Getting married and looking around for somewhere special to have the wedding celebrations? Or maybe you’re on the hunt for the ideal venue for hosting a corporate event or private dinner? Want a function room with a difference that’ll have all your guests in awe?
With its abundant natural beauty, proud history and exciting urban redevelopment, Perth has a plethora of unusual and beautiful venues for hire so you’ll definitely find one that ticks all the boxes. From boats to barns, caves to country houses, intimate spaces for small corporate dinners to spacious warehouses for festive family weddings, the city and its environs boast a growing number of fabulous places for all types of functions.
For something a little edgy and unusual, have a look at the Hen House Rehearsal Studios in Osborne Park which are steeped in music history or the Old Pickle Factory, a 1916 warehouse in West Perth which has recently been converted into a bespoke industrial chic event space featuring rustic brickwork, polished concrete floors and high ceilings.
West Perth is also home to the Hippocampus Metropolitan Distillery which is gaining popularity as a function venue with a difference. With a handcrafted 450 litre steam-driven and fully operational copper pot still as a mesmerising backdrop, this funky venue can be transformed into virtually any style of event, including private dinners, spirit tastings and cocktail parties.
On the subject of unique backdrops, the new viewing window at the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) outdoor ceremony location called the ‘Sunset Lagoon’ could just be Perth’s most unusual wedding venue. Previously known as the Stingray Bay tank, it’s been redeveloped as an exciting ceremony space to complement AQWA’s range of function rooms and private event suites - all of which have stunning views of the ocean and the harbour. And for the truly adventurous - underwater weddings and photo shoots can even be arranged underwater!
From under the sea to under the ground, Cabaret Cave in Yanchep must surely be one of the most magical places to host a wedding or corporate function. This stunning limestone cave has been beautifully modified to accommodate up to 200 guests cocktail-style and boasts all the mod cons you’d need for a five-star function. Visually sensational, Cabaret Cave is truly one of Perth’s hidden gems for stylish and unique wedding receptions and functions.
Art galleries are also becoming highly sought-after for corporate functions and weddings, and Perth has plenty of these creative spaces for hire. From the historic Kidogo Art House and contemporary PS Art Space in Fremantle, Studio 281 in a Maylands heritage-listed building and the Linton & Kay Gallery in the Old Perth Technical School in the new Brookfield place development to the sophisticated loft-style space of the Form Art Gallery, there’s a wide range of interesting and visually stunning art spaces which are available for hire.
In fact, lofts and barns are bang on trend when it comes to function venues and there are a growing number of these for hire in Perth. But imagine getting married in a barn on a farm in a city?
Well you can - and it’s no ordinary farm barn either. Perth City Farm in East Perth is a fully operational ethical farm and nursery and its warehouse space with its freshly whitewashed walls, terracotta flooring and exposed steel beams is a magical setting for any function. The place strikes a perfect balance between urban and natural elements, and with the flexibility of several different spaces for hire, it’s becoming one of Perth’s most sought-after function venues.
Laneways might be ‘so Melbourne’ but have a look at what Freo has to offer! Distribution Lane is undoubtedly one of the coolest function spaces in Perth, and its laneway, courtyard and speakeasy-style basement in a beautiful heritage building offers a variety of different event options. The cherry on the top is that they’re BYO too!
Perth also has a wide range of interesting and unusual venues on the city’s outskirts which can be hired for corporate events and weddings. If vintage chic appeals to you, have a look at the former St Thomas Anglican Church in secluded countryside near Donnybrook which has been converted into a charming small events space called Old Thomson Brook Church. It was built in 1909, and with its red brick facade and jarrah trimmings, it’s a picture-perfect canvas for a memorable event. Or check out the family-owned Barrett Lane in the picturesque Swan Valley, which combines a 70-year history of grape-growing and winemaking with world-class function facilities.
The Bell Tower on the banks of the Swan River is another iconic Perth location with a difference, combining a fascinating history and spectacular setting with versatile function spaces, professional service and a range of entertainment options. Conveniently located close to public transport and a short stroll to the city, the Bell Tower is one of the most interesting and unusual function venues in Perth for intimate corporate events, weddings or private functions - and you can find out more by calling 08 6210 0444 or visiting www.thebelltower.com.au.