From the beachside beauties to chic city spaces, from hotels to the hills, we’ve rounded up 17 brand new (or beautifully revamped) wedding ceremony and wedding reception venues from around Sydney and regional NSW! Some of these diverse event spaces and locations may even take your fancy as your wedding shower, engagement, hen’s or buck’s party venue too.
We can’t resist a boutique hotel to add a balance of glamour and intimacy to your day. After seven years of restoration, the sandstone Capella Sydney now stands proudly on its very own city block. Inside, there are luxurious, versatile event spaces appointed with a mix of heritage and modern features. And it’s just moments away from Circular Quay, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge so you can use them as backdrops for all those loved-up wedding pictures. Photography: Timothy Kaye
Capacity: 72 seated, 80 standing
2. The Upper Deck at Hyatt Regency Sydney – Sydney
Speaking of hotels, Hyatt Regency Sydney has recently added another feather to its functions cap. The Upper Deck has arrived with a customisable space that takes advantage of expansive views across Darling Harbour. A lofty eleven floors up, the events space feels like you’ve been invited to an exclusive Captain’s lounge on a super yacht. The decked private terrace is sure to be your guests’ favourite place to hang out and sip Champagne while the sun sets and speeches are made.
Capacity: 120 seated, 200 standing
3. St Siandra – Mosman
Wishing for a destination wedding on the Amalfi Coast but the logistics don’t quite work out? Let St Siandra be your saviour. The venue has brought sun-drenched Mediterranean interiors to Sydney shores. There’s a semi-private dining table for good-time wedding showers, the private Bluebird Room with its own deck for intimate feasting on seafood, or reserve the entire venue for a big celebration with all of the Aperol Spritz. Plus ocean views as far as the eye can see!
Capacity: 100 seated, 150 standing
4. Promenade – Bondi Beach
Let’s keep going with those cool coastal vibes, shall we? About as close to the iconic Bondi Beach as you can get without getting your toes wet, Promenade is a slice of laid-back modern Australiana. The whole venue is up for grabs for a large-scale party or choose from a range of diverse dining and drinking spaces including open-air options. Complete with deck chairs and sunbrellas to set the mood on arrival and dreamy, neutral interiors once you step through arched doors, your special occasions will go with the flow at Promenade. Photography: Jiwon Kim
Capacity: 60 seated, 290 standing
5. Midden by Mark Olive – Sydney
We adore the idea of this spot when you’re planning to invite plenty of out-of-town and particularly international guests to your celebrations. Firstly, it’s located at the famous Sydney Opera House which is impressive enough. And secondly, chef Mark Olive presents a menu of Australian cuisine making stars of Indigenous produce like eucalyptus, saltbush and wattleseed. There’s no better way to show off your hometown of Gadigal country than by tasting it! They also do a Native High Tea at Midden which would be perfect for getting together with your entourage to make plans before the big day or reminiscing with your family for brunch the day after.
Capacity: 100 seated
6. Three Blue Ducks at The Lodge – Bellingen
You’ll find the latest Three Blue Ducks outpost at The Lodge. Set against the mountainous backdrop of Dorrigo National Park, this venue is versatile with indoor and outdoor options including a restaurant, terrace, 16 acres of gardens, and even a poolside space. Three Blue Ducks at Bellingen is where you’ll head if you believe the two most important things at a wedding (aside from the two of you) are lungfuls of fresh air and mouthfuls of wholesome food. The on-site accommodation and in-house event planners are a bonus! Photography: Cat Foulstone (inc. cover)
Capacity: 150 seated, 200 standing
7. Armorica – Surry Hills
Did you do the cinematic thing and get engaged at the top of the Eiffel Tower? Then why not celebrate your “I dos” at a Parisian brasserie (a little closer to home)? When you exclusively hire this restaurant you’ll be transported instantly to the City of Lights. Their menu centres around a custom-built, wood-fire grill with all of the culinary icons – beef tartare, oysters mignonette, truffled everything – on offer. Naturally, there is no shortage of Champagne on hand for toasts and cheers in this chicly appointed space.
Capacity: 130 seated, 180 standing
8. The Sanderson – Sydney
Inside a Georgian Revival brick building in the city, is a room all set up for affairs to remember. The Sanderson can cater to intimate groups at ‘The Table’ private dining room or grander occasions across the entire venue. Does your wedding day or night demand sophisticated booths, impressive tableside Gueridon service, a selection of caviars, and bespoke cocktails? We know just the place.
Capacity: 110 seated
9. Manly Pacific – Manly
This newly renovated beachside hotel can host everything from your proposal to your engagement party and honeymoon. Airy and light, the design whispers cool coastal. You have a choice of celebratory spaces – cocktail lounge, a handful of private dining and function rooms, a big ballroom, outdoor terrace – from which you almost feel like you could reach out and touch warm, white sands. Plus there are enough oceanfront rooms to sleep (probably) every single one of your lucky guests.
Capacity: 300 seated, 500 standing
10. Bar Messenger – Sydney
This new wine bar at Transport House is inspired by a relief sculpture of the Roman god Mercury by local artist Raynor Hoff that adorns the heritage-listed building. Low-slung ceilings and an exposed sandstone panel create cosy subterranean vibes. Pared-back Art Deco interiors and quirky prints will set the scene for your guests as they make merry over mainly Australian and French wines and snacky bites that span the Mediterranean.
Capacity: 118 seated
11. Western Sydney Conference Centre – Penrith
Have a family that will demand a big, fat, Greek/Indian/everything wedding? The Western Sydney Conference Centre, co-located with the new Pullman Sydney Penrith hotel – will come to your rescue. Designed to be adaptable to cater to gala dinners and big-name conferences, this 1,250sqm function venue can definitely handle all of your picky grandmas. Pre-function spaces, gardens and a terrace allow you to turn your big day into an epic journey.
Capacity: 1000 seated or standing
12. Jacksons on George – Sydney
This pub is unrecognisable after a recent revamp. For private celebrations choose from either Bistro George or the Rooftop. At Bistro George, Head Chef Steven Sinclair will serve up Euro classics like Paris mash, whole flounder in brown butter and passionfruit tarts. There’s a private dining room too for your nearest and dearest. On the rooftop, a canopy and marquee option means that you can toast to a lifetime of happiness in all weather situations. Definitely let your guests take advantage of the martini trolley for cocktail hour while you’re off having couple snaps taken to the backdrop of the nearby glittering Circular Quay. Photography: Toby Peet / Tom Ferguson
Capacity: 110 seated, 200 standing
This family-owned, luxury accommodation and wellness retreat also hosts weddings with guaranteed feel-good vibes. It’s a place for your friends and loved ones to wander and ramble as they celebrate. The deck, with its open fireplace and mineral pool, would be wonderful for an al fresco reception dinner or sunset cocktail hour. As a bonus, it has its own bar and adjoining undercover “barn” (just in case you are blessed with a sprinkling of rain). Villas and a converted-dairy-bails-cum-house, with contemporary-country interiors by designer Amanda Luckmann of Caravan Interiors, mean you can spend your wedding night on-site surrounded by nature. Please invite us. To the nuptials, not the honeymoon, naturally!
Capacity: 100 seated, 120 standing
14. Taphouse Sydney – Darlinghurst
A revamped pub with a rooftop? We’ll come to your party. Taphouse offers the aforementioned roof space for private events with crisp, “Euro Summer” styling and a handy retractable roof (Sydney has more rainfall than Melbourne after all). For something a little more traditional, Level 1 is also on offer. Here you’ll find natural light bouncing off earthy, cosy classic pub hues, pressed tin ceilings and a beer bar to call your very own. Not to mention, Head Chef Sam Ng’s Cantonese bites to delight your guests – who needs another cucumber finger sandwich when you can chow down on prawn wontons instead?
Capacity: 100 seated and standing
15. Parlour at QT – Sydney
The ornate fit-out at this new pocket inside QT Sydney hotel makes an event here feel both otherworldly and ye-olde-worldly at once. Stepping into the bistro that is Parlour will have your guests saying “ooh la la”. The neo-French menu is complimented with many a bottle of fizz plucked from The Bureau: the venue’s wine cellar that was once a ticket booth for a 1920s movie theatre. We can’t wait to have -probably too many – French 75s with you here.
Capacity: 70 seated, 80 standing
16. Merewether House 1910 – Newcastle
Light and airy on the inside, cute and classic on the outside, this restored home is suited for elopements, small and micro-weddings. The Federation-era house comes with leadlight glass windows, detailed ceilings, chandeliers, a balcony and even a whisky room. A turret-style facade means it will feel like your own personal castle for the day. Merewether House is perfect for when you really want to feel “at home” while celebrating. You can also use the space for your engagement or “just married” photography as a stand-alone location.
Capacity: 25 seated, 40 standing
17. Pier Bar – Sydney
Always fancied yourself partying on a super yacht without any chance of getting seasick? To the new Pier Bar it is! Situated right on the water’s edge of Sydney Harbour – as part of Pier One hotel – this venue is ripe for relaxed engagement parties, pre-wedding events with your entourage or anniversaries with a side of sea air and sunshine. Though it can’t be booked privately due to the open-air nature of the venue, that’s part of the appeal – Pier One offers buzzy, breezy vibes. And not to mention, you can have them fire up the BBQ for your crew as you sip spritzes at sunset. Idyllic, yes?
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