The George Ballroom

So, you’re engaged! Once you’ve announced the exciting news to all your loved ones, celebrated together over maybe more than a couple of glasses of Champagne, you’ll eventually land at one of the first steps of wedding planning: selecting a venue. And because it is Black Tie Month on Polka Dot Bride, we asked our friends over at The White Tree to share their favourite black tie wedding venues in Victoria, Australia with us. The White Tree gang head out to oodles of weddings every weekend offering top-notch photography, cinematography and live entertainment, so you know they’ve tried and tested just about every single wedding venue first-hand more than once over their eight years in operation. To that end, let’s check out their favourite black tie venues to say “I do.” 

Stones of the Yarra Valley

“With its beautifully restored 1860’s Barn, Stables, Dairy & Chapel all linked by European-inspired paths across acres of manicured lawn, Stones of the Yarra Valley is the perfect location for your wedding day. Surrounded by century-old oaks trees, vineyards and blue-tinged mountains beyond, from every angle you stand there is something truly remarkable to take in.” – Stones of the Yarra Valley website.

Abbotsford Convent 

Image by The White Tree

Image by The White Tree

“The Rosina Function Space within Abbotsford Convent is a unique venue offering heritage elegance for your special event; featuring original lead-light windows, polished floorboards, atmospheric high ceilings and exposed trusses. This exquisite space is the perfect canvas for you to add your own personal touch to create a fabulous celebration for up to 280 guests seated or 500 guests for a cocktail style event.” – Abbotsford Convent website.

The Refectory Werribee Park 

“The Refectory at Werribee Park, is nestled within the formal gardens and historic Werribee Mansion. With a luxurious interior, it heralds its heritage origins making it one of Werribee’s most desired venues.” – Bursaria Catering exclusive caterer to The Refectory.


“Located on Albert Park Lake with uninterrupted views of Melbourne’s city skyline, Carousel stands alone as Melbourne’s iconic wedding venue. The ‘Bel Air’ style entry with white courtyard, palms and turquoise tiled ponds creates a sense of occasion and glamour, it’s what sets Carousel apart from other venues. Whether your planning an intimate lunch, or an evening reception, Carousel is considered a versatile event space for your wedding.” – Food & Desire exclusive caterer to Carousel.

Zonzo Estate

“Zonzo Estate is a restaurant, winery and award-winning wedding destination embraced by the beautiful Yarra Valley.” – Zonzo Estate website.

The George Ballroom

“The George Ballroom can accommodate 150 guests for a sit down dinner and up to 200 guests for a cocktail party. The ballroom is 200 sqm and has an additional side parlour complete with stylish contemporary furniture. It’s the perfect event space for wedding celebrations, gala dinners, corporate events and private parties.” – The George Ballroom website.

The Deck at Circa

“Overlooking leafy Fitzroy Street and Port Phillip Bay, The Deck at Circa opens up onto St Kilda’s iconic timber terrace. Abundant in natural light, with floor to ceiling windows showcasing the St Kilda skyline, the contemporary space can be dressed to suit your own style and story.” – The Deck at Circa website.

Zinc Federation Square

“Positioned on the riverfront side of Federation Square, ZINC offers a rare private space in the heart of Melbourne. This modern and stylish venue adds a sense of elegance and sophistication to your special occasion, with contemporary design and striking features such as floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Yarra River.” – Zinc Federation Square website.

Sandringham Yacht Club

“When it comes to making the most of the irresistible vistas over the glorious Port Phillip Bay, nothing delivers quite like Sandringham Yacht Club. We boast a captivating contemporary venue that can cater for up to 250 of your family and closest friends. Our stunning floor to ceiling windows and expansive balcony provide the perfect backdrop for your photographs and the unique design gives the guests the feeling of walking on water.” – Sandringham Yacht Club website.

Cargo Hall

“Cargo Hall is one of the most sought-after locations for a stylish event with some old world industrial charm. The venue boasts exquisite views across the city skyline and iconic Yarra River, a few minute’s walk from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Incorporating modern design whilst retaining its unique nineteenth century maritime character, Cargo Hall is a vibrant and refreshing addition to Melbourne’s Event scene.” – Showtime Event Group’s website.

The International of Brighton

All photos by The White Tree

“An immaculate venue. Award-winning menus, stunning photographic opportunities, and exceptional service from an experienced team. Unrivalled event spaces for 50-550 seated guests. Cocktail – 800 guests.” – The International website.

About The White Tree: “The White Tree launched back in 2010 and to this day, we’re the only company that offers all three creative services. This makes perfect sense, as live music, photography and film are the main creative ingredients for any great event – and they should work together in harmony. They also have the collective power to build incredible memories for you and your guests…long after you’ve downed your final champagne!”