Finding the right wedding or introduction venue can make or break your function. Worse, it can break your pocket and leave your happily-ever-after in tatters.
A wedding venue determines what your function will look like, how your guests will feel, but most important; how you as a couple will feel. After all, this day is primarily about the two of you. To be bluntly honest, your guests will certainly forget about your wedding as soon as they walk out of your reception.
However, that does not mean that you do not have to make an impression. It does not mean that you have to through empathy out of the window and become inconsiderate to your guests. But like I said, as a couple, you matter the most.
Additionally, the venue you choose will determine how you spend your event budget. For example; if you choose Serena hotel, regardless of how much you pay for the venue itself, you are looking at spending about Ush85,000 per plate of food, Ush4,000 per soda or water, and Ush10,000 per bottle of beer. But here is the actual maths; that particular package applies if you are paying for over 200 guests. But here is the catch; for 200 plus guests, you have to use either the gardens (seats 700 people) or Katonga hall (seats 450 people). Each of those venues is charged Ush5,000,000. Yes, the venue comes with chairs (that you won’t use anyways since they are conference chairs that have to be covered with chair covers- so 90s), plastic tables (even a decorator can provide them at just Ush10,000 each), and a room for the night (every hotel offers that). Oh, and access to the gardens for photos. Really, this is all a fugazi!!!!
Disclaimer; I am using Serena as an example of other five-star hotels like Speke Munyonyo, Mestil, Pearl of Africa, and others in the same category
But let’s break it down in numbers. Assuming you are hosting 300 guests- which is the average, at the above budget; you will spend 25.5m on food, 1.2m per soda or water a guest, and 3m should each guest drink a beer (even if it’s half the guests drinking, you can be sure each will drink two minimum). Add 5m for the venue, and you have a total of 34.7m. And we haven’t yet talked about decoration. To add insult to injury, Serena does not allow clients to bring in food or drinks except theirs. They allow corkage on a few items but the corkage price is mostly equal to the cost of buying the item from them. If your budget gives you the freedom to see this figure as peanuts, then you should not have read these two paragraphs. However, if this is probably your total budget or is closer to it, then Serena, Speke resort, Sheraton, Mestil, Pearl of Africa, and others in the same bracket will not be worth your valuable time.
On the other hand of these high-end wedding venues, there is a variety of equally beautiful venues that allow a degree of flexibility and are pocket-friendly.
In fact, you will be surprised to learn that some even offer free venues if you are hosting a huge number of guests. Others do not offer a free venue but give you the freedom to decide which service providers you can work with. For example; they will allow outside catering, drinks from other service providers, and much more.
These wedding and introduction venues are mostly gardens but some hotels also offer that flexibility.
That said, we are going to give you a list of 10 wedding and introduction venues in Kampala and all over Uganda. Please note that this list is not in order of price or rankings. It is basically meant to help someone get a clue of how some of the wedding venues feel like.