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Tips for Finding a Wedding Venue

Contents

    – Searching for a wedding venue: choosing a type of wedding venue

    – When to search for a wedding venue?

    – How to search for a wedding venue?

    – Step 1: Search for a wedding venue to rent

    – Step 2: Finding an agreement with the rental company

    – Step 3: Optimise the visit to the rental wedding venue

You have an event to organise, and you need to rent a venue: research, a rental contract, venue visit; here are some tips to quickly find a venue that meets your requirements, without unpleasant surprises!

Searching for a wedding venue: choosing a type of wedding venue

Before starting the search for a wedding venue, it is essential to know which type of wedding venue to choose.

For that, it is advisable to define:

    – your budget;

    – your desires:

        ◦ type of wedding venue,

        ◦ location,

        ◦ outdoor space or not, etc.;

    – the capacity sought:

        ◦ for a reception with meals or seating you need at least 1.5 m² per person,

        ◦ for a reception without seating, it is necessary to count at least 1 m² per person ;

    – The desired services and amenities.

When all these criteria are defined, it is possible to start looking for a wedding venue.

When to look for a wedding venue?

It is important to keep in mind that wedding venues are often reserved from one year to the next. Therefore, it is essential to do your research at least several months before the desired date or even more than a year before certain ceremonies such as wedding halls.

It would help if you set aside some time to do your research in advance and visit the venues.

When a wedding venue corresponds precisely to what you want, do not hesitate to book it immediately.

Searching for a wedding venue: how?

A search for a wedding venue can be done in several ways:

    – you can contact the town halls of the different communes that interest you;

    – you can ask for information from the associations;

    – on the internet:

        ◦ either by visiting websites specialised in wedding venue rental that offers a directory of wedding venues in the region you are looking for,

        ◦ or by searching directly on the websites of local authorities;

        ◦ or by using web directories;

    – with your network of acquaintances.

1. Search for a wedding venue to rent

To find a wedding venue to rent:

    – Ask the town hall of your place of residence for information: town halls often offer one or more places for rent. You can also apply to the city hall of a town other than your own, but be aware that they sometimes charge higher prices for non-residents.

    – Alternatively, municipal employees may be able to provide you with information on individuals and companies renting wedding venues. You can also turn to:

        ◦ restaurateurs for a reception;

        ◦ large companies in the region for a seminar.

    – Finally, specialised ad sites will also be able to help you find a wedding venue that meets your expectations.

2. Agree with the renter

    – Remember to specify the nature of the event to your contact before the visit, know if it is possible to organise it in this place, and the number of participants.

    – If you have special requirements (parking, for example), be sure to check before the visit if these elements are present.

3. Optimise the visit at the rental wedding venue

When you visit a rental hall, visit the premises taking advantage of the atmosphere and the environment:

    – Does the wedding venue lend itself well to the event you are planning?

    – Also, remember to check that the wedding venue has all the necessary facilities for your event: electricity, sanitary facilities, stage, terrace, etc.

    – Ask what is included in the price: wedding venue rental, insurance, furniture, service, etc.

    – Ask if you can expect any additional expenses: corkage fees, cleaning, access to the garden, etc.

    – Check the cancellation policy.

    – Take some pictures.

Finally, don’t forget to share your experience in the comments section below.

Can housewives live without their daily TV soaps? Can teenagers spend a day without logging to Facebook? Can football fans live without goal.com? We now take for granted that media has become an integral part of our lives and that we will never be able to live without it. So, let’s take a tour to see the role that the mass media is playing worldwide.

Functions of the Mass Media:

Surveillance Function

There is the instrumental surveillance, where mass media serves as the eyes and ears of the general public and provide the information necessary for daily life, such as stock market prices, weather forecasts, upcoming movie releases, new fashion and current affairs. For instance, how do you think the whole world heard about the first coronavirus outbreak? Through the media, of course!

Did you know that the news of the end of the War of 1812 took months to reach people across the Atlantic? However, within 2 hours of the events, more than 90% of the American population knew about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Another type of mass media surveillance is warning or beware surveillance, where the media creates awareness on threats such as wars, natural disasters, economic declines, military threats and epidemics. It is the media’s task to act as a ‘watchdog’ and warn the public about dangers to assure the welfare of the nation. We might not directly experience what is happening worldwide, but we can rely on the media to keep us informed.

Interpretation Function

Mass media helps to shape a person’s view of the world. The audience is exposed to various perspectives and school of thoughts provided by the media to help people better understand and make judgements. Media gatekeepers decide on the content that will be presented to the audience. Mass communicators do not transmit only the information but also the significance of the information. An example is the national response to the killing of a British black teenager, Stephen Lawrence, in 1993, which led to a repeal of the double jeopardy rule in murder cases in the UK.

Linkage Function

Online outlets such as eBay, allow both sellers and buyers to link up. This is known as the Linkage function, where the media plays a vital role in connecting several elements of the society that are not directly related. Other examples include how voters will follow their elected officials’ accomplishments through newspapers, how advertising connects both sellers and buyers, online dating services, such as match.com and dating.com, writing letters to editors and phone-ins on the radio.

The linkage function can be witnessed when geographically separated groups share information, which may be through social media and other media channels. The media can also lead to ‘audience building’, where social groups with similar interests are assembled together. For instance, in November 2017, The Sun daily newspaper was instrumental in asking all Malaysians to make donations to help the Penang Flood victims.

Transmission of Values Function

This function is also called the socialisation function. Here, mass media is seen as a socialisation agency, which reflects an increasing influence on shaping our norms and values. It plays a central role in shaping the personality of individuals. People’s view of the world, political and social attitudes, and political leaders’ beliefs are formed through their impressions from the media rather than personal experience. For example, did you know that shows like Full House and Step by Step promoted family values?

The mass media normally encourages conformist behaviours. It communicates acceptable and unacceptable forms of behaviour to reinforce perceptions of expected behaviours. For instance, news reports on the serious consequences for those who break the society’s norms. Another example is how BBC News published an online article in 2018 to raise awareness about the importance of wearing seat belts.

Entertainment Function

A popular function is how people use the media to escape from routines and to ease worries. People may immerse themselves in specific media types to compensate for the lack of satisfaction in their daily lives, or to gratify their needs and to relax their tired minds. Examples are how women read Mills and Boon novels to make up for the lack romance in their marriage, or newspapers including games like crosswords and Sudoku on their pages. Television offers people possibilities to view events that they would not have attended to such as the Oscars and the Olympics. Many sociologists believed that teenagers use horror films to gratify their need for excitement.

Today, the emergence of digital media has increased the entertainment function of the press. For instance, blogs such as Perez Hilton’s provide recent gossip news about celebrities, and YouTube is used to watch different types of videos while some people live alternative lives as avatars on websites such as Second Life.

Have you been able to identify and recognise the function that the media plays in our lives? Please share your comments!

Summary
1. What is a wedding planner?
2. What is the role of the wedding planner?
3. How to find that special person?

If you lack the time and energy to organize your wedding, why not call a wedding planner? He will manage everything for you from A to Z or just a part of your wedding. You should know that this concept comes from the United States and that it has been widely used for more than 50 years, it is a profession in its own right.

1. What is a wedding planner?

There are two possibilities for the wedding planner:
– He will take care of all the wedding preparations and the planning of this fabulous day.
– He will manage only a part of the wedding planning.

The wedding planner will, therefore, manage the preparations from A to Z until the “D” day, that is to say:

finding the reception venue (wedding hall), the caterer, the decoration, the photographer and other suppliers necessary for the smooth running of the wedding;
– help you define the theme wedding;
finding accommodation for the guests;
– advise you on the animation of the wedding.

He can also accompany you in more personal choices, such as:

– Wedding attire;
– wedding rings.

On the “D” day, he will be a real coordinator: he will of course be on site to manage all the last minute unforeseen events and the smallest details to make this day an exceptional success.

Management of the wedding

You don’t have to entrust everything to him; you can ask your wedding planner to intervene only on a part of the organization of your wedding.

For example, he can be present on the day of the wedding celebration to oversee all the preparations and the day’s progress.

2. What is the role of the wedding planner?

Before and during the wedding

The wedding planner must have a lot of quality and talent, namely: be meticulous, have a sense of initiative, know how to anticipate, be quick, efficient, have good interpersonal skills, be diplomatic, know how to communicate.

He has to offer you tailor-made services, that’s why you call for his services.
His major asset is that he is a good negotiator. He knows many quality service providers to satisfy you and lighten your budget. He will, therefore, get information, call, visit the premises, taste, test, and compare prices.

Once he will have all the elements in his possession, he will debrief you on his different searches, you will only have to decide and choose what suits you best in all serenity and especially without stress on the “D” day.
You will be able to fully enjoy this unique day as well as your guests. His role will be to act as the conductor by coordinating the service providers and centralizing the information.

After the wedding

The wedding planner will also be able to manage the after-wedding in the following cases:

– take care of the refurbishment of the reception hall;
– sending out thank-you cards;
– contact the wedding photographer and cameraman for the elaboration of the wedding photo album and the wedding film;
– manage the administrative part.

3. How to spot that special talent?

The wedding planner should be contacted at the beginning of the organization of your wedding: 10 to 12 months before.

There are several ways to find a good wedding planner:

word-of-mouth: the most efficient way to contact your quality service provider.
the eternal yellow pages;
the websites specialized in marriage;
peel the magazines;
taking down names and contact information on TV shows.

Questions to ask your wedding planner
Once you have selected several wedding planners, make an appointment with them, and ask them the right questions, such as:

– Is the staff competent and do they have the necessary know-how for the wedding?
– What are the wedding themes he can offer you and what are his rates?

Ask to see their portfolio, photos, or videos to get an idea of their work and whether it corresponds to your selection criteria. Don’t hesitate to tell him all your wishes and your story. He needs to get to know you in order to elaborate on a wedding that resembles you and that is in harmony with your couple.

Last but not least, he must stay in regular contact to find out how the organization of your wedding is progressing and to reframe it if necessary. He must be available and listen to you, and not influence you.

Summary:

– Where to rent a wedding venue?

– How to choose a wedding venue?

– Cost of a wedding venue

You are in the middle of preparing your wedding, you have organized a wedding planning so that you don’t forget anything. Getting married with your loved one will be the most beautiful day of your life, you want it to be unforgettable. For this, the choice of the wedding hall is decisive.

Where to rent a wedding venue?

Whether your wedding is country, romantic or sumptuous, you will have to quickly get down to work to find the right place for your wedding.

Also, the wedding hall must be in harmony with your party and will have to adapt to the style of your wedding. Therefore, there are many private spaces or various public places that can be rented to celebrate exceptional events.

You can opt for :

– private castles;

– farms, inns and other restaurants;

– abbeys;

– theatres which have many rooms available;

– palace lounges;

– festival halls;

large estates equipped with gîtes for the accommodation of your guests;

– barges which offer a more unusual side.

Different tools can help you to carry out and target your various searches, such as :

– paper guides ;

– yellow pages;

– internet guides;

– several sites: such as Summerfields Estate;

– word-of-mouth does not go out of fashion either and offers excellent results.

If you have the possibility, you can also decide to receive your guests in your rented estate, or that of a relative park. In this case, think about renting a wedding tent, if sometimes the weather is not suitable.

How to choose your wedding venue?

As a first step, you should start scouting at least one year before the wedding date because the most sought-after and high quality wedding halls and venue are very much in demand. And, you don’t want to be on the waiting list for too long!

Getting the wedding hall rented on the date that suits you will therefore be a priority. Choose a location that is suitable for both families and friends, not too far from the church or the town hall so as not to lose half of the guests.

The party is for everyone, it would be better to avoid climbing stairs that are not always accessible to the elderly.

After you have found several places that suit you, all that remains is to make the final choice, do not hesitate to visit the selected rooms and especially the place where the reception will take place, leaving nothing to chance, go through all the practical details with a fine-tooth comb.

Criteria to be taken into account in the choice of a wedding hall

Ask yourself the right questions, namely :

– The number of guests:

◦ It will define the size of the hall, the number of seats available, the type of tables, the plan of the hall.

◦ It is preferable for the tables to be round for more conviviality and not too far from each other as this could lack warmth. Think about your wedding table plan.

– Small, friendly spaces can also be a plus :

◦ You can customize a room especially dedicated to children who can be entrusted to a wedding babysitter,

◦ A rest room to relax and/or for the elderly.

– Will the vin d’honneur take place in the same room?

– Make sure you have enough room for your wedding’s entertainment: sound equipment, orchestra, various games.

– Is there enough room to dance?

– What kitchen equipment is planned and available: stove, refrigerator, sink, freezer…

– Are there enough toilets?

– Is the room heated if your wedding takes place in winter?

– Is the venue and its surroundings secure?

– Is the parking lot large and convenient enough to accommodate all your guests?

– At what time does the rental end?

Don’t hesitate to ask for information and testimonials from people who have already been married in this location. Ask for advice from your friends and neighbours. You can also entrust the organisation of your wedding to a wedding planner.

Cost of a wedding hall

It is important to consider your budget when choosing your wedding hall. The cost varies according to the location, the surface area and the equipment provided. Remember that a down payment allows you to “block” and quickly reserve the reception hall.

Ask how the price of your room is charged, what is included in the price:

– The material (kitchen equipment)?

– Are tables and chairs included?

– What about insurance in case of an incident?

Prices vary according to the style of your wedding hall: a manor, an estate or luxury residence, a castle, or a prestigious wedding hall.

Don’t forget to add the cost of your personalized decoration to this budget.

Good to know: Be aware that prices decrease significantly out of season.

To choose the venue of your events: Weddings, Corporate functions, Romantic getaways, and other Functions, you can contact Summerfields Estate for a stylish location on the Mornington Peninsula.

Don’t forget to leave us your comments and tell us about your experience!

From the stages of the shipping cycle to know how to identify a good logistics company from another, this post will cover all the necessary information you need to know when dealing with cargo shipping companies.

The Shipping Cycle

A shipping cycle is an economic cycle intended to correct markets when supply and demand are out of balance. It is a stage cycle based on customer demand:

Stage 1: Trough

In economic terms, ‘trough’ is used to refer to a stage in the business cycle where activities and/or prices plummet just before rising again. In the shipping cycle, the trough is considered to be the stage at which there is an ‘excess’ capacity. The freight costs plummet, and shipping companies experience negative cash flow. There are two other phenomena that characterizes this stage: the accumulation of ships at trading ports and the slowing down of shipments.

Stage 2: Recovery

In the second stage of the shipping cycle, marks the end of the trough and start of business turning around. The decrease in prices spur an increase in demand leading both supply and demand to move toward equilibrium.

Stage 3: Expansion

As the demand increases, freight charges gradually begin to increase as well, and shipping containers begin to move out of the trading ports.

Stage 4: Peak

At this stage, the shipping freight rates reach their maximum level of growth and hits a plateau. At this stage, the cycle will start to reverse. Even though the levels of supply and demand are going to be almost completely equal, the tension between the two will be more volatile. This increases the chances of the peak of reversing at any moment.

Stage 5: Collapse

At this stage, which represents the end of the cycle, supply exceeds demand and lead to sales and rates to decrease. While the cash flow will not immediately experience a decline, there will be slow down in terms of operation.

How Container Ships Work?

Companies hire shipping companies to ship their products. These companies send their products to these shipping companies who then load the containers. Once loaded, the shipping companies move the containers to the port, through a process called ‘drayage’. Transporting a container away from the port is also referred to as ‘drayage’.

The containers are then kept at the port in container stacks. Once the designated ship arrives, a special chassis and a bomb cart is used to transport the container to the ship. None of the containers are placed in a haphazard manner. Because of the different protocols in place, the placement of containers will have to be done carefully. For example, the container could be placed in order of weight. The container might also have to be secured either above deck or below the hatch.

What Makes a Logistics Company Reliable?

There are few things you can look out for to ensure you are able to separate a good logistics company from a bad one. The most common way to tell them apart is by looking at their contacts and knowledge.

Unlike individual companies, cargo shipping companies have been in the field for a very long time. The level of knowledge and expertise they have is unsurpassed and usually towers over the in-house logistics department in terms of efficiency. Moving large quantities of goods around the world on a daily basis ensures that they know the guidelines of almost every port out there, which is something you can’t expect a newcomer to know.

They must also have full mastery over the types of containers they can use to move the shipment.  While the most common containers are 20-foot dry containers and 40-foot dry containers, there are also other types of containers on the market. The other container storage units include:

  • Refrigerated container

Refrigerated ISO containers are containers where the temperature is carefully regulated and maintained at a low level.

  • Thermal container

Thermal containers, also known as insulated containers, are the opposite of refrigerated containers. While the temperature is also carefully regulated, the temperature is controlled to ensure that it stays high, not low. 

  • Flat rack container

Flat rack containers have collapsible sides.

  • Open top container

Open top containers have convertible tops that can be completely removed.

  • Tunnel container

Tunnel containers have doors on both ends of the container.

  • Open side storage containers

These are containers that can be opened on wider sides.

  • Drums

Drum containers are circular shipping containers made from steel, lightweight metals or hard plastic.

Once you’ve established that the shipping company understands all this, you then want to make sure that they can also get your goods in and out of ports in a timely manner. With all the complex procedures that have to be followed, you want to find a company that is renowned for delivering excellent quality work.

You are in the middle of preparing your wedding, you have organised a wedding planning so that you don’t forget anything. Getting married to your loved one will be the most beautiful day of your life; you want it to be unforgettable. For this, the choice of wedding place is decisive.

Where to Rent a Wedding Hall?

Whether your wedding is country, romantic or sumptuous, you will have to get down to work fast to find the right place for your wedding.

The wedding hall must be in harmony with your party and will have to adapt to the style of your wedding. Summerfields Estate & Country House is an event specialist in Melbournes’s south-eastern suburbs. They have multiple event areas, on-site boutique accommodation and vast, open fields which make it the perfect place to celebrate exceptional events.

How Do You Choose Your Wedding Hall?

As a first step, you should start your location scouting at least one year before the wedding date because the most sought-after and high-quality wedding venues are very high in demand.

Choose a location that is suitable for both families and friends, not too far from the church or the town hall so as not to lose half of the guests.

You have identified several places that suit you, all that remains is to make the final choice, do not hesitate to visit the selected rooms and especially the site where the reception will take place, leaving nothing to chance, go through all the practical details with a fine-tooth comb.

Criteria to Take Into Account When Choosing a Wedding Hall

Ask yourself the right questions:

The Wedding Date

First of all, it is essential to determine one or more desired dates. Weddings are most often held from April to September. During this period, wedding halls are in high demand, and it is necessary to book the hall in advance.

To be sure to have a wide choice, it is preferable to choose your date at least one year in advance or to opt for a wedding during the fall or winter season.

The Budget

Renting a hall is one of the most critical parts of the budget in the organisation of a wedding. It is essential to determine a budget to be allocated to the rental of rooms.

Once the budget is determined, it is possible to focus your research and choose among the rooms that best suit your needs.

The Location

It is essential to define the place where the wedding will be celebrated to facilitate the choice of rooms.

For practical reasons, it is preferable to choose a room located close to other places of celebration.

However, it is also often recommended to find one not far from where the bride or groom lives or where their family lives.

Once a region or commune has been defined, the future spouses can choose the one that suits them best from among the proposals.

The Number of Guests:

The choice of a room must take into account the number of guests expected.

Indeed, it is essential to choose a capacity that is neither too small nor too large concerning the number of guests.

But if the guests come from different regions, it may also be preferable to choose a room that offers accommodation, or is located close to hotels.

It will define the size of the room, the number of places available, the type of tables, the layout of the room.

Will the Vin D’ Honneur Take Place in the Same Room?

Think about your wedding table plan. It is preferable that the tables are round for more merriment and not too far from each other as this could lack warmth.

Small, Friendly Spaces Can Also Be a Plus:

You can customise a room specially dedicated to children who can be entrusted to a wedding babysitter and a restroom to relax for the elderly.

Is There Enough Room to Dance?

Make sure you have enough room for your wedding’s entertainment: sound equipment, orchestra, various games.

Other miscellaneous details:

What kitchen equipment is planned and available: stove, refrigerator, sink, freezer…

Are there enough toilets?

Is the hall heated if your wedding takes place in winter?

Is the venue and its surroundings secure?

Is the parking lot large and convenient enough to accommodate all your guests? At what time does the rental end?

Don’t hesitate to ask for information and testimonials from people who have already been married in this location. Ask questions to neighbours if possible and don’t hesitate to ask your friends for advice.

You can also entrust the organisation of your wedding, i.e. the search for the reception hall, to a wedding planner: Summerfields Estate & Country House.

Cost of a Wedding Hall

It is essential to consider your budget when choosing your wedding hall. The cost varies according to the location, the surface area and the equipment provided.

Remember that a deposit allows you to “block” and quickly reserve the reception hall.

Ask how the price of your room is invoiced, what is taken into account in the price:

– The Material (Kitchen Equipment)?

– Are Tables and Chairs Included?

– What About Insurance in Case of an Incident?

Choose a wedding hall adapted to your budget, your needs and your desires.

Finding a wedding hall is one of the priorities in the organisation of a wedding. To do this, you can contact the Summerfields Estate & Country House.

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