Of the many things that need to be considered, the perfect wedding venue is high on the list. While there is a lot to consider when choosing the perfect spot, the task is made easier because Melbourne has some of the best wedding venues in Australia.
The right wedding venue helps make your day special, and it should contain some personal elements to help achieve this. You also want it to look amazing. This will be the space where you start your new life, and the photos need to look great!
To help with your decision, we’ve listed some of Melbourne’s finest wedding venues. There is enough variety to appeal to all tastes, budgets and sizes. So read on to find the perfect spot for one of the most important moments in your life.
Three main questions will help you find the right wedding venue, and you should ask these immediately before you fall in love with a space to save possible disappointment:
In no particular order, we’ve detailed Melbourne’s ten best wedding venues to help you find the perfect spot for your special day. Think about the must-haves for your location, and see how they match up with these stunning spaces.
Fargo and Co is a revitalised 1907 heritage bank located in Richmond which is a popular after-work drinks spot. It also happens to host a range of function options perfect for a wedding! This sleek art deco-style bar comes complete with a rooftop terrace.
There are three options available depending on the size of your wedding:
Known for their cocktails and cocktail-inspired food (espresso martini waffles exist here), you’ll be able to delight your guests with Patron chocolate sauce, white chocolate and meringue kisses and plenty more from the menu.
The iconic Imperial Hotel on Bourke St was established in 1863, making it the third-oldest pub in Melbourne. The inside, however, is newly refurbished, inclusive of a stunning rooftop beer garden that sits right in the heart of Melbourne CBD.
Situated right next to Parliament station, your guests will be able to head to and from your wedding with ease. The venue also offers several spaces, so you can pick the best option for your wedding size. These include:
A fun addition to your wedding menu at The Imperial could be their build-your-own hot chocolate. Your guests can create a concoction with a base of Kahlúa, Baileys, red wine or choc-mint mezcal for something a little different.
Celebrate your big day right in the heart of Chapel Street with the Imperial South Yarra. The menu covers a range of contemporary small dishes perfect for sharing, or you can opt for classic pub meals, pizzas and burgers for something more substantial.
The Imperial offers a range of function spaces along with an experienced functions team to help you plan your big night. You can choose between the following areas of the venue for your wedding:
Chapel Street’s party precinct is obviously the perfect spot for the biggest party you’ll likely ever throw! The Imperial can help make it one to remember.
If you love the grunge of St Kilda, the Newmarket Hotel is the perfect spot to celebrate your nuptials. The balance of modern and retro funk of the Newmarket Hotel offers character in spades, creating a truly unique feel for your big day.
There are plenty of function spaces to suit your needs, and these include:
Music lovers will adore celebrating in what is usually a thriving gig space called the Hummingbird, which hosts local shows every week. This hidden gem of St Kilda draws influence from the classic Aussie pub with some trendy additions to create a modern atmosphere.
Your wedding will look amazing with 180-degree views over Melbourne’s city skyline and Yarra River! River’s Edge Events offers a sophisticated and minimalistic setting with neutral tones, polished concrete floors, and industrial styled lighting; the perfect canvas to style your wedding.
The venue is suited to receptions from 50 to 180 guests if you want to include a wild dance floor space. Alternatively, you can set the room up in a more relaxed cocktail style which lifts the capacity number to 550 guests in total.
Rivers Edge has operable doors which allow for amazing customisations, meaning smaller wedding parties can enjoy an intimate ambience. However, the highlight of this space is the two stunning Juliet balconies that look out over the Yarra. Start your evening with a great view, cocktails and canapés, then move inside to get the party going. You’ll have all the help you need with the events team, who provide comprehensive event consultation before your reception and seamless execution of the evening, so you can relax and have the night of your life.
The Studley Park Boathouse backs onto the Yarra, carving out its own little rowboat oasis. Many duck families call the waterway home topping off one of the most romantic spots in Melbourne and, therefore, a great spot to celebrate your wedding!
This location balances the feel of new and old perfectly with tailored menus and three incredible spaces to customise your event:
All of these options offer a beautiful setting in which your family and friends can dance the night away with great food and excellent service from the attentive and helpful staff. If you are looking for a fairytale wedding, Studley Park Boathouse is the perfect location.
The Duke of Wellington has a lot of function spaces on offer, so you can enjoy the perfect spot right in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. The friendly and professional crew will work closely with you to ensure your budget, theme and catering boxes are ticked, so you can relax and enjoy the party at Melbourne’s oldest licensed pub.
Choose from the following options for your reception:
Your wedding menu at The Duke can include Australian and international dishes, pub classics and tasty share platters covering something for everyone. If you and your partner love a good pub, this is the spot for your biggest party yet.
For a wedding that people will be talking about for years to come, choose the beautiful setting of Albert Park Lake. The Park is a venue that offers tranquil views from an open and stylish warehouse filled with natural light from all angles.
For receptions from 50 to 500 guests, you can easily configure the space to suit your needs. The outdoor, covered balcony is perfect for cocktails and canapés before moving inside for a bespoke menu or interactive Food Station.
Everything will be perfect thanks to the skilled events team, who will ensure style and elegance at every angle. The venue houses chandeliers, a mirrored statement bar, and large arched windows. Dream weddings are held here; it’s as simple as that!
The Provincial sits in what we like to call “the fun part” of Fitzroy, and it offers an amazing rooftop that will have you partying over the bustle of Brunswick Street below. If you have ever spent time in this area, you will have likely already familiarised yourself with one of Fitzroy’s most popular spots.
The venue caters to a range of function sizes and types (including plenty of undercover options as well). You can choose from the following:
If you and your partner consider Melbourne’s north to be a special area (possibly due to many great nights out) The Provincial will help you cement it as part of your history.
The Smith in Prahran is known for amazing share plates and an in-depth cocktail list. Split into two sections, Mr Smith (dark and masculine) and Mrs Smith (bright and minimalist), this venue is home to Chef Michael Lambie, who offers a creative menu that will have your guests heading back for seconds.
The space is divided up into sections and capable of holding up to 200 people with canapé and set menu options along with beverage packages. Choose between the following areas:
No matter what feel you are after for your reception, the tailorable options at The Smith can help create something special. If you are after something unique, you’ll want to understand the possibilities available at this venue before looking anywhere else!
When wedding bells are ringing, planners in the know enlist the help of the event specialists.
Australian Venue Co. offers the best wedding reception venues, function spaces and wedding ceremony venues for separate events or all-in-one ceremony and reception venues.
If the big day for your Melbourne wedding is fast approaching, Australian Venue Co. offers a wide selection of premium venues throughout Melbourne that tick all the boxes: panoramic or waterfront views, beautiful open spaces with high ceilings, taste-tempting menus and exceptional service.
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