Melbourne Wedding Venues: Top 10 Most Unique Wedding Venues
Trying to find a unique wedding venue in Melbourne? Selecting a venue is nothing short of a mammoth task. I’ve heard countless stories from clients and friends about how they wished they had some trusted suggestions. So here it is, my curated list of 10 most unique Melbourne wedding venues.
Rupert on Rupert – Collingwood
Nestled in the backstreets of Collingwood you’ll find Rupert on Rupert. The aptly named cozy warehouse space that’s absolutely worth finding. Rupert on Repert is one of my favourite venues in Melbourne.
On walking in you are greeted with tendrils of greenery, amber-lit lamps and mismatched—yet super cool—vintage furniture. The polished concrete floor & copper surfaces offer an industrial feel. While the oversized windows and exposed beams give this venue a light airiness.
This lofty leafy space accommodates up to 80 seated or 200 cocktail style in the Main Dining Hall. Rupert also offers a gorgeous ambiance for winter weddings with a fireplace at the centerpiece. To top off an already amazing venue, Rupert’s head chef is anincredible cook, catering for all dietary requirements.
Check them out here: RUPERT
Nursery by day, and a stunning wedding venue by night, Glasshaus is exactly as its name suggests. Wall-to-wall foliage and flowers, this life-sized terrarium is somewhat of a botanical paradise. Plants potted in all shapes and sizes are stacked on shelves affixed to the walls. Creating a living backdrop perfect for photos.
There are both inside and outside spaces suitable for day and evening weddings. Including 88 people for sit-down dinners and up to 125 people for cocktail parties. While there is no on-site catering at Glasshaus, this allows you to choose your perfect caterer. No matter your style, the Glasshaus has you covered. It’s one of my favourites and definitely in the top 10 of Melbourne’s most unique wedding venues.
Check them out here: GLASSHAUS
The George Ballroom, St Kilda
Taking pride on the first floor of the famous George Hotel, The George Ballroom is everything you’d expect from this iconic St Kilda venue.
If Kensington Palace had a little sister, this would be it. Old world charm complete with columns, stain glass, and gilded mirrors. This Victorian-style venue impresses from floor to ceiling.
Accommodating up to 150 seated and 200 cocktail-style. The George Ballroom is an ornate and elegant wedding venue located beachside, making it a great spot for wedding portraits.
Check them out here: THE GEORGE BALLROOM
The Brunswick Mess Hall, Brunswick
Reminiscent of a country barn yet with a distinct Melbourne vibe.
The dark glossy leaves of ivy cascade from the rafters and sway amongst the pendant lighting. No need for extra decoration here, the ivy has you covered!
The venue boasts a moreish menu drawing influence from South East Asia, lending itself to both canapé and share plate style service. And includes a capacity for 140 sit-down guests or 200 standing.
Not as polished as other wedding venues, but every bit as cool, The Brunswick Mess Hall is covered in hanging frames and wall art. The “In Mess We Trust” slogan—resembling an 80s metal concert poster—provides for a quirky backdrop for your wedding snaps.
This little pocket of awesome is ideal for your not–so–run–of–the–mill wedding party.
Check them out here: THE BRUNSWICK MESS HALL
Located at the top of a hill in the quaint Taradale you’ll find Churchill, a Little–House–on–the–Prairie–esque old country church with a whole lotta charm.
Although not technically in Melbourne, this is a privately owned estate–turned–wedding–venue at the edge of Fryers Ridge Forest. It is absolutely worth the hour–and–a–bit drive, trust me.
Churchill accommodates for 100 sit-down, 120 cocktail style or 150 with a marquee. The venue is a fluid space allowing you to bring your own flair to create a truly bespoke experience for you and your guests.
Check them out here: CHRUCHILL
Chapel 1885, Collingwood
Chapel 1885 in Collinwood is like a little secret that no one knows about yet. If you jump online, it’s hard to find photos from the venue.
Built in 1885, this former church is a heritage-listed treasure in the heart of Collingwood.
Combining the historic charm of a church with the romance of a luxurious New York loft, it’s the perfect space for an intimate wedding.
Designed in the Gothic Revival style, the original building combines exposed brick walls with a stunning timber ceiling handcrafted by 19th century shipbuilders. Large arched windows fill the interior with light, while intricately painted murals and chandeliers add the finishing touches. A beautiful view of Clifton Hill and the surrounding skyscape creates a romantic backdrop for photos.
Furthermore, The Chapel offers a grand piano, fireplace, two sitting rooms, a bar space, a kitchen and a private bridal change room. A small courtyard on the premises away from food service is also available for the convenience of our guests.
Chapel 1885 is happy to offer you the flexibility to host outside vendors of your choice.
Check out Chapel 1885 in Collingwood here: CHAPEL 1885
Collingwood Children’s Farm, Abbotsford
Owners Tom and Pip not only love putting on weddings at Collingwood Children’s Farm, they too got married right there in the paddock! With these two at the helm, you can rest assured that your wedding is in experienced (and caring) hands.
A 7-hectare farm located only 4.5km from Melbourne’s CBD gives you to the opportunity to have the best of both worlds. Photos with a backdrop of the city and on lush green pasture without having to travel very far at all.
After your ceremony under the arms of a 100-year-old oak tree you can choose from three spaces to keep the celebrations going. There’s the barn that’s been there for a century, which accommodates 100 seated or 150 standing. A marquee on the paddock for parties of 150 or more, or for smaller groups, the Farm Café provides the perfect intimate space.
Without a doubt, you will have a ball no matter which space you choose at Collingwood Children’s Farm.
Check the out here: COLLINGWOOD CHILDRENS FARM
Located on the top floor of the GPO Building is Alto – a chic venue with an expansive rooftop terrace, just made for ceremonies and beautiful photos.
The space holds up to 150 guests and is adorned with a six-metre long mirrored bar. Not to mention three oversized chandeliers that are a statement in themselves.
Catered exclusively by Damm Fine Food, you can expect seasonal and locally sourced ingredients of the utmost quality.
By all means, if a sleek and stylish venue with sparkling city lights is what you are after, then you really can’t go past Alto.
Check them out here: ALTO EVENTS
Gather & Tailor, West Melbourne
At the banks of the Maribyrnong River is where you’ll find Gather & Tailor; a unique wedding venue complete with high ceilings, exposed beams and flooded with natural light.
Perfect for larger guest lists of 170 seated and up to 300 cocktail style, Gather & Tailor is a venue that can be dressed to suit your style.
Pot & Pan Melbourne take care of all that is culinary, however, you are able to bring in external caterers of your choosing.
Gather & Tailor is a space where anything is possible, just BYO imagination.
Check them out here: GATHER & TAILOR
Craft & Co, Collingwood
Last, but certainly not least, there’s Craft & Co. Located at the Alexandra Parade end of Smith Street, this venue caters for a broad number of guests in their array of available spaces including:
- Makers Hall, 140 seated, 200 standing
- Makers Bar, 60 seated, 120 standing
- Makers Hall & Bar, 200 seated, 250+ standing
- The Deck, 40 seated, 50 standing
- Brewery, 20 seated
With such a variety of event areas on offer, there’s no doubt you will find the perfect space for your wedding party. Not to mention the food is focused on local Aussie produce, promising delectable fare from canapés through to dessert.
Additionally, if you’d to make your day a little different, Craft & Co offer super cool activities for you and your guests. Some of these include an hour session with a gin distiller, a pasta class, or even a salami-making workshop! They can even supply you with miniature bottles of house-distilled gin for your guests to take home as a memento of your special day.
Check them out here: CRAFT & CO
Well, there you have it: my curated top 10 list of Melbourne’s most unique wedding venues. All are quite diverse yet beautiful in their own right. Additionally, don’t forget to click the links to check out the venues’ individual websites for detailed information.
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