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June 30 is only days away, so what better way to celebrate the end of the financial year with your office and staff at Doyles Bridge Hotel.

Celebrate the end of the financial year by treating your team (and some tax deductions to boot!).

Doyles offer a variety of options for all end of financial year lunches or dinners;

- Bistro a la carte menu
- Café bar variety
- Bunnerong Room (private setting for up to 12)

Doyles Bridge Hotel is a winter paradise for a comfort end of financial year meal, so book now on (03) 8587 1000


Watch Every Game of the 2019 AFL Season at Doyles Bridge Hotel.

The Bridge Sports Bar at Doyles will broadcast all Live all 207 AFL matches in 2019.

With a dedicated Fox Footy channel you can watch all of your team’s home and away and finals games this season.

Grab a cool beer, glass of wine or soft drink and cheer on your team on Fox Footy Channel 504:

- Adelaide Crows
- Brisbane Lions
- Carlton Blues
- Collingwood Magpies
- Essendon Bombers
- Fremantle Dockers
- Geelong Cats
- Gold Coast Suns
- GWS Giants
- Hawthorn Hawks
- Melbourne Demons
- North Melbourne Kangaroos
- Port Adelaide Power
- Richmond Tigers
- St Kilda Saints
- Sydney Swans
- West Coast Eagles
- Western Bulldogs

The footy at Doyles Bridge Hotel is an institution, so swing by the Bridge Sports Bar and even book a table in our famous bistro prior to your team playing (03) 8587 1000


After 8 months of sailing from England, on 26 January of 178,8 Captain Arthur Phillip and a few dozen officers and oarsmen rowed ashore to land at what is now known as Sydney Cove.

On the 30th anniversary of the founding of the colony, and Governor Lachlan Macquarie chose to acknowledge the 26th of January with the first official celebration and he declared that the day would be a holiday for all government workers.

1838 (50 Years)
On the 50th anniversary as part of the celebrations Australia's first public holiday was declared.

1888 (100 Years)
For the first 100 years, 26 January was very much a New South Wales affair, as each of the colonies had their own commemorations for their own founding date.

In 1888, all colonial capitals except South Australia celebrated "Anniversary Day". Eventually in 1910, South Australia adopted 26 January as "Federation Day".

In 1915 a committee to celebrate Australia Day was formed, and in an extraordinary decision the date chosen was 30 July !!!

In this year Victoria adopted 26 January as Australia Day and by 1935 all states of Australia were celebrating 26 January as Australia Day.

1938 (150 Years)
New South Wales was first to abandon the traditional long weekend and hold the actual holiday on Wednesday 26 January.

All governments agreed to unify the celebrations on 26 January as "Australia Day" but take the public holiday on the Monday closest to the actual anniversary.

All states and territories agreed to unify the public holiday on the actual day for the first time (unless it fell on a Saturday or Sunday) in which a day in lieu has since been given on the following Monday.

Australia Day weekend lunch, dinner or a quick drink at Doyles Bridge Hotel is an institution, so book now (03) 8587 1000.


No! Coke did not invent the image of the modern Santa as we see him.

Coca-Cola was not the first to portray Santa Claus as a jolly large chap in a red and white suit. That honour goes to Thomas Nast, a German born, American cartoonist.


Thomas Nast

The first appearance of a modern Santa Claus, complete with what we consider to be the Santa suit was in drawings by Thomas Nast. Nast’s original drawings were of a small Santa who could slide down chimneys, but his later works made him full size.

He was also the first to draw Santa wearing a red suit with fur lining, a nightcap, and a black belt with a large buckle.


Coca-Cola Company

Haddon Sundblom drew images of Santa in advertising for the Coca-Cola Company since 1931.

Even though Sundblom’s work certainly changed the perception of Santa Claus, the red suit was actually shown on the covers of Harper’s Weekly by Thomas Nast at least 40 years before his work for the Coca-Cola company was published.

Christmas Day lunch sittings sell out months in advance at Doyles Bridge Hotel, so we recommend you book for Christmas Day 2019 NOW by calling (03) 8587 1000.


Hurry! Xmas Party Venue

Have you organised an End of Year or Xmas Party yet?

2018 is rapidly drawing to a close but it’s never too late to reward your staff or clients.

Don’t let another year slip by without taking the time to step off the work rollercoaster and enjoy a meal and drink with your work colleagues.

Doyle Bridge Hotel offers a variety of menu and beverage options to suit any taste or budget.

Peak days (Friday / Saturday / Sunday) are fairly well booked out, so why not choose a relaxing Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday lunch or evening slot.

Contact Doyle Bridge Hotel today to book your staff, office or client end of year celebration


Father’s Day @Doyles

Father’s Day is approaching and you might be surprised to hear how casually this occasion started. 

In 1909, Sonaro Todd was listening to a church sermon in Washington DC on the topic of Mother’s Day.

Afterwards she asked the minister why Fathers did not also have day of celebration?

Her father was a veteran of the Civil War, a farmer and a widower who raised Sonara and five siblings.

And so, as the story goes the next year in 1910 all the churches in the local area marked the first Father’s Day.  

By 1936 the first article (in the Newcastle Sun) speaking of Father’s Day had found its way to Australia … and the rest is history.

September was chosen as the time to mark the occasion as it fell between Christmas and Mother’s Day.

To celebrate Father’s Day this year, why not consider Doyle Bridge Hotel - it’s the perfect venue to bring your family together on this special day.


Junior Sport Year End Dinner

Footy, Netball, Soccer, Basketball, Calisthenics and Hockey winter seasons are fast coming to an end for all kids and junior teams.

Coaches, Parents and Volunteers of all types have filled in team sheets, cut up oranges and cheered their kids on in wind, rain and the odd blast of sunshine (rarely!) during this season.

It’s been a long cold and wet Melbourne winter, so as the season nears its close it’s time to reward those on the sidelines for all their efforts.

Book a table (or 2) at Doyles Bridge Hotel to warm up and tuck into our awesome menu and wine list.

Spend an evening together to re-live all those moments of victory (and loss!) and look forward to some weekends off until the summer sports start up again.

Contact us at Doyles Bridge Hotel to book your perfect end of season rewards dinner.


“No Room Hire Fee”

With the Melbourne winter upon us in its time to tuck inside near our cozy fireplace and enjoy our semi private dining experience.

Secure your place for up to 35 people in our Semi-Private Dining Experience with;
  • A la carte menu
  • No Room Hire Fee
  • Open Fireplace
  • Winter Warmer Specials
Menu Options include;
  • Al la carte
  • Set menu at $55 or $65 pp
  • Tailored Set menu from our existing dishes
Contact us at Doyles Bridge Hotel to discuss and book your semi private dining experience.

ANZAC DAY 2018 - Dawn Service Bayside Locations

9.30am - Balnarring Village Shopping Centre

6.00am - Longbeach RSL

5.45am – Moorabbin RSL

Crib Point
11.00 am - Tingara Place

5.30am - Dingley Rotary Club

6.15am - Peninsula RSL Club

10.00am - Flinders Hall

5.30am – Beauty Park

5.45am - Hastings Foreshore

6.00am - Mentone RSL.

6.00am – Memorial Park

Mount Eliza
2.00pm - Mount Eliza Community Centre

Red Hill
10.45am - Red Hill Community Park

6.00am - Rosebud RSL

6.00am - Rye RSL

9.45am – Seaford Centograph

5.45 am - Fruit Growers Reserve

6.00am - Sorrento Foreshore

5.45am - Tyabb Recreation Reserve

Check with your local council and / or RSL



It's a given that most of us will be tucking into delicious chocolate eggs while we enjoy a lazy four day weekend this Easter.

But for many, Easter is about so much more than chocolate, and there are plenty of older Easter traditions that people stick to each year - even if they never step foot inside a church.

One of the most famous is avoiding meat on Good Friday, instead swapping it for fish.


Millions of Christians will not eat meat on Good Friday, with some, particularly Catholics, sticking to the ban every Friday throughout the year and it can be said that some non-believers still eat only seafood or fish on Good Friday as a long held tradition.

So why don't we eat meat on Good Friday?

According to Christianity, Jesus was executed on Good Friday, and died for our sins. In doing so, he sacrificed his flesh. This is why the church encourages followers to abstain from meaty flesh on the anniversary of Christ’s death and choose fish and seafood.

Fish shapes were used as a secret symbol for Christians to identify each other when their religion was banned, and many of Christ’s closest followers were fishermen too.


Doyles Bridge Hotel is located right on the water to Port Phillip Bay and is synonymous with outstanding seafood fare.

The Doyles Grilled Seafood Platter includes;
  • Fresh Fish
  • Oysters Kilpatrick
  • Garlic Prawns
  • Moreton Bay Bugs
  • Scallops
  • Mussels
  • Calamari
  • King Prawns
Contact us at Doyles Bridge Hotel to discuss and book your Good Friday dining experience.


What is Valentine’s Day?

Every year on February 14 loved ones exchange flowers, cards and gifts all in the name of St. Valentine.

But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from?

The Legend of St. Valentine?

One legend contends that St. Valentine was a priest in the 3rd century in Rome who illegally performed marriage services for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered he was imprisoned.

According to legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl, possibly his jailor’s daughter who visited him during his confinement.

Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine”, an expression that is still in use today.

Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and most importantly romantic figure.

Why is Valentine’s Day held on 14 February?

During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season and thus attributed this connection that Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

Contact us at Doyles Bridge Hotel to discuss and book your special Valentine’s Day.


Your wedding anniversary is a time to reflect and remember not only that special day, but also the years in between. It’s a great achievement and recognition to mark every passing year you are married.

It’s important to make the effort and celebrate your wedding anniversary each year by doing something together. It can be as simple of a glass of champagne or coffee…or a fabulous banquet lunch or dinner for two.

Treat you and your partner to a special time at Doyles Bridge Hotel. It’s a chance to leave behind your work and other commitments and focus on pure enjoyment together.
Don’t forget something small (or big !) to surprise your partner with on your anniversary each year.


1st  Cotton
2nd   Paper
3rd  Leather
4th   Fruit
5th  Wood
10th  Tin
15th  Crystal
20th  China
25th  Silver
30th  Pearl
40th  Ruby
50th  Gold
60th   Diamond

Contact us at Doyles Bridge Hotel to discuss and book a special wedding anniversary.


OPEN New Year’s Eve until 1.00am.

Join us to celebrate and ring-in the New Year at Doyles Bridge Hotel.
Gather your friends and family to see in the New Year in the comfort and surrounds of our hotel. We are trading as normal until 1.00am so please book your table in advance to secure your spot.

Plan Your Travel
It can be extremely busy on the roads and public transport on New Year’s Eve, therefore it’s imperative to pre-plan your travel requirements.
Taxi and Uber services are also very busy and run at a premium expense during busy periods.

Be Safe
The merriment of New Year’s Eve can sometimes be tempered with bad behaviour by some. Ensure you keep your valuables and mobile phone close by and always look out for your friends.

Many organised fireworks display can be quite loud and cause disturbance for your pets, in particular your dog. Be sure to see they are kept safely inside or in a secure area as the loud unusual noise can spook your dog to stray.


Turning 21 is an important milestone in any young person’s life - and is indeed cause for celebration. For this once-in-a-lifetime event we’ve included a quick checklist to help you plan ahead for the day or night.

Guest List
Aside from your current group of friends, also use this occasion as an opportunity to catch up with old friends from school and family you’ve not seen in a while.

If you are looking for something different don’t be afraid to go for a theme and have everyone dress up for the occasion. How about a disco theme or go back to the 1920’s?
If you prefer standard black tie or even something relaxed and casual, the choice is yours - after all it’s your party.

You you’d like to remember the occasion and how you and for friends looked on this day, then look into hiring a photographer and even video the event as well.

Party Planning
It’s not easy to plan a 21st, aside from the above, you will also need the right venue location, room, decoration, security, drinks and not to mention catering. In order to make this day as stress-free as possible, Doyles Bridge Hotel makes it easy to host your 21st birthday party.
We offer an all-inclusive, flexible party / venue packages that including cocktail / canapés / bar tab / pay as you drinks go for any sized budget.

Contact our function manager at Doyles Bridge Hotel to discuss your 21st birthday party venue options.


As the weather turns brighter and the days get longer there is something rather special about enjoying a drink or meal outdoors.

Sitting in the sunshine in the company of friends, family and loved ones is the perfect spring and summer setting.

This pleasant feeling stems from our younger days when we enjoyed a summer bbq and played cricket in the backyard, whilst our parents watched on enjoying a glass of well-deserved wine or beer.

As summer fast approaches why not consider your next function outdoors – be it a Wedding, Christening, end of year Christmas function or romantic dinner for two.

Doyles Bridge Hotel is the perfect beachside venue for your next function or event and is just 35 minutes from Melbourne CBD in Mordialloc. With range of outdoor entertaining venues to suit an intimate gathering or large group, Doyles caters for every occasion.

Enjoy our renowned seafood specialities or modern cuisine in a relaxed seaside ambience away from the hustle of town.

Contact us today to discuss how we can best serve you …


After a year of hard work, everyone looks forward to relaxing and unwinding at their work Christmas party. It’s a chance to let your hair down, reward your team, suppliers and clients
with a day or night of fun.

Though it may seem early, the next few months will fly past, so now is the perfect time to start planning this all-important function and lock-in that perfect venue ahead of the end-of-
year hustle.

Doyle’s has been hosting end-of- year functions for decades, helping ease the burden of party planning by offering an all-inclusive service with no surprises.

Doyles Bridge Hotel caters for any size function and is located in the beautiful, picturesque bayside suburb of Mordialloc overlooking Port-Phillip- Bay. We’re located only 35-40 minutes
from the CBD with plenty of public transport options.

Function Style
We cater to formal sit down meals or stand up cocktail style. We can accommodate whatever request your team wishes with a range of meal and drink options. Feel free to incorporate games to ensure a few laughs - trivia, charades or celebrity head always works well.

Dress Code
Make it fun, simple, or super-formal – just make it a night to remember, with plenty of photo’s. At Doyle’s you can dress up (or down) to whatever the function dictates.

Doyles Bridge Hotel is a multi-purpose venue that provides all type of entertainment at any budget available. The most memorable Christmas parties are generally never the most
expensive, but the ones with the best stories …


Love them or loathe them, reunions are an opportunity to catch-up (often after many years) to reminisce about old times and re-kindle past friendships. Aside from school reunions, where teachers and students can reconnect, family reunions offer the same opportunity to bring back that sense of nostalgia, good old times.

Keeping in touch via Facebook and social media is fine, however, nothing quite beats a personal gathering.

A reunion is a great way to locate those ‘lost' persons who at one time shared an important part of your journey - friends, classmates and relatives. You may find in the process of organising a reunion how old faces begin to make themselves known again.

Reunions, unlike other gatherings, offer a real sense of excitement, allowing us to reflect on our experiences - it’s also not uncommon for previous bonds to become further strengthened.

Organised reunions or alumni gatherings can take place for any chance to reflect and celebrate past experiences and achievements;
- High School reunions
-  University reunions
-  Football / Netball / Sporting team reunions

Reunions can be held anytime of the year and Doyles Bridge Hotel provides the perfect setting for your next event. Doyles Bridge Hotel is a central bayside location that offers function rooms to cater for any size reunion with easy train access and ample parking.

Please contact us today to discuss options.


Graduation is an exciting experience, one that offers students a sense of achievement after many years of great toil and sacrifice at high school or university.

An end of year Graduation or Valedictory lunch or dinner with family and friends is a reward for those years of study and is always a cause for celebration.

Whether it’s an intimate family gathering or your entire graduating class, this gives you and your guests an opportunity to dress-up in style and celebrate with a touch of class and sophistication in relaxing surrounds away from the classroom.

Doyles Bridge Hotel offers a range of venues and options to match the style and personality of your Graduation. We cater for all sizes and offer a selection of great meal options and packages to suit every taste and budget. Our team has many years of experience and are committed to making this occasion most memorable.

Our venue is accessible from all areas of Melbourne and Bayside suburbs with ample onsite parking and also a range of public transport options within walking distance.

Kindly contact us to discuss the options as we can cater for any size gathering.


In Australia, Mother's Day falls on the second Sunday every May. It is widely celebrated across the country amongst families, who sometimes travel significant distances to re-unite.

One of the earliest recorded traditions of giving gifts to mothers on Mother's Day is believed to have been started by Janet Heyden in Sydney in 1924. Whilst visiting patients at the Newington State Home for Women, she met some lonely and forgotten mothers. To cheer them up, she rounded up support from local children and businesses to donate gifts to the women.

Over the years Mother’s Day has taken on a strong commercialised position, yet it is widely recognised as a day for Mum to relax and enjoy.

Flowers and food are generally in abundance and are the main themes for the day. 

Doyles Bridge Hotel offers a variety of Mother’s Day breakfast, lunch and dining options in the Bistro and Café Bar to treat your Mum.

Kindly contact us to discuss the options as we can cater for any size gathering.


A funeral wake or memorial service is an opportunity for family, friends and close ones to remember and honour the memory of someone who has recently passed. It is an occasion to celebrate a life, whilst also providing support and comfort to one another. 

Families nowadays prefer to plan a memorial service that focuses on remembering and celebrating the life of the deceased, in a manner that is meaningful and captures the qualities and essences of that person. Modern day funeral services often involve family, friends and colleagues recounting their treasured memories and favourite stories. The funeral wake is now considered a day to reminisce, laugh and cry.

Sometimes such a service is conducted at a funeral home or place of worship, where religious readings can be made.

On the other hand, many also plan for a secular, non-religious gathering held in a public or private location. If this is the case, then the Doyles Bridge Hotel offers the space and facilities to accommodate you and your guests in a convenient bayside location.

Whether it be an informal gathering at the bar to raise a glass or a more formal service involving ceremonial speeches and catering, Doyles provide a variety of venue rooms suited for any funeral wake.

Kindly contact us to discuss the options as we can cater for any size gathering, even at short notice.


Many parents nowadays look forward to celebrating the birth of their child with a christening or non-religious naming ceremony known as a naming day. This occasion is usually celebrated within a few months of birth, and is the perfect opportunity to present your new baby to friends and family. 

Those of a Christian faith will generally go for a christening, which involves a baptism, where the baby’s head is gently immersed in water for a few seconds, representing a form of cleansing. Parents and chosen godparents are then officially presented with the responsibility of ensuring the new baby’s wellbeing in the future. A naming day is a less ceremonial occasion, where parents are able to celebrate this event in a manner of their choosing. 

In order to organise either of these events a few considerations need to be met, one is the gown or outfit for your baby to wear on the occasion, another is a photographer to commemorate the day, if you wish. Regarding guests and invitations, this can be at your discretion and it need not be as comprehensive as a wedding, just make sure to ask your guests to arrive on time.  

Regarding locations for this day, most ceremonies will take place in a church and then guests will with gather at a venue afterwards. For naming days, generally a single location will suffice. Doyle’s Bridge Hotel provides the perfect setting for christenings, where a selection of rooms and an ideal beach-side location will make this day one to remember. A range of delicious catering options are also available, for more information please contact us today … 


If you are planning a wedding, then from your hundreds, even thousands of friends (mostly on Facebook) you’ll have to cut things down to a more manageable and economically feasible number. Here are some tips for your wedding guest list or any function…


With any event, everything begins with a realistic budget, so decide on this from the outset and work backwards. Since your wedding will likely be funded by yourselves or close family, you shouldn’t feel awkward about excluding anyone, because ultimately you’ll have to foot the bill.


Most venues will have a limited capacity of guests they can accommodate comfortably, know this number and use it as a guideline. If a reception room can accommodate, say 200 guests, that will help you set a target or upper limit.

Doyles Bridge Hotel caters for up to 220 guests, so ensure you select the appropriate sized wedding function room to match the size of your guest list.


Start with a huge list of every person you and your partner would ideally like to attend the wedding, then grade them using a scale from A-LIST (must invite), B-LIST (maybe invite), to C-LIST (sorry no invite).

Remember, many of the people you wish to invite will be in a relationship so you may also need to invite their partner.


It’s also a good idea to get your parents input at this stage (particularly if they are contributing financially to the cost), as they may have a few ‘odd relatives’ or old friends they’ll want to invite. Since you’ve set a limit on guests from your side, it is not unreasonable to tactfully set limits on how many additional guests your parents can invite - at the end of the day it’s a number game.


There will be a few awkward moments in the lead up to your wedding with people asking, “Why haven’t I been invited…” You might not be able to get away with, “It’s a small family affair …”, especially if you post pictures of your 200 guests on Instagram. So, just be assured in your response. Most people will understand if you explain honestly that you weren’t able to invite everyone you would have wished.


When in doubt here are some questions you can ask yourself….

Have you actually seen them in the last couple of years? If the answer is ‘no', then maybe it’s ok to leave them off the list.

Are you OK not inviting children to the wedding? There is nothing wrong with having adult guests only.

Did you attend their wedding? This can be awkward…we’ll leave it for you to decide this one!


It’s all about the dress, however, it’s still a good idea to keep things in check, below are some of our tips.

Stick to a Budget

The temptation to go overboard will always be there, after all it’s your big day. But try to keep your spending in proportion to your overall wedding budget. Spending somewhere between 5-10% for your (and don’t forget the groom!) wedding wardrobe is a good rule of thumb. Remember it’s something you will only wear once …

Get Advice on Designers

Chances are you’ll know others who have gone through the daunting task of doing the rounds of bridal boutiques – seek their help first. It’s not just the dress that matters, it’s the quality of service and ability to provide alterations that counts. Don’t hesitate to seek out recommendations and reviews – and get onto this task early and make it a fun adventure.

Stick to a Theme

If your theme is elegant and classy, the go for a dress that suits. However, if it’s a beach wedding, then go with something less formal, as your guests will also be taking to the theme. Don’t worry about not being the centre of attention – it’s your wedding and your name is on the cards – that will happen anyway!

Rug Up or Strip Down ?

Your wedding date can depend on many variables such as venue availability or your work schedule, but most likely you’ll choose a date based on the weather. Doyles Bridge Hotel wedding reception venue offers inside or garden options, and you can even have your photos taken on the beach. Selecting your wedding dress style and materials should be in line with the likely weather conditions you’ll encounter on the day.

Buy the Dress That Fits … Today!

You might be aiming to drop those few kilos before the wedding, but that may or may not happen. With all the pressure leading up to the wedding, the last thing you need is to worry about is losing weight. It’s your special day, so best to be comfortable throughout. Remember, everyone you have invited has probably seen you already – at your best and your worst!

Bridal Shoe Comfort

Your special day can also be quite a long day. Consider all factors when selecting your bridal shoes. Flats or heels ? White or Cream? Open or Closed ? Ensure you select comfortable shoes that match your wedding dress. Comfort is paramount as you will be on your feet standing, walking and dancing the entire day. Doyles Bridge Hotel cater for indoor or outdoor weddings, so select appropriate shoes for your wedding day.

Go with Your Instincts

If you are being told by everyone around you that your dress ‘looks amazing’ it won’t matter – unless you feel it yourself. If you can’t picture yourself walking down the aisle, and having you perfect wedding shots taken, then no amount of reassurance will matter! Trust your instincts on this one …


Creating the perfect wedding can be daunting - guest lists, bridal dress, suits, table settings, seating plans, menu selection, and the list goes. Careful planning can go long way, however, when it come to Melbourne’s weather, well that’s something totally out of anyone’s hands …


The old saying about Melbourne is “if you don’t like the weather, just wait 10 minutes” could not provide a truer description of our rapidly changing weather patterns from day to day (or even hour to hour).


Your perfect wedding day can conjure up images of sunny outdoor photos set amid a tranquil garden setting. But when it comes to your wedding day, how do you determine the weather? Will it be windy, raining or even thunder and lightning? Will the groom be hot under the collar on a Melbourne forty degree stinker?

The answer is to choose a wedding ceremony and reception venue that caters for both indoor and outdoor alternatives, that also provides and ideal environment for all your guests.


At Doyles Bridge Hotel, our all-in-one venue offers all year round indoor and outdoor wedding ceremony options.

This includes our stunning outdoor garden setting venue or one of our indoor function rooms overlooking the serene Mordialloc Creek with its bobbing collection of seafaring boats.

They say it’s good luck to rain on your wedding day, as long as the bridal party and guests don’t get soaked in a Melbourne rain or hail storm. At Doyles Bridge Hotel, our indoor and outdoor wedding venue can cater for small gatherings up to 220 guests and everyone will stay dry.

And if it really buckets down from the heavens with rain, see the good grace and humour this bridal couple take it with.

Watch Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKtMZj3pzUY


Function Planning 101: A guide for planning your wedding …

Every bride can benefit from a little guidance when it comes to planning her wedding. There is always so much to do before the big day. Here is a handy check list for you to follow so hopefully you won’t feel too overwhelmed.

12 to 18 Months

Choose your venue then set your date.

A common misconception is setting a date first, only to be disappointed when your ideal venue

(Doyles Bridge Hotel) is already booked.

Finding a venue that suits for both ceremony and reception is even better.

Now that you have booked your venue and possibly your ceremony here at Doyles Bridge Hotel the rest is a guide for you to follow


Select your ceremony location and book your celebrant or minister


Research and book your photographer/videographer

Book your DJ or Band

Your Venue should have a list of recommendations

9 to 12 Months
  • Choose your theme/style of Wedding you wish to have
When choosing the right theme for your wedding it is always best to consider what style will suit your venue. Work with your event manager for colours that will suit the room and your personality.
  • Book decorator if applicable
  • Groom to arrange wedding transport
  • Start selecting the wedding party
  • Select florist
6 to 9 Months
  • Begin planning honeymoon
  • Select bridesmaids dresses, shoes and accessories
  • Check hotel availability for guests
  • Order Groom & Groomsman attire
  • Order Wedding Cake
  • Make hair and Makeup appointments
  • Mothers to select dresses
  • Purchase wedding rings
  • Purchase Wedding shoes & Veil and all other accessories
  • Attend gown fitting with shoes
4 to 6 Months
  • Make sure all passports are in check if travelling overseas
  • Plan ceremony music
  • Order Invitations & stationary
  • Plan Menu & decorations
  • Book hotel for wedding night
  • Order accessories for reception eg: guest book, cake knife, garter etc.
  • Order favours
3 Months
  • select readers for ceremony if having them
  • select MC
  • purchase bridal party gifts
  • Finalise ceremony details
  • Check requirements for wedding license
  • If having bridal registry, then now is the time to register
2 Months
  • Mail out invitations
  • Touch base with service providers to keep peace of mind in check
  • Hair & Makeup trials
  • Acquire all forms for change of name and address etc. if applicable
  • Confirm honeymoon arrangements
  • Have rings engraved if doing so
  • Start grouping guests to imaginary tables(this is not as easy as people think)
  • Submit your intention to marry forms
  • Onsite meeting with photographer to go over location shots(if they haven’t been here before)
1 Month
  • Have a final fitting for gown & dresses
  • Organize a run sheet draft with Doyles or venue
  • Break in wedding shoes (wear socks)
  • Arrange for someone to take your wedding dress to dry cleaners after the wedding
  • Make arrangements to board any pets
  • Arrange for house sitter
  • Arrange for mail to be cleared
  • Finalise all details, delivery or set up times and payments with service providers
2 to 3 weeks
  • Pick up all dresses
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Pick up flight tickets and organize travel money cards
  • Follow up on guests that have not RSVP’d
  • As you should have all RSVPs you now have final meeting with Doyles to organise table layout in room, dietary requirements and any other detail pertaining to your reception
  • We will give you a finalised run sheet for you to forward on to all other service providers
1 week
  • Give exact final numbers to Doyles and return floor plan and names of guests and seating arrangements
  • Finish packing for honeymoon
  • Make up wedding day emergency kit **
  • Groom haircut
  • Have facial, skin treatment, waxing, tanning
  • Have rehearsal if required
2 days
  • Give gifts to bridal party
  • Drop off reception items to Doyles
  • Make any outstanding payments to service providers
The day before
  • Groom to pick up suits
  • Manicure, pedicure & massage
  • Quality time with family and bridal party
Survival kit **
  • Tissues
  • Mouthwash
  • Breath mints
  • Safety pins
  • Deodorant]\perfume
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Snacks
  • Band-Aids
  • Antacid chews
  • Small sewing kit
  • Thongs or ballet slippers
  • Panadol
  • Nail file or emery board
For more tips & ideas and to start planning your dream day, speak to our experienced event coordinators at Doyles Bridge Hotel today.


Function Planning 101: Tips For On the Day …

Function planning can be stressful, but proper planning and a few simple tips will help you to make sure it all goes to plan. Here’s our basic guide of what to do on the day of the big event.

Get There Early

Get to the venue early enough to have a chat with your function coordinator and check that everything has been set up the way you like. It also gives you the chance to be nice and relaxed before your guests arrive so that you can greet them all as they arrive.

Be Prepared for an Emergency

Never underestimate the power of an emergency kit. You might be surprised at how not having a pair of scissors or some tape can raise stress levels during an event. Packing an event emergency kit will help to combat this. It should include items such as scissors, pens, pencils, tape, a notepad, first aid kit, pain relief and mints.

Don’t Focus on “Perfection”

Whether you’re planning and hosting a cocktail party, wedding or birthday party, the event is an expression of you, but it’s not all you’ll ever be. Remember that some of the best moments are those that we haven’t planned for at all, so embrace the unexpected, as well as each other’s opinions. Don’t let an unattainable ideal ruin the big picture of your function.


You’re no doubt aiming to ensure that every person who attends your birthday party, engagement or wedding will have a great, fun time. This is easier to do when you prioritise what it is you’re offering your guests and focus solely on these features. Choose the top few things that are really important to you, like the photographer, DJ, or menu and work from there. Being more flexible on the other features will save you a lot of time and worry and the guests won’t be that focused on these either.

Stick to the Schedule

As meaningful as speeches and toasts can be, it’s important that you don’t let them go on and on. There’s nothing that gets guests more restless than drawn out speeches. Help speakers stick to their time limits by reminding them of the time constraints, both verbally and in writing, before their turn. You can even put a sign or small digital clock close by to help them monitor their time as well. If it’s your wedding and you have an MC, have them give the speaker a little nudge or nod – they are invaluable for keeping things running smoothly and to schedule.

Stay Calm

Breathe and don’t forget to enjoy yourself. Take deep breaths and delegate tasks if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Eat, drink and mingle with your wedding or party guests. You deserve to enjoy the event that you’ve likely tirelessly planned for weeks or months.

Doyles Bridge Hotel is a waterfront dining and function venue in Mordialloc that specialises in weddings, engagements and cocktail functions, small and large. Contact us today to begin planning your next function.


Function Planning 101:  How to Plan Music for Your Event …

Your choice of music can make a big impact on your event, creating an almost tangible atmosphere and even affecting the pace of proceedings.

You may even need to select music for different stages of your event. For example, softer ambient tracks for the dining side of your function, allowing people to easily converse, and then more lively and fun tunes to get people dancing and mingling.

When selecting music, consider whether you have the capacity for a live music act, in terms of both space and budget.

You can then think about the style and genre of music being played, considering your event’s audience and factors such as age group – music is obviously a very personal and individual taste, but try and find artists who will appeal to as high a percentage of your attendees as possible. Cater to your crowd!
Hiring a Band

Before you go ahead and book a band for your wedding or function, let’s first look at the pros and cons.


Having a band gives you the dynamics of a live performance. It’s a traditional choice, guaranteed to set a definite tone for your reception. Just make sure it’s the right tone for your audience.

From big band glamour to surf band funk, there’s a band out there to suit your personality and function theme.

Another huge advantage of having a band is that you can dance to a live rendition of your all-time favourite song for the first dance at your wedding.

Your guests will also be able to give requests all day or night, keeping them happy and on the dance floor. With the right people on stage, things will never get dull or boring with a band.


A band will obviously take up considerably more space than a DJ or sound system. So that 10-piece swing band you’ve been dreaming about may not be such a practical option.

The loud volume of some bands can also easily overpower a small venue. If you’re unsure, check with your venue’s event coordinator – they’ll be able to provide you with expert advice on the venue size and suitability.

A second point to consider is how your band plan to handle breaks, as some will use filler music during this time. Booking a band can be costly, so find out as much as you can about their repertoire and style, including length of set times.

Hiring a DJ

As an alternative option to a live band, you may consider hiring a DJ – someone who will set up sound equipment and play tracks through the venue’s speakers.


A good DJ can be worth every cent, if they’re experienced and artists of their craft they can keep the momentum of a function going in the same way that a good front person of a band can.

Your DJ should be able to gauge your crowd and know what style of music is working and what is not, adapting to suit their audience.

They can also take requests and may have a broader base to choose tracks from than some live musicians.


A solo DJ can lack the heart and soul of a full live band. Depending on your personal beliefs and tastes, a DJ can be considered less exciting than watching musicians on stage with their instruments.

Perhaps you can ask your venue’s event coordinator for some names of live acts and DJs that have worked well for them in the past? Whether it’s your wedding, engagement party or work function, getting the music right will be essential to the success of your special day or night.


Choosing a theme for your next party can be an exciting process for some and for others a bit overwhelming. So where do you start?

You may be throwing an engagement party, special birthday or an end-of-year work celebration and want to add some fun and atmosphere into it by having a theme.

Convey Your Party Style with a Theme

Coming up with a theme is like creating your own brand. A party should be fun and full of spirit so don’t be afraid to add a bit of boldness into your event!

First impressions count and when your guests arrive and see a room full of colour, glitz and glamour, there’s nothing more rewarding than hearing the compliments from your guests in appreciation of your efforts.

Put together a shortlist of theme ideas for your event, taking into consideration who and what the event is for and also the style and colours or your venue. You may want to get some ideas from your venue’s events coordinator – they’ll be able to provide you with information on the venue and expert advice.

How to Choose Your Party’s Theme

You can choose a theme from the latest trend, colours or traditional favourites or seasons. If you are organising an end of year work event you can also brainstorm with a few of your co-workers.

If it’s for a personal event think about the person who it is for – you don’t want them to like what you have created for them; you want them to love it!

Deciding on that perfect theme from your shortlist comes down to your style, budget and what décor you can find that suits your theme. Make sure you start getting organised early – you want to give yourself at least 4-6 weeks before the event for planning.

Get Decorating

Once you have chosen your theme everything will start to fall into place. Selecting your decorations and cake is much easier if you have already decided the theme for your party is gold, glitz and glamour.

Go on, be a little daring and wear that sparkly number that you’ve been hiding at the back of your wardrobe!

On-Trend Themes

A great way to keep up with the latest trends is to check out Pinterest and Google – you will be amazed at all the hints and DIY ideas you can find. To get you thinking creatively, why not start by searching:
  • Gatsby
  • Walking Dead
  • Neon Colours
  • Whimsical, romantic and Rustic themed weddings and tea parties

For more design ideas and to start planning your dream day, speak to our experienced event coordinators at Doyles Bridge Hotel today.


With so many creative ideas and upcoming trends available for weddings, it’s easy to make your day a truly memorable experience for all involved.

These days wedding planning goes far beyond choosing colours and flower arrangements. From photo booths to DIY candy stores and anniversary piñata, try adding these fun and quirky activities into your wedding day to keep your family and friends having fun all day – or night – long.

These activities can be particularly welcome if you want to make sure guests are entertained throughout the entire reception – for example, while the wedding party is being photographed.

Photo Fun

With so many new phone apps on the market, a photo sharing app can capture some fun and precious moments that your photographer doesn’t.

Invite your guests to download a photo sharing app to consolidate everyone’s perspective of your special day – most of your guests are guaranteed to have a camera on their phone and will be keen to join in the fun!

Here are a few apps to look at:


Functional Cooling

If you’re having a wedding during the warmer months, keep your guests cool by creating hand-held fans out of panel programs. Completely customisable for your specific wedding theme, these fans are both functional and provide a cute keepsake for guests.

Attach a fan to each seat for the ceremony so that no one misses out. Another idea for keeping cool is to provide parasols for your guests to shade themselves during the ceremony. These unique and beautiful accessories also make great props for photographs.

DIY Candy Store

Instead of candied almond bomboniere, ask your wedding coordinator if you can set up a dessert degustation or DIY candy store with personalised lolly bags or boxes for take-home treats. Your guests – young and old – will love them!

Consider a Melbourne waterfront venue for your wedding, with Doyles Bridge Hotel. Speak to our experienced event coordinators today and start planning your dream day.


With the proper planning, an office holiday party can be a memorable, exciting event to help workers feel valued and appreciated after a long year of hard work. Here are our top tips for throwing a holiday office party that guests will remember fondly.

Choose a Convenient Location

Do your guests a favour by picking a location for the party that is easy for them to get to. Choose a location close to the office, club or meeting space, such as a local restaurant, function centre or other familiar local venue. Avoid having an office party actually in the office — nothing will kill the celebratory mood quicker than a party room that looks like it’s about to host a board meeting.

Don’t Be Light on Decorations

Invest some of your time, energy, and money into decorating the party venue so that the atmosphere actually says, “PARTY!” Decorations don’t have to be expensive, as many party supply stores and websites have inspirations for budget party decorating ideas.

Your holiday party is a once-a-year affair, so make it a special occasion by creating a space that looks the part. If it’s a Christmas party, make sure you have a Christmas tree and create some ambience with twinkling lights.

Wine and Dine

Make sure that your food and drinks menu caters to all dietary needs. It’s always a good idea to have a wide range of vegetarian selections available, which can be eaten and enjoyed by all.

Consider adding a line at the bottom of your party invitation instructing people to advise you of any special dietary needs they might have, so you can plan in advance.

If you plan on serving alcohol, be sure to provide plenty of soft drinks and juices for the non-drinkers and designated drivers to enjoy. Lastly, be sure there’s plenty of everything to go around. Nothing is worse than a party with a lack of refreshments.

Cocktail Style

For a fun and classy affair, a cocktail party is a classic office party idea. Guests tend to enjoy an occasion when they can sit or stand around smaller tables and enjoy fine food and wine, as well as having room to move around and mingle.

This free flowing atmosphere is relaxed and festive and is great for events with many people, as office parties tend to have. Don’t forget to plan some sort of music element, which will enhance the cocktail party atmosphere and set the tone of the event.

Dressing for the Occasion

Guests always appreciate knowing of any dress code requirements or recommendations beforehand, so they can plan outfits in advance and avoid being over or underdressed.

For holiday office parties and end-of-year seasonal gatherings, “business casual,” or “cocktail” attire is usually the standard dress. To ensure your staff can relax and enjoy the fun, save the formal attire requests for when the company celebrates some kind of milestone with a gala affair.

Getting To and From

It’s always a great idea to have pre-arranged transportation both to and from the venue for your guests. This information should also be included on the invitations. This way your guests have the option to have a few drinks and really enjoy themselves, rather than having to worry about driving and how they will get home again. Most people nowadays will pay for a taxi, so if everyone chips in it becomes affordable.

Charter buses are the least expensive way of moving a large amount of guests, but if you want to arrive in style there are many stretch limousine companies out there that can seat around 20 at a time.

For your next holiday office party, consider a waterfront venue with Doyles Bridge Hotel. With lots of natural light, and bi-fold windows overlooking Mordialloc Creek and its boats – it’s the perfect setting for your function. Speak to our experienced event coordinators for more information
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