No one doubts a wedding is all about the bride (and, well, to a lesser extent, the groom). Traditionally, it’s the bride who plans the majority of the wedding and the groom is relegated to choosing his groomsmen, and, if he’s lucky, the music for the reception. Of course, there’s the exception of the couple who choose to do everything together and make all decisions together.
Once you’ve committed yourselves to each other, you need to commit – as soon as possible – to another important decision: the wedding date and wedding venue (such as The Brighton Savoy). If you’re going to a have a wedding with guests, it’s assumed that you want to take your vows in front of your family and friends and declare your love and forever affection to each other in front them. Additionally, that should mean that you want your guests to be (nearly) as happy and joyful as the two of you are. By no means should you plan your wedding around anyone else’s schedule, but you need to be aware that when you choose a date, you can “open up” the entire month of your wedding or a month before, a month after, as long as you want to, and your budget permits. However, your guests won’t have that luxury. If you desperately want a Christmas wedding you should have one, but you might want to rethink how many guests you’ll want to have. Christmas is a magical time to many, even those willing to share their wedding anniversary with the “day of the lord’s birth.” There’s little doubt you’d have a pretty wedding with your venue (if you choose a hotel) pre-decorated.
But here’s the rub: Christmas is probably the most expensive time to travel, and that is asking your guests (likely people you really, really want to come to your wedding) to not only spend a good deal of money, but to spend it away from home. In other words, a Halloween wedding can be a delightful theme wedding, but a New Year’s Eve one, less so – if the guests have had to take out a loan to attend.
The next step is the venue. You can look into unusual locations, like the library, a museum, an art gallery, a boat or even a theatre. Or, you could choose a more traditional venue, like a hotel which will give you a choice of venues within their property and provide your guests with an excellent and fun place to stay. There is an elegant wedding venue in Melbourne like Brighton Savoy, which has four fully functioning reception rooms geared for larger (up to 250 guests) and smaller (as few as 24). Two of the rooms have gorgeous views, one of the Brighton Beach and one of Port Phillip Bay.
There are a series of questions to consider when choosing a venue and one in which you can have the actual wedding ceremony and the reception are much favoured by guests who prefer not to navigate an unfamiliar area. These include:
- Number of guests it can accommodate
- Can the wedding service as well as the reception be held in one of the rooms?
- Will the hotel portion block off rooms for your guests – and under what circumstances (will the block be guaranteed or open?)
- How is pricing determined? Is there a package that includes everything, the service, the reception, the food, the dance floor, the DJ, the tables, the chairs, the AV system, the cake?
- What are requirements and restrictions?
Be prepared and your dream wedding is within sight!