The Loop Market x Tiger Lily Wedding and Events part 2
There are so many variables and things to consider. Like capacity, are you having a sit down meal, cocktail party or do you love the idea of food trucks? Where do you want to get married? Do you want a nice central city location for out of town guests? Or something a bit more country or beachside so you feel like you’re getting away from the daily grind?
We have been once again very lucky to have Kiri Walker, Director & Principal Wedding Planner from Tiger Lily Weddings & Events contribute her expertise to The Loop Market Blog. She shares her tips of finding the perfect venue. As a wedding planner, she helps brides find a venue suited to their style, budget and any other requirements.
The most important thing to start with when searching for your venue is to ask yourself the following questions
What do we like to do on the weekends? Where do we feel most relaxed and have the most fun? When my partner and I go away for a weekend, we enjoy wine tasting with a beautiful cheese platter. This means a wedding in a winery would be perfect for us.
What have you enjoyed most about weddings or events that you have been to in the past? It might have been the beautiful picturesque location. Maybe you were on a rooftop at a city venue and you loved looking at the lights of the city skyline. Perhaps you had such a great time partying that you wanted to kick on after last drinks were served and the city had so many options for an after party.
What has annoyed you in the past? It could have been lack of or expensive parking. Or it was difficult to find or too far away from the ceremony location. Or maybe you were disappointed with the catering. The important things that I remember about events that I have attended, is the food and how long I spent on the dance floor. So catering and the perfect DJ is high on my priority list.
If you can answer these questions first then you are well on your way to your short list of venue or location options.
Now where do you find these types of venues that tick your boxes?
Google is always the best place to start. Be very specific with your search words as many businesses are getting clearer in what they offer and what types of couples want their products and services. So, they target their key SEO words to answer specific questions that couples usually search for. When searching for a venue, you could add in criteria such as location, type of wedding (for example, sit down reception) and theme (for example, rustic).
Facebook groups are an amazing place to search for wedding suppliers. There are a lot of ‘budget wedding’ groups to seek advice from other couples planning their weddings, find venues & other wedding businesses.
Another great one is wedding expos, fairs and venue showcases. There are often quite a few on in the first and last quarter of the year. If you can’t get to all the expos, jump on their websites to see which venues are exhibiting. Then check out their websites to book a site inspection of the ones you love.
Wedding venue directories
There are a number of venue directory websites where you can enter all of your preferences and search their venue database. Find my Perfect Venue for Victorian wedding venues is one of my faves, as well as Veilability for Queensland venues and WedShed for venues all across Australia.
And of course, there is Instagram and Pinterest which are great to find ideas and venues.
If you missed Kiri’s first blog about ways to save money on your wedding, check it out here