New business pinch-yourself moment (in a good way) number 153: hosting your own Christmas bash.
Our first Christmas party was a real celebration – of our first nine months of business since launching WedShed in March but more importantly of the people that we’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with to date.
Since starting-up, we’ve felt so overwhelmingly welcomed and supported by the wedding industry at large – vendors and venues alike. As newbies on the scene, it’s hard to articulate how much it means to us to have people support and partner with us so we thought perhaps we could show them, then that would go some of the way in expressing it.
Creating a ‘bush Christmas in the city’ meant embracing what Christmas means for so many of us in Australia – enjoying good company, food and drinks in the great outdoors. Except for this event, we brought the outdoors indoors.
We chose The Bangarra Room for the night – people get onto this space now. It’s like a Secret Santa present in itself – a long blank-canvas space down on Walsh Bay with epic views of the Harbour Bridge and Luna Park. The curfew is flexible and the interior is full of industrial character with exposed beams, copper piping and plenty of glass. You can also spill out onto the pier below (so we had the guys from Veggie Patch Van park their food truck there).
A bush Christmas meant lots of hanging eucalyptus and native flora, a giant native wreath and comfy rustic furniture. Partnering up with styling duo George & Smee and florist Flowers on the Mill was the smartest thing we could’ve done – these ladies were so incredible at bringing it all to life and absolute legends as well.
Cliqbooth set up their digital photobooth against a backdrop of hanging Christmas gifts and it proved to be an absolute magnet for everyone after a few drinks. XYDJ provided the funky beats, Gracious Honey shared the most beautiful gold-fleck cake and Cake Wines, 4 Pines Brewing Company and Willie Smiths Cider (who also have an amazing venue in Tasmania) kept everyone’s glasses flowing and hands full.
With huge love and thanks to our event partners:
Styling: George & Smee
Photos: Bless Photography
Florist: Flowers on the Mill
Cake and cookies: Gracious Honey
Food truck: Veggie Patch Van
Wine: Cake Wines
Beer: 4 Pines Brewing Company
Cider: Willie Smiths Cider
Festoon lights: Bespoke Audiovisual
And because we couldn’t resist…. some of our fave Cliqbooth pics.
Merry Christmas, guys.