FIVE-MINUTE GUIDE TO VENUES

We weigh up the pros and cons of different wed­ding venues so you can make the choice that’s right for you.

New Zealand Weddings - - CONTENTS - By ANYA TRUONG- GE­ORGE

We weigh up the pros and cons of each

IN A RE­LI­GIOUS SET­TING

The pros: If your re­li­gious be­liefs are im­por­tant to you as a cou­ple, hold­ing your cer­e­mony in a place of wor­ship is an ob­vi­ous way to tie the knot. Set­tings such as this can also evoke a more sa­cred at­mos­phere and feel­ing sur­round­ing your cer­e­mony.

The cons: While a re­li­gious set­ting makes for a won­der­ful cer­e­mony site, un­less your cho­sen venue has an ad­di­tional space to host your re­cep­tion fes­tiv­i­ties, you may have to look else­where (and there­fore fork out more) for a suit­able re­cep­tion venue, ide­ally in rel­a­tively close prox­im­ity to your cer­e­mony lo­ca­tion.

IN YOUR HOME

The pros: For the ul­ti­mate in­ti­mate and per­sonal af­fair, a wed­ding at home pro­vides com­plete con­trol over your day. The cons: You’ll need to think about fac­tors such as whether you’ll be able to ac­com­mo­date all the guests in wet weather, whether there are enough toi­lets on site, and if the space needs more light­ing.

IN A VINE­YARD

The pros: With the back­drop of flour­ish­ing lush vines, vine­yards pro­vide a nat­u­rally beau­ti­ful set­ting for your wed­ding. Add to this the fact that you’ll have ac­cess to de­li­cious wines and it’s a match made in heaven.

The cons: You may have to look for a wet weather op­tion if your vine­yard of choice doesn’t have an in­door re­cep­tion and cer­e­mony space avail­able.

AT A RESTAU­RANT

The pros: Good food is an es­sen­tial el­e­ment of any wed­ding, so a venue that’s all about cui­sine can make an ideal set­ting for foodie cou­ples. It’s likely you’ll pay less for hireage and dé­cor too, as a restau­rant will typ­i­cally have its own setup as a per­ma­nent fix­ture.

The cons: De­pend­ing on the size of your guest list it’s likely you’ll have to book out the en­tire restau­rant, which can re­ally hike up the price. Restau­rants are also less likely to have a des­ig­nated dance floor area, so you may find space quite re­strict­ing.

AT THE BEACH

The pros: If you love the ocean and sand be­tween your toes in the great out­doors, a beach wed­ding is a won­der­ful choice, es­pe­cially here in God­zone – think the wild black sand beaches of Auck­land’s West Coast or twin­kling clear wa­ters in the Coro­man­del. Beaches also make an in­cred­i­ble back­drop for wed­ding por­traits, whether it’s the azure blues of an ocean scene, or dusky sun­set skies. The cons: While it’s fairly fuss-free to hold your cer­e­mony on a beach (weather per­mit­ting – a wet weather op­tion is a must), your re­cep­tion is a whole different story. In most cases you’ll need to find an ad­di­tional venue nearby to host your re­cep­tion. If your beach of choice is in a re­mote spot, you’d need to have trans­port or­gan­ised to get guests to and from the cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion.

IN A HO­TEL OR FUNC­TION CEN­TRE

The pros: With a ho­tel or func­tion cen­tre as your wed­ding venue you’re guar­an­teed a stress-free, seam­less ex­pe­ri­ence. These venues are well-versed in host­ing large events; their staff will be pro­fes­sional, and fur­ni­ture, cut­lery and glass­ware are read­ily avail­able. Many ho­tels will have their own wed­ding co­or­di­na­tor at your dis­posal who will help you or­gan­ise all the de­tails, big and small.

The cons: The down­side of hav­ing ev­ery­thing pro­vided in a pack­age is there may not be a lot of flex­i­bil­ity if you’re want­ing to add per­son­alised touches, par­tic­u­larly if the fine print re­quires you to only use the ven­dors the ho­tel or func­tion cen­tre pro­vides. If you’re af­ter a blank can­vas to work your cre­ative magic, a ho­tel or func­tion cen­tre may not be your best op­tion.

Tai­lored to suit

This is only a generic guide, so don’t let our cons in­flu­ence you if you have the per­fect ho­tel in mind. Some bou­tique ac­com­mo­da­tions will be happy to make tweaks to suit.

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