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Vintage Wedding at Oatlands House


Navarra Venues encompasses four amazing venues spoiling brides with a choice of style, location and of course endless themes. Luxury Weddings teamed up with Navarra Venues and the best in the wedding industry to bring you four unique themes across their four venues.

Welcome to Oatlands House…

Oatlands House is the newest addition to Navarra Venues and this Grand Georgian Mansion lends itself to a vintage inspired wedding complete with lush gardens and a pillared terrace. We used a colour palette of soft pastels with mismatched detail and eclectic decor to bring our vintage theme to fruition. However each ballroom in cremes, gold, champagnes and taupe will be well suited to any chosen colour scheme. Our bride looked the part in soft lace gowns and barrelled curls, complemented by delicate vintage inspired headpieces. We used a horse and carriage to deliver our bride, but a vintage Rolls Royce would be equally appealing. The blossoming trees, floor to ceiling windows, luxurious carpet and panelled walls present romantic photo opportunities for a bride and her party. At Oatlands House you can play on the romance of yesteryear and enchant your guests with old world glamour…

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Credits: Photography Phillip Massa & Simon Bernhardt of Divinity Photography Stylist Victoria Black Hair Stylist Jill Hutchings Makeup Artist Amy Chan Hair & Makeup using MAC Florist Nat’s Flowerlicious Cake Project Cake Stills Stylist Styled By Linda Gowns Karen Willis Holmes Gown worn whilst on horse Diane Lewis Couture Headpieces Viktoria Novak

Luxury Weddings’ Honeymoon Picks


A luxury wedding is not complete without a luxury after party for two – your honeymoon. For most couples this will be the most romantic holiday they will ever have. It is a time to splurge on all the extras, choose that suite, include a massage and delight yourselves with the degustation menu. Our luxury  honeymoon picks feature out of this world architecture, comfort trimmings fit for royalty, all in exotic locations most will only read about. Whether you decide to soak up the atmosphere of Italy or the heat of the tropics, these resorts are all about opulence and grandeur and your expectations will be forever lifted.


Tucked away in the Tuscan countryside, Borgo Santo Pietro, a lovingly restored 13th century villa, sitting in 13 acres of enchanting gardens is a bespoke luxury private retreat. The estate was originally a resting place for pilgrims en route to Rome. Today it has been restored to its former glory with rooms individually designed with period furniture and artisan decoration to create a sense of Tuscan glamour and history. Opulent bedrooms, luxurious spa treatments, fresh off-the-vine food and discreet, yet attentive service are set in a dramatic backdrop of orchards, ornamental and organic gardens and a fresh water infinity pool. This hidden jewel is the perfect place for lovers of perfection to escape to.

For further information visit www.borgosantopietro.com



With a backdrop of snow capped mountains and perched on the edge of a valley in the Atlas Mountains, Kasbah Tamadot is as romantic and luxurious an escape as you are going to get. With its peaceful courtyards, intriguing staircases, landscaped gardens, five-star spa, infinity pool, superb Moroccan and International cuisine and breathtaking views, you will leave the hustle and bustle of the world behind you. Decorated with opulent furnishings, elaborate mosaics and magnificent carved wooden ceilings and doors you may find it hard to venture further than the resort. When you do tire of lazing by the pool you can go trekking, horse riding and hot-air ballooning. A perfect retreat for lots of lounging and loving. Kasbah Tamadot is part of Sir Richard Branson’s portfolio of unique retreats so you know it’s going to deliver.

For further information visit www.kasbahtamadot.virgin.com



Surrounded by the wild natural environment and positioned on an elevated plateau along the southern coastline of Bali, Alila Villas Uluwatu is the perfect tranquil spot to let the world go by. This remarkable resort is conveniently located only 30 minutes from the International Airport.  Each villa has its own private pool and pavilion and comes with magnificent vistas of dramatic limestone cliffs that sweep down to the ocean. Combining luxury living, contemporary style and Balinese-inspired design, each villa is fully equipped with modern day technology for today’s globetrotter. This is honeymoon heaven.

For further information visit www.alilahotels.com



El Palauet Living, Barcelona, a member of Design Hotels, is located in the city’s most prestigious central spot, offering guests access to the best and most vibrant of this incredible Catalan city’s soul. A collection of six exclusive apartments each spanning 150m² combine an eccentric blend of modernist architecture and structural ornamentation with the simple grace of contemporary and classic design and luxury. Guests are invited to unwind in the private spa lined with local stone and a delicate glass or relax in the Finnish Sauna, massage room and relaxation areas. A private assistant is available to take care of any logistical arrangement, maximising the comfort of an individual’s stay and minimising the hassle of everyday life.  The ultimate private sanctuary in the city.

For further information visit www.elpalauet.com



The X2 Koh Samui resort occupies five acres of undeveloped beachfront on the southeast coast of Thailand’s third largest island, Koh Samui. The X2 resort, pronounced, “cross-to”, is a member of Design Hotels and offers guests a new dimension in laid-back luxury. It’s all about unpretentious pampering and privacy without isolation. Guests can relax, explore or socialise to their hearts’ content in a peaceful and undisturbed environment. The main activity is relaxation. The resort has a unique spa and impressive outdoor massage pavilion. The Pavilion has only two beds and is situated on 1 acre of land providing an unbelievable sense of space and freedom so typical of X2. This is a great place to chill out.

For further information visit x2resorts.com/resorts/samui/


Luxury Wedding Details


Sometimes it’s the smallest things that can have the biggest impact. While looking at the big picture is important, remember to pay attention to the details too.


The easiest way to get started on your wedding details is to find your theme: your colour palette, the style of your wedding and what makes it unique. Starting an inspiration board or scrapbook will help you to collect and collate ideas and to organise your thoughts into an overall vision. Use the Modern Wedding colour tool to browse inspiration by colour or follow Modern Wedding on pinterest and create your own virtual pin board.

Once you’ve got an idea of what you’d like your wedding to look like, then you can start to think about the details. Your overall theme and colour palette will dictate the type and style of your wedding details. For example: a night time celebration with a modern style and monochrome colour palette could have simple, contemporary invitations and stationery, clean crisp white flowers in modern black vases and a unique black and white cake.


Your invitations, save the date cards and RSVP notes will be the first taste your guests get of the big day. Consider them carefully. They’ll set the tone and give guests an idea of what to expect. Well-executed stationery can get people excited about your wedding, even if it’s 12 months away!


Flowers are a key wedding detail, as they often form a large part of the colour palette and décor. Clip some ideas, make an appointment with a trusted florist and talk through what you want. Talented professional florists will be able to give you advice on bouquet shapes; flowers that are in season and floral combinations that will help you achieve your desired look.


It is the sweet end to the sweetest day. Cake designers and decorators can achieve incredible things. Be imaginative! Remember, the classic  white wedding cake doesn’t suit everyone. Put a little of yourself and a lot of your theme into the design, and ask for something unique. Your cake doesn’t even have to be a cake. It could be an elaborate cheese and fruit display, a tower of cupcakes or macarons, even a croquembouche.


It’s time to celebrate. Your choice of entertainment will set the tone for the festivities. You may wish to dance the night away to a DJ and light show, or if you’d prefer to mingle and chat, a five piece Jazz band might be more your speed. Music is key, but there’s other entertainment too. Surprise your guests with a tribute band that will get them in the mood to party, blow their minds with some fireworks, or provide a photo booth, some silly costumes and props, then sit back and watch the fun.

Image Credits: Photography Liesl Cheney Photography Styling B.Loved Weddings

Wedding Photography Style


Photography is the creation of future memories. Your story is precious and can be captured only once. The creators of imagery and art, photographers hold in their hands the power to stop time and create images that are as immortal as romance itself, so picking a style that suits you is important.


Within the wedding photography genre there is a plethora of photographic styles. Some photographers like to photograph traditionally; setting up posed scenes. Others like to document the celebration akin to a photo-journalist – very little direction is placed on the couple, the photographer captures the story of the day without interrupting. Weeks later when it comes time to see the wedding album, the results are very different, hence the importance of choosing a photography style that reflects both your wedding and your personality.

Modern Wedding recommends flicking through the pages of our magazine and noting the wedding photographs that most appeal to you. From there you can garner an idea of what style would best suit your wedding day. Remember, your wedding photos can only be taken once so choose a photographer that you trust. Interview a few candidates before you make your final decision and make sure you read the full contract before handing over a deposit.


Some wedding photographers like to set-up and ‘style’ each photo. They will capture the predictable moments of the day, arrange the family and group shots and give a lot of direction to the newlyweds and their bridal party. The result is a collection of photos perfect for those who like posed captures in beautiful settings.


Candid photographs are taken without the subject’s knowledge and therefore they are not posed. In the last decade candid photography has become incredibly popular in the Australian wedding industry, receiving many accolades because of its ability to capture true emotion. Most photographers who advertise themselves as candid photographers will also take a few staged photos to ensure there’s a few expected shots within the emotive captures. Indeed, candid photography requires skill and a good eye so look for a photographer with a lot of experience and a superb reputation.


It’s definitely a niche part of the industry but fun photography is delightful for those with a good sense of humour. Props can include stylish hats, fake mustaches and empty photo frames. Balloons and streamers are wonderful too. A styled shoot like this requires forethought and will usually happen after the ceremony and before the reception.


For the bride who has always wanted to be featured in a magazine shoot. The photographer will offer direction and perhaps even light the area to ensure a beautiful result. For picture perfect images Photoshop will be used to enhance the look of the bride and groom – flawless skin is guaranteed.


If you hire a photographer who describes himself as a photojournalist chances are you won’t be aware of his presence on your wedding day. Perhaps that’s a little presumptuous but you get the drift. The wedding photojournalist will never orchestrate an event or set-up a photo. Subsequently your wedding album will be a series of moments that tell the story of your day. Of course, your photographer will be open to specific photo requests – just remember to ask!

Remember, your wedding photos can only be taken once so choose a photographer that you trust. Interview a few candidates before you make your final decision and make sure you read the full contract before handing over a deposit.

Image Credits: Photography GM Photographics

Luxury Wedding Style


A wedding is an event designer’s dream – the opportunity to turn your memorable day into an unforgettable experience. Decorating a ceremony and reception venue requires a penchant for detail, a love of entertaining and exquisite taste of food and wine. Event designers leave nothing to chance as they bring together the very best in style and talent to create a wedding of insurmountable beauty.

Preston Bailey Flowers

The most memorable weddings reflect the lifestyle and personality of the bride and groom – the flowers, lighting and decorations serve to enhance the newlyweds. Celebrity event designer Preston Bailey recommends that when planning your wedding you should forget about the price tag. “Indulge yourself by thinking about what you would do if you had a limitless amount of money. Then, once you’ve thought about that, think practically about some cost-effective ways (they are out there) you can reach that goal.” Imagine your dream wedding with all the trimmings and go from there. Be inspired by the sumptuous events of millionaires and let your imagination be your style guide.


There are three aspects of your wedding that demand attention – flowers, lighting and table decoration. Lighting dictates the atmosphere of the ceremony and reception. While sunlight and starlight can create natural ambience, the allure of a log fire or hundreds of tea light candles automatically create charm. Magnificent candelabras and strategically placed lighting can emphasise the most beautiful aspects of your event.


However, we live in a technological age and if you are anything like Colin Cowie, an authoritative figure in event design, you will embrace recent lighting trends and create a dazzling spectacle at your reception.”With LED capability, a single instrument gives you the ability to create any color combination. Even better, I like the idea of using all battery operated lights with transmitters to allow a totally clean and cord free installation. With technology, you are only limited by your imagination.”


Traditionally the flowers in the bridal bouquet were also the decoration for the ceremony and reception. International trends are moving towards an array of colour and flower varieties to make a clear distinction between the ceremony and reception. Some couples are planning after-parties so their guests can party till dawn – another opportunity to splurge on beautiful blooms.

Indeed, a luxurious reception can be imaginatively achieved on any budget. While awe-inspiring lights may inspire you, it is the reception tables that require the most careful attention. Their visual appeal is paramount to creating a beautiful space. Firstly, bring to mind the reception venue. Recent trends have seen different shaped tables throughout the room with the dance floor being the focal point. Magnificent floral arrangements are popular as centerpieces but ornate crystal wear, candles and beautiful linens ensure the details have been attended to. Some couples are choosing to use vintage cutlery and crockery to add an element of old-world charm to each setting.


Luxury Weddings got in touch with professionals in the business for some stylish ideas, advice and trend predictions:

UK based event designer Mark Niemierko suggests the following luxury ideas: Hire large vintage mirrors and have a calligrapher write your wedding menu on them in white paint, involve your guests – ask them to send in a DJ request with their RSVP card, ask your makeup artist to stay behind until the evening dancing with an assistant or two to offer ‘Makeup Touch-up Bars’ – ensuring your female guests look their best all day/night long. If you’re having an outdoor ceremony on a hot summer day? – have your Order of Services printed on fans to keep the ladies cool.

Anthony Del Col, famous Australia-wide for his inspiring visions and breathtaking wedding styling advises couples to keep their canvas neutral. “Use lots of beautiful floral arrangements to bring your colours through. Also suspended ceiling decorations such as chandeliers and floral structures have become an elegant addition to a reception,” says Del Col.


The team at Your Event Solution recommend dedicated spaces, separate to the main area, such as lounges, bars and purpose-built stations like dessert, cocktail or candy buffets. “These will remain high on the must-have list, while the little details will still be key in creating a polished overall look.”


Nathalie Green of Pillingers Hiring Service sees parks and gardens becoming the biggest venue craze. “An exquisite location with panoramic views, or stunning surrounds is likely to be snapped up quickly! Brides are really taking advantage of the great outdoors.” The Pillingers Team has also noticed that elegance is back. And so is the white wedding!


Looking to the next 12 months, Carly Laczko of CL Weddings says she’s excited about the return of luxurious style. “We are looking at a big return to luxe!” she smiles. “We’ll still be seeing an abundance of flowers and personal details, however I truly believe that luxurious fabrics and stylish decor will always be on trend.”


Be inspired by the weddings of others but when planning your own remember that personal is always memorable.

Image Credits from top to bottom: 1. Preston Bailey floral design 2,3,4. CL Weddings 5. Staging Connections 6. Preston Bailey Floral Design, photography by John Labbe 7. Styling by Oscar + Ruby, photography by Milton Gan 8. Cathrin D’Entremont Weddings, photography Natasja Kremers Photography 9. A Lavish Affair 10,11. Splendid Days 12. Styled By Belle, photography by The Wedding Birds

Bridal Jewellery


Worn to enhance her features and complement her gown, wedding jewellery holds its own as an integral part of a bride’s costume. an indulgent purchase that is a keepsake for life. Inspired by the regal brides of the opulent past or created by contemporary jewellery designers, wedding jewels should catch your eye, be worn with pride and stay in your heart, forever.


When selecting your jewellery, take into account the style and time of your wedding, the type of gown you’ll be wearing, the neckline and how you’ll style your hair. For example, a morning wedding where simplicity is the order of the day may require little more than a simple necklace and pearl drops, but a night time soirée with a theme of glitz and glamour allows you to be a little more elaborate. Indulge in a statement jewelled collar or cuff and a pair of blingy chandelier earrings.

When it comes to choosing the all important engagement and wedding rings, it’s no longer a case of one size fits all. The simple gold band and solitaire diamond ring might be all you’ve ever dreamed of, but if you’re looking for a way to personalise the most important jewellery you’ll ever own, it’s never been easier. Start by selecting your diamond, remember to take into account the four C’s (cut, colour, clarity and carat weight) as well as the diamond’s shape.

A diamond’s shape is its silhouette when seen from above. New cutting techniques and technology now mean there are numerous shapes that take the world’s most treasured gem beyond the classic brilliant cut. Each shape has its own way of revealing the radiance that is unique to diamonds. Whether you choose a round, pear, oval, princess, marquise, emerald or heart shaped diamond, or elect to stick with the classic brilliant cut, be sure to choose a setting that shows off your stone’s beauty.

Wedding bands have also come a long way; the range of shapes, styles and materials available is wider than ever before. Your wedding bands are a symbol of your love and union and thus, should represent you both and fit in with your personal style. You can even go so far as to have your fingerprints cast into your wedding bands, forever a symbol of your uniqueness.

Your wedding jewels should be an indulgent purchase, a keepsake for life. Whether they’re inspired by the regal brides of the past or created by a contemporary jewellery designer, wedding jewels should catch the eye, be worn with pride and be true to your personal style, so you’ll be able to wear them for the rest of your life.

Image Credits: Rings Diamond Occasion

The Allure of Couture


A couture wedding gown is more than the ultimate fashion purchase. It is a fashion experience. When a bride sits with a designer in her atelier and witnesses an idea become a sketch, a sketch become a silhouette, a silhouette become a bespoke wedding gown, she knows, only then, the wonder and beauty imbued in couture. 


Haute Couture is a French term meaning ‘high fashion’ or referring to a garment created with only the very best fabrics and embellishments, handmade by only the most experienced couturiers, especially for a specific person or occasion. A couture wedding gown is made to order, to your exact measurements and requests.

When you hire the services of a couturier, you can expect the very best service and finished garment. At your first consultation, the designer will sit with you to discuss your requirements, the style of gown you like, any materials you have in mind and what kind of finishes and embellishments you’re looking for. Bridal couturiers are experts at creating a style to suit your unique body shape, concealing any flaws and flattering your best assets.

Expect to try on several samples, it will help you to get an idea of what suits you, what type of gown will be suitable for the style of your wedding and the time of day. Couturiers are likely to also try and get a feel for your personality, so they can design a dress that suits you perfectly. You may not like everything about a sample, but remember a couturier can take pieces from each gown and craft something completely new. You’ll discuss fabric, fit, finishes, silhouette and embellishments with your couturier.

At your second fitting you’ll be able to try a toile, or test garment, that has been made of your gown. A toile is usually made of linen to give you and the couturier an idea of what the finished product will look like. All the major adjustments will be made and then transferred onto the pattern before the fabric is cut. During the next visit, your couturier will fit the outer shell of the gown and, at a following fitting, the lining will be added and the hem marked.

By the final fitting, your gown will be almost finished, aside from any beading, buttons and finer details. At this fitting you’ll schedule the pick-up date, where your gown will be completely finished, pressed and ready to wear. Couturiers ensure that your gown is ready in plenty of time, to allow for any last minute adjustments.

Couturiers are not just dressmakers or seamstresses. They are fashion designers with years of experience. The difference between a couture gown and a gown made by a dressmaker is much like the difference between having your portrait taken by a master photographer, who has an artistic eye, a flair for direction and lighting and knows how to enhance your best features and having it taken by someone who knows how to operate a camera.

When you indulge in a genuine bridal couture gown, you’re not just paying for a designer’s name on the label. Bridal couturiers are experts in their craft, and they use every technique, skill and all their experience, not to mention their creative genius, to make your one-of-a-kind gown absolutely perfect. After all, your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion and you deserve to have the gown you’ve always dreamed of, expertly crafted, fitted and finished by the very best in the business. And that is the allure of couture.

Image Credits: Photography Justin Aveling Gown Personalised Weddings

Lust-Have Bridal Jewellery Favourites


The ultimate expression of indulgence, a bride’s jewellery should be a beguiling affair of the heart. Be it styled after the opulent baroques, the classical Victorians or the cutting edge artistry of the 21st century, fine wedding jewellery romances the eye and captures the imagination..


Set yourself apart with Cartier’s exquisite, classically designed earrings featuring brilliant-cut diamonds, set in platinum.


Tiffany & Co Rose Gold Cuff: An Art Deco rose gold and diamond cuff certain to set off any gown and become a treasured piece of jewellery.


Fairfax & Roberts Engagement Ring: Handmade platinum and diamond ring featuring a 1.0 carat pear cut diamond. Perfect for any modern day princess.


Mark Cotterell Gemini Ring: This beautiful 18 carat white gold men’s wedding ring carries the encrypted initials of both the bride and groom framed by the two outer rings. The initials are only on one half of the ring symbolising their yet to be written destiny.


Tiffany & Co’s new brilliant yellow diamonds set in platinum and 18 carat gold and surrounded by small white diamonds, are designed and created to the highest level of sophistication.


Dior Fine Jewellery ‘Précieuses Rose’ necklace in white gold and diamonds.


For that important occasion in your life, one that will be forever memorable, celebrate with a Tiffany & Co diamond celebration ring in platinum and 18 carat yellow gold that will last for all time.


Fairfax & Roberts Princess Collection Ring: In 18 carat white gold featuring a stunning aquamarine and diamonds. For women who celebrate their own style of royalty.



Fletcher & Grace vintage glamour bow compact mirror.


Swarovski Molly Necklace:  A gorgeous vintage style collar featuring crystals and hand-painted Baroque pearls.


MDT Design Ring: This exquisite 18 carat white gold pave set diamond cocktail ring with pink tourmaline is as red as the heart that beats only for you.



Tiffany & Co Diamond Art Deco Pendant and Earrings.This oh-so-unique 18 carat rose gold set mixes beautifully with other metals, so it’s destined to become an instant heirloom.


Tiffany & Co Soleste Ring: Almost like having a star on your finger. This exquisite stone throws light and rainbows wherever it goes.


MDT Design Marquesa Ring: Contemporary style reigns with this 18 carat white gold split band featuring a tension set marquise diamond.


Fairfax & Roberts Drop Earrings: A statement earring incorporating white gold and white diamonds. The round art deco style is sure to become an heirloom.



Cartier ‘Captive de Cartier’ watch, large model, rhodium-plated white gold set with diamonds totalling 2.77 carats.


For the most important moments in your life, celebrate with a classic Tiffany Celebration ring.


Royalty, Riches & Romance – Couture Wedding Gowns


Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime occassion and you deserve to wear the perfect dress. Why not indulge in an exquisitely crafted, one-of-a-kind gown, designed especially for you? For more on couture gowns click here.


Gown Velani by Nicky Accessories Bill Hicks Jewellery Design
Shoes Cinderella Bella


Gown (Left) Rhonda Hemmingway Couture Accessories Autore Gown (Right) Lora Eliss Headpiece & Gloves Lora Eliss Earrings Bill Hicks Jewellery Design


Gown Karen Willis Holmes  Necklace Autore Earrings & Ring Bill Hicks Jewellery Design Suit Carbone Custom Made Clothiers – Master Tailors

Wedding-Dress-Left-Emoda-Couture-Wedding-Dress-Right-Basilica-CoutureGown (Left) Emoda Couture Accessories Bill Hicks Jewellery Design Gown & Earrings (Right) Basilica Couture Ring Bill Hicks Jewellery Design

Gown (Left) Peter De Petra Accessories Autore Suit & Shoes Carbone Custom Made Clothiers – Master Tailors  Gown (Right) Judith Valente Bridal Couture Accessories Bill Hicks Jewellery Design

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Gown (Left) Mary Ioannidis Couture Accessories Autore Gown & Accessories (Right) Catherine R Couture

Photography Justin Aveling  Stylist Rosemary Slade Stylist’s Assistant Kathryn Kessler Creative Director Kimberlee Kessler Hair Stylist Paula Hibbard, The Art of Hair  Makeup Artist Julie Elton with M.A.C  Accessories Autore  & Bill Hicks Jewellery Design  Shoes Cinderella Bella  Location Ruby Rabbit, Sydney

Wedding Reception Venue Style


Luxury Weddings come in all shapes and sizes with one thing in common – the ‘wow’ factor. There are so many places to to host your party of a lifetime each with a unique flavour to call your own. 


The Function Space

For those of you who are planning a big wedding with all the trimmings, a function centre can be an all-in-one solution. Most employ their own wedding coordinator and many even have a specialist events team, dedicated to helping you plan to perfection. An intimate gathering of 20 or a lavish affair of up to 500 is catered for with ease at a function centre, because special events are their focus. They can handle just about anything, providing not only the room, but also food, flowers, table décor, cake and often even tricky details like invitations, photography, transport and wedding night accommodation. If you’re a busy couple, it can be a huge relief to allow their events team to take care of everything, but even if you want to be involved in the process every step of the way, they can offer suggestions to help make sure you can find what you want. Ask about local suppliers for entertainment, flowers and cakes, and they’ll be happy to answer all your questions and ensure that everything comes together perfectly.

Luxury Weddings recommends:

Doltone House 

Navarra Venues – Oatlands House, Le Montage, Conco D’oro, Curzon Hall

Zinc at Federation Square

Miramare Gardens

Zest Waterfront Venues

Melbourne Town Hall

Simmer on the Bay

Dunbar House

Butleigh Wootton

The Springs Golf Club & Function Centre

Heaven in a Hotel

If you’re looking for a little luxury, why not indulge in a complete wedding package at one of the many four or five star hotels dotted around Australia’s major cities. As well as offering event rooms, they can also take care of your wedding night accommodation and guest accommodation. Being centrally located is sometimes a key factor in choosing a venue and hotels often boast some of the most breathtaking city views available. With a focus on hospitality and service, why not treat yourselves and your guests to a gorgeous reception with a host of options afterwards? Many hotels offer packages that include accommodation for the bridal couple on the wedding night, with a few little bonuses thrown in to make it extra special. Late checkout, champagne breakfast, limousine transfers, chocolates, spa treatments… nothing beats a little indulgence on your special day.

Luxury Weddings recommends:

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

Bells at Killcare

Water @ Pier One

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Swissotel Sydney

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

The Restaurant Style

For the trendy foodies there’s a plethora of options for your reception. The stylish Modern Australian restaurant just downtown with a warm wooden interior and a wine list to die for? Your favourite cocktail bar? Chances are they’d be over-the-moon to host your reception. They all present a unique option for not only venue, but menu! Most restaurants are more intimate and relaxed than purpose-built reception venues and in terms of style – take your pick! Greek, Turkish, French. A rustic country themed bistro or a contemporary cocktail bar close to the buzz of the city. You could even transform your local pub’s outdoor area into an enchanting space with fairy lights and candles, or create a gorgeous romantic atmosphere with draping and throw pillows at that delightful Japanese place around the corner. The sky’s the limit.

Luxury Weddings recommends:

The Bathers’ Pavilion

Jonah’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotel

Ricky’s River Bar + Restaurant

Pilu at Freshwater

Iconic Location


If you’re looking for something a little different, why not investigate iconic and world-class venues like the Opera House, inner city art galleries or a historic locale? You could include a tailor-made tour of the venue as part of your reception, and dazzle your guests with your stylish selection, some entertainment or a rundown of the venue’s unique history. In Australia you don’t have to go far to find a beautiful historic location, but if you’re looking for something a little different, consider historic venues further outside your comfort zone, take a mini getaway to seek out those that are further afield for a touch of rustic country style.

Luxury Weddings recommends:

The Sydney Opera House – catered exclusively by Aria Catering

Taronga Centre

The Venue Collection within The University of Sydney

The Mint

Outdoor Elegance

Looking to celebrate outside? What a perfect way to enjoy all the splendour of the Australian landscape. Look for gorgeous gardens, stunning beaches and enchanting vineyards, you’ll find your city or local area simply brimming with opportunities for a little al fresco entertaining. Arranging an outdoor celebration is a little bit of work – we recommend hiring an event planner to help with all the logistics – but there’s additional decision making which will fall onto you. But with the beauty of the Australian outdoors providing a breathtaking backdrop for your festivities and photographs, it’s well worth the extra effort to make your day one-of-a-kind.

Luxury Weddings recommends the following suppliers to turn your outdoor dreams into reality:

Patti’s Hire

Pillingers Hiring Service

Your Event Solution

Image Credits: GM Photographics
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