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Can you believe it? Autumn has arrived in our part of the world with crisper mornings, warmer hues and shorter days.

If you love this time of year as much as we do at Bursaria and you are getting married during autumn, here are a few ideas to make your day extra special!

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Make the Most of Your Venue and Local Gardens

Autumn is sunny without the summer burn, therefore it is quite possibly the best time of year to host an afternoon wedding outside in a garden! The beautiful colours are a must to embrace with the rusty reds and warm oranges of the leaves for your floral inspiration.

Pull out that beautiful long-sleeved wedding dress and host your day with a mix of open-air and enclosed spaces.

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Venue and Garden Options

At Bursaria, we have two venue locations with insanely gorgeous gardens, The Abbotsford Convent and The Refectory at Werribee Park.

Only four kilometres away from Melbourne’s CBD, spread out over 16 acres, you can say ‘I do’ under The Oak Tree with its grand height and sweeping branches or in The Heritage Gardens as an elegant backdrop. Then head over to the Rosina courtyard for canapés before going inside to celebrate on the Rosina dance floor.

If you are going for more grandeur to the atmosphere however, The Refectory at Werribee Park is just for you! It is perfectly positioned on 10 acres of formal gardens and expansive lawns surrounding the grand 1870s Mansion. The majestic gardens feature a colourful parterre [formal garden], glasshouse, heritage-listed trees and lots of open space for your guests.

Whichever venue you decide on, make the most of this moderate weather and keep it interesting by mixing and matching spaces; even if your ceremony and reception are both held in one location!

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Drinks to Serve at an Autumn Wedding

Mulled wine and cider are a must to start the evening off. As there is that slight chill in the air, there is nothing better than something warm to hold and smell; the delicious flavours of cinnamon and cloves really bring out the season! 

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Food to Serve at an Autumn Wedding

As for choosing your menu, Autumn food is all about comfort, warmth, spices and being indulgent!

At Bursaria, we personalise your menu and select seasonal and local flavours that are fitting to each changing season.


Entrees like spiced lamb brick pastry cigar with a chargrilled eggplant salad, prawn and caramelised fennel risotto and charcuterie boards with prosciutto, peach pickle and grissini are the perfect ways to start your sit-down meal.

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As for mains, try Atlantic salmon fillet with sautéed leeks, prawns and dill salad, roasted duck breast with ancient grains and pressed, confit pork belly with roasted fennel bulb and rocket.

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To top this all off we have a long list of sides like charred corn with baby corn spears, bulgur and polenta crisps with buttermilk dressing, thyme roasted heirloom carrots with crumbled sheep’s milk fetta and fresh herbs and seasonal roasted vegetables.

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And lastly everyone’s favourite part, desserts – spiced carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, chocolate and macadamia nut brownie with chocolate ganache, dark chocolate espresso cup with tiramisu mousse…wow, we could keep going!

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Selecting your venue and menu is the best part of wedding planning, so sign up for those venue viewings, tastings and speak to wedding planning professionals who can give you all the inside scoops and tid bits.

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 Ms Zebra Says: What’s not to love about the cooler weather, falling leaves and delicious food that comes with autumn! The perfect time for a wedding if you ask me! Thanks to Bursaria Catering for their insights into their gorgeous spaces and food offerings.

About the author Bursaria Catering: We’re a boutique catering company using the freshest, seasonal produce to create delicious food concepts. We are the exclusive caterer for weddings & events at two iconic heritage venues – Abbotsford Convent and The Refectory Werribee Park.