Venues: Three pieces of advice

Are you still looking for the perfect wedding venue? Here are three pieces of advice to help you settle on ‘the one’ (venue, that is)

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Are you still looking for the perfect wedding venue? Here are three pieces of advice to help you settle on ‘the one’ (venue, that is).

1. Meet Your Needs
Selecting a location that can cater for both your ceremony and reception, such as a hotel or homestead, can mean less stress on the day. You’ll save on travel time, especially if there is a place for you and your entourage to get ready before the ceremony and retire after the reception.
By hosting your reception at a hotel, guests will also be able to stay on site and leave the party at any hour, without having to drive anywhere. It’s also and easy way to carry on the celebration the next day with breakfast or lunch.

2. Reflect Your Theme
Fabulous locations abound, so choosing one for the ceremony can be tricky – especially as church vows are not a necessity for today’s brides and grooms. If you don’t have a particular place in mind for your day, narrow your search by first deciding on your wedding style and theme. Venues often have an events expert available who can assist you with planning your big day and will help bring your vision to life.

3. Budget Wisely
Your venue is likely to be one of the biggest expenses, and if your budget is tight you’ll probably need to be creative. Popular locations tend to charge more in summer or on weekends when the demand is high but you may be able to negotiate a lower price if you marry during the week or cooler months. Also make a list of all the details you want to include, such as audio equipment, an on-site bar and chair covers, and check whether they are offered on site. While there may be added charges, it is the best day of your life so it might be worth the extra cost!

For more venue help, checklists, timelines and mood boards, see our New Zealand Weddings Planner magazine – we promise it will become your go to guide for everything to do with organizing your day.


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