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If you are planning a wedding in Melbourne there are so many fantastic local venues you will be spoilt for choice. For the perfect wedding, Melbourne has a wide selection of venues from five star hotels, to chic restaurants, stunning garden locations, and intimate romantic settings. Here are a few of the popular venues for your Melbourne wedding.
Hotel venues for your Melbourne wedding
One of the most popular hotels to hold a Melbourne wedding is the Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne. Wedding receptions are held in the Plaza Ballroom which has beautiful art deco architecture with beaded chandeliers and Victorian silk drapes. The Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne can cater for between eighty and three hundred guests for a cocktail style wedding, and between eighty and one hundred and fifty for a sit down lunch or dinner.
The Royce Hotel, a five star boutique hotel on the famous St. Kilda Road, is another stylish venue for your wedding in Melbourne. Wedding ceremonies can be held in the hotel courtyard, followed by a reception in either the traditional Royce Ballroom with its stunning domed ceiling, or the more contemporary Dish Restaurant.
For a truly luxurious Melbourne wedding, the Hotel Windsor offers receptions for between ten and four hundred guests. A range of receptions, from simple afternoon teas to dinner receptions are held either in the smaller Winston or Canberra rooms, or the Grand Ballroom. The Hotel Windsor provides a wedding co-ordinator as part of their wedding package to make sure your big day runs smoothly.
A spectacular river side hotel for your Melbourne wedding would be the Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne. Wedding ceremonies and receptions are held either in the elegant function rooms, or in an all weather fairy-lit marquee in the gardens, and this venue can cater for two hundred guests. Add a unique touch to your Melbourne wedding by arriving via a boat ride up the Yarra.
Restaurants to host a wedding in Melbourne
The Treasury Restaurant is a unique and elegant venue for your Melbourne wedding, located in the former Bank of Australasia, built in 1874. The décor includes marble floors, breathtaking chandeliers, golden cornices, and a mezzanine floor which is perfect for pre-dinner drinks. The Treasury Restaurant can accommodate one hundred and fifty guests for a sit down meal, or up to three hundred and fifty for a cocktail style reception.
The Willows Restaurant is one of the most picturesque buildings to hold a wedding in Melbourne. The spectacular façade provides an excellent setting for your photographs, while the minimalist interior and superb cuisine make this Melbourne restaurant a particularly chic wedding venue.
The Bluestone Restaurant and Bar is a flexible and uniquely designed venue for your Melbourne wedding. The restaurant has two sections, both available for exclusive hire. The opulent ground floor restaurant, with luxurious and richly coloured décor, can seat one hundred and forty guests for dinner. The less formal bar area can also seat one hundred and forty guests or eighty when the dance floor is used. The two parts of the restaurant can be hired together for the ultimate Melbourne wedding. For great wedding photos, Melbourne landmarks such as Federation Square, De Graves Street and the Yarra River are within walking distance.
Attractive garden wedding venues in Melbourne
For nature lovers, it would be hard to find a better wedding venue than The Terrace, located at the heart of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. Wedding planning is made easy at The Terrace as the experienced staff are on hand to help with every detail of your big day.
The décor of the Terrace combines earthy tones of brown, green and taupe, with accent colours including pink, aqua and aubergine. This colour scheme reflects the botanic setting and provides a superb blend of elegance and contemporary style. The Terrace can accommodate up to four hundred guests for a cocktail reception, or two hundred and twenty for a sit down meal.
An alternative Melbourne wedding venue set in a beautiful garden location is The Pavilion, Fitzroy Gardens. After a unique garden ceremony, your guests can continue to enjoy the exquisite views through the full length windows of The Pavilion, or from the outdoor terrace. This stylish and contemporary venue can seat one hundred and twenty guests for a sit down meal, or two hundred guests for a cocktail party.
Unusual and intimate Melbourne wedding venues
If you want to hold your wedding at a Melbourne icon, Chloe’s Rooms at the famous Young & Jackson Hotel is the place for you. This stylishly renovated venue accommodates sixty to one hundred and fifty guests and overlooks St. Paul’s Cathedral, Federation Square and Flinders Street Station. As well as the beautiful portrait of Chloe, this charming venue boasts leather ottomans, antique mirrors and mantelpieces, and solid wooden tables.
Another ideal location for an intimate Melbourne Wedding is 171 Dorcas Street, designed specifically for functions of under one hundred guests. This venue boasts old world charm with a touch of New York cool, and offers your guests stunning drinks in a unique atmosphere.
For a riverside wedding in Melbourne, Leonda By The Yarra is a venue designed with wedding receptions in mind. Surrounded by willows, the location of this venue allows you to arrive or depart by boat while your guests sip drinks on the riverside balcony.
A new and unusual wedding venue intended for exclusive use is Rattlers, located in the heart of South Yarra. Built in the 1800s, the historic exterior is matched in elegance by the recently renovated modern interior. This Melbourne wedding venue includes a large dining room, a room with a dance floor, a bar area perfect for a champagne reception, and an outside courtyard. Rattlers can seat one hundred guests for a sit down dinner.
For a truly memorable Melbourne wedding, Butleigh Wootton is a specialist events venue which has an old-world charm, with a contemporary twist. This magnificent venue can seat one hundred and twenty guests for dinner and features a beautiful hand carved staircase, a European style garden terrace, and a silk lined marquee.
Photo opportunities for weddings in Melbourne
Your photos will be a key memento of your big day, so it is important to find the perfect photo location for your wedding. Melbourne has an abundance of picturesque photo locations including the Aquarium, the boatsheds, bridges and banks of the Yarra River, the Royal Melbourne Zoo, the Docklands Precinct, St. Kilda Botanical Gardens, Chinatown, the Treasury and Fitzroy gardens, the Williamstown Foreshore, Brighton Beach Boxes, and various locations in the CBD.