Where Are The Best Self-Catering Wedding Venues In Australia?

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There are several great options to choose from in Australia, each with its unique advantages. So, if you're debating between a self-catering and traditional catering wedding, read on for some pros and cons of both options. By the end of this post, you should have a good idea of which option is best for you and your big day!

Couples in Western Australia and Tasmania spend about $29,000, while those in South Australia pay slightly less at around $28,000. In Queensland and the Northern Territories, you can spend about $24,000. Weddings in the Australian Capital Territory are the most affordable at about $23,000.

  • Bondi Icebergs, Sydney. 
  • The George Ballroom, Melbourne. 
  • Villa Rustica, Byron Bay. 
  • Carriageworks, Sydney.
  • Campbell Point House, Victoria. 
  • The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney. 
  • Tanglewood Estate, Mornington Peninsula. 
  • National Gallery of Victoria.

If planning a modern wedding, look at art galleries, well-designed restaurants, or warehouse spaces. On the flip side, a wedding incorporating more natural elements works well with outdoor venues such as parks, backyards, and ranches.

Generally, plan to budget at least $100 per guest. However, if you're planning a wedding on a budget, one of the easiest ways to reduce costs is to invite fewer people and have a more intimate celebration.

  • Go small. "Don't invite people you don't want at your wedding. 
  • Or you could elope. 
  • Don't buy a bridal dress. 
  • Resist other people's expectations.
  • Have family or friends make the cake. 
  • Make your food and decorations. 
  • Avoid fancy transport. 
  • Don't say you're having a wedding.

Brookleigh Estate - Swan Valley

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Situated in the heart of the Swan Valley in Western Australia, just 25 kilometres from the city of Perth and 10 minutes from the Airport, Brookleigh Estate has the character and facilities which guarantee visitors a truly unique experience and one which they will find impossible to forget. The Valley Experience at Brookleigh Estate includes taking advantage of all the Valley's wonderful produce and art. Our location in the Valley is ideal for touring the region, and we offer a choice of accommodation to suit all budgets.

Donnelly River Holiday Village - South West

There's nothing fancy five stars or silver service about a Donnelly wedding.

They have billions of stars twinkling overhead at night, and silver rays through the morning mist, serving as the sun awakens on your special day.

When the mill was running, there were plans to build a church for the town, but the community enjoyed the services held each Sunday in the open air so much that they decided not to build it.

A growing number of happy couples have picked up the tradition and staged their ceremony under the karris of Donnelly, with their families and friends staying in their cottages and the bridal party in either the Old Boarding House or Monohan Lodge. 

Baldivis Farm Stay - Perth South

This place has a real country charm, only 35 minutes from the Perth CBD!

Dreaming of spending your wedding day under the stars with open spaces? Then, this place is for you! This venue also provides two special reception locations. The first area is an open grassed area near a formal private garden with a permanent rustic four post arch, which creates a lovely backdrop for your ceremony. The second option is to have your reception in the paddock.

It feels like you are in your very own country film!

Whispering Woods Pemberton - South West

Alexa and Mikey established Whispering Woods in 2016.

Whispering Woods, it's the venue where you might get poop on your boot!

They also proudly offer boutique accommodation in the beautiful, rustic 'Green Cabin'. Beautiful views will stop you from the verandah as you soak up the perfect balance of lush pasture and natural forest. Wake up with the sun, animals of the farm and birds from the forest. Spend your day exploring the area's beauty and end with a warming fire and star gazing. 

Perth City Farm - Perth Cbd

Perth City Farm is the perfect place for anyone looking for a beautiful and magical setting for their big day.

They have no restrictions or guidelines regarding catering, drinks or set-up, allowing you to create the wedding you've always dreamed of.

The venue is a completely blank canvas for you. You can dress our barn with its whitewashed walls, bullet grey flooring and steel beams up or down to suit whatever style event you are after.

Old Pickle Factory - Perth Cbd

In 1917 this building was the Pickle & Vinegar factory site, with residents often lining up for the pickles and complaining of the vinegar smell. 

Today the venue is a blank canvas for a range of events, and it is the perfect location for corporate events, weddings, launches and any event that needs something unique and a different setting.

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​​​The Old Pickle Factory is ideally located in Old West Perth, 5 minutes from the CBD and close to Leederville and Northbridge. 

Albion On Swan - Swan Valley

Albion on Swan is a 15-acre boutique vineyard in the heart of the Swan Valley. The private property is located between the Swan River and West Swan Road in Henley Brook and has several areas on the property that allow you to create a unique, one of a kind event. It includes a rustic winery built in the 1920s with a large paved area overlooking the Valley and the vineyard and riverbank. There are also several grassed areas where you could erect a marquee to create your venue.

Nanga Bush Camp - Perth South

Nanga Bush Camp is situated on the banks of the beautiful Murray River, nestled amongst the jarrah trees on 80 acres of uncleared forest. Located near Dwellingup, just 90 minutes from Perth, Nanga Bush Camp boasts a unique range of facilities and dwellings unmatched by any venue of its kind in Western Australia.

Mornington Springs - South West

Mornington Springs is nestled on 160 acres in the Shire of Harvey, WA, with a panorama of the surrounding forest and its magical beauty. The property will inspire you to create an unforgettable wedding with family and friends, and you will have a lifetime of memories to treasure in these beautiful, quiet surroundings.

Brisbane Region, Qld 

This historic property is located about an hour outside Brisbane and has quickly climbed to some metaphorical wedding food chain. But, with high timber ceilings, plenty of space to self-style, and the option to bring your booze, what's not to love?

High Country, Vic

Five hundred acres of sprawling green hills set the tone for this idyllic wedding venue next to the Howqua River. This property screams fun with a new custom-built wooden wedding barn and some good time saloon buildings on the property.

Southern Highlands, NSW

If tiny, inner-city spaces aren't your jam, then we suggest trying Weddings in the Wilde on for size. Surrounded by bush and boasting on-site accommodation, a flying fox and an enchanted wood chapel, you'll feel a million miles away (when technically you're only 140km from Sydney).

Northern Tasmania, Tas

Get ready to gasp at one of the most epic sheds we've ever encountered. Sandridge Estate sits pretty in its bushland surroundings, just 10 minutes up the hill from the aqua shores of Tasmania's northwest coast. With original working stockyards, a quarry and 500 acres of surrounding land, this property is prime for an authentic, all-Australian experience.

Country NSW, NSW

While unique, rural wedding venues seem to be popping up left, right and centre, what sets Kimo Estate apart is that it requires minimal styling and offers unique on-site accommodation for 30 guests. Organise enough alcohol to keep your guests well hydrated, give your partner a celebratory high-five (just because) and let the countdown begin.

Newcastle, NSW

Once Newcastle's police station and lock-up, this heritage-listed building has been reimagined as a contemporary art space that now doubles as a truly unique wedding venue. The great acoustics and size of the space also make it perfect for live music.

Blue Mountains, NSW 

An 800-hectare working cattle farm with five acres of manicured gardens, Waldara is sitting pretty in a league of its own. With luxury on-site accommodation and many perfect ceremony spots to boot, this BYO wedding venue is a place you'll remember for all the right reasons.

Hawkesbury Country Retreat

If the idea of escaping the city floats your boat, then a BYO wedding at Hawkesbury Country Retreat is something to consider seriously. Situated 50 mins north of Sydney on a quiet country road and overlooking the Hawkesbury River, it boasts an in-ground pool, accommodation for 20 guests, a petting zoo for the kids and comes August. The old farm shed will be operating as a purpose-designed function space.

Riverwood Weddings

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Gold Coast, QLD

Another family-run gem, this absolute river-front property has a lot going on. Let's start with the levelled lawn area perfect for a bohemian tipi or marquee, add the 10 acres of lovingly maintained farm and garden, and finish with the fact that this property allows absolute flexibility – BYO caterer, styling and (you guessed it) booze.

Premier Yarra Valley Winery Wedding Venue

Vineyard Wedding Venue, Breathtaking Backdrops, Exclusive Location, Romantic Experiences

Vines of the Yarra Valley Wedding venue is a stunning property located at the gateway of the Yarra Ranges, just 45 minutes from the Melbourne CBD. Surrounded by acres of vineyards in every direction, lush lawns and magnificent rose gardens, we provide everything you need in one location, including free ceremony time. In addition, we offer a ceremony location on-site with 360 panoramic views of the valley and mountain ranges.

Vogue Ballroom

An elegant wedding reception & function venue in Melbourne's South East, with over 600 five star reviews, everyone remembers a Vogue Ballroom wedding! Vogue Ballroom is an exciting wedding and reception venue located in Melbourne's southeast suburbs of Burwood East, a short 20 minutes from the city centre.

Vogue Ballroom is where Melbourne's "happily-ever-after" begins in grand style. The moment you say "I do," weddings at Vogue Ballroom are an elegant and luxurious affair. From our Grand Ballroom with its exquisite details, sparkling crystal chandeliers, and majestic staircase, brides-to-be have a wealth of elegant options in selecting their wedding venue for their special day. But, when it comes to your special day, Vogue Ballroom has proven to be an iconic wedding venue and function centre in Melbourne with a highly reviewed track record.

Vue De Monde

Vue de monde has been synonymous with Melbourne dining for almost 20 years, continuing to present beautiful food that appeals to a sense of luxury, honesty, integrity, and an inherent natural flavour. The focus has been to present an exciting and dynamic experience with the progression of flavours and a sense of curiosity.

In 2000, Chef Shannon Bennet opened Vue de monde from a quirky terrace building in Drummond Street, Carlton. In 2005, the restaurant relocated to the historic Normanby Chambers in Melbourne's central business district. The move signified a shift in direction, focusing on the theatrical and the dedication to dining as an experience. The move to the new premises that Vue de monde achieved widespread critical acclaim and international recognition, including a then-unprecedented 19/20 from The Age Good Food Guide.

Stones Of The Yarra Valley

Surrounded by century-old oak trees, vineyards, and blue-tinged mountains, there is something truly remarkable from every angle you stand. With its beautifully restored 1860's Barn, Stables, Dairy & Chapel all linked by European-inspired paths across acres of manicured lawns, Stones of the Yarra Valley is the perfect location for your wedding day.

Chateau Yering Hotel

For a quarter of a century, Chateau Yering has been host to brides and grooms beginning on a journey that will see a marriage last a lifetime. Chateau Yering Hotel sits in the heart of the spectacular Yarra Valley, Victoria's oldest wine region, on 250 acres of private land.

Today, catering for 20 to 120 guests, the property is well suited to contemporary styles of weddings that continue to incorporate traditions that are highly esteemed and regarded as vital parts of your wedding.

Once you have established your date, they look to host you in the region's stateliest of ballrooms. The Oak Room is decorated to reflect the history of Chateau Yering through design, antique furniture, and fine art. It is your perfect venue ahead of your happy and harmonious marriage into old age.

Creative menus crafted by Eleonore's chefs will delight alongside your celebrations with family and friends. This marriage of old and new lends the venue a refined and understated finish.

The hotel features 32 individually designed suits in four styles, from a large hotel style to an exclusive apartment. The stateliest accommodation is perfect for your guest accommodation and your wedding night.

At Chateau Yering Hotel, they specialise in creating elegant weddings for up to 120 guests. The Oak Room takes your breath away and offers gorgeous views across the Yarra Valley to the grand structure of Domaine Chandon in the distance. Purpose-built for events, The Chateau Yering Historic House to a place of prominence in the Australian hospitality industry

The Langham Melbourne

Old-world grandeur coupled with state-of-the-art facilities and seamless five-star services. The romance, the elegance, the precision of everything. A wedding at The Langham, Melbourne, is an unforgettable celebration. Their creative wedding team is committed to providing you with a celebration to cherish for a lifetime.

From the Alto Room on the 25th Floor with sweeping views of Melbourne's city skyline and terrace to the Clarendon Ballroom and Yarra Room with magnificent crystal chandeliers and French silk upholstered walls, let them take care of your dreams. Venue sizes vary to accommodate a celebration for an extended guest list to just your nearest and dearest.

The Westin Hotel

With over 8000 square feet of venue space, the Melbourne hotel can host intimate and grand events. For example, hold your wedding reception at the Allegro Restaurant, with a capacity for up to 300 guests. Or host a romantic wedding reception on one of the outdoor terrace venues with views over Melbourne.

Tailor the perfect menu for your wedding party with the help of their hotel's expert culinary team. The Library venue has contemporary lounge-style seating, an open fireplace and a flexible floor plan.

Red Scooter

Red Scooter is a highly trained wedding venue team celebrating 25 years of delivering memorable weddings and a passion for giving your guests the best possible occasion.

They are simply the unique wedding venue inner Melbourne has to offer. An event space that is retro yet timeless, industrial yet intimate and utterly unique. Red Scooter is a love story in itself.

They are always creating new ideas, doing the things they do well even better and staying in touch with the latest trends in entertainment and events. Moreover, they add an attitude that nothing is too much trouble and a commitment to listening to their clients and understanding their final aspirations for their big day.

No words can describe just how happy we are that we choose Red Scooter. Eammon and his team were exceptional! All our guests were blown away by the venue, the food and the service. They delivered on everything they promised and went above and beyond. Thanks to the guys at Red Scooter, we had the best wedding day! I'd give them more stars if I could!

Conclusion

So, if you're looking for the perfect self-catering wedding venue in Australia, you'll want to consider all of your options. We've outlined some of the best venues in the country, so start browsing and see which one is right for you! Have we missed your favourite self-catering wedding venue? Let us know in the comments below – we would love to hear from you.

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