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Fall Head Over Heels For The Best Wedding Venues in Melbourne

From magnificent manors to idyllic wineries, these are the spectacular wedding venues in and around Melbourne to bookmark.

Windmill Gardens

Choosing your venue is the first wedding planning task for most couples. But where do you start in finding the perfect backdrop to your big day? If you’ve decided to tie the knot here in Melbourne, you are more than spoilt for choice as the city and its surrounds are brimming with enchanting estates ready to be transformed into the space of your dreams. From coastal to castle, these are the beautiful wedding venues in and around Melbourne we’re swooning over.

Best Wedding Venues in Melbourne: Melbourne

Rippon Lea Estate

Rippon Lea House and Garden is one of Australia’s most grand suburban estates. It's a pleasure garden of sweeping lawns, magnificent trees and a tranquil lake, making for an intoxicatingly romantic setting for upcoming nuptials.

Located just ten kilometres from the CBD, this classic wedding venue in Melbourne is where elegance and magnificence combine. Many parts of the grounds can be used for garden wedding ceremonies, and the magnificent ballroom leading out to an equally beautiful pool is an impressive setting for your evening reception.

Just picture saying 'I do' right here - it's royal levels of finery!

192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick

Altar Electric

Altar Electric

Bringing the best of Las Vegas to Abbotsford, The Altar Electric is a little wedding chapel with a whole lot of personality. The dazzling space is kitted out in a kaleidoscope of colours. From a romantic red backdrop designed by THANK YOU, BABY to a leopard-print bar and disco balls galore, the devil's in the details here — and the devil is a maximalist. 

Whether it's a classic shotgun wedding (which will set you back just $1,600) or a small wedding done differently, The Altar Electric team make it their mission to help couples celebrate their special day, without a hitch. Inclusive, accessible, joyful and colourful, the space caters perfectly to those looking for an alternate wedding experience. 

Opt for the full-blown Viva Las Abbotsford package and you'll get the ceremony, five-hours of venue hire, three hours of glorious photography, legals and paperwork, entrees and mains, free-flowing drinks and your own DJ. Or, if you're after a cheap and cheerful ceremony, skip the formalities, pick The Shotgun, and explore Abbotsford's many bars and restaurants for your reception.

Sitchu Tip: Want to take your wedding to the next level? Book an appearance from the king himself (well, almost). For $1000 Elvis will conduct your ceremony and put on one hell of a performance.

299 Johnston Street, Abbotsford 

Abbotsford Convent (Image Credit: Stewart Leishman)

Abbotsford Convent 

One of Melbourne’s more prominent historical wedding venues, the Rosina Room at Abbotsford Convent is an excellent choice for couples seeking a unique and elegant wedding venue near Melbourne CBD.

It's a spectacular setting to indulge in endless photo possibilities, historic vibes, warm hospitality, and exceptional menus from the renowned Peter Rowland Group. 

This Rosina Room boasts lead-light windows, polished floorboards, high ceilings, and exposed trusses that create an atmosphere of grandeur and sophistication. It's suitable for both intimate receptions and larger celebrations. 

Outside, the manicured gardens and historic architecture make for the ultimate wedding shoot location. 

At Abbotsford Convent, you also have three exquisite ceremony locations to choose from, each with its unique charm and character. Exchange vows under the shade of the majestic oak tree, amidst the heritage gardens, or in the original Good Shepherd Chapel. 

Whether you’re dreaming of an outdoor ceremony or an indoor setting steeped in history, Abbotsford Convent has everything you need to make your wedding day unforgettable. One of our absolute favourite wedding venues in Melbourne.

1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford 

Kenny Lover

Kenny Lover 

Is there anything cooler than an ice cream wedding? We didn't think so either! Put a ring on it at Kenny Lover, the perfect retro location for your nuptials, wedding or elopement. 

This beautiful shop in Thornbury is suited to funky couples - and is probably the coolest and most unique wedding venue in Melbourne. 

They also know that planning your special day doesn't have to be stressful, and that's why they offer all-inclusive wedding packages with matrimony specialists Renee the Celebrant & Em Jensen Creative photography (subject to availability).

Alongside that you have the freedom to choose fun extras, like an ice-cream wedding cake, or all-you-can-eat ice cream and hot chips. You’re also absolutely welcome to go all out and make the space your own. What a dream! 

796 High Street, Thornbury

Hotel Rydges 

Nestled in the heart of Melbourne CBD, Rydges Melbourne is the ideal location for a city wedding. It's so much more than just a venue though, providing a truly unforgettable Melbourne wedding experience you won't soon forget!

It boasts eleven new venues in which you can say 'I do' - including Centre Stage (ideal for grand nuptials - maximum capacity 500 people) and a stunning Rooftop Terrace with views over Her Majesty's Theatre and Chinatown. 

With a design inspired by the beauty of the Australian landscape, their modern rooms and suites also provide a peaceful and comfortable stay for you and your guests.

Each venue onsite is kitted out with the finest audio visual equipment available. There's a tailored wedding package of locally-sourced culinary delights, ensuring your celebration will be nothing short of magnificent.

Reach out to find out more about all the wedding packages this beautifully revamped hotel has on offer. 

186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne 

Aunty Kims

Aunty Kim's 

Huge devotee of Rice Paper Scissors and therefore envisioning a wedding menu of delicious South East Asian delights? Look no further than the intimate and elegant atmosphere of Aunty Kim's in Collingwood. 

We'll race you to the altar at this truly amazing wedding venue in Melbourne. It's a stunning industrial-style venue and a versatile blank canvas space that includes high ceilings, exposed concrete finishes, expansive floor-to-ceiling glass, and a stylish built-in bar. Luxe touches like striking chandeliers and velvet curtains add a touch of glamour to the ambient and inviting spaces, creating a sophisticated setting for putting a ring on it. 

Aunty Kim’s passionate and dynamic team (the same legends behind renowned Melbourne restaurant Rice Paper Scissors) will go out of their way to deliver an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. They’ll recommend suppliers, design a personalised menu featuring mouthwatering Southeast Asian cuisine, and assist with planning to ensure everything runs smoothly for your event.

Unique, bespoke, and quintessentially Melbourne. Whether you're dreaming of a big white wedding or a more cosy, intimate gathering, Aunty Kim's is who you can always rely on, until your dying days. 

92-94 Johnston Street, Collingwood 

Gather Tailor

Gather & Tailor

Gather & Tailor is a modern-rustic wedding venue in Melbourne, serving up a delightful slice of winery vibes in the city. Brimming with warm ambiance, it's the kind of place that ignites the spark within - and truly makes you want to say 'I do!' 

The gorgeous space typically works with the team from Refresh Hospitality for inventive, delicious dining experiences with seamless service.

Nudo Events team of event planners and stylists run the show here, and can easily put together a custom event planning and design package just for your big day. 

Downstairs, white-washed brick walls and concrete floors deliver cool vibes. Upstairs, vaulted ceilings with rustic beams pair with beautifully worn hardwood floors, and it’s easy to picture long dining tables filled with feasting revellers in either space. 

All that, plus a convenient location near Melbourne CBD. This unique wedding venue is the hidden gem you need to know about. 

41-59 Sims Street, West Melbourne 

Thornbury Bowls Club

Thornbury Bowls Club

Another kitschy spot for any upcoming nuptials, Thornbury Bowls Club is a retro-fitted dreamscape - and a whole lot of fun to boot!

This unique space is proudly inclusive and accessible to all, and is ideally suited for any special event. The clubhouse has catering facilities, a function space, lounge area and a well stocked bar. There is also a large outdoor deck complete with a retractable roof. 

The low-key day of your dreams can happen right here. While it might not have rolling vines or sloping lawns, it's still nuptials set upon green - and it makes for a surprisingly beautiful setting when it comes to snapping your wedding photos. 

Bonus points for having plenty of available parking nearby. 

27 Ballantyne Street, Thornbury 

The Wool Mill

The Wool Mill

Light-filled and utterly sophisticated, this gorgeous venue is one of the city's oldest wool mills. It's also one of the most popular wedding venues in Melbourne, thanks to its soaring ceilings, exposed bricks and striking black beams that hold fort as beautiful remnants of the space's former life. 

Set over two levels, there are five distinct spaces at The Wool Mill. There's a private laneway best suited for a cool set of photos, a mezzanine level for up to 136 people, the 'I do' room, a feasting hall for 180 people, and even a speakeasy bar area. Chic, much? 

The venue was designed by wedding stylists and is run by wedding planners - which is utterly divine for taking the stress out of your big day.

161 Donald Street, Brunswick East


Encore St Kilda

A quintessentially Melbourne location, Encore’s iconic St Kilda wedding venue offers couples a relaxed coastal atmosphere without compromising on elegance. Boasting worldly views over Port Phillip Bay, this sophisticated property accommodates all size celebrations with a capacity of up to 300 seated and 700 cocktail.

Brimming with bespoke amenities, the space features expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, a built-in dancefloor, and a glorious outdoor terrace overlooking St Kilda Beach. To-be-weds can prepare for the day ahead in their private bridal suites while guests take their seats for the ceremony.

Nabbing the title of Victoria’s best wedding caterer in 2018, you can rest assured the food is just as good as the views.

10/18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda

Quat Quatta

Quat Quatta

For the contemporary couple looking to add a personal touch, Quat Quatta will bring your vision to life. Marrying timeless Victorian architecture with a bespoke service offering, this magnificent mansion oozes elegance and is simply just a gorgeous place to get married.

The impeccably restored manor, regal gardens and award-winning menus lay the foundation of a truly remarkable day, but the beauty of Quat Quatta lies in the details. From champagne and oysters to whisky and cigars, nothing is too big or too small to pull off. 

17 Quat Quatta Avenue, Ripponlea

Best Wedding Venues in Melbourne: Just Outside of Melbourne

Overnewton Castle

Overnewton Castle

Dreaming of a castle wedding? Just a stone’s throw away from the city, Overnewton Castle is a spectacular wedding venue in Melbourne outer, set in over four acres of pristine English gardens.

Inspired by 16th century English and Scottish architecture, this stately Victorian homestead melds timeless charm with contemporary opulence to create a storybook setting for your big day.

Couples can take the traditional route with an intimate chapel ceremony for up to 80 guests or say their vows alfresco with a ceremony in the gardens.

Specialising in the ‘fairytale experience’, whether you want to adopt the roles of a prince and princess (horse and carriage included) or simply embellish the area with lavish decorations, their experienced team of fairy godparents will make it happen.

51 Overnewton Road, Keilor

Stones of the Valley (Image Credit: Rick Liston)

Stones of the Yarra Valley

Just a stone's throw out of Melbourne, the Yarra Valley truly has a breadth and depth of stunning wedding venues - but none more so beautiful than Stones of the Yarra Valley

Happily ever after begins right here. This stunning location seamlessly blends historical charm with modern elegance, creating a unique and unforgettable setting for your special day. From the moment you arrive, you'll be swept away by the venue's rustic sophistication and unparalleled views, making your wedding an occasion to remember for a lifetime. 

Luxury accommodation and three separate dining options are also on hand to ensure every inch of your wedding is sorted. Feast with friends and family on one of the ever-changing menus that match the exceptional seasonal produce from the Yarra Valley. 

Autumn is the perfect time to bestow your vows - when the trees and vines start to turn into a kaleidoscope of yellows and reds, providing a truly outstanding backdrop for wedding photography.

14 St Huberts Road, Coldstream

Emu Bottom

The Epicurean Emu Bottom

Situated at the foothills of the Macedon Ranges, Emu Bottom is steeped in history; a heritage property set on 62 acres that plays host to some seriously memorable weddings just outside Melbourne.

First established in 1836, Emu Bottom is the oldest homestead in Victoria and offers a unique, heritage setting for rustic, country weddings.

Surrounded by native greenery and working farmland, this iconic property is a popular choice amongst couples planning a relaxed, regional wedding. 

Managed by The Epicurean Group, who are famed for Italian ‘cucina’ style cuisine with a local twist, your wedding menu at Emu Bottom is destined be the perfect marriage of modern Australian inspirations with bountiful Mediterranean influences. Sophisticated yet relaxed, they're designed with colourful generous share platters that get guests mingling and connecting with each other and the food.

There are two wedding venues onsite; The Homestead, with sprawling lawns and manicured gardens suitable for alfresco and marquee style weddings; and The Woolshed, built in 1854 from rough hewn red gum slabs. It features exposed timbers beams and a large stone fireplace for the cooler months.

Homestead Way, Sunbury

Lyrebird Falls

Lyrebird Falls

Known as the cool, green lungs of Melbourne, the Dandenong’s temperate rainforests filled with lush fern gullies, towering trees, and rolling waterfalls have been enticing love birds forever. In the thick of it all sits Lyrebird Falls – a boutique wedding venue that is as charming as it is grand.

Choose from a garden, lavish gazebo or intimate chapel ceremony with the darling Dandenong Ranges forming the backdrop. Bringing the outside in, the recently refurbished dining room boasts floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking lush gardens and a striking waterfall.

Holding only one event per day, you and up to 120 of your nearest and dearest will enjoy exclusive access to the grounds during both your ceremony and reception.

175 Monbulk Road, Kallista

Windmill Gardens

Windmill Gardens

Vibrant and whimsical are just a few words to describe this one-of-a-kind wedding venue near Melbourne. Windmill Gardens has some of the most manicured gardens in the business, providing a picturesque backdrop for your big day.

Spanning 11 acres, you and your guests can make good use of the many stunning locations across the property, with all events hosted on site. Spring and summer weddings call for an outdoor gazebo ceremony by the lake while the charming white gabled chapel can seat up to 80 guests for a more traditional setting.

533-539 Leakes Road, Bonnie Brook

Mitchelton Winery


Located in sprawling Goulburn Valley is Mitchelton Winery and its boutique 54-room hotel. Created by renowned designers Hecker Guthrie, the property epitomises modern luxury with its infinity pool, idyllic vineyard views and natural but sleek finishings. Whether you prefer a scenic ceremony overlooking the vines or a simple celebration in a refined indoor setting, guests can savour the very best of the region. Enjoy fine dining and wine experiences to complement your taste with a tailored seasonal dining menu paired with curated estate-grown wines. Lodgings feature a private terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows so you can make the most of the breath-taking vistas from start to finish.

470 Mitchellstown Road, Nagambie

Werribee Mansion (Image Credit: Lancemore)

Werribee Mansion

One of the most impressive hotels in the country is located an easy half-hour drive from the city; to step into Werribee Mansion is to soak up the romance and history of times gone by. Sexy, opulent and grander than grand, when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding venue in Melbourne, Werribee Mansion is sure to be high on the list. Heritage-listed and effortlessly glamorous, everything from a picture-perfect location for your ceremony to a gorgeous reception venue is in one place – including a luxuriously appointed bridal suite and guest rooms for all.

Escarpment Road, Werribee South

Jackalope Hotel (Image Credit: The Ninch)


This striking boutique hotel is dripping in unforgettable design. Jet black interiors, eye-popping modern art and an outdoor infinity pool are just some of the features that have made Jackalope a popular luxury wedding destination. Say ‘I do’ on the expansive outdoor terrace, overlooking the idyllic rolling hills of the Willow Creek Vineyard before feasting on the tantalising tastes of the estate's acclaimed fine diner Doot Doot Doot.

With a dedicated events department, captivating spaces, and a focus on fine food and wine, their specialised team will work with you to plan and execute all of your requirements. Wedding parties above 66 guests are recommended to opt for a hotel buyout, giving you exclusive use of the property.

166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North 

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