If any location is having it’s moment in weddings right now, it’s the stunning European beauty of Lake Como. Granted, we’re miles away from the expansive and breathtaking Italian lake here in Australia. Instead, we’ve uncovered our own locally rooted gems.
From Spanish-inspired estates to French chateaus, Italian piazzas, and hillside cottages, we’ve got you covered. If you’ve envisioned a European wedding but prefer to keep it local, keep scrolling to discover a venue that brings that distant magic right to your doorstep.
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A European-style country house greets you as you enter 30 acres of vineyards and curated gardens with a lake and orchard beyond. An ideal location for your ceremony on a sunny day is the avenue of cypress trees and white roses, and their chefs will work with you to design a menu of the best of this region’s produce to pair with award-winning estate wines. See it on Polka Dot Wedding here.
Zonzo Estate (VIC)
If your idea of a delightful time involves vineyards and pizza (don’t miss out on their Zoncello – a limoncello spritz), then Zonzo Estate in the Yarra Valley is a must-visit. Boasting a functioning vineyard with delectable wines, it exudes the charm of an Italian rustic farm venue, complete with a picturesque barrel room frequently chosen for wedding ceremonies. The contemporary industrial ambience offers a refreshing twist to the traditional Italian experience. See Zonzo in our real wedding features here.
Farm Vigano (VIC)
Established from a foundation of vibrant Italian culture, Melbourne venue Farm Vigano has its roots in the vision of Mario Vigano, renowned in Melbourne’s Italian restaurant history for Mario’s. The venue is infused with Italian charm, evident in details like the bright yellow and white striped awning and a menu that highlights local produce and embraces Italian sharing-style cuisine. To add to its European allure, Farm Vigano features a splendid outdoor Terrazza, perfect for celebrating in warmer weather. See it on Polka Dot Wedding here.
A historic, now restored butter factory from the 1800s, the beautiful Amarti in Gippsland brings the feeling of a French chateau to Australia. With a multitude of beautifully curated spaces to choose from and space for 130 (sit-down) to 160 guests (cocktail), this venue ticks all the boxes. Find it in action here.
The Grounds Estate, QLD
The European charm of The Grounds Estate will have your guests thinking they’ve been whisked away to far-off lands. Accommodating up to 90 guests, there are beautiful options (indoor and out) for your ceremony, with air-conditioned comfort for your reception. See it on Polka Dot Wedding here.
If your dream wedding venue involves envisioning picturesque Italian lavender fields, then Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm is tailored just for you. The European-style gardens are a sight to behold, particularly when the lavender is in full bloom — the fragrance of the lavender is simply divine and adds an extra touch of magic to the experience. See it in action here.
The charming Casuarina venue, Osteria, was envisioned as an Italian-inspired gathering spot for the community, and now, it has transformed into a stunning modern space. Boasting a contemporary Italian-inspired menu, the venue is a versatile blank canvas that prioritises sustainable, organic produce. See it in our features here.
A well-loved venue, Stones of the Yarra Valley comprises a restored 1860s barn, stables, dairy & chapel surrounded by century-old oak trees and vineyards. Have your ceremony at the chapel with drinks afterwards at the dairy. A short stroll past elm trees and fountains takes you to the Barn which accommodates 200 guests, or to the stables which is an intimate events space for 40 to 63 seated guests, with old brickwork, hewn beams and a Tuscan-style courtyard. See our real weddings at the venue here.
Villa Howden (TAS)
This luxurious retreat offers a French-inspired getaway with panoramic views of North West Bay. There are 10 rooms to accommodate your guests each decorated with luxurious furnishings and antiques. There are superb gardens for your ceremony and Bruni’s restaurant with menu options and drinks packaged catered specifically to your guests.
With all the vibe of Tuscany, Olivigna At Pietro Gallus Estate makes the most of the theme with an Italian-style villa, orange grove, vineyard and cobblestones. There are spots for ceremonies overlooking the vineyards and amazing food to share with seasonal, modern Italian menus designed to bring a taste of Italy to your big day.
Redleaf Wollombi (NSW)
Italian-inspired venue Redleaf Wollombi is set amongst the gorgeous country landscape, which while drawing inspiration from French Provincial styling, has a distinct Italian country house vibe. The house itself has plenty of accommodation, while the surrounding European-inspired gardens make way for a beautiful setting for your Italian-inspired wedding. See it in our real-life weddings here.
Villa Parma (VIC)
Steeped in history, the enchanting Villa Parma is now an integral part of a larger hotel complex in charming Hepburn Springs. It seamlessly combines the allure of Italy with the conveniences of a more expansive operation. For a romantic reception, my recommendation is the candlelit cellar, constructed in 1864. Alternatively, you can opt for rustic, traditional, or contemporary-style reception rooms to suit your preferences.
Tasmanian weddings! Osteria Vista offers weddings for 20 – 110 guests and includes access to their terrace, bar area and restaurant. Fine organic and biodynamic wines are paired with beautifully crafted menus. Situated in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley you could be forgiven for believing you’re in Tuscany, and with vineyards surrounding you what better way to spend your wedding day? See it on Polka Dot Wedding here.
Palladio Arcadia (NSW)
This beautiful property is surrounded by manicured European-style gardens with statues, a fountain and a lily pond. Palladio Arcadia offers full weekend access to the 33 acres of the property with a “variety of classical yet intimate interiors, striking views, breathtaking sunsets and personalised catering,” to wow your guests (up to 110 capacity) with the most romantic of wedding days.
Mont Du Soleil, VIC
Mont Du Soleil, in the Dandenong Ranges is like something out of a storybook. The venue, petite in size can cater to elopements, micro weddings and guest lists of up to 60. With 40 acres of beautiful grounds, there are endless possibilities for photos alongside beautiful terraces and courtyards for your fairytale magic to come to life.
Al Ru Farm (SA)
The experienced team here has been offering weddings at Al Ru Farm since 1990. Wisteria and vine-covered stone walls, formal clipped hedges, colonnaded walkways and soft stone and terracotta walled buildings transport you to Italy while firmly rooted in the Australian landscape, with several ceremony and reception options beckoning you to enjoy this lovely venue. French antique mirrors and chandeliers provide a soft ambience for your reception in The Barn. See our weddings at Al Ru Farm here.
Jimbour House (QLD)
The Darling Downs is the location for the historic venue Jimbour with its stone walls and Tuscan columns a part of the main homestead. With restored gardens boasting ancient fig trees and towering palms, this property offers The Jacaranda Drive, the Aircraft Hangar, the Courtyard, and The Grand Tree as the perfect places for your ceremony and reception. See it here on Polka Dot Wedding.
Carrick Hill (SA)
A magnificent house is what catches your eye on arriving at Carrick Hill. Surrounded by gardens with a pear arbour, cypress pine walkways, rose beds, and tree-lined avenues, these would be the perfect spot for your ceremony. Celebrate your day in the new Pavilion (catering to up to 200 guests) with views that stretch from the Gulf of St Vincent across to the city. See it in action here.
Caversham House (WA)
Caversham House on the banks of the Swan River, was designed with weddings in mind. Set in European-style gardens, it has three options for your wedding ceremony – the Colonnade Gardens, the Hidden Gardens and an indoor option of Garden House. For your Reception, you also have three venues to choose from catering for 21-250 guests depending on the option you choose. Charming accommodation is provided for up to 8 guests in the renovated original house on the property.
Villarica Estate (SA)
With lovely backdrops around every corner, Villarica Estate hosts intimate weddings at their Tuscan-inspired venue in Stirling. With 12000 sqm of land at your disposal, as well as accommodation, enjoy the luxury of a private dining experience, and two fully stocked kitchens for your intimate wedding – only 40 minutes from Adelaide airport.
A historic stone homestead, rambling gardens and a vineyard, with proximity to Adelaide, and you have Marybank. This family heritage property’s legacy is woven into every celebration with the current custodians creating bespoke events in collaboration with Sprout Events. They pride themselves on offering versatile spaces to accommodate your guests, with heritage elements and their wines adding that wow factor to your wedding day.
Yatahlia Manor (SA)
Beautiful gardens, a duck pond and waterfalls surround Yatahlia Manor on this 7-acre estate. Ceremony packages are available and the gardens/outdoors may be hired for your wedding day. Wedding Eve packages with a Wedding Day Prep option allow you to start your wedding day off in style. See it on Polka Dot Wedding here.
Victoria’s at Ewingsdale (NSW)
Think European with a tropical vibe and you have Victoria’s at Ewingsdale. Four acres of manicured gardens, a European-inspired courtyard with a stone fountain, and a grand stone-covered entrance, with a range of elegant indoor and outdoor spaces to use for your ceremony or reception. Accommodation is also available on-site.
Maison de Moon (SA)
This gorgeous venue has European vibes surrounded by manicured and wild gardens which will feel that Australia is far away. Stone walls and faded soft colours characterise the buildings, with courtyards, a dam complete with a boat and a 150-year-old maple tree shading a perfect space for a family reception.
Deux Belettes (NSW)
Known as The French House, this very special venue has stone walls and pebbled pathways and is self-described as a ‘chateau’. Make your entrance through archways covered in vines, use a courtyard for your ceremony surrounded by greenery and vine-covered towering walls, or dance under the stars to end your perfect day. A wedding team to assist you, and accommodation for the couple complete the picture. See Deux Belette’s real weddings here.
It’s giving Lake Como vibes friends! Bellarine Peninsula venue Campbell Point House can host 5-100 of your nearest and dearest (and even has onsite accommodation). With the rolling views and beautifully manicured gardens all overlooking the stunning water there are endless options for your European-inspired dreams to come to life. See it on Polka Dot Wedding here.