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Top Wedding Venues in Melbourne

On the lookout for the top wedding venues that Melbourne has to offer? We know that trawling the internet to find the perfect spot to get hitched is seriously time-consuming and can be frustrating. But the stress stops here! We’ve decided to do the legwork for you and created a curated list of the best wedding venues to hire in the city. Now you can easily browse them, find one that suits all your needs and book it in just a few clicks. It’s never been so easy. Actually, don’t take our word for it – why don’t you give it a try and see for yourself now?

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Wedding Venues Hire Guide

As we’ve already mentioned, organising a wedding in Melbourne can get overwhelming, but you don’t need to stress too much – we’re here to make it headache-free. Don’t know where to begin your wedding venue search? Here’s our handy list of tips that will help you get started.

  • Start by writing down your guest list – Why is this so important? Doing this will help you accurately establish your budget and decide on the size of your venue. We’re listing both big and small wedding venues in Melbourne, so whether you’re organising an intimate reception or a huge bridal bash, we’ve got you covered.
  • Have different dates in mind – This is a crucial element to be aware of when planning a Melbourne wedding. The most sought-after wedding venues book out really early in advance, so having several alternatives for your wedding date will increase your choice of venues. Remember: the more dates you have to choose from, the more chances you have of securing your dream venue!
  • Create a list of your non-negotiables – Are you 100% sure you’d like to work with an external caterer of your choice? Remember to check if the wedding venue you’ve picked allows you to bring your own food. This applies to other services, too – there are cases where some wedding venues in Melbourne work with recommended suppliers only. It’s always better to ask and the friendly venue managers will be happy to assist!

 How much does it cost to hire a wedding venue in Melbourne?

So, down to the really important element: the hire fees. It’s a big subject, but we’ve got all the answers you’re looking for. Check out our guide below!

  • Many wedding venues in Melbourne (especially banqueting halls) charge a hire fee. Average rates may differ a lot depending on the location and the size of the venue. For instance, hiring a wedding hall for 200 people in Brighton may cost less than $1000, while prices for blank canvas spaces for 300 hundred in Kensington can go for over $5000.
  • If you’re hiring a restaurant for your wedding, keep in mind that most of them work on a minimum-spend basis. This means you need to spend a certain amount on food and drinks, but at the same time, you’re not paying a cent for using the space. Sounds like a fair deal, doesn’t it? Minimum spend rates for weddings in Melbourne usually range between $4000 and $10000, depending on the size of your reception and the menu itself.
  • How about an all-inclusive wedding package deal? Heaps of venues in Melbourne have special event offers for weddings. These usually consist of a set food and drinks menu, sometimes with other event services included in the price. Per-person rates range between $40 for very basic packages and up to $150 for extended ones. As a rule of thumb, in Melbourne wedding packages below $100 are considered a pretty good deal!

A guide to wedding locations in Melbourne

Last but not least, you might be wondering which part of the city is the best one for hosting a wedding. We’re more than happy to share some of our favourites. See the list of the most popular areas for weddings in Melbourne below and get inspired:

  • Melbourne CBD – Love those one-of-a-kind picturesque alleyways? Melbourne Central Business District is the ultimate destination for a unique urban wedding. The area is full of amazing restaurants and bars with rooftop terraces, many of which would make the perfect backdrop for your big day.
  • Port Melbourne – Enjoy the very best of the Melbourne coast, from converted warehouses to stunning beachside wedding venues. Whether you feel like hosting an industrial style modern wedding celebration or tying the knot with the wind in your hair and sand between your toes, Port Melbourne venues are sure to impress.
  • South-East Melbourne – Dreaming of a picturesque wedding on the Mornington Peninsula, or in a historical venue that tells a story? You’ll find what you’re looking for in South-East Melbourne.

What are the most popular wedding venue types in Melbourne?

  • Garden venues – Perfect for rustic receptions and couples who love all this boho, garden venues are one of the biggest trends right now in Melbourne and all around Victoria. And the cherry on top? Many of them focus on local produce and sustainability, so you can expect top-notch catering, too.
  • Industrial venues – We know lofts and warehouses with a truly unique character and heaps of industrial chic. Venues of this kind can be easily customised to make your wedding celebration truly personal. Melbourne is full of them, and we’re stoked to help you pick just the perfect one.
  • Hotel venues – If you’re expecting a lot of guests coming from other parts of Australia (and from abroad), hiring a hotel venue for your wedding is your best bet. This way you’ll have both the reception and the accommodation sorted in one building. To top it all off, Melbourne hotel venues are often beautifully located in the most sought-after areas of the city. What’s not to love?

FAQs about Wedding Venues in Melbourne

How far in advance should I secure the wedding venue?

On average, couples start their venue hunt a year before the wedding, but no later than 9 months before. The wedding season falls anywhere between September to May, so if you’re planning a reception in that time frame, you should start your search ASAP to have the best option still available on your dream date.

What is usually included in the wedding package?

Usually, wedding packages include the venue hire fee, catering, decorations, tables, chairs, and an open bar. However, it may depend on the type of wedding package you choose - basic wedding packages will include fewer extras than all-inclusive wedding packages.

Who pays for the wedding?

There are no ground rules on who should pay for the wedding. It can be the bride and groom themselves, or their families who evenly split the costs between each other. So don’t be afraid to discuss that matter with your families, as it will help you draw up a reasonable wedding budget.

What type of affordable venues can I book for my wedding reception?

With a sprinkle of imagination, any venue can be transformed into the ideal space of your dreams! However, the most popular and inexpensive wedding venues are restaurants, bars, warehouses, lofts, and gardens. Spaces like art galleries, museums, or even zoos offer competitive prices, so they are also definitely worth considering!

Guests Reviews of Wedding Venues on Tagvenue

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Tamara R.
Booked Whole Brewery at Inner North Brewing Company
Liz was outstanding! We had our wedding reception at inner north, with roughly 130 guest. Everything was PERFECT. Liz was extremely helpful and made everything come together smoothly. I Highly recommend this beautiful brewy.
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Mohit C.
Booked Outdoor Alfresco Area at Olinda Tea House
Rebeca is an excellent communicator and very professional in organising the events at Olinda tea house. Our heartfelt thanks for the wonderful service provided by Rebeca and her team at Olinda Tea House for our wedding. Their dedication and attention to what we had envisioned for our solemnisation ceremony played a key role in making our special day both seamless and memorable. From the early stages of planning to the final moments of our celebration, their guidance and support were invaluable. The patience and respect shown by the staff did not go unnoticed; they were attentive, professional, and contributed to the atmosphere of the event. We sincerely appreciate the entire team. Their hard work and commitment to excellence were evident in every interaction and contributed greatly to the success of our day.
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Sally I.
Booked Backroom at Ovolo South Yarra
We were lucky to host the wedding of the year at Ovolo. Lara was a godsend, Ebony an angel, and Alex a living legend. I was impressed at every turn by what the venue has built for itself, and what the team were willing to offer. I will hold Ovolo in my heart forever
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Stephanie E.
Booked Frontside Food & Wine at Frontside Food & Wine
We hosted our entire wedding - ceremony & reception with 85 guests - at Frontside and had the best experience! Anne Marie and the team did everything possible to ensure we had the best possible day, including being extremely helpful and accomodating during the organisation period and going above and beyond on the day. Not to mention the AMAZING food! We can't recommend Frontside highly enough!
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Paul
Booked The Winston Room at The Hotel Windsor
The Windsor was an excellent choice for our wedding. Louise was awesome and a pleasure to deal with. Food and service was absolutely exquisite. Will go back for our anniversary.
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Arlene S.
Booked The Café at The National Hotel
Sasha was such a fantastic function coordinator. From the start of planning until our wedding day, no hassle at all. All our guests enjoyed our very intimate wedding. Plus the food! It was superb! I can't thank Sasha and The National Hotel enough for making our wedding memorable. Sasha and her team are highly recommended.
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Erin G.
Booked Beer Garden at The Mint Bar & Restaurant
The Mint was very clean, very organised and looked spectacular! Lots of communication prior to the event to determine our preferences and how the night would work. Heaps of seating and standing spaces and it poured so heavy with rain but the outside section was still really nice with excellent heaters. It was truly great to have the entire venue to ourselves!!! .
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Mandy W.
Booked Park Room at Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne
Venue is magnificent and Hailey was the best. She made everything as planned shes been through from day one. I really appreciate her service provided to us, she went above and beyond to make sure everything was in order. Amora should be happy to have someone like Hailey at service. Overall hotel is really good, we also got a complimentary Breakfast, champagne and chocolates. since we booked a hotel room prior night. Rooms are clean and had everything needed. Staff is friendly, breakfast buffet is good with many varieties.

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