First Comes Love: Choosing Your Wedding Venue

Published on March 29, 2017
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Perth’s original alternative bridal fair is happening again this weekend. First Comes Love runs from 12-4pm on Sunday 2 April at the gorgeous MosArts building in Mosman Park, where you can find talented Perth locals to take care of every aspect of your event. One of the most important considerations when planning a party or a pledge is the venue, and we’re here today to introduce four of Perth’s loveliest party sites.

Almost as soon as an engagement is announced, the happy couple are bombarded with questions about when and where the wedding will take place. But “these questions are not always as easy to answer as a couple would like them to be,” says First Comes Love director Clare Johansen. “Gone are the days where a couple would select the one wedding venue in their hometown and then check that task off the wedding planning list. Since the number of wedding venue options are infinite now, couples need to think about a wide variety of questions before the go ahead and select their space.”

We asked four venues around town to introduce themselves – so take a look at The Guildford Hotel, The Boulevard Hotel, MosArts and The Aviary.



The History
We are so very proud of our history here at The Guildford Hotel – and what an incredible history she is! First built and licenced in 1886, she has undergone many changes, from, extensions in 1915, renovations in 1980, to unfortunate the fire in 2008 which forced the hotel to close. However in May 2016, The Guildford Hotel, reopened to the public. Inside this pristine local is where you will explore two stories of original exposed brick, repurposed timber and brass finishes, not to mention the impressive collection of recovered décor throughout.

The Packages
With an expert events team and truly unique spaces to choose from, rest assured that your special occasion will be in good Guildford Hotel hands. After all, we do love a little party. Chef’s crowd-pleasing Eat with One Hand or Two menu is perfect for your stand-up cocktail style soiree. If you’re after a seated affair, your guests will love the Guildford Grand Feast menu – think three or four course shared royal feast sprawled artfully across your table!

The Special Bits
Located on level 1 of The Guildford Hotel, our esteemed Vaudeville Room boasts six beautiful arched windows along the western wall, flooding the function room with gorgeous natural light. The history of the hotel is shown in the ex-posed brick walls, with beautiful wooden floor boards. This exclusive private room is the perfect location for your next cocktail event, seated dinner feast, product launch, award ceremony, wedding, engagement or birthday celebration.

The Cute Stuff
It’s lovely when we witness the perfect couple in the perfect venue for them. One of our February weddings loved our signature Cheeseburger spring rolls so much they actually became part of their vows to each other! Cheeseburger spring rolls were ordered at each meeting we had together, on the wedding day and even their family lunch the following day.

The Guildford Hotel is found at 159 James Street, Guildford
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The History
The Floreat Hotel initially opened in 1966 just up the road from us. In later years the hotel moved site when the whole Floreat Forum was renovated and we still occupy this site today. In 2011 the venue was remastered and opened by Geoff Hayward as The Boulevard Hotel.

The Packages
We have stand up and sit down function spaces available throughout a number of different areas in the venue. The architectural design of the venue allows us an innovative and flexible approach to design the space to best suit the clients. We have also recently started offering exclusive venue for weddings so we can cater to those looking for something small and understated or larger and more detailed. We can create a customised menu to suit the couples as well having a delicious selection of canapes available to choose.

The Special Bits
Functions at The Boulevard Hotel are a relaxed and distinctive affair with an emphasis on warm and friendly service, stunning surroundings and tailored food and beverage offerings. We operate 7 days a week as your favourite neighbourhood spot and we are now giving customers the chance to enjoy all the things they regularly love on their big day. Our staff are all very passionate about food and wine and love sharing this with our customers. We have a wine list with over 100 wines and a constantly changing seasonal menu prepared by our Executive Chef Mathew Powell. Unlike many other function venues, you can visit for a casual beer with mates or use the whole venue for the wedding of your dreams.

The Boulevard Hotel is found on the corner of The Boulevard & Howtree Place, Floreat
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The History
Built in 1921, the location in Mosman Park was significant as it’s in the middle of the Swan River and the sea. Memorial Hall as it was initially named, in memory of fallen soldiers in WW1 and used for a variety of purposes from council chambers and offices, to one of the first outdoor cinemas in Australia, and of course dances in the era of Jazz. Truly the beating heart of Mosman Park.
It then got a make over in 1933 to the Art Deco Camelot theatre we know and love today which hosts a beautiful indoor Art Deco theatre, two studios/galleries and of course the Luna Camelot Outdoor Cinema picture garden complete with a terrace and café. Today it is busier than ever!

The Packages
While MosArts and Camelot are near full to the brim with activity in 2017, we are still open to applications from arts companies for residency (dance, theatre, music, circus and fine arts) and private functions that we can slot in between shows, classes and exhibitions.

The Special Bits
It’s all in the details! The Art Deco style, both inside and outside of the building as well as its genuine palpable history make being there very special. Big spaces, with Jarrah floorboards and high ceilings also allow it to be the perfect canvas for your special day. And of course our varied range of resident companies and arts practitioners – yoga to swing dance, pilates to painters – we cater to all interests and ages!

The Cute Stuff
We just had a booking enquiry for a wedding from a couple who met on site playing baseball as children! Thirty something years later, although they live in Darwin they want to have their wedding at the place it all began, in the building that holds many memories for many generations of their families.

MosArts is found at 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park



The Space
If you’re looking for a unique venue in Perth, The Nest Rooftop at The Aviary offers an unforgettable space, sure to leave a lasting impression with your family and friends. Picture your guests with champagne in hand and the Perth sunset glimmering across the city skyline.

The Packages
From intimate celebrations to exclusive hire, the rooftop could be the perfect setting for your big day. With an extensive canape menu crafted by our head chef and even signature cocktails designed with the help of our expert mixologists, let The Aviary help you craft the wedding you’ve always dreamed of.
If you are wanting a dining experience for your day, The Bird Cage offers a luxury Southeast Asian menu. Tucked under the rooftop bar, this level exudes, sophistication; with an island bar, glowing lanterns and surrounded by floor to ceiling windows. With a dining capacity of up to 120 guests, this area is a popular choice with brides and grooms to be.

The Special Bits
Experience the venue for yourself, join us for a complimentary glass of sparkling and take in the atmosphere and everything The Aviary has to offer.

The Aviary is found at Level 1, 140 William St, Perth
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First Comes Love takes place at MosArts this Sunday 2 April from 12-4pm. It is free to attend, and there you will meet everyone it takes to make your party perfect.

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