3 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Venue
Most millennials are adults now — and with adulthood comes full-time jobs, paying the bills, relationships, and marriages. Thus, there’s the inevitable wedding that a couple has to get to planning. What the wedding industry has seen is that this generation of adults is more relaxed in their wedding trends: they’re less traditional, and usually plan a wedding that’s more personal to the couple, as opposed to what people would traditionally expect. It just makes the whole process a lot more fun for the couple, but it also makes the wedding much more fresh and exciting for the visiting family and friends as well!
Couples might find that their desire to be unique and creative could be dampened by the lack of season variability in Singapore or the minimal established wedding venues that are known in the wedding sphere. However, there has been a rise in alternative wedding venues that are available to new couples in Singapore. From the Alkaff Mansion to White Rabbit and Nosh, couples have many more options than they would originally assume to have.
Each wedding has its own vibe and message. Depending on what you’re looking out for, keep in mind these few tips before you start searching for a venue.
3 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Venue
Keep the Cost & Budget in Mind
You may have the misconception that weddings at alternative venues may be cheaper than a hotel; that may only be true in some cases. Where hotels offer complete packages, alternative weddings require additional expenditure on food, drinks, tables, chair, decoration, and any wedding favours you may choose to have.
On the other hand, alternative venues give you plenty of freedom to work with a concept you already may have in mind, and with the research and resourcefulness, you could end up with a cost lower than that of a hotel’s. Remember to prioritise on what is truly needed and wanted, and what can be done without. Let’s be honest, there are only going to be a few people, if any, who are going to notice that you decided to go with carnations instead of roses.
Also, set a lower and upper limit budget to ensure that you don’t overspend. Be careful that you and your partner follow this budget strictly. Often times couples find themselves deep in debt or with little money in the bank because they were too excited and extravagant.
Think about the Shade, and the Capacity
It’s hot and humid in Singapore, so keep in mind that you’d probably need ample shade, especially if you choose to have an outdoor wedding. You could grant this some leeway if it’s a night wedding, but it’s still better to be safe than sorry. It would be easier to manage a large crowd if everyone’s indoors as well, but this too is dependent on the venue you choose and the management/service they provide. Remember to double-check that the venues you prefer have the necessary shade and/or facilities to host the number of people you and your partner are expecting.
Pay Attention to the Cuisine
It might be easy to choose the overarching cuisine: Indian, Chinese or Italian. Even international cuisines are in, where popular dishes from multiple cuisines are adapted into one meal course. However, alternative venues may not cater to all cuisines as they may not have all the necessary equipment to serve different types of dishes. Be conscientious in checking that your desired venue either provides or is open to catering your chosen cuisine. Additionally, with changing food trends, don’t forget to cater to the vegans and vegetarians: you could request your caterer to make vegan/vegetarian versions of dishes you have already chosen, or you could choose other dishes to provide for these guests.
Wedding plan can be overwhelming, for sure. But millennials have been noticed to be starting their planning earlier and earlier, which gives ample time for research and plan Bs. There are numerous packages for people who like pre-planned events. Don’t forget wedding planners, either. On the other hand, if you’d like more control over your concept and vision, and love planning events, then there are countless combinations of venues, food, and decorations you could choose from to personalise your wedding. The key point is to be organised and take a deep breath every time you feel like the stress is getting to you. And don’t forget to ask for help if and when you need it.