It’s a time for the Aussie flag to be celebrated – and don’t we Aussie’s love a party?! It seems fitting with Australia Day on the horizon to delve into this wonderful Country of ours’ hottest and newest additions to the Australian venue crew.
From gardens to rooftops and from city to country, we’ve rounded up 12 brand new (or beautifully revamped) wedding or engagement party venues from right around Australia! Some of these diverse event spaces and locations may even take your fancy as your bridal shower, hen’s or buck’s party venue too.
1. Butler Lane – Richmond, Victoria
Can’t decide between an industrial warehouse or a garden party space for your wedding? You can have both at Butler Lane. Deftly combining indoor and outdoor celebrations (and the added bonus of zero stress if Melbourne’s fickle weather decides to turn), this new space boasts a foliage-strewn masonry backdrop for your ceremony, a mostly blank canvas to style as you wish, plus a delightful menu by Peter Rowland (yes, you can have their famous chicken sandwiches).
Capacity: 180 seated, 200 standing.
2. O Bar and Dining – Sydney, New South Wales
O Bar and Dining now welcomes couples dreaming of an intimate-yet-luxurious wedding to their exclusive salon; the Louis Roederer Private Dining Room. Not only will your guests enjoy the spectacle of the glittering, panoramic of views of Sydney and beyond, but you’ll have a team dedicated to creating the wedding reception menu of your dreams and styling the already lustrous space.
Capacity: 28 seated, 45 standing.
3. Bert’s Bar & Brasserie – Newport, New South Wales
If a little heritage is what your wedding is crying out for, Bert’s might be the reception venue for you. Decked out in 1930s-by-the-seaside style – complete with cane furniture, plush booths and ornate period antiquities – we already know Bert’s can make a mean martini. We just can’t decide whether we like the bayside views or the Champagne bar the most! Let’s discuss the matter over oysters and the aforementioned bubbles here, shall we?
Capacity: 150 seated.
4. Beresford House – McLaren Flat, South Australia
Nestled amid sprawling vineyards you’ll find Beresford House. They’re all about luxury here, with furniture imported from Europe, world class McLaren Vale wines and lush on-site accommodation for the bridal party. There’s a grand gallery room, a choice of al fresco terraces and the house itself to take advantage of for your special day. But if you want it you’d better get in early, the owners only accept a limited number of weddings each year.
Capacity: 140 seated, 150 standing.
5. Brighton Receptions – Brighton, Victoria
Formerly known as the International of Brighton, Brighton Receptions has reopened under new ownership for a very limited time. Until April 2019 and June 2019 respectively, the venue is hosting classic weddings in their Georgian Room and Ballroom. With a monochromatic colour palette and period features, the space is making memories that will linger for far longer than it physically will. Get in quick. Capacity: 550 seated, 800 standing.
6. Rathborne Lodge – Sydney, New South Wales
Nestled in the leafy surrounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Rathborne Lodge has recently become available for small-scale special events, including weddings. Built back in the 1850s, the lodge’s sandstone walls were once home to the Governor’s gardener (lucky gardener!). With both inside and outside options for your ceremony and/or reception, imagine celebrating in the carefully restored boardroom or under the stars out on the terrace.
Capacity: 22 seated, 50 standing.
7. The Stables – Buttai, New South Wales
If you’re dreaming a rustic, country or farm style wedding ceremony, the new Stables at Buttai Barn might be just the spot for you. You’ll just have to travel to the Hunter Valley to find it! Envision the old timber construction strung with thousands of glinting fairy lights and strewn with hay bale seating, barrels for cocktail tables at pre-reception drinks and wreaths of gum leaves.
Capacity: minimum 85.
8. Ciao Cielo – Port Melbourne, Victoria
Now here’s a courthouse wedding with style! After moving into the old Port Melbourne courthouse, upscale Italian diner Ciao Cielo is all set to host weddings. Inside, their dining room looks like a million bucks (well $1.5million to be more accurate) and with those banquettes they’ve got your “something blue” already covered. Next door is the “bocce garden” which we think would make for a cute ceremony location.
Capacity: 65 seated, 120 standing.
9. Hi-Line – Burswood, Western Australia
Rooftop bars are having a moment so why not get hitched while perched atop one? The spacious Hi-line rooftop bar at Crown Perth is available for private bookings. This airy venue comes dressed with chic seating, greenery and natural timber. Plus twinkling Perth city skyline views by night add to the summery on-top-of-the-world vibes. This one’s only open during the warmer seasons of the year though.
Capacity: minimum 80.
10. Marnong Estate – Mickleham, Victoria
There’s over 1,100 acres of farmland at Marnong Estate including 35 acres of grapevines – so you’re sure to fit all of your friends and extended family in here! The only problem is choosing where on the property to celebrate! Do you choose the classy, glass-y atrium room, the leafy courtyard, the modern Angliss dining room or even out among the vines? Or choose a few spaces on the historic estate for different stages of your day – it’s up to you.
Capacity: 250 seated, various standing.
11. Half Acre – South Melbourne, Victoria
Looked after by the dream team caterers at Food & Desire, Half Acre was a former 1900s-era mill now well and truly transformed into a glorious events space. It’s industrial but not too industrial. Urban but not too urban. A blank canvas that’s not boring. But it’s definitely big! The cavernous ceilings and open floor plan here are warmed up by exposed brick, natural wood…and all of your favourite party people.
Capacity: 264 seated, 400 standing.
Photography by Sayher Heffernan.
12. Sunlover Funlover – Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Now here’s something really different! No need to settle for a plain old beachside wedding when you can literally get wed (and wet) out on the ocean. Sunlover Reef Cruises have opened up the Arlington Reef floating platform for special events. There’s an underwater observatory, space and sound facilities for live entertainment, power and even a pool for your littlest guests. Yes, you can now take the plunge and then take a plunge!
Ms Zebra Says: WOW! How incredible do all of these great spaces look?! Only thing now is to decide which one…!