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Wedding Venues

When Should I Book My Wedding Venue?

The to-do list of planning a wedding can seem unending. It is also hard to know what to get done first and what you need to leave for later. While a lot of things on the list can be done at just about any time during the wedding planning process, there are a few that need to get done first so that everything else can fall into place. Setting a wedding budget, drafting a rough guest list, and booking a wedding venue will fall into that category.

Finding a venue that ticks all your boxes is not easy and at Clarence House, we are here to make that step easier for you. To that end, we have compiled a list of some of our top answers to questions that couples ask when they are deciding on the perfect wedding venue and the perfect timing for getting that done.

1. Is it ever too soon to start looking at wedding venues?

The simple answer is no. It is never too soon. You need to start looking around for wedding venues as soon as you get engaged, if not before the engagement. This is because the wedding venue business can be cutthroat and good wedding venues are booked years in advance. So, to give yourself a better chance of getting the perfect wedding venue, start looking for one as early as possible.

2. When should the final booking be made?

In general, the final booking must be settled 9-12 months before your wedding date. This is helpful in two ways. Firstly, you will be more likely to get the venue if you book it a year in advance, and secondly, having a booking done early will give you ample time to get everything else done on time. For very popular wedding venues, you may need to give yourself a better chance so booking the venue 18 months in advance is advised.

3. Can you get a venue last minute?

Yes, you can. But relying on getting a venue booked last minute means that you will probably have to make do with whatever is offered to you. This may mean that your wedding date will be shifted last minute, and you may need to alter your guest list to suit the wedding venue. Realistically, most people will not be fortunate enough to get an opening at the wedding venue that they really want if they wait until the last minute to book it.

At Clarence House, we have been in the wedding business for a long time and have hosted weddings of all sizes. So, if you are looking for a world-class wedding venue in Sydney, give us a ring. Our team has a wealth of experience hosting weddings for many couples. Contact us today and you can be one step closer to having the wedding of your dreams.

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Wedding Venues

Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Venue Contracts

Many people think that choosing a venue is the hard part and that once you and your spouse have battled over this decision and finally landed on a reasonable compromise, it will then be smooth sailing from there. But this is hardly ever the case. Even once you’ve booked a date and made a verbal agreement with your venue’s owner, the deal won’t be secured by a simple handshake. You’ll be required to sign a binding legal contract.

Venue contracts can be quite a complicated part of the overall wedding planning process, that is if you don’t simply throw the contract at your personal lawyer and get them to do all the dirty work. The contract that you sign could have serious implications and ramifications for your life if voided. As such, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve read through the fine print, and that all the provisions and additional details (such as your choice of caterer or your ability to invite children to your wedding) are not impeded by the contract that your venue has required you to sign.

In this blog, we’ll walk you through everything that you’ll need to know when it comes to venue contracts, and how you can jump this particular hurdle within your wedding preparations and land safely and securely on the other side.

What will the contract typically require?

Before you’ve even received your venue’s specific contract and reviewed it, there are quite a few things that are commonly seen in these types of legal agreements. These are things that you can expect to see in your venue contract, and that you should be prepared for before the time to sign the contract arrives. They include:

  • Both you and your spouse’s full names, as well as the date that you’d like to rent the venue for.
  • Your total payment for the venue, as well as the initial deposit (and in some cases, your deposit due date, if your venue hasn’t required you to pay the deposit before the contracts can be signed).
  • A scheduled payment plan for all outstanding amounts after the deposit.
  • Venue cancellation and refund policies
  • Specified venue rules (e.g. no animals, guest parking specification, etc.)
  • Insurance and liability details

What to sort out with your venue before signing the contract

Since the contract that you sign will be a legally binding agreement, it’s important that you square away any other wayward details with your venue’s owner (or their representatives) before signing on the dotted line. It won’t be possible to make defined choices about every single wedding aspect before signing the venue contract. However, if you negotiate some wiggle room for your planning period into the contract, this won’t be a problem for you. These include details such as your autonomy with your itinerary, the time frame when you’ll get access to the reception rooms, the specific limitations that your venue will impose on you… and so much more. Fitting these details into your contract beforehand will certainly be worthwhile. Trust us… your future self will thank you!

If you’re looking for some great venues in Sydney that will the perfect locations to set the stage for your dream wedding, reach out to us. Here at Clarence House, we’d love nothing more than to help you turn your big day into a wedding for the ages.

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Wedding Tips

2 Experts Tips That Will Make Your Wedding Unique

We’ve all heard the story: Boy meets girl and they fall in love. They go on a few dates, then profess their undying feelings in a church or other religious places  with their friends and family. This is the classical love story that most romantic movies rely on. As a result, most people often duplicate this story and plan their weddings around religious centers within their local area.

While the traditional venue that has a disco ball on the dance floor at the reception, has the potential to be a magical event, it’s something that is duplicated time and time again. As such, if you choose this option, you may begin to find it hard to differentiate between your wedding, and many of the other weddings that you may have attended (from friends and family).

The true key behind turning your wedding into a truly enchanting event is to make it unique. This is something that even surpasses the power of setting a larger budget. I mean, sure… you could hire all of the most expensive things, in order to dazzle your guests. With an unlimited budget, you could choose the perfect venue, set the most delicious menu and purchase amazing decor. However, unless you make your wedding unique to you and your spouse, it will just be another lavish event.

Below, we’ll talk about a few expert tips that will help you plan a unique wedding.

1. Consider your preferences

The first expert tip that will help you plan a unique wedding is to consider yours and your spouse’s preferences throughout the decision-making process. Every individual has their own unique character, likes or dislikes and preferences. As such, if you choose options that uniquely appeal to you and your spouse (even if they are not the most popular trends at the time), this will help you differentiate you wedding from the masses. These preferences include elements such as your colour scheme, décor options, menu type, venue type and so much more.

2. Do not be afraid to make bold decision

Our next expert tip, when it comes to planning unique weddings, it’s not to fear making bold decisions. Most weddings fall under a defined category when it comes to expectation. These include the traditional church venue, the 4 course menu, the classical white dress and many other over used tropes. While these themes have the power to create a truly amazing event, you shouldn’t fear the idea of potential venturing out. If your preferences favour a change, you should embrace the idea of changing up these tropes, in order to plan a wedding that is uniquely yours.

Maybe you and your partner love pizza, so you can set that as the main course. Or maybe you’re both fans of the beach, so you can select a beach front location as your venue. All of these unique choices (if they fit for you) can help you create an event that’s not only amazing, but fresh, bold and uniquely yours.

Here at Clarence House, we love helping our customers plan weddings that are fresh and unique. If you’d like us to help you do just that, contact us today!