Where Are The Australian Destination Wedding Venues You Need To See?

Rome wasn't built in a day, and as it turns out, planning a fairytale wedding can be a mission for any bride. Ultimately, choosing where to exchange your vows and tie the knot is one of the biggest decisions. As a result, we're here to make that journey towards your big day and choose your dream venue just that little bit easier. Across Australia, there is no shortage of stunning wedding venue destinations. Whether you're dreaming of a magical rainforest wedding, a harbour cruise, or a decadent ballroom reception, there is something for every couple. Therefore, to help you narrow down these choices, we've uncovered the most unforgettable wedding venues across Australia.

The cost of your wedding venue depends on where it is. If you choose to rent a barn or a 5-star hotel, the price can differ significantly. It will also depend on the country you wish to have your wedding in. Some great options for wedding venues in Australia include Tatra, San Remo Ballroom, Ballara Receptions, and Sydney's Seadeck.

Some people want to have a very lavish wedding celebration, while others prefer to keep it small and low-key, and several things impact the cost on your wedding day. For example, your chosen venue, wedding dress, food options, entertainment, flower arrangements, cake, and how many guests you intend to invite will determine your budget. On average, people spend more than $30,000 on a wedding.

When picking your wedding venue, you want to ensure that it is in keeping with your wedding theme. Know your budget and outline what you want before shopping around for venues. Know what is included in the costs, what is extra, and how much of a deposit you must put down before securing it. If you have a dream date in mind and your chosen spot is booked, consider other options, or be flexible with the date. When choosing your perfect location, do not be afraid to ask questions and ensure that the venue can accommodate your needs.

The most popular months to get married are from May to October. More specifically, September takes at 16 per cent, followed by June with 15 per cent, and lastly October at 14 per cent. The most popular wedding seasons are Fall/Autumn and Summer.

The most expensive parts of most weddings are costs associated with the reception venue, including renting materials, tables and chairs, and serving food or alcohol.

 

Tatra

If your wedding dreams involve walking through lush fairytale gardens and canopies of flowers, Tatra is the venue you've searched for. There, escape the city's hustle and bustle in the stunning township of Mount Dandenong. Couples may choose between a traditional chapel, a stunning wrought iron cupola, or a charming gazebo. As the sun sets, guests and newlyweds then make their way to a decadent, chandelier-lit ballroom for the reception. With seating available for up to 250 guests, there is plenty of space to share your special day with all those close to your heart.

San Remo Ballroom

Escape for a day and a night into a fantasy world of mystical ceiling draping, crystal chandeliers, fresh, fragrant flowers, and world-class international cuisine. Did we mention you'll be saying 'I do' in this surreal setting? For over 60 years, the San Remo Ballroom has been a favourite wedding destination for couples in Melbourne. This timeless, elegant location is alive with romance and allure, and with the help of a personal wedding coordinator, it can be tailored to make your special day unique. With seating capacity ranging from 150 – to 480 guests, a wedding at San Remo Ballroom is a truly decadent, grand, and unforgettable event.

Ballara Receptions

For an exquisite wedding that exceeds all expectations, book a date at Ballara Receptions. This family-owned and operated business offer everything you need to make your special day unique. The team can care for all of your wishes, from live bands and expert florists to world-class photographers, so your engagement period feels like a relaxing honeymoon. With a range of packages on offer, including seated celebrations, cocktail wedding receptions, and high tea weddings, Ballara caters to all tastes. Couples may choose between the stunning Victorian chapel or the tranquil lakeside gazebo when exchanging vows. Surrounded by breathtaking gardens, a waterfall, and romantic rose arbours, this venue offers picturesque backdrops to capture those first photos of newlyweds.

L'Aquila

Upon a rooftop of Cockle Bay Wharf, you will find one of Syndey's most prestigious event venues, L'Aqua. There, decadent floor to ceiling windows offers stunning views of the harbour while bathing the interior with light. When it comes time for the reception, L'Aqua presents two magnificent options, featuring private harbourside balconies. The first is the aptly titled Gold Room. This space features a gold-leaf octagonal ceiling, Swarovski crystal floral chandelier and luxurious leather and timber walls. Alternatively, there is the Terrace Room. This open space includes beautiful silk feature walls and breathtaking panoramic views. If the choice is too difficult, or your guest list is extra-long, select both. Catering to all ranges of weddings, L'Aqua offers the option to open these rooms into one magical space.

Cruise Bar

Celebrate an iconic moment in your life with Sydney's famous Opera House shining in the background. Not only does Cruise Bar offer a beautiful open-air rooftop venue to say "I do", but it will also take care of every little detail leading up to and following this moment. With the help of a devoted, talented wedding planner, you can rest assured that the flowers, music, menu and more will align with your dreams. Finally, spread the love far and wide in this harbourside setting, as Cruise Bar can hold 400 guests.

Seadeck 

On your special day, head out into the ocean beyond as you step aboard the glamorous Seadeck. This luxurious yacht allows you and your guests to celebrate in style as you cruise Sydney's sparkling harbour. Radiating elegance and allure, this inspiration for this beautiful vessel comes from Hollywood's Golden Age and vintage cruise ships. Exotic plants and towering palms create a tropical oasis on board, while five-star service will transport you to paradise.

Cedar Creek Lodges

Located on a lush 112-hectare rainforest property on the breathtaking Tamborine Mountain lies Cedar Creek Lodges. There, equally dazzling wedding ceremony options are available to cater to your every desire. The first of these takes lovers to The Rainforest Amphitheatre. Feel pure bliss and serenity as you say your vows surrounded by jasmine adorned pillars, with a backdrop of a cascading waterfall and the vast rainforest. The next location will take you lakeside to a verdant, green peninsula surrounded by clear waters and fragrant water lilies. Finally, last but not least, there is The Outlook. This manicured garden location is surrounded by native Lilly pilly hedges, the Thunderbird Park rainforest, and the melodic sounds of Cedar Creek.

Victoria Park

Located on Brisbane's leafy green Northern side, Victoria Park offers five exclusive venues to host your dream wedding. Say your vows amidst the natural surroundings, with the city's gorgeous skyline sparkling on the horizon. When it comes time for the reception, Victoria Park's wide range of options caters for wedding parties of all sizes. Whether you have an intimate 60 person party or share the love with up to 380 of your friends and family, the talented team will ensure each guest is treated like royalty. Each space features its private bar and outdoor terrace from the marquee to the ballroom, the quartz room, and more. Additionally, if you take your eyes off your new husband or wife, the floor-to-ceiling windows will allow you to admire the views beyond.

The Landing At Dockside

Located at the Dockside Marine is the famous 'The Landing at Dockside'. Happy couples exchange vows by the riverside before making their way to the gorgeous riverfront terrace where the champagne and canapes flow. With the ability to cater to 40-1500 guests, The Landing is renowned for creating beautifully intimate weddings and magnificently grand ones. As the light turns golden upon the waterfront, newlyweds and their guests then retreat to one of three stunning reception rooms. Does the idea of a sweeping roof, elegant chandelier, wooden style bar, and private lounge spaces entice you? The large Harbour Room may be for you if the answer is yes. Alternatively, we recommend the River Room for uninterrupted views of the Brisbane River. Finally, for smaller celebrations, there is the Garden Room. This venue features a beautiful timber dance floor nestled amongst the romantic gardens.

Matilda Bay 

While planning your wedding, the dedicated team at Matilda Bay will make it their mission to ensure that your personality as a couple shines. As a result, they are experts in bringing countless unique wedding dreams to life. From small to large ceremonies and sit-down dinners to cocktail soirees, this venue offers a variety of options. The Roe Room may be for you if you send out over 100 invitations. Located on Level 1, this romantic space overlooks Matilda Bay, the Swan River, Kings Park, and the city of Perth. There, skilled chefs await to serve up to 140 seated guests or 250 guests at a cocktail event. Alternatively, the Catalina Room calls if you've decided to share your celebrations with only your nearest and dearest. With an adjoining patio, this ground floor space allows 50 seated guests or 100 cocktail-party attendees.

Sandalford

If you venture into the heart of Perth's stunning Swan Valley, you will encounter the rustic charms of Sandalford Winery. In the purity of the open air, begin the rest of your lives with your beloved. There, two ceremony venues are on offer. Firstly, the Verdelho Lawn is enclosed within gorgeous, historic trellised vines and looks out upon Swan Valley. The choice of this lawn is accompanied by a wedding reception in the atmospheric Oak Room. The walls are created with stained oak panels and barrels filled with Sandalford's signature Sandalera wine. In addition, candelabras, gold Tiffany chairs, and a wrought iron chandelier add to the allure. Secondly, there is the manicured Merlot Lawn, which gazes out upon the scenic vineyards and lake. Finally, make your way to the unique Underground Cellar or the tranquil Durack Room for your reception.

Margaret River's Secret Garden

Enter a world of magic and allure at Margaret River's Secret Garden. Dreamy wisteria drapes the walkways, flowers bloom, and serene ponds flow in this enchanting venue. Exchange your special vows to the rhythmic sounds of a cascading waterfall, surrounded by the exquisite beauty of Australia's nature. Found in a pristine peppermint forest alongside the Wilyabrup Brook, this magical garden was designed by one of the world's leading landscape architects, Paul Bangay. Catering to up to 120 guests, this is one secret you will want to share with all of your family and friends.

Ayers House

If beauty, elegance, and history are words that epitomise your dream wedding venue, then Adelaide's Ayers House will tick all of your marital boxes. Located on Adelaide's vibrant main boulevard, this grand mansion is a relic of colonial regency and Victorian opulence. Crystal chandeliers illuminate the majestically restored vintage rooms, each rich in a lively history. When it comes to the ceremony, select from two unique options within the mansion. The first is the grand ballroom, with its shimmering gold-leaf ceiling and decadent chandeliers. The second enchanting space is found in the lush natural setting of The Conservatory. As a result of these attractive options, creating your historical moment at Ayers's house is a memory you cherish. With over 25 years of experience, the wedding planners there live, breathe and love creating fantasy weddings.

Serafino Mclaren Vale

In the serene parklands of McLaren Vale, one may find the award-winning Serafino vineyards. There, a tranquil lake, grand 200-year-old gum tree, and delicate rose gardens provide three unique wedding ceremony settings. With seating space for up to 180 guests, the Serafino Courtyard provides a relaxed, atmospheric space for your reception. If, however, you seek a more formal ambience, the beautiful McLaren's Room offers a stage and a dance floor. In addition to this, this formal option also caters to a large wedding party of up to 220 guests. Finally, extend the party all night and the following morning with a stay at the on-site boutique accommodation. With 30 gorgeous rooms available, there will be no excuse for anyone to be leaving the celebrations early.

Glen Ewin Estate

In 1843, horticulturist George McEwin took ownership of the Glen Ewin Estate and created what would become one of South Australia's first vineyards. The buildings and factories that formed this estate 175 years ago have been transformed into one of the state's premier wedding venues. Picture this: walking down the aisle amongst beautiful gardens, surrounded by weeping willows and mature trees as you say your vows, the crystal waters of the nearby lake shine. From intimate dinners to grand 300 guest sit-down receptions, the award-winning heritage-listed property strives to ensure your post-ceremony celebrations exceed expectations. Dance the night away in the converted, 100-year-old 'Pulpshed', looking out upon the lawns, woodlands, and lake. Alternatively, relax in the charmingly rustic 'Gatehouse', which boasts panoramic views of the countryside and surrounding lakes.

Glenmore Country Estate, Hunter Valley

Looking for a private, country venue that gives you and your guests five-star treatment? At the top of our list is Glenmore Country Estate - the perfect spot for the whimsical yet bold bride.

Located in the Hunter Valley (yes, that's wine country), an easy 3.5 hours north of Sydney, this venue boasts country charm with a luxurious edge. Although it's close to nearby establishments, when you're on the property, it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere - pure bliss!

In addition to heralding some of the most tranquil views the valley offers, the venue includes the artfully preserved and newly renovated homestead that sleeps eight, plus the classic country barn that can hold around 100 guests. The ideal setup for those who want the simplicity of holding everything in one place (ceremony and reception) yet still want that "wow factor". 

Owned and operated by the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, your big day is made better (and easier) with food and beverage options tailored to you by the best in the biz. In addition, a dedicated wedding coordinator is there to help you curate the space to suit your needs and make sure that the day is as beautiful as it is memorable!

Luna Park, Milsons Point

What could be more fun than a ride on a rollercoaster, followed by a ceremony with some of the best Sydney Harbour views on offer? For the couple seeking a venue with a little colour and amusement, Luna Park is one of the most iconic wedding venues.

'Brides on Rides' aside (yes, that's an inclusion), Luna Park is not merely fun and games. With several stunning rooms available for hire, the waterfront park has something that will appeal to everyone.

Case in point: the mesmerising Crystal Ballroom. With its ceiling to floor windows overlooking the harbour, there's little question why this is one of Sydney's most popular wedding venues.

Conclusion

So, if you're on the hunt for an Australian destination wedding venue, we hope our list has given you some ideas of places to explore. Of course, this is just a starting point – there are plenty of other amazing venues waiting to be discovered. We wish you all the best as you continue your search and hope that our guide has been helpful.

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