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Complete List of Things You Need to Buy for a Wedding
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Complete List of Things You Need to Buy for a Wedding

You have settled on the dates for your big day and now need a list of things you need to buy for a wedding? Relax, we have it all planned out for you.
Preparing a checklist for your wedding is essential to keep track of every bit of detail. It can be very easy to leave out some key elements until the last moment, when it may be too late. Here is a list of things to buy for your wedding day.

Bride and bridesmaids dresses

Allow at least six months for the dresses to be ordered and time for at least three fittings.

Groom and groomsmen suits

You may choose to hire or buy, but keep in mind that sometimes it can cost nearly as much to hire as to buy a suit.

Bridal veil and hair accessories

Start selecting your veil and hair accessories way before your wedding day.

Bridal jewelry

​Choose and know the bridal jewelry that goes best with your dress.

Bridal shoes

Buy shoes and bring these along to your first fitting so the tailor can choose the appropriate length for your gown.

Bridal lingerie

Purchase your undergarments and schedule time for fittings.

Bridal garter

This can be easily be forgotten.

Bridal emergency kit

This can come handy if something unexpected happens on your wedding day.

A bridal jacket or wrap

A bridal jacket is a good accessory to cover up and stay warm, especially when it gets cool in the evening.

Bridal party gifts

Bridal party gifts should also be on the list of things to buy for your wedding.

Invitation and thank you cards

Select and purchase invitation and thank you cards. You may need to hire a calligrapher.

Wedding cake and platter

Select and order the wedding cake to give your baker enough lead time.

Wedding rings

Purchase the rings at least six months before to give you time for resizing and engraving.

Guest book and pens

Guest books come in all sorts of unique forms.


These can be loose rose petals, flower girl’s basket, bouquets, and reception décor flowers.

Wedding direction signs

These include welcome, parking, ceremony direction, reception, restrooms, and reserved seating signs.


Easels can come in handy for direction signs.

Ceremony aisle runner

A ceremony aisle adds a bit of drama when rolled out as the bride walks down the aisle.

Unity candle or sand ceremony set

Lighting a unity candle or sand ceremony is a modern tradition performed to symbolize the joining together of the two families into one united family.

Make an appointment with Clarence House for all your wedding needs

With over sixty years of experience in hosting thousands of weddings, Clarence House knows exactly how to make your wedding event unique, special and memorable. Call us today on (02) 9750 3555 or (02) 9789 1662 or send us an email at admin@clarencehouse.com.au
The Ultimate Wedding Planning Process Guide 2019
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The Ultimate Wedding Planning Process Guide 2019

Just got engaged and you are wondering where to start? Do not worry; we have it all in place for you.

Figuring out how to plan a wedding can be very difficult at first. Seeing and experiencing someone else’s wedding as a guest is different from planning your own wedding! It’s a whole different ball game. If you’re in a fix and not sure where to start planning, here’s our trusty Clarence House guide on how to start the ultimate planning process for a wedding.

Organize Your Thoughts, Ideas, and Plans

The organization is very important when planning your own wedding. There are quite a lot of items to keep track of. You need to identify your vendors as it’s important to have the right people to ensure your big day flows smoothly. Decide your budget from the get-go and do your best to stick to it.

Find an Excellent Maid of Honor or Groom’s Man

You need to choose a very good maid of honor and groom’s man as these two will be your support system as a couple. If they are willing, they will be your assistants and help you manage the whole process, so that you are not overwhelmed.

Get Your Priorities Right

There are so many things to do when it comes to planning your wedding. Sit down with your fiancé and select five things that are important and which you would like to see happen at your wedding. These will become your priorities, the importance of other matters will be seen in the light of these five issues.

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Book a Wedding Venue in Time

The wedding venue is one of the biggest expenses and such a critical factor in getting everything else to fall into place. Begin touring wedding venues early, as soon as you have your budget figured out so that you don’t miss out on the venue of your dreams. Wedding venues like Clarence House’s The Lemnos and The Victorian get booked fast for a reason!

Have a Wedding Folder or Binder

One of the key things to help you plan is to pick the right wedding planning materials. Do plenty of research, going through bridal, fashion, food books and magazine. Keep the printed documents in a ring-bound format.

Hire a Competent Wedding Planner

You also need to hire a good wedding planner for your special day. This person will help you coordinate and plan most of your printed items, like invitation cards, textiles, decorations, designs and color choices.

What Type of Wedding Do You Want?

Ask yourself key questions about the kind of wedding ceremony you want, the number of guests, venue, type of music, catering and food options, season and time of the wedding, source of funds and number of the bridal team. Consult wedding experts and blogs for inspiration.

Where Can You Go for All Your Wedding Planning?

Contact Clarence House today to book a tour of our stunning wedding venues. With over 30 years of experience hosting thousands of weddings, Clarence House knows exactly how to make your wedding event unique, special and memorable. Call us today on (02) 9750 3555 or (02) 9789 1662 or send us an email at admin@clarencehouse.com.au

Traditional Wedding Ceremony Order of Service Guide
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Traditional Wedding Ceremony Order of Service Guide

Getting Closer to the Big Day and Wondering How to Plan Your Wedding Ceremony Order?

The good news is that most wedding ceremonies follow the same generic order. Although each wedding ceremony is unique, elements such as walking down the aisle, exchange of vows and rings, and the long-awaited kiss, are sure to be part of this joyful ceremony. Here is a traditional wedding ceremony order of service.

1. The Procession

This is the part where members of your immediate family and wedding party walk down the aisle and take their places. The procession begins with the parents making their entrance, then the bridesmaids and groomsmen, the groom, flower girls and finally, the bride.

2. Welcome Remarks

When everyone is in their place, the marriage officiant then shares a few words of welcome. The officiant may thank the guests for being witnesses to your union, as well as welcome everyone to the event.

3. Opening Remarks and Introduction

The officiant will give an introduction and share the significance of marriage. He or she may take this opportunity to give a brief recount of your love story and emphasize the importance of the marriage vows you are about to take as a couple.

4. Readings

If your ceremony includes readings, a few people will be invited up to share a few words. Your wedding officiant may introduce each reading and reader or you may choose to let the readers flow naturally.

5. Exchange of Vows

The two of you face each other and exchange vows. You may choose to write and recite your own vows or use traditional phrasing. At this point, you also place rings on each other’s fingers to symbolize your marriage and the officiant pronounces you husband and wife.

6. The Kiss

Next comes the moment everyone has been waiting for, sealing your marriage with a kiss!

7. Unity Ceremony

At this stage, some couples choose to have a unity ceremony. Here, the couple performs something that physically symbolizes their new union, like the mixing of two different colors of sand or water or lighting a candle.

8. Final Blessings

The officiant will wrap up the ceremony with a few closing words. For a religious ceremony, the couple is prayed for.

9. The Recessional

The married couple is introduced by the officiant. Then, the bride and groom are the first to exit the ceremony, followed by the wedding party and finally the guests.

Make an Appointment with Clarence House to Tour Wedding Venues

With over 30 years of experience hosting thousands of weddings, Clarence House knows exactly how to make your wedding event unique, special and memorable. Call us today on (02) 9750 3555 or (02) 9789 1662 or send us an email at admin@clarencehouse.com.au to book a tour of our illustrious venues.

Top 10 Trending Wedding Themes for 2019 Clarence House
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10 Trending Wedding Themes for 2019 – Clarence House

Not Sure Which Wedding Theme to Go with for Your 2019 Wedding?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
The 2019 wedding season is off with a bang! And already we’ve seen some truly amazing weddings. We’ve also noticed some exciting wedding themes that we’re sure are going to be the main features in a lot of upcoming weddings this year. Here are the top 10 wedding themes for 2019.

1. Romantic

Perhaps you’re the couple that waited to share their first kiss on their wedding day and look forward to things like sharing your first dance together. If you’re romantics at heart, then we suggest you go for a romantic themed wedding that brings out this passion and love you have for one another.

2. Rustic

If you’re thinking of having your wedding in fall, then a rustic themed wedding might be what you’re looking for. Think acorns, warm oranges, gold’s, and browns for your décor, and warm hearty meals. Rustic weddings can be fun especially if thrown in an intimate setting with a limited number of people.

3. Vineyard

Two out of every ten weddings are hosted in vineyards, and we can see why. There is something about large open spaces, idyllic picturesque settings, and a crystal blue sky that makes us smile.

4. Beach

If you’re fortunate enough to live close to a private beach, this might be a great and viable wedding option. Beach weddings are generally fun; the only downside being the unpredictability of the weather.

5. Vintage

Vintage wedding themes are increasingly becoming popular as people seek for that old world glam and charm. If you’re into chivalry and love rustic looks then you probably should consider hosting a vintage inspired wedding. Elements to include in your wedding: real China cutlery, lace, and a vintage wedding reception venues like The Victorian at Clarence House.

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6. Outdoor

As a nation blessed with favourable weather, outdoor or garden weddings have become the rage. Outdoor weddings give you the ability to combine several themes if you so wish, for example, you can have rustic vintage looks while incorporating traditional wedding elements like having a sit-down meal with friends and family.

7. Classic Traditional

This is undoubtedly the all-time favourite wedding theme for most couples. This theme allows you to draw inspiration from tradition, and typically your day involves getting married in a church or chapel and then having an outdoor reception complete with a sit-down meal.

8. Contemporary

Duchess of Cambridge Princess Kate Middleton and Duchess of Sussex Princess Meghan Markle’s weddings are the epitome of what contemporary weddings are. Both princesses wore elegant, yet modest dresses that flattered them without drawing too much attention. If this is the theme you’re after, you might want to take your cues from their weddings.

9. Boho Chic

From trendy Boho style wedding dresses to décor, a Boho style wedding can be great fun to throw. Think bare feet, beach settings, and eco-friendly décor to create the ideal Boho wedding.

10. DIY

DIY weddings are special because you’re not outsourcing anyone else to manage or plan your wedding. You’ve taken it upon yourself to decide all the elements you wish to have, as well as find all the vendors needed to pull off your big day. It truly becomes your wedding in every sense of the word.

Discuss These Themes and More with Our Clarence House Gurus

Clarence House boasts two world-class wedding reception venues worth touring. If you’re in the hunt for a wedding venue, book an appointment with us today. You can call us and talk to one of our friendly staff members on (02) 9750 3555 or (02) 9789 1662 or send us an email at admin@clarencehouse.com.au
3 Most Popular Wedding Menu Styles for 2019
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3 Most Popular Wedding Menu Styles for 2019

Are You Wondering What You Should Serve at Your Wedding?

Food is a very political matter. The type of food you serve can either make or break your wedding. Unhappy guests make terrible wedding guests. While we know you’ll do everything in your power to please them, we need you to remember that it’s your wedding. And your wedding means your wedding rules. If you want a buffet style food plan instead of a traditional sit-down one then so be it.
If you’re still not sure which food or menu style you should serve, here are 3 popular wedding menu styles that you can never go wrong with.

Wedding Menu Styles

1. Buffet Style Wedding Menu

Buffets involve tables set up in a separate location loaded with all your food. Guests line up and fill up their plate as they progress up the table. Buffets are great in that they allow your guests to try new food. They also mean that people don’t have to wait for others to finish eating before they can go for the second round of food!
Buffets are worth considering if you want to include a whole lot more food in smaller portions. So say you have several soups, main courses and desserts you can’t choose between and want to serve all of them. Buffets will offer you the chance to serve and delight your guests with all these delicacies.

2. Traditional Sit-Down Wedding Menu

If you’re looking for a more intimate get-together and lots of laughter at the table then consider having a traditional sitdown wedding menu. Such a meal option involves having food placed on platters laid out in the middle of the long table where everyone will sit around.
Think of a long family table, with food laid out in the middle and everyone sitting around the table. This type of setting requires quite a handful of waiting staff to refill empty wine glasses and replace empty platters.
It’s worth noting that this type of food option is often costly as it’s difficult to estimate how much your guests will eat. Your caterer will end up buying a lot more portions and this is all placed on your budget.

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3. Cocktail Style Wedding Menu

If you’re not fussy about food, then you might want to think about a cocktail style service. This is a stand-up affair with no formal seated guests. It’s a great option if you think your type of guests would prefer roaming around and picking up finger food when they’re hungry. Cocktails are also fantastic if you’ve got a caterer who can come up with creative finger foods.
What’s difficult about planning for this menu is trying to figure out how much the cost per person for a plate of food amounts too.

Clarence House Wedding Venues for a Hassle-Free Wedding

Clarence House offers you quality and affordable wedding reception venues for your wedding. To book a tour contact our friendly Clarence House team on (02) 9750 3555 or (02) 9789 1662 or send us an email at admin@clarencehouse.com.au
5 Creative Ways to Throw an Unforgettable Wedding
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5 Creative Ways to Throw an Unforgettable Wedding

For many people, a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. This means they want their special day to be memorable and unforgettable. We understand this all too well. Having hosted more than 3,000 weddings in our 35 years of business here are our time-tested creative ways to throw an unforgettable wedding that your guests will talk about for a long time to come.

1. Let the Fun Start with the Invitation Cards

We’ve seen all kinds of invitation cards, quirky, funky, puzzle-invitations; the list of unusual wedding invitation cards is endless. Let your guests anticipate what’s to come from your invitation. If you plan on having a themed wedding make sure you’ve included this in your invitation card and if you want your guests to dress up, don’t be shy in mentioning it.

1. Location, Location, Location

Location is everything in creating an unforgettable wedding and the more unique it is the better. An unusual location will have your guests talking for a long time to come. One venue that’s bound to impress your guests is prestigious. The Victorian wedding venue at Clarence House. It’s everything and more of what a wedding venue should be.

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2. Get Live Music and a Band

Whether you want to walk down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D or to John Legend’s All of Me, nothing sets the tone quite like a live band. Ask your vendors which are the bands that get the crowds moving. Make sure you find a group that’s animated, fun, professional as well as experienced. You don’t want an amateur group ruining what should have been an otherwise beautiful day.

3. Go All Out and Plan a Sumptuous Menu

Let’s be real for a minute. The highlight for many guests on such occasions is the food. Feed them well and they’ll be praising you and holding up your wedding as the standard for years to come. If you have the budget for it, go all out on your menus. From delightful and tasty finger foods, and cocktails, to a full course sit-down meal, not forgetting delicious desserts from your local patisserie. If you truly want to hit jackpot and win your guest’s favour, include post-party gift bags packed full with baked goodies and thank-you notes.

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4. the Iconic Perfect Dress

A moment people won’t forget fast is the bride’s arrival and her walk down the aisle with her father/brother. Nothing will leave a more indelible impression on your guests as the dress you wear. Take time to shop for the iconic perfect dress. The dress that seems like it was made for you.

Bonus Tip: Hire a Quality Photographer and Videographer

Your wedding will not last forever. Within a few short hours, it will all be history. Don’t settle for a cheap photographer with limited skills. Hire a quality photographer and videographer, because when all is said and done, your photos will be the eternal memories that you will cherish.

Host Your Memorable Wedding at Clarence House

Clarence House offers you quality wedding reception venues for your wedding. This is especially true of our impressive The Victorian wedding venue. To book a tour contact our friendly Clarence House team on (02) 9750 3555 or (02) 9789 1662 or send us an email at admin@clarencehouse.com.au
5 Things You Should Know Before Planning a Diy Wedding in South Coast NSW
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5 Things You Should Know Before Planning a DIY Wedding in South Coast NSW

Wedding planning is no joke. There is a reason people are paid to do this as a job! However, we understand that there are some couples out there, who like getting down and getting their hands dirty. That’s fine by us, so long as you don’t forget to have fun and keep the fire burning during the planning stage of your wedding.
Before you finalize things and rule out getting professional wedding planners and event coordinators to help you out, we thought we should highlight 5  things you should know before you start planning a DIY wedding in South Coast, NSW.

1. Settle Your Budget First Before Anything Else

Before you go out checking all the lavish hotels and wedding reception venues available in NSW, first determine how much you actually have to spend on your wedding. Look at your own savings, talk to your parents if appropriate and have a figure in mind. Divide this figure into two – actual budget and buffer for emergencies (about 15% of your entire budget).

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2. Figure Out a Guest List and Stick to It!

Your venue is going to take up most of your budget – at least half. Your venue will largely be determined by how many people are on your guest list. Remember that it’s not just the venue that is costly where guests are concerned, but it’s the price you’ll also have to pay per head for catering, alcohol, parking and the number of tables.

3. Where and When Can You Get Discounts?

Knowing the right people to ask questions can save you a ton of headaches. Ask your vendors to recommend people they have worked with in the past. You might even find that your vendors know where and when you can get the best discounts for flowers, decor, wedding venues, etc. Don’t neglect to ask friends and family who’ve recently gotten married if they can recommend any reliable and trustworthy vendors to work with.

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4. Figure Out Meal Plans for Everyone Involved

In order for you to have a successful wedding, there will be so many people working hard behind the scene on your big day. And all these people need to be fed. Don’t get carried away planning your sophisticated sit-down meal that you forget the foot soldiers laboring tirelessly to ensure that you have a hassle-free wedding. You can ask your caterer to prepare something for them.

5. Ask for Payment Plans from Vendors and Write It Down!

The golden rule of wedding planning: write everything down. There will be so much to remember, that details such as payment plans and when money is due are things that certainly must be written down without fail.

Host Your DIY Wedding at Clarence House

Clarence House offers you lovely wedding venues for your DIY wedding. This is especially true of our impressive The Victorian wedding venue. To book a tour contact our friendly Clarence House team on (02) 9750 3555 or (02) 9789 1662 or send us an email at admin@clarencehouse.com.au
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Vintage Wedding Planning Guide 2019 – Clarence House

30 years in the wedding business we think we’ve seen it all. We’ve even thrown a couple of vintage weddings of our own, in our aptly named The Victorian wedding reception venue. This is what makes us confident about the time-tested modern rules of vintage wedding style we’re about to share with you.
So what constitutes vintage anyway?

The Definition of a Vintage Wedding

According to the FreeDictionary, vintage style is a ‘type of clothing from the 1920s to 20 years before our present day.’ So for your wedding, you can opt for a wedding dress and groom’s suit inspired by couture from this era, as well as crockery, decor, and food.

The Golden Vintage Rule: Less Is More

In an age of extravagance, pomp and much fanfare, a lot of people miss the beauty of simplicity. When planning a vintage wedding, you need to remember this Golden Rule: less is more. It’s about quality and not quantity.

Select Unique Centerpieces, and Accessories

Your decor will play a big role in your entire vintage theme. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it will require a little bit more effort on your part to source the right centerpieces and accessories to create that old world look. Thankfully we live in a world that’s global, so you can source your products overseas and have them shipped right here months before the wedding. Think lanterns, lace tablecloths, candles, and fine China.
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Make It Inclusive: Ask Your Guests to Play the Part

If you really want to throw a vintage wedding that people won’t forget, make it fun and include your guests. Ask your guests to be a sport and dress the part. To help them with the task, find suppliers of vintage clothing and include their details in your invitation cards so it’s easy for your guests to shop or hire their outfits.

Get Your Photographer in on the Action Too!

Don’t forget to let your photographer know what you’re planning. You’ll want your photos to match your theme. Thanks to all the filters we have, you’ll be able to get retro style photos at the end of the day to remember the event. See if you can find a vintage photo booth to hire where your guests can also take photos from. It’ll be so much fun looking through your photo album and reminiscing about your wedding day many years from now.

Check Out Clarence House Vintage Venues

Clarence House offers you stunning wedding venues that will make the perfect backdrop for your vintage-inspired wedding. This is especially true of our impressive The Victorian wedding venue. To book a tour contact our friendly Clarence House team on (02) 9750 3555 or (02) 9789 1662 or send us an email at admin@clarencehouse.com.au
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5 Ingenious Ways to Keep the Fire Burning While Planning Your Wedding

Wedding planning can be exhausting. It’s very easy for tempers to flare as you try to agree on what you both want on your big day. It’s easy for the romance to fly out of the window. So how do you strike that balance? How do you plan a wedding together (without killing each other) and still keep the sparks flying? Here are our top 5 recommendations.

1. Schedule Date Nights Regularly

You remember all the fun times you used to have while courting? Yes, when you used to dress up and go out for dinner and a movie? Don’t let that go. Schedule regular date nights and keep things simple. Avoid wedding talk during your time out. Just enjoy each other’s company and the moment. Use these date nights to create memories leading up to the big date. Remind each other why you chose each other.

2. Write Love Letters to Each Other

As cheesy as it sounds, letter writing was the way in which millions of couples the world over communicated their love for centuries. Discover the lost art of letter writing. Use the opportunity to put down your feelings. Make it extra special by going out and buying actual letter writing stationery. Get good quality letter writing paper and envelopes. What to write about? The first time you saw your significant other, your first kiss what you felt, your hopes and dreams for your life together.
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3. Assemble Some Friends to Help You Plan

You two don’t have to do it all by yourselves. If you have friends who are currently courting, rope them in to help you plan your own wedding. It’ll give them invaluable experience when they decide to get married. Hire a wedding planner if your budget allows for it. This will give you enough room to focus on spending quality time with your partner.

4. Plan Your Honeymoon Together

Want to retreat to an island for your honeymoon? Thinking of the Maldives, Seychelles or Bora Bora? Planning your honeymoon together can get you too pumped up for what’s to come. Choose the place together, and what activities you’ll do when you get there. Let your imagination run wild with anticipation! Trust us; it’s good for you, what with all the stress of planning the wedding.

5. Exchange Meaningful Gifts

If you’ve been keeping your grandmother’s earrings or family heirloom waiting to give them to the right person this may be the time to gift them to your bride. Or perhaps you’ve gone ahead and bought a set of matching clothing. Don’t skip out on the small but meaningful things that solidify relationships.

Book a Tour of Clarence House

Clarence House offers you the chance to plan a hassle-free wedding on our premises. Book a tour of our stunning wedding venues and explore your wedding reception venue options. Contact our friendly Clarence House team on (02) 9750 3555 or (02) 9789 1662 or send us an email at admin@clarencehouse.com.au
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15 Things You Must Know to Keep Away Wedding Venue Problems

Wedding venues are sometimes forced to take legal action because of their clients. In the majority of cases, this is because a couple didn’t read all the terms and conditions before signing the contract. What else should couples know to avoid wedding venue problems?

1. Put Everything You’ve Agreed with the Vendor in Writing.

This is the golden rule because we easily forget details.

2. Tour the Rooms You Plan to Book

See your wedding hall, reception area, and any bridal suites for the bride, groom and bridal party to freshen up in that you might need.

3. Agree on the Deposit Amount

Settle on the deposit amount and choose a date when the rest is due.


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4. Confirm If the Place Has a Liquor License

You don’t want trouble with the law.

5. Does the Venue Have Permission to Host Civil Ceremonies?

Believe it or not, this is actually quite an important thing to verify.

6. Does the Venue Have the Required License to Play Music?

You don’t want the neighbors calling you out for playing music at your own wedding.

7. Verify If You’ll Have Enough Parking Space for All Your Guests.

Expecting 500 guests? If half of them bring their cars, you’ll need enough space to park at least 250 cars.

8. Find Out the Cost Per Plate for Each Additional Guest.

In Sydney, an unaccounted for plus-one will set you back about $150. Now imagine 10 uninvited guests showing up!

9. Penalties for Late Payments

If you fail to pay your remaining balance on time, you might attract penalty fees.

10. Penalties for Weddings That Go Over-Time

Venues often give couples a set time to end their event. Over-time might incur an extra charge.

11. Will There Be Renovation Work Around Your Wedding Date?

Anything could happen and the renovation work might not finish on time. You’ll want to know ahead of time before signing that contract.
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12. Maximum and Minimum Guest Numbers

There will probably be extra charges if you exceed the venue’s carrying capacity.

13. Can You Bring Your Own Alcohol?

If you’re on a budget and trying to keep costs down you might want to bring your own booze.

14. Is There a Policy About Bringing Children to the Venue?

Some venues might have strict no-child policies because of the presence of alcohol on the premises and or other private venue reasons. Verify ahead of time.

15. Cancellation Policies and How Are Refunds Issued Out?

You may want to cancel or postpone your wedding due to an unforeseen matter. This happens all the time. Ask about refunds and how much of the total booking fee the venue will give back.

To Book a Hassle-Free Wedding Venue Contact Us

We like to see our clients stress-free. All our contracts are clear and easy-to-read. For a hassle-free experience, schedule a wedding venue tour of Clarence House today. Book with us on (02) 9750 3555 or (02) 9789 1662 or send us an email at admin@clarencehouse.com.au
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6 Dos and Don’ts of Booking a Wedding Venue – Clarence House

Booking a wedding venue sets it in stone that you’re finally going to walk down the aisle. It gets the ball rolling towards your big day, so it’s kind of a big deal. However, here are a few dos and don’ts of booking a reception venue we think you need to know.

Do Read Everything in Your Contract

Before you put pen-to-paper and sign that wedding reception venue contract, make sure you’ve read and understood all the terms and conditions presented by the venue. We’ve heard many horror stories of couples who received debt-collector bills months after their reception because they failed to read all the fine print in their contracts.

Do Visit and Tour as Many Places as You Can

Many couples settle for the local church and hotel reception hall, when there are so many diverse, unique and exciting venues out there, like the prestigious The Victorian, or the chic and sophisticated The Lemnos right here in Sydney. If you’re not in a rush, give yourself time to visit as many places as you can.
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Do Inquire About Off-Season and Weekday Pricing Structures

A lot of couples are not aware that they can get lower booking fees for weekday weddings. This is also true about getting married in ‘off-seasons’ like winter and fall. You may also be delighted to find that the venues even offer discounts and promotions if you opt to host your wedding during these times.

Don’t Take Too Long Before You Book Your Dream Venue

There are only 52 Saturdays and 52 Sundays in a year. That means a venue can only host 104 weddings during the weekend each year. So if you absolutely, must get married on a Saturday or Sunday, and you’ve already found the venue of your dreams, don’t hesitate another moment to secure your date. A little delay and you might hear the unfortunate words, ‘Sorry, we’re fully booked for weekends this year.’

Don’t Try and Do Everything by Yourself

So many couples skip out on getting in-house help such as décor, catering, and music, in favour of bringing in their own people. In most cases it always ends up with the couple making last-minute panicked calls asking whether the sound guy has come, the caterer is one their way, and if the décor is ready. If a venue is offering additional services, do seriously consider taking them – it’ll make your life simpler. Trust us.
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Don’t Settle for Less-Than-Perfect Venues Because They’re Cheap

You know the wedding venues we’re talking about. The ones that look amazing online and then when you visit them, you’re left gasping wondering if people actually pay to have their weddings there. Yes, those venues. While it might be tempting to settle for such a venue in the hopes of getting amazing décor to hide the peeling paint and unsightly walls – don’t! It just isn’t worth it because it will cost you a fortune to hire enough décor to cover all the walls. Take our word for it.

Do Contact Us

We’d love to hear about your dream wedding, and help you find the right venue. If you would like to sit down with a wedding venue expert and tour our venues, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Clarence House agents on (02) 9750 3555 or (02) 9789 1662 or send us an email at admin@clarencehouse.com.au