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An evening outdoor function is magical in summer.
Just make sure you think through all the factors, from
weather conditions to combatting the creepy crawlies.
Things to consider Burn citronella incense
sticks or candles; use a microphone; consider misting
systems for hot days, or heat lamps in cooler months;
secure heavy structures – such as marquees – to the
ground; avoid plastic cups and cutlery that may blow
away; choose food that won’t spoil quickly; ensure
extension cords and lighting are safety installed and
don’t provide any hazards; and keep paths in mind
when laying down wires.
“Some councils limit the number of displays at a venue each year, and
all outdoor fireworks require a display permit, which, depending on the size
and site of the display will vary in cost. Also, if the display is to be on council
land, there may be a site-rental fee. There are also noise restrictions. The display
should be, preferably, within these times: Sunday to Thursday before 9pm, and Friday to
Saturday before 10pm.”
– M ichelle Boyland, display coordinator, WestCoast Fireworks.
No matter how many times a day you check
weather.com.au , Mother Nature has a plan of
her own and you’re at her mercy. Think an April
or October date is a safe bet for an outdoor
function? Think again! Always have a Plan B...
Things to consider Make sure there is
an undercover option if it rains, and think about
parking proximity to undercover zones, and shade
for guests. Provide umbrellas, parasols or hats
that your guests can use, hire heaters, or create
a zone with rugs if it’s cold. Consider a marquee
so your handmade decorations don’t blow away.
Check out sunrise-and-sunset.com to find out
estimated daylight availability.
“Do a site inspection around the time of
day your event will take place, to get an
idea of wind and light conditions. Use this
to work out how big the audio system will
need to be to get over the natural noise in
the area – you may need additional items,
such as a windsock for your microphones.”
– Natalie Allen, business manager,
Who to call
Perth Pyrotechnics (08) 9247 4125
Showtime Fireworks 0429 202 577
WestCoast Fireworks 0437 281 112
Cardile Fireworks 0418 848 188
Often considered the domain of major events,
fireworks can be arranged for private parties and
corporate events. The cost can start from as low
as $3000 for a five- to ten-minute outdoor display,
while for indoor fireworks you can expect to pay at
least $1500. A 50m safety distance is usually
a pre-requisite, but no DIY jobs for this one, folks –
the use and possession of fireworks by the general
public is banned in WA, and all outdoor firework
displays require an event permit submitted to the
Department of Mines and Petroleum four weeks in
advance. For indoor fireworks, the Department of
Fire and Emergency Services needs to be notified.
For a true change of scenery, a day trip out to
Rottnest or Carnac Island is just what the Fremantle
Doctor ordered. Boat charters can cater for team-
building days, Christmas parties, birthdays and
weddings, with on-board catering and BYO alcohol.
Choose to spend the whole day on the boat, or stop
over at Rottnest for some action-packed activities.
Don’t forget, all visitors to Rotto have to pay an
admission fee ($18 per adult).
ON THE BEACH
West Australians love the beach, so it makes sense many will want to mark
a milestone as significant as their wedding on our pristine coastline.
THINGS TO CONSIDER Check with local authorities first before confirming
the location – permits are required for any outdoor event on public property,
and there may be restrictions on times and furniture that can be brought onto
the beach. Pick an area protected from direct winds, and check tide times.
Consider disabled or elderly guests who may find it difficult navigating rocks
or stairs. Remember alcohol is strictly prohibited.
Circle of Love
Bib & Tucker.
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