As we celebrated all things wedding venues for The Venue Issue in July we knew we needed a few venue roundups to help out your endless research! Today? We’ve rounded up our picks of the Australian wedding venues that can seat 300+ guests.
You see, it’s pretty easy to find spaces for 300+ guests cocktail style, and it is even easy to find a hotel ballroom that can seat that amount, but we wanted to discover the venues that were a little different to a normal ballroom in this roundup. So we’ve explored every state and found the ones we think you need to know about – after all if your guest list is that big? You want to celebrate in a wedding that reflects your style!
A note before we start: We’re pretty aware around here that COVID has added plenty of restrictions to weddings. Keep in mind that some of these venues may have reduced quotas while under COVID restrictions due to density and guest number limits.
New South Wales
Take your wedding to the fairground! Harbourside Luna Park can fit 450 guests for a banquet-style wedding in their Grand Ballroom space and comes complete with not one, but two decks.
Located right in the heart of the city in The Ivy complex. The Ivy Ballroom in modern black and white can seat 372 guests for a wedding. The epic space is grand in nature and style and if you book this one? You can make the most of the venue’s in-house floral and styling team.
Bankstown venue, The Highline, with its high ceilings and grand chandeliers, can seat weddings of up to 500 in the Emerald Ballroom. And then? An even greater 700 in the Sapphire Room, making this venue a fabulous choice for larger weddings. The venue is designed to be flexible – so you can even combine spaces!
Set right on the water, Aqua Luna has a capacity for 300 guests, banquet style in the main ballroom.
Alexandria space The Venue is designed to be flexible for any kind of occasion. The blank canvas space can host up to 1000 guests banquet style in the “Main Venue’ space.
Seating 450 guests, the grand and historic space of Marrickville Town Hall, built in the 1920s is full of old-world charm.
500 guest on your list? Paddington Town Hall can fit you! The Stapleton Hall, within it, can host 500 guests for dinner.
The final town hall on our list? Let us introduce you to Petersham Town Hall. This venue can host guest lists of 440. Get your dancing shoes on, because the sprung wooden dance floor is one of this venue’s defining features.
The Great Hall and MacLaurin Hall are the two spaces you need to check out if your guest list is large at SydneyUniversity, both spaces have a capacity of 350 guests for a sit-down function.
Get out of town and tie the knot at Centennial Homestead. The venue’s beautiful Wisteria Room has a capacity of up to 300 guests.
Overlooking the stunning Victoria Park gold course and the Brisbane CBD, Victoria Park can accommodate 380 guests in their onsite marquee. The special benefit of marrying here? You can also make use of the venue’s garden gorgeous ceremony spaces, plus the greens for your wedding photos!
Open in 1930 and located right in the heart of the city, Brisbane City Hall is the go-to if you’re looking for glam old-world style for your large guest list. The venue can fit 700 guests, complete with a dance floor on the main auditorium.
The Grand Ballroom of The Greek Club is for you if your guest list is large. This space can host weddings, sit down, banquet style for 650 guests.
With a capacity for a sit-down celebration of 480 guests in the main auditorium, there is endless room for a wedding reception with a difference at Fortitude Music Hall.
Love an unusual space – the Queensland Museum may just be for you. The Wall Mall, in particular, has a 400 guest sit down wedding capacity! Not to mention the River Mall, which can cater to an enormous 2500 guests.
Want to get out of the city? What about a rainforest? Walkabout Creek, set in the D’Aguilar National Park can accommodate 300 guests seated on their undercover deck. You’ll be set right into nature with views over the Enoggera Reservoir.
Outdoor wedding venues are just what you want in Darwin, and the Grand Courtyard space of Club Tropical Resort Darwin has a capacity for 600 guests banquet style.
If a ballroom isn’t your jam, then the offbeat idea of holding your wedding in a historic prison might just be for you! Meet Fremantle Prison, the historic venue truly different and The Main Cell Bock able to seat 360 guests.
We’ve long loved the urban farm venue of Perth City Farm. The total venue (across the barn, kitchen & courtyard) can host 300 guests seated (across all the spaces).
Nothing quite beats the romantic charm of a winery, and just because you have a larger guest list doesn’t mean you should miss out! Meet the many spaces of Sandalford Wines! The Underground Cellar has a capacity for a 350 guest sit down celebration, while the Merlot Lawn can host 600 and the Verdelho Lawn, 300.
Get ready for killer views and balmy nights! The Royal Perth Yacht Club’s East Lawn can host 500 guests seated on their East Lawn.
Outside of Perth in Caversham sits the beautiful winery vendor of Mandoon Estate. The Surveyors Rooms are what you want to look at here – the three spaces combined allowing a seated guest capacity of 500.
Stunning with its period architectural details, the Auditorium at the Adelaide Town Hall can easily seat 420 guests banquet style with equally as grand spaces available for pre-dinner drinks.
Historic homestead Ayers House, located in North Adelaide has such beautiful vintage charm to it. The space can accommodate 440 guests in their garden marquee.
Set in the beautiful countryside location of Littlehampton, Littlewood Agapanthus Farm can seat 380 guests, allowing you to make the most of its beautifully curated garden setting.
Australian Capital Territory
The Gandel Atrium is a glorious space for Canberra weddings – with a capacity of 450 for a banquet-style celebration, you have plenty of room for your favourites.
The Gandall Hall at the National Gallery of Australia is a showstopper. Gold leaf doors, red ironbark walls and marble vases make the space, which can hold 350 guests for a seated celebration, a must add to your list.
If you’re looking for a country venue, here’s to Goolabri. The venue’s “Wedgetail Pavilion” seating up to 450 guests.
The beautifully restored historic space has to get onto your list. With a seated function capacity of 600, it will fit all of your guests in stunning style.
Also in Hobart, Hobart Town Hall seats 300 guests and built in 1866, has a beautiful classic style that you won’t regret booking.
Want a vineyard wedding? Check out Leaning Church Vineyard! Their Lakeside Marquee can seat 360.
Located in charming Elsternwick, The Ivory can seat up to 350 guests with a classic sense of style. The venue also has its own private outdoor courtyard (just the ticket for cocktail hour), newlywed suite and dressing room.
There are few venues with views as epic as Crown Aviary, set atop the Crown Towers Level 3 rooftop. The rooftop marquee space has the capacity for 300 guests.
Set beside beautiful Albert Park Lake, the white bright space of Carousel can seat 440 (with dance floors) and offers up beautifully romantic views.
The Australia Centre for Contemporary Art is the place to go for a modern, art-inspired wedding. They can host 340 guests for a sit-down event.
Located on the Yarra’s South Wharf, Aerial is a modern, blank canvas event space. The capacity for a seated function? A whopping 468 guests.
Southbank venue Metropolis Event with its sky-high windows is the venue you’re looking for, for your large guest list wedding. The Aviary Space can host sit down dinners of 320 in the Panorama Room.
The Plaza Ballroom is always incredible for a show, but did you know you can also use it for your wedding? The incredible space can work for guest lists as large as 500.
Complete with Hampton’s vibes, Bramleigh Estate, in outer Eastern Melbourne (Warrandyte) Bramleigh Estate can host 350 guests seating in their beautiful ballroom.
Grand & historic, Melbourne Town Hall has a seated capacity for 700 guests in the main hall, a stunning space filled with a hand-carved pipe organ, balcony and sparkling chandeliers.
Right in the heart of the city, the modern space of Zinc at Federation Square is great for a bigger guest list. A sit-down dinner with dancing allows for 450 guests here.
Have your own little mermaid moment by marrying at the Melbourne Aquarium. The Coral Atoll space able to hold 400 guests for a sit-down function.
Speaking of venues with a difference, did you know you can tie the knot at Melbourne Museum? You can make the most of the Main Hall (550 guests) or The Touring Hall (550 guests) here.
Forum Melbourne is a wedding venue your guests likely haven’t seen before for a wedding, so why not make the most of the incredible space? The theatre can hold 520 guests for dinner.