If you are also planning to get married in the garden, first consult with the minister, as some are not comfortable with the idea. Remember that all weddings require a covering under which the marriage ceremony takes place. Make sure there is sufficient space for cars and guests, that neighbours are forewarned, and that pets are kept out of the way.
These are more formal venues, which have the benefit of being able to accommodate a large number of people. Remember that there is a great deal of work involved in this choice of venue too, as a hall requires a lot more effort to decorate and personalise, and you will still have to hire of large proportion of what you need. Additional lighting is another detail that may have to be considered. Check whether there are any restrictions you should know about, such as no alcohol being allowed on the premises. You will need to book caterers, checking whether the facilities at the venue are sufficient for their needs. While church and community halls usually have adequate parking facilities, you may have to enquire about hiring car guards for the duration.
HOTEL, COUNTRY CLUB OR RESTUARANT
A popular option if looking to cut down on wedding day stress, these venues provide a professional service, ensuring the smooth running of proceedings. This means that everyone attending the wedding is able to enjoy being treated as a guest, with the family free to host the function. Apart from their professional approach and flexibility, references and standard of work may be verified.
Your choice of venues is almost limitless, from intimate restaurants and informal garden settings to elaborate ballroom receptions. These days it's possible to get married at the same place as the reception as a number of venues have chapels or gazebos and provide a complete wedding service, from hiring the minister to supplying hairdressers and beauticians on the day. This simplifies travelling and time constraints for everyone involved, from the bridal party to guests.
When booking the reception you need to enquire about any special packages that may be available and get a detailed, written quote. A deposit is also expected as a guarantee. Be sure to check exactly what the hotel will supply, such as a microphone and podium for speeches, special vegetarian, kosher or halal menu options, accommodation discount for the wedding party, honeymoon suite for the bridal couple, and free use of barmen and waiters. A safe place must also be provided for the gifts during the function. Finally, remember that early booking is essential!
Some venues, such as clubs and hotels, include décor as part of the total package. Function managers of these venues are usually very experienced and can offer lots of helpful advice. If doing the décor yourself, there are many other sources of inspiration, from bridal fairs and magazines to specialist party shops and hiring companies. You may very likely have your own ideas that will enhance and embellish the overall theme of your wedding, such as draping, special lighting and additional flower arrangements. If stuck for ideas or a plan of action, especially if it's going to be a very large, elaborate affair, consider enlisting the aid of a function coordinator to help you realise your vision.