Deciding on A Wedding Venue? Here Are 6 Important Things to Consider
From poolside solemnisations to garden weddings, hotel ballrooms to intimate cafés, newlyweds will find a (surprisingly) wide variety of wedding venues on our sunny island to choose from. But considering the theme, guest list, menu and more to consider, how exactly does one choose the perfect venue?
An intimate ceremony by the pool at Novotel Singapore on Stevens.
With so many choices and only one decision to make, we team up with Novotel Singapore on Stevens to explore the six things to take into consideration when deciding on your wedding venue.
Infinite Eden, one of the hotel’s wedding themes.
While the aesthetic appeal of the venue should not be the deciding factor, it is important to note the ambience and the layout of the venue – especially there is a specific theme for the wedding. At the same time, look out for features such as high-ceilings and pillar-less rooms that provide the illusion of space. Trust us, they do make a difference.
The Polaris, the grand ballroom.
The Polaris at Novotel Singapore on Stevens checks all these boxes. With a six-metre high ceiling interior, the grand ballroom spells nothing less than elegance. The Polaris also offers an unobstructed view of the stage, ensuring that not a single moment of the special occasion will be missed out on.
Thinking of an outdoor ceremony? An outdoor terrace decked in fresh blooms, the La Terrasse is perfect for whimsical garden weddings. After an alfresco solemnisation amidst the lush greenery, move the party inside and enjoy the celebratory meal in the function room while taking in the view made possible by the floor-to-ceiling windows – a wedding with the best of both worlds.
Make a grand entrance with the Milkyway foyer.
Be it a grand celebration or an intimate ceremony, it is essential to pre-prepare your guest list before selecting the venue and to check on the maximum (and minimum if required) number of guests that your desired venue can accommodate. For instance, La Terrasse is perfect for a cosy ceremony for up to 40 guests. On the other hand, The Polaris is capable of accommodating up to 320 guests –ideal for hosting large-scale banquets.
Speaking of banquets, it is recommended to attend food tasting sessions, to get a better insight into the menu before deciding on the venue. For couples planning on hosting a traditional banquet, the quality of food should be of priority. On that note, Novotel Singapore on Stevens offers a range of authentic Chinese dishes prepared by its award-winning chefs.
The Glittering Bliss Cake.
Before picking out the menu, do check on the dietary preferences of your guests. Also, feel free to consult with the venue on its ability to cater to these preferences.
From selecting the centrepieces to deciding on the guest list, wedding planning can get a little daunting. This is when a wedding coordinator comes in handy. By ensuring that the day’s events are taken care of, the wedding coordinator will leave you to enjoy your special day to its fullest.
While not every wedding venue offers the option of a wedding coordinator, the wedding planning professionals at Novotel Singapore on Stevens will be more than glad to help you out on your big day.
As most couples tend to hold their wedding on auspicious dates, getting your dream venue on the preferred date may be challenging. As such, check on the availability of the venue at least a year before the wedding, to avoid disappointment.
Although the majority of wedding venues require a deposit upon confirmation, do consult the venue on the payment method and if instalment plans are available. For instance, Novotel Singapore on Stevens will collect a deposit of $5,000, 50% of the deposit one month prior to the big day before collecting the full payment on the day of the wedding.
Do verify the absolute cost—including service charge, GST and potential add-ons—of the package. Before making the purchase, you may consider researching on the exact credit card to use, in order to maximise additional perks.
While there are plenty of wedding venues to choose from, it is tough to narrow your choice to just one. With the above tips, we hope we’ve made the decision easier. Happy wedding venue hunting!