Pear Ridge Venue & Gardens offers a memorable and magic location for your wedding ceremony, with its Japanese style Zen ceremony garden.
Today, Assistant Manager, Yvonne shares her tips for couples planning their special day.
What are some of the things couples should consider when they’re searching for a reception venue?
If organising a garden ceremony, make sure you have an adequate wet weather venue alternative. Keep in mind both your needs and those of your guests’.
How can a bride and groom maximise their time spent when meeting with their reception venue co-ordinator/caterer?
Develop a ‘live document’; a list with three columns headed with the three areas of the event that need to be covered. For example: food and beverage, ambiance, eg. music, styling, and finally the sequence (how and when).
This will provide structure for your meetings and help the organiser to focus on what is important to you.
What are some trends you are seeing when it comes to wedding reception venue co- ordinator/caterer?
Cocktail style garden weddings are becoming increasingly popular. Fresh light simple food for summer such as rice paper rolls with prawns, rock melon and prosciutto, and for colder months, brioche burgers, braised mushroom tartlets.
Banquets are the most popular for sit down weddings.
How did you get started in the industry?
Many of Pear Ridge’s team think that hospitality is a dream industry; customers are looking for a fabulous and memorable time. This was a real enticement for me too. It’s a very satisfying industry to be in.
What is something unique to your service that you are especially proud of?
Pear Ridge ‘walks the talk’. We encourage and provide access for the couple to decorate the garden and venue to suit their style, which helps to save them money. Our Chef can also recreate a family favourite dish.
What advice would you give to brides and grooms to ensure their wedding day runs more smoothly?
Triple check the running sheet!
For the special day elect a responsible person (not someone in the bridal party) to deal with any issues that arise – someone who can work well with the FOH team at the venue as well as any other wedding industry suppliers.