Wednesday, April 6, 2011

location, location, location

On Wednesdays I share everything wedding with you: tips, projects, organisation, photos, faux-pas, fun things and golden rules I ‘learned’ from my own wedding. I feel I need to give something back to the fabulous blog community who helped me stay sane and enjoy every second of my ‘big day’.
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One of the central decisions you have to take in the lead up to your big day is certainly where to celebrate. Where to eat. Where to dance. Where to party. In short: the location.

Uh and there are sooo many options. Formal ones. Casual ones. Expensive ones. Cheap ones. And even ones which are free. Into some you have to invest a lot of time and effort in terms of decoration and catering. Into other you can just walk in and get the party started. Some are in the middle of nowhere and others right in the middle.

I think the most important thing about the location decision is what kind of wedding you want to have, what kind of atmosphere you want to create. Oh well, and the budget plays an important role as well.

We wanted to have a location:

Close to the church where we got married – walking-distance if possible to avoid our guests having to drive, getting lost on the way and then spending hours looking for parking

With a warm, casual atmosphere – nothing too cool & stylish, nothing too formal, something where people would start to dance after dinner

Which we could rent exclusively – because we wanted an intimate party with all our loved ones and no strangers walking up to the buffet

Centrally located in Berlin – because we wanted our guests to enjoy their drinks and then take a taxi home, to sleep in their own beds and to allow the kids to be picked up by their grandparents for babysitting

With great food – because we love good food and we wanted to serve our friends and family the best we could afford

Therefore we decided in favour of one of our favourite restaurants in Berlin: Nola’s am Weinberg. It met all the criteria plus gave us the best service we could have hoped for. The staff was amazing. They organised everything for us and were incredible easy to deal with (both very important if you organise your wedding from overseas) They look after our guests so that we could relax and just enjoy the night. They adapted the start of the buffet to the speeches. They organised special food for the kids. They even put a plate for us aside in case we hadn’t had time to go to the buffet due to all the congratulants. They cleaned up the dance floor right in time. And they didn’t throw us out even though the party lasted much longer than anticipated (5am!). In short they made our wedding a party to remember.

So, if you are planning a wedding in Berlin, I can only recommend the Nola’s as great location to you! And if you are just looking for a restaurant with great Swiss-inspired food, that is the place as well!

For more pictures have a look here, for the menu have a look here

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