Choosing Your Ceremony Location
There’s many things to think about when you’re choosing the place to have your wedding ceremony but the most important thing to remember is that whatever happens, by the end of the day, you will be married and that’s what matters most. For James and Sophie who married at Milton Park Country House Hotel & Spa at Bowal in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, that was all that mattered to them.
Some people choose their ceremony venue location because it’s been their dream for a long time, like a tropical beach or a castle or a historic location. Sometimes it’s because it has special meaning to them, like it’s where they met or where they proposed or where they grew up. Others have no preconceived ideas and are just looking for a beautiful space to enjoy one of the most significant moments in their life. Whatever the reason, there are a number of things to consider when choosing your ceremony space.
The weather, its something you can’t control but you can plan for!
Australia is a land of extremes when it comes to the weather! Everyone imagines the that the weather will be perfect on their day but this may well not be the case. There is always the chance that rain or heat or wind will turn up as uninvited guests. So having a plan B that you are happy to go with is essential!
Rain is always on the cards and you simply can’t conduct a ceremony in the rain. Parasols, fans and a drink station can take the sting out of a hot day and choosing a space that is shaded can be a blessing. There is not much you can do about wind but avoiding highly exposed areas such as clifftops and open shorelines will help.
Other considerations for your ceremony space
There are certainly some magical out of the way locations and while the photography may be amazing the logistics may be a nightmare. It’s important to have parking and access for your service providers and for your guests, especially older family members who may have mobility limitations to consider.
Proximity of your ceremony to your reception is also worth thinking about. Many reception venues provide beautiful outdoor spaces to conduct your ceremony and many will also have an all weather plan B option on site which is great. If your ceremony location is not at your reception venue try not to make them too far apart. If there is a great distance between them, the length of time between your ceremony and reception is extended and can become very tiring for you and for your guests. Similarly, your plan A and plan B should be as close to each other as possible so that your guests are heading the right direction, especially if you have to make the call at the last minute.
Remember, at the end of the day, what is most important is that you are married and that you and your guests enjoy a wonderful day.