When I first chose Quaff as my wedding venue, I was doubtful. My wedding was supposed to be a small and simple wedding for 40, so I was actually planning to book the "White Room". However, as guests numbers grow (like it always happen in most weddings), we decided to book the Crystal room instead. Me and my partner never visited Quaff when we booked. We both don't live in Melbourne, so we asked his sister to have a look for us.
When I first visited Quaff in June, I was quite doubtful when I saw how "long and narrow" the room was. It was not the "bright and spacious with high ceiling" place I imagined my reception place to be. It was also pretty dark. However, the even manager, Bruce, told us that the Crystal room will be better during evening time, and my reception will be in the evening. On that same day I decided to have lunch there, I had their famous fish pie and I thought I really liked it.
I wouldn't deny that during months of wedding planning I tried to look for another venue. I was afraid the room would be too narrow and too dark. I was afraid it would not be a great reception blah blah blah. The things that kept me from "changing to another venue" was: 1. The even manager (Bruce) was very helpful and kind. Unlike most even managers from other venues, he was never persuasive or impolite, 2. Quaff is very flexible with menu, table arrangements etc, 3. My wedding was on Christmas eve, and unlike most other venues, they did not see it as a chance to increase their prices. They did not even have a minimum spending!
Then the evening of my reception arrived, I have to say that I had the time of my life. The room was not at all too narrow or too dark. It was perfect. The ambiance was warm and homy. The courtyard was favourite among the smokers. The bar was big enough to fit 4 piece jazz band and me and my partner to have our first dance!
The food was awesome. Everyone was raving about the Gnocchi as the entree, Steak as main, and panacotta as dessert. My parents and relatives even go back there the next day for christmas lunch just because they couldn't get enough of the steak!
For the whole night, the staff were very attentive and professional, and food came out promptly.
So just in case any of the staff in Quaff read this, I would like to thank all of you, especially Bruce, for providing such a great reception venue for our wedding on the 24th December 2011. We had such a great time. Just like the name "Quaff", we did drink (and eat) heartily the whole evening. Overall, it was nice food, nice staff, nice drink, nice ambiance, and I couldn't have asked for a better wedding reception venue :)
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