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Top Tips on Choosing Between the Most Suitable Wedding Venues in Gauteng

There is no doubt that your wedding day will probably be one of the most memorable days of your life, and it is very important that everything goes according to plan. You want to look your best, and you need a venue that reflects the importance and romance of the day. The location can make or break your day, and if you have your heart set on wedding venues in or near Gauteng, we have some tips on how to make an informed decision about the establishment you choose to host your wedding.

Before viewing venues, do the following:

  1. Set a budget: This will probably be one of the first important decisions you will need to make about money as a couple, and it is essential that both of you agree on how much to spend on the wedding and the honeymoon. Remember that the venue will take up a large part of the budget, especially if everything is included, such as décor, catering, flowers, etc. The general rule of thumb is that your venue should not take up more than half of your wedding budget, but often this can be exceeded if compromises can be made on other things.
  2. Decide on the number of guests: Does your budget allow for a huge, lavish wedding, or will you be restricted to a smaller number of guests in a more intimate setting. Once your budget has been established, you can decide how many guests (more or less) that you are planning to invite. This will allow you to narrow down your decisions based on your wedding guests – if you choose a venue that is too large, your guests may drown in the space and the wedding will become impersonal. If the venue is too small, the atmosphere can be claustrophobic and uncomfortable. You have to find a venue that can provide the ideal setting for your number of guests.
  3. Set a date: Some people choose a venue first and then set a date for when the venue can accommodate them, and others set a firm date and only look at the venues that can accommodate the wedding on that particular date. The best thing is to set a date, but to be flexible when it comes to moving it a day or two either way. This means that you are more likely to find wedding venues in Gauteng that can accommodate you.
  4. Get quotes: Once you have received these, limit your visits to the establishments that can provide you with a great wedding for your budget. Carefully examine your quotes – while most wedding venues in and around Gauteng will be able to provide you with a full wedding package that includes all the major wedding requirements, do ensure that there are no extra costs or hidden expenses that you are not prepared for. Ensure that the price includes the total cost of what you will be expected to pay at the end of the day.
  5. Choose a location: There are many wedding venues scattered around Gauteng, and you have to know more or less in which area you want to get married. Are you looking for a splendid city wedding at a huge, romantic church, or are you more keen on a rural setting that is still relatively close to the city? There are many places near Gauteng, such as Hartbeespoort, Magaliesberg and Muldersdrift that provide a great rural atmosphere with natural landscapes, but are set virtually on the city’s doorstep. It also makes viewing easier if your potential wedding venues are located relatively close to each other.
  6. Shortlist: Once you have obtained your quotes and other information, set up a file in which you can store all the relevant information, such as quotations, brochures and pictures. Narrow down the shortlist to a few places that can cater to your budget and fall within the area you have decided on.

Now you can arrange site visits. Try to arrange your site visits at convenient times, and see if you can view places close to each other on the same day. It is important, however, that you don’t get overwhelmed, so try not to visit all the venues on the same day. Arrange an appointment with the relevant manager or banqueting department, and speak to the person who you will be dealing with throughout the planning of the wedding. Take pictures of the locations and keep them in the relevant file section to avoid confusing one venue with another when making a decision.

At Villa Paradiso, we have everything you will need for a spectacular wedding, and we are one of the most popular wedding venues near Gauteng. Give us a call to arrange your visit today!