Located in Melbourne, Victoria and looking for the perfect beach or waterside wedding?
Dreaming of saying 'I do' with the sand between your toes and the salty wind in your hair? You'll need the perfect beach wedding venue to match. Beach weddings are a favourite among couples looking for a casual, outdoor setting for their big day. Truly, there’s something magical about saying “I do” with your toes in the sand and the ocean as your backdrop.
When you are planning your big day, you probably want everything just perfect. One of the best ways to make sure that it all turns out the way you dreamed it to select every detail yourself personally. This way, you can choose the ultimate location, the best entertainment and the most delicious food, and craft your ideal wedding day. Are you located in Victoria, Australia planning a wedding and looking for the best beach and waterside wedding venue?
We've created an ultimate list of Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue in Victoria, Australia to save you time and money. For those located in Melbourne, we have you covered! If you have time on your hands, here is our list of the top 20 Melbourne beach wedding venues you should visit this weekend.
Table of Contents
- 1 Brighton Savoy - Beach Wedding Venue in Melbourne
- 1.1 Superb Beach Hotel & Wedding Reception in Brighton
- 1.2 Award-Winning Beach Wedding Receptions Melbourne
- 1.3 Wedding Venue Highlights
- 1.4 Beach Wedding Receptions Package
- 1.5 Wedding Reception & Ceremony Package
- 2 All Smile Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 3 Berth - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 4 Harbour Room Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 5 The Pier Geelong - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 6 Clifftop Phillip Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 7 The Baths - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Melbourne
- 8 True South - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 9 The Views Functions and Events- Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 10 Aerial Melbourne - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 11 Ascot House - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 12 Glen Erin - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 13 Bellbrae Harvest - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 14 The Farm Yarra Valley - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 15 MV Pearl Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 16 Ballara Wedding Venue - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 17 The Carousel Geelong - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 18 Lake House - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 19 The Prince Deck - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 20 Tanglewood Estate - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 21 Murray River - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 22 Waves on the Beach - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
- 22.1 Beach Wedding Location
- 22.2 Ceremony Smarts
- 22.3 Décor Elements
- 22.4 Cake
- 22.5 Backup Plan
- 22.6 Care For Your Waterside Guests
- 22.7 Seaside Rituals
- 22.8 Keep It Short
- 22.9 Back Up Plan
Brighton Savoy - Beach Wedding Venue in Melbourne
Superb Beach Hotel & Wedding Reception in Brighton
The Brighton Savoy is the area's only full-service boutique hotel and is located directly on the beachfront.
During your stay, we invite you to enjoy our full range of services including 24-hour front desk, free high-speed WiFi Internet, Seaview dining, daily housekeeping and free onsite parking, and much much more.
The Brighton Savoy has been a long-standing Bayside icon since 1967, and our award-winning facilities serve as a wedding reception venue, full-service function & conference centre with hotel accommodation, and Seaview Restaurant making us one of the finest Hotels Brighton has on offer.
Owned exclusively by the Lee Family, the Brighton Savoy is one of the premier hotels in Brighton which features the best of contemporary design with unparalleled customer service and attention to detail that only a 4-star hotel can provide.
Award-Winning Beach Wedding Receptions Melbourne
The Brighton Savoy is located directly opposite Middle Brighton Beach where you will find the iconic, colourful and world-famous Bathing Boxes. Host your wedding at one of Melbourne's premier wedding venues, featuring waterfront and beachfront ceremonies, four event spaces catering from 30 to 220 guests.
We have celebrated with many bridal couples over the last 50 years in the Wedding Industry and look forward to hosting your special day with your family, friends and loved ones.
Be assured that you will have access to an experienced wedding and events team to make your wedding day one to remember.
Wedding Venue Highlights
- Owned and operated by the Lee family for over 50 years.
- Located 12 km from Melbourne CBD on prestigious Brighton Beach.
- Hosting your wedding from 30 – 220 guests.
- Wedding reception and ceremony packages available
- Beach ceremonies in conjunction with the City of Bayside
- Photos opportunities at the world-famous Brighton Bathing Boxes
- Elegance & contemporary style
- Free onsite venue parking for guests
Beach Wedding Receptions Package
Brighton Savoy was the winner of the "Best hotel wedding reception venue from the Australian Bridal Industry Association.
Served on Guest Arrival:
- Hot Savouries
- De Bortoli Willowglenn Sem. Sauvignon Blanc
- De Bortoli Willowglenn Shiraz Cabernet
- De Bortoli Willowglenn Sparkling Brut
- Carlton Draught and Cascade Premium Light
- Soft Drinks and Iced water
- Soup or Entrée as a First Course
- Main Course (Select Two)
- Dessert (Select Two)
- Coffee, Tea & After Dinner Mints
Beverages During Dinner:
- DeBortoli Willowglenn Sem. Sauvignon Blanc
- DeBortoli Willowglenn Shiraz Cabernet
- DeBortoli Willowglenn Sparkling Brut
- Carlton Draught and Cascade Premium Light
- Soft Drinks and Iced water
- Hostess to overview your function and act as a Master of Ceremonies (M.C) if required
- Elevated and decorated bridal table
- Table centrepieces on the round mirror, with tea light candles
- Central silk floral arrangement on the bridal table
- White Linen Serviettes
- Honeymoon Suite Package Including a Deluxe Bay view Suite with Full breakfast for two and a bottle of De Bortoli Willowglen Sparkling Brut.
Wedding Reception & Ceremony Package
Brighton Savoy was the winner of the Best hotel wedding reception venue from the Australian Bridal Industry Association.
5.00 pm ceremony commences (30 Mins)
- Hostess to assist in the coordination of the ceremony and for the duration of your wedding
- Skirted table, silk flower arrangement for the registry signing table
- Red Carpet and 24 Americana chairs for guests (no chair covers provided)
5.30 pm Hot & Cold Savouries & Beverages (60 mins)
- Hot Savouries
- De Bortoli Willowglenn Sem. Sauvignon Blanc
- De Bortoli Willowglenn Shiraz Cabernet
- De Bortoli Willowglenn Sparkling Brut
- Carlton Draught and Cascade Premium Light
- Soft Drinks and Iced water
Whilst guests enjoy pre-dinner service, there is time for bridal photography At locations around the hotel or on Brighton Beach Foreshore, upon your return guests are seated, and the Grand Bridal introduction commences.
- Soup or Entrée as a First Course
- Main Course (select two)
- Dessert (select two)
- Coffee, Tea & After Dinner Mints
Beverages During Dinner:
- DeBortoli Willowglenn Sem. Sauvignon Blanc
- DeBortoli Willowglenn Shiraz Cabernet
- DeBortoli Willowglenn Sparkling Brut
- Carlton Draught and Cascade Premium Light
- Soft Drinks and Iced water
- Hostess to overview your function and act as a master of Ceremonies (M.C) If required
- Elevated and decorated bridal table,
- Guest table centrepiece on the round mirror, surrounded by tea light candles
- Central silk floral arrangement on the bridal table.
- White Linen Napkins.
- The cutting and serving of your wedding cake on platters – one per table
- Honeymoon Suite Package Including a Deluxe Bay view Suite with Full breakfast for two and a bottle of De Bortoli Willowglen Sparkling Brut
Total Package duration is 6 hours.
Beach Ceremony Back Up
Beach weddings in Melbourne are becoming a great way to celebrate the marriage of a bride and groom.
When booking your wedding reception at Brighton Savoy, you may also wish to consider a beach wedding ceremony with a picturesque view of Port Phillip Bay and the Melbourne skyline. After your unique ceremony, your guests arrive at your pre-dinner function area and relax and enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapes in the lush surroundings while you and loved ones are off taking photos in the exquisite settings of a beautiful day on Brighton beach.
All Smile Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
Specialising in extraordinary cocktail style weddings, All Smiles Sorrento Ocean Beach provides an amazing indoor/outdoor setting that will not be forgotten. Our attention to detail is our point of difference.
All Smiles Sorrento Stunning Venue
All Smiles Sorrento Ocean Beach is an exciting, contemporary venue set overlooking Sorrento's Ocean Beach, situated on Victoria's wonderful South East Coast. With 180 degree views of the ocean, and located on Sorrento's main street, All Smiles Sorrento Ocean Beach is an unforgettable place to hold your wedding reception.
All Smiles Sorrento is located just an hour from Melbourne on the exclusive end of the Mornington Peninsula. Our stunning venue is located directly on and overlooking Sorrento' famous Ocean Beach. We specialise in amazing cocktail wedding receptions which are designed for those who wish to evoke a more relaxed and less formal approach to the concept of a traditional sit-down wedding.
All Smiles Sorrento has ample lounge suites, booths and additional seating ensuring all your guests will be comfortable and relaxed throughout the duration of your event, no matter "How high the heels". We facilitate the ability for our couples to say "I Do" onsite, either indoors or outdoors perched atop the Ocean Beach with the Bass Strait as your backdrop. All Smiles Sorrento's Private Beach access also provides wonderful photo opportunities for our couples before you commence your reception and "Have the party of your Life".
All Smiles Docklands Location
All Smiles Melbourne Waterfront at the Docklands is set in a spectacular waterfront location overlooking the majestic Victoria Harbour in Melbourne. This sensational function venue with its modern architecture and high ceilings offers a relaxed environment with well-appointed surrounds, creating the perfect atmosphere for any event. With world-class facilities and sweeping panoramic views of the magnificent City of Melbourne skyline towards the famous Bolte Bridge, this wedding and cocktail venue will provide the perfect setting for one of the best nights of your life.
Our highly professional and experienced events team will ensure every step of the planning process for your event is meticulously taken care of. We are dedicated to creating an event tailored to your specific individual needs. Our attention to detail is our point of difference.
We have dedicated a large portion of our lives, helping others have the time of their lives. We've spent many years perfecting our food and drink offerings and find ourselves in a position where our guests know we have their best interest at heart. We are professionals at throwing a party and not just any party but a party you'll remember. Every aspect of our business has been constructed to make sure our guests have an amazing event; this has always been our passion.
Some say that our name, 'All Smiles' is silly they just don't get it! We, however, say that it is the total essence of what we stand for. We are extremely fortunate to have the best staff in the industry who share the same passion and values on personal service that we have since our inception in 1997. We are very proud of our amazing venues and fantastic food, but it is truly our people and the level of service they provide that sets us apart.
Not just a normal cocktail function
We aim to provide a far more social environment for you, your closest friends and family to enjoy incredible food, an amazing venue and outstanding service.
The Food Quality and Quantity
Probably the biggest concern for people choosing a cocktail style event is the food. Not just the quality, but more importantly, the quantity of food served. This is a genuine concern, as we have all left cocktail functions and gone straight to McDonald's on the way home. We guarantee that this will never occur at our cocktail functions. The other concern with food is quality and variety. No one does it better. Our menus are designed to appeal to a broad cross-section of people and are created using only the freshest of ingredients.
Berth - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
Premier Melbourne event venue. With floor to ceiling windows & breathtaking panoramic views over Victoria Harbour and the Melbourne city skyline, Berth offers a unique purpose-built event space that boasts style, sophistication and waterfront views. Choose from a range of sit down and standing event packages. Berth plays host to a range of Melbourne events to include corporate functions, weddings, birthday milestone celebrations and christenings.
Berth hosts cocktail engagements, big age birthdays, corporate parties and anything else that gives reason to celebrate!
Berth understands the importance of your special day, offering a wonderful variety of restaurant-quality finger food & by incorporating the delightful handheld mini-meals, guests are guaranteed to be well fed!
If you would prefer a traditional style dining experience offering the elegance of a formal occasion with the option to welcome guests with canapés on arrival or add shared table starters. Our team will ensure they go above and beyond to provide exceptional service & first-class food to suit your needs.
Berth Upstairs will make you fall in love all over again.
Specialising in Melbourne weddings, Berth understands the importance of your special day, offering restaurant-quality food backed by a professional team that will provide the highest level of service to make your day a truly memorable experience. Our wedding venue plays host to a range of sit down dining and cocktail standing events. Choose to host your wedding day in the heart of Melbourne at Berth. Book a site visit with our events team today and start planning your special day in Melbourne's premiere waterfront wedding venue.
Situated in New Quay Docklands, Berth is located in one of Melbourne's newest corporate business hubs and is within walking distance from Melbourne's CBD and Marvel Stadium.
Berth Upstairs is a completely private space, which can be transformed into a professional boardroom, classroom or theatrette. Berth is geared for any event with in house AV & conference equipment. Whether you require a team-building workshop, seminar, product launch or you need to organise the office Christmas party, Berth has you covered.
At Berth, we do allow external event stylists. You are welcome to organise your own suppliers or use the preferred ones on our list. We have put together a compilation of the best suppliers we have found around Melbourne. These suppliers have all done work at 'Berth Upstairs' and have a good understanding of what works in the space. We also work closely with Quest New Quay, the best local accommodation within walking distance. Check out the accommodation brochure for further details on how to book your discounted preferred rate with instant confirmation.
Harbour Room Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
With panoramic views of St Kilda beach, pier and remarkable sunsets, the Harbour Room is located upstairs at the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron. The Harbour Room has distinctive designs and furnishings, capturing the periodic character of this iconic waterfront venue.
The Harbour Room rooftop which overlooks the amazing views of St Kilda beach is the perfect event space for a variety of celebrations starting from wedding ceremonies to corporate cocktail parties.
Marquee structures (either 8mx10m or 8mx15m) can also be erected on the rooftop catering for up to 100 seated, and 150 stand up celebrations.
At Harbour Room, food&desire offers you a dedicated and highly skilled events team who ensure that every facet of your wedding is executed with the highest level of creativity, integrity and attention to detail. Most importantly, food&desire understands and embraces the request to make your wedding as special and memorable as we do.
A diverse event space, whether it be a ceremony in the sunshine or a cocktail party under the night time stars, the St Kilda rooftop at Harbour Room, RMYS is the perfect backdrop.
For the ultimate corporate event, look no further than the picturesque Harbour Room. Located on St Kilda's beach in the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS), the Harbour Room showcases some of the city's finest panoramic views. Complete with St Kilda's best 'rooftop' where cocktails are served on sunset, or a marquee (can be erected) under the stars, this venue offers flexibility and alfresco dining.
With impressive corporate catering by food&desire your conference, dinner, cocktail party or meeting will experience the highest quality of food, wine, and service.
The Pier Geelong - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
An iconic Events, Function, Conference Centre and Wedding Reception Venue on Geelong's stunning waterfront.
The Pier Geelong is a waterfront function centre, creating spectacular events with exceptional photo opportunities, some 250 metres out over the iconic Cunningham Pier, with floor to ceiling windows and spectacular uninterrupted bay views.
One Venue. The Complete Experience. This is the Pier Geelong.
All elements of your event whether it be a wedding, business event or special occasion can be held in one location, allowing guests to experience many different and unique aspects of the venue, bar and restaurant.
The venue is the largest custom-built events centre on the Geelong waterfront allowing flexibility for small intimate events of 20, to large events of up to 1000 guests.
A part of The Pier's complex is one of Geelong's most popular restaurants Wah Wah Gee, which provides an extensive range of Asian inspired food. Guests are also entertained upstairs at the exclusive Wah Bah, one of Geelong's newest nightspots. Both are perfect areas to host your dinner rehearsals, pre and post-reception drinks and a relaxing lunch post on your wedding day.
- Floor to ceiling windows allowing ample natural light
- Uninterrupted waterfront views
- Caters for over 700 guests sit down or 1000 cocktail style
- Flexibility to adjust rooms to cater for intimate occasions
- Six function room options for any occasion
- Exceptional 5-star culinary experience
- World-class audio-visual equipment
Geelong's iconic waterfront function venue is perfect for every occasion.
Experience the most unique function venue in Geelong.
The Pier Geelong are the experts in planning and catering weddings, business events and special occasions.
A wedding venue located in the heart of Geelong's vibrant waterfront precinct.
Located on the picturesque Geelong Waterfront, The Pier Geelong is the most versatile wedding venue in the Geelong and Victorian region, offering a complete wedding experience with a range of spaces and services to accommodate every moment of your big day.
Under an hour from Melbourne's CBD and just 20 minutes from Avalon Airport, The Pier Geelong is a genuinely unique function and wedding venue perched 250 metres out over the water on Geelong's iconic Cunningham Pier.
At The Pier Geelong, our reputation goes beyond our bay views and uniquely designed function and wedding centre. We are considered the leaders in premium event hospitality. Our philosophy is to continue being the pioneers in event catering and hospitality in the Geelong and Victorian region.
Your Corporate Event Deserves A Room With A View.
Our team of professional events specialists work closely with clients to deliver corporate solutions tailored to specific needs and budgets. No matter what the size or style, The Pier Geelong prides itself on delivering seamless, stunning, high-quality successful business events that will see you return year after year – from a boardroom meeting of 20 people up to 1000 delegates.
The Pier Geelong houses seven function room options for weddings, special occasions, receptions, engagement, corporate events and more in a spectacular multi‐purpose built venue. We take pride in providing Geelong and the surrounding region with the best quality service and beautiful rooms to suit every requirement. We have experience putting on exceptional functions and events.
To make a booking or discover more about what we can do for you, please do not hesitate to get in touch. A stunning wedding venue for all seasons!
Located on the picturesque Cunningham Pier perched 250 metres out over the water, The Pier Geelong is the most versatile wedding venue in the Victorian region. Our ceremony and reception venue is the perfect location for all seasons, offering effortless natural beauty with 360-degree views of sparkling water, occasional pods of dolphins swimming past, yachts sailing in the afternoon and amazing sunsets over the bay.
Our enclosed glass Terrace features retractable windows and welcomes the fresh ocean breeze and sound of lapping waves against the pier, allowing you to hold your wedding by the water regardless of the weather.
- Stay in the one spot and enjoy your Wedding Ceremony followed by…the big reveal, your Wedding Reception!
- Add a point of difference and entertain your guests at Wah Bah, perfect for your guests to relax prior or to keep partying afterwards.
The Pier is proud to be announced the 2019 Geelong Wedding Business Awards Reception Venue of the Year, as well as an Official Silver, Approved Australian Bridal Industry Academy Partner.
Clifftop Phillip Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
Whether you come for a romantic getaway, island adventure, bespoke wedding or family celebration, Clifftop is a perfect home base for your time on our wonderful Island.
In The Heart of Phillip Island
Sheltered by the native vegetation above Smiths Beach, Clifftop Phillip Island offers guests a stylish, comfortable Island experience. Our charming guesthouse offers:
- Magical views,
- Elegant light filled suites,
- A cosy shared space with fireplace, carefully stocked bar & standard sized pool table
- Delicious supper trays, & indulgent breakfasts
- Regular visits from a variety of island wildlife.
With the ever-changing waters of Smiths Beach, Pyramid Rock and Bass Strait on one side, and beautiful rolling farmland on the other, Clifftop is located within easy reach of all Island attractions including; the world famous Grand Prix track, the newly rebuilt Penguin Parade and the seaside town of Cowes. Clifftop is still far enough from the crowds to offer privacy and serenity.
Cocktails on the lawn, a ceremony overlooking the ocean, formal indoor seating for groups of up to 50 guests, cocktail parties or marquee events overlooking the ocean for groups of up to 120.
Creating Your Perfect Day
We limit the number of wedding dates per season in order to ensure that each event is custom designed to reflect your own special style and outlook, with no minimum spend or minimum numbers. We love small intimate weddings as much as we love large gala celebrations.
From relaxed and informal to stylish and refined we will be on board to make sure you have your wedding your way, with our dedicated and experienced team available to provide as much or as little support as you wish.
The Baths - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Melbourne
Welcome to the baths upstairs from birthdays, mitzvahs, product launches, corporate events, anniversaries to everything in between.
Upstairs at The Baths is a unique event space, perfect for any event big or small. Situated directly on the waterfront, Upstairs features floor to ceiling glass windows and a dramatic backdrop of the bay and cityscape. The beautiful view can also be enjoyed from the large outdoor decking that wraps around the venue.
Search no further if you are looking for a relaxed, contemporary and unique Bayside venue with superior food and drinks to host your special day.
Melbourne weather can be unpredictable, with multiple ceremony areas the elements won't catch you out.
The Baths Upstairs is Melbourne's premier wedding and events venue with breathtaking panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay, the city skyline and sunset backdrops. The versatile Upstairs venue can be customised to suit smaller weddings from 10 guests up to larger weddings of 200.
True South - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
The Perfect Place To Say 'i Do'
Plan your dream wedding day by the beach!
HISTORY OF TRUE SOUTH
Located in the picturesque Bayside suburb of Black Rock, True South holds a prime position as the areas best and biggest Restaurant, Bar and Function Space.
Once used as an auto repair shop, this modern gastro pub has undergone a colossal renovation, keeping the original facade. Still, completely stripping back the inside to create the incredible space it is today.
The talented chefs at True South offer a modern Argentinean/South American menu served in the newly converted setting. The food is designed to share with a mix of small and large dishes creating a communal dining experience.
With a range of spaces, True South is the perfect venue for any event. Our Bay View Room is a favourite for Weddings with striking views from the first-floor balcony over Black Rock beach. Smaller groups fit perfectly into our Dining Room, complete with its own bar, which can be transformed from private dining to a stand-up cocktail event.
A True South wedding is truly memorable for its location, the beautiful room and the culinary experience. Imagine the romance of a coastal wedding with Argentinian inspired food and a range of beer, cider and wines to match. With stunning views across Port Phillip Bay your guests will be blown away by the views and will enjoy the modern industrial fitout.
Conveniently located in Bayside, we offer flexible seating arrangements and indoor and outdoor options. Our approach to dining is a fusion of the modern and traditional; our dishes are designed to share with family and friends in a communal atmosphere.
We specialise in both cocktail and seated events and will tailor our Argentinian menu to suit. Our fresh, industrial event space is the perfect canvas to transform into a space that reflects your personality and style.
Cocktail | 180 max
Seated | 90 max (70 with dance floor)
Celebrate Your Special Day With Us!
Located on the upper level, True South enjoys elevated and uninterrupted spectacular views of the beach from the elegance of the Bay View Room with its abundance of natural light. Mesmerising sunset views await you and your guests while you celebrate your wedding day at this amazing location.
With a modern contemporary feel, the Bay View room provides an exciting and unique alternative, to the ever-present predictability of mainstream reception venues. The Bay View room is a complete canvas waiting to be transformed to your individual taste, guest list and budget. Your guests will be blown away by our modern Argentinian menu, which can be tailored to meet individual dietary requirements. If this isn't enough, capturing the perfect wedding photo couldn't be easier with the beach conveniently located just across the road.
Our wedding coordinator, Rebecca, and banquet staff provide experience and dedication to ensure your day is a huge success. We will provide you with ongoing support and assistance from initial enquiry through to your wedding day.
Not sure where to start? Let us help you get started today!
The Views Functions and Events- Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
The Views is Port Melbourne's only beachfront conference venue and is located only minutes from the CBD and 20 minutes from Melbourne Airport. We offer free parking onsite and are uniquely placed to host your next meeting, conference or special event.
We are a division of Life Saving Victoria and revenue from The Views is used to support the community activities and charity work of the broader Life-Saving Victoria organisation.
We have 5 separate meeting spaces, all featuring stunning elevated views over Station Pier, Port Phillip Bay and the Port Melbourne to Brighton coastline. With an abundance of natural light from our floor to ceiling windows overlooking the water, we offer a relaxed yet professional environment for delegates or the perfect backdrop for your special event.
Flexible floor plans allow for intimate boardrooms for 10, complex multi-room setup for educational and planning days, dining rooms for 180 guests and theatre-style presentations for 300.
The addition of the Boulevard Bar, two ground floor boardrooms, access to the beachside deck and adjoining beachfront grassed area for outdoor activities, means we can deliver the venue best suited to your event's needs.
Our spaces are fitted with integrated AV equipment including data projectors, 100" screens, wireless microphones, speakers and WiFi as standard inclusions. We have a range of specialised equipment including 4k data projectors, video conferencing available on request and can provide full technical support if required.
Our London trained Chef and kitchen team can work with you to create the ideal package to suit your guests, culinary tastes, and your budget. You can choose from one of our standard packages, or we can develop a custom menu just for you.
Beach Wedding Venues in Melbourne, Parties & Private Functions
With an abundance of natural light from floor to ceiling windows overlooking the water, we offer the perfect location to celebrate your wedding or special occasion.
The Views is suitable for both intimate and large-scale functions, and panoramic views across Port Phillip Bay provide a spectacular backdrop for photographs – plus we have direct beach access for fantastic photos on the sand.
There is ample free parking for guests, we are close to Melbourne airport for interstate travellers, and can assist with booking suitable local or CBD based accommodation.
Layouts & Capacity
In our formal spaces, we can offer seated functions with ocean views for up to 180 guests. The addition of the Boulevard Bar, access to the beachside deck and adjoining beachfront grassed area provide additional options and dimensions for pre-dinner drinks or for relaxed outdoor functions if that is more your style. Contact us today for options and a no-obligation quote.
Planning & Support
Our experienced team, our flexible spaces and range of catering options means that we can deliver a range of event types and styles to make your dreams come true at our spectacular Melbourne event venue. Of course, we are happy for you to take full control over planning and decoration or we can provide an end-to-end service using our network of service providers. Our rooms can be adjusted to suit the number of guests and come fully equipped with quality AV equipment to ensure all guests can fully enjoy the occasion.
Our London trained Chef and kitchen team can work with you to create the ideal package to suit your guests, culinary tastes, and your budget. We are fully licenced and have a range of drinks packages to choose from. We cater for all dietary requirements and deliver restaurant-quality food utilising our know-how, buying power and trusted suppliers to ensure our catering packages are reasonable.
Aerial Melbourne - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
food&desire's newest venue, Aerial is centrally located in South Wharf on Melbourne's city fringe. Hosting your event at Aerial provides easy access to the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Hilton and DFO (Direct Factory Outlet), and the Docklands, only over the footbridge.
Aerial boasts 180-degree views from the Bolte Bridge and Docklands to Southern Cross Station; the backdrop to your wedding truly breathtaking as Melbourne's skyline lights up.
Your food&desire Event Coordinator assists with your menu creation, floor plan design and supplier coordination supporting you through your wedding planning. We are here to help, making your journey thoroughly enjoyable.
Located in the city's newest precinct, Aerial is an extraordinary corporate events venue that places you and your guests at one of Melbourne's most remarkable urban focal points, revealing the best the city has to offer.
Aerial is situated at the corner of Dukes and Rona Walk in South Wharf, walking distance to the CBD, Hilton, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Melbourne World Trade Centre, Docklands, Southern Cross Station and Crown Casino.
Aerial hosts corporate catering, celebratory dinners (up to 400 guests), cocktail parties (up to 900 guests), exhibitions, product launches, conferences and car launches (vehicle access).
Food glorious food, it's everything to us, and we love it.
So let's share the love.
food&desire offer flexibility and diversity in the creation of menus, and we encourage creative involvement from our clients. Our approach is fresh and innovative, incorporating global flavours with an emphasis on modern Australian cuisine. Let's not forget that we have Michelin & Hat experienced chefs that work on our menus year-round to ensure you are as blown away by the food experience as we are.
We exceed as a service by tailoring menus, offering external catering, corporate catering, kosher catering, wedding & Asian catering too, all specific to your requirements and your culinary objectives. We are critically aware of the importance of representing your brand, your family and celebration, while focused on enhancing your guest's experience.
We are dedicated to achieving your food challenges, whatever they may be. Our menus change seasonally to keep up with produce, market changes, trends and seasonal influences. Menus can be tailored to suit a culinary theme, price range and celebration.
Ascot House - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
Ascot House – Melbourne's Historic Wedding Reception Venue
Built circa 1860, Ascot House exudes historic charm. Originally purchased from the Crown for the sum of 118 pounds, the mansion has remained the reception venue of choice for many of Melbourne's finest weddings, parties and events for more than 140 years.
Weddings at Ascot House
As Melbourne's leading historic wedding reception venue, Ascot House has been a prized wedding venue for more than 100 years and has hosted some of Melbourne's most glamorous weddings.
Set on two acres of manicured gardens and featuring two deluxe rooms suited for varying wedding reception styles and capacities, Ascot House sets the standard for ambience, service and style. Unlike many other Melbourne wedding venues, Ascot House offers the ability to have your vows, photography and wedding reception all in the one location, which not only saves time and money but also allows maximum enjoyment of your day.
Whether you want your wedding to be held in the exquisitely intimate Chandelier room, the luxuriously extravagant Grand Ballroom or even on the lawn for a picture-perfect, sunny garden wedding, Ascot House's old-world charm ensures that it's the Melbourne wedding reception venue of choice.
Catering at Ascot House
We are excited to announce the official launch of Ascot House's new menu. Our executive chef Michael Matthews has created a selection of dishes filled with fresh, seasonal flavours, creative cooking techniques and exciting products that we can't wait to start serving to our couples and their guests. We spoke to Matthews about his inspiration for the new menu and why he has such a passion for creating fine food for our couples.
Glen Erin - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
Glen Erin at Lancefield caters for up to 150 seated and 250 Cocktail style. Options include your choice of a four-course sit-down, buffet, grazing platters or cocktail menu. Whatever individual style or special requests, you may have our chef and wedding coordinator will ensure that all your individual needs are met.
Macedon Ranges Premium Functions & Events Venue
Glen Erin can facilitate catered functions from small intimate dinner parties to a large cocktail or sit-down experiences, offering several function rooms ranging from intimate private dining rooms to the Vineyard Room which can seat up to 150 guests.
Bellbrae Harvest - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
Bellbrae Harvest is situated in the rural landscape of the Surfcoast in the peaceful countryside of Bellbrae. It is a short drive inland from the Great Ocean Road and peacefully located between the towns of Torquay and Anglesea, and only a short drive from the beautiful Great Ocean Road coastline and the Otways. It has a rich history of food, boutique accommodation and life celebrations. It was once a berry farm and now operates as a unique cafe offering a magical celebration space. The secluded location is able to provide a beautiful setting to enjoy a peaceful coffee, wine, a restful weekend away or celebrate those special life occasions.
The owners feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to be the caretakers of this tranquil space since 2009. Their journey began with the management of the accommodation, and they are now excited to extend this to the management of the unique mud brick cafe that sits beside the lily pond. This beautiful space will be available as a cafe and a unique boutique location that can cater for intimate weddings, bespoke celebrations as well as a space for unique corporate and wellbeing gatherings.
The owner's vision for the future involves developing a peaceful location into a social enterprise property that will support and welcome all community groups and all people, fostering an inclusive, peaceful space. With an environmental and social focus, the hope is that this property will not only become a business that is warm and welcoming to all but that this will become a supportive community.
They look forward to sharing their journey with you.
Bellbrae Harvest is a peaceful 17-acre country property located on the Surfcoast, just inland from the Great Ocean Road perfectly positioned between the towns of Torquay and Anglesea. It is a picturesque 5-minute drive of the Great Ocean Road and only a 10-minute drive from some of the world's most famous and beautiful beaches, coastal towns, and close to the renowned Otways National Park. Bellbrae Harvest is uniquely positioned to offer a place of tranquillity for your special day.
Whether it be the feel of rustic country charm, or a ceremony on a local beach, followed by a country retreat with relaxed elegance and ambience, Bellbrae Harvest is perfectly positioned for it all.
Our charming private mud-brick style space sits beside the lily pond, the home of our lovely geese.
Get married by the lily pond and then enjoy dining or a cocktail party on the terrace surrounded by the country backdrop. Have a sit-down meal under the vines or choose a combination of indoor/outdoor elements.
You are welcome to make use of our lovely interior and furnishings already onsite, or we are very happy for you to organise and customise our space to your own design.
We look forward to chatting with you soon about your special day.
There are lots of reasons to celebrate in life, and our versatile tranquil space can be yours for that next special celebration in your life, whatever the occasion may be.
Significant birthdays – eighteenths, twenty firsts, fiftieths, engagements, retirements, whatever the occasion – our unique location, just off the Great Ocean Road in the countryside of the Surfcoast, would make your special occasion that little more secluded, memorable and unique.
We look forward to chatting with you soon about your special occasion.
The Farm Yarra Valley - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
You will find our elegant farmhouse at the top of a hill that looks out to rolling lawns, gardens and vineyards. Red brick walls and antique fixtures define the interior with the building opening out onto a generous timber verandah, a classical fountain and stately bluestone steps.
At The Farm, we pride ourselves on strong community ties. With local producers making beer and wine on site and our seasonal menu featuring vegetables from our kitchen garden and locally grown produce. The gardens, vineyards and Oak Walk all provide beautiful backdrops for photos.
Our professional team will work with you to make your event as special and individual as possible.
We would be delighted to hear from you to discuss your event. Whether you're hosting a product launch, a conference or a significant birthday, our team can tailor an event to suit your needs.
Our main space can accommodate a seated function of up to 110 guests and cocktail events for up to 200. To arrange a time to visit us at The Farm and discuss our packages in more detail, please contact our events team.
If you are interested in holding your ceremony onsite, we have a beautiful barn facade and a picturesque hillside for you to choose from. There are also a number of ideal photo locations for you to capture the perfect images from your perfect day.
The Farm Yarra Valley provides the perfect environment for you to create an individualised event that all of your family and guests will remember forever.
Situated on 100 acres of prime rural land only 30 minutes from the CBD we provide the perfect setting for your special day. Our unique venue showcases locally sourced produce, with our packages featuring handcrafted beer and wine made on site, and produce sourced from our own curated kitchen gardens.
MV Pearl Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
Dreaming of a day or night aboard a super luxury yacht or fun & exciting celebration with a difference. 'The Pearl Experience' is a must for anyone wanting to party on the water .. anything from the outrageous to simple good fun.
International designer Paul Hecker (Hecker Guthrie) has completely refurbished the Pearl detailing Swedish woven flooring, black oak cabinetry, Calacutta marble & Westbury fabrics. The result is a chic & sophisticated interior; a fabulous environment to party.
The 3 levels give you an impressive sense of space & the ability to choose how you want to spend your time. Sun bake on the lounges during the day or party on the sky deck at the bar. Dance the night away under the stars with your own DJ taking in Melbourne's fabolous city lights & docklands
Sunbeds, alfresco dining, a chic saloon & bespoke marble dining table – a luxurious escape.
Designed for serious entertaining, the Sky Deck features an oak dining table for 10, fully serviced cocktail bar, day beds & giant drop-down flat screen for movies, sports, product exhibition & fun.
The Pearl is a versatile space with endless unique marketing opportunities. From decals & flags to videos or specialty cocktails. The event team on board will assist in sourcing elements, leaving your guests talking.
"…Romantic, intimate & elegant with ever-changing backdrops…"
Set off in style and escape into Melbourne's beautiful waterways. A ceremony on the sky deck followed by the bridal waltz under the stars kicking off celebrations. Award-winning chefs will impress with incredible food, wine & French champagne.
This floating venue belongs to an intimate, boutique catering group with over 30 years experience… you can relax – we know how to get it right.
The pinnacle of corporate entertaining – a day or night experience to impress guests with fabulous food, wine & entertainment.
Bespoke events are tailored to all clients from a Master Chef experience for 20 right up to a dance party for 67.
Showcasing some of Victoria's finest food & wine, combined with sightseeing, fishing, swimming, sun baking or punting – a truly Melbourne experience.
Engagement parties, birthdays, anniversaries.
A dynamic, comprehensive team provide unlimited support & assistance in planning a celebration with your stamp on it.
Unique, unforgettable Christmas Party space, fully equipped with music system, award winning catering options for anything from 2-67 guests. The search for the perfect space stops here.
Ballara Wedding Venue - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
ABOUT BALLARA RECEPTIONS
Ballara is a family owned and operated business established in 1987. Our experience and professionalism has earned us one of the best reputations in the industry.
We are aware of how exciting planning your wedding can be, but also how it can become an overwhelming and stressful experience at times. This is where our years of experience and professionalism will come into play, and our fully inclusive packages will be invaluable. From ceremony to reception, we work closely with you to bring your inspirations to life in our beautiful wedding venue and help you coordinate an exquisite tailor made wedding.
The team at Ballara look forward to helping you plan a beautiful and unforgettable day of celebrations for you and all your guests.
Our mission is "To give our clients an experience of a lifetime, by always exceeding their expectations by providing exceptional service and high quality food."
OUR FUNCTIONS TEAM
Ballara has been a family run business for over 30 years. We are a close knit team so that you can feel comfortable and supported throughout your wedding planning process as well as on the big day itself. We have a team of staff who work full time – Amanda, Fiona, Jan & Stacey – and then part-timer Isabella. So whenever you email, call or come in for appointments you will be in touch with one of us!
At Ballara Receptions, we know that no two weddings are the same. For this reason, we work with each couple to tailor a package to their individual needs. We have options for traditional sit down packages, cocktail, grazing style or even high tea receptions.
Having been in the industry for over 30 years, we have seen all sorts of different trends come and go and have personalised celebrations to include many different cultural traditions. We have a long list of recommended suppliers we have worked with who can help you take your vision into reality. Our function managers are with you every step of the way – from the first inspection all the way through to the end of your reception & beyond. We even provide you with a bridal host for the day who is your personal assistant, who will take care of all of those little details for you to make sure your day runs smoothly!
The reception room seats 60 – 160 guests in a large open plan with a central dance floor. Stunning chandeliers and classic neutral colours means you can have any colour scheme in the space and it will look amazing. Luxury finishes and our attention to detail means everything will be perfect for your big day. Large windows look out onto the floodlit gardens filled with fairy lights so that you can enjoy the gardens all through the reception.
We can cater to all types of wedding ceremonies – from chapel to garden and gazebo to stunning waterviews with our own lake and Jetty.
The Carousel Geelong - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
Come and spend some magical time at the beautifully restored Carousel at the Geelong Waterfront.
The Carousel is an ideal accessible meeting place for the community, and we take pride in providing a memorable experience for all ages and abilities.
This has been made possible with improved access to the pavilion, the welcome installation of a mobility lift and recharge point. The mobility lift enables a wheelchair to go on the Carousel ride and was specially designed to respect and complement the history of the Carousel.
Event hire and birthday parties
A spectacular venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions, photo shoots and private or corporate functions.
History of the Carousel
The Carousel restoration took three years and thousands of hours of painstaking research and workmanship.
Lake House - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
Restaurant, Hotel, Spa, Weddings, Events, Cellar, Retreats
Six acres of country gardens extend down to the waters of Lake Daylesford and provide guests with immediate access to the lakeshore and the Wombat State Forest beyond.
Exploring the property is in itself an adventure. Guests may like to have a hit of tennis followed by tea and refreshments in the tennis pavilion, a glass of wine by the fire in the Argyle Library Bar. Given the opportunity to explore the gardens you will come upon significant trees, a myriad of sculptures and artwork from many of the region's top artists, extensive outdoor terraces overlooking the lakeshore and established country gardens with everything from koala-loved stringybarks to lilac, Daphne, quince, plum and apple trees.
The renowned restaurant draws appreciative foodies from Australia and around the world. In the kitchens, a talented team under the guidance of co-owner and Culinary Director Alla Wolf-Tasker AM work from the ground up producing cutting edge, modern Australian cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal and regional ingredients.
The Award Winning Cellar and its list with over 1000 references keeps wine buffs happy with its edgy and interesting selection of wines from around the world and of course closer to home.
Co-owner and resident artist Allan Wolf-Tasker whose work hangs in private and public collections around the world has a studio on site which is open by invitation and appointment to Lake House guests. Wolf-Tasker's canvases are on display throughout the property as are works by other artists from the family's private collection.
In amongst the cool fern gully and surrounded by waterfall fed streams and springs – The Spa is an oasis of tranquility.
Accents of blond wood and splashes of "Tiffany" blue in the furnishings combine with large nudes by renowned local painter David Bromley to create airy relaxation spaces around nine treatment areas. Hydrotherapy in private treetop mineral water spas, advanced performance facials and seasonal signature body treatments provide for easy on site indulgence.
Lake House, situated in Victoria's tranquil and picture perfect Spa Country region, provides an idyllic backdrop with its mountain air, starry skies, lush forests and crystal clear sparkling mineral waters. Combining magnificent views, award winning cuisine, cellar and the impeccable service of Lake House, your next special event will be a resounding success.
One of Australia's most awarded and romantic boutique hotels, best known for its beautiful lakeside location, two-hatted destination restaurant, award-winning cellar and impeccable service we're also only 80 minutes from Melbourne.
The Prince Deck - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
WHERE THE OUTSIDE IS WELCOMED IN, & THE INSIDE FOREVER WELCOMING
Prince Deck is one of Melbourne's best-known and best-loved wedding and event venues.
A heavenly setting to enjoy earthly delights, its floor to ceiling windows and doors open onto an expansive timber deck boasting picturesque panoramas of the Melbourne city skyline and out to Port Phillip Bay.
Superbly stylish, Prince Deck is surprisingly versatile, ready to be reinvented for cocktail parties, family feasts, product launches and corporate events.
WEDDINGS & EVENTS
The Prince Deck is a place to enjoy earthly delights, whether on the timber terrace overlooking Fitzroy Street towards the bay, or inside enjoying a seasonal menu from Executive chef Dan Hawkins.
There's a part of The Prince to suit everyone. Talk to our team about your event, and how we can tailor a space to make it one to remember.
Our premier events space. St Kilda's best view, an outdoor terrace, an indoor oasis and a menu from our executive chef Dan Hawkins. It's a space fit for royalty.
PRINCE DINING ROOM
Inspired by the glamour and grime of St Kilda and its eclectic history, The Prince Dining Room has multiple spaces to host your next private event, whatever the occasion.
Perfect for private dinners and smaller cocktail events the Sainthill Room can seat groups of 12-40 guests. Gorgeous French doors open onto a private balcony with views over Port Phillip Bay.
Perfect for cocktail style receptions The Atrium Bar features a lush indoor garden, lounge style seating, full length glass doors and a bespoke glass ceiling.
Host to some of the most memorable music gigs in Melbourne's history, The Prince Bandroom will give rock ‘n roll cred to your next event.
Tanglewood Estate - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
Nestled deep within the age-old eucalyptus trees of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, Tanglewood Estate is a gorgeous secret garden, set on more than 100 acres of bushland situated within the scenic landscape of Merricks North. The property looks out over the stunning Port Phillip Bay, with magical views of the sea.
Surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna native to the area, 6 acres of grape vines, an exquisite country style garden, a heart-shaped dam with a timber deck and jetty for photography, Tanglewood Estate is the perfect picturesque hideaway to hold wedding ceremonies, special anniversaries or milestone celebrations. Our charming accommodation and facilities are purpose-built enabling you to host your whole event on the property, ensuring your festivities do not have to leave the property or move on for the entirety of your special day.
We are able to tailor the perfect experience and backdrop for your unique event. Allowing you exclusive use of the property means the only people you have to share your day with are your own special guests. With a rustic barn, winery, studio and chapel, there are plenty of options to create the perfect experience for your next cherished memory.
Tanglewood Estate's newly renovated and refurbished architecture boasts a stylish and modern take on traditional country aesthetic, built of natural woods and rustic sheet metals. The finest attention to detail and care has been taken in the exterior and interior design of the property, to ensure the presence of it's classic Australiana feel is preserved and continues to live on for many years to come.
We found and relocated a historic 110 year old wooden chapel from Woomelang in country Victoria. She has been lovingly restored and rebuilt, nestled among the trees here at Tanglewood. The large chapel windows look out to a beautiful view of the bay. The stripped-back exterior allows the chapel to blend into the natural environment, making it feel like she's been here all along. The inside is painted in a clean white making it the perfect neutral backdrop for your ceremony. The Chapel pews seat up to 90 people plus standing room for an extra 40.
Tanglewood consists of 50 acres of stunning 100-year-old stringybark trees in a parkland like setting. There is natural bush, a vineyard, charming homestead garden and a beautiful heart-shaped lake with a deck and jetty, facing magnificent bay views. The property has photo opportunities.
This gorgeous mud-brick building was a former artist studio; it has been revamped into an ideal venue for pre/post-ceremony drinks or small cocktail weddings. It has a kitchen, bar and upstairs lounge around every corner.
A beautifully renovated Winery that seats up to 130 people. Fitted with a new state of the art commercial kitchen, bar and outdoor courtyard area. The Winery has a large timber deck that looks out over our beautiful dam and Port Phillip Bay. The winery can be used for the ceremony or reception.
Murray River - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
Murray River Cruises Echuca. A trip to Echuca Moama would not be complete without experiencing the tradition of river cruising.
Choose a one-hour family cruise aboard the 107 year old PS Canberra or relax with a Lunch or Dinner cruise aboard PS Emmylou.
For over 20 years we have been delighting our guests and look forward to welcoming you aboard soon!
Cruises Now Operating Daily
We are pleased to advise that from Wednesday 30th September our daily cruises aboard PS Canberra will once again commence.
NSW Health Orders have now been amended to allow any person who has not been in a COVID-19 Hot Spot in the past 14 days to cruise on the river without a permit. This effectively means that anyone outside metropolitan Melbourne can now cruise on the river without a border permit. We hope to welcome metropolitan residents very soon.
Echuca Wedding Packages
Looking for a unique Australian experience to make your Echuca Wedding day memorable.
Let Murray River Paddlesteamers and our dedicated team make your special Echuca Wedding day truly memorable for you and your guests. We have been helping couples create their perfect wedding day for over 20 years and consistently receive fabulous feedback from our newlyweds. So let us do all the hard work and design the perfect day for you and your guests!
Ceremony & Reception Cruises
With three boats to choose from, we are sure to have a wedding package to suit your personal requirements for your special day. Whether it is the intimate surroundings of the iconic PS Emmylou, the old world charm of the PS Canberra or the larger spaces of the Pride of the Murray, each boat offers something different to meet your individual needs to ensure your day is truly memorable.
One Way Cruises
All boats are available for one-way cruises to our partner wedding reception venues, Morrisons Winery and Tindarra Resort. There is no better way to arrive than in style aboard a Paddle Steamer to your reception. Morrisons and Tindarra are conveniently located 30 minutes downriver from Echuca with River moorings.
Treat your guests to a champagne cruise, the perfect choice for your guests to relax with some bubbles pre or post-reception with hourly cruises available. Ask our friendly team how we can personalise a cruise for your guests whilst you're having your photos taken.
Waves on the Beach - Beach and Waterside Wedding Venue Victoria
Hidden away on the beach with stunning waterfront views over Port Philip Bay, Waves on the Beach offers an amazingly picturesque dining experience. Built in 2004 on one of the most unique locations in Mornington Peninsula, Waves has won numerous awards and been featured on various travel and lifestyle programs.
Whether it's a casual meal with friends, a romantic dinner or a group function, everything at Waves has been designed to create a relaxed, casual seaside dining experience.
Our interior has an easy, coastal feel with comfortable furniture, letting the ocean take centre stage. With glassed walls allowing the maximum views of the ocean in front of you, the feeling of dining by the sea is as real as it gets.
What makes Waves on the Beach, one of Mornington Peninsula's most popular and unique wedding venues is its location. Hidden away right on the beach, you are surrounded by panoramic ocean views, which provide the perfect fairytale backdrop for your wedding. One step into Waves – you and your guests will fall in love.
By far, the most popular function we host is our wedding receptions. Being nestled away on the beachfront, you and your guests will have complete privacy to relax and enjoy yourselves.
Our venue is perfect for smaller, more intimate weddings. We host up to 120 guests, depending on what package you decide upon. Cocktail-style, finger-food wedding receptions can fit up to 120 guests, whereas a fully-seated wedding reception can fit up to 70 guests. There is also ample parking and some great accommodation options for your guests.
Regarding costs, we are one of the more affordable wedding reception venues around Melbourne. We are a big believer in value and complete transparency – we don't charge any premium for weddings and there are no hidden costs whatsoever. We offer many different packages to suit all styles and budgets.
Hosting weddings is something we really enjoy, we've been hosting them for a long time – and we do them extremely well. Every wedding we have hosted has been an incredible experience for our guests, and we make sure no detail is overlooked.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Our team of experienced chefs have crafted a fantastic array of delicious and exquisite meal options for your guests. Having the long experience of being one of the premier beach wedding venues in Melbourne, our chefs have a real insight into what food your guests will absolutely love.
We also ensure that the meals served will not only look and taste absolutely appetising but will also be of reasonable size. A big belief of ours when it comes to weddings is that no one should be left hungry. We will make sure that all of your guests are left completely satisfied.
Furthermore, we have a range of fantastic beverage packages.
OUR WEDDING COORDINATOR
One of the most overlooked features when looking for a wedding reception venue is finding a suitable wedding coordinator. Our resident wedding coordinator – Linda, is extremely friendly and great to communicate with.
We understand the amount of work that goes into planning your special day. Having someone like Linda who deeply cares about your experience is essential in making sure your day goes smoothly. So in addition to ensuring your wedding day is incredible, she will also make sure she does whatever she can to make it an absolute breeze.
In addition to having your wedding reception at Waves on the Beach, you also have the option of having your wedding ceremony right on the beach.
We have partnered with In2U Ceremonies who specialise in personalising beach weddings in Victoria and offer specially designed ceremony packages.
In the case of bad weather, there are also back up plans to get married inside of Waves. (small wedding only)
Want to have a fantastic destination wedding but don’t want to learn a foreign language or take a 12-hour plane ride to get there? No problem! Some of the best destination wedding venues are right here in Melbourne, Victoria from a Yarra Valley ranches to a mountaintop lodges Dandenong Ranges to a beachfront resort in Brighton and everything in-between. The places we’ve included below are not just unique, they’re all gorgeous locations where you’ll love to spend time with your family and friends.
Few things are dreamier than getting married with your toes in the sands and the sound of the waves in the background, but you don't need to have a passport to make this dream a reality. There are all sorts of incredible beach venues right here in Melbourne, Victoria, and many of them offer both picture-perfect ceremonies in front of the water and beautiful receptions where you and your guests can dance the night away.
If you spend your weekends relaxing in your swimsuit, boardies or rashie, and your soul is a water baby, then the beach is the perfect place to get married. Saying “I do” near the ocean can be a beautiful romantic experience for you and your guests. Unfortunately, though, beach weddings also have the potential to be a terrible disaster.
Here are 10 timely reminders and tips to make sure your relaxed seaside wedding day is everything you dreamed about.
Beach Wedding Location
Decide exactly where you’ll have your beach wedding — will it be a resort, a private beach or public beach? Will you be right on the sand or on a grassed area overlooking the ocean? Check with your local council as most locations will require a permit. Don’t forget to consider accessibility for elderly or less mobile guests, the closest available parking and the proximity of public restrooms.
Location, Location, Location
Choose a location based on your wedding style and nonnegotiable guest list (if that's important to you). If you live near a beach, you might already have a favorite spot in mind. A few types of beach locations:
Resort: A restaurant, hotel or club located right on the beach can give you the water views you crave and a reception venue complete with full staff to help you pull it all off. This option might be pricier than pulling it off yourself, but vastly less stressful.
Public beach: A beach where anyone can swim, sunbathe or yes, get married. Start early when planning this type of affair—you may be able to reserve a section of the beach for your wedding. Look into the permit requirements of the state or town. For example, some public beaches' parks commissions may require you to detail explicitly all pieces of equipment you'll be bringing to the site, as well as all food and beverages to be served there. Remember you'll also need to have a plan in place for clean-up.
Private beach: If you—or a generous friend or family member—has a home on a private beach, you're in luck. This option offers seclusion and possibly fewer regulations. You may also have the option of renting a villa or other space along a private beach where you can host your nuptials. If you're marrying on a private beach, look into any permit fees, container laws and clean-up charges.
Time of Day
Afternoon heat can be brutal in many seaside locales. But even if you're okay standing there glistening, think of your guests. High temperatures are not for everyone, especially older folks and young kids. To avoid the heat (and crowds), consider a morning or sunset ceremony. Can't schedule your ceremony at one of these times? Go ahead and have it in the afternoon, but find a shady spot on the beach that's likely to catch a cool breeze. Check what the weather will be like, and inform guests on your wedding website so they can dress accordingly. Also check the tide schedule online: Tides coming in are noisier than going out—not to mention the risk of water creeping up on you as you wed.
If guests are traveling to your beach wedding, reserve a block of rooms at a local hotel, so they don't have to research where to stay. You can often get them a discounted rate too. HotelPlanner.com can help you find and compare hotels in the area and get you competitive rates for your guests.
If you've chosen a relatively unknown section of beach, make sure guests know how to find it and can traverse any boardwalks, rocky areas or grassy dunes. Consider accessibility for differently abled guests. Is there somewhere close where they can be dropped off?
- Place a welcome table at the entrance to your ceremony site. It can contain:
- Items to make guests more comfortable, such as sunscreen, bug spray, parasols or cozy beach blankets.
- Refreshments, such as homemade lemonade or ice water, to stay hydrated.
- A basket to deposit shoes, so they can go barefoot in the sand.
- Baby powder—it helps get the sand off their feet postceremony.
Plan to arrive to your site a few hours early to be sure the setup goes off without a hitch. Try to relax and stay hydrated yourself—you don't want to start wilting during the ceremony.
A fun part of planning a beach wedding is choosing décor elements that complement your seaside setting. Seashells, starfish, nautical ropes, anchors, lanterns, sea glass and driftwood are all pretty and on-theme touches. A few considerations as you choose yours:
- Ceremony: If the ocean is your ceremony backdrop, there's no need to get too fussy with the décor. A simple chuppah or arch can do the trick, or just let the beauty of the water speak for itself. Forget the unity candle and consider combining different-colored sand, or even sand and water.
- Reception: If tables are outside, consider the wind. Tablecloths and other lighter items, like place cards, should be weighted so they don't blow around. Candles and ribbons should probably be avoided completely.
A beach wedding cake can be accented with sugar sand, shells, palm leaves or tropical blooms. Or have your baker create an ombré design that resembles a beach sunset.
As far as frosting goes, fondant is a better choice than buttercream, which will melt in the hot temps. Choose coconut cake, citrus or passion fruit filling, or other flavors local to your beach setting.
We can't stress this enough: Always have a back-up plan for any type of outdoor wedding.
We know the last thing you want to do is scrap your wedding fun in the sun at the last minute, but sometimes Mother Nature doesn't cooperate. Renting a tent is always recommended in case of light rain or needed shade. For backup in the event of a complete washout, make arrangements in advance with a nearby hotel or hall as an alternate locale.
Also, don't feel compelled to organize the day on a drill sergeant's time schedule. If you need to be on a rain delay for a couple of hours, the rest of the day can still proceed as planned.
Care For Your Waterside Guests
Make sure your wedding guests are comfortable and relaxed by providing a welcome table full of essential beach products. Choose an array of goodies including sunscreen, insect repellents, parasols, a basket to deposit shoes, cool drinks, and sunglasses. You can even supply paper fans made from your order of service.
Forgo the candle ritual which is likely to blow out on the beach, and choose something more aligned with your location. A sand ritual is an obvious choice but you could also consider hand-fasting, exchanging books, drinking a toast and other rituals that won’t be affected by the wind.
Keep It Short
The beach is not the place to have an hour-long wedding ceremony. Keep things short. You can expand the scope of the reception (in the cool airconditioning) to include some elements like the extra details of your love story, or a reading by a loved-one in order to keep the ceremony portion short and sweet.
Back Up Plan
Whether it is a heatwave, torrential rain or a tropical cyclone, the weather in Australia in never predictable. Make sure you have an excellent back up plan in place should the beach become too hostile for a wedding ceremony. There is nothing worse than suffering through one of the most intimate moments of your life with sand flying in your mouth and saltwater stinging your eyes. Be prepared to move indoors where it will be more comfortable for everyone.