Where Are The Best Garden Wedding Venues In Sydney?

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All of these venues offer beautiful gardens perfect for your special day. Plus, they're all conveniently located in Sydney. So, whether you're looking for an outdoor ceremony or reception venue, these venues have you covered. Read on to learn more about each one!

March and November are typically the most popular time to get married in Australia.

Planning a destination wedding can lower overall costs because it often prompts a smaller guest list. It also allows you to add your honeymoon to the end of the wedding—meaning you won't have to pay for two getaways.

Elopement refers to a marriage conducted in a sudden and secretive fashion, usually involving a hurried flight away from one's place of residence together with one's beloved to get married without parental approval.

June, September, and October are considered the best months for a wedding. June, traditionally, is the most popular month to get married, simply because of the mild weather. With that being said, there's no wrong time to get married to the love of your life (though it does help to have good weather).

November (spring) and March (autumn) are the most popular months to get married, hosting 12% of Australia's yearly marriages. However, October is also quite popular, hosting 11%, followed by April (10%).

Burnham Grove Estate

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Weddings at Burnham Grove Estate Camden

Nestled amid acres of landscaped gardens, Burnham Grove Estate provides a picturesque setting for elegant country weddings near Sydney. This all-in-one venue is perfect for destination weddings, with four ceremony location options, a garden marquee for relaxed receptions, onsite accommodation in the heritage homestead, and endless photo opportunities.

Aside from its idyllic setting, couples gravitate towards Burnham Grove Estate for its carefully curated wedding packages and exceptional service. You'll love working with the estate's dedicated in-house wedding coordinator, who will be there every step of the way to assist with the planning process and ensure your wedding day unfolds effortlessly.

The Scene At Burnham Grove Estate

As you arrive at Burnham Grove and continue through the wrought iron gates up the rose-lined driveway, you'll fall head over heels for this stunning estate wedding venue. It's not hard to imagine your wedding celebrations amongst manicured lawns, trickling water fountains, sparkling ponds, swaying palm trees, and towering hedges.

If you envision a romantic garden ceremony followed by a relaxed reception in a grand marquee surrounded by lush greenery, Burnham Grove Estate is the perfect venue for you. Choose from four magical ceremony locations on the property, including an intimate secret garden walled by towering viburnum hedges. There's also a rustic 1860s heritage barn, an oval-shaped palm garden, and a dual-tier garden overlooking the beautiful acreage.

Burnham Grove Estate's purpose-built garden marquee offers a beautiful setting for intimate wedding receptions. You can roll up the Marquee's transparent walls to create an open and airy feel, allowing your guests to spill onto the manicured croquet lawn to make the most of the estate's picturesque surroundings.

There's also a charming three-bedroom homestead on the property, so you won't have to worry about finding offsite accommodation for the bridal party. The homestead is a late nineteenth-century single-storey home with three large bedrooms, a luxurious bathroom, dedicated beauty lounges, a well-appointed kitchen and living area, and a wraparound verandah. 

Burnham Grove Estate Wedding Ceremonies

There are four beautiful ceremony locations to choose from at Burnham Grove Estate, including The Views, The Secret Garden, The Barn, and The Palm Garden. The Secret Garden is a popular choice, surrounded by a towering viburnum hedge that gives the garden an intimate and whimsical feel. The Views is another wonderful garden ceremony option, overlooking the acreage and picturesque rolling hills surrounding Burnham Grove.

You might like to have your ceremony in front of the heritage 1860s barn at Burnham Grove Estate for a more rustic feel. Another option is the oval-shaped Palm Garden, surrounded by swaying palm trees and flowering hedges. Ceremonies at The Palm Garden include a separate signing space in the homestead courtyard.

If you're worried about unpredictable weather during the ceremony, your wedding coordinator can organise for an all-weather marquee to be put up on the croquet lawn to keep your guests cool and dry on the day. Ceremonies at Burnham Grove Estate also include 20 white folding chairs for your guests and a signing table with two chairs.

Following the ceremony, your guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés on the croquet lawn as you slip away for photos. Burnham Grove Estate's wedding packages include outdoor ottomans and market umbrellas for the croquet lawn and vintage lawn games to keep your guests entertained before the reception.

Burnham Grove Estate Wedding Receptions

Wedding receptions at Burnham Grove Estate take place in the gorgeous garden marquee, surrounded by lush greenery, manicured lawns, and towering palms. This purpose-built space provides the perfect blank canvas for your celebrations. It can be styled beautifully to suit any wedding theme, with elegant chandeliers, parquetry flooring, and ambient festoon lighting. It also features air conditioning and three clear sides that can be rolled up or removed to create an open and inviting feel for your wedding reception. 

You'll have complete flexibility to tailor your reception package to suit your budget and wedding style when it comes to food and drink. For a stress-free and seamless experience, opt for Burnham Grove Estate's All-Inclusive Wedding Package, which includes pre-reception canapés, a two-course alternate serve or share platter menu, and bar service of your beverages from the estate's vintage outdoor bar.

Milestone Events

Weddings At Milestone Events Sydney

It's easy to see why Milestone Events is touted as one of Sydney's most unique wedding venues. Just 5 minutes from Manly Beach, Milestone Events combines traditional and art deco elements into one stunning venue.

Featuring a heritage-listed ballroom, a cosy lounge area, and multiple ceremony locations, you can exclusively hire this iconic space so you and your guests can enjoy maximum privacy. Despite the secluded feel, Milestone Events is easily accessible by public transport and offers onsite parking.

The Scene At Milestone Events Sydney

As a family-run events venue, the Milestone Events team puts their whole heart into each wedding that finds a home in their space. It is evident in the meticulous upkeep of the 1930s traditional brick building, the glorious ballroom, and the manicured gardens.

The team have designed comprehensive wedding packages that include everything you'll need for a seamless wedding, including:

  • Exclusive hire of the venue
  • Styling pieces
  • Lectern and microphone
  • Cushioned chairs
  • Table dressing

Upon touring the exterior of Milestone Events, your eye will quickly land on the perfect ceremony spot. As the venue is perched on the crest of the North Head Sanctuary, the most exciting (and most photographed) spot is on the lawn, a short 7-minute stroll away, with the vast harbour and city silhouette behind you. The other stunning ceremony spot is in the gardens, surrounded by gorgeous native flora and fauna.

Whilst you're off snapping breathtaking wedding photos, Milestone Events servers can begin delivering hot or cold canapes and a glass of bubbles to your guests as they play lawn games. You can enjoy it out on the grounds or after they're invited back to the building. Then, when you return from photos, touch up your hair and makeup (or shimmy into a dazzling reception outfit) in your private bridal suite.

The Milestone Events team comprises head chef Marion Jane, her husband, Miles, and their daughter, Tessa. They operate as an organic and efficient unit with their combined decades of experience in the events and wedding industries.

From your first venue visit to the post-wedding wrap-up, you'll experience a personal, caring, and collaborative relationship with the team. It is passionate about delivering exceptional service to the couple and every guest who visits Milestone Events.

Milestone Events Sydney Wedding Ceremonies

Milestone Events' couples have access to breathtaking ceremony and photography backdrops with unmatched views over Sydney Harbour just a 7-minute walk away or nestled within their stunning gardens. With both private gardens and clifftop vistas on offer, it's clear why most Milestone Events couples opt for outdoor ceremonies.

Imagine rows of chairs divided by a crisp white aisle runner, a timber arbour framing the crashing waves in the harbour. The sea breeze flutters your hair around your face, gently rustling through the native shrubbery that borders the clifftop clearing. You exchange vows under the wide-open sky with the distant ocean the soundtrack to your union. Sandwiches and mocktails keep your guests satisfied whilst you're snapping formal photos.

Perhaps you prefer a more ethereal experience, saying your vows beneath towering native trees and flowering plants in the private gardens. A fairytale romance comes into full bloom before a beautiful arbour draped in silk floral arrangements. Your guests are served sandwiches and mocktails to celebrate as you head off for photos.

Milestone Events Sydney Wedding Receptions

Heading into the building, past the handsome timber bar and across the polished wood floors. Long and spacious, the ballroom is a naturally lit space that offers multiple seating arrangements and layouts.

Depending on the size of your guest list, you can opt to divide the room into two separate areas. The smaller room can act as a breakout space for guests who want to relax, a kid's retreat, or a dancing area.

Ottimo House Sydney

The Scene At Ottimo House Sydney

As you leave the Sydney CBD in your rearview mirror, say goodbye to the city lights and cramped streets and hello to wide open spaces and country air. Sitting on 500 acres of the untouched countryside is Ottimo House, your destination and the setting of the best day. Set on the historic manicured gardens of Denham Court Estate, Ottimo House is shadowed by towering eucalyptus trees and rolling hills. This peaceful venue is perfect for couples seeking an exclusive and serene atmosphere.

Meandering paths and expansive lawns wrap around the impressive building, the architecture composed of rustic and modern elements. There are three grand rooms within the house, and each strikes a different tone. Depending on the theme of your wedding, you'll discover a room to suit your needs. The Mahogany Room invites the outside, with exposed timber beams and floors, hanging logs, and an elevated bridal table. A balance is struck with three large modern chandeliers, ceiling drapes, and a white chiffon bridal table backdrop.

Boasting a more industrial rustic aesthetic is the Rosewood Room. This space also showcases exposed timber beams, but instead of floorboards, you'll discover burnished concrete floors that introduce a chic feel. The four crystal chandeliers overhead emphasise this step towards modern glamour. The Rosewood Room also boasts an arrival area where Ottimo House staff can serve your guests drinks before the ceremony.

The Marquee looks like it's been plucked right from a wedding Pinterest board. This all-white space features a peaked ceiling, a unique glass wall, and plenty of natural light. Boasting a garden-party aesthetic, the Marquee allows guests to move through to an outdoor decking to enjoy drinks and canapes in the country air.

The Ottimo House staff begin the dinner service as you head into the reception. An executive chef creates personalised menus that reflect your choices and desires. Whether adhering to culturally-specific dishes or excluding specific allergens, your wedding day dining experience will feature generous serving sizes and perfectly matched beverages.

Ottimo House Sydney Wedding Ceremonies

You have your choice of ceremony spaces at Ottimo House, each capitalising on a slice of the estate's great outdoor areas. The Gazebo Lawn looks elegant when dressed with white folding chairs, and florals draped from the gazebo roof, and a long white aisle runner cutting across the lush green grass. The Scenic Garden feels more relaxed and incorporates rustic elements, your arbour standing before the small lake. Finally, the Amphitheatre is an enclosed area with timber bench seats and a great country aesthetic.

Ottimo House Sydney Wedding Receptions

Whilst you're off taking gorgeous photos around the property, Ottimo House staff will lead your guests to the reception area for post-ceremony drinks and canapes. They may also enjoy the opportunity to wander the paths around the property and enjoy the seclusion of the estate.

The Ottimo House in-house stylist will take your wedding even further by creating theming options for your reception. It can include helping you select entertainment options like DJs, bands, magicians and dancers, comedians and emcees, pyrotechnics and ice sculptures. The Ottimo House stylist can also assist you with bonbonniere, decor, and other accessories.

Calvin Estate Wedding And Function Centre

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Calvin Estate Weddings

Tourists worldwide flock to the Hunter Valley to experience the natural beauty and award-winning wineries. In addition, these wineries make the ideal venue for weddings, able to adapt to relaxed picnic-style gatherings and formal black-tie soirees. 

At Calvin Estate, this flexibility is evidenced by its multiple event spaces, spacious grounds, and colonial grandeur. Calvin Estate has a lot to offer; the recipient of several prestigious awards, including twice the Brides Choice Award for Hunter Valley and Newcastle Weddings and the Editor's Choice Awards for Wedding Diaries.

The Scene At Calvin Estate In Hunter Valley

There's a timelessness to the scene at Calvin Estate in Hunter Valley. From a distance, it's easy to feel as though you've stepped back in time due to the private estate's loyalty to its colonial architecture. Set on a sprawling private property, Calvin Estate is designed to entertain intimate and large parties. You're covered with interior and exterior event space options for all weather conditions.

White footpaths wind through the manicured lawn, leading you to each of the three event spaces at Calvin Estate. You pass an elegant dome to the main house, where a wraparound porch with period designs awaits guests for cocktails and canapés. When you book your wedding at Calvin Estate, you've got exclusive access to the entire property. You won't need to worry about confining your party to one area or having guests wander into your event.

Though perhaps not a traditional winery venue in appearance at first glance, Calvin Estate boasts all the features of a working winery. A spacious and handsome barrel room is the best place for larger weddings, and you'll find the gorgeous pictures taken amongst the estate's vines.

There are more photography opportunities in every direction, against the gorgeous colonial buildings, amongst the flowers adorning the dome, or on the extensive property with manicured gardens and native trees as the backdrop.

Catering is provided by the talented chefs from Monkey Place Catering, a leader amongst Hunter Valley suppliers. Offering a range of tailored gourmet dining options, you can easily find a catering package to meet your needs. Many couples opt for a lowkey (yet still restaurant-quality) BBQ or shared banquet for relaxed and informal weddings. For a cocktail-style wedding, consider roaming canapés and tapas. Formal banquets are the way to go for sit-down events of distinction.

Calvin Estate Hunter Valley Wedding Ceremonies

Ceremonies at Calvin Estate capitalise on the estate's natural country charm. So if you're dreaming of a garden wedding, the Wedding Rotunda is the perfect place. The dome can be dressed up or down with floral arrangements to enhance the romance with a simple and elegant structure. Your guests sit on either side of the white footpath aisle in white or brown garden chairs, and two abundant pineapple palm trees create a pleasing vision of symmetry on either side of the dome.

For couples seeking a place to respect religious traditions, the private Calvin Chapel comfortably accommodates up to 90 guests, with large entry doors providing an avenue for standing guests to watch. White walls, vaulted ceilings, and natural light create an airy and elegant atmosphere. 

Calvin Estate Hunter Valley Wedding Receptions

After exchanging the vows, head up to Calvin Hall for your reception. Within Calvin Hall is where the party can get started; there's plenty of space for a small live band or DJ and a generous dancefloor to get your guests grooving. 

The barrel-filled hall is a highly sought-after space perfect for up to 175 guests; handsome oak barrels line two of the walls, and draped fairy lights bring a softness and romance to the room. Long timber trestle tables evoke a rowdy feasting vibe, and if you need a break from dancing and eating, you can pop out to the garden for a breath of fresh air.

The Garden Courtyard alongside Calvin Hall can also be used as a reception space if you'd prefer an outdoor dinner party. Or, you can transform this space into an evening lounge setting with bistro lights overhead — perfect for guests to take breaks between dancing sessions.

Following your reception, retire to one of five cosy colonial suites on the grounds and take a soak in the clawfoot tub.

Conclusion

So, if you are looking for a beautiful garden wedding venue in Sydney, we hope that our list of the best venues has helped. Keep in mind that each of these locations offers something unique and special, so do your research to find the perfect spot for your big day. We wish you all the best as you plan your dream wedding!

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