For students in their final year of secondary school, there’s no event more highly anticipated than the annual school formal. For young adults, it’s the chance to frock up, dine on exquisite food and dance the night away, creating memories that will last a lifetime. If you’re in charge of planning this important event and currently looking into school formal venues in Melbourne, no doubt you’ve spent hours scouring the internet and calling around to fine the perfect venue. Here’s a few tips to ensure secure the best venue and guarantee your guests have a fun filled and memorable experience.

Location, Location, Location

The location of your venue is one of the most important things to consider, not only do you need to keep convenience in mind, but you also want a venue with ‘wow factor’ that mesmerizes both students and staff alike. When selecting a venue, it’s important to make sure it’s in a central and easily accessible place. When thinking about location, also think about guests who might be travelling on public transport or other methods of travel such as limousines or large party buses and be sure to check parking and drop off areas are adequate. Whilst this is all important, also keep in mind that you need a venue that will leave your guests in awe. Try selecting a waterfront location with sensational views, or a luxurious grand ballroom with an opulent atmosphere. If you’re unsure what formal venues would work best, be sure to make appointments with multiple venues and explore a wide range of options before making your decision

Atmosphere & Aesthetic

Think about the type of event you’re putting on, and then find a location that suits your chosen style. Decorations can help transform the look of a room, however the venue still needs to offer the tone or mood of the event you’re planning. If you are considering a theme such as Hollywood Glamour, choose a grand and lavish venue such as a ballroom, if it’s 1920’s Great Gatsby try for a heritage or period style setting or if your theme is more contemporary like Black and White choose a sleek and sophisticated building like modern event centre. Once you have found a venue that suits the mood of your party, you can source decorations that will add to the aesthetic.

Dining & Entertainment

The right venue must offer great dining and entertainment options as this is what guests will remember most. When browsing your venue options, it’s important to discuss the catering options available, whether you are after an informal cocktail style or a larger banquet with multiple courses, make sure venue can cater to your needs, including offering a wide range of dietary requirements. When it comes to entertainment, select a venue which can offer a variety of options such as a live band, DJ, even a photo booth or roaming magicians! Out of the box entertainment will ensure your event stands out from the rest.


The safety and security of students and staff is of the utmost importance, the last thing you want is for the event to be memorable for the wrong reasons! Make sure the venue you choose operates by best practice safety and security principles, and offers a professional security service for the duration of your function. At Merrimu, we’re dedicated to providing security of the highest quality. Having years of experience hosting school formals and other major events, we’re experts ensuring all aspects of the event are safe and secure from arrival to departure.

Choose Merrimu for your school formal event. You can be sure our dedicated team will go to great lengths create the perfect evening that will be talked about for years to come. Contact us today and start planning the high school event of the year!

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