Sitting pretty on the edge of Melbourne’s south wharf, The Boatbuilders Yard is an award winning bar and restaurant that now doubles as one of the city’s best waterfront wedding venues.
A private, heritage space with endless drink options and top-notch service, here we unpack all the reasons to consider this Melbourne wedding venue for your day of good times.
Describe what makes your venue unique?
Our venue offers a summer, beer garden feel, in a private enclosed space.
We like to speak with our clients as if they are old friends, wanting to have a run down on who they are before getting into the detail. This continues from the sales to coordination to the fruition of the wedding.
We specialise in canapes – they are large portions which are strategically serviced around the room.
Sum up the vibe of your venue in 10 words.
We’re professional and thorough, yet offer something a bit different for our couples.
What’s the history of the property?
A heritage-listed venue.
What inspired you to get involved with weddings?
Our space and our clients! We started receiving enquiries asking if we offered weddings, which we were happy to do. We also noticed that the couples that were enquiring for a wedding with us were (and are) such genuine and lovely people – we couldn’t say no!
Tell us about the facilities your venue offers?
– Enclosed private space – Private bar – Space is quite themed (greenery, nature look), saving on cost for theming – Complimentary AV facilities (plasma screen T.V, internal sound system, wireless mic, jack cable connection for iPod’s) – Complimentary giant wooden games – 50% discounted car passes at DFO car park.
What do you think is the selling point for most couples?
There are a few things:
- Our flexibility with packages
- Our relaxed sales pitch (couples know what they are after!) as well as the ease of the coordination process leading up to the day (making a wedding stress free, who would have thought!)
- Our unique space, no theming required!
How much flexibility do couples have to create their own unique day at your place?
Very flexible – couples can create custom packages and we’re happy to offer a range of beverage options (beverage packages, bar tabs, cash bars, arrival drink etc.) There are also different layout options, as well as the option to host the ceremony in the space.
Do you offer onsite accommodation? Alternatively are there places to stay nearby?
No unfortunately, however there is the Hilton Hotel south Wharf (5 minute walk), Crown (5 minute walk) and Crown Plaza (10 minute walk) from the venue.
What’s your favourite thing you’ve seen a couple do at your venue?
Enhancing the space with further greenery and floral arrangements as well as further festoon lights. The best thing we have seen are surprise engagements which work as the perfect fit for couples looking to pull off something special for guests.
How far in advance for couples generally have to book?
8 – 12 months.
Describe the kind of couples your venue attracts.
Laid back, relaxed couples who are just wanting to throw a party to celebration their relationship. Couples who also aren’t looking for a formal ceremony, just something very casual where guests mingle.
For more info or to make an enquiry with The Boatbuilders Yard, head to their WedShed profile here.