If your nuts about Nutella why not include it in your wedding day or engagement party?
If your nuts about Nutella why not include it in your wedding day or engagement party?
Organising an Event
Whether it is a birthday, kids party, business event, engagement or wedding; when organizing an event, you are confronted by many decisions.
Choosing a venue is the one decision that will have the largest impact on your event. The date of the event, catering options, and attendees’ pleasant experiences … all are partly affected by which venue you select.
Does this sound a bit intimidating? You don’t have to feel that way. Here are some guidelines about when to make decision, what to consider, and how to do better.
When to Start Looking for a Venue
The earlier the better. Once you have a good understanding of the following 3 things, you can begin your search for a venue: budget, estimated attendees, and food requirements.
Book a venue in advance. If you are booking something as important as a wedding or engagement, book it a few months out to ensure you get the venue you want and have time to get the attendees you want!
What to Consider When Searching for a Venue
Make sure the location is central with lots of parking. Most venues will have maps so get one off the venue and send it out to attendees and provide a guest list to the venue
Even though you’ll be finding your venue early in the event planning process, you’ll still want to have a rough idea of what types of activities you’ll be including, the amenities you’ll require, and the needs of your team and the attendees.
While narrowing down your selection, get an illustrated floor plan of each venue, and walk through your favorites at least once, making note of important things such as where the outlets are and where AV equipment is or can be located.
The layout and floor plan will greatly affect a few different aspects of your event:
Accessibility refers to the possibility that everyone, especially those with special needs, can access the building and its amenities. Before you can answer this question, you’ll need to understand who your attendees are and what their needs are.
You’ll probably know whether there will be children at your venue, but you may not know if there will be individuals with other special needs. In this situation, reviewing recent events hosted by your organization may give you a sense of this.
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when choosing your event’s venue. Work with the Functions & Event Manager to get the perfect event you are after.
Given we are at the start of festival season, we thought those of you planning your weddings would probably be feeling fairly inspired to have a festival wedding or ‘Wedstival’. Given we have held several Wedding Festivals at NightQuarter, we have put together some fun festival wedding essentials and inspiring ideas to help you plan the perfect festival style event! We are using our venue as an example to show you the variety of experiences you can have that will fill a lifetime of memories.
Just imagine a day of live music, gourmet food vans, flower crown workshops and bubbly. It is more like a fun outdoor festival event than a stuffy wedding venue. A Wedstival is a fun experience to celebrate that special day!
We even have a grass isle leading into the main function area!
Hens nights and Bucks nights can be a fun event leading up to that special day. You can host a gin high tea, a mock-tail and cocktail class, celebrate in The Backyard Grill for a blokes night or even host a workshop on how to make flavoured bourbon.
Festivals are about having fun so organise a fun activity on the day. It can be an art class, mock-tail workshop, photo booth or even set up an Instagram slideshow. If there are kids, organise a jumping castle or cooking class. It’s usually not a big cost, and rather than having a guest book, sign a guitar so it becomes a cool keepsake. Be creative!
Fabulous Floral Crowns
A floral crown is a must for any festival style bride! Not only are they fun to wear but they make for a perfect weekend DIY project too. There are specialists that can make ones for you out of imitation flowers or you can have a fresh one made up to match your bouquet. You can even add a veil to give it a more of a traditional look. The veil can be short or long depending on the style of the dress. Speak to your hairdresser about the best hairstyle to go with the design floral crown you are thinking. The experience of floral crowns can be extended with a workshop on how to make them on the day with your guests to join in the festivities.
All Access Pass
Give your guests an all access pass to your big day with festival style tickets, lanyards or wristbands. You can get ones designed exactly like you would find at any of the major festivals by us or use someone on Etsy.
Creative and fun signage lets your guests know where all the festivities are taking place as well as giving that authentic festival feel. Show off your lineup of events on a chalkboards, painted wooden signs or print onto a core flute.
A true festival wedding would not be complete without themed table settings. They can be formal, theatrical, romantic or reflect your interest in organic.
Whether it is a food marquee, food truck, grazing boxes or platters of canapes, food doesn’t have to be boring for your wedding. We can set up antipasto tables on arrival, dessert tables with cupcake towers and donut walls or even deconstrcuted taco tables.
Alternatively we can set up the NightQuarter Backyard Grill and make it a real Aussie experience.
Festivals are all about live music so make sure it is an awesome band. Venues like NightQuarter have over 1000 bands on their database so can book someone perfect for your day.
Chill Out Area
Festival style seating is a must for your guests for them to chill out on and relax in between all the festivities or your big day. We love the use of deckchairs, cushions scattered freely or even the use of hay bales, an inexpensive decor idea that is super practical too! Spruce them up with a little fabric or some blankets to make them a little more comfortable.
Let your imagination run wild with colourful, fun and interesting decor. Bunting, streamers, festoon lighting, tons of florals and rustic details look great as festival decor. Remember you can never have enough bunting! The beauty of this at NightQuarter is that it is already up and installed at no extra cost!
Light Up The Night
No serious festival style wedding would be complete without glowsticks or sparklers! Perfect to give to your guests for bopping the night away or for a fun exit! You can even book a fire twirler to perform roaming amongst your guests during the night.
Drinks can be served in jars. You can incorporate edible flowers and put together some specific cocktail menus that reflect a true festival experience.
NightQuarter is passionate about the food and produce we source (most of it local) and the wine we pair with it. Whether it is a business event, party or something as special as an engagement or wedding, it is important that the food served is matched up with the appropriate wine or cocktail.
1. Earthy dishes with mushrooms, truffles, beetroot and roasted tomato are perfect teamed with a light Pinot Noir as they complement each other
2. The deep, dark richness of a full bodied red such as the VS Cabernet Sauvignon pairs perfectly with juicy red meat such as steak, lamb cutlets, duck or strong chedder.
3. Light and zingy dressings with lime, chili and corriander on salads sit beautifully with a light and clean VS Sauvignon Blanc. To contrast, a fish with a creamy lemon sauce contrasts with a crisp, acidic Sauvignon Blanc as it cuts through the creaminess to give a different, refreshing sensation on the palate.
4. A dry VS Rose and any hearty cheese tower are like a match made in heaven. Some whites go well with some cheeses, and others with red wine – but all will blend perfectly with a Rose so is a safer bet. If marrying up your canapes, tapas or a chicken salad, you cant go wrong.
5. Lightly flavoured seafood dishes such as prawns or scallops are well matched with light whites such as Pinot Grigis
6. Sparkling wines and salty snacks are perfect together – sparkling’s can often have a hint of sweetness which is balanced when teamed with a salty mouthful of something tasty like smoked salmon canapes, fresh oysters and prawns. Alternatively, if you are after a pre-dinner cocktail, the Fiji Giner Sparkling sits well on the palate.
7. Fatty fish (such as salmon) or seafood served in a thick, luscious sauce are perfect with a full bodied, buttery Signature Collection Chardonnay.
8. A red wine with a hint of spiciness eg Shiraz is good to go with heavily spiced food such as Mediterranean coated meats (cumin, paprika and the like). Think spiced lamb loin with couscous. Cooking a roast though is better matched with a Merlot.
9. Dry Riesling and a spicy dish such as Singapore laksa or a red curry offset each other perfectly or alternatively, marry up with a Viognier.
10. A sticky Moscato served with a fruit based dessert is a great match – figs or apples do a service to this lovely drop to finish off your night.
How awesome are mums? So awesome that they get a whole day dedicated to celebrating them and what they mean to us!
We are celebrating Mother’s Day on Saturday 12th May… and while mums deserve to be celebrated and appreciated 365 days a year, make this day extra special for her with a beautiful gift or experience from the markets.
We have some amazing retailers, tours and experiences at NightQuarter, and we went on a shopping adventure to pick out some perfect gifts for mum…
Treat mum to a world of sweetness this Mothers Day with a NightQuarter dessert tour! Taste 5 different desserts from award winning vendors, from donuts to honey puffs! The best part? You can go too!
SUMMER BEACH STYLES
Featuring 100% Indian cotton, hand-dyed with a natural vegetable dye, Summer Beach has a huge range of mandala-inspired fashion and homewares. From throws and floor cushions, to beach bags and boho kimonos… this is the perfect place to find a gift for mum.
AUSTRALIAN RESCUED TIMBERS
Australian Rescued Timbers custom make completely unique cheese boards and cutting boards, in all different shapes and sizes recycling old timbers! These make an awesome gift for mum!
NIGHTQUARTER – LIVE IN THE PADDOCKGive mum the gift of music this Mothers Day with tickets to upcoming events at NightQuarter! The Presets, Spiderbait, Xavier Rudd and Never Ending 80’s are all coming to NightQuarter this year, all tickets are available now!
TREASURAMATreasurama is home to a wide range of home and giftwares. From Kelly Lane goodies, to dreamcatchers and home decor… it’s a treasure trove for Mother’s Day gifts.
NIGHTQUARTER EXPERIENCESTreat mum to a special High Tea experience this Mothers Day in a unique VIP area where you and mum can indulge in decadent sweets and savoury eats, while sipping on some teas and wines!
MISCELLAS SOY CANDLES
There’s nothing more special than a gift that you’ve made yourself for someone you love! Choose from a huge range of candle sands, witth all the colours and scents you could imagine, and create your own candle for mum!
Does mum have an artsy side that she doesn’t get to show off? Now’s her chance! Book mum in for Paint & Sip where she will learn to paint, or further her skills, while sipping on wine and enjoying the festival atmosphere that surrounds her!
MISCELLAS SOY CANDLES
What better gift for mum than the gift of relaxation? Treat mum to a night in with bath bombs,whipped soap, candle melts and a gorgeous burner, the ultimate relaxation combination!
Go on a journey with mum through the lights and evolving landscape of NightQuarter on a journey to discover local wines, refreshing beers and colourful cocktails, paired perfectly with cheeses! Not only will you learn about beverage pairing and local brewing history on this Gold Coast wine tour, but you will get to sip proudly on tasters as you go.
SPARKLE BARK JEWELLERY
Discover a gorgeous range of bohemian style jewellery and accessories in The Alley, making perfect gifts for mum! Rings, necklaces, bags, purses, bracelets and so much more!
Get creative with Mum this Mother’s Day eve with our tote bag and hand lotions workshop. Get your hands colourful and create a meaningful self-painted tote bag using both yours and mums hands, and you can’t leave the bag empty, the kids can make their very own hand cream for mum!
Go on a wildlife adventure with mum this Mothers Day at NightQuarter! Bunny cuddles, snake encounters, making friends with owls, and most importantly, cute pictures!
Is mum a cheese lover? Book a table at NightQuarter for you and mum with a cheese tower that is sure to impress! Paired perfectly with a variety of wines at the bars!
Treat your loved one this Valentines Day with a gift from NightQuarter, or a romantic date with unique tours and experiences!
Whether it’s dessert tours, DIY gifts, unique experiences or bath bombs, we’ve got you covered this Valentines Day!
Valentines Day is all about dessert, right? Start Valentines Day on a sweet note with your loved one on a NightQuarter dessert tour! Make all of your dessert dreams come true with five different dessert tastings in one night! Why limit yourself to just one dessert, when you can join the tour and taste five different desserts and meet the small business owners that bring you each life changing moment.
Having Valentines Day at home this year? Head down this weekend to grab the essentials! Set the mood with delicious smelling candles, romantic bath bombs and soaps that leave you feeling silky smooth! Find a range of gift baskets to choose from, or choose your favourite items to create your own! Find them in The Alley every weekend.
Celebrate Valentines Day this year with bar tour and delicious cheese platter at NightQuarter! Discover local wines, refreshing beers and colourful cocktails with your loved one. The tour will be concluded with a delicious cheese platter.
NightQuarter is food, desserts, music and shopping all in one! It’s the perfect place to take your partner and spoil them with some sweet and thoughtful gifts, so they can remember the date you have shared together. Head to Miscella’s Soy Candles and browse through lanters, burners, candles and all the different varieties of soy melts on offer… from ‘Sex on the Beach’ to ‘Sexy Man’ you are sure to find something you both love #winkwink. At Just Retro, buy each other novelty gifts, or go crazy in the candy shop with heaps of novelty and nostalgic candy from your childhood!
Spend Valentines Day afternoon sipping on some sparkling wine and iced tea while indulging in sweet and savoury treats. With your own private space with the finest views, you will have a whole new NightQuarter experience with your loved one. Choose from a Traditional High Tea, a Sweet Tooth High Tea and a Gin & High Tea.
Share your love this Valentines Day by creating your very own candle for your loved one! With a huge range of different candle sand colours and scents, the candle creation ideas are endless! Nothing shows love more than a DIY gift!
Sometimes it isn’t about the romance… it’s about the bromance. We can’t overlook the most important relationship in a man’s life, the relationship he has with his bros. You know that they are always there for you, and that they will do anything for you… so why not grab your mates, order some pulled pork burgers at Grumpi’s Smokehouse and a bucket of Summer beers and celebrate your bromance this weekend.
Have the ultimate NightQuarter date this Valentines Day without the stress of finding a table. Book a private table in Tapas Street with a delicious cheese tower to share with a loved one!
The Boho Shed have a huge clothing range designed and made in Australia! You can find bohemian dresses, jackets, tops, bottoms, accessories and more! You’re sure to find the perfect gift for any bohemian style lover!
Sparkle Bark Jewellery have a huge collection of unique bags, purses, headwear, jewellery and more, making it the perfect Valentines Day gift spot! There is a range of purses that are all handmade with recycled materials, and they are gorgeous! Each product is very unique, so they make the perfect gift! There is a range of different patterns and colours available on the purses.
Treasurama have a range of gorgeous gift packs full of decorations and everyday items with a bohemian twist! They make adorable gifts! Get items indivually or all together as a bunch!
Mandalas are the perfect Valentines gift if you’re having a romantic picnic! Summer Beach Styles have gorgeous home decor gifts! With a range of genuine Indian mandalas, bed sets and floor cushions, there’s something for everyone!
Not only do Summer Beach Styles have gorgeous mandalas, bed sets and floor cushions, they also have bohemian style jewllery! These tree of life necklaces are a great final touch to a Valentines Day gift!
The Boho Shed not only has a range of bohemian style home decor and fashion, they also have unique accessories like this rattan bag! Rattan bags are hand made with a gorgeous lining and give all the Summer vibes, they make the perfect Valentines Day gift!