Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is considered one of Australia’s most iconic wilderness experiences, and offers a spectacular and romantic location for couples to tie the knot.
Erica Kingham-Bradley, Groups and Functions Coordinator for Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge offers her advice for loved-up couples planning their wedding reception.
What are some of the things couples should consider when they’re searching for a reception venue?
At Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge we specialise in small weddings. Each of our reception venues caters to different styles; from traditional white wedding to rustic charm, or we can cater for a small reception in our walk-in wine cellar. So couples need to consider what sort of ceremony they would like, as well as how many family and friends will be celebrating with them.
How can a bride and groom maximise their time spent when meeting with their reception venue coordinator/caterer?
Be prepared and read through our wedding kit, jump online, read the emails and write a list of questions to ask and points to discuss. Also, our property is a destination location, so being familiar with our property and the Cradle area in general can be a great help when it comes to some of the practicalities and initial planning.
What are some trends you are seeing when it comes to wedding receptions and/or catering?
Formal sit down dinners are still very popular, however, we seem to see quite a few small family gatherings and elopements. The beautiful scenery and unique wilderness is a wonderful and popular escape.
How did you get started in the industry?
After working in hospitality and tourism for several years I have embarked on a new challenge. I love meeting new people and it is wonderful getting to share in such special moments, in such a unique location.
What is something unique to your service that you are especially proud of?
Our location. Our Lodge borders the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain Lake St. Claire National Park. This is a fantastic backdrop for any wedding and offers some truly beautiful photo opportunities. You will have a dedicated wedding coordinator here to help with all your needs and questions.
Along with fine dining, we also can offer the luxury of the Waldheim Alpine Day Spa, ensuring a truly magical visit. (Booking in advance is essential and can be pre-organised by your Wedding Coordinator).
What advice would you give to brides and grooms to ensure their wedding day runs more smoothly?
Be prepared. When everything has been finalised ahead of time, the ceremony and reception is free from worry, and everyone has a memorable and enjoyable day.