Location – The Key to Your Dream Wedding

No one doubts a wedding is all about the bride (and, well, to a lesser extent, the groom). Traditionally, it’s the bride who plans the majority of the wedding and the groom is relegated to choosing his groomsmen, and, if he’s lucky, the music for the reception. Of course, there’s the exception of the couple who choose to do everything together and make all decisions together.

 

Once you’ve committed yourselves to each other, you need to commit – as soon as possible – to another important decision: the wedding date and wedding venue (such as The Brighton Savoy). If you’re going to a have a wedding with guests, it’s assumed that you want to take your vows in front of your family and friends and declare your love and forever affection to each other in front them. Additionally, that should mean that you want your guests to be (nearly) as happy and joyful as the two of you are. By no means should you plan your wedding around anyone else’s schedule, but you need to be aware that when you choose a date, you can “open up” the entire month of your wedding or a month before, a month after, as long as you want to, and your budget permits. However, your guests won’t have that luxury. If you desperately want a Christmas wedding you should have one, but you might want to rethink how many guests you’ll want to have. Christmas is a magical time to many, even those willing to share their wedding anniversary with the “day of the lord’s birth.” There’s little doubt you’d have a pretty wedding with your venue (if you choose a hotel) pre-decorated.

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Photo credit: Brighton Savoy

But here’s the rub: Christmas is probably the most expensive time to travel, and that is asking your guests (likely people you really, really want to come to your wedding) to not only spend a good deal of money, but to spend it away from home. In other words, a Halloween wedding can be a delightful theme wedding, but a New Year’s Eve one, less so – if the guests have had to take out a loan to attend.

 

The next step is the venue. You can look into unusual locations, like the library, a museum, an art gallery, a boat or even a theatre. Or, you could choose a more traditional venue, like a hotel which will give you a choice of venues within their property and provide your guests with an excellent and fun place to stay. There is an elegant wedding venue in Melbourne like Brighton Savoy, which has four fully functioning reception rooms geared for larger (up to 250 guests) and smaller (as few as 24). Two of the rooms have gorgeous views, one of the Brighton Beach and one of Port Phillip Bay.

 

There are a series of questions to consider when choosing a venue and one in which you can have the actual wedding ceremony and the reception are much favoured by guests who prefer not to navigate an unfamiliar area.  These include:

 

  • Number of guests it can accommodate
  • Can the wedding service as well as the reception be held in one of the rooms?
  • Will the hotel portion block off rooms for your guests – and under what circumstances (will the block be guaranteed or open?)
  • How is pricing determined? Is there a package that includes everything, the service, the reception, the food, the dance floor, the DJ, the tables, the chairs, the AV system, the cake?
  • What are requirements and restrictions?

 

Be prepared and your dream wedding is within sight!

Site Visit | Casa Monica Hotel Saint Augustine Florida

Had the pleasure of staying at the Casa Monica Hotel last week and it was really beautiful. We stayed for a few nights and had a visit with Noel Day, who is the Catering Sales Manager for the Hotel. Below are some on my personal pics as well as ideas and pricing.  

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View from our room
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LobbyCasa Monica Hotel Saint Augustine Florida

Outside the ballrooms was this really cool vintage car.Casa Monica Hotel Saint Augustine Florida

One of the ballrooms I really love the chandelier.unnamed-2Casa Monica Hotel Saint Augustine Florida

I thought this was really cool.  Housekeeping left us a handwritten note under the door on our last night.
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Here is the info on the Ballrooms: Casa Monica Hotel

This is their outdoor space for ceremony and receptions I love the black chandeliers. Kessler-CasaMonica-Event-SultansPavillion-Lunch_TRB5543

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They also are running this really cool special that if you book a wedding before December of this year you get a free honeymoon at any of their 10 locations nationwide. They call it “Honeymoon on Us”.

All in all, I like the venue and the staff is very friendly and helpful. If I had to say anything negative I would say the valet parking is pretty expensive so I would be concerned about that extra cost during my event.  The food was amazing. We ate at the restaurant and had room service. The customer service of the staff was top notch.

*We will be doing many site visits for our brides and readers and will always give an impartial view and these are not paid for sponsored ads in any way.

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