Expert Q+A: Venues 101

Here, Butterfly Creek's Nikki Reyneke provides her top tips for choosing a spot to say ‘I do’, and everything that comes afterwards.

    Butterfly Creek’s easy-access location and diverse set of perks – from its zoological attractions to its sweeping views over theatrical wetlands – make it a universally appealing hot spot for a diverse mix of soon-to-be-weds – so staff there have seen their fair share of celebrations play out. Here, the venue’s Nikki Reyneke provides her top tips for choosing a spot to say ‘I do’, and everything that comes afterwards. 

    In your opinion, what are key things couples should look for in a venue?
    Try to find somewhere that has both fine and wet weather options for the reception and photos. You may not be able to control the weather, but you can at least plan for it. 
    As far as catering goes, seek out a place that is open to any requirements and specifications – and don’t be afraid to ask about these. In the past, we have happily set up all kinds of menus, from three-course, seated meals to Polynesian buffets. 
    Finally, it pays to find a venue that is versatile in the services it offers – some guests ask that we decorate the venue for them, while others have their own specific ideas, or are on a tight budget so decorate the space themselves to save money. Whatever you decide, your venue should welcome your ideas – it’s your day, after all.

    What are some great ways you have seen couples decorating recently?
    With a timber interior and high windows, Butterfly Creek has an old-wordly, rustic feel. While this look is on-trend, it becomes particularly effective when couples add modern yet timeless touches, such as a fresh, monochromatic colour scheme and pops of bright accents. If in doubt, know that you can’t go wrong with crisp white linens, beautiful floral arrangements and cascading lighting. 

    What’s your advice for pulling off a great cocktail reception?
    Ensure that as well as roaming platters, a food station is set up in an easily accessible location – it’s unlikely service staff will be able to reach every guest, so this approach ensures no one goes hungry. As far as seating goes, it pays to set up a variety of options: tables and chairs around the edge of the room, with bar leaners to encourage mingling, and plenty of space throughout to allow for ease of movement. 

    Which menu approach is most popular at the moment?
    The simple buffet is proving extremely popular – it lends itself to almost any style of cuisine, and with so many different options available, it means guests can design their own meal to cater for any dietary requirements. 

    What suggestions do you have for couples to make their day that bit more special and memorable, for themselves as well as guests?
    Your venue is a great place to start – finding a location that is uniquely intriguing will guarantee that your celebration makes a lasting impression. At Butterfly Creek, for instance, there is the option to say ‘I do’ in the tropical butterfly house surrounded by exotic species – your guests would never forget that!

    Contact Butterfly Creek to take advantage of the venue’s latest special offer:
    All Inclusive Buffet - $7500 wedding package
    •             Buffet dinner and dessert for up to 100 people - $55 per head
    •             Free Exclusive use of Papillon function room from 3pm till midnight (normally $750)
    •             Free white linen, crockery, glassware
    •             Full bar and catering staff
    •             Bar tab for up to $2000

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