One of the first steps you take in your Wedding planning process is selecting your Wedding Reception! There are many factors to consider when choosing your Wedding venue; location, size, packages & inclusions, photoshoot opportunities and having a personal connection with the venue. Here are a few questions to consider when selecting your Wedding venue – hopefully these narrow down your options and stresses!
Does the reception have spaces available to accommodate your guest size?
Capacity – your venue should have enough room to accommodate your guests comfortably. Always factor in room for chair movement, walkways and a generous dance floor space! Hyatt Regency Sydney offers two amazing venues; Maritime Ballroom and Grand Ballroom which both seat 600 and accommodate for 1000 cocktail.
Does the setting align with your Wedding theme?
Does your venue reflect the theme and style you have chosen for your Wedding? Choosing a reception that fits in and enhances your theme will enable your Wedding to feel more connected to the space! Below we have listed popular themes and venues in Sydney that are perfectly suited:
Traditional: Sofitel Sydney
Modern: The Lemnos Room, Clarence House
Unique: Le Montage, Navarra
Garden: Curzon Hall, Navarra
Rustic: Linseed House, The Grounds of Alexandria
Art Deco: Conca D’oro
Boho: The Garden, The Grounds of Alexandria
Glamorous: ivy Ballroom, Merivale
Food and beverage offerings:
Whether you’re planning to have a traditional multi-course meal or a shared buffet feast, you need to know the food and beverage packages your venue offers! Does the venue offer canapes on arrival, are drinks and alcohol included in the package, can the venue customise a menu best suited to you if not do they have a list of recommended caterers? These are all questions you need to be asking when enquiring about a venue. Did you know Navarra offers mouth-watering food stations for Weddings? This offering is as unique as it is delicious – your guests will be left amazed and hungry for more!
One of the most important tips we can offer; all-inclusive Wedding packages will make your day a lot easier and save you more $$$. Ask the venue what inclusions are in their packages; linen, cutlery, crockery, centrepieces, chandeliers, backdrops, AV and sound, dance floor etc. Having all of these elements included in your package will save you $$$ hiring and purchasing, work with what the venue provides and then feel free to add on your extras. Clarence House Venues offer their Couples packages which are always tailor-made to suit each Couple’s needs, truly making each Wedding unique and special!
We hate to bring the dreaded Wedding budget into the mix, but this is something you’ll have to factor in before choosing your Wedding venue. Many venues provide a set price per head guide with their packages but it’s best to contact them to see what inclusions they offer and whether you can add/take out certain elements. Also something to keep in mind is the day of the week you choose to get Married as some venues offer special packages for mid-week Weddings!
Are there photoshoot opportunities at your venue?
Ensure that your venue has a variety of locations with beautiful backdrops and surroundings where you newlyweds can take more memorable photos! Curzon Hall by Navarra is an iconic heritage castle with beautifully manicured gardens – the photo opportunities are endless!
If you’re yet to book your venue, you can find exclusive offers from all of these incredible venues in our Little White Book!
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