Wedding Reception Melbourne – Choosing The Right Venue

Being a DJ, I get the opportunity to see many Wedding Reception Melbourne, while having little or no bias to “sell” one location over another. Most couples know where the ceremony location is going to be before they decide where to have the reception, so here are my five tips that can help you when selecting your venue.

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If people have to drive a long way to get from the ceremony to the reception, some will get distracted or decide to do something else. Try to keep the reception within a 15 to 30 minute drive of your ceremony or why not have the ceremony at the venue. A lot of venues offer outside ceremony spots or chapels which you can use on the day. If it is not possible to have your ceremony at the reception venue, then have the happy couple lead the parade, and people will follow you to your reception.


Time is just like the distance issue. If your reception is several hours after the ceremony, people will find other things to do, and they might even be late for the reception. Try to start the reception no later than 2 hours of 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, drinks and get people 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.

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People like their personal space, and they have most likely spent an hour packed into a space for your ceremony. If you let them spread out, they will enjoy themselves more. Make 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! Make sure to visit the venue before booking.

Climate Control

Having a summer wedding? Does your Wedding Reception Melbourne have air conditioning? If people sweat while just sitting, they won’t dance. On the flip side, if they are cold they won’t dance either (who wants to dance in a woollen jacket?). Also 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.


This is a hot button issue. Wedding venues are non smoking inside so you can fully expect smokers to leave your reception for 15-30 minutes every hour. If enough of them leave the reception area, you may find a large percentage of your guests just hanging out in the smoking area. This can be a big problem if you want people to dance all night. People who smoke tend to hang out together and if no one is inside the venue, it makes it harder for a good wedding DJ to start the party. Consider if it is close enough that you will be able to get wedding party members together for events like the bouquet toss or garter auction?

Wedding coordinators will bring up several other factors when you interview them for your booking, but these are often forgotten items, especially if they don’t suit the potential venue. 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 DJ Melbourne –  Matt Jefferies Entertainment 

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