It’s time for another well overdue venue spotlight! I have a bit of an obsession with Sydney Harbour. Every chance I get I want to be on a boat on the harbour or overlooking it. So I’m always in awe of the stunning venues Sydney provides with the most beautiful ways to exploit the beauty of the harbour.
The American Club is a 64 year old members only club which overlooks not only the harbour, but the Royal Botanic Gardens (so a great choice if you’re holding your ceremony in the gardens). The club was refurbished in 2010 and features striking, modern interiors with floor to ceiling windows for taking in the view.
The American Club has different packages available for weddings. Starting off with the “Classic” package which includes a three course menu, unlimited standard beverage package, parquetry dance floor, white linens and venue coordinator to the “Elegant” wedding package which includes delights such as a four course banquet menu, unlimited standard beverage package, parquetry dance floor, professional DJ, printed menus and an anniversary dinner for two. The venue also has the capacity for cocktail events with inclusions such as a professional DJ, scattered modern furniture, four hour unlimited standard drinks package and parquetry dance floor.
But back to the banquet menu for a moment; while chicken and beef are always great options, it’s a little hard to resist the temptations of “Carnaroli risotto with smoked ocean trout, snow peas and roasted sweet corn, crisp dill” and “Atlantic salmon fillet, on dill and corn fritter, with chardonnay cream” not to mention desserts like “Lime meringue pie with passionfruit sauce and roasted hazelnut dust” and Mr Polka Dot’s favourite “Warm sticky date and pear pudding with butterscotch sauce and double cream”. (There is always room for dessert and if there isn’t, well you need to find your dessert stomach because it does exist).
The American Club holds 150 guests for banquets or 180 for cocktails.
I love the metallic tones of this venue- they really lend themselves to an urban, clean vibe. Perhaps fill the spice with white flowers with different te4xtures and candles in many different heights to add interest. For something different, compliment the chocolate and marble with bold brights like fuchsia, magenta, saffron yellows and warm oranges.