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Presenting your school formal date with a corsage (for girls) or a floral buttonhole (for boys) is very nice gesture but it needs a bit of planning to ensure you get it right. Here are 6 tips to help you.


  1. Corsage Options

Wrist corsages are the most popular style because they are easy to wear and won’t damage the girl’s dress. Traditional corsages are worn near the shoulder and are secured with a pin or small magnet. Hair corsages can also be worn, depending on the girl’s hairstyle. Corsage bracelets, beads, butterflies and other trimmings can be added to the flowers creating a more intricate design.


  1. Floral Buttonholes

The boy’s floral buttonhole usually matches his date’s corsage but tends to be simpler and smaller. Floral buttonholes are worn on the lapel and held in place with a pin. The flower always appears at the top of the buttonhole with the stem pointing towards the floor.


  1. Flowers to the Left

Corsages and floral buttonholes are always worn on the left. The exception is for left handed girls who are wearing a wrist corsage. Etiquette permits them to wear their corsage on their right wrist for comfort and convenience.


  1. Choosing the Flowers

Take the advice of your florist and choose flowers that are in season. They will last longer and are more likely to maintain their fragrance. But beware of fragrant flowers if you or your date suffer from hayfever.

Another consideration is the colour of your outfits. Corsages and buttonholes should complement your outfits. Again, seek the advice of your florist and take a photo or fabric sample of your outfit when you are ordering your flowers.


  1. Ordering the Flowers

Each corsage or buttonhole is made to order so don’t leave it until the day of your school formal to place your order. Plan ahead and order about 1 week before your school formal is held.


  1. Surprising your Date

Often the corsage and floral buttonhole are ordered at the same time. If your date hasn’t mentioned flowers and you would like to surprise him or her, ask your florist for a neutral coloured corsage or floral buttonhole. Alternatively, tell your date’s mum about your plans and ask for her advice on the best coloured flowers to match your date’s outfit.


Planning your school formal?

One of Sydney’s most popular School Formal venues is WatervieW in Bicentennial Park. Its all-inclusive school formal packages offer exceptional value and contain everything you need for a truly special school formal.


For more information, enquire online or call 02 9764 9900 to speak to one of our experienced school formal managers.


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school formal A school formal is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for students. There is always a lot of discussion around what to wear, if you’ll be inviting a date and if you’ll be hiring a limo. But behind the scenes, the organising committee is working hard to ensure the school formal is a success.

Choosing the venue for your school formal is an important decision to make. So how do you choose the right venue to hold your school formal?

Here are 4 tips to help you.

  1. The size of the venue

The size of the venue space is critically important. If the room is too big, it will feel empty and lack atmosphere. Too small means it will feel cramped and have limited scope for a dance floor.

So before you start researching your ideal school formal venue, you will need to estimate how many people will be attending.

Your calculations should include students, their dates, teachers and other adults. Not every student will be attending or bringing a date so base your numbers on the previous year.

In addition, the venue you choose will need to accommodate:

  • A dance floor
  • Space for a DJ or band
  • A lectern, stage or AV equipment if your school formal includes presentations or speeches

The venue will help you determine the right room for your school formal requirements.

  1. Budget

Before you begin making venue enquiries, you will need to know your budget. Don’t forget to include the cost of:

  • Meals and drinks for each guest
  • Room hire (this can be an additional cost at some venues)
  • Decorations
  • Music and a dance floor
  • Any equipment hire that may be required
  1. Look for school formal packages

Many schools choose venues that offer school formal packages as these tend to include most of the items you’ll need. With a fixed price per person, it is much easier to keep your school formal within budget. Plus, a package means the venue does most of the organising for you so it’s easier to plan.

  1. Location

You may need to consider the location of your school formal venue. It needs to be easy to get to and provide ample parking for hire cars and limos on arrival.

A night to remember

Your school formal should be a fun-filled time that you will always remember. Selecting the right venue means you will be able to relax and enjoy yourself knowing everything will run smoothly.

WatervieW in Bicentennial Park is a popular choice amongst Sydney schools. It offers well-priced school formal packages so all you need to do is choose the date and send the invitations. Click here for more information or to enquire online.

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For many, the fun of a school formal begins in the car with friends pooling resources to arrive in style. Arriving at your school formal in a limousine or prestige car provides a great photo opportunity but there are some things you should consider before you contact car hire companies.

unnamed-1 Here are our 5 tips to hiring a car for your school formal.

Tip 1 – Work out how many people will be in the car

This will determine the size of the car you will be hiring. For example, stretch limousines usually seat 6 people while stretch Hummers can accommodate up to 16 people. The capacity of the hire car will vary between models and hire companies so check they can accommodate everyone before you make your booking.

Tip 2 – Know the details

When you contact the car hire company for a quote, they will need details such as:

  • Will your group be collected from one address or multiple locations?
  • The address for each pick-up location
  • The venue address
  • The date of your school formal
  • The start time
  • If you wish to be collected at the end of the formal
  • If so, the time you wish to be collected


Tip 3 – Book early

School formals are a busy time of year for hire car companies so it’s important to book your car early.

Tip 4 – Collect the money up front

In order to secure your booking, you will need to pay a deposit with the balance payable before the big night. You don’t want your family to be out of pocket while you are waiting for your friends to pay their share. Asking for the money up front means you can focus on more important things like what you will be wearing and who will be your date.

Tip 5 – Give the car hire company several contact options

Sometimes hire cars are stuck in traffic or have trouble finding your address. Make sure you give the car hire company multiple options for contacting you and your friends including:

  • Your mobile number
  • Your home number
  • Your parents’ mobile numbers
  • The above contact details for a few of your friends and their parents

That way, if there is a hiccup on the night, the hire company will be able to advise you and resolve the problem quickly.

Have you found a venue for your school formal?

If your school formal is still in the planning stage, you might like to consider WatervieW in Bicentennial Park. Their all-inclusive school formals package contains everything you need to make your school formal a night to remember. The package includes security, a grand entrance, DJ and dance floor, wonderful food, drinks with mocktails on arrival plus a whole lot more. With everything covered, WatervieW make it easy to organise your school formal.

For more information or to enquire online, visit http://www.waterviewvenue.com.au/school-formal/ or speak to one of our school formal experts on 02 9764 9900.

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school formal Your school formal is probably the most anticipated night of the year, so of course you want to look

your best! Check out these 5 tips to help you find your perfect formal dress.

1. Find the best style for your body shape

Don’t feel pressured into wearing something you’re not comfortable in as this will ruin the fun of the night. However, your school formal is a great opportunity to try new styles and colours. You may be surprised just how good you look and feel wearing something different.
Most importantly, buy a dress that suits your body shape. It will make you feel beautiful inside and out. That’s a guarantee!

2. Go shopping with your best friends

The nicest thing about shopping with friends is they will give you honest feedback about how you look. Plus you can have the fun of trying on a handful of dresses with your girls while they take photos of you wearing each dress.
There may be sales on in some stores, so do your research to get the best bargains. See the latest styles in the shopping centre but remember, a higher price doesn’t mean it is a prettier dress. With the right style for your body shape and a great colour to suit your skin tone, your bargain buy will look like a designer outfit.

3. Try online shopping

Purchasing clothes online is very popular and provides quick access to a great variety of brands and fashion styles. Just remember to allow enough time for delivery. Make sure it’s possible to return the outfit and obtain a refund in case the online store sends the wrong size or if the dress isn’t a good fit for you.

4. Accessorise!

Jewellery can add glamour to any outfit or even make it look more formal. Your shoes can complete the look and give you an elegant feel, but only wear heels if you know you can walk and dance in them!

5. Complementing your date

Attending your school formal with a date can be exciting so consider planning the colour of your outfits to ensure they complement each other. That way, you’ll know you will be looking good together both on and off the dance floor. It could even help your date choose a matching corsage for your dress.
Your school formal will be a memorable night so put on your best dress and smile for the cameras!

If you are looking for the perfect place to hold your school formal, consider WatervieW in Bicentennial Park.
We have affordable, all-inclusive packages that make it easy to organise your school formal. Visit www.waterviewvenue.com.au/school-formal/ to find out more or speak to one of our school formal experts on 02 9764 9900.

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Step 1 – Getting started
There are many tasks and lots to do when you’re organising a school formal so you’ll need a team of motivated people to form a planning committee. Divide the members into smaller groups or sub-committees so you can share the responsibility amongst everyone.

You’ll also need to consider any rules your school has so it’s a good idea to appoint someone to liaise with your school or ask a teacher to join your committee.

Step 2 – Set a budget
Before you begin looking at venues to hold your school formal, you need to know how much money you will have for room hire, food, drinks, decorations, AV equipment and entertainment.

Not everyone will attend your school formal so work out how many students you think will come. Before you set the ticket price, it’s a good idea to speak to someone who has previously been involved in organising a formal at your school as they will be able to give you information on past ticket sales and prices.

To calculate your budget, simply multiply the number of students you think will attend by the cost of the ticket.

Step 3 – The guest list
Every school has non-student guests that must attend the school formal. Often, they are not required to purchase a ticket. These guests may be the principal, members of staff etc. They must be included in the budget and counted in the guest numbers. They will also require an invitation.

Step 4 – Research possible venue options
Choosing a venue for your school formal is more than how nice it looks. You’ll need to make sure the venue has enough space to fit all of your guests plus a dance floor and/or stage (if required).

Each venue will offer different inclusions e.g. balloons, chair covers, MC, music, food, drinks. Look at the fine details of their proposal and select the venue that is the closest match with all of your requirements.

Step 5 – Choosing the date
Once you have found a wonderful venue that fits your budget, it’s time to pick a date for your school formal. Make sure you consult with your school about possible clashes with other school events and ensure you don’t book your school formal during exam time.

This is also the time when you can fine-tune arrangements such as entertainment, security, theme, colour and decorations. Remember, the cost of these items must be covered within your overall budget.

Step 6 – Enjoy the night
After all of your hard work, it’s important that you enjoy the night so relax, dance and have fun with your school friends.

To start researching venues to hold your school formal, visit http://www.waterviewvenue.com.au/school-formal/ for more information or to enquire online. Or speak to one of our school formal experts on 02 9764 9900.

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We have put together these five helpful tips that we hope will make it easier for you when organising your school formal.

1. Calculate a ‘realistic’ expected number of guests, as most venues will ask you to commit to a specific minimum number

2. The all-important date. Assess your school calendar to avoid exam periods, and schedule your time to organise your night to remember

3. Do your research. There are a lot of packages out there, so compare carefully. You will need to be aware of both the inclusions of the packages and potential add-on costs for any optional extras you are considering adding

 4. If you are a student organiser, collecting payment from your guests will be one of the more challenging tasks. Opening a bank account dedicated to your formal, for guests to transfer funds is worth considering, as it will make it that much easier for you, avoiding handling cash and also easier when it comes time to pay your selected venue

 5. Getting to your formal in style! Don’t forget to leave yourself, as the organiser, enough time to get the perfect dress/suit, organise hair and makeup and your awesome ride for a magical night

Let us know if you want more? We have a team of professionals making magic happen here every day, who are eager to assist you.

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