In my experience as a wedding photographer, finding the right venue is crucial. I love shooting urban venues and Melbourne has so many hidden gems that many people don’t know about! I recommend visiting several locations in Melbourne before you make a commitment so you can be sure you’ve found ‘the one’! If you’re wondering where to start, here are eight of my favourite inner-city wedding venues in Melbourne.
If you’re looking for something on the bigger side, The Wool Mill is a great option since it can seat up to 200 guests. It has a cool warehouse/industrial feel and you can dress up the interior in whatever way you choose. I’d recommend decorating with pops of colour to really make the room come alive.
The Wool Mill should also be your go-to if the wedding planning is getting a little overwhelming for you. They offer a full-scale planning service – and the best part is that it comes at no extra cost than if you were to handle all the individual suppliers yourself. Check out their package offering the venue, wedding planner, catering, drinks, music, photographer, flowers, hair and makeup, and invitations all in one! It’s easier to relax once the planning is done, so let the folks at the Wool Mill take all of the guesswork out of your big day.
2. Two Ton Max
One of the best inner-city Melbourne wedding venues has to be Two Ton Max because of its originality. The large industrial venue has neutral white walls and lighting that’s easy to change up. There’s also a commercial kitchen and other facilities for your caterer to take advantage of.
Because of the blank-canvas feel of Two Ton Max, you can easily create a wedding that’s any style you wish it to be. Plus, it can seat over 200 people if you want a larger guest list. I happen to love this venue because of the skylights, which provide lovely natural light, and because there are also some great spots nearby that work well for photoshoots.
Rupert on Rupert is a super popular space in Collingwood. It’s a warehouse that’s been converted into a cool restaurant and wedding venue. It has a beautiful indoor garden, fun vintage furniture, polished concrete floors, and a great combination of steel, copper and glass that photographs well.
With all its cool interiors and rich colours, Rupert on Rupert the perfect backdrop for your special day. I love how unique the vibe is for this place; if you’re not sure exactly what décor to choose, you’ll do well to use what Rupert on Rupert has to offer. You’ll be so pleased with the curated warmth and intimacy of the space.
If you want one of the best wedding venues in Melbourne, book your celebration at Hobba. I should know – I got married there myself! I fell in love with this venue because of it’s relaxed warehouse vibe. Although the space seems on the small side, they can do stand-up events for a maximum of 200 people. The flexible, open area can transform into a collection of different spaces, depending on how you want to organise your event.
The best part of Hobba is their amazing kitchen. Their food and beverage packages can be tailored to whatever you need, whether that’s small appetisers or plated dishes. I’m also kind of obsessed with their delicious breakfast menu!
5. Half Acre
Half Acre is one of Melbourne’s best intimate wedding venues. It provides a rustic yet elegant atmosphere for your big day. The private dining room can seat between 30 and 50 guests if you’re having a smaller celebration, and the bar and eatery buyout option allows you to rent the entire space for a wedding reception with up to 90 guests.
If you needed more convincing, Half Acre have proven themselves to be one of the hottest restaurants around: they were named one of GQ’s Best Restaurants in Melbourne for 2021!
Interested in more of a beachy vibe for your wedding? This Southside venue allows you to rent out the entire place or just one of their unique spaces. There are so many perks, including a sunset deck, outdoor BBQ, indoor sun lounge, and windows that overlook Albert Park Lake and Golf Course. There’s even a private bridal party suite that you can rent for your event.
I love photographing weddings here because the field behind the venue is absolutely ideal for killer sunset portraits.
If you’d like something a little more outside the box, the Abbotsford Convent is one of the most unique Melbourne wedding venues available. Spread over 16 acres, the convent is Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct. There are over 120 studios, galleries, cafes, a school and a huge green open space. The Convent curates a wide range of workshops and exhibitions, but it’s also well-known as a wedding venue.
My personal fave is the Rosina Space because of its leadlight windows and gorgeous high ceilings. It’s the perfect blank canvas for you to add your own personal flair, and it can seat up to 280 guests for a formal sit-down dinner and all the way up to 500 guests for a cocktail-style reception. There are so many stunning photo ops, such as in the heritage gardens or inside the Good Shepherd Chapel. Whether you’re having a religious ceremony or not, you’ll definitely be able to appreciate the beauty of the Convent.
Another favourite of mine is the Collingwood Children’s Farm because of its beautiful gardens, which are perfect for portrait shots. The historic barn can host up to 120 seated guests and up to 160 standing ones. Because the barn is indoors, you never have to worry about the weather upsetting your plans. You also have the option of using the Farm Cafe, which has open-air architecture and ceiling-high windows that offer views of the Farm.
If you’re interested in having a larger wedding, the Stables Paddock has no limit to how many guests you can host! Any of these parts of the Farm will help you and your guests feel like you’re in the countryside, without you having to stray from Melbourne. Plus, the Farm’s events team will help you coordinate your day so you don’t have to stress about any of the details.
If you’re looking for an Urbane Vibe, you can’t go past Craft & Co, located in Collingwood. Their beautiful wedding space, Maker’s Hall, is located on the first floor and boasts an open light-filled flexible space to wine and dine your guests. Adjacent to the Maker’s Hall is the Bar which is perfect for mingling and then a killer dance floor later on in the night. I love taking my couples out for ‘golden hour’ photos in the surrounding streets of Collingwood and we’re never short of a beautiful location!
Your big day should be one you remember for a lifetime. I’d love to be able to help you capture those memories of one of the most important days of your life. I hope this list of venues has given you some ideas for where to host your wedding in Melbourne. Contact me today for help organising your celebration!