Year End Functions

Year End Functions Organising a year end function need not be stressful. Start with the basics. When making enquiries for an intended venue it is always helpful to request specific dates with alternatives. Should the venue be unavailable, this will prevent any additional, unnecessary time wasting for you. Give the venues as much information as possible. When requesting a quotation include the following: Number of anticipated guests. Is it a luncheon or a dinner? Will your function be formal or informal? Themes are fun Should you have a theme in mind let the venue know, they may have some or all of the décor required and will then include this in the quotation. Ask for photos or a mood board to see if their quotation is in keeping with your vision and budget. Set-up of the venue is time consuming and manual labour is always involved, a great venue will facilitate and manage this for you. As themes can be costly to the company and the guests, should they need to hire or purchase specific outfits – an indication of budget is always helpful in this respect. An idea of budget will also assist you in your venue selection. Your basic budget should include costs for venue, menu, entertainment/music and beverages. Additional considerations could include décor/theme, accommodation and transport to and from the function. A value for money venue will offer menu choices, function accommodation rates as well as the set and strike of your venue. Proper facilitation of your function by the venue means that you would only need to do a final check a few hours before the event. Delegation delight! More bang for your buck! Some venues offer a packaged function on a specific date. The benefits of these packages especially for smaller organisations and groups are shared and reduced costs for venue, music and décor – a more glamorous, fabulous function for less. As our year end functions are in summer and weather can be unpredictable, always ensure that a back-up plan is in place. This is vital if you are planning an outdoor event! A site inspection at the venue is important and vital to ensure the success of your function.  Meet the function co-ordinator, inspect the venue and the grounds, with the following in mind. Will your colleagues and guests be comfortable in the surroundings? Are the staff courteous and friendly? Is it value for money? If you answered “yes” to all of the above – you have found your prefect venue for your function. Contact Idle Winds for a perfect end of year...

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The benefits of choosing a countryside wedding venue in Gauteng this winter

The benefits of choosing a countryside wedding venue in Gauteng this winter Gone are the days when the most popular wedding venues in Gauteng were the ones in the middle of the bustling city. Today, more and more brides are booking their wedding days at country venues. Here’s why: Perfect wedding pictures Wedding photos in front of a nice chapel or at a nice park are good, but wedding pictures in a beautiful  and enchanting country-set garden are even better. When you book your big day at a wedding venue in the country, you will have a picturesque backdrop that will give you timeless wedding photos. Great getaway weekends Your wedding day goes by so quickly, often leaving you feeling like you should’ve spent more time with your cousins, varsity friends and family members from out-of-town. When you book a wedding venue in the countryside of Gauteng, you can encourage your guests to make a ‘weekend getaway’ out of the event. That way, you can spend time with them before all the formalities and wedding celebrations. Proximity to the city If you book a wedding venue near Gauteng – in Hartbeespoort or Muldersdrift, for instance – your guests can still drive back after the wedding. Many of these venues are a mere 45 minutes’ drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg, making it ideal for people who need to get back home the same night or the next morning. Just be sure to book a venue that offers enough accommodation, should your guests decide to stay the night. Looking for the perfect country wedding venue in Gauteng? Then visit Idle...

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