How to Find The Best Event Spaces In Melbourne
Melbourne, it’s time to party. For more than a year we’ve all postponed big events: weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and galas. But we’ve done the hard yards, and now people are feeling more confident booking their events into venues all across Melbourne.
But how to find the right one for your special occasion? There are several important things you ought to consider before picking up the phone. How many guests are you inviting? Is there a COVID-Safe plan in place? Do you want to provide your own catering, or have that all handled in-house? Is there an outdoor space, or rooms to get ready in?
Whether you’re hosting the wedding of the century, a birthday bash, or you’re celebrating a significant event, our Melbourne have compiled a list of the most important things to consider when you’re booking event spaces in Melbourne.
VenueCrew Specialist Tip #1: Tally up your guest list.
Many people chose to trim their guest lists to host events during the strictest restrictions of 2020, but now that venues can increase capacity, your invites can increase as well! Any event in 2021 is sure to feel all the more exciting, also being a reunion for many people who were unable to see each other during lockdown. Many of Melbourne’s best event spaces boast a large capacity, but can easily be adapted for more intimate events.
Take The Savoy on Little Collins. This heritage 4.5-star hotel plays host to weddings and large corporate events in the Plaza Room, boasting high ceilings and large Victorian windows. When paired with the Collins Room, you can hold a 320-guest event in a cocktail-style arrangement. For more intimate occasions, like birthdays and anniversaries, The Savoy offers private dining options in all six event spaces. Download The Savoy on Little Collins brochure here.
VenueCrew Specialist Tip #2: Check out their COVID-Safe plan.
Under the most recent government regulations, venues need to have a COVID-safe plan in place for events. This is vital in the state’s roadmap to keeping people safe and healthy as we begin to gather in groups again. For this reason, asking venues to see their COVID-safe plan before you book is a great idea. They may have caps on the number of people allowed in a space, whether or not doors and windows need to stay open for airflow, and limitations on the number or type of vendors permitted at any one time.
A luxury New-York style venue, Metropolis Events recently published its COVID-Safe Handbook. This comprehensive document outlines the safety measures they have implemented for events held in their venue. It includes updates on food safety and contact tracing, floorplans and staff hygiene, and how they’re adhering to government guidelines. Download the Metropolis Events brochure here, and check out their COVID-Safe Handbook here.
VenueCrew Specialist Tip #3: Consider an outdoor venue.
At this point in time, outdoor venues have slightly more freedom in terms of capacity. This is generally due to airflow and a better ability to create distance between guests. Luckily, Melbourne is home to several gorgeous outdoor venues, and if you’re willing to cast your eye outside the CBD, you’ll also discover internationally-renowned winery venues.
Out in the gorgeous Yarra Valley is Chateau Yering Hotel, complete with heritage-listed gardens and clear open-air marquee. Guests can play games on the manicured lawns and sit down to cocktail-hour drinks or a banquet meal under the marquee’s fairy lights. Traditional high tea events come highly recommended, and there are 32 luxury suites onsite for guests who want to stay for a nightcap. Download the Chateau Yering Hotel brochure.