As busy corporate function and event photographers, we get to experience many of Melbourne’s best venues. We get to see what goes on behind the scenes as well as what happens front of house so have a great idea of which venues are consistently good and will help you to impress your clients at your next function.
Listed in no particular order, the following venues always put on a great service and we’d be pleased to provide event photography services there again.
The Capitol theatre on Swanston Street is one of Melbourne’s newest oldest event venues!
Originally opened in 1924 to show movies with a live soundtrack and often accompanied by an illuminated ceiling, this cinema is still showing movies but is also available for hire as an event venue.
Purchased by RMIT in 1999, the cinema has undergone extensive refurbishment to restore the building to it’s original splendour.
With seating for 580, this cinema is perfect for screenings or corporate presentations in comfortable and acoustically brilliant surroundings.
The ceiling of the cinema is still illuminated and is the venues most memorable aspect.
A large foyer and bar area on the first floor are both available for entertaining guests, and last time we were there with our event photography service, the catering was excellent with plentiful food by professional and friendly staff.
Popular with organisers of corporate functions due to it’s proximity to Collins Street and central Melbourne offices, you can expect to see this venue cropping up more often as people rediscover this forgotten gem.
Melbourne Museum is a great option for event organisers who would like to create a lasting impression with their choice of venue. This venue is always popular with event photographers too, as visually, it offers much more to work with than just the usual corporate dining room or functional event space.
A contemporary icon of the Melbourne architecture scene, the museum is surrounded by 64 acres of English oaks, Moreton Bay Figs and Conifers.
Since the surroundings are so interesting, and at night, the space very atmospheric, guests remember the event far more than they would at A.N.Other restaurant!
The Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, which the museum looks out onto is often illuminated at night to coincide with your event.
With 15 bespoke spaces on offer, from the expansive foyer to drinks at the rainforest, the museum has an event space to suit groups of 10 to 2000 guests.
Founded in 1861, Melbourne’s NGV is the oldest and most visited art museum in Australia.
Offering unique function spaces for all types of function, the NGV’s ever changing program of major exhibitions offer unique private viewing opportunities which are ideal for entertaining guests. Guests love having an exhibition to themselves with a private viewing – it’s always enjoyable to wander one of the NGV’s international shows without having to battle the crowds!
With exclusive catering by the highly regarded Restaurant Associates, your guests are guaranteed an impressive dining experience in some of Melbourne’s most iconic spaces, including the NGV’s Great Hall with it’s stained glass ceiling and the Garden Restaurant which overlooks the Grollo Equiset Garden.
Vue de Monde, Rialto
Perched atop the Rialto tower on Collins Street, Vue de monde is an impressive restaurant and entertaining space, with views across the city, Port Phillip Bay and out towards the Dandenongs.
Designed to encapsulate the feeling of the Australian outdoors, the restaurant features kangaroo fur chairs, basalt rock bar and corrugated iron wall coverings.
With celebrity chef Shannon Bennett at the helm, Vue de Monde focusses on the theatrical dining experience, wowing diners with unique and unusual creations that often look unlike food and sometimes too good to eat!
Hotel Chadstone Melbourne, MGallery by Sofitel
Although we haven’t yet shot an event at the newly opened Hotel Chadstone, it’s only a matter of time before we do, as this luxury hotel has eight versatile event spaces with a capacity for up to 650 guests.
The 5 star hotel‘s ballroom is likely to be a popular alternative to the Ballroom at Crown for those event organisers who want to move away from the CBD or host their event closer to the eastern suburbs.
Altus is the hotel’s rooftop venue which can also host private dining experiences, offering great views across to the city of Melbourne, Dandenongs and out towards the bay.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
The MCG has a surprising number of event spaces available for hire, and is a venue that doesn’t immediately spring to mind for corporate entertaining or functions.
From conferences for 500 to small private dining experiences, the MCG has something for everyone. Even if your guests are not major sports fan, they’re still likely to be impressed by the size and scale of the venue, perhaps previously only seeing it on television or in photographs.
With catering by the award winning team at Epicure, your guests won’t go hungry at the MCG, and no, we’re not talking meat pies and beer – think along the lines of modern Australian cuisine and wines from the best vineyards that Australia has to offer.
Food and service is always excellent and there are numerous opportunities to hammer home your brand name or push your message through the use of the scoreboard, digital screens and the boundary fence.
On several of the corporate functions we have photographed at the MCG, guests have enjoyed a guided tour of the most recognisable and popular locations, as well as player change rooms, The Long Room and onto the field boundary for selfies and photo opportunities.