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S3, EP2: Venue spotlight: Chatting with the events team at the Post Office Hotel

CategoriesWedding suppliers.Wedding tips.Wedding venues.
13 Sep, 2022

On this episode of Project Engaged, we chat to Jen and Caitlin who are the Event Managers at Post Office Hotel Events in Coburg, Melbourne.

This venue is right up the road from us and there are so many things we love about it!

Let’s start with the fact that the venue is attached to a pub and you basically get your own private beer garden. Other things to mention are the food is delicious, the staff are wonderful, the space is super versatile and most importantly – it’s just such a relaxed party vibe, which is what we’re all about!

In this podcast, we chat all things weddings with Jen and Caitlin including how the venue works, the types of couples it attracts and they also provide some pearls of wisdom on planning a relaxed and fun wedding!

Post Office Hotel is holding an open day this Sunday, the 18th of September, which we’re super excited to be a part of. You can get free tickets through their website (google Post Office Hotel Weddings) or via their Instagram account (@pohevents).


Full episode transcription

Eddy: Welcome to Project Engaged, a podcast for fun loving couples planning their non traditional wedding.

Aleks: We’re wedding DJs Aleks and Eddy Mac from Melbourne. We run a business called One More Song, and our tagline is No More Nutbush.

Eddy: In this podcast, we’ll share our wedding experiences and chat to some of our past couples.

Aleks: We’ll also interview bold wedding suppliers who share our philosophy of your wedding being a celebration of you as a couple and one epic party.

Eddy: Let’s get into today’s episode. Hello, Aleks.

Aleks: Hi.

Eddy: How are you?

Aleks: Great, too.

Eddy: We’re actually just back from a big euro trip, so it’s our first week back.

Aleks: Yeah. And I think we’ve mentioned it before, but it has been good to have some good coffee because seriously, London, what the hell?

Eddy: We always bang on about coffee, I think, but some, yeah, we really needed it. Anyway, let’s get. Let’s get straight into it because I’m very, very excited about today’s podcast. So first and foremost, welcome to season three, episode two of Project Engage. Wow, we’re really knocking them back now. Today we are chatting to the events team at one of our absolute favourite venues, the post office hotel in Coburg, Melbourne.

Aleks: The venue is just up the road from us and there are so many things that we love about it. Where do we even begin? Let’s start with the fact that the venue is attached to a pub and you basically get your own private beer garden. I always talk about this. I love this. Other things to mention are that the food is absolutely delicious, the staff is wonderful, the space is super versatile, and most importantly, it’s just such a relaxed party vibe.

Eddy: Enough from us, though. Let’s hear it from the event managers themselves, Jen and Caitlin. Welcome to our podcast.

Caitlin: Hi.

Eddy: We got the applause. Everyone’s cheering.

Aleks: We brought in audiences for you.

Jen: I’m feeling very loved.

Eddy: How are you guys?

Caitlin: Good.

Jen: Really well.

Caitlin: Yeah, very good. Thank you so much for inviting us to be part of this.

Eddy: It’s our pleasure. It’s our pleasure. Thank you.

Aleks: Well, we mean it. We mean it. We absolutely love the post office. So we are super, super excited to be speaking to you both today. So to kick off, why don’t you both run us through your roles at post office and tell us how long the venue has been doing weddings for.

Caitlin: Okay, well, the pub has been around for a very long time, but the current owners took over about twelve years ago. And as you guys were saying, there’s the pub side and there’s also the dining hall side, which is next door. And that’s been doing weddings since about 2015. It started off as a restaurant and then it’s steadily grown in popularity over the years, hosting weddings and now we do them pretty much every weekend. Right, Jen? Yes. Wedding for weekend.

Jen: Yeah, it’s grown a lot. We, Caitlin and I, throughout the pandemic, we were two mums at home with our kids and tearing our hair out trying to work and, yeah, it feels really good to see weddings happening every weekend after all that hard work going in.

Aleks: Oh, absolutely. And we, we have been lucky enough to be a guest at a post office. In fact, that was.

Eddy: That sounds weird to even say, to be honest.

Aleks: It’s a big deal, isn’t it? It’s a big deal when you’re a guest. Huge deal.

Jen: It’s a nice feeling when you work weddings to actually then be able to join one as a guest and you kind of can go, ah, this. That’s right. It’s, it’s lovely. I can be waited on.

Aleks: Totally, totally. But we were. Yeah. What we noticed, the wedding that we went to was in April this year, and it was a cocktail.

Eddy: Yeah. It was actually the wedding of one of our sax players.

Aleks: Yes.

Eddy: That actually works with us. So no doubt he’d be in the venue at some point, saxing along. I think he did pick up the sax at his own wedding, actually.

Caitlin: He did. He did. I remember, yeah.

Aleks: And we, we loved, we loved, and we always talk about this, but we loved that when we walked in, you know, before the ceremony kicked off, we, you know, went straight to the bar and got ourselves a beer on tap. Hello.

Eddy: Delicious.

Aleks: Cannot go wrong.

Eddy: No, you can’t. And obviously we’ve played at your lovely venue as well, both cocktail style, and sit down between us. So let’s get into the different options for weddings and what’s included in your packages.

Caitlin: Well, I guess we’re a little bit different from other venues in that we don’t have a set price per head, so we kind of, we work by minimum spends and you can really design and build your own package. So if you’re really into booze and you want to have, you know, a premium drinks package or work with us, Amelia, to design a drink list or a drinks package late and have late night cocktails and cocktails on arrival, you can put all your money there. But if you’re really into food and you know that that’s what’s important to you, then you can kind of, you know, you can do cheese stations and oysters and a three course seated meal. We kind of let our clients, you know, spend their money in areas that mean the most to them and build their own package. So we sort of, when we, when we meet with people, we talk to them about the minimum spend and ask them, you know, about what they feel is important to them and kind of encourage them to really build their own package. I think that’s probably the biggest difference, you know, between us and a lot of other places. And, yeah, it’s, it’s a, we don’t really have a set package, do we, Jen? It’s sort of, you know, kind of choose your own adventure. In a way.

Jen: It is a bit of a choose your own adventure. And I think what, like you were saying, what sets us apart is that pretty much everything is included in the package. So we don’t have hidden charges for staffing or chairs or ceremonies, that kind of thing. So all, everything comes under the minimum spend. So, you know upfront what your budget is going to be and we work with you to make what you want fit within that package. And, yeah, put, put the money where it matters. So you can have a mixture of food, booze and some, some extras, like a neon sign or a candy bar. That’s it. I mean, yeah. Who doesn’t love a candy bar? So, you know, and things like that.

Caitlin: Yeah. Yes.

Jen: That’s it. Yeah. A what? So, yeah, a beer and a whiskey lounge. We have a dinner whiskey lounge that can be set up for you. So we’ve got that. It can be cleverly hidden behind a curtain and it’s exposed later on for people to come and sit down and enjoy a whiskey.

Aleks: I bet there are some cheeky guests who find it early. I would be one of those. I would be one of those. And look, what we love about it as well, which is really important, is that you’ve got the spaces and the ability to have to hold the wedding right from pre ceremony through to even post wedding reception when there’s a few stragglers go next door to the pub to enjoy some drinks until 01:00 a.m. but there are so many different spaces. Can you talk us through how that works? And do most of your couples actually book the ceremony at the venue as well?

Caitlin: They do, I think. I mean, because most of our couples are pretty chilled, pretty relaxed and they also like the idea of having the ceremony and the reception in the same space. I mean, I think we’ve all been to those weddings where you have the ceremony early and then you’ve got this big wait between ceremony and reception and you kind of don’t know what to do. Whereas if we can do it all in the one spot, which is great, and you still got time to. For the couple to go off and have their photos in the local area and know that your guests are going to be well entertained and fed and watered while you’re gone. So, yeah, a lot of people do take us up on that option. And for those that don’t that want to have a garden wedding, you know, in the park, or if they want to have a ceremony outside somewhere, we can be used as a wet weather, a wet weather backup plan as well, which is. Which is great.

Eddy: Oh, I love that, too. Because sometimes you do get caught out on that, particularly in Victoria in Melbourne, it’s always scary. Yes, it has happened once or twice.

Jen: I think. We’ve also seen a big shift to couples having their photos done ahead of the actual ceremony. So one of the other good things about having your ceremony on site is that you can then just go straight into the party. Everyone’s there. Everyone’s in the right place. The bar opens and it’s just. It’s all there waiting to go.

Eddy: I absolutely love that. Because why would you want to. Why would you want to leave your own party? That’s the thing.

Aleks: I know.

Caitlin: Exactly.

Aleks: We always have couples say, like, we want to be part of cocktail hour, too. It’s like one of the most kind of. It’s the most relaxed bit in a way, because everyone’s kind of like, all right, now the party’s starting. The, you know, official nerve wracking stuff. Well, apart from the poor couple has to do a first dance, baby, if they choose to. If they choose to. If they choose to. We are seeing people do away with that now. And with those first look photos as well. I have seen some photos take place, I believe, on a rooftop. Is that right?

Caitlin: Yes. Well, it doesn’t sound very glamorous when I explain it to people, but. So I do show them the photos after I say that, you can go and get your golden hour photos taken in the rooftop car park just behind the venue. It’s like a two minute stroll. You go up onto the car park, you’ve got the sun setting behind you, and it makes us some beautiful photos. There’s never anyone up there. There’s not many cars up there either. So, you know, you’ve got space yourself and it looks pretty amazing.

Aleks: Yeah, it does look really good. Yeah, you’re right. When you say like that. It doesn’t sound glamorous, but I think it needs to be seen.

Jen: It always helps if you. You’ve got one of our favourite photographers on hand who, who know the area really well and some of the areas that they shoot in from afar, you wouldn’t think anything of it, but just the way they capture those shots. And, yeah, you always just say to people, look, it’s on this rooftop here. But then, like Caitlin says, you show them the photos and they’re always like, oh, yes. Yeah, that’s awesome.

Aleks: Totally. And with the photographers as well. Obviously, if you choose a photographer who knows the venue and the surrounding areas really well, then you’re not going to have to spend as much time looking around and being away from the party and the pain of having your photo taken.

Jen: That’s it. Yeah, it gets everyone back to the party straight away and, yeah, it gets them into having fun, which is the main thing.

Aleks: Awesome. Awesome. And there is one other really cool option, which is quite unique, which is you can brew your own beer. Is that right?

Caitlin: Yeah, we’re going to mention that. I think that really stands out for a lot of people is that we have an on site microbrewery through Cobonco. And so you have the option to brew your own beer or your own seltzer, if that’s more your thing, and then serve that to your guests on the night.

Jen: I mean, that’s.

Caitlin: And you can name your beer, we’ll do a badge for you and then we can, you know, you can take home, you know, about 18 bottles at the end of the night, as well as your little keepsake.

Jen: That’s cool.

Caitlin: But yeah, which is pretty cool. And you meet with the brewer, you talk about the beers that you like, what you like.

Jen: Yeah, it’s a really personal experience. About four weeks or so ahead of your actual wedding day is when you, you get to come in and brew with the head brewer eyelid and you can bring whoever you like. So if you wanted to have it as like a little family get together or a bucks or a hens, yeah, bring everyone in. They can all be involved in the process. Egg and bacon sandwiches in the morning and coffees, and then sit down for lunch and Arlad’s there with you to chat everything beer related, and then you can come and taste it along the way as it’s progressing. So you actually get to really be involved in the process. And then, like Caitlin said, you get to choose your own name for your beer. You get a badge made and yeah, on the night we’ll even let you get behind the bar and pull a pint.

Eddy: Oh, how good. And I don’t want to put you on the spot. What have been some cracker beer names that couples have come up with? Are there any that come to mind?

Jen: There was the I do brew, which we. Which we liked very much.

Caitlin: It was a dirty Martinez. I can’t think of those. Yeah.

Jen: Yeah. And there was one named after where the couple got engaged. It was. Yeah, it was like a car park in Footscray, and it was just. Sounded like a really odd name. Yeah, he told us, told us the story behind it, and we were like, that’s lovely. Like, you know, it’s just something that means it’s really, you know, special to the couple. And I think that’s. That’s what makes a good wedding, right? When you go home and you think that was really this couple, I, you know, it screamed them. And those are the weddings that people remember.

Eddy: I just love that. And I love that you can take a few beers back home with you as a couple because obviously, hair of the dog the next day, you probably flipping through all the photos that people have been sending you and the videos, and why not have an I do brew while you’re. While you’re looking at all that stuff, trying to starve off that hangover?

Aleks: I do brew. That’s amazing. And I guess we’ve already sort of covered this, but the types of couples that you attract, certainly what we’ve seen seem to be more relaxed, less traditional couples who are after a sort of party vibe. Is that right? What else would you kind of say about the couples that get married at post office?

Caitlin: Yeah, I think you nailed it. Yeah.

Jen: Yeah. Super fun, super friendly, casual, relaxed, and.

Aleks: Yeah.

Jen: Just. Just really want to celebrate their love and have a massive party.

Aleks: And it does help that the bar is right in front of the dance floor. We love that. Although I do worry that we’re gonna blow their heads off, the poor bartenders.

Eddy: I always ask them, I’m like, are you okay?

Jen: Like, oh, they love it. No, they love it. They love having a boogie behind the bar.

Caitlin: They do, actually.

Eddy: I’ve seen them. Yeah, I have spotted a few times.

Aleks: We always want to impress. We always want to impress the bar staff.

Eddy: Yeah. Look, if the bar staff are dancing, you’re usually doing the right thing.

Aleks: Yeah, we know they got it. We know they see a lot of weddings. So we’re like, pressure’s on. Got to impress the bastard.

Caitlin: I think you’re right. I think that’s a really good indication that you’re nailing it.

Jen: Yeah, I know. There’s definitely been weddings where I’ve looked over at our head chef and we’re both, you know, just bopping along and I’m like, yeah, this is, this is an awesome DJ.

Caitlin: Yeah.

Eddy: Oh, that’s so cool. So let’s talk about working with your couples in the lead up. So how do you work with them and what does the timeline look like?

Caitlin: Yeah, so we usually reach out about ten weeks ahead and get in touch and just offer seasonal menus and organise a planning meeting to meet face to face and, yeah, then we sit down. I think most people can feel a bit nervous about going into the first planning meeting because if you’ve never been married before, you don’t really know where to start. So it’s really important for us to make our couples feel really relaxed about going in. So we send a long list of all the things that we’re going to be covering. Make sure that they know that it’s okay if you don’t have the answers, because that’s what we are here for, is to take that pressure off and make them feel more comfortable about running through all of this, all of these questions. So, yeah, we get about eight to ten weeks out and then from there we build an event order and we just kick off all of the things that we need to cross off the list before the big day. So it’s a nice, and it’s thorough, but it’s also gives people enough time to feel very comfortable about and feel organised. Don’t you agree, Jen?

Jen: 100%, yeah. There’s always somebody in the office available to take emails or calls, so we’ve often spoken to clients in the build up throughout, you know, it becomes a real relationship, whether it’s a year or two or even only a few months before their wedding. They’re sort of part of the Poh family from, from the get go and with all. And they have a relationship with all the event coordinators and then they have their dedicated event coordinator from ten weeks out who works with them the whole way through and is there on the day to actually execute the wedding. So, yeah, it’s a really nice vibe and we just love all of our couples and it’s always really amazing to be part of that with somebody, just to be a part of a special day. Yeah.

Caitlin: Yeah. I think we make it really clear that you can ask as many questions as you like along the way as well. We’re not, as you know, Jen was saying, we’ve got, you know, there’s three of us here every day that kind of can be available to answer questions and, you know, it can be difficult to know where to start, so you might as well. I love it when people, you know, asking questions and swearing.

Jen: No such thing as a stupid question when it comes to weddings. Like ask away. We’ve seen everything. And that, like you say, that’s what we’re here for. Caitlin, we, you know, if you’re lucky, you’re only getting married once. We’re doing it every weekend, so, yeah, that’s what we’re here for.

Aleks: And I’m sure you’ve seen this as well. It really does vary, you know, from couple to couple. So some couples love to just book all the kind of big ticket things in, get them done, and then not think about their wedding for, you know, ten months and just have a bit of a break and just, you know, peruse Pinterest and whatever it is, and then kind of come back to it. So, you know, that eight to ten week period is definitely kind of a good timeframe. We’re working with clients on, like, their run sheet and stuff, sometimes twelve months in advance. It just depends on the couple, really, and how it does, how organised they are.

Caitlin: Yeah, I mean, you know, I kind of love it when a bride or a groom will send me a timeline that they’ve put together, you know, twelve months out. It’s. Every couple is slightly different and we kind of. We work out how they would like to work as well. So, you know, I think it’s a good partnership.

Aleks: Yeah, definitely. And I think it is important. The event order is super important. And, you know, from our perspective, we always want to make sure that it’s got to be a good balance between making sure that you guys can do your bit of the job, you know, in terms of food service and everything that needs to be done from your side, and then from our perspective, making sure that we’ve got enough time for official dance floor as well. So just finding that kind of good balance, which I think it’s important that couples do have a chat to their other suppliers as well, you know, photographer and DJ and celebrate to get their take on event order as well, because that’s what, you know, we’re all experts at it. So, yeah. To anyone listening, don’t feel like you can’t think about your run sheet further in advance. It’s definitely something you can look at earlier on if that’s. If you feel like it, if you’re not on a planning break.

Eddy: Planning breaks are important though, as well.

Jen: Yeah.

Eddy: Book of those big things in and then just have a little. Yeah, have a little planning holiday, as it were.

Aleks: It’s funny because sometimes you get, like, really last. Not last minute, but, like, you know, couples who, I don’t know, book a Thursday wedding or something and, you know, just do it in, like, three months and everything’s just compressed. But it still gets done. You know, it’s just, like, still gets done. Still gets done, yeah.

Jen: I mean, I’m pretty sure we’ll always make sure it’s been done. Yeah, yeah. No matter what the lead time is, we’ll get it done. Yes.

Caitlin: Yeah. We’ve had an unprecedented amount of short lead weddings booked this year and it just. It just happens, you know, you’ve just got to put your head down and get it done and.

Aleks: Yep.

Caitlin: It makes it more exciting, doesn’t it?

Jen: Yeah, there’s no. There’s no rules anymore, I think.

Caitlin: Yes.

Jen: Since the pandemic, it’s. It’s like, hey, I’m in love, I want to get married. And we’re like, yep, let’s do it. There’s no time like the present.

Eddy: Yeah, that’s exactly right.

Aleks: Yeah. I guess the only thing is, obviously, you know, where there’s high season for couples who are, you know, really wanting to secure their dream venue and suppliers, you know, something like a Saturday march or a Saturday in November. Book it as early as you can. Which I agree.

Caitlin: Yeah, definitely.

Jen: Yeah, yeah, that’s it. And those dates do fill up really fast, so if you’ve got a particular season or date or day of the week in mind. Yeah, absolutely. Get those booked in as soon as you can and get the big ticket items booked in along with it. And then, yeah, have a planning break and come back to it closer to the time. You don’t want to be disappointed and, yeah, you just want to have everything locked in. If you’ve got a particular date in mind.

Aleks: We’ll just do it on a Thursday.

Jen: That’s it.

Caitlin: Yeah, we’re free.

Jen: We’re good.

Aleks: That means that we’re all doing weddings Thursday, Friday, Saturdays.

Caitlin: Covid changed the rules for that, though. People were much more open to doing Thursday, Monday, you know, Sunday weddings. It was, you know, you just have to. That you didn’t have a choice, really, because everything was so jam packed into a few months. But it worked. It worked really well. And everybody was just so excited to be celebrating after, you know, a lot of people going through numerous cancellations. Who cares if it’s a Thursday? Just as long as you get it. You’re getting married.

Aleks: Totally. And we. And look, people have collected annual leave as well. Yeah, yeah, we’re seeing that it’s definitely less of an issue to have a weekday wedding for a Sunday. Awesome. And I wanted to just touch on something that is very important to us, which is the sound system at the post office hotel, because it is. I love the sound system. So do you, Ed, because.

Eddy: Yes, this is very positive, guys.

Aleks: This is very important. Now, you guys do have a sound system and we bring in additional speakers as well for the dance floor, just for some extra oomph and to kind of, I suppose, have the music a little bit louder, directly in front of the DJ setup where the dance floor will be held. But in terms of your in house speakers, you guys are able to play music on the deck, which is where the ceremony takes place throughout the venue, and then also zone the speakers.

Eddy: The level.

Aleks: The level, yeah, in different.

Eddy: So when it comes to dance floor time, you might turn down the speakers near where people are sitting, if it’s a sit down, just so it gives people a little bit of respite that want to have a bit of a disco break and sit down, have a coffee or whatever it is.

Caitlin: Yes. Yeah, that is very handy. It is. Because, you know, quite often some of their older people, the grandmas, might want to go and sit down at the front of the venue. And we can. We can switch that off or right down for those people that just need a little bit of a quiet time. We can also switch off the outdoor speakers on the deck at the end of the night towards, you know, because if we need it a little bit quieter outside, we can zone it there, too, which is very, very helpful.

Jen: Yeah, it’s handy being able to keep the party pumping indoors and whilst still respecting our neighbours along the street, so.

Eddy: Yeah, exactly, exactly. And last time I was there, I think you may have switched off the outside speakers for when speeches were going, which I thought was cool. Because, you know, sometimes speeches are very personal. You don’t want some randos on the other side of the. So I thought that was a nice little touch.

Jen: Yeah, that’s also very handy.

Aleks: Yes.

Jen: The owner would be so thrilled to hear you talking about all of this.

Caitlin: I know he would.

Jen: He’s very proud of all his sound system.

Eddy: We honestly love it. It’s one of the first things we obviously look at every time we step into a venue that’s. That might be new to us. And the fact that you. Just. The fact that we can plonk ourselves in one position and command all the different areas, specifically if we’re doing the ceremony as well. Yes. It makes it so much easier for us as well, so we deeply appreciate what’s been done there.

Aleks: Yeah. And that’s another positive thing as well, is if you do want to book your DJ for the ceremony, it’s really easy because they can just be set up in the same spot as they’re going to be playing in for reception and control the music so you don’t have to worry about, you know, friend or family member or your celebrant having to look after the music. But you guys can look after it as well for ceremony or who. Normally, if you haven’t got a DJ kind of there for that part of the day, would you guys press play on the ceremony songs and that sort of thing?

Caitlin: Yeah, yeah, absolutely. We’ve made it pretty easy now. I’ve done it so many times now that I’m no longer, you know, hiding the sound cupboard. Really nervous.

Aleks: It is a bit nerve wracking.

Caitlin: Confident. It is. You don’t want to hit the wrong. The wrong song. I mean, we do it all through Spotify to make it really super simple and pretty much everybody’s got a Spotify account these days, so you can just, you know, create public playlists and make it very clear, you know, aisle song, signing song, and we’ll just, we’ll hit it all for you. So we actually, like. I prefer doing it to the celebrants doing it on their pa, only because it’s a lot louder through our speakers. But I mean, obviously it’s a personal decision between the couple and the celebrate and us. There’s no right answer, but we’re more than happy to do it.

Aleks: Yeah, I’m sure the celebrants have to. They’ve got other things to focus on. And any friends or family members who might be. I have heard some disaster stories of, like, friends, you know, hitting the wrong song or just kind of, you know, the bride or whoever gets to the top of the aisle and they just press pause without. Not like, don’t fade down the song just like, it just stops abruptly and it’s just a bit of a weird. So, yeah, definitely have a think about how you do with the music for that. That’s awesome. Have you guys got any kind of hot insider tips for couples who are planning their weddings? It’s a bit of a broad question.

Eddy: Yeah, we may have covered a few bits, but if you’ve got anything, anything else, definitely throw it our way.

Jen: Yeah, I think work with whoever it, whether it be your venue, your photographer, your DJ, work with people that you’d be happy to share a beer with. Like, you’re going to be spending a lot of time with these people. You’re putting, you know, you’re building a relationship, they’re helping you celebrate one of the most important milestones of your life. And, you know, people like photographers and DJ’s going to be with you throughout the evening, so you want to make sure it’s people that you, you know, aren’t you vibing with, basically. Like, that’s always something I say to couples when they’re booking. I’m like, yeah, you’ve got to love who you’re going to work with.

Aleks: Yeah, absolutely.

Eddy: Yeah. I live and die by that exact same philosophy, to be honest. Yeah, it’s just spot on.

Aleks: Yeah.

Jen: And I think, yeah, probably just ask as many questions as you, as you can think of. Like, there’s no such thing as a stupid question when it comes to planning your wedding.

Aleks: I completely agree. As you say, hopefully you only get married once, so.

Caitlin: Yeah, I think it’s also very easy to get lost in this whole idea that you should be doing things like, you know, I’ve got to cut the cake and I’ve got to have a cake and all those sorts of things that might not necessarily be you guys. And I think it really just, I think it’s really important to kind of block out the noise a little bit and just do the things that you really want to do at your wedding. Yeah, that’s probably something that I tell people when I’m meeting with them. Like, if you don’t want to do a first dance, don’t do one. It’s totally fine. Just if you want to get everybody on the dance floor, do that instead. It says, just do the things that make you happy. Yeah.

Jen: Yeah, definitely.

Aleks: Brew your own beer.

Eddy: And brew your own beer. Yeah.

Aleks: If you want to do it, just do it.

Caitlin: Yeah, that’s right.

Aleks: And now we’re really excited because this Sunday, now, for those who are listening after, sorry if you missed out on it, but on the 18 September, this Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. there is going to be an open day, a free open day for couples to come and see post office, hotel and meet you guys and meet some of the vendors that you work with. Can you tell us a little bit more about what’s going to be happening? Oh, and we’ll be there this Sunday, too, by the way.

Caitlin: Surprise. We did our first one in 2019 and then we tried to do another one every, you know, in 2020. We tried, what, two or three times. I don’t even know, it feels like it’s such a blur the last couple of years. But, yeah, we’ve. We’re doing a second official one this Sunday and it’s just a really good opportunity for people to come in, both prospective clients and our current clients, to see the space dressed for a wedding, to taste the food, to drink the booze, to have a cocktail, to sample the different menus that we have on offer, the different drinks packages, and then, you know, and meet some really amazing suppliers like yourselves. People that we’ve worked with that we know are amazing and really good at what they do and kind of fit with our ethos as well. You know, we’re here to have a good time and, yeah, you’ll get to meet you guys. Nicky McCrone, photographer that’s going to be on site. We’ve got Dee Wilde, who’s a celebrant. Who else have we got? We’ve got lots of flowers to come and chat with. Yeah. Babylon flowers.

Aleks: Babylon.

Jen: Yeah. Yeah.

Eddy: Yep.

Aleks: They’re very close to us. Yeah. Oh, the ladies are wonderful.

Jen: You’ll love them.

Caitlin: Yeah, they’re just the best. They’re just the best. So, yeah, it’s a really fun day and you can just sort of chill out and try everything and see the space. Talk to me and Jen and Meg and. Yeah, really kind of get to know the venue and the change.

Jen: We love chatting weddings and. Yeah, we’re super excited.

Aleks: So are we. So we. It’s gonna be fun. We’ll be providing the tunes, obviously.

Eddy: Well, and photo booth.

Aleks: Oh, and photo booth. Yes.

Caitlin: Yes. And your photo booth.

Eddy: Sneak that one into.

Caitlin: Yep.

Aleks: Yeah, absolutely.

Caitlin: All the things that you could possibly need for at your wedding are all going to be there. So it’s just. It’s kind of a one stop shop, really. You can book. You can book your suppliers and book us or, you know, and. Yeah, it’s just. It’s a really good opportunity.

Jen: A wedding will run inspiration as well. Grab some inspiration and enjoy some tasty food and booze.

Eddy: And for those that want to find a little bit more information about the event, do they just head to your website or Instagram or.

Caitlin: Yeah, either. Or you can head to our website and there’s a link on our website to take you to buy tickets through eventbrite. They’re free tickets. You just register your name and how many guests you’re bringing or you can do it through a link on our Instagram account, which is Poh events.

Eddy: Perfect. And so do you. So you need to register to come along, or if you have to be engaged, walk past the venue on that day. Can you sneak on in? Or you.

Caitlin: You definitely can. So if you’re walking past and you want to come in, you can, you can. You don’t have to register, but it’s just better if you do.

Eddy: So those listening, please.

Aleks: Yeah, hopefully we don’t have, like, some of your random neighbours. Just, like, listening to our podcast somehow. Oh, free food at the post office. I’m gonna be there. Will you have your kale Caesar? What is it? You know, not kale. Kale. Caesar.

Jen: Caesar.

Caitlin: The Brussels. The Brussels. Yeah, the Brussels Caesar. I’ll hook you up, Alec. I’ll get you up.

Aleks: I’ve been telling Ed about it.

Eddy: She won’t stop banging on about it.

Aleks: Seriously, I had it before. Before an event. Recently, I sat down and had a meal, which is very nice. You guys were very kind to organise that for me before I started, because I don’t often get a chance to sneak away from the decks. And it was so good, I sent a photo to Ed. I’m like, this is the best Caesar salad I’ve ever had.

Caitlin: Yeah, it’s here, I’ll get you one. I’ll hook you up with a sneaky rock and sprout Caesar salad.

Eddy: We’ve got one more question for you guys.

Aleks: Very important.

Eddy: It’s a very important question. Very true to our hearts. What tune? And this is for each of you, will get you on the dance.

Aleks: You will be judged harshly.

Jen: I suspect this. Yeah, I do. Yeah. You go first, Caitlin, go on.

Caitlin: Look, I think it changes, you know? But I’m gonna say stupid love by Lady Gaga. I’m not ashamed to admit it.

Eddy: Nice.

Caitlin: But I like that one. Will get me on the dance floor every time.

Eddy: Yeah. Good answer.

Caitlin: Yeah.

Aleks: Yeah, that’s super high energy. Very fun.

Caitlin: Very fun.

Jen: Yeah. I’m a big fan of anything early. Two thousands r and b. 19 year old Jen was very partial to a bit of Nellie. It’s hot. Hot in here.

Eddy: Awesome. Yes.

Aleks: Hey, we have a fun story about Nelly, actually. He reposted a video of Ed’s nephew dancing to one of his tunes.

Eddy: My nephew at the time was, what.

Aleks: Baby screamed or something? We’re like, oh, we’re gonna get so many inquiries now because Nelly’s. Nothing happened.

Eddy: But, yeah, obviously nothing happened.

Aleks: He’s got billions of followers. We were like, oh, yeah, we’ve gone viral. But no, but, yeah. Well, they’re both excellent choices.

Eddy: Yes, well done. I love them, and I’m sorry, it is a tough question to answer, being put on the spot like that. So you’ve done very well.

Aleks: I would have to think about it long and hard if I had to choose only one.

Eddy: Yeah, but we. We ask the question. We don’t have the question.

Aleks: Yeah, we don’t have to answer.

Caitlin: I think I’m, you know, I hope I don’t listen back to this in twelve months time and cringe, but at the moment, that’s what I’ve got to get out there, too.

Eddy: I like that you’ve prefaced it with at the moment. Maybe we should reiterate the question and say currently, yes, because it does change.

Aleks: You know, but you would have probably cringed if you had given us some, like, you know, TikTok trending tune response, because it’s gonna be out of fashion next week.

Eddy: So.

Aleks: Yeah, something classic.

Caitlin: Yeah.

Aleks: Amazing. Well, thank you so much, Jen and Caitlin. That was super informative, fun, relaxed. Exactly what we would expect from anyone working at the post office. Just a wonderful team. We can’t wait to be with you guys on Sunday. And, yeah, hopefully, hopefully we’ll see some of our listeners there.

Caitlin: Absolutely can’t wait to see you guys.

Jen: Yeah, we’re super excited now we’ve got.

Aleks: The pressure on to bring some amazing.

Eddy: Bring some tunes, pop some nelly in some lady gaga.

Jen: I don’t hear any Nelly. There’s gonna be, right?

Eddy: I’ll give you a Nelly guarantee.

Caitlin: The day wraps up at three, so at 03:05 you just can turn stupid love up really loud.

Eddy: Yeah. And that’s when the afterburner kicks off.

Caitlin: Yeah, totally.

Aleks: Thanks again, guys. Thank you so much.

Caitlin: Thank you. Thank you so much for having us.

Aleks: Thanks for tuning in. If you’re enjoying project engaged, please hit the subscribe button on your fave podcast app.

Eddy: You can also follow us on Instagram, @projectengaged, and @onemoresongdjs.

Aleks: We’ll see you next time. And until then, have fun out there.

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