Ideas For A Wedding Venues
Deciding on a suitable venue for your wedding ceremony can sometimes be difficult and frustrating. There are pros and cons for either having an indoor or outdoor wedding and apart from it being your personal choice, the best way to start is to think about what month of the year do you want to get married as this will give you an idea of what the weather will be like – winter or summer?
Next, what time of day do you want your ceremony to begin? This is important because if you wanted a 4pm wedding in the winter months, this will affect your post ceremony photo time because the sun sets much earlier. Your photographer definitely will not be happy if for some reason, your wedding ceremony on the day starts later than planned.
Now don’t forget the needs of your guests. After all, you do want them to enjoy and remember your wedding ceremony for all the right reasons and not because of something else.
Finally think about what places have been special to you both that will suit the style of wedding that you both want.
Outdoor weddings – be it small and intimate or large, some couples prefer an outdoor wedding either at a local park nearby or at one of the more popular wedding venues. Parks and reserves are booked through the respective local Council, so you will need to contact the Council that looks after your chosen park or reserve and make the necessary arrangements. There will be a charge and fees vary between Councils and in some cases the popularity of the park you have in mind.
To help you find your local Council, please click here for the Local Council Directory
Indoor weddings – there are a number of non-denominational chapels around Sydney and outer suburbs which can be used for civil weddings. Alternatively you can book a private room in a restaurant or have your wedding in a Reception or Function centre, especially if you plan to have a larger wedding. Some Reception centres have their own manicured gardens which you can have your wedding and reception all in the one venue.
To help you find a Sydney Function Centre, please click Sydney Functions Listing
Need some suggestions?
Below are a list of ceremony venues that are well known around Sydney CDB and surrounds which I have also had the privilege of experiencing many of them.
For venues around our beautiful Sydney harbour on the city side, there is Observatory Hill Park or any of the restaurants around The Rocks area. Around Circular Quay, there is Hickson Road Reserve, The Quay Restaurant and Customs House or the Museum of Contemporary Art and of course the many lawns to choose from within Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens. Surprisingly there is a chapel within Sydney Hospital that many couples have gotten married in. There is the Chinese Gardens of Friendship in Darling Harbour or Giba Park in Pyrmont.
On the north side of Sydney Harbour, there are various venues such as Cremorne Reserve, Cremorne Point, Copes Lookout at Kirribilli, Bradfield Park, Blues Point Reserve, Bradley’s Head and Gunners’ Barracks in Mosman, Sergeant’s Mess in Chowder Bay or our harbour side Taronga Centre at the Zoo.
If you really want to enjoy our Sydney Harbour, you can opt to have your wedding on a boat and there are many companies to choose from – Sydney Glass Island, The Pontoon Glass Boat, Captain Cook Cruises or why not have your wedding on Clark Island or Shark Island?
For venues in the Northern Beaches, there are many suitable beaches, golf clubs and surf clubs to choose from in Manly, Long Reef, Mona Vale, Cromer to name a few. There is the Q Station in Manly, Jonah’s Restaurant in Whale Beach and Miramere Gardens in Terrey Hills are great venues for wedding ceremonies.
In the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, the famous McKell Park in Darling Point is a popular wedding venue as is the beautiful Nielsen Park, Vaucluse House and the grounds of Strickland House in Vaucluse. The Nurses Chapel in Little Bay is a deconsecrated chapel that many brides and grooms have used. Of course, there are beautiful gardens within Centennial Park and the unique Paddington Reservoir Gardens in Paddington is ideal for a small intimate wedding.
Venues in the Inner west of Sydney that are popular are Cabarita Park, Federation Pavilion or Rodd Park in Drummoyne, Mort Bay Park in Birchgrove all which offer water view backdrops. For heritage style venues, there is Banjo Paterson Cottage in Gladesville, Curzon Hall in Marsfield or the various venues available within Sydney University.
Western Sydney has plenty of lovely parks and venues to offer. Old Government House, Parramatta Park, Elizabeth Farm, Barnaby’s Restaurant all in Parramatta. I have celebrated many weddings at Oatlands House in Oatlands, Auburn Botanical Gardens, and within Nurragingy Reserve in Doonside which has many ceremony sites on offer as does parks within the Hawkesbury and Penrith councils.
If you would like to have your wedding just out of Sydney in the Blue Mountains, there is a beautiful little chapel in Chapel Hill, Berambing, beautiful gardens within Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens in Bilpin and many various venues around Leura and Katoomba – Everglades Gardens and The Carrington Hotel and some awesome venues to choose from within Jenolan Caves.
Likewise South West of Sydney has many parks and venues to offer from the Canterbury, Bankstown area through to Liverpool and Casula area and beyond. The area offers Eschol Park House, Gledswood Homestead and Winery in Catherine Fields, Menangle House, Belgenny Farm and Camden Valley Inn and of course various gardens within Mt Annan Botanic Gardens. There is also a quaint little chapel –the Old St Thomas Chapel in Narellan which is very popular with brides and grooms.
In the Southern suburbs of Sydney, there are plenty of beaches and parks to choose from within Sutherland Shire Council. Likewise there are plenty of other beautiful gardens and parks within Kogarah, Hurstville and Rockdale councils. So check out their respective websites for further details.