Today, you are going to get some in-depth insights and visions for wedding ceremony locations in Melbourne.
When we organized the conversations with the couples, quite a few of them ask our suggestions for wedding ceremony locations. We then realize heaps of couples book their Melbourne wedding photographer before the wedding ceremony venue.
What’s the best location for wedding ceremony in Melbourne? It depends. Depends on couples’ the reception location.
Below are some superb wedding ceremony locations in our visions. Besides the photography advantages of these sites, we will also cover other perspectives such as the permit, the fees, the weather, the traffic and etc.
Hope this information we shared could smooth your wedding planning a bit. Let’s get started.
1. Garden Wedding Ceremony Locations in Melbourne
Melbourne is a city known as the garden city. We have picked some of the most beautiful gardens in Melbourne and its inner suburbs for your wedding ceremony location choice.
Video tour: Carlton Gardens
Located On North of Melbourne City CBD, Carlton Gardens is one of the most popular and classical places when Melbourne people thinking about the outdoor garden weddings.
Lawn 15 is my recommended place. At here, you could set the fountain and Royal Exhibition Building as the backdrop for your wedding ceremony and tie the knot between the tree lines. The perfect symmetrical balance is golden for wedding photography.
After the wedding ceremony, you could also take the opportunity to capture the bridal party photos in other lawns or places of the Carlton Gardens.
The Key Wedding Ceremony Features for Carlton Gardens Lawn 15
Contact info of the Carlton Gardens
Video Tour: Fitzroy Gardens
When you prefer a bit alternations to tie the knot in a garden around Melbourne City, Fitzroy Gardens is another perfect options. To stand out compared to other gardens weddings ceremony locations, Fitzroy Garden could provide both the outdoor and indoor options.
For the outdoor garden weddings, Lawn 9 with the Old Bandstand, Lawn 11 with the Dolphin Fountain are my recommendations.When you choose to get married in the wet season and still prefer some garden look, the conservatory could be one of your perfect garden wedding choices.
Lawn 9 with the Old bandstand needs an early application for the busy wedding season as it is a quite popular option for brides. When you organize a summer afternoon wedding ceremony, you could choose the side of Grey Street Fountain as there is more shade here. When you have a bit long guest list for the wedding ceremony, then choose the playground side could give you more space.
<Lawn 11 with the Dolphin Fountain offer a better landscape option. The lush green native backdrop, the old elm trees, the paved pathway and the fountain itself deliver a variety of background to your wedding ceremony.
The Key Wedding Ceremony Feature for Lawn 9 (Old Bandstand) and Lawn 11 (Dolphin Fountain)
When you prefer the indoor floral and garden wedding ceremony to avoid the possible bad weather, the Conservatory in the Fitzroy Garden is a great choice. Please note the Conservatory could only be booked outside the public opening hours (9 am to 5.30 pm)
The Key Wedding Ceremony Feature for Conservatory
Contact info of the Fitzroy Gardens
Video tour: Royal Botanic Gardens
When we talking about the Royal Botanical Gardens, sometimes we may get a bit confused. There are actually quite a few gardens inside the circle of the St Kilda Road, Domain Road and Alexandra Ave. From north to the south, there are Alexandra Gardens, Queen Victoria Gardens, Kings Domain, Royal Botanical Gardens and Kings Domain South.
For the wedding ceremony, only the Queen Victoria Gardens, Kings Domain and the Royal Botanical Garden could be hired. Moreover, you need to go through different organizations to apply for the permit and pay the bill.
For Queen Victoria Gardens and Kings Domain, they belong to Melbourne City. So as the same as Carlton Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens, you need to apply for the permit and pay the fees to Melbourne City Council.
Among all the possible wedding ceremony places in these two gardens, my preferred choice is the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, Lawn 7 with the Stapley Pavilion and Lawn 8 with the Janet Lady Clarke Rotunda.
The Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden offers a quiet and private environment with the surrounded hedge. Plus, the small tranquil pond and the blue-tiled grotto will provide a perfect backdrop. For the Lawn 7 with Stapley Pavilion and the Lawn 8 with Janet Lady Clarke Rotunda, they could accommodate an intimate wedding ceremony inside, so you don’t have to worry about possible rain on your wedding day.
The Key Wedding Ceremony Feature for The Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, Lawn 7 (Stapley Pavilion) and Lawn 8 (Janet Lady Clarke Rotunda)
Currently, if you are not going to get married in the reception venues inside the Royal Botanical Garden, such as The Terrace, Garden House and Jardin Tan, you have to contact Blake Feast to arrange all your wedding ceremony related service. They are the only outdoor wedding ceremony contractor in the Royal Botanical Garden. Blake Feast’s wedding ceremony service includes site hire, marquee hire, wet weather contingency options, post-ceremony drinks and etc.
There are currently 7 outdoor spots and 1 indoor alternative spot for wedding ceremony location in Royal Botanical Gardens. They are Nymphaea Lake East and West, Tecoma Pavilion, Taxodium Lawn, Rose Pavillion, Picnic Point, Princes Lawn, Tennyson Lawn and Eastern Transit Room.
The Key Wedding Ceremony Feature for The Above 8 Wedding Ceremony Places in Royal Botanical Garden
Contact info of the Royal Botanical Garden
Video Tour: St Kilda Botanical Gardens
If you prefer to escape Melbourne city’s traffic to organize a garden wedding ceremony, St Kilda Botanical Gardens is definitely a great option. Set on St Kilda – Melbourne’s inner south suburb, St Kilda Botanical Gardens has some extraordinary views as the wedding ceremony backdrop. The palm-lined path, the ornamental pond, the sub-tropical rain forest conservatory are just a few of them.
Among all the places inside the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, the Rose Garden Rotunda is the most popular and scenic place for a wedding ceremony in my experience.
The Key Wedding Ceremony Features for St Kilda Botanical Gardens
Contact info of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens
When you organize a garden wedding ceremony on the western side of Melbourne, Williamstown Botanical Gardens is my recommendation place. Set at Williamstown and face to the Port Phillip Bay, Williamstown Botanical Gardens has 4 lawns available for the couples who prefer to tie the knot. They are Golden Elm Lawn, Liquid Amber Lawn, Plumbago Lawn and Sunset Lawn.
The Key Wedding Ceremony Feature for Williamstown Botanical Gardens
Contact info of the Williamstown Botanical Gardens
Located at the Hampton end of North Road, Kamesburgh Garden is one of the best wedding ceremony locations that I’ve shot in Brighton area. Walk into the garden, you will find a big lawn which is perfect for wedding ceremonies. With the stunning heritage Victorian mansion as well as fountains and palm trees as the perfect backdrop, your wedding ceremony photos are guaranteed to be above and beyond.
As a wedding photographer, what I also love about the Kamesburgh Garden is the versatilities and convenience it offers to the wedding couple. While bridal vehicles are permitted to enter the grounds, this means our brides no longer have to travel a long distance to walk into the ceremony. Not only that, plenty of photo locations in the garden allow couples to do their wedding location photos straightway after the ceremony.
The historical mansion, the stairs in front, the fountain, as well as the palm trees are pretty much must do photos at the Kamesburgh Garden.
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2. Choices For A Church Wedding Ceremony in Melbourne
Getting married in a church to receive the Catholic or Orthodox blessing is another popular way to tie the knot in Melbourne. Below are some gorgeous churches in our vision for the wedding ceremony options in Melbourne metro area.
Video tour: St Ignatius Church
Set on Church Street in Richmond, St Ignatius is one of the most popular places to get married in a Catholic church. You could expect the Sacrament of Matrimony to establish a lifelong union between you and your loved one. The indoor marble architectures and the outdoor backyard balcony with the city view are just beautiful scenes to have them in your wedding day memory.
The Key Wedding Ceremony Features for St Ignatius Catholic Church
Contact info of the St Ignatius Catholic Church
Set in West Melbourne, St Mary Star of the Sea is another option. It is a perfect place to receive the Catholic blessing and embrace the beauty of this historic church. The stained glass high window and the white marble based column make here a fulfilled with the artistic sense. It is a truly gorgeous place to capture wedding photos inside this church while you are tying the knot.
The Key Wedding Ceremony Features for St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church
Contact info of the St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church
Sit together with the Victoria Head office of Greek Orthodox Anchdiocese of Australia, St Eustathios in South Melbourne is an extraordinary place for the greek background couple in Melbourne. Fr Chris will help you to organise a smooth and epic wedding ceremony here at the St Eustathios.
The Key Wedding Ceremony Features for St Eustathios South Melbourne
When we talking about how beautiful an Orthodox could be, Antiochian Orthodox Church of St Nicholas is always on top of my list. Set in East Melbourne, the internal design and architecture here are one of a kind in all the Orthodox churches. The chandelier and the wall paint make St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church a wonderful place for wedding photography.
The Key Wedding Ceremony Features for St Nicholas
3. Indoor Options For Non-Religious Wedding Ceremony in Melbourne
When you prefer to organize a wedding ceremony inside a civil function room rather than the churches, below are some superb places available from a wedding photographer’s perspective.
When you ask me to recommend a place for Non-Religious wedding ceremony in Melbourne, the Dome located on 333 Collins St in Melbourne City is my favourite one. The elegance and grandeur here make the Dome an extraordinary place for an epic and romantic wedding. The Italianate arches, the tiled mosaic floor and the clerestory windows that scintillates light throughout the structure are all working perfectly with the wedding photography during your ceremony.
The Key Wedding Ceremony Features for The Dome
Contact info of the Dome
When you consider organizing the wedding ceremony at a bit unique place, like a historical castle, Montsalvat is probably the go-to choice. Set in Eltham, about 25 km on Northeast of Melbourne, Montsalvat is an amazing and delightful place to celebrate your wedding ceremony. You have the choice to choose your final location from the Upper Galley, Blue Stone Chapel or any outdoor locations in Montsalvat’s 12 acres ground and garden. You could also embrace the chance to shoot your location wedding photography here. The manicured gardens, the historical castle facade and the attic indoors are simply all gorgeous places for your after-ceremony wedding photos.
The Key Wedding Ceremony Features for Montsalvat
Contact info of the Montsalvat
Glasshaus is a designer nursery with two retail locations, called Glasshaus Inside, in Cremorne and Glasshaus Outside, in Richmond, respectively. Although they can both be operated during the day and night, Glasshaus Outside is a more ideal day time event place and Glasshaus Inside is more sort of a wedding reception.
Both these two places styled with plenty of plants draping from the walls. The Industrial Chic decors, the botanical splendours and natural lighting dropped from the ceiling make this place an impeccable place to hold your wedding ceremony. I wouldn’t suggest you spend any extra on the decorations here as it is already an extraordinary location for a wedding event.
The Key Wedding Ceremony Features for Glasshaus
Contact info of the Glasshaus
4. Melbourne’s Beach Wedding Ceremony Locations
As a coastal city, Melbourne has heaps premier beaches with a stunning view. Some of them are available for the wedding ceremony. Below is the list of my favourite locations to organize a beach themed wedding in Melbourne.
Located on Pier Road in St Kilda, Harbour Room is one of the most premier location to hold a wedding ceremony with the Port Phillip view. The stunning ocean view and city skyline provide the perfect drop for your wedding ceremony. Unlike most other beach locations, you could hire a marquee or step to the downstairs when the weather turns wet.
The Key Wedding Ceremony Features for Harbour Room
Contact info of the Harbour Room
Video Tour: Brighton Beach
When you prefer to organize your beach wedding ceremony at a place with the capability of DIY spirit, then the public beaches at Port Philip City are my recommendations. On the west side of Beaconsfield Parade and Jacka Boulevard, there are quite a few beach locations for you to choose. The Catani Gardens, the Point Ormond, Elwood Beach, St Kilda Beach, Middle Park Beach and Port Melbourne Beach.
As a wedding photographer who regularly captured the weddings at these beaches, I would choose the Beach in front of the Port Melbourne Band Rotunda as my favourite beach wedding ceremony locations in Melbourne. The beautiful city view and the Spirit of Tasmania are both unique backdrop. After the wedding ceremony, it is also very close to some of the most popular beach wedding photo locations, like the Princes pier and Lagoon Pier. When you prefer to have a beach themed wedding around Melbourne, the beach here probably fit you the best.
The Key Wedding Ceremony Features for Public Beaches of Port Phillip City
Set inside the Old Treasury Building on Spring Street, the Victorian Marriage Registry represents one of the most historical places for Melbourne bride and groom to tie their knot. The Marriage Registry is the perfect choice for those who is looking for an intimate wedding ceremony. And the prime location of the registry office provides wedded couples endless wedding photography opportunities. Within 10 minutes travelling, you would be able to find some of the most popular wedding photo locations in Melbourne, including the Parliament House, Fitzroy Garden, Windsor Hotel as well as the Victoria Barracks.
Inside the building, there are two rooms can be used for wedding ceremony, which are the Margaret Craig Room as well as the Thomas Hyde Room. With a capacity of up to 55 people, the Margaret Craig room is the perfect room for wedding ceremony if you have a slightly larger guest size. On the other side, the Thomas Hyde Room is much smaller: with guest capacity of up to 10 guests, making it a perfect room for a small and intimate wedding ceremony.
Alternatively, if you are looking to sign the paper without the fuss of holding a wedding ceremony. The Victorian Marriage Registry also provides the legal-only package, to get you married under 15 minutes with cheaper fee. However, this service will only be available during the weekdays.
After your wedding ceremony, you can start doing wedding photo locations straightaway. Thanks to the prime location of the registry, you will be discovering endless opportunities of wedding photography. If you are a fan of garden, the Fitzroy Garden as well as the Treasury Garden are just at the back of the Old Treasury Building. If you want to feature modern architecture on your wedding photography, then the Parliament House as well as the Treasury Place are just under few minutes away. Its truly amazing that you will be offered with some many choices on wedding photo locations.
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Pricing of Marriage Package at the Victorian Marriage Registry
Ever dreamed about a rooftop ceremony in Melbourne? As one of the most liveable cities in world, Melbourne offers stunning sceneries including the modern city skyline as well as likes and beaches. And a rooftop ceremony on the rooftop certainly maximizes those benefits: from Port Philip bay to the Southbank, from sea view to city skylines, there is always one rooftop wedding venue that suits you.
If you are interested in holding a rooftop wedding ceremony, please click on here to see our top 7 rooftop wedding venues in Melbourne.
Please note: All price information above was taken directly from the city council websites, venue websites or staf. It is a reference and a guide only. If you notice any of the information to be incorrect, please email me at email@example.com
Choose a perfect wedding ceremony place is crucial for your wedding day. Melbourne certainly has more wedding ceremony locations than we listed above. However, from a wedding photographer’s view and experience, these ones pops out in our vision.
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