Once you have chosen your wedding venue, there are a few precautions you can take before the big day in order to fully utilise the unique location you have chosen. Let’s take a look at a few:
1. Visit the venue at the exact time of day you will be hosting your wedding.
This may seem obvious but many bride-and-grooms-to-be don’t actually do this, as most viewings happen on a Saturday morning. We suggest a second visit at the time of your ceremony. You will then be able to understand how various aspects may impact your photos, colour choices, décor and lighting and if the ceremony venue is really hot or that your guests will have to stand in the baking sun (consider sun umbrellas). You will be able to get a feeling of what can and won’t work on the day.
2. Adapt your Dream to the Venue
Fitting a square peg into a round hole when it comes to wedding venues is not advisable. The décor, feel and style of a wedding will be very different depending on the wedding venue you have chosen. Think of a beach wedding versus a Cape Winelands wedding. If you have found the wedding venue you love and it’s not quite what you had in mind, work with what’s available. For example move away from a Tuscan themed wedding if your venue is an African Lodge.
3. Ask, ask and ask again
It is important to make a list of questions about wedding venue aspects that are most important to you. You should then ask multiple people the same question so that you are sure that you have the correct information. Important questions to ask include; “Is there any building, landscaping or construction taking place at the venue before my wedding date?” “How many weddings are held at the venue on a single day?” and more which we cover in 7 important questions to ask your wedding venue.
4. Use Suggested suppliers
If a wedding venue is unable to assist with a certain aspect of your wedding, they usually have a preferred supplier that they can recommend to you. The reason that I suggest using these is because it will save you a lot of time and money. An experienced photographer for example, who regularly shoots at the wedding venue you have chosen, will know the perfect places to catch the sunset, create a mood or make the most of the natural light. This will make the photography sessions shorter as they won’t be fumbling around for the best spots, which in turn allows you to get back to your guests. DJ’s too will understand the logistics of getting their equipment to the venue as well as the acoustics in a room whilst décor companies will know the meters of fairy lights or draping needed. This will all help in creating a relaxed, calm and easy build up to your wedding.
If you’re struggling to decide on a wedding venue, read How to Choose a Cape Wedding Venue for sound advice.
If you’re dreaming of a Winelands wedding venue then hosting your wedding at a Cape wedding venue and particularly at Waterkloof Wine Farm is truly a magical experience.
Waterkloof hosts many weddings per year and is an expert in organising, hosting and making sure that your wedding is the best day of your life. Professionalism, style, elegance and sophistication are all synonymous with Waterkloof.
Contact Waterkloof today for a Cape Wedding Venue that dreams are made of.
Wedding Couple pictured: Luke and Karmen at Waterkloof Estate