SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

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SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Cnr King & Flinders St, Melbourne, Victoria
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Expert Advice

As a wedding professional, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

If my fiance and I can't agree on wedding venue, what should we do?

Should we have our ceremony at one and reception at the other? Should one of us compromise? I'm not sure what to do

This is a tough situation...but not uncommon!

Try and establish what it is that makes you both want alternate venues. The location of your wedding is about allot more than just the look of the reception space. For instance one of you might feel sentimental about a place as it was the location of your first date, or ties into a shared love or interest of you both. In this case this venue might tie in best with the 'story' of your big day and lend itself to a theme you both love.

Having one place for the ceremony and another for the reception can work nicely. Maybe consider which point in the day you would like to do most of your photography, would it be on the grounds after you've exchanged vows...or are you more interested in after dark photos surrounded by beautiful lighting? 

Are there any secrets wedding venue coordinators want you to know?

Hints, tips or anything about making our days go better?

Share your vision with us! 

If you have a clear concept, we will be thinking of you when we meet other suppliers, see new decor ideas etc. We love passing on recommendations and trying new things, it keeps our job interesting!

I strongly recommend arranging for a staff member at the venue to set up your decor for you. DIY is a lovely idea, but adds needless stress on your big day!

Two hours gap between the wedding ceremony and the reception.. is this acceptable?

It all depends on the venue and your reasoning behind why there is a 2 hour gap. If your guests have something to keep them entertained and the venue offers them drinks and canapes during this time, then that is ok. For weddings at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, there is normally a half an hour gap for pre-dinner drinks and canapes whilst the bride and groom and sometimes bridal party sneak off to have their photos taken.

I'm considering a midweek or friday/sunday wedding... Should I?

Please help! Is it worth the savings to have a day other than saturday?

At the end of the day, it comes down to what you and your partner prefer because the day is all about you! We tend to have most weddings on a Saturday, however there’s been a few on a Friday or Sunday night. The best part of holding your wedding midweek would be that some venues will be cheaper for you. Also venues are typically more available midweek depending on whether they also hold corporate events.

Do we need to have an Engagement Party??

We have been engaged for over a year now and everyone that we would invite to the engagement party already know we are engaged, so is there any point in holding one??

We have a variety of spaces that are perfect for an engagement party.

Where can we land a helicopter to arrive at our ceremony?

Melbourne Location

If you are wanting to arrive via a helicopter, then there is a helipad by the Yarra River called ‘Yarra Bank Heliport’ that is only a short walk from the Aquarium.

How bad are Sunday night weddings?

I'm planning a Sunday night wedding, but am concerned about guests who may need to work the next day. How are Sunday night weddings usually run? Unfortunately a brunch/lunch wedding doesn't really work for our venue.

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’s pricing is the same on a Sunday as it is any other night of the week unless you are wanting to hold your wedding in either November or December as we do have minimum spends during those months. Please keep in mind that minimum spends on a Sunday are cheaper.

Ceremony locations inner south east melbourne or CBD

Getting married at Quat Quatta. Looking for a ceremony location close by, indoors or garden with a wet weather option.

Yes, the Aquarium can hold ceremonies. We generally recommend that they start at 6:30pm, just to allow enough time for the rooms to be set up. We are also in a great location as we are near lots of churches and the gardens such as Fitzroy Gardens or Carlton Gardens, so if you wanted to have your ceremony somewhere else and your reception here, your guests won’t have to travel very far.

How do I choose the right sized venue for 100 guests?

Do you have any tips on how to choose the right sized venue for this number of guests?

It’s best to narrow it down to your top few choices and then organise a site visit to see it in person and speak to the Venue/ Event coordinator. Also request a floor plan and ask the Event Coordinator to show you where they suggest everything would go. This will ensure that there is enough room for a dance floor and for all your guests to have a sit-down dinner. The Aquarium has a room that can accommodate weddings with 100 people and a dance floor.

What should I consider when looking for my wedding venue?

I'm about to start looking for my wedding venue. What are some things that I need to consider when searching for the perfect venue?

When looking for your wedding venue, you should consider the location, how many people you are planning on having, what date you are after and whether you wanted your ceremony and reception at the same venue. It’s always best to have an idea of what theme, setting, atmosphere you would prefer i.e. indoors, outdoors, beach or rustic.

How far in advance should I book my wedding venue?

I don't want to miss out on my dream venue. So, how far in advance should I make the booking?

Typically, most venues recommend that you book at least 12 months in advance. A lot of venues can turn events around very quickly, however as it is a wedding, it’s nice not to rush the planning stages. It depends on availability. Weddings tend to be most popular in Summer and Spring.

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