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There are so many superb Sydney wedding venues, that it can be hard to narrow down your options. Do you want to marry in a chic Sydney hotel or hold your wedding in an iconic venue such as the Olympic Park? Do you dream of a waterside reception, or would you like to take it one step further and have your wedding on Sydney Harbour itself? Here are some of the venues you might like to consider when planning your Sydney wedding.
Elegant hotels for your wedding in Sydney
If you are looking for a chic hotel to hold your wedding, Sydney has a great selection. The Vibe Hotel Sydney is a central wedding venue with style and sophistication. Your reception will be held in the elegant ballroom which features floor to ceiling picture windows, and can accommodate one hundred and eighty guests for a sit down meal, or two hundred and sixty guests for a cocktail party.
For a venue with a more intimate atmosphere, try the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, which boasts beautiful 1920s architecture and interiors, and was the first reinforced concrete construction in Sydney. Wedding receptions are held in a number of rooms, depending on the number of guests, with the largest room accommodating one hundred and fifty. The carefully restored 1920s dining room is one of the elements that make this heritage listed boutique hotel one of Sydney’s best wedding venues.
Waterside venues for your Sydney wedding
For the ultimate in harbour views, why not hold your wedding at Sydney Opera House itself? This unique and iconic venue will add a touch of magic to your wedding day. You can choose between the versatile Opera Point Marquee, located on the Sydney Harbour foreshore, or the stunning Uzton Room, which has an interior designed by the architect of the Sydney Opera House himself.
Alternative locations for your waterside Sydney wedding include the Dockside group of three venues. The Dockside itself is a stylish and contemporary venue with superb views of Cockle Bay and Darling Harbour. The second venue, L’Aqua offers stunning reception rooms with high ceilings and full length windows. The third member of the group is Waters Edge, a heritage listed venue on Pier 1 Walsh Bay, which provides your wedding guests Sydney Harbour views that are second to none.
Hold your wedding on Sydney Harbour
If you are holding your wedding in Sydney, there is no better venue than the actual harbour itself. Captain Cook Cruises & Matilda Cruises offer a large range of charter boats that cater for Sydney Harbour wedding ceremonies and receptions for between ten and seven hundred people. They also offer half price honeymoon cruises to the Fiji Islands as part of their wedding package.
Another company to consider when planning a floating Sydney wedding is the Australian Charter Service which can offer a variety of venues from floating ballrooms to traditional style boats and catamarans.
A unique wedding at Sydney Olympic Park
If you would like to hold your wedding at Sydney Olympic Park there are a couple of options for you to choose from. The first is WatervieW in Bicentennial Park, a modern venue set in 40 hectares of stunning parklands. This romantic Sydney wedding venue can accommodate up to seven hundred guests, and has a dedicated wedding team to make sure every detail of your big day is perfect for you.
Another possibility if you want your wedding in Sydney Olympic Park is the Courtside Function and Event Centre. This is a contemporary and newly renovated wedding venue in Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, which had moveable walls to make it flexible and able to accommodate your wedding needs. Three hundred and ninety guests can be seated for dinner, or you can invite six hundred and forty guests for a cocktail party.
Alternative Sydney wedding venues
An elegant venue for a romantic Sydney wedding is The Tea Room in the Queen Victoria Building. You can hold your ceremony and your reception here, accommodating up to three hundred guests. The Tea Room features open plan Victorian architecture and has been recently renovated using hand painted Florence Broadhurst wallpaper, Czech crystal chandeliers, antique mirrors, and walnut timber framed chairs
A tasteful yet affordable option for your Sydney wedding is The New Chrysanthum Reception and Function Centre at The Party Venue. This room can seat between two hundred and twenty and three hundred and twenty guests depending on the layout of the wedding tables, and boasts a luxurious yet friendly atmosphere.
Photo locations for your Sydney wedding
Sydney has so many beautiful locations for your wedding photos, there’s no need to restrict yourself to your wedding venue. Here are a few of the possible places in Sydney for gorgeous wedding photos, but do be aware that fees may apply for some of them:
- Opera House Broadwalks and Forecourt, which boasts spectacular views of Harbour Bridge and Lunar Park. You can also have wedding photos taken on the Forecourt steps with the Opera House in the background.
- Macquarie Street, which features many historic buildings such as the State Library of New South Wales, the Mint Building, Hype Park Barracks and the Treasury Building.
- The Quadrangle at Sydney University is a great Sydney wedding photo location as it is surrounded by historic buildings.
- Royal Botanic Gardens, which has a range of speciality gardens with city and harbour views.
- Dickson Road Reserve, which has a park with fig and palm trees, and views of the harbour, Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
- Observatory Hill, which is a grassy sloping park with spectacular views of Harbour Bridge, Luna Park, Pyrmont and Balmain.
- Hyde Park, which has picturesque fountains, arches and tree lined avenues, and also overlooks St. Mary’s Cathedral
- Chinese Garden of Friendship, which has various pavilions that make perfect Sydney wedding photo locations.
- Clark Island, which is a small Sydney harbour island with views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
- Dawes Point Park, which is a beautiful park under Harbour Bridge and is perfect for night wedding photos.
- Cook and Phillip Park, which is a quiet landscaped park with beautiful fountains.