Overwhelmed with all options? Confused by add-ons? Not even quite sure what you’re looking for? TheWinehouse’s Kylie Elliott shares 5 tips for making the process of decoding your first instincts a breeze.
Pay attention to how you feel
When you step into the venue, do you feel an instant sense of at-ease and happiness that mirrors how you want to feel on the day?
Rapport is important
Pay close attention to how the venue staff interact with you. You should feel welcomed, and that anything you share about your big-day vision is met with an enthusiastic attitude.
Can you see yourself getting married there, and does the venue fit with any plans you have already made in terms of big-day set up or styling? Consider the flow of people, and how the timeline and proceedings will take place in the spaces on offer.
Some venues have onsite caterers who you’ll have to use for your reception – be sure you are as happy with their offerings as you are with the venue itself. Look for a varied and flexible menu that can cater to any specific requirements you or your guests may have.
Remember your budget
Be sure to collect a clear quote from the venue, and ask about added costs: will there be a cake-cutting charge? Corkage costs? Overtime fees? Who’s in charge of clean-up the next day? Will someone be available to help set up decorations and table settings?
Queenstown’s The Winehouse is a unique, historic building with a homely, rustic and spacious feel. Set amid manicured gardens with sweeping views over Gibbston Valley, the venue boasts fresh, seasonal inhouse catering, elegant interior design and ample spaces for your ceremony – think a croquet lawn and a “secret garden” – as well as pictureque indoor back-up options. Visit winehouse.co.nz.