Putting The ‘U’ In Venue

Putting The ‘U’ In Venue

There are plenty of things to consider before deciding on a venue for your wedding ceremony and reception. Jacqueline Maya speaks with Alisha Williams, the conference and events coordinator at Ramada Resort Dunsborough, about what to look for when choosing your dream wedding venue.

Organising a wedding from scratch can seem daunting, especially when it comes to choosing your wedding venues, so where do you start?

Williams has seen many wedding trends in recent years, but one thing that has remained consistent is the bride and groom’s desire to showcase their personality and style throughout the entire wedding.

“Couples really embrace [the opportunity] in theming the day to be the best representation of themselves as a unit,” says Williams.

Location, Location, Location

Deciding on whether to choose your wedding venue locations based on convenience or preference can be difficult. However, Williams has noticed that couples are deciding to choose their venues based on their personal preferences, rather than how far the location is from home.

Even though couples aren’t choosing venues based solely on their locations, Williams says that it should still be considered, especially when it comes to the transportation of guests or if the ceremony and reception locations are different.

“Everyone is excited to make a weekend of it and enjoy the region’s many attractions,” says Williams. “It is very important, when selecting the venues, to consider [travel] time. The last thing you want is to be in the car for two hours on your wedding day.”

Williams has also noticed that couples are choosing different locations for their ceremony and reception in order to give their guests a broader experience of the South West. However, hosting your wedding ceremony and reception at the one venue certainly has its advantages.

“We [can cater for] ceremonies and receptions, [as well as offer] accommodation, [which couples find] very attractive, especially if they have any international [or] interstate guests attending the wedding,” says Williams.

Indoors Or Outdoors?

There are many things to consider when deciding on an indoor or outdoor venue for your special day.


When considering an indoor venue, Williams suggests thinking about things like whether the event will be a cocktail-style reception or sit-down dinner, how many windows the venue has and how far the bar is.


In regards to outdoor locations, Williams believes the key to choosing the perfect outdoor venue is to first determine whether you’ll need to start from scratch with hire equipment and floor plan options.

From there, it’s best to make your way through the other factors, such as power access, bathrooms, lighting, heating, and whether the venue offers a back-up weather plan.

Have Questions

Williams also recommends that couples ask the wedding coordinator about:

Information: Querying about what information is required within what time frame is crucial to making the process easier for both parties.
Payment: The payment process will always vary between venues, so it’s always a good idea to check what the required payment method is in the beginning to avoid any confusion.
Surcharges: Asking about surcharges will also ensure you don’t have any nasty little surprises when it comes to finalising payments.
Restrictions: Enquiring about whether the venue has any noise restrictions can also help avoid any confrontation with its surrounding neighbours.
Suppliers: Making sure you know who is liaising with suppliers, in the lead up to the wedding and on the day, will allow you to combat any issues, should any arise.
Confirmation: Always ask the coordinator when they’ll need confirmation of final details and numbers. The more efficient you are, the more efficient the coordinator can be, which will ensure that your special day runs as smoothly as possible.

The Details Are In The Décor

Some wedding venues often do not come equipped with furniture or décor. However, Williams says that most venues will have a wedding professional that can offer advice, recommend suppliers, assist you with the process, and identify inclusions and exclusions.

“We are in a region that has access to many fantastic wedding styling companies that can offer... everything from tables and chairs to centrepieces and ceiling draping.”

Williams also personally assists clients with suggestions for backdrops, chair covers, centre pieces and, of course, suppliers such as DJs, cake makers and celebrants, which will ensure you won’t lose your decorum when organising décor for your big day.

The Verdict

Deciding on whether to have an indoor or outdoor wedding ceremony or reception is always going to be difficult. However, regardless of what space you choose, the most important thing is to choose a venue that’s right for you.

Williams is proud that Ramada Resort Dunsborough can offer its clients an all-inclusive wedding experience in one stunning location. The company has three beautiful ceremony locations; you can choose to wed in an intimate beach ceremony, exchange vows in a picturesque garden or opt for a classic and romantic ceremony in its wedding chapel.

The venue’s exceptional Bayview Ballroom, which can seat up to 150 guests, features floor-to-ceiling windows and a Juliet balcony that overlooks the stunning Geographe Bay, so it’s the perfect location for your wedding reception.

Whether you decide to have your wedding ceremony and reception at different venues, at the same venue, indoors or outdoors, remember that the love you and your partner share will engulf any space you choose.

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