5 Things to Consider When Choosing The Perfect Function Venue

13 June 2019

If you’re looking for the perfect events venue in Sydney, you’re in the right place. DOOLEYS offers three beautiful function venues across our social clubs in Western Sydney - Lidcombe, Silverwater and Regents Park - suited to all types of occasions and events.


To ensure you choose the perfect space, consider the below tips to hire venue spaces, including how to choose the right venue to what you should consider when planning your event.


5 tips for choosing the event venue:


1. Occasion


When you’re planning an event, the first questions you should ask yourself are: what is the occasion, and who is it for?


DOOLEYS can cater to all occasions - business or leisure - such as social gatherings, celebrations, corporate functions and conferences. So, whether you’re looking for the perfect space to host a company training day or to promote a new business venture, or whether you want a function room to celebrate a milestone birthday or anniversary, DOOLEYS can make it happen.

2. Capacity

One of the most important things to consider when planning an event is the number of guests you are inviting and how many are definitely attending. You should also consider the type of event you are planning and whether guests will be seated on tables, or in a conference setting, or whether they will be floating in the space, as different space layouts will greatly influence capacity.


When sourcing an event space, it is recommended to hire a venue that can accommodate at least 30% more guests than you are expecting, in case there is a last minute change to the guest list.


DOOLEYS offers venues to suit a variety of event sizes. At DOOLEYS Catholic Club in Lidcombe, the Wattle and Waratah rooms can be combined to create a large theatre-style space that can accommodate up to 450 guests. Alternatively, the Waterview Club in Silverwater can create the perfect setting for small or large business conferences and meetings with either a theatre, boardroom or classroom layout.


3. Location, access and logistics

Location is another important consideration when planning an event. The venue’s location should be easy to get to. Ideally, a short commute from an airport or train station. There should also be free parking spaces for guests if they are travelling by car as well as access points for bringing in external equipment or styling - should you need it.

DOOLEYS’ three venues are located in the heart of Western Sydney with great transport links to the Sydney CBD and to the airport. Plus, our Lidcombe venue is located next to a train station and has over 500 parking spaces for guests to use for free.


4. Layout and style


The best layout for the event space will be determined by the occasion. If you are hosting a business conference, the room layout best suited is cabaret-style. Alternatively, if you are hosting a more intimate business function, you should request either a boardroom, classroom or U-shape layout. If you’re hosting a sit-down dinner you should opt for a banquet layout.


Enquire with venues about layout options - especially if your event requires more than one layout - and consider how it will affect overall capacity, event schedule and budget.


At DOOLEYS our venues can cater to any room layout. Our spaces are sophisticatedly styled and well-equipped with all the amenities you need.


5. Catering and sound


When sourcing a function space there is one big tip: to hire venue catering. All events - whatever the occasion - should offer some sort of refreshment for the guests


However, it should be noted that hiring external catering can be costly and may not fit within your current budget. The same goes for lighting and sound - the ideal scenario would be to hire an event space that offers both in-house catering and AV-equipment so that you don’t have the cost of renting or buying any equipment yourself.


At DOOLEYS we offer an exceptional in-house catering menu appropriate for all types of events, and we have all the technical equipment you need to bring your event to life.


Heed these tips to hire the event venue and your event will be a success. Contact DOOLEYS to make an enquiry today!