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TIPS FOR CHOOSING A WEDDING VENUE

November 07, 2018
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Perhaps you’ve just got engaged and can’t wait to book your wedding venue – but do you really know what you’re looking for? Before you go dashing off to look around every single wedding reception venue within a hundred miles, here are some top tips to think about when choosing a wedding venue: 

COMMUNICATION IS KEY 
Have a chat with your other half about the sort of wedding you would like and be prepared to compromise if you have different ideas; this could help avoid disagreements later!  Are you looking for a summer wedding in a marquee, a relaxed or contemporary barn wedding venue or a formal and elegant country house? 

CIVIL CEREMONY OR CHURCH WEDDING? 
Deciding what type of ceremony you would like will highlight the area in which you should look for a wedding venue as your wedding reception venue should ideally be within a 20 – 25 minute radius of the church.

DECIDE ON A BUDGET 
Working out a budget early on will help you to shortlist potential wedding venues.  Wedding catering and alcohol normally take up quite a large chunk of your budget so remember to include it in your calculations.

WHAT'S BEST FOR GUESTS? 
Don’t forget about guests travelling to your wedding.  If you want to avoid incurring expensive taxi charges and hotel bills for them or coach costs for you, look for a wedding venue near to where the majority of your guests live.

WEDDING GUEST NUMBERS 
Have a rough idea of guest numbers before you start looking for a wedding venue or be prepared to alter your guest list. This should avoid the disappointment of visiting a beautiful wedding venue only to find out it is too big/small for your wedding. 

YOUR WEDDING DATE 
If you’ve decided on a date for your wedding and it’s set in stone, check the availability of that date before you visit.  If you’re flexible about the day of the week, month, season, or even the year of your wedding you’ll have a much wider choice of venues. 

SEEK EXPERT ADVICE 
Wedding websites such as this one are useful because they have details of a wide range of wedding venues at your fingertips. If you’d like some assistance searching for a venue, a wedding venue finding service can help; tell them your requirements and they will search for a venue to suit you from their extensive list of wedding venues – many of which will be privately-owned. Wedding planners can also help you choose a wedding venue as they have experience of weddings at different venues. 


ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A UNIQUE BRIDAL COUPLE WHO DIDN'T WANT A TYPICAL WEDDING CEREMONY 
They wanted their wedding celebration to be like them – unique, personal and fun; an experience they and their friends and family would delight in and treasure for always. Tata to traditional stiff and frou-frou I do's and hello to tailor-made personal packages, with meaningful details. A wedding celebration guests talk about for years to come.

Whether your dream wedding day is a picnic in Mount Amanzi's beautiful natural surrounds, the River, the Magnificent Magaliesberg Mountain in the distance, and your guests sipping on bubbly and craft beer on picnic blankets in the sun or under the stars; or a tailor-made indoor wedding – where the Venue is your canvas – your happily ever after starts with a wedding at Mount Amanzi.

The Mount Amanzi wedding team is as hands-on, or hands-off, as you prefer and is committed to making your big day memorable, special, fun and unique. Download a Free Brochure Here.


VAN LOVEREN FARM - SPECIAL OFFER 
As a Date Night SA fan you qualify for a 15-20%* discount on all wine bought for your wedding directly from the Van Loveren farm (15% if they need to courier the wine, 20% if you collect). Simply show them this post, as well as your wedding invitation and their friendly team will assist. To find out more please email Reino at wineclub@vanloveren.co.za. Thank you for choosing Van Loveren Family Vineyards to celebrate your special day!  

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FREE WEDDING GUIDE 
At Date Night Ideas, our crew of hopeless romantics get collectively weak at the knees when you mention the word ‘wedding’. After all, is there anything more gloriously romantic than a special occasion where two people vow to have each other’s backs for the rest of their lives? From rustic barn weddings and swanky shindigs in top-dollar hotels, to beachside bashes and destination occasions, weddings come in many shapes and sizes. In this year’s DNI Wedding Edition, we share some of our favourite venues, service providers and offer a bit of helpful advice in the lead-up to the big day. 


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