Wedding Reception Venue Style

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

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