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Tips to find your perfect Wedding Venue

Tips to find your perfect Wedding Venue

13th February 2014

As Croke Park’s Wedding Co-ordinator I’ve often been asked what’s the most important piece of advice you would give a couple booking their wedding venue?

The most important thing is to get a good sense of your guest numbers so you know what size venue will work and then establish what is most important for you – location, fabulous food, photography backdrop, accommodation, somewhere unique. So…

Numbers… 

Photo credit: David McClelland Photography

This will determine what venue and room is suitable for you.  At Croke Park we offer rooms suitable for 50 - 500 guests and we are able to accommodate most requests. If you choose a per person package, pay particular attention to the minimum numbers as this can alter your price if your numbers fall short.

Location, location, location…

Again, this narrows your search criteria.  Do you have a location in mind or are you open to a range of destinations. 

Fabulous food…

Let your menu choice reflect your personality.  At Croke Park we offer a range of menu options including world buffets, tapas, bowl food and traditional menus. Try not to limit yourself to a set package rate that includes a standard drinks reception and menu. What about your own signature cocktail on arrival? Or your favourite dish for your main and your ideal mid night snack for the evening reception?

Try and choose a function room with the bar in the room. If a bar is outside, your guests may forget to come back to hit the dance floor!

A picture tells a thousand tales…

Photo credit: David McClelland Photography

Pick a location that is unique, special and interesting for your photos and insist that your photographer does a walk prior to your big day. They need to know what shots you want that can all be taken within an acceptable timeframe (don’t want to keep you away from the party for too long!). Croke Park features a range of quirky photography backdrops including pitchside, changing rooms, the players’ tunnel and the suites themselves.  

A bed for the night… 

Check out accommodation prices and rooms before you confirm your venue as many of your guests will be booking an overnight stay. Croke Park has the four star Croke Park Hotel just steps from the stadium offering luxurious rooms at reasonable prices.   

Something unique… 

If you are looking for something different there are a range of unique venues to choose from.  And Croke Park is not just for GAA fans! 

Get to know me… 

Plan in a number of venue visits and go through every detail with your wedding coordinator.  Bring along other members of your wedding party and get to know your coordinator as they will be the one on hand to ensure that everything goes according to plan.  Menu tasting is also essential so make sure to request an opportunity to sample the menu for your big day so there are no surprises. 

Remember… ask for help!

Ask reliable friends and family to get involved and help you along the way.  It will make them feel part of your big day in a special way and they can help with invites, flowers, room dressing or even cake making!

Your mind’s eye… 

When visiting venues try to envisage the flow of your day and pay attention to the little details. Understand clearly what is included in the rate and what your venue will look like on the day. Ask for photos of other weddings with different set ups and décor. Arrange to call in while another wedding is being set up. Discuss your ideas with your wedding co-ordinator and ask for their opinion. Consider sounds and smells, background music from the moment the first guest arrives… Summer flowers or winter mulled wine.

Remember, no matter what venue you choose, the most important thing is to enjoy YOUR day.  Everyone is just delighted to be invited to celebrate with you.  

Happy planning… 

Karen