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Planning a Reception with a Difference

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If you want to express something unique about you as a couple, consider planning a reception with a difference. Beach and garden weddings offer the opportunity to enjoy the fine summer weather. You can opt for an outdoor ceremony and hold your reception inside. Alternatively, plan an entire outdoor event.

If you are not a fan of traditional wedding receptions, aim to create a wedding reception with a difference. A reception doesn’t have to be a grand and formal event for it to be a success. You can use the planning process to express something unique about your relationship. Aim to think outside the box and be creative. As wedding planning can be stressful, the most important thing to do is to remember to have fun.

Different Wedding Venues and Ceremony Settings

Couples who love spending time together on the beach, may find that a beachside reception is more their style. For example, some brides find that their skin tone is perfect for wearing vivid tropical colours. Long, fishtail cocktail dresses offer a much cheaper alternative to a wedding dress. You can be sure you will wear it again on a warm summer’s evening.

Garden weddings are also popular during the summer. Dress in light fabrics and have your hair and makeup fixed for a hot day. Consider a smart-casual dress code for the men. There is little point in asking your male guests to wear formal suits in the sun. Cotton fabrics ensure guests stay cool in the heat. Any type of outdoor event will need a backup plan in case the weather turns bad. Either hire a wedding tent for the occasion, or hire a venue with an indoor entertainment space you can use.


Perhaps you have already booked your wedding reception venue and are still trying to decide how to put your own personal stamp on the big day. If so, an ideal way to harness your creativity and self-expression is to decorate the venue yourself. Another creative way to personalise your reception is to make your own wedding stationery. Alternatively, you can let your wedding planner organise all the finer details for you. Inject personality by organising a varied and exciting menu, for all your guests to enjoy.

Wedding Venues in Melbourne

There are many different styles of venue to choose from in the Melbourne area. If you are looking for a venue with style and glamour, Ascot House could be just what you are looking for. The house has a long history as a local wedding and reception location. If you have a large guest list, Grand Ballroom is an excellent choice. Why not arrange a summer wedding outside, and explore the 2 acres of landscaped gardens? Have the expert caterers help you to dream up the perfect menu for your reception dinner.

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