Getting married in Sydney? Here are some of the key points you need to know;
●Dinner with your beloveds with a scenic Sydney Opera House view before the wedding
●Climb to the Harbour Bridge for a breathtaking panorama of the city and harbour to have a great kickstart to your wedding weekend
●Walk around The Royal Botanic Garden on your wedding morning to ease the stress
●Fantastic wedding photos at the beautiful Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral in the background
●Relax at the world-renowned Bondi Beach with your partner the day after your wedding
Wedding Venues in Sydney
Sydney offers lots of different reception and ceremony venues in every type, style, and size from the garden to the beach, small to big, cheap to rustic with its magnificent harbour and strategic position.
Sydney Outdoor Wedding Venues
Sydney hosts many types of wedding venues, especially waterfront ones. Since it is a hotspot for the world's finest and most famous beaches with more than 100 beaches, beach weddings are popular. It is hard to think of a Sydney venue without water views. You can have your ceremony on a boat or on the beautiful sands. However, they are not the only popular ones. There are also many other types of outdoor reception venues. Garden facilities between forests are a huge favourite among couples, especially in autumn with the weather neither too hot nor too cold. Whether small and cheap or big and luxurious, these venues are out of this world! Barn and farm weddings are also in high demand since Sydney is the ultimate place to go for homesteads, barns, and farms that celebrate rustic simplicity and wild beauty. Besides, it is easy to move your reception indoors in case of unfavourable weather conditions. Also, if you’re dreaming of your special day with open-air vibes, uninterrupted horizons, and panoramic city views, rooftop venues are the perfect choice for you. There are other endless options of unique facilities with all-inclusive packages for every budget. Don’t forget to check golf clubs!
Sydney Indoor Wedding Venues
Indoor ceremony venues constitute a big part of Sydney’s best venues. You can choose your wedding place from many historic buildings all around the city. Most of the churches and chapels are notable and beautiful old sandstone structures with long heritage and tradition. They mainly exhibit Gothic architecture with original stained-glass windows and magnificent steeples. Castle weddings are also popular among history-loving couples who want to feel like royals. The other indoor reception venue with a long heritage and tradition is Sydney Town Hall. Since there is a high demand, do not forget to reserve it as early as possible. Perfect art deco-themed weddings can be created here! For couples who want to combine the old and new, warehouse venues can be ideal. However, if you want everything about your special day to be modern, there are many hotels mostly located in the city centre for you as well. You can have your bridal shower, engagement party, indoor or outdoor ceremony, reception, and functions in these hotels by saving time and earning discounts. Or you can have a restaurant wedding in many exclusive, sophisticated restaurants with spectacular Sydney Opera House views. Finally, you can also hire a mansion or rent a beautiful house for your special day. Wedding venues in Sydney are the best!
Frequently Asked Questions
Below, you will find answers to the questions we get asked the most about Sydney weddings and venues. You can find some useful information regarding your upcoming special day.
What is the best time of year for a wedding in Sydney?
For their weddings in Sydney, most couples choose to marry in autumn and spring. These seasons are popular due to the mild temperatures, incredible light, and the colour palette with the flowers blooming or the trees shedding leaves, which are the perfect time for rustic weddings. However, everyone's taste is different, and summer and winter have other kinds of pros as well. In winter, you can create a cosy environment, guests can wear suits or jackets comfortably, longer reception times with the sun setting earlier, and most importantly, winter months tend to have some of the lowest average rainfall. There are plenty of florals to choose from and calm, mild evenings to enjoy in outdoor wedding venues in summer. Decide on the pros and cons of the season and choose the best venue according to your preferences.
What are the popular wedding styles in Sydney?
Not surprisingly, the most popular weddings are rustic in Sydney. Most of the rustic venues include heritage buildings, picturesque lakes, ponds, and magnificent gardens. Romantic bistro chairs, strings of delicate, globe-shaped bulbs, mason jars with a wood backdrop are among the popular decor for these facilities. Moreover, the rustic style goes well with country venues as well. Cosy cottages and farmlands as well as more formal estates with the view of mountains rising in the distance, can you think of a more relaxed and casual time far from the city chaos in these unique and hidden wedding venues? If not, the country style is perfect for you! Also, couples who want to have a fantastic weekend away choose boutique venues for simple yet beautiful weddings since nearly all of them offer on-site accommodation. Finally, there are many other style options for your special day such as industrial, eco-friendly, luxury, Jewish, Indian, and many more.
How to find budget wedding venues in Sydney?
As mentioned above, there is a high demand for wedding venues in spring and autumn. Therefore, marrying in the Summer or Winter and having a reception or ceremony on weekdays costs less, and the chance of finding cheap venues is higher. By reserving the facility early as possible, you can also get discounts. Prices of the Sydney CBD venues are usually higher, so going to the western and eastern suburbs to get better deals is a good idea. Considering non-traditional and unpopular facilities might be another option. Also, having a morning wedding instead of an evening reception will lower your costs significantly. Last but not least, getting all-inclusive packages will relieve you both money and timewise on your special day!
Are there any major events in Sydney that we should consider when planning our wedding?
Sydney Wedding Expo is the perfect location for all couples getting married. It brings together over 120 vendors including an array of the florist, photography, makeup, reception venues, jewelry, planners, marriage celebrants, stylists and many more with future married couples.
Sydney New Year's Eve fireworks are an unforgettable experience that is known worldwide. The display takes place in the skies over the harbour and creates striking water displays. It creates a magnificent view with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House as the backdrop.
Also, the Mardi Gras festival and Sydney Harbour Regatta events definitely should not be forgotten when planning your special day!
Should we consider any wedding venue locations near Sydney?
While most people might think of the harbour or beaches when it comes to Sydney, the western and eastern suburbs are hiding some exceptional historic and elegant spaces too. These parts of the city offer hidden and unusual venues. Historic mansions, modern function centres with spectacular gardens and ornate bridges, warehouses, castles, vineyards and many more... Popular suburb destinations are Docklands, St Kilda, Eltham, Sorrento, Epping, and Essendon.
How much is a wedding venue in Sydney?
Whether you are looking for an intimate reception or one of the biggest weddings, Sydney is the perfect location. You can find function or reception venues with different capacities, from small function rooms and intimate venues with all-inclusive packages to the grand halls and top venues for your big, luxurious wedding. You can also check different small wedding ideas and locations to elope with your partner in front of your immediate family and a few of your closest friends.
From the vast array of Sydney wedding venues, you can choose the one that suits your budget and tailor it with reception and ceremony packages according to your needs and preferences. Before you start looking for a venue, put together a full list of all your requirements and costs. Consider everything from size to what to wear. Then start looking for it. The city offers the best wedding facilities for every budget. There are many affordable function rooms and reception centres with cheap packages that probably would make you say, ‘Wow, did I search for free venues to marry?’. Jokes aside, you can easily have a budget wedding under $100 per head. However, if you're looking for a fancy reception, luxury venues are at your service as well!
How far in advance should you plan a wedding in Sydney?
Most couples start planning their weddings at least one year ahead exact date. If you plan to have a spring or autumn celebration in a beautiful outdoor venue, you should book it as soon as possible since there’s a high demand for venues during these seasons. Start with basic steps such as deciding on your budget, guest list and venue. Then dive into the details such as decorations, accessories and wedding flowers. The sooner, the better!
What questions should I ask when looking for a wedding venue in Sydney?
It's important that the Sydney wedding venue you choose can accommodate all of your needs, so you should ask the necessary questions and everything on your mind to be sure. Start with general questions such as venue’s capacity, availability on the day you need, booking hours, included rooms and more. Continue with questions about set-up, decorations, food and alcohol. For outdoor weddings, don’t forget to ask whether they have a back-up rain plan. Photography, parking, music, and payment are the other things you should get information about.