Once you’ve decided on the look and feel of your wedding, the next step should be to pick the venue that will align with your vision. Lucky for us, South Africa is a scenic country that has no shortage of visual and cultural heritage. Finding a backdrop for your wedding, whether it be a farm-style wedding or opulent vineyard vibes, is easy with our wedding venue directory.
There are a few considerations that you need to take into account when choosing your ideal wedding venue, namely:
• Location: Look at wedding venues that align with your vision.
• Capacity: Know your guest list.
• Costs: Consider your wedding budget.
• Packages: Think about the venue includes.
• Style: Curate an experience for your guests
There is no exact answer to this one because it varies according to many factors; from the number of guests, you’ll be having to the menu, the exclusivity of the wedding venue and the date among other things. There are ways to pay less and cut costs when selecting your wedding venue. For instance, you can opt for a wedding venue near you to cut down on travelling costs or opt for a full package venue that includes décor and catering to cut down on additional catering costs.
The general rule to when you should book your wedding venue is a year or nine months before the big day.
When doing your wedding venue scouting, you should come prepared with pen and paper and jot down the following questions:
• Availability; is the venue available on your wedding date? And are there other events happening on the same day?
• How many guests can they accommodate?
• What are their wedding packages, and what do they include?
• Is there a smoking area and an outdoor cocktail area?
• Is the venue accessible for disabled guests?
• Is there anything you need to bring that they don’t have at the venue?
• When can you start decorating, and what are the restrictions?
• Does the venue have an alcohol license to serve alcohol? And are there quantity restriction on their license?
• How many people does the dancefloor accommodate?.
• Payment details like; deposits, type of payment accepted, etc.
• Rain back-up for outdoor locations.
• Parking; where do guests park and is there a valet service?
Cost is relative to the wedding venue that you choose and the number of guests that you want to accommodate. Plus, do some research on the cheaper off-peak months for wedding venues and consider having your wedding during that time if you need to cut costs.
The most important part about planning a wedding is to have the betrothed in mind. Allow the people who are getting marrieds’ interests, style, budget and what’s authentic to them guide the process.