It’s one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make. Here the experts at Hilton Lake Taupo (laketaupo.hilton.com) show you how to get it right.
IS THERE FLEXIBILITY AROUND THE PACKAGES OFFERED?
Pre-created packages are crafted to make your life easier by giving you an overview of what you can expect to have and pay. But that doesn’t always mean you’re absolutely limited to these options. Want to hire special chairs in place of the existing ones, for instance? Always check what flexibility your venue has – at Hilton Lake Taupo we’re very happy to create a personalised wedding experience, just for you.
DO YOU HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE BACK-UP LOCATION IF THE WEATHER ISN’T SUITABLE?
As much as we wish we could, no one can control the weather. To prevent any last minute panic, make sure your venue has a wet weather option – like Hilton Lake Taupo’s newly developed space, The Terraces: a great plan B if weather doesn’t allow for one of our garden ceremonies. Ensure you rehearse in both spaces so you’ll feel confident on the day, no matter what.
WHAT IS A COMMON VENUE MISTAKE SOME COUPLES MAKE?
You’d be surprised how many couples book their wedding venue without understanding the terms and conditions. If there’s anything you’re even slightly unsure about, ask your venue for clarification before signing the dotted line – it’ll hopefully prevent any surprise fees or charges later on.
WHY IS A HOTEL LIKE HILTON LAKE TAUPO A GREAT WEDDING OPTION?
Choosing a hotel as your wedding venue cuts down your to-do list significantly. Packages usually include the hireage of a unique venue (after extensive renovations to the hotel’s heritage wing, Hilton Lake Taupo can offer an elegant setting for your reception that you won’t be able to find anywhere else), catering, beverages and a dedicated wedding specialist. Wrap everything into one package with accommodation, and Hilton Taupo provides the ultimate venue for a weekend-long wedding celebration.
WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TAUPO AS A WEDDING DESTINATION?
Taupo is located halfway between Auckland and Wellington, so it provides proximity to major cities but still offers an escape. The region is surrounded by natural beauties such as Huka Falls and filled with activities for your wedding party such as white water rafting for the adrenaline junkies or thermal hot pools for a spot of relaxation.
WHAT SHOULD COUPLES ASK THEIR VENUE PRIOR TO BOOKING?
What exactly does the venue provide, and is this all included in the package? It’s important to get a good handle on your venue’s capability – for instance, Hilton Lake Taupo is able to manage the key elements of a wedding, but can also liaise with third-party suppliers if necessary. It’s also important to think about everything from the canapés to chair covers so you know what extra expenses you’ll need to budget for.
A garden ceremony set-up at Hilton Lake Taupo. The Terraces, Hilton Lake Taupo.