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What to Look for When Choosing Your Wedding Venue

Choosing your wedding venue


Your choice of wedding venue is central to the vision you have for this life changing day. A striking setting, blessed with natural light, luxuriant surrounds, and classic architecture makes an ideal starting point for inspiration to unfold.

The Willows draws on romantic, universally recognised traditions, presenting you with the perfect canvas for creating your personal masterpiece. 

Vision, versatility and dedication to excellence makes The Willows Melbourne’s most sought after Wedding Venue. If you decide to have both ceremony and reception in one venue, The Willows can make this happen.

The ideal wedding venue will arise organically out of your needs, tastes, and budget, which is why it is so important to clarify these things before your begin exploring venue options. Discuss, your dreams and desires for the day with your fiancé, as well as what you can realistically afford.

A Wedding Venue Checklist




Establish the colours, flavours, and traditions of your day. A good venue will not only accommodate but bring to life a celebration which embraces a range of styles, tastes and customs.

Contemporary weddings are characterised by a refreshing sense of artistic freedom. Bringing together two people means bringing together two worlds.

Don’t be afraid to be specific about what you want. This is your day to celebrate.



Consider the number and range of guests.

The number of guests will determine the size of the venue. The Willows offers charming settings for intimate affairs and easily accommodates large celebrations.

The team will also strive to meet the needs of a wide range of guests, including all ages and stages of life.



Establish a realistic budget for your wedding and then let us help you create a day you can afford to enjoy.

The Willows has a range of food and beverage options available to suit all budgets, and we are here to offer assistance.

If financial constraints exist, talk to The Willows about dates that may be booked at a cheaper rate. Working through the financial details early on will put your mind at ease.



Your wedding venue should be able to accommodate most of your practical needs on site, or close by.



Does your venue accommodate for unforeseen changes in weather?

We can help arrange indoor and outdoor options so you can enjoy the best of all seasons.



Discuss lighting, sound systems, and any other extras you may need.



Talk to us about the best accommodation options, transport to the venue, parking, and access for guests with mobility issues.

If the ceremony is being held elsewhere, we can help you with transport strategies for arriving at your reception site in style.

Personal Touches


The Willows offers an Open Day for couples to meet and discuss their needs.

Here you can collaborate with our wedding specialists, who will put you in touch with the best service providers in the business. We have a selection of visionary professionals who know just what to do when it comes to decorating, flowers, lighting, cakes, photography, the wedding registry and much more.

If you are not sure yet what you want, this is the perfect opportunity to throw some ideas around and enjoy receiving some valuable guidance from a host of wedding experts. The open day is a relaxed occasion where you can sample a canapé, try a drink, and begin to make plans for your perfect day.

For more information contact us or visit our Weddings page.

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