High Church Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do I secure my Wedding with High Church – what is required?
To confirm your Wedding booking we send you 50% of your venue hire fee as a deposit – once this is paid your Wedding booking is 100% confirmed. Final 50% is then due 21 days prior to your event.
Can I design the event space myself?
Sometimes you have a truly unique event, requiring the perfect space and you need to build it yourself from scratch. In these instances venue food and beverage packages can interrupt these plans.
As such we have “Dry Hire” Options, you can book and hire the space exclusively for you to use as you need for one flat fee that includes your use of the space and the furniture. If you require food and beverages these will still need to be quoted and provided exclusively through High Church and Pure Catering, however they can be customised to suit your event more comfortably. For a dry hire quote or to customise your catering options please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I supply my own catering?
High Church is managed by Fresh Events + People which own and operate Pure Catering. They will ensure a smoothly run, on time event. Please refer to the contact details on our website.
If you would like the contact details please refer to our preferred suppliers list attached to your quote, refer to the High Church website or request a copy from High Church.
Can I supply my own beverage?
All alcohol for the premises is supplied and sold by Fresh Events + People and Pure Catering, we no longer offer BYO alcohol.
They offer competitive beverage packages, cash bars, beverages on consumption and bar tab options.
They also provide the flexibility to create a beverage package that suits the needs of your guests, please feel free to approach them with any creative ideas you may have and they will happily assist.
Can I supply my own wedding stylist/wedding planner?
Fresh Events + People are part of our package. Fresh have over a decade in event and wedding planning. They would be responsible for the set up of furniture & the venue in it’s entirety along with their catering company – understanding the sometimes tight turn around times required. NOTE: High Church provides all it’s furniture at no extra cost but your stylist on the day is responsible for setting everything up on your behalf within the timeframe you have booked & secured at High Church.
What is the capacity of the High Church?
We recommend no more than 250 guests for a cocktail event and no more than 120 for a sit down event, however with the sit down events over 100 guests we do recommend removing 3 banquet tables after dinner to create your dance floor, again talk to your catering company &/or stylist in assisting you with this on the night.
Will there be another event on the night?
The venue is yours exclusively for the time slot you have booked even if you only choose to use a portion of space available for your event. NOTE: there may be an event booked before or after your time slot. If this is the case please be respectful of when you enter & exit the venue to not cause disruption to other bookings on the day – just as they will be respectful of your times.
There is ample street parking around High Church, which is completely free on weekends and after 5pm. We also have the convenience of a car park only two blocks away from the High Church – Wilson’s Car Park – 394 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley (Entry via Berwick Street) ph: 3233 0706 – Height 2.2m
Closing Times of the Venue?
Friday & Saturday nights it is by 11pm but we organize express entry into venues around the Valley for the guests who want to continue on & order taxis for the guests who want to go home.
Monday to Thursday & Sunday nights by 10pm – we all have to get up the next day for work so this is late enough but again for those who want to continue on then the Valley is your oyster.
Can we play music?
Yes but ALL entertainment must be booked & authorized by our venue manager or preferred entertainment suppliers – we need to be strict here because we have residential buildings close by. There is also a sound limit and we expect your selected entertainers to respect this. The volume is more than enough to have a great party while keeping the peace at High Church. There is NO amplified music allowed on the terrace only acoustic style music.
Do I need security?
Some large events may require professional security. Our events co-ordinator will assess each case; if security is required, then it would be at your own expense. If you want security for your own reasons we have a recommended security company on our preferred suppliers list that we highly recommend. NOTE: If urgent security is required during your event our management will contact our security company for an urgent call out – if this is required they charge a minimum 2 hour call out fee of $80.00 plus GST that would be automatically charged to the clients account if deemed necessary by venue manger on the night of your event.
Bump in requirements?
You must bump in any extra theme/flowers/furniture/equipment for your event within the time slot/slots you have pre-booked with the venue. If you think you will require extra time for your bump in, then we recommend you book extra time slots to ensure you have the venue for as long as you require.
Bump out requirements?
Is required at the close of your event by Fresh/Pure with a ½ hour window from close time at no extra charge – extra bump time if required on the night will be charged at $50.00 per ½ hour. Please note the venue must be left as you found it including the removal of all rubbish, again speak to our caters and planners to assist with this on the day of your event.
NOTE: Drop off & Pick ups – If you require drop off & pick up outside of these times it must be discussed with High Church and authorised prior to your event with details of what the agreed arrangements are.