Expert Q&A – Claire Dean Of Tattersall’s Club


 Tattersall’s Club heritage-listed building, located in the heart of the Brisbane city is a local wedding gem. It’s majestic grandeur is perfect for couples seeking a venue that’s classic and timeless. Queensland Brides chat with Tattersall’s Club’s Wedding Coordinator Claire Dean. She reveals her favourite wedding plus more!

How long have you been a Wedding Coordinator at Tattersall’s Club?

I have been the Wedding Coordinator for 15 years. It was a natural progression from supervising weddings, from the first one which was held here in 1989 through to 2001 and then I became the Wedding Coordinator.


What makes Tattersall’s Club such a special place to hold a wedding?

It is the personal service, the competitive pricing and our magnificent building with an interior that is heritage-listed. Brides and grooms are blown away by the high ceilings, gold detailing in the roof, the punkahs, the Art Deco Members’ Dining Room with the murals and marble, as well as the modern natural light of the versatile Grand Ballroom.

What do you love about organising weddings?

I love working closely with the bride and groom to make their special day one to remember. It is very rewarding when everyone is so happy and you know all of the hard work has paid off.


What have been some trends you have seen come and go?

There are now a lot more couples who organise their weddings themselves. It has shifted from the mother and daughter driving the planning, to grooms wanting more of a say. Most want to be involved in the details especially with the food especially.

I have also noticed a transition from the traditional wedding fruit cake to absolutely anything – from chocolate mud, to hazelnut, gateaux and so forth. As well as the bonbonnieres, which have evolved from the traditional sugar coated almonds to little jams, macaroons, seedlings, all sorts of little things. Weddings have become a lot more individualised suiting the style of the couple, as opposed to one size fits all approach.


What is one of your most memorable weddings at Tattersall’s Club?

I would have to say a Jewish wedding we had here in December 2013. Mostly because of the detail that went into organising it. Kosher food had to be sourced from Melbourne and Sydney, the kitchen needed to be cleansed by the Rabi, special crockery was hired and all of the cutlery had to be re-dipped down at the Synagogue. It was such a magnificent wedding to witness.


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