Top 5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue


Like most elements of planning a wedding, choosing the right venue can seem like an impossibly overwhelming task. Add in the fact that the location makes a huge impact on the overall tone of your ceremony and reception, and there’s a lot of pressure on one decision.

So how can you make sure you get it right? We’re glad you asked!

Here are 5 of our pro tips for choosing the perfect wedding venue…

1. Enquire about availability ASAP
Spoiler alert for when you start looking at venues: there are a lot out there. Researching and trying to nail down a shortlist can be the source of one inescapable headache.
That’s why enquiring about availability on your special date from the get go can be such an advantage. Most popular venues have quite a waitlist, so knocking out the ones that aren’t going to be practical due to unavailability can make the decision process a lot easier. It also ensures you won’t get your heart set on somewhere only to have your world come crashing down due to a calendar clash.

2. Think about the amount of work involved
A major factor that couples consider when booking a venue is cost, for obvious reasons. What they might not consider is how much that cost can influence the effort you’re going to have to put in.
You’re already busy planning every painstaking detail of your wedding and reception, so chances are you don’t want to be too hands on when it comes to making your venue look great. That’s why sometimes it’s better to resist the temptation of booking a function hall lined with felt walls and white trestle tables under the pretence of “we can spruce this up!”, and go for a venue that’s already established with a décor that you love.
Besides, we all know how those “easy looking” DIY Pinterest projects actually end up in real life…

3. Carefully consider location
This might seem obvious, but there are some really key factors you should consider when it comes to the location of your wedding. It’s not just about where is going to have a beautiful setting for your photographer to capture (although that’s important obviously).
The main thing to consider is how accessible a location is. As in, is there enough public transportation around? Or, if most of your guests are going to be driving, are there enough parking facilities? Can you budget in providing a shuttle bus from a nearby location? Your friends and family enjoying your special day is most likely important to you, so considering these factors ahead of time can really save you some drama and grumbling guests.

4. Visit at the same time that your wedding will be held
Once you’re past the initial research phase and are starting to physically scout out venues, it’s important to make sure you visit at least once at the same time of day that you’ll be getting hitched. Things like lighting, foot traffic, surrounding noise and more will all be different depending on the time.

5. Inquire about other bookings
Some venues will try to fit as many weddings in one day as possible, which means you could have another booking due before or after yours. It’s important to inquire about this and consider the ramifications when you do; what if the wedding before yours runs over time? What if yours is running over? What’s the maximum time you’re allowed to be in the venue?

The better equipped with answers you are, the better you can narrow down the never-ending list of wedding venues there are to choose from.
If you want somewhere that ticks all of these boxes and more, speak to Karyn at Melbourne’s The Manor On High. The Manor is inspired by 18th century French-Georgian styling and has three luxurious rooms to suit events of all sizes.

Manor on High

Manor on High

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The Perks of an Intimate Restaurant Wedding Reception


Everyone has a favorite part about a wedding; for the bride it may be the dress, for the groom is may be the party, and for the guests it could be the food. Either way weddings are a wonderful celebration and an opportunity to make your guests feel warm and welcome, but with the cost point of large weddings these days, the intimate restaurant wedding reception is gaining a lot of popularity.

Instead of deciding between Chiavari chairs and crisp white linens, couples are looking for a more personal wedding experience, filled with close family, good friends and great food. Restaurants make the perfect venue for an intimate wedding reception since food is often the biggest aspect.

And what do restaurants do best? Food.

“Our team loves creating specialized and prix-fixe menus for wedding receptions because it creates excitement for our team and allows us to get creative with the bride and groom”, says Chef Hart of Riverside Restaurant in the InterContinental Adelaide Hotel.

When couples pick their favorite cuisine or take the time to work with the chef to create a personalized menu they play a part in planning. They are able to share their tastes for cuisine with their guests and it can make the evening even more special.

Chef Hart states, “Surprisingly food costs are lower when chefs have more control”. Since chefs have relationships with vendors and have experience with seasonal meats and produce they can help guide the menu planning and save you money.

Overall the price point for a restaurant reception tends to be substantially lower. Restaurants are well equipped with tables, chairs and dinnerware, as well as fully stocked bars which help with all-inclusive pricing, saving you the costs of rental equipment, service, and bar service. This can help leave money for splurging on other things like that designer dress or premiere photographer.

Couple’s aren’t losing out on the intimate vibe either, by choosing private dining room options or full venue rental the reception is exclusive to those invited. An exclusive guest list can ensure that the stresses of co-mingling are avoided and each guest will get along fabulously. Couples also have the opportunity to talk to their guests in depth without having to do “rounds” throughout the night.

Another bonus is “décor du jour”. Restaurants are often expertly decorated by interior designers which add allure and panache to the space. Many restaurants will allow guests to bring flowers and small centrepieces to customize the space easily by transforming it into the picture perfect wedding.

For those considering a more intimate wedding the restaurant is the ideal wedding reception venue.

Canapes at Riverside Restaurant

Canapes at Riverside Restaurant

Champagne Bucket at Riverside Restaurant

Champagne Bucket at Riverside Restaurant