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“From Perth city to regional WA, we’ve covered
all the hotspots, from restaurants, bars and lounges
to hotels, wineries and function centres”
or the past few months, I’ve been one of the many Scoop employees who have helped put together this magazine. However,
perhaps the terms tome, bible or encyclopaedia would be more accurate. This is the definitive guide to function/event/shindig
planning. With this in your possession, there’s no limit to your celebratory options. A civilised tea party in landscaped
surrounds? A rollicking hoe-down complete with swing dancing? An important meeting overlooking the Southern Ocean?
Whatever kind of get-together you’re organising, the 2011 edition of WA’s Best Functions & Venues offers myriad solutions to ensure it’s
a success. And memorable. And that’s the key: creating that unforgettable event.
We’ve all been to functions where the drinks run out, the food doesn’t come often enough (and unsuspecting waitstaff are just about
flattened by stampedes of hungry guests) and the speechmakers talk about... what did they talk about again? These days, guests won’t
accept sub-par functions. People are tired of party pies and sausage rolls, so if that’s all they can expect, they’d sooner stay at home.
The good news is – adding that all-important ‘wow’ factor is easier than you think. And contrary to popular belief, paying for an event
is money well spent – the rewards you’ll reap, whether business-related or personal, are priceless. In our feature How to be... Unforgettable
(p16), we look at different ways to make your function memorable – think quirky themes, divine cocktails and theatre performers –
while in Money Matters (p28), we address budget planning and get some great money-saving tips from WA’s industry experts.
Then we get down to business. On the following pages, you’ll find fabulous function concepts – karaoke, anyone? How about flying an
ex-military aircraft or sailing a 19th-century-style tall ship? There’s a whole section dedicated to function professionals, from audiovisual,
staging and production specialists to event planners, stylists and everything in between. And this edition, we’re thrilled to have WA’s
best caterers on board – I challenge you not to drool when leafing through this section. Then there are the venues. From Perth city to
regional WA, we’ve covered all the hotspots, from restaurants, bars and lounges to hotels, wineries and function centres.
Those of you organising a function might have a clean, crisp copy of the magazine in your hands right now, but come the end of the
planning phase, it will no doubt be a little rough around the edges. But that’s what it’s meant to be – a practical, usable guide that you
continue to refer to.
Whatever the event, we hope WA’s Best Functions & Venues 2011 makes the organising process a breeze... and a pleasure.
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