This place might have a familiar feeling to you if you're a Collingwood local. What was once the favoured drinking hole Lulie St Tavern, is now a shiny new blank canvas venue with a shiny new name, Small Talk. While she's still kept some of her most notable features, namely the brick interior walls and polished concrete floors, she's had one stunning makeover. Complete with an eye pleasing pastel paint facelift and its very own brick photo backdrop (See picture 5) wickedly good for an Instagram shot. Such is the increasingly popular trend of blank canvas weddings, Small Talk have got all the boxes ticked as a stylish new venue that we'd love to chat about today.
Not a cake fan? How about a cheese tower!
Sarah and Sam held their beautiful reception with us in our stables paddock on the farm. Hiring a clear roofed marquee, they danced the night away under the stars. The highlight of the night was the DJ/saxophonist duo who got everyone out of their seats and boogieing till the cows came home!
Photos by Daniel Milligan
The Farm Cafe are very excited to announce that we are now offering wedding cakes!
There are three flavours to choose from:
Chocolate mud cake with dark chocolate ganache
Ginger cake with lemon cream cheese icing
Sponge cake with buttercream, flavoured to your liking (lemon, raspberry, rose, passionfruit)
Pricing 2017-2018 (canape sized portions)
SINGLE TIER (serves 45-50 people) $350
LARGE SINGLE TIER (serves 75-80 people) $420
TWO TIER (serves 110-120) $550
We can do naked cakes, fully iced, garnished with flowers or fresh fruit. We also hire cake stands.
Speak to your event producer about ordering for your wedding day!
The Farm Cafe is a supporter of Marriage Equality and LGBTI rights. We thrilled that same sex couples will now be legally allowed to marry their partner and have their relationships recognized equally under the law.
Available Dates in 2018!
We understand that many couples will have been waiting a long time for this decision and are now excited to get married in 2018! So we have put together a list of dates for some of our favourite venues available next year. Our lovely sales team will be thrilled to hear from you!
The Collingwood Childrens Farm:
Friday, January 12, 2018
Saturday, January 13, 2018 ( Farm Cafe Only )
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Friday, January 19, 2018
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Friday, February 2, 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018
Friday, February 23, 2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018 ( Farm Cafe Only )
Sunday, April 1, 2018 ( Easter Sunday )
Monday, April 2, 2018 ( Easter Monday )
Saturday, April 14, 2018 ( Farm Cafe Only )
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Friday, May 4, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018
Saturday, May 12, 2018 ( Farm Cafe Only )
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Friday, May 25, 2018
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Two Ton Max:
Saturday 6th Jan
Saturday 20th Jan
Saturday 31st March
Saturday 28th April
Saturday 3rd Feb
Saturday 10th Feb
Saturday 19th May
Saturday 10th Feb
Saturday 17th Feb
Saturday 31st March
Saturday 2nd June
Saturday 13th Jan
Saturday 27th Jan
Saturday 17th Feb
Saturday 14th April
Saturday 21st April
Saturday 28th April
Saturday 5th May
Saturday 12th May
Saturday 19th May
Saturday 26th May
The stables paddock at the Collingwood Children's Farm is a beautiful place for a wedding. With views to the yarra river, a starry night sky and a border of gum trees your guests will feel a million miles away from the city. We recommend a Marquee, Tipi or Sperry Tent as Melbourne's weather should never dampen your day!
We highly recommend getting a marquee big enough to seat all your guests as well as space for a dancefloor and bar. If the weather's perfect these can be outside but it's always good to have backup space if it rains. Flooring and lighting complete the look and ensure guests will be comfortable all night long.
Marquee 10m x18m with clear walls and roof (seats up to 150 guests) : $4100
Timber flooring: $2800
We recommend Dom at Marquee Monkeys.
Looking for something a bit different? How about a Tipi! Placed together you can create any floorplan you wish and leave all the sides open to truly embrace the outdoors. Don't forget to include festoon lighting around the edges, it's an absolute must!
We recommend Scotty at Tipi Tipi
Double tipi with flooring and a dancefloor (upto 120 guests): $5000
Triple tipi with flooring and a dancefloor (Upto 140 guests): $6900
Stunning handcrafted ‘Sperry’ sailcloth tents, with a sweeping canopy supported by natural wooden poles, create a signature look that conveys both elegance and romance. Sought after across the world, Sperry Tents add a special element to any outdoor event.
We recommend Under Sky
10m x 20m "Oyster" tent (Seats upto 150): $6000
Woven mat flooring: $800
Absolutely essential for any paddock wedding, nearby toilets are a thoughtful and convenient addition so guests don't miss a moment of your big day. Prices start from $800 for clean and pretty mens and womens bathrooms
We recommend Black Tie Toilet Hire
This is a really special spot tucked nicely into an elbow of the Yarra river on the Farm's perimeter. There is no limit to the amount of guests you can have at this site, so it's perfect for larger marquee (or tipi, if you prefer!) weddings. There's not a building in sight here, bar the old stables which has loads of character and features that charm of timeworn wood.
The venue fee goes to support the Collingwood Children’s Farm, and includes the use of the farm for your ceremony and photos as well.
Capacity: No Limit
The Barn is the most gorgeous old building. Built in 1895, it offers the sort of rustic charm that is rarely found this close to the city, and it's still functioning - the cows get milked in there everyday!
It's perfect for weddings with up to 120 guests seated, or 160 cocktail style, regardless of weather. On hot days, guests can spill into the outdoor surrounds and enjoy the view, and on colder days we get to light the fire and crack the mulled wine. The venue hire fee for the barn goes to support the Collingwood Children’s Farm, and includes the use of the Farm for your ceremony as well.
Capacity: 120 seated, 160 semi-seated
You can't get more Melbourne than a warehouse in Richmond! We recommend getting married at nearby Burnley reserve park and getting guests to catch the tram up swan st to the reception. Lot 4 is the perfect blank canvas for a sit down dinner for up to 100 or cocktail party for up to 150 guests. With space for a dnacefloor, bar and outdoor area for drinks it's the perfect place for a party!
We have an extensive range of gorgeous vintage and industrial styling equipment available to hire. Ask your event planner for ideas and advice as we love making each wedding as stylish and pretty as possible!
We know what works at the farm and pride ourselves on adding those little details like beautiful signage and twinkly lights to create a feeling of warmth and celebration.
PROPS AND STYLING ITEMS
White market umbrellas - $80 each
Gas heaters - $100 each
Basket of blankets - $40
Basket of clear guest umbrellas - $40
Green and white are such a fresh combination that's simple, elegant and natural. Check out these lovely pictures from some recent weddings of this timeless colour combo.Read More
James and Lydia's stunning summer wedding was held on a beautiful warm afternoon in the paddock. Our florist Bec created an arbour dripping with roses and flowers and their ceremony was followed by drinks and lawn games in the paddock. The barn was bedecked with flowers, including babies breath 'bunting' and king protea and foliage centrepieces, while the barn entrance was arrayed with oak leaves. It looked like a magical wonderland! Photos by Justine McArthur
Lee and Sarah had an amazing party for their nearest and dearest. It was a small enough wedding to make use of the Farm Cafe space, but as wedding photographers themselves they were keen to have the use of the entire Collingwood Children's Farm grounds for their celebration and photos. We set up the bar and barn in the grounds below, not to mention one of the most beautiful pinatas we ever did see!
Photos by Justine McArthur
In the second of the two-part series we talk to one of our favourite wedding photographers Timothy Marriage about how to go about choosing a photographer, what you should expect and how much it costs. After the wedding is all over, the photos are the main tangible remaining memory. Plus you will spend most of the day with your photographer, so its important to make sure you 'click' (no pun intended!). Tim is great fun and also super organised and responsive - take it from us, that's a winning combination!Read More
These truffles are super easy and can be made well in advance - perfect for Christmas gifts! Pop into a cute jar or lolly bag and they are ready to go, just store in the fridge between when you make them and when you want to give them. They're fun to make with little ones (you can leave out the alcohol if you're doing this!), although expect plenty of chocolatey little hands and a dusting of cocoa over the entire kitchen.Read More
Photography: its a seemingly magical craft whereby simple little moments are turned into stunning timeless images, all through the intangible combination of a camera and the human behind it. To help demystify the whole process a little, we've asked one of our fave wedding photographers, Timothy Marriage (!) for his pro tips on everything from how to improve the lighting in your bathroom to keeping your photographer happy! Check out more of Tim's amazing work on his website.Read More