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- Reception venue ideas for your big day
- Choosing the best reception venue for you
- Home, away, indoor, outdoor and more
- Part 1 of reception venue ideas feature
Reception venue ideas
27 April 2012
From the pages of CWS 32
Wondering where to begin when it comes to choosing your ideal wedding ceremony and reception venue? Here are some reception venue ideas to guide you.
Reception venue ideas: Home or away?
Sydney’s vibrant environment and majestic skyline can play host to a spectacular wedding, however a reception venue idea is to have your big day out of town and take advantage of the peace and quiet of the country.
“Some brides seek peaceful surroundings, natural settings and to infuse the wedding theme with their own down-to-earth personal touches,” says Lee Cass from event co-ordination company Lenore K. “In contrast, reception venue ideas in the city can be a reminder of work, noisy streets, polluting traffic and skyscrapers — I dare say, not the Mills and Boon touch for some!”
Other factors encouraging couples to opt for countryside reception venue ideas include accommodation availability and cost. Some reputable wedding premises can be booked up to two to three years in advance during peak wedding season (September in spring), which may cause some couples to think of reception venue ideas out of town.
Outer Sydney and regional reception venue ideas can also be better value for those on a tight budget; they may be able to make their dream wedding come true at a fraction of what it would cost in the city.
Whether you choose to have your big day in the heart of Sydney or in outback New South Wales, it’s important that the reception venue idea is one where you will feel most happy and comfortable.
Reception venue ideas 2: All-in-one or two locations?
Are you planning on having your ceremony at one location and the reception at another? An alternative reception venue idea is to have one location play host to both their ceremony and reception.
“For those couples who are after a religious ceremony or a ceremony at a desired location, such as a beach or a specific park or garden, they may need to have separate ceremony and reception venues,” says Riley Veldekis of Eventful Elegance. “However, couples who are happy to have a celebrant or a religious leader who doesn't need to marry them inside a place of worship may enjoy having their reception and ceremony at the same venue.”
A single ceremony and reception venue idea may be easier for you and your guests and this could save you money in terms of car hire. Some venues also offer couples a discounted rate if they have both the ceremony and reception there.
Reception venue ideas 3: Outdoor or indoor?
Another reception venue idea brides must consider is to have it indoor or outdoor. Do you want to bask in the sunshine of a warm spring day as you marry or are you just as happy to walk down the aisle of a church or reception hall? It all depends on you as a couple and how you envisage your wedding.
Naturally, the biggest risk in having the reception venue idea of an outdoor wedding is the weather. “As a planner I practice ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’, which means every outdoor wedding I plan and coordinate, I treat as indoor and have an undercover option in case the weather turns for the worst,” says Lee Cass, lead wedding planner of Lenore K.
“Of course, hiring a marquee is an added cost but if the ceremony and guests absolutely cannot squeeze into the reception venue, then every dollar spent is worth a million dollars in dry feet and happiness,” says Cass.
Check out part two of this guide coming soon.