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Recommended Wedding Venues

There are so many wedding venues in the Melbourne, Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula areas that I have enjoyed working at, that I have decided to compile a list in order to help couples who may still be searching for  a wedding venue that fits their requirements.

This list does not intend to be exhaustive or comprehensive, instead offering a stamp of approval from a Melbourne wedding photographer that has attended and photographed a wedding at this venue.

Venues which have not taken care of me on the day (ie. given me a crap meal, when a couple have paid for a full one), been rude, not treated the guests well, or not shown enough respect, class or simply don’t deserve to be recommended, have simply been scratched from the list and won’t be making an appearance!  If they’re on this page, they’re doing things right and keeping clients and other weddings suppliers happy!

 

Melbourne

Leonda by the Yarra

Mountain Goat Brewery Beer. Lots of it. It gets a tick from me.  If it’s a hot day, it can get stifling though as it’s an industrial space used for brewing beer so doesn’t have air conditioning.  They do have some huge fans which are fine for most of the time – it’s just those days when it’s exceptionally hot that it gets a bit sweaty.  On the upside, there is plenty of cold beer for cooling down!

Another small brewery option for hosting a wedding is at Two Birds Brewing in Spotswood.  They have a brewing and bottling hall that is also used for functions and events.  Half industrial, half cool, it’s worth a look if you’re a craft beer lover.

Butleigh Wootton is now sadly closed. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens to this beautiful old building with it’s grand staircase and ornate ceilings. Hopefully someone makes good use of it and make it into an amazing family home!

Sketch

The Luminare

Who doesn’t love a little National Trust action?!  The Stables of Como are a new venue this season, but all the right ingredients are there and it’s looking great so we’re looking forward to shooting the first wedding there in a couple of months time.

Another National Trust beauty, is the elegant Rippon Lea Estate in Elsternwick.  Nestled in Elsternwick, less than 10km from Melbourne CBD, the nineteenth century mansion is surrounded by 7 hectares of gardens so has plenty of wedding photography opportunities without having to leave the venue.   It’s often popular with couples looking for a classic or vintage feel, and is also just around the corner from another of my favourite National Trust listed properties, Quat Quatta.

Eynesbury Estate

Stokehouse

Enoteca – I hear it’s currently undergoing renovations after changing ownership. More as I get it…

Circa

Encore, St Kilda

Sails on the Bay

Treasury on Collins

The Substation

The Glasshouse

Looking like it’s been plucked from Bavaria and transplanted to the Melbourne suburbs, Montsalvat is a beautiful artists colony hidden away in the hills of Eltham. There really isn’t anywhere else like it in Melbourne and I encourage you to take a look at it.  It has several great options for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, as well as acres of rambling gardens for photography.

If you’re a yoga fan then you might have come across Greenfields already. It’s philosophy is one of wellness and looking after oneself.  The food is excellent, and the regular yoga classes are popular.  It’s also pet friendly so there are plenty of walkers and their dogs to be found there at the weekend.  The venue also works well as a wedding venue with it’s clean and fresh style well suited to being decorated as you wish. Nearby Albert Park lake has good options for wedding photography, especially around sunset as it backlights the reeds and gives a decent view of the sunset.

Werribee Mansion

Butleigh Wootton is now sadly closed. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens to this beautiful old building with it’s grand staircase and ornate ceilings. Hopefully someone makes good use of it and make it into an amazing family home!

Another impending closure that we heard about this week on the wedding grapevine is the International of Brighton (most people just call it the Brighton International!) which has apparently been sold to developers for apartments.  More as we get it…

Close by in Highett, 40rd is being talked about alot lately – in a good way! A blank canvas type warehouse venue. Bright and versatile.

Regal Ballroom, Northcote

Spring Street Events

Meadowbank Receptions in Campbellfield to the north of Melbourne has become very popular over the last few years with it’s manicured grounds and rustic feel while still only a stones throw from the city.

Originally owned and run by Masterchef’s Gary Mehigan, Fenix is a popular event and wedding venue located above the banks of the Yarra River in Richmond.

White Lane is a new (opened Sept 2017) event and wedding venue located on Flinders Lane in Melbourne CBD. Offering a blank canvas type space with whitewashed walls and sensational dining.

True South, Black Rock A restaurant and on site brewery. Can you where this is heading?!  Sounds like a perfect venue to me!

Also on the bay is Sandringham Yacht Club with great views towards the city as well as south toward Half Moon Bay and Red Bluff.

Now thankfully closed, The Willows, NEVER made my list of recommended wedding venues.  It really doesn’t surprise me that it’s all come crashing down!

Yarra Valley & Dandenongs

Stones of the Yarra Valley

If you’re looking for a rustic wedding venue in the Yarra Valley without paying a fortune, Inglewood Estate is a good option.  Nestled in the hills at Kangaroo Ground, it’s a lovely country-feel wedding venue without the Yarra price tag. It’s got loads of great options for wedding photography, friendly staff and the food had been excellent each time I’ve photographed a wedding there.

Projekt 3488

Mt Rael

Once the home of the Australian opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba, Coombe at Melba Estate is now a fine dining restaurant set amongst beautifully manicured gardens and historic buildings. Although it doesn’t seem to market itself as a wedding venue it’s been hosting some pretty swanky weddings over the last year or two.

Mount View Estate in the beautiful Yarra Valley is not strictly a wedding venue, but luxury accommodation that is well suited to hosting weddings and private gatherings.

Gum Gully Farm

If I’m in the Yarra Valley I love to visit Zonzo – great for coffee, lunch or a wedding!  Stunning views and great options for wedding photos. There is plenty to keep you entertained close to Yarra Glen, including the fabulous Tarra Warra Estate and art gallery. In fact, there are probably a few too many excellent choices for both lunch and wedding venues in quite a small area. I guess there are worse problems to have…

The Piggery Cafe at Burnham Beeches is another favourite place to graze when I have a day off, but also works brilliantly for weddings.

Immerse

Swallow Field Vineyards

The Log Cabin Ranch

Acacia Ridge Winery

Seville Estate

Killara Estate

Yering Station

Mornington Peninsula

Baxter Barn

Jackalope

Royal Hotel, Mornington

The Briars

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Red Hill Estate

Tussie Mussie Vineyard & Retreat

Eagle Ridge

Monalto Vineyard & Olive Grove

Point Leo Estate

Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne

All Smiles, Sorrento

Tanglewood Estate

Trofeo Estate

Ten Minutes By Tractor is ideal for more intimate sized weddings, with seating for up to 50 guests.

Lindenderry at Red Hill

The Baths, Sorrento

Kyneton, Bendigo, Ballarat, Macedon Ranges & Rest of Victoria

Campaspe House

St Agnes Homestead

Lake House, Daylesford

Convent Gallery, Daylesford

Euroa Butter Factory

Mimosa Glen Homestead

Harcourt Valley Vineyards

Roomba’s, Mt Aitken

Torquay, Geelong & Great Ocean Road

Lorne Beach Pavillion

Terindah Estate

The Minya

Mt Duneed Estate

Shadowfax Winery

Campbell Point House

Beyond

Pericoota Station

Shangri-La, Coral Coast, Fiji

 

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