What makes a great wedding venue in the Tasmanian wedding market? 

Well, that depends on who you ask. 

Ask a caterer and it’s going to bench space, access to power and water, existing equipment like fridges, ovens sinks,etc. 

Ask a wedding guest and it’ll be ambiance, quality of food and parking. 

Ask a DJ and it’ll be allocated space, access to power, is a meal supplied, etc. 

There are lots of things to consider. As a wedding photographer, I love a location that has a contingency for rain and wind. I like variety – such as different landscapes behind the couple, bridal party, family during the portraits – I hate taking a bunch of shots with the same backgroun over and over (a challenge with vineyards). 

A venue with an appropriate space for the bridal party to get ready is brilliant, even if it costs a little more it usually eliminates the cost of hiring cars, and removes the worry of traffic woes (trust me, it happens – think the MRA Toy Run which usually closes roads between 2 – 4pm), forgetting something at the last minute, accidentally being seen, etc. It also eliminates some of the travelling between locations to photograph the groom and groomsmen’s preperations.

Remember, quality wedding photography takes time – the more time you can allocate for your wedding photographer to capture your special moments the better the results will be. 


A checklist: 

  • Is the venue pretty?
  • What are the food options?
  • Seating capacity
  • What if it rains or blows a gale – or both?
  • Is there a space for either party to get ready?
  • What is the parking capacity?
  • Is there room to dance?
  • When can people get in to decorate early, and what time is the kick out time?
  • Can people clean up the next day?
  • Is it worth the price?
  • Does the venue have the all important ‘X’ factor? 


I’m Tony and I’m a Hobart photographer, if you have any questions about weddings or the pros and cons of venues, feel free to get in touch.