As we live in an unpredictable time, couples planning to tie the knot in 2020 and the following year may have been experiencing challenges when it comes to wedding preparation. While your plan may have changed due to the pandemic, this does not mean you and your future spouse can’t make your dream wedding come true.

We at Olinda Yarra Estate know for a fact that wedding planning has become stressful for many due to the current situation. In the last several months, we have received a lot of questions from couples; and one of the concerns many couples raise is the venue. “What type of venue should we choose?” “How can I visit the venue during the lockdown?” – allow us to answer these questions and more.

When choosing a wedding venue for the ‘new normal’ keep these things in mind:

1. Consider venues that offer online tours.
As of this writing, the State of Victoria is still under lockdown restrictions, which makes it impossible to go out and personally visit wedding venues. So how can you choose a venue if you can’t see it, right? Well, there’s a creative solution to that – online venue tour. Book a virtual tour of the wedding venues in your shortlist to see if it fits your preference.

Pro tip:
Olinda Yarra Estate has been accepting online venue tour bookings since last month. The tour is done via Zoom and it’s completely free. If you’d like to see Olinda Yarra Estate’s heritage wedding venue from the comfort of your own home, click here to book a schedule.

2. Choose a venue that has ample space.
The ‘new normal’ has been reshaping how weddings are usually held. Space is becoming the trend as far as wedding venues are concerned. Social distancing is essential to ensure the safety and health of your guests so it will just be natural for couples to pick a venue that has ample space. So instead of having your wedding ceremony and reception in a cramped space, it would be more practical to have it in a larger venue.

Pro tip:
If you are looking for a rustic Melbourne wedding venue where social distancing would be possible, we’re glad to inform you that Olinda Yarra Estate has the ample space for weddings intimate or larger. Our venue has a seating capacity of up to 200 sit down or 250 cocktail style.

3. Look at venues that offer unique forms of entertainment.
The pandemic shouldn’t steal the life and joy in your wedding. While there will be social distancing and other health protocols, your guests can still have fun in your big day! Consider a venue that offers exciting and enjoyable activities like lawn games as they will keep your guests entertained.

Pro tip:
Olinda Yarra Estate offers a variety of entertaining activities in the venue like lawn games (Jenga, Bocce and Croquet), fire pits (when weather permits), and farm animals nearby for patting/photos (mini ponies, alpacas, cows, chickens, ducks).

4. Be mindful of the venue’s customer service.
Planning a wedding during a pandemic is already stressful as it is so there’s no reason to add any more hassle into the equation. So make sure that in addition to the venue’s beautiful space and amenities, you consider its customer service. It is important to pick a venue that has professional, friendly and attentive staff who will help you in every step of the way.

Pro tip:
It is a must that you read clients’ testimonials and reviews first before booking the venue. Here at Olinda Yarra Estate, we take pride in our dependable customer service – but don’t just take our word for it, read our past clients’ testimonials here.

In a nutshell, when looking for a wedding venue during a time when COVID-19 still imposes public health problems, it is important to work with a venue that will have these qualities: innovative and adaptable, spacious, and dependable.

If you are interested in learning more about Olinda Yarra Estate, please see below for helpful links:

Book an online venue tour
Download wedding information pack
Contact us / Enquire now
Client testimonials


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