So, you’ve said “yes!” and now it’s time to plan this once in a lifetime event… your wedding!
Picking a venue can be both exciting and overwhelming. You want a location that reflects both you and your partner, but also fits your guests, has that catering you desire, is easily accessible and creates the perfect backdrop for photos… just to name a few.
Not to worry! We’ve collated a list of venues that suit all tastes – whether you’re after a unique, romantic, quirky, fun or traditional wedding we’ve got you covered. Have a scroll below to discover some hidden gems.
Artisans of the good life, Zonzo Estate pride themselves on providing their guests with heart-warming authentic Italian food in a relaxed environment. Create memories enjoyed with loved ones over shared tables abundant with food and paired with the perfect drop from the vineyard.
Located one hour’s drive from Melbourne and a 15-minute drive from Healesville, nestled in the stunning Yarra Valley sits Zonzo Estate. The property features three beautiful location options within the vineyard to choose from –
The Capella – A modern take on the traditional chapel. The building is encased in sleek black panelling providing a striking contrast against the natural greenery that surrounds it. Ideal for the modern couple who are after something classic but with a contemporary feel.
The Barrel Room – A majestic barn style space surrounded by rustic wine barrels. Leave the barn doors open and allow the breathtaking view of the Yarra Valley to be the backdrop for your nuptials
The Grounds – The perfect spot for an outdoor ceremony – boasting the best views of the Yarra Valley. Walk down the luscious green-grass isle towards a backdrop of the vineyard and rolling hills.
Nestled in a sweeping bend of The Yarra River and only 4kms from the city, the Abbotsford Convent & Children’s farm is the perfect wedding location for the couple who want the convenience of being near the city while being surrounded by nature with a farmyard feel – you can even visit the paddock of pigs if you so desire – a truly unique photo opportunity!
The venue has three superb locations to choose from-
The Good Shepherd Chapel – The 1986 bluestone Chapel located in the grounds of the convent. It features stunning wooden domed ceilings and stained-glass windows. A beautiful backdrop for a traditional ceremony.
The Oak Tree – The 100 year old Oak tree creates the perfect canopy to say your “I Do’s.” This ceremony site is conveniently located along the Yarra River within the Collingwood Children’s Farm and Abbotsford Convent precinct – a truly magical setting.
The Heritage Gardens – Tie the knot in the picturesque Rose Garden with the historic convent as your imposing backdrop. A beautiful location entwining nature and history effortlessly.
As you drive through the suburban streets of South Morang toward Farm Vigano, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re headed to someone’s backyard for your wedding venue! However, that is part of the charm and appeal of this place – as you turn the corner and drive down the dirt road, you will suddenly be transported to Tuscany, Italy and be blown away by the stunning view of the vineyard and rolling hills – truly a hidden gem!
The property, with house, farm buildings, and designed landscape, provides the last tangible physical association with Mario and Maria Teresa Viganò, and demonstrates their remarkable contribution to cuisine, hospitality, culture and the arts. Mario Viganò is the patriarch of Melbourne’s, and probably Australia’s, most prominent restaurant family. The Italian food served here is exceptional and is as traditional as you can get!
You have the freedom to choose to have your wedding wherever you desire within the property. Perhaps a ceremony on the lush green lawn in front of the restaurant, with cocktail hour on the balcony and the reception inside the restaurant looking out over the expansive view, it’s up to you!
Nothing says romance like being married among the butterflies at the Melbourne zoo! Your guests can enjoy a celebratory champagne while admiring the graceful beauty of the giraffes or sip cocktails by the tiger enclosure.
A one-on-one animal encounter can also be arranged for you and your partner – what a way to remember your special day!
They have several function rooms and menus to choose from and can tailor your wedding to your heart’s desire.
Situated Just an hour and half from Melbourne city, nestled in the ancient granite boulders of Tooborac sits the picturesque Mimosa Glen. You have the whole property to yourself and can choose to utilise one or all three of the spaces provided – these include:
The Woolshed – Recently renovated, the woolshed features a large open plan with glass sliding doors which open onto a spacious deck area. The ancient Tooboorac granite boulders and tranquil McIvor Creek can be see through the large timber framed windows.
The Wedding Rock – exchanging vows atop a majestic rock boulder is a popular choice for many couples. The Wedding Rock offers breathtaking views of the Mimosa Glen landscape and towering Tooboorac mountain ranges.
Country Gardens – Property owner, Sue Anderson prides herself on and is incredibly passionate about maintaining the Mimosa Glen gardens. She has skilfully planted the grounds to include both annuals and perennials which offer inspiring seasonal colours all year round.
Have your bridal party stay with you the night before in the beautiful homestead and relax together before your big day!
A ‘dream come true’ wedding venue located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD is the Plaza ballroom located within the majestic Regent Theatre.
The ballroom dates back to 1929 and boasts elaborate Spanish Rococo architecture, a grand staircase entry and magnificent chandeliers.
The Plaza Ballroom was awarded ‘Venue Caterer of the Year’ and is unmatched in history, elegance and grandeur.
This building with its uniquely Melbourne character, incredible views and historical charm is a popular choice for the contemporary couple who want a venue with an edge and some spunk!
Located within the pumping station, the boiler house and engine room are expansive spaces which can accommodate large parties. Both spaces have an impressive industrial aesthetic and have various access options for making an impressive entrance!
Within the formal gardens of the stunning Werribee Park Mansion sit The Refectory. Choose from eight unique ceremony locations to suit your style.
The majestic gardens surrounding the Refectory feature, but are not limited to, the ornamental lake and grotto, glasshouse, heritage-listed trees and expansive lawns.
If you’re after a venue that oozes romance and historical charm, then The Refectory at Werribee Park Mansion is for you.
Located on the world-renowned heritage site, Phillip Island, this charm-filled venue has been lovingly restored to enhance and celebrate its original features and character. It has a warm rustic ambience and is a blank canvas ready for you to create your dream wedding.
The family who own the property see The Shearing Shed as an extension of their home and welcome visitors with open arms, making you and your guests feel comfortable and immediately relaxed.
The team of chefs that cater the venue delight your tastebuds with a menu of modern Australian cuisine, celebrating local and seasonal produce.
By Prue Bell