Menu & Beverages
Our wedding menu is seasonal and subject to change, however once you have had your tastings and made your selections, this will be the menu you receive at your wedding
We would like to bring an extra person to our menu tasting? Is there a cost for this?
Yes, each extra person is $80.00 which we can add to your final wedding invoice. You will then select a maximum of 4 choices from each course to share amongst yourselves.
When do we book for the menu tasting?
Your menu tasting will be held in a group environment in the venue, approximately 2-3 months prior to your big day. We will contact you closer the date with further information on replying & selecting your meals. Please note, we require you to pre select 2 options from each course, which you will sample on the night along with our wine package options. Should you have additional guests attending, you can select a maximum of 4 choices from each course. Please note if you cannot make our group tasting date and an alternate is offered we recommend sending a family member in your place. We do not offer private menu tastings.
Do you cater for dietary requirements?
We cater for all dietary requirements; you will be required to provide the guests name, table number and requirements. We provide each dietary requirement with their own dietary card to be placed in front of them on the night with their special menu listed on it (this also assists our staff). Please note, you do not have to select your meals based on special dietary requirements as our Chef will create meals entirely specific to the guest’s requirement.
Do you have children’s menus? (Up to 12 years of age)
Yes, we have a children’s menu available at a cost of $35.00 per child. Children will receive chicken schnitzel + chips, followed by an ice-cream sundae. The children’s menu will be served at the same time as the adult’s entrée. We also have a teenage meal available which is the adult menu without alcohol, valid for 13-17 year olds – this is charged at $20.00 less than the adult’s package price.
How do you serve the cake?
We slice your wedding cake and serve slices on platters for each table so guests can help themselves. If you would like your cake served individually, this is an additional $5.00pp and is served with coulis. If your cake is more than one tier, please notify us which tiers you would like cut, and which ones saved. If you would like to keep cake, please ask your supplier to provide a box.
Do you provide boxes for guests to take home cake?
We don’t provide bags or boxes for guests to take cake home. We strongly advise against cake bags as it is challenging to get the slices in and the bag ends up dirty. Cake boxes (such as a noodle box, or takeaway container) are highly recommended. We require this to be made up before they are delivered to the venue.
Can we provide our own spirits?
The Venue is fully licensed and our policy does not allow food or beverage to be brought in unless prior arrangement has been made. If you are providing your own spirits please note a $250.00 flat rate for corkage will be charged. Spirits are only to be served from behind the bar after main course has been served. Please note; we do not serve shots and spirits will only be available after main course. All alcoholic beverage service concludes at same time as the beverage package.
Can we add additional items to our menu?
Yes, we are flexible with our menu and our chef would love to work with you to ensure the food is personalized to your liking. Please ask about our gourmet platter menu for additional menu items including seafood platters.
Can we upgrade our beverage package?
Yes, please ask for a copy of our beverage package which has all the upgrade costs.
Can we provide our own wines or beer?
Yes, you are welcome to bring any additional wine or beer into the venue to supplement your existing beverage package. Please note, the minimum spend will remain the same and the same timings for the serving of alcoholic beverages apply.
Can we bring in additional food?
Yes, however we will only allow biscuits or similar to come into the venue.
Centrepieces & Decorations
Can I provide my own tea lights around the room?
Yes, as long as it is in an enclosed container/holder (ie no naked flames) If you would like us to provide tea lights they are available for 50c each, our tea lights last for 9 hours. Tea lights with holders are available for hire at $1.50 each.
Can you put out my decorations on the tables?
Our staff will place your place cards, menus and bonbonniere out on your tables however; any other decorating will need to be arranged with your own supplier or family friend. If you require decorations to be tied around napkins, you are welcome to come and pick them up the week before your wedding and ensure they come back for your final drop off meeting. If you are providing tables runners, we do ask for these to be delivered up to a week before your wedding as they need to be laid on the tables before we set.
Do you provide a stand for our seating guest list or do we need to provide that?
Yes, please supply your list in A3 – landscape size to go into our guest list stand. Alternatively, you may provide something larger to sit on one of our easels, however please ensure this is a thick cardboard or canvas. We have either a wooden easel which can sit on the gift table, or a freestanding white easel for you to use.
Can we have chair covers?
Of course, we have an in-house chair cover supplier, they charge $5.00 per chair cover including a sash - please see our supplier list for further details. You are more than welcome to source your own supplier however they must be bump-out that night of the wedding.
Can we provide our own chairs?
Yes, you are welcome to provide your own chairs. We charge a $400.00 fee to remove our chairs and based on your numbers, this will reduce your bridal room space as we need to store the chairs.
When do items need to leave the venue after our wedding?
We do ask that everything is taken from the venue at the conclusion of the wedding and you nominate a family member or friend to take items home. We also ask that any suppliers come in at the conclusion of the wedding to pick-up chair covers, vases etc. Orso can assist with packing away decorations within reason (ie 1 -2 vases per table) however for more decorations, we ask you to nominate a family member or friend to assist. If this is not possible an additional fee will apply for our staff to pack up your decorations.
What happens with all the flowers at the end of the wedding?
If you have purchased the vases from the florist, please ensure you have nominated family & friends who you would like to take them home. If you would like guests to take the flowers, we can assist with this.
If we wanted to start our reception earlier or extend our reception time, what would the package cost us?
If you want to extend your reception - it is an additional $10 per person for ½ hour based on the final number of guests attending the wedding. This will need to be pre-arranged and paid in full prior to the wedding (subject to availability). The maximum time you can extend is 1 hour.
Can you arrange wet weather options?
Yes, we can accommodate your ceremony on the dance floor 45 minutes before the start of your reception, if required. The cost is $500.00 and we need to know by 12pm on the day. If you would like to have this option available on the day, we will need you to complete a credit card authorisation form at your final details meeting. Please note, we don’t recommend our wet weather option for more than 120 guests.
What time can our decorator or band access the venue to set up our wedding reception?
We will advise access times the week prior to your wedding. The minimum amount of time as per your booking agreement is 1.5 hours but we can generally offer more depending on the day and other bookings.
Do I need to contact the DJ and hotel even though if they are included in my package?
The DJ will contact you once your wedding is confirmed. We will book the hotel, so there is no need to contact them. Please note, we can only make hotel bookings for a maximum of 12 months out. (only applicable to some packages)
Do I need to include the photographer, DJ and videographer in the table seating arrangements?
No, the extras are provided their meal at the bar. If you have a band we do recommend they eat in the bridal room. The cost for extra meals is $55.00pp.
How long does the DJ play?
The DJ is included for a 5 ½ hour duration; we recommend having background music during your pre-drinks and canapés and getting the DJ to start for your introductions. We ask the DJ to conclude on the exit of the bride and groom. If you extend the wedding you are welcome to pay the additional fee to the DJ or they can start later and we can play background music for the first ½ hour.
How many courses do the extra’s receive? (E.g. photographer, DJ, band, entertainers)
They all receive a main course with drinks at a charge of $55.00 each.
What are our Transport Options?
We highly recommend you leave Orso by boat it’s a fabulous send off! We use Water Taxis Combined (www.watertaxiscombined.com.au) who provides a water taxi to take you to the hotel included in the package. Please note, the use of the wharf is restricted boat arrival/ farewell and guests are not permitted to eat or drink out there due to licensing. We are more than happy to assist with calling taxis on the evening for any couples or groups and there is always a regular flow of taxis coming through Spit Road. Orso can assist in providing recommendation’s and booking hire cars, coaches or minibus for your wedding. Minibuses are a great option for transporting guests from the ceremony to the reception.
Do we need an MC? If so who should we look at using?
Some Brides and Grooms ask a family member or friend; however we can offer you some recommendations.
Where can our guests park?
There is ample parking with 40 spots located in our adjoining car park and 206 directly across the road. Parking is metered until 6.00pm and accepts credit cards. There is also parking up Parriwi road adjacent to Orso.
What can guests do between the ceremony and the reception?
We recommend that you contact the Skiff Club or MHYC located on either side of Orso. They will provide additional staff and your guests can then go there and have a drink prior to the reception commencing. Please note as the Skiff Club may have a private function they may not be available. It is imperative you contact them before your wedding to organise this. Skiff Club Ph. 9932 4600 MHYC Ph. 9969 1244
I’ve confirmed a wedding what happens now?
We will touch base approximately 3 months before your wedding to invite you to a menu tasting & remind you about your 2nd deposit payment due. After the menu tasting, we will send through your draft event sheet, floor plan and a preliminary final invoice. We will also schedule a final details meeting for 3 weeks prior to the wedding to go through the event sheet and finalise the floor plan. Final payment is due 7 days prior to the event. Your draft event sheet will provide you with a draft run sheet of the reception which you can discuss with your MC. We recommend you schedule your speeches at the conclusion of main course to ensure food is served promptly. If you would like to have speeches at a different time please note we recommend continuing food service as per the run sheet to ensure the food goes out hot and in a timely manner for your guests.
What if we don’t get to our minimum numbers?
We are happy for you to use the remaining spend to upgrade your food, beverages or on the bar for spirits. The upgrades can only be used towards in house food & beverages.
People have pulled out the week of the wedding do we get a refund?
Any changes to numbers made after your final payment and the week of the wedding will not be refunded. Three (3) days’ notice for any cancellations is required to use that spend on additional drinks or on the bar as after this, we have already prepped the food and staffed your wedding.
Repositioning of the dance floor
There is a charge of $500.00 for the reposition of the dance floor (i.e. on bottom floor of venue)