Finding the Perfect Wedding Venue

You’re Engaged ,yay!!! All these thoughts start going through your mind and one of the things you picture is WHERE will your wedding be? WHAT WEDDING VENUE will be that perfect setting for your wonderful wedding day?

Melbourne and Victoria are filled with such beautiful choices but where do you start and how do you know which venue is the right one for your wedding?

Some of you already have a picture in your mind so can narrow down the shortlist or you may be that bride that has no clue where to start. Have no fear YOU WILL find the perfect venue

If your that bride that has no clue where to start… 

  • Close your eyes and think about your day
  • Where do you SEE yourself saying I DO?
  • Where do you see yourself having the best celebration of your life
  • What’s your personal style?
  • Do you want your ceremony and reception together or just the reception?

These questions can all help with narrowing it down

  • Inspiration – Have a look on some wedding blogs – take notes on different weddings you like. You will be surprised that your natural instinct will start to create a pattern and you will automatically be drawn to particular styles.
  • Trust your heart and gut

Once you have narrowed down your style of venue

  • Search for venues in that style – from your notes you may have already found some venue options
  • Create a shortlist of venues to site inspect
  • Give each venue a buzz and check availability for your wedding date and package options
  • Book an appointment to see the venue

HOW WILL YOU KNOW IT’S RIGHT?

Every bride questions – is this right? is this the right dress, the right style for the wedding, the right flowers, the right venue?

1. Trust your instincts – it’s sounds silly but trust me when you walk into a venue and you can actually SEE yourself saying I DO in that particular spot under the arbour, spinning your first dance on the dance floor, sipping a cocktail during canapés. You will know it will FEEL RIGHT. Just like when you find your perfect dress when you put it on and your heart melts, you know!

2. Options. Never ever even if you love one particular venue never just see only one venue! This is how you get doubt out of your mind. If you have your heart set on one venue go see just one or two others just so that you never have to ask yourself – what if there was a better place. This will really help to secure the feeling that the venue you choose is the right one.

Here are some of our FAVOURITE VENUES around Melbourne and Victoria

For the: FORMAL DINING STYLE

QUAT QUATTA – Ripponlea near Melbourne CBD

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For the RUSTIC CHIC/ EXPOSED BEAMS/ WINERY STYLE

STONES – of the Yarra Valley

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ABBOTSFORD CONVENT – Abbotsford near Melbourne CBD

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HARE & GRACE – Melbourne CBD

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For the: BEACH / WATERFRONT STYLE

CAROUSEL – Albert Park – Melbourne CBD

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THE BATHS – Brighton

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RIVERS EDGE – Melbourne CBD

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WEST BEACH BATHERS PAVILION – St Kilda

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PORTSEA HOTEL – Portsea

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For the: UNIQUE – OLD WORLD – CASTLE CHARM

MONTSALVAT – Eltham

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For the: MARQUEE Venue

EYNESBURY HOMESTEAD – Eynesbury

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For the: BLANK CANVAS/ INDUSTRIAL / WAREHOUSE

SHOWTIME EVENTS CENTRE – South Wharf

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CARGO HALL – South Wharf

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RED SCOOTER – Balaclava near Melbourne CBD

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For the: MODERN MELBOURNE

MON BIJOU – Melbourne CBD

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EUREKA89 – Melbourne CBD

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Of course there are many more amazing locations to choose from.

Good Luck and have fun!

Photo Credits: Dansk Photography, Milk Photography, Preface Films, Allure Productions,Hello Blossoms, Kate Hill Flowers, Nicole Taranto Photography

 

 

 

 

Spending Money on your Wedding Supplier? Why do Prices Vary from Supplier to Supplier- Wedding Planner to Wedding Planner?

Why do prices vary from Supplier to Supplier? Wedding Planner to Wedding Planner?

There are many factors you need to consider when hiring anyone for any part of your wedding. If you are comparing prices make sure you compare Oranges to Oranges not Oranges to Lemons. The fact is the Better the supplier the lower the risk you have of anything going wrong and your day will be BEST DAY EVER! – The Higher the Quality the More expensive

Things to consider and even ask the suppliers …

Experience – How long have they been in the industry and how many weddings have they actually created? The more experienced the supplier the more expensive they would and honestly should be because they are better equipped to handle different situations and have perfected ways of creating your day. The risk factor is LOWER with an experienced supplier and things are less likely to go wrong. You get ONE chance for your day – you can’t go back and change mistakes so the higher experience the Lower the risk the better for not only your piece of mind but for a seamless day

Knowledge – What knowledge do they have, do they have accreditations in the field? or did they – “plan their own wedding day and had so much fun so now they want to be a wedding planner? Or did they purchase a DSLR camera take some pics at a friends wedding and now decide Oh I can be a photographer” – If they have dedicated YEARS to studying the field – that’s years of knowledge that are very valuable. The more knowledge of the industry again the Lower risk

Compare the pair – Cross check each package – How Many HOURS included. Yes it might be their highest package but WHAT DO YOU GET in each package. If your getting more time or more inclusions then of course it is going to be more expensive.

Dedication and Time – Is this their Full time job? Are they on call 24/7 for you or is this a hobby or part time job? Will they be there for you ANYTIME you need them? How much dedication do they give to each client? How many other clients do they take on? Are you just another booking or do they only take on limited weddings to ensure more dedication? – Of course the more that supplier dedicates to you thats TIME they are spending on your wedding and you!

Versatility – Can they do different weddings or are they just stuck with the one style? The more diverse the more unique YOUR wedding is going to be.

All of the above go hand in hand. Of course everyone needs to start somewhere but it is about taking the RISK, STRESS & WORRY OUT of your day – The better your team of suppliers the easier, less stressful, enjoyable and of course seamless your wedding will be.

It’s true, You pay peanuts you get monkeys … You get one chance for this day wouldn’t you want the best team to be there for you, guiding you through the planning, ensuring it is unique in the style and ensuring every second run smoothly so all you and your guests WILL have THE BEST DAY EVER!

I’m ENGAGED!!!!!

Hi Everyone…. Since the age of 4 I have LOOOVVEED weddings … growing up of course always thought about the day that my prince charming would ask – WILL YOU MARRY ME? …..

I am very happy to share the wonderful news that while away in New Zealand with my very handsome Prince Charming that day finally came …..

We had spent the day at Cardrona where I had been a little bit of a grumble bum to him after a big fall – he was like – ‘shake it off’ and I had yelled at him saying ‘you don’t care about me ‘… little did I know he did care about me … a whole lot …..

After we got back from the slopes we warmed our bones in the spa where Alex said – ‘We have dinner at 8pm’… of course me being the planner – always wants full details… ‘Where are we going… Whats it called?.. he was being a bit secretive and I must admit my imagination did run away with me … could this be the night?

We went down to the Sofitel Foyer where he walked me in a loop the whole way around and said here we are…. It was back at the cocktail lounge where we would come back every night after being up on the slopes… It had turned into our little spot in front of the fireplace… but this night he had a private table with candles set up…

We had a yummy seafood platter and strawberries dipped in chocolate for dessert… The night before I had asked for strawberries but the waiter said they didn’t have any… I said to Alex – ‘ohhh they got strawberries in’ – silly me he had arranged them all part of his big plan….

So I was relaxing in front of the fire and Alex asks – ‘would you like another strawberry?’ … I reply ‘I’m kinda full.’.. he says ‘you don’t want another strawberry! ‘… I say ‘oh okay’… he feeds me the strawberry then says ‘do you want another one?’ why not i say… and as I look up and he has a strawberry with cream on a plate and whats in the cream …. THE RING!!!!!!

‘Ohhhhh are you serious? I say …. he kneels down and asks ‘WILL YOU MARRY ME?’ … I grabbed the ring licked the cream off (hehe) and said YES!!!! – then I said ‘are you sure ….I have been mean to you today I’m sorry’… we both laugh he gives me the biggest hug and kiss and I am in a world of BLISS

Yes I cried …. to this day it has been the best moment ….I know it is just the start of many more precious moments to come :) yay!