2016 Seahorse Masquarade Ball

Frequently Asked Questions

This page should answer any questions that you have about the Ball. It includes the venue, the Ball program, costs, what to wear, and conditions of entry.


When and where is it on?

Saturday August 20th 2016 at the Mercure Sydney Airport Hotel, 20 Levey St Wolli Creek, NSW, 2205.


Why the Mercure Sydney Airport Hotel?

The Seahorse Ball been held at the Mercure Airport Hotel for several years. We choose this venue again for the following reasons:

  1. The hotel features a large Ball room, with up to 200-seat capacity, as well as having other rooms and bars to which we have access. It also has the usual features that you would come to expect to find at a hotel of this standard, including a swimming pool, tennis courts, squash courts, a gym and extensive on-site car parking.

  2. We receive a very reasonable corporate rate for our guests' accommodation (details below).

  3. The Mercure is located near Sydney Airport, which makes it an ideal location for those attending from interstate and overseas. Do not worry, plane noise is not a problem. The hotel provides a shuttle service to and from the airport, thus taking a lot of the difficulty out of getting there.

  4. The quality of service and meals that we receive is excellent, as you would be expecting from any international hotel of this standard.

  5. The Mercure is only 15 to 20 minutes from the Sydney CBD. Shopping trips to the CBD and surrounding districts, such as Newtown, Surry Hills and Darling Harbour, as well as access to the night spots of Kings Cross, Oxford St., and Newtown.

  6. The large car park is a bonus for Sydney locals who are attending the Ball.

  7. The hotel staff are very accepting and helpful. This is an ideal opportunity to spend your whole stay there dressed as a woman. What more could you ask?

What actually happens?

Friday night

Celebrations and social events begin on the Friday night. We have a get-together dinner at the hotel. This is open not only to our guests staying in the hotel, but also for members, families and friends who live in the Sydney area and would like to attend. Typically, we have around 40 to 50 people attending this dinner, so bookings are preferred to enable the hotel to provide appropriate seating arrangements.

PLEASE NOTE
This is NOT included in the price of your ticket. You must pay for this meal.

Saturday daytime

Many members go out om informally organised shopping trips into the City or Eastgardens Shopping centre at 152 Bunnerong Rd, Eastgardens. There is no specific organised trips as in previous years, as we could not get the numbers required.

Make-up services are usually available at the Hotel from about 2.00pm.

Saturday night

Please note that the following is, at this stage, just a guide to the evening's events and may be subject to change.

On Saturday Night at 7pm the Ball begins with a cocktail party in the foyer directly outside the Ball room. During this time ticket registration takes place and sparkling wine and finger food are served. Live background music is provided. The Ballroom doors open at 7.45pm and our hostesses escort everyone to their tables.

The Ball officially begins at 8.00pm. A short dance bracket and music sets the mood and theme for the rest of the night. This is followed by the official welcoming and cutting of the Cake. We then move directly on to the three-course dinner.

The courses are alternate servings. Special meals are available for those with specific dietary requirements. Please advise us of any special dietary needs when you book.

Following the main course, at about 9.30pm, the band takes to the stage for the second dance bracket.

At about 10.30pm we pause again for sweets and short break. This is an ideal time to catch up with friends. The music and dancing then continues almost non-stop with the band and the disco alternating their music brackets.

Raffle prizes, which have been generously donated by our sponsors, are then drawn. List of the Ball Sponsors:

No ball would be complete without a parade to choose the "Belle of the Ball". This takes place at about 12.30am when we crown both the Prince and Princess of the Seahorse Ball for 2015.

The Ball concludes with a final dance bracket and closes at 1.00am Sunday morning.

The celebrations continue until about 3:00am. Guests are invited to use the bar adjacent the Ball room to gather for great company and conversation, and drinks at the bar.

Sunday morning

We meet up in the dining room for breakfast. This is usually around 10.00am, although it often runs all morning.

The hotel kindly provides a late check-out at 2.00 pm for those guests staying in-house.


What does it cost?

The ball ticket price is $145 per person. This includes cocktail party drinks and canapes, a three-course table-service meal, and all of the evening's entertainment. There are also two complimentary bottles of wine on each table. A service bar is provided within the ball room and prices are comparable to normal hotel prices.

PLEASE NOTE: Our Event Ticket Cancellation Policy:

  • If you cancel more than one week prior to an event, you will receive a full refund, minus $20 handling charge.
  • If you cancel within a week of an event, there will be no refund.

What about accommodation costs?

Those attending the Ball, and who stay at the Mercure, can receive a corporate discount rate on their room (subject to change).

  • Single bed and breakfast room (1 person): To be announced.
  • Double bed and breakfast room (2 people): To be announced.

These are a considerable saving on the Mercure's normal daily room rates. The hotel is also offering a special weekend rate on application when booking. To receive the corporate rate, you must ring the hotel direct when making a booking and advise them that you are attending the Seahorse Ball.


What do I wear?

This is a formal night. There are no strict dress rules, as long as what you wear is respectable. Most people choose evening gowns or formal wear. Costume wear and personal creations are also popular.


Who is invited?

Everyone!

In the past, the Ball was mainly for those who identified in the trans-community, together with their families and friends. It now encompasses people from all areas of the community and all walks of life and all ages. You do not have to be a member of any particular group (trans, LGBT, etc.) to attend. Everyone is welcome.


What are the Conditions of Entry?

  1. Your ticket is not valid until paid for in full and receipted.
  2. An appropriate standard of dress must be maintained at all times.
  3. Inappropriate or offensive language is not permitted.
  4. Inappropriate or unsolicited advances of a sexual nature to other guests are not permitted.
  5. Taking photographs is permitted, but only with the permission of the person(s) being photographed.
  6. Taking illicit drugs is not permitted.

Anyone found to be contravening these conditions or behaving in an inappropriate manner will be asked to cease immediately. If they continue to contravene these conditions, they will be required to leave the function immediately.

Please remember: ALL Seahorse NSW functions are family-friendly.


Finally...

Please join us for a great night out!