Nicole Mcloughlin is the Function Manager at Josef Chromy Wines and today, she is sharing her advice for couples who envisage their big day amongst the beauty of a vineyard.
What are some of the things couples should consider when they’re searching for a reception venue?
Book a venue where you feel relaxed. If you can, try and see if the ceremony can take place at the venue. This will mean guests will have more time for photos, and will appreciate not having to arrange transport between both.
How can a bride and groom maximise their time spent when meeting with their reception venue coordinator/caterer?
Have a list of questions ready to ask, and have your budget in mind. Don’t be scared to ask if the venue can work around your budget. The venue will also be able to guide you in the right direction. You have probably not organised a wedding before whereas the venue are pros, do feel free to ask for their guidance.
What are some trends you are seeing when it comes to wedding receptions and/or catering?
Stand up cocktail/canapé receptions are definitely on the rise, and gourmet BBQ’s. Anything with that slightly more relaxed feel seems to be very popular at the moment.
How did you get started in the industry?
I started off as a casual waiter while at university for extra cash. I worked my way up from floor supervisor to event coordinator to event manager in a large company. I gained as much experience as I could before falling into this wonderful job at the Winery. It doesn’t get much better!
What is something unique to your service that you are especially proud of?
Being able to show off Tassie. From the food to the wine to the beautiful outlook of endless vines, water and mountains…. ‘Tassie on a plate’!
What advice would you give to brides and grooms to ensure their wedding day runs more smoothly?
Surround yourself with positive people. Book a venue where you feel relaxed and the staff are friendly and professional. This will mean you can keep all the stress of the set-up and running of the main event in there (our) hands.