Organising an event can be stressful. No matter what sort of celebration you are planning, be it a birthday, engagement or even a corporate event, once you have found the right venue, you’ll find your worries melting away as most of the smaller details will seamlessly glide into place. There is a limitless number of venues in Melbourne and surrounding areas that could accommodate you and your party, so how do you choose the best one for you? Let’s take a look at some ideas so you can enjoy a stress free search, and host the event that will have people talking for years to come.

Before You Begin

Before you start looking at hundreds of different venues in a vague search to find the perfect one, it’s a good idea to work out what ‘perfect’ means for you and your guests. The first thing to decide is how many people are attending your party. Understanding the size of your guest list will help determine the best options available. A large dining hall can accommodate hundreds of people along with a dancefloor, however if you have a smaller guest list, you may want to host a more intimate lunch or dinner in a private setting. Decide on a suitable location. Do you want a venue that’s close to home for the majority of guests or are you are happy for guests to travel? Whether your group is big or small, it’s might be a good idea to make a weekend of the event and stay on site if possible or at a nearby hotel. This is a great way to make the most out of a very special celebration.

Setting a Theme?

It’s worth considering setting a theme. Creating a theme for your party can help elevate it from just another ordinary party, to something more memorable. Parties with smaller budgets often benefit from setting a theme. By offering something different, you add value to the occasion. It’s a great idea to seek out venues that can help in this area. If you need inspiration, you can always ask to see a gallery of images from previous events to held at a venue you like to help you create your ideal party.

Choosing Your Venue

It’s important to communicate with the staff at the venue to be sure that they can cater to your needs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, you don’t want any nasty surprises on the night. Event managers know the space inside out and will be happy to accommodate your needs and questions.

  • Ask what is available for you to use on the night, and see if there’s anything you may need to hire in. This could include furniture, decorations and entertainment equipment.
  • Check whether you can book for a minimum number of guests and add to it at a later date if your guest list is unconfirmed.
  • Discuss the various options your budget allows, such as food and drink. Decide if you want a cocktail event or a sit-down meal?
  • Check that the venue is willing to clean up afterwards, and that you don’t have to do it yourself the next day.

At Merrimu, our dedication to customer service is just one of the reasons we have become one of Melbourne’s leading function venues. We offer unique and functional spaces to make your celebration a memorable one. With beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces, we can cater for parties of all sizes. If an event is important to you, it’s important to us. To find out more about hosting your party or event at Merrimu, contact us on 9568 1811 or fill out our online form.


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