Wedding Venue in Paarl
Are you looking for a vintage wedding venue, then you have found the right place!
Congratulations on your engagement! This is a very exciting time – but it can also be quite stressful. Planning a wedding is a complicated process and choosing the right venue is an important decision. It is likely one of the first ‘big’ decisions you and your fiancé make as a couple. The venue ‘sets the scene’ for the wedding, and it has an impact on the other decisions you make for the event.
You already know you want to get married in Paarl – that is a good first step. Here are some tips to help you narrow down the choices to help you find your dream venue.
Agree on the Wedding Venue Basics
Before you go out and start looking at possible venues, make sure you both have an idea of the following elements of your wedding day:
Sit down with your fiancé and discuss your budget for the wedding. Break down your overall budget for the different elements of the wedding (venue hire, food, drinks, dress etc.). You will be able to get the venue costs off the website, or via email. This will save you driving to the venue and then finding out it is out of your price range.
Wedding venues in Paarl often get booked out far in advance, so this is also an important factor to consider early on in the planning process. You may have a very specific date in mind that is important to you, but keep in mind this will reduce your options for your venue. If you can, be flexible with your date. Select a few dates, or a time period (for example between 1 November and 15 December). Choosing off-season months or less popular days (i.e. a Friday) may even mean you can negotiate lower rates.
You don’t need to know the exact number of guests, but try to get a rough estimate (i.e. a cosy 60 guests, or an extravagant 300?). Different wedding venues in Paarl can accommodate different size weddings, so it is important to have this number upfront to make sure your chosen venue can seat all of your guests.
Determine Your Style
Have an idea of the style of wedding you want to have, before going to look at venues. This will help you narrow down the number of venues you go to, and limit the time wasted going to a venue that doesn’t suit your taste at all. You don’t need to have the specifics, just a general idea. For example, are you looking for a slightly rustic barn-style venue, with elegant touches such as silver candlesticks, crystal chandeliers, and starched vintage linen? Or perhaps do you envision yourself walking down a landscaped garden surrounded by fragranced blooms?
Touring the Wedding Venues
Now that you have narrowed down the list of possible wedding venues in Paarl, according to your budget, guest list, possible dates, and style, it is time to go visiting!
Email or call the venues to set up a walk-through. Wedding venues often have a dedicated person on site who does the wedding planning. If it is possible, try to visit the venue when it is set up for a wedding. This will give you an idea of how it will look with all the tables, DJ booth etc. It can be quite hard to look at an empty room and picture the end result. While your family may be very excited and want to tag along, try to keep it to just the tow of you, and your planner if you have one.
Take photos and/or videos of each venue. After looking at a few it is easy to get them confused and forget certain elements. You can also take notes as you are being taken through the venue. Ask for referrals from past clients. Any reputable wedding venue in Paarl will be happy to provide these for you.
Look at what is included in the wedding packages on offer. Is it just venue hire? Dinner included? Pre-dinner cocktails? Décor? It can be helpful to draw up a simple spreadsheet so you can compare the different offerings of the venues easily.
Once you have all the information you need, you are ready to make your decision.
Here’s wishing you a beautiful wedding day!