5 Most Interesting Wedding Venues In Melbourne

Finding a Melbourne wedding venue can be a headache. Between collaborating with your spouse-to-be and their family to agree on something that aligns with everybody’s taste. And not to mention finding a beautiful-yet-affordable location. The process of choosing a place to get married can be downright overwhelming…

But don’t throw your hands up and elope just yet – if you’re looking to get married in Melbourne then my list of the five most interesting wedding venues in Melbourne will be just the thing you need to get started on your search!

The Substation

Located in Newport, is an exclusive and exciting venue for anyone who wants to add a touch of class to their nuptials – the Substation.

Besides the classy atmosphere, The Substation is a fairly nice size: It can accommodate weddings that have anywhere from 80 to 200 guests. And no matter what kind of wedding and reception you want – be that a sit-down formal dinner, a cocktail party, or just a simple ceremony – The Substation is willing to help you create your ideal event.

Beware, The Substation tends to get a lot of enquiries and, as such, fills up quite quickly. With curated art programs also held at the venue, it’s best to get in touch earlier rather than. It’s seriously such a beautiful venue and is still so close to the city!

Check out their website here: thesubstation.org.au/

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The Substation Newport Wedding
the substation wedding

Altar Electric

“The hippest little wedding chapel this side of Vegas”, introducing, Altar Electric.

Altar Electric is meant for couples who like to live a little on the weird and wild side – if the thought of the registry office makes you squirm, this is the venue for you.

One thing’s for sure: Altar Electric is anything but boring. Inspired by the chapels of Vegas, with their neon lights and laissez-faire attitude. Enjoy some time with your closest friends and family with this venue holding a total of 20 guests. But, if you can’t pare down the guest list, the venue offers options for larger parties at a higher price. Best of all, dogs are allowed! If you want your furry friend to be your best man or maid of honour, that’s completely allowed.

The booking process is super easy too. Just take a look at the calendar to see when the venue is available, send Altar Electric an email, submit your paperwork and hang tight. Your only job is to show up – no stress, no hassle, just “Melbourne’s most rocking way to get hitched”.

Check out their website here: thealtarelectric.com.au/

Altar Electric Wedding
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Forty Five Downstairs

Usually, a creative hub showcasing artists, Forty Five Downstairs is a truly unique space and worth considering for your Melbourne wedding. With a mixture of trendy and classy, the theatre and gallery can hold your wedding ceremony and/or reception. Availability is limited, however, and the theatre season comes first—so if you’d like to book a date within the next 12-15 months, do it now.

Accommodating between 30 to 160 guests, with an optional audio-visual package. And best of all? Forty Five Downstairs partners with Cookes Food, who won Events Caterer of the Year in 2018 at the Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards. “Sophie and her team at Cookes Food understand beautifully the quirkiness of the venue and allow the venue to shine”. So make your planning process a little easier and book the venue and caterer all in one!

Check out their website here: www.fortyfivedownstairs.com/wp2016/

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Forty Five Downstairs wedding

Two Ton Max

Ready to choose your own décor, caterer, and all the other details? Described as a “blank canvas” ready for you’re dream event, Two Ton Max is a simple venue that’s ready for your vision.

A formal industrial warehouse in north Melbourne, Two Ton Max thoughtfully transformed, beautifully detailed venue.

Holding up to hold 200 people, the venue includes a bar & commercial kitchen. Featuring beautifully polished concrete floors, large skylights, and a full audio/visual system. As well as air conditioning, bathrooms, and just about anything else you could need.

With unrestricted on-street parking, a flexible electrical layout, and a two-ton capacity crane, the venue is easy to set up for your ceremony and/or reception.

With the building itself being repurposed and a large focus on the reuse of materials, the building is even environmentally friendly!

If you’re after an interesting wedding venue in Melbourne that’s ready to transform, Two Ton Max would be a great option.  

Check out their website here: twotonmax.com.au/

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Rupert On Rupert

Looking for a quirky wedding venue in Melbourne with a bunch of style? One of my favourite wedding venues to shoot in Melbourne, Rupert On Rupert.

Hostin an indoor garden, vintage furniture, and a conservatory that looks like an “evergreen cathedral” (a charming place to walk the aisle!). As well as ample space for your wedding party to spread out.

You will be greeted with smiles from the lovely staff, as well as delicious Mediterranean food prepared by the in-house chef. As well as a wine bar stocked from all over the world, Rupert on Rupert is sure to not disappoint.

Protecting guests from the unpredictable Melbourne weather, the ceiling holds out the weather while still letting in plenty of natural light. And best of all? There’s no extra fee for an on-site ceremony. Therefore you can host both your ceremony and your reception without the faff of having to change venues.

Rupert’s owner even doubles as a wedding coordinator and would be happy to help you plan your special day. This Melbourne wedding venue can seat 80 people for a sit-down wedding reception, which includes dinner. Otherwise, you can fit a maximum of 200 guests for a standing cocktail party.

Profess your love in a “starlit wonderland”, and plan an evening wedding at Rupert on Rupert!

Check out their website here: rupertonrupert.com.au/

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Rupert On Rupert Wedding

One quick note before you go…

Melbourne is a beautiful coastal city with lots of hidden gems with regard to venues. However, Melbourne is also known for giving its residents four seasons in one day. For that reason, as you plan your wedding day, make sure to carefully consider the time of year. And have a backup plan that can be carried out indoors! After all, you don’t want your perfect wedding ruined by the weather!

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