Best Wedding Venue in Victoria

Best Wedding Venue in Victoria

Brad Dabbs, General Manager

Brad accepting the 2019 Award for Best Wedding Reception Venue in Australia
Showtime Event Centre set ready for a supplier showcase to couples

As the General Manager of Showtime Event Group, I have found this year has undoubtedly been a challenging & heartbreaking year for so many in our industry, but it has resonated most with our wedding couples, and the Showtime team of Wedding producers who have been working tirelessly to postpone wedding events – some of them for the third time.  As we face over 100 days of lock down in Victoria there was certainly a desire to have a glimmer of positive news to celebrate, so we were truly honoured to receive an ABIA Industry Award as a reminder that we are admired, respected and loved by the industry and our clients, which is the greatest testament to any business.

On Tuesday evening in an online virtual award presentation, Showtime Events Centre won for the fourth time in six years, Best Wedding Reception in Victoria. What makes these awards extra special is that 6,100+ Wedding Couples are the ones who determine the 634 Nominees, 221 Finalists and 32 Winners. Every year this award means more and more to me personally, as it is a reminder that despite the growth and extension of our business, we have never lost our personal and individual touch to ensuring that every client event is extra special, and treated as though they are a VIP!

This award means more and more to me personally, as it is a reminder . . . we have never lost our personal and individual touch . . . every client event is extra special, and treated as a VIP!

The ABIA award wins, which now include FOUR Victorian Awards for BEST WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE, and TWO National Awards for BEST WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE are the platform on which we secure our new spaces. When we commenced as the exclusive caterer and events partner to the State Library, their wedding business made up just 4% of all events that took place. That figure now sits at around 32% of all events, and since August 2018 have held over 50 weddings with in the Library, including the very first wedding reception to be held in the La Trobe Reading Room, in its 184 year history.

La Trobe Reading Room played pre dinner space for Bec and Ari's wedding
Ripponlea Ballroom is a classic space that has a reputation as one of Melbourne's best venues.

We were also proud that the National Trust recognised our dedication and commitment to executing award winning weddings, when in May this year they appointed us as the new exclusive caterer to Ripponlea Estate. This was a tremendous accomplishment for us, as the heritage mansion, with its extensive gardens, and 1930s Hollywood style pool terrace and ballroom, is known as one of Melbourne most premium wedding spaces.

In a few months time we hope to be awarded our THIRD straight win as the BEST WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE in Australia, but for now as Victorians, we will take the moment the team so desperately need to celebrate the great work. I am proud of all our Showtime team who all attribute to this ongoing, award winning success.

Gavin Johnston, Wedding Producer

Gavin Johnson, Wedding Producer

Our Weddings Team Zoom Chat was underway at 6.55pm, we were awaiting the ABIA awards countdown to hit zero, normally we would be at a fancy event together with beverages and food galore, dressed up to the nines. The show commenced and the nominations and awards started being handed out. We went through 18 nail biting categories before we reached the highly anticipated “Best Wedding Reception Venue in Victoria” award.

The team let out a scream of excitement and we all sat with our fingers crossed and with muted breath. We were in the top 10, then top 5, then top 3 and finally number announced as number ONE! We cheered and chatted amongst our Weddings group and explained how much this award meant this year more than any, with all of the challenges and uncertainty we as individuals and as an industry were up against. Winning Best Reception Venue in Victoria gave us the confidence, hope and excitement we needed to get back up and push forward.

Hayley Murnane, Head of Weddings
Alice Hall, Wedding Producer

Hayley Murnane, Head of Weddings

Every year I say ‘This is one of the best wins yet’ but they just keep getting better! 2020 has certainly been a wild ride for our wedding family with many challenges faced. This award is a true highlight for us and one we will savour as we looking forward to an exciting 2021.

Thank you to every single member of our team as without you performing your piece of the wedding puzzle this award would not be possible.  Big special mentions go to Gavin and Bianca our two SEG superstars and the face of all our South Wharf weddings. The dedication and hard work you put into every wedding is second to none with this award as voted by our couples paying testament to that.

Every year I say ‘This is one of the best wins yet’ but they just keep getting better!

We now set our sights on the coveted ‘Best Function Coordinator’. We have come a close second one too many times and I have a feeling 2021 is our year for this! Watch this space.

Alice Hall, Wedding Producer

When I heard the news we won Best Reception Venue in Victoria at the Australian Industry Bridal Awards, my excitement levels went from 100 to infinity! This award really encapsulates the feedback from all of our couples about their experience during their planning phase and on their special day. This award is a beautiful symbol of the Showtime Event Group team and the dedication our team contributes each and every day.

This award is a beautiful symbol of the Showtime Event Group team and the dedication our team contributes

I always hear feedback from our couples detailing just how special they feel, how they are looked after and the level of detail our team provides during the planning process. Our team live and breathe weddings, it is not just a job for us. Weddings are our passion and trust is built with our couples from day one. To bring each couple’s dream wedding to life is not only a joy, it is an honour. Now with the newly acquired Rippon Lea Estate, along with the breath taking State Library of Victoria, Old Melbourne Gaol, Cargo Hall and many other venues across Melbourne, the wedding possibilities are endless with Showtime Event Group.

Bianca Galjar, Wedding Producer

Bianca Galjar, Wedding Producer

“The team down at South Wharf work incredibly hard to make our couples so happy and to make their dreams and visions become a reality.

From revealing the venue to our couples at 5:30pm and seeing their faces sometimes their tears it is just such an exhilarating feeling, goosebumps creep in and you feel so proud you get to be apart of making the happiest day of two peoples life possible. From late night details meetings to early morning bump ins and countless long hours, winning ‘Reception Wedding Venue’ makes what we do worth it.

To come a very close second for ‘Function Coordinator’ in the most competitive category is just a testament to our relationship and friendships we build over the year or so of planning with our couples, we love them.

I am proud to be part of an award winning venue in South Wharf.”

Colleen Haggarty, Wedding Producer

Colleen Haggarty, Wedding Producer

“While I may be new to the Showtime Family, this award is something that I am so proud to be a part of.

Time after time, winning Best Reception Venue shows how truly dedicated Showtime is to our couples. This is truly an all-inclusive award to showcase the teamwork, from our Chefs, service staff, operations team, AV, Wedding Producers, and beyond. In a time surrounded by uncertainty and dark clouds, this is truly a ray of sunshine, not only for ourselves, but for our couples who are booked with us.

This next Wedding Season is going to be the biggest one we’ve ever seen, and what a way to kick it off, on top, and hungry for more.”

See the awards unfold as they announce the finalists, Top 10, Top 5, Top 3 and of course  . . . The BEST in Victoria!