Now that you’re engaged, it’s time to choose the venue for your wedding. With that decision, many questions arise including should you use one venue or have a different one for your ceremony and reception?
We’ve chatted with the team at the Wingatui Function Centre to find out their thoughts, plus added a few of our own to help you make that decision.
Benefits of Choosing One Venue for Your Wedding & Reception
Traditionally weddings have taken place in two places; one for the ceremony and another for the reception. This has meant couples needing to pay the Hireage fees of two places, plus organise transport between them. However, many couples nowadays are choosing to host their ceremony and reception at the same venue. The benefits of doing so include:
- Saving money
- Increased privacy
- Saving time
- Easier to plan
If this sounds like something you both want, then read on for our top tips on choosing the venue for your wedding.
How to Choose the Perfect Venue for Your Wedding
Together with the team from Wingatui Function Centre, we’ve made a list of the best advice when it comes to deciding on a dual wedding and ceremony venue:
- Make a list of your must-haves, nice to have and don’t wants for your wedding day. This will help you narrow down your list of preferred venues.
- Check if onsite catering is an option. At the Wingatui Function Centre, they have onsite caterers available, but also allow you to organise your own caterers if you wish.
- Decide on your budget. It’s no use falling in love with a wedding venue and then finding out the price is too high. Find out upfront before you make any decisions on whether to book or not.
- Ask about the services they offer. For instance, the Wingatui Function Centre offer both a cash bar and BYO as part of their bar services. They can also personalise your reception menu, which if you have dietary requirements is a huge plus!
- Find out about different rooms at the venue. Is there somewhere separate you can have the ceremony before moving to the reception room?
- Book well in advance. Once you have decided on a venue for your wedding, book it!
- For a list of questions to ask when touring potential wedding venues, check out our blog post “What Questions Should I Be Asking When Looking For A Wedding Venue?”.
If you’re still in the beginning stages of planning your wedding, the Little White Wedding Planning Pack contains checklists and worksheets for finding your wedding venue, celebrant, photographer and more. Plus it includes a helpful Wedding Budget Template to help work out your budget!
If you’re looking for an all in one wedding venue in the Mosgiel or Dunedin area, get in touch with the Wingatui Function Centre and take a look round at their range of different sized function spaces.