Every decision you make when planning your wedding will have an effect on the big day itself, but there is no bigger decision than the venue you choose for the reception. And with the average cost of a wedding in Australia being an eye-watering $36,000, it’s not something you want to get wrong, and the reason why some brides choose to take event planning courses from home beforehand.
Why Is The Venue Important For A Wedding?
It’s no exaggeration to say that your wedding venue can literally make or break the event, so it pays to take your time, do your research, and ensure you have enough of your budget allocated to it. Sure, the wedding venue is only a backdrop to the ceremony, but finding the right one can transform the occasion.
How Do I Know If My Wedding Venue Is The One?
As online event planning courses show us, it’s not simply a matter of seeing the one you like and making your booking. There are a number of factors that need to be considered and by reading on, you’ll learn about five of the most important. So, if you’re ready, we’ll begin.
Factor #1 - Is The Venue Affordable?
One of the most important factors to consider when choosing your wedding venue is cost, as it needs to fit into your budget. If it doesn’t, it’s going to leave you without the money you need to pay for other vital elements like the dress, the food, the entertainment, and the list goes on.
As such, the cost is something you should ask about early on, so get a clear idea of whether the venue is possible before you get too attached to it.
Factor #2 - Is It Easy To Get To The Venue?
Another important consideration that needs to be made is location. Is it easy to find? Are your guests going to spend a lot of time searching for it? Is it close to the church? These are important factors, as you don’t want to be spending half of your wedding day waiting for people to arrive.
Logistics features prominently in event planning short courses, largely because guests are most often coming in their own cars and directions need to be clear and easy to follow. If it’s difficult to find or too far from the church, it might be time to move on with your search.
Factor #3 - Is There Adequate Parking?
The average party of an Australian wedding being at a lofty 91, and that’s a lot of cars! If you don’t make provisions for car parking at the venue, you’ll end up with frustrated guests and perhaps even people getting parking fines if you’ve chosen a town or city center venue.
If that’s not possible, then you could locate the nearest car park that is big enough and run a shuttle service to the venue itself. It’s an option, but it will add to the cost.
Factor #4 - Are Chairs & Tables Included In The Price?
Particularly when researching online, you’ll come across many pictures of the venues you’re considering. What you shouldn’t do is assume that all the tables, chairs, and associated paraphernalia are included, as sometimes they’re not. Then there are other important aspects like linen and table decorations.
Unless you’ve got specific confirmation from a venue that it’s all-inclusive in terms of what’s displayed in their advertising images, never, ever assume or you could face a big problem on the day.
Factor #5 - Can Alcohol Be Served?
Something else that should never be assumed is that alcohol can be served by anyone on-site, including if you’re bringing your own. Permits are often needed, and in some venues, it’s the responsibility of the wedding couple to get that side of things sorted.
Be sure to ask specific questions about the venue’s ability to serve alcohol and what you’ll need to do to ensure everyone can have a drink. Check the government website for more details on the subject.
Improve Your Skills With Online Event Planning Courses
If you’re a soon-to-be bride or someone considering a career change into the event planning business,
CPD-accredited video-based short courses from OCA offer an easy and affordable way to enhance your planning skills. They can be taken at your own pace and offer a next-level learning experience, as you can see by taking a peek at our Student Study Demo.
Every course in the vast OCA library (one that covers more than 20 different industries) comes with 1-to-1 mentor support and can be paid for in manageable installments if required. To find out more, visit us today at www.onlinecoursesaustralia.edu.au where you’ll discover why the online education we provide is as popular as it is.
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