How To Find Cheap Halls For Hire Near Me
First, you need to find yourself a cheap wedding venue in Melbourne. Any function venue that markets itself as a ‘wedding venue’ is going to cost more, so think outside the box! Consider:
- Scout halls
- Community centres, council and library rooms
- Bowling and sports clubs
- Masonic Lodges and Mechanics Institutes
- Church halls
- Hotel and restaurant function rooms
- Performance spaces, dance and art studios.
Now, how do you find these spaces? Google makes it easy! Simply type in ‘halls for hire near me’ and several venues will pop up on your local Google Maps.
Also, head to your local council website and look for ‘venue hire’. You should find a variety of spaces, all at a reasonable price.
Finally, try an online function room search engine, like www.hallsforhire.com.au.
What To Look For In Your Cheap Function Venue
When choosing your venue, you don’t need to worry too much about the existing décor. Some of it can be changed or hidden and the remaining parts will become less noticeable once the rest of the space is decorated. What you want to make sure of is that the size and facilities are up to scratch. Consider the following:
Kitchen Facilities – Is there space for food preparation, refrigeration, and storage?
Bathrooms – Are there adequate facilities, including a disabled access toilet? Make sure these are clean and well maintained.
Space – Will the room adequately accommodate your desired number of guests in a formal seating arrangement, or will you need to go for a cocktail style event, where people stand and mingle? The venue hire agent should be able to inform you of capacity limits.
Tables and Chairs – It’s a bonus if you can find a venue that includes table and chair hire. Note if these are included in the venue hire fee and when you will be able to access the venue for set-up.
Immovable Décor – Are there unsightly decorations or furniture pieces that you are not allowed to move? Can you cover them with a backdrop or fabric curtain?
Parking – Make sure there is adequate parking for all of your guests at or around the venue, including close disabled access if needed.
Public Liability Insurance – Find out if this is needed for your venue hire. Some agents who require insurance will also allow you to temporarily come under their insurance by paying a small fee – local councils often do this.
How To Make Your Cheap Wedding Venue Look Classy
It’s amazing how a cheap wedding venue can be transformed with the hire of elegant chair covers, crisp linen tablecloths and sweet decorations. These things make all the difference and really give that ‘wow factor’ to any space.
Table and Chair Hire
If table and chair hire are not included in your venue hire, you’ll need to arrange it with an external company. Make sure you have the room dimensions on hand when talking to the hire service and get their advice on the best shape and layout of tables.
Get quotes for both DIY pickup and delivery options. Have a think about the logistics – including pick-up and drop-off times, transport, venue access and who will help with setup. Your cheapest option may be asking a friend to help with DIY pick-up and set up (it could be their wedding present to you) but consider whether this is practical for your event.
Table Linen and Chair Cover Hire
Quality table covers, chair covers and sashes will provide the biggest difference to your venue. They are a cost-effective way to instantly create that ‘ballroom’ feel in any space, even when using the most ordinary of furniture.
You can’t go past classic white for table and chair covers, but you can add a pop of personality with coloured chair sashes. You’ll find these available in a rainbow of colours and material finishes, and they can be tied in either a bow or drape formation. Your Event Essentials in Melbourne have chair sashes for hire in satin, organza and lycra. Also, consider adding a coloured or patterned table runner for extra effect.
Bar tables can also be enhanced using table covers and sashes, so don’t feel limited to just using them for sit-down receptions.
Placing a centrepiece on each table is another great way to elevate the look of your cheaper venue, and centrepieces don’t have to be big or expensive to have an impact. Some simple, inexpensive ideas include: