Wedding receptions and other big parties/gatherings are held, of course, in many venues across the west – at Werribee Mansion, for example.
But here I am concerned here only with those that bill themselves as reception centres.
I love them!
The above photo was taken while I was attending a recent political fundraiser at 501 Receptions in West Footscray.
In all but one of the other cases, I gained access to the centres simply by walking in.
I took a heap of interior photos – and was even given a guided tour by management in one case.
But the rooms were all either being cleaned up by staff and/or prepared for the next function.
As such, I have chosen not use such photos as it would be unfair.
But what impressed me in all cases was the hushed grandeur of the reception rooms – especially the big ones.
And I admired the architectural skill that creates such grand rooms almost totally without pillars.
All these places spoke to me deeply in terms of community gatherings, of weddings and 21sts and balls and many generations of celebrations.
Of hopes and dreams.
I’d be super thrilled and grateful if any readers would care to chip in with their memories of attending functions at any of these places!
501 Receptions, Barkly Street, West Footscray
Sheldon Recepotion & Convention Centre, Somerville Road, Sunshine West.
Grand Star Reception & Convention Centre, Grieve Parade, Altona North
White Knight Receptions, Hampstead Road, Maidstone
Ultima Function Centre, Keilor Park Drive, Keilor Park
Lakeside Banquest & Convention Centre, Melton Highway, Taylors Lakes
The Luxor Function Centre, Sydenham Road, Taylors Lakes
Unknown, Sunshine Road, Tottenham
I’m including this because it was actually this derelict building on Sunshine Road in Tottenham that inspired a reception centre post.
Having driven past it countless times, often wondering about its history, I’d always assumed it was – or had been – a reception centre.
But upon stopping to take photographs, I realised it simply doesn’t seem big or grand enough.
Does anyone know its story?