Draughty church halls that creak menacingly, stuffy ceremonies filled with rambling hymns, and a frock that makes you resemble an oversized meringue levitating down the aisle. Sounds like the perfect wedding, no? We don’t think so either, Listers, which is why we can’t wait to preach the good news: MELBOURNE IS GETTING ITS OWN VEGAS-STYLE CHAPEL!
Christened the Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo, the new Melbourne venue will provide a space for modern-day love and union celebrations of all sorts, 24-hours a day. It’s the latest project from Jerome Borazio—the man credited with co-founding St Jerome's Laneway Festival and playing a part in top Melbourne bars, Sister Bella and Ponyfish Island—which means you can guarantee good vibes and a unique experience.
The church’s ceremonies will vary depending on couples’ wishes, each with a creative twist. For those looking for legally recognised partnerships, the state law still stands (which means you need to apply 30 days in advance), so unfortunately there’ll be no shotgun weddings for you impulsive love-birds.
Although we don’t know where exactly the Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo will call home (an alleyway off Little Lonsdale Street is all the info we’ve been given), we’re suspecting it’s going to be on Heape Court as cult arts café 1000£ Bend is listed as a neighbouring reception venue. All in all, it sounds like a recipe for one hell of a good loved-up time.
Looking to get hitched in this hip new joint? The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo opens its doors for service on Sunday 1st March.
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