Wedding Reception Melbourne – Choosing The Perfect Venue

Being a professional Melbourne MC and DJ for the past 25 years means I have the pleasure of experiencing many wedding reception venues across Melbourne. While having little or no bias to one location over another. Many couples know where the ceremony location is going to be before they decide where to have the reception, so here are a few tips to assist you when selecting your venue.

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Try to keep the wedding reception venue within a 15 to 30 minute drive of your ceremony or why not have the ceremony at the venue if that’s an option. A lot of wedding venues offer outside ceremony spots or chapels which you can use on the day.


Try to start your wedding reception no longer than 2 hours after the ceremony. If you don’t want to start your wedding dance at 5 o’clock in the afternoon, have a meet & greet mixer before your reception. Serve some light food / canapes, drinks which will also encourage your guests to mingle. This will be one of the few times that both families will be together. Encourage family members to share stories about your childhoods.


Be sure your reception hall has plenty of room for your guests. The people renting the location might tell you it holds 200 people, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will hold 200 people comfortably! .

Climate Control

Having a summer wedding? Does your Melbourne wedding reception have air conditioning? If guests sweat while just sitting, they are less likely to dance. On the flip side, if they are cold they may not dance either. Make sure you know who the venue manager is so the temperature can be adjusted if needed. Chances are your reception will be warm and stuffy while all the guest are there, but as they trickle out during the night the room will begin to cool down.

If you keep the overall picture in mind & work with your wedding planner, event coordinator or wedding stylist on the decorating ideas, you will have a fun, enjoyable & memorable wedding day.

Blog Written by Wedding MC and DJ Melbourne –  Mark Girdwood


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