The number 1 thing that makes The Yarra Valley such a desirable destination for weddings is all of the fantastic Yarra Valley venues located here. The Yarra Valley is made up of 3 ‘main’ highways. Maroondah, Melba & Warburton. Maroondah Highway is the main one that everyone knows, which runs between Lilydale and Healesville. This highway boasts many of your big name, well known commercial wineries, and stunning venues like The Riverstone Estate, Coombe & Stones of The Yarra Valley. The Melba Highway connects Yarra Glen to Yea, and here you have beautiful rolling hills, valleys and unique venues like Zonzo, Yering Station & Immerse.
Perhaps the ‘lesser-known’ highway of the 3, and often overlooked as far as Yarra Valley wedding destinations go, is The Warburton Highway. You’ll find many of your smaller, family-owned wineries on The Warburton Highway; where you’re more like one of their family members, not just another customer. My favourite wedding venues on The Warburton Highway include Killara Estate & Paynes Rise.
Are you located in Yarra Valley, planning a wedding and looking for a wedding Reception Venue? When you are planning your big day, you probably want everything just perfect. One of the best ways to make sure that it all turns out the way you dreamed it to select every vendor yourself personally. This way, you can choose the ultimate location, the best entertainment and the most delicious food, and craft your perfect wedding day.
Ultimate List of Best Wedding Reception Venue Yarra Valley Melbourne
Killara Estate Wedding Reception Venue Yarra Valley
03 5961 5877
Down Sunnyside Road, You’ll See It.
Killara Estate is a remarkable place to enjoy food and wine in a warm, welcoming and relaxing setting.
Only an hour from Melbourne on one of the most picturesque sites in the upper Yarra Valley.
Eat At Our Place
Be welcomed by magnificent views of the mountain ranges, sloping hills and sweeping vines across our Yarra Valley vineyard. The perfect setting for family and friends to get together!
In winter, relax in front of our roaring log fire or escape in the serenity of our vast outdoor entertainment area.
Enjoy lunch with a view and request to be seated along with the windows or near the snug wooden fire to warm yourselves over Winter!
Our Killara Estate wines can also be sampled any day of the week at the cellar door.
Where Your Story Begins
Enjoy your day looking across over 140 acres of vines, hills, mountains and valleys, as food is served to the table for all to share. With our extensive outdoor decking, our rolling lawn for the children to run, our roaring fire and rustic barrel room, we are a family-friendly venue all year round.
From 2 people to 150 people, we can cater to your individual needs.
Our Family Table Menus are a perfect way to spend time with family and friends in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
Our Racers and Rascals Cafe is open 12.00 pm till 3.00 pm.
Should you wish to host a function outside our regular hours or discuss your special occasion at Killara Estate, please get in touch. Italian family-owned winery with breathtaking views of the upper Yarra Valley. Killara creates unique festive weddings and events focusing on exceptional customer service. We are here to answer all your questions and help you develop your ideas into an event for the whole family to remember!
Coombe Wedding Reception Venue Yarra Valley
(03) 9739 0173
Once the home of Dame Nellie Melba, Coombe Yarra Valley is a property with an unrivalled provenance. Seven acres of stunning gardens surround the beautifully appointed facilities in the restored motor house and clock tower, offering a truly unique cultural destination.
Coombe Yarra Valley provides a stunning location for wine tastings, weddings, private events, or only dining in the exceptional a la carte restaurant.
At Coombe - your wedding experience will be nothing less than exceptional.
Weddings at Coombe
The elegance, beauty, and sheer romance of Coombe Yarra Valley make it one of Australia’s unique luxury wedding venues, if not the world.
The Coombe Cottage property includes seven acres of historic, beautifully landscaped gardens. These gardens offer three equally stunning locations to hold your ceremony and conduct photographs to reflect your style, the season, and the size of your wedding.
The historic Clock Tower restaurant has seating for up to 150 people and offers exquisite seasonal, gourmet and predominately estate-grown produce in a stunning setting.
Our Events Team can help tailor menu, wine and drinks packages to ensure your special day is perfect.
Coombe Yarra Valley
Once the home of world-famous opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, Coombe Yarra Valley is a unique gourmet and cultural destination. Situated among seven acres of stunning gardens, visitors are treated to a world-class dining experience featuring award-winning Coombe Farm wines, against a historic, picturesque backdrop.
Coombe Yarra Valley is the perfect location for a wine-tasting, private event or wedding, a garden and gallery tour, or merely an outstanding meal in the a la carte restaurant.
Yering Wedding Reception Venue Yarra Valley
03 9730 0100
Victoria’s first vineyard was planted at Yering Station in 1838. Learn about our pioneering history, renowned vineyards, winemaking philosophy, passionate team & more.
Weddings & Functions
Experience the very best in wine, food and service.
Our luxurious property ensures an event space for every occasion, from intimate settings to grand scale affairs. A unique range of venues is available across our estate – from our sleek, modern Restaurant to our classically restored Heritage Barn. Find your perfect space and enquire today.
Event bookings are available for lunches Monday to Sunday and for dinners Monday to Saturday. We are closed Christmas day.
Make memories of a lifetime on our beautiful estate.
Whether you seek an intimate space for a romantic wedding event or a large area for a gorgeous grand affair, our team will cater to your needs to ensure your special day is one to remember.
Our spaces range from small to large, indoor to outdoor. We encourage you to visit us so that our team can walk you through our estate’s facilities and talk to you personally about bringing your dream to life. Site inspections are available by appointment only.
Flowerdale Estate Wedding Reception Venue Yarra Valley
03 5784 9280
Magnificent Historical Victorian Country Homestead · Stunning Rustic Garden Wedding · Ceremony and Reception at the same venue · Located just over an hour from Melbourne between the Yarra Valley and Macedon Ranges
Your Garden Wedding Ceremony
Located near the Yarra Valley, Flowerdale Estate is your beautiful garden wedding venue. Your guests will get lost in the magic of this stunning pocket of country Victoria.
Choose from at least two locations on our idyllic property for your ceremony. We have garden beds of stunning white roses which are boarded by immaculate hedges. Our venue offers its North Lawn as the classic outdoor garden wedding setting. The picturesque Lakeside provides a contrast to the North Lawn. Fronting Lakeside, the water glistens whilst the rolling hills reflect the seasons. Here, the native plants and gum trees mirror these surroundings.
We can also offer the lawn under the gorgeous old oak tree on our property for small weddings. We have a range of different ceremony options for you to choose from, dependent on your personal choice.
Both areas have built-in arbours, shady trees and can be set with white tiffany chairs or more rustic benches. Again, the choice is yours!
Spend the day
Spend the day onsite with your wedding party, in our Homestead Lounge or the new Parlour Room. Both rooms are located in our grand historic homestead and open out onto the North Lawn. Let us pamper you with drinks on ice and light snacks throughout the day. Be sure to have your photographer arrive in time to capture each of you getting ready in your beautiful surroundings. We can also recommend some fantastic photographers we work with regularly.
Make your day all about spending quality time with each other and your guests. Flowerdale Estate is a Victoria wedding venue where getting ready, getting married and staying the night is all on one. Our wedding venue with accommodation ensures you and your guests can fall into bed after a fabulous night of dancing!
The Pavilion; architecturally designed and built by a local builder. This building is the ultimate indoor and outdoor wedding spaces. It is appropriately positioned with the hills as your stunning backdrop.
For an entrance to never forget, arrive through the Oak Tree doors to be showered with your guests’ congratulations.
Our unique Pavilion can seat up to 180 guests and stand more than 200 guests. With our lavish green lawns and blossoming gardens, your guests will feel relaxed and comfortable.
Stunning scenery, natural lighting and heated, polished concrete floors for the cooler months. This space is the most spectacular and versatile room in Victoria for an outdoor/indoor wedding.
Your lavish food & beverage packages
We have a variety of decadent food and drink packages to suit your taste and style. Get your guests mingling with our cocktail package, sit down for a traditional two or three-course feast, or do something a little different, with our gourmet BBQ or High Tea wedding packages.
Our festive and distinguished menus utilise locally sourced, seasonal produce, and cater to all your guests’ dietary needs, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free meals. Our packages include a premium drinks package, including locally sourced ciders and boutique beers.
Whatever option you choose, Flowerdale Estate will ensure you have a country-style feast that your guests won’t forget.
Inglewood Estate Wedding Reception Venue Yarra Valley
(03) 9437 1893
Having exclusive use of the Estate on your special day means you have the undivided attention of our experienced and dedicated wedding coordinators.
They will help in the planning leading up to and on the day, to ensure that your guests are attended to from the time they arrive for your ceremony until they farewell you at the end of your Reception.
We realise your wedding day is one of the most important days of your lives.
We aim to create a relaxing and enjoyable day for you and your guests, so please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss any special requirements to help us ensure that your special day will create memories to last a lifetime.
Inglewood’s Reception Centre is a fully licensed private venue with a fantastic atmosphere. Formally the old hay shed on the property, and our reception centre is full of character, charm, history and true country style.
The Reception Centre has spectacular views, sensational food and friendly, professional staff.
Set in stunning private gardens with a duck pond and vineyard, the Reception Centre has two open fires, air conditioning, and a stage for live music.
Inglewood’s Reception Centre has ample off-street parking and wheelchair access.
We specialise in wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate events and private functions.
Vue On Halcyon Wedding Reception Venue Yarra Valley
(03) 9726 7111
Welcome to VUE ON HALCYON
A contemporary wedding venue entwined with country style and elegance. Located at the Yarra valley entrance, vue on halcyon offers a wedding venue for those discerning couples who appreciate lovely food, great wine and friendly, intuitive service. It is the perfect location for your wedding ceremony and reception. imagine uninterrupted views of rolling hills and historic vines as you begin your
‘happily ever after’.
OFFERING ONSITE CEREMONIES
Choose our stunning Chapel featuring exposed timber trusses OR exchange your vows in the picturesque vineyard setting.
CEREMONY & EVENING RECEPTION
Choose to Say I Do at Vue in our stunning Chapel or the beautiful lawn ceremony area overlooking the vines and catering for 90-150 guests. All-inclusive canapes plus evening reception and showcasing elegant dishes complimented with estate wines.
Catering for your nearest and dearest of up to 50 guests. Set packages, including the ceremony and celebratory food and beverage packages.
An intimate ceremony amongst the vines. Including first look, vows and time for your newlywed photos.
We have over ten years of experience helping couples achieve their happily ever after in a seamless and stress-free manner and providing on-trend styling options and a fabulous community of bridal expertise.
THE CONTEMPORARY WEDDING EXPERIENCE OF THE YARRA VALLEY
With uninterrupted views of rolling hills and historic vines, VUE ON HALCYON’S architecturally designed venue is simply elegant.
Rochford Wines Wedding Reception Venue Yarra Valley
03 5957 3333.
At Rochford Wines, no event is too big or too small.
You are catering for intimate parties or extravagant celebrations from 10 to 500 guests, with your choice of event spaces.
Choose from Isabella's Restaurant overlooking the green lawns, the Pinot Gallery located upstairs and our outdoor terrace with mountain views.
Unique catering and beverage packages available or customise one to suit your requirements.
Fergusson Winery - Wedding Reception Venue Yarra Valley
03 5965 2237
Where character runs deep within our vines.
In a valley home to 50 wineries and 110 vineyards, rows of trees protect 20 acres of harvesting land. The first planting took place in 1968 by two brothers. They made home. They hung their family crest on a farmhouse wall, and they gave the land their namesake, Fergusson.
In the following years, the vineyard saw its first commercial vintage, a communal restaurant, the birth of their children, who along with their mother, would later become the keepers of the land. And then, the end of an era – the entire estate burned in the fire of 1989.
Not a single vine was harmed.
With every end comes the dawn of a new day. The following year saw the bearing of a record vintage. The next decades saw the ebbs and flows of winemaking, farming, cooking, community, and family life. It’s a rich history that continues to grow by preserving and transforming the land and the people who occupy it.
Today, half a century later, the family continue to share their passion for the drop through a vineyard experience that sees you eating, drinking and escaping into a natural and relaxed setting.
The Big Day
Our farmland is marked by the countryside, a backdrop for a chapel’s classic timber façade steeped in history and ceremonial wisdom. A few steps away, our Secret Garden waits for saps to rise, buds to swell and burst, and the smell of a new season to settle in.
Ours is a space for all kinds of weddings, from the classically beautiful, to the whimsical and creative, the rustic, vintage or farm style bash. The setting is lyrical, the food is sophisticated yet wholesome, and always made with love … specially created to match a stunning wine list and the sound of a hundred clinking glasses.
Choose one of our magical settings for your reception…
Our Barrel Room is pared back to cater to your day. However, you choose it. We’ll seat up to 80 guests and create a space for you to dance among walls lined with French Oak Barrels that doubly create a wonderful smell and backdrop for your choice of acoustics.
For larger receptions, our Rustic Restaurant with cathedral ceilings, solid native timbers, hand-sawn refectory furniture and the radiant warmth of our large open fire, overlooks the picturesque vineyard from every window.
Smaller, more intimate weddings will perfectly suit Lou Lou’s quaint dining room.
Dark Horse Vineyard - Wedding Reception Venue Yarra Valley
0450 206 398
At Dark Horse Vineyard no expense has been spared in creating a Magical Setting for your wedding day. Situated on a Private Vineyard with white post and rail fencing and lush green lawns stands the new Wedding Barn. Comfortably seating 200 people and furnished in a Luxe Hamptons style, it is entirely air-conditioned and has an excellent marble bar.
Alowyn Gardens - Wedding Reception Venue Yarra Valley
(03) 9730 2400
About Alowyn Gardens
The garden’s purpose at “Alowyn” is to provide an informative and educational experience for anyone interested in gardening and enjoying a beautiful garden. It has been designed with shade and comfort in mind. Plant names are on view to educate and inform visitors about the gardens.
Work first started at Alowyn Gardens in 1997 with extensive clearing and cleaning up of the weed and blackberry infested paddocks. A soil management plan began in earnest to revitalise the soil depleted of goodness over 20 years as a trotting stud. The first tree was planted in 1999.
Yarra Valley Wedding Venue
Discover the Beauty of Nature on Your Wedding Day
A Yarra Valley premier Garden Wedding venue for that very special day in your life. Have your ceremony in our gardens and celebrate with your family and friends in the Maple Courtyard. Seasonal gardens that are changing all the time provide the most beautiful setting for your wedding.
Whether you want a simple, stylish wedding or a more elaborate occasion, please make a booking for a no-obligation site visit. Email us, and we will send a wedding package to you.
Zonzo Estate Wedding Reception Venue Yarra Valley
03 9730 2500
Celebrate your magical day at Zonzo Estate in the most picturesque setting. Create memories to last a lifetime over shared tables, abundant with food and paired with the perfect drop.
We pride ourselves on making each and every encounter seamless. Our dedicated Wedding Coordinators will guide you through the entire planning process to ensure your wedding day is memorable.
Say ‘I do’ surrounded by those most important to you, select from any three of our beautiful ceremony locations.
Immerse Wedding Reception Venue Yarra Valley
(03) 5965 2444
Stunning Yarra Valley Wedding Venue, Winery & Restaurant
Nestled in the scenic Yarra Valley, Immerse is a breathtaking wedding venue, acclaimed restaurant and boutique winery all rolled into one. Rolling hills of vines, picture-perfect gardens, stunning accommodation, succulent food and two beautiful chapels, combine to create the Yarra Valley wedding you dream of. Immerse is located in Dixons Creek, a short drive from Yarra Glen, Healesville and surrounding Yarra Valley attractions and accommodation.
The Cappella is one of the unique locations to tie the knot in the Yarra Valley. Architecturally striking, this building is a take on a modern Australian Chapel, with sleek black panels that stand out amongst the surrounding greenery. It is an ideal space for couples searching for a more contemporary and refined ceremony venue that is just a little bit different.
The Barrel Room
The Barrel Room has witnessed countless ceremonies over the years. Say ‘I do’ in this gorgeous rustic space, adorned with oak barrels, surrounded by your loved ones. Leave the barn doors open and allow the Yarra Valley to frame your nuptials.
This ceremony location boasts the best view in the Yarra Valley. Walk down an aisle of luscious green lawn and allow the vineyard and rolling hills to create an unforgettable surrounding that you and your guests will savour. The styling options are endless!
The classic Italian style reception with long shared tables is the perfect setting to bring your loved ones together. With the capacity to seat 130 guests, with room for dancing, we are well versed in creating an intimate atmosphere that will be remembered for years to come.
Acacia Ridge Wedding Reception Venue Yarra Valley
0439 808 809
Memorable weddings set in the picturesque Yarra Valley with packages to suit your budget.
WEDDING INFORMATION ACACIA RIDGE VINEYARD YARRA VALLEY
Your wedding day is a special occasion that deserves a stunning setting, delicious wines and flexible packages to suit your taste and budget. Acacia Ridge is set in the heart of the beautiful Yarra Valley, with stunning views across the vines and onto the distant mountains; it is the perfect setting for your special day. Our family-run vineyard offers an 1850’s Miner’s Hut and character-filled sizeable rustic barn, which can accommodate up to 140 seated guests or 200 cocktail style reception.
With its large open-air clear walls, our unique marquee will allow your event to be among our picturesque vineyard whilst being protected from the elements.
Our permanent marquee can cater for 200 guests seated or 280 cocktail style reception. With its large open-air clear walls, our unique marquee will allow your event to be among our picturesque vineyard whilst being protected from the elements.
We also cater to multicultural weddings, including Kosher and Indian.
At Acacia Ridge Winery, we believe that you should be able to celebrate your perfect event the way you want. We are very flexible with how you would like your special day to represent you. Chat to us about your dream and ideas!
Your wedding day is a special occasion that deserves a stunning setting, delicious wines and flexible packages to suit your taste and budget. Acacia Ridge is set in the beautiful Yarra Valley’s heart, with stunning views across the vines and onto the distant mountains.
It is the perfect setting for your special day. Our family-run vineyard offers an 1850’s Miner’s Hut and character-filled large rustic barn, which can accommodate up to 140 seated guests or 200 cocktail style reception.
Our permanent marquee can cater for 200 guests seated or 280 cocktail style reception. With its large open-air clear walls, our unique marquee will allow your event to be among our picturesque vineyard whilst being protected from the elements.
We also cater to multicultural weddings, including Kosher and Indian.
The Riverstone Estate Wedding Reception Venue Yarra Valley
03 5962 3947
As you arrive at our sweeping driveway, you will get your first glimpse of the breathtaking 360-degree views of the famous Yarra Valley.
At the top of the hill nestled in 75 acres of vines, you will be greeted by our enchanting bluestone storybook homestead with a soaring pitched roof, elegant bay windows and charming front entry.
Once inside you will find hardwood timber floors, with beautiful timber panelling and ceiling roses that add to the charm. The homestead has been decorated in luxe French provincial style, adding a relaxing feeling as you wander through the homestead.
Our main function room is light-filled with floor to ceiling French doors and windows that lead out to the wrap-around veranda so that you can experience the best views in the Yarra Valley.
Inside the main reception room, you will find Australian hardwood floors and white timber panelling and a beautiful blue stone fireplace and bar that add to the homestead’s charm and warmth.
Building on the region’s reputation and history, The Riverstone Estate is known for producing exceptional food and wine, with breathtaking views no matter where you look.
Make your Wedding ceremony genuinely memorable with an outdoor ceremony in front of the Yarra Valley’s rolling hills. If the weather is inclement, another option is to hold it inside or on the deck. No matter which option you have, you will still enjoy the stunning views.
All our packages include your ceremony, and we have a range of well-known and trusted celebrants that we can recommend to suit your ceremony’s mood. If the weather is not ideal on your big day, we have a range of alternative options we can provide, to ensure that the weather does not affect your most special day.
Bringing your dream wedding to life at Riverstone could not be more comfortable, with our expert team ready to assist you.
Whether you’re after a traditional sit-down dinner or a more relaxed cocktail party, The Riverstone Estate is a fantastic place to celebrate your engagement.
With our light-filled room, wrap-around balcony, spectacular views and outstanding food and wine, you have the perfect formula for a celebration to remember. Enjoy eating, drinking and dancing the night away.
We can cater for up to 80 people for a formal sit-down menu or 130 for a cocktail function so speak to one of our team today to plan the perfect engagement party.
Wanting to make the big grand gesture when you propose? We are all big romantics at the Riverstone Estate, so we are more than happy to help you plan the perfect proposal.
It might be a picnic by the Yarra river, an arbour with a view or even on bended knee in our sunset paddock. We are here to help make popping the question something either of you will never forget.
Paynes Rise Wedding Reception Venue Yarra Valley
(03) 5964 2504
Paynes Rise Wines in the Upper Yarra Valley is a boutique winery specialising in small-batch wines produced from carefully selected fruit from their vineyard in Seville, Victoria. It is the realisation of many years of hard work, dedication and passion of Tim and Narelle Cullen. Paynes Rise endeavour to produce varietal fruit-driven wines with complexity, that are expressive of the vineyards unique qualities and upper Yarra cool climate.
THE YARRA VALLEY
The year 1838 saw the first vines planted in the Yarra Valley. The Ryrie Brothers produced these at the now site of Yering Station.
In the mid-1860s at the same time, our Thomas Payne was settling in Seville Hubert de Castella, and Guillaume de Pury established St Huberts and Yeringberg vineyards. The area covered by these vineyards was 430 acres, thus providing a flourishing wine industry for the region.
The Yarra Valley can grow both the early-ripening varieties such as Pinot Noir and the later ripening varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon in many varying styles.
Other varieties grown in the Yarra Valley are white varieties of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Gris, and Riesling, Viognier, Marsanne, Rousanne and Verduzzo. Red varieties grown are Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and in lesser quantities Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.
In 1892 the Deschamps Brothers and David Mitchell (Dame Nellie Melba’s father)planted vineyards in Yering, taking the total cultivated area to 1000 acres by the century’s turn.
1937 saw the end of an era in the Yarra Valley. Economic depression and adverse natural conditions resulted in all vines being pulled out in favour of pasture and cattle. New plantings began in 1963 with Wantirna Estate at the forefront. Many more followed in the preceding years and have led to the successful, vibrant industry that it is today.
The region and its varieties
The Yarra Valley essentially occupies the area that used to be known as the county of Evelyn; up to Whittlesea and Kinglake in the north, down to Gembrook in the South, out to Mt Gregory in the east and to Wantirna and Templestowe in the west.
The major towns within that boundary are St Andrew in the North East, Dixon’s Creek and Yarra Glen in the north, Lilydale and Coldstream in the middle, Healesville in the east and Seville, Monbulk and Warburton in the South.
The Yarra Valley climate has been described as being warmer than Burgundy and cooler than Bordeaux. There are, however, significant differences in the environment across the Valley.
Average annual rainfall can vary from 700mm in the north to 1500mm in the very Upper Yarra Valley (southern region). A summation of heat used in viticulture is heat degrees days (HDD). This figure can vary from 1500 in the north of the valley to 1000 in the Upper Yarra region.
This growing parameter in correlation with aspect and exposure to the sun can determine what grape variety can be grown and what style in a particular site.
The Yarra Valley houses approximately 85 wineries producing wine from 3800 hectares of grapes. The diversity of wine style is very broad, with wines to suit every individual.
Stone of the Yarra Valley Wedding Reception Venue
03 8727 3000
Stones of the Yarra Valley
Rising from the rustic, weather-beaten remnants of a barn left idle for generations,
Stones of the Yarra Valley has emerged as the region’s premier food and wine destination.
With uninterrupted views across vines to the blue-tinged Great Divide, Stones of the Yarra Valley is located on one of the most picturesque and historic properties in the Yarra Valley, combining two superb venues – The Barn and The Stables at Stones – with a stunning rough-rendered Chapel and Dairy nestled under century-old oak trees.
Weddings at Stones of the Yarra Valley
Surrounded by century-old oak trees, vineyards and blue-tinged mountains beyond, from every angle you stand, there is something truly remarkable to take in. With its beautifully restored 1860's Barn, Stables, Dairy & Chapel all linked by European-inspired paths across acres of manicured lawns, Stones of the Yarra Valley is the perfect location for your wedding day.
Soaring ceilings, stained-glass windows and sweeping views across acres of vines, the Stones of the Yarra Valley Chapel are genuinely one of a kind. With seating on hand-crafted timber pews under a rustic chandelier, the Stones Chapel encompasses all of the romance, elegance and solitude of a rural place-of-worship.
Ever had time to fill in between a wedding ceremony and reception? At Stones of the Yarra Valley, this period just adds to the magic of the day, with guests invited to enjoy drinks and canapés in The Dairy, located between the Stones Chapel and The Barn.
A short stroll from The Chapel past elm trees and fountains, a reception in the historic Stones Barn can accommodate up to 200 seated guests. Sumptuous menus, wine lists and unforgettable entertainment – all combined with spectacular views from every seat.
The Stables at Stones
Rising from the remnants of the property’s original stables dating back to 1868, The Stables at Stones has emerged as one of the region's finest restaurants and intimate events space for 40 to 63 seated guests.
With its rough-hewn timbers, century-old brickwork and stunning Tuscan-inspired courtyard, The Stables at Stones provide a truly unique and beautifully intimate setting.
The Day Room
An additional option, The Day Room is a purpose-built space designed by Stones of the Yarra Valley’s ever-talented Creative Director, Vonnie Frazer, for our bridal parties’ incredibly special preparation activities.
Located within walking distance to The Farmhouse, this beautiful open plan space includes all of the luxuries and conveniences required within stunning surrounds. It is complete with your own private courtyard and rainforest water wall – just perfect for photos.
Kindly note that use of The Day Room is not an inclusion within the wedding package. We would be delighted to discuss availability and pricing with you should this beautiful space take your interest.
The Farmhouse at Meletos
Located within walking distance just next door, The Farmhouse at Meletos is an attractive accommodation option within the region.
With the exquisite attention to detail that permeates the entire Stones’ precinct, The Farmhouse consists of unique boutique suites - each with adjoining ensuites - in one remarkable two-story Tuscan-inspired building.
Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Venue
Estimate how many people you'd like to invite to your big day
Since not all places can accommodate a wide variety of wedding sizes. Nearly every venue will have a guest count minimum: "Be sure to aim low in your numbers — it's easier to add guests than to deduct," says Diane Kolanović-Šolaja from Dee Kay Events. If your final attendance number winds up being smaller than you had anticipated and you have to pay for extra plates, she recommends asking the venue if they can throw in a couple more appetizers during cocktail hour or add extra time to the reception festivities.
Sit down with your fiancé and figure out how much you are willing to spend.
Do your homework and find out what the going rates are in your desired wedding location. Online venue directories, such as The Venue Report, allow you to search by location, price, and venue type, among other criteria. Determining how much you can afford will help you avoid the heartache of falling in love with a place that's well out of your price range — you don't want to spend more than 50% of your total wedding budget on your venue. "Frequently, couples hire us after they find the venue, and we wish they would book us first before doing anything. Couples get so excited and want to lock in the date and place that they don't think about all of the other expenses that they have to cover," says Danielle Rothweiler from Rothweiler Event Design. Rushing into contracts before you have all of the figures in front of you may leave you "house poor," and you'll have to figure out what to cut out to compensate for overspending.
"Check out wedding planners' and photographers' blogs to see real wedding photos of venues you're interested in visiting.
Since they aren't staged, you'll get a much better idea of what things can (and really do) look like," says Kristin Crawford, W Austin’s Director of Catering and Events. It can be especially helpful if you are unable to visit the venue during the season you'll be getting married.
Choose your wedding date.
"Wedding dates can be significant for a variety of reasons; some couples choose to wed on the day they met, their parents' or grandparents' anniversary date, or for auspicious reasons that numbers have in their culture or religion. Others may pick a specific time of year and season but not a specific day," says Margo Fischer from Bright Occasions. If you can be flexible with your date and choose an off-season month, you’ll often be able to secure the venue of your dreams at a lower rate. For example, you'd likely pay less for a Friday wedding in February than you would for a Saturday in June. Time of year, day of the week, and your engagement length will all impact your negotiating leverage with vendors.
Choose a venue to suit your personalities
Every couple is unique, so work as a team to find a venue that includes both of your tastes. Whether you go for a modern loft, a simple beach wedding, or a grand manor house like Elmore Court, choose a venue to suit your personalities combined into one!
Stick to your budget
Yes, it’s true! Finding a gorgeous venue is possible, even on the smallest of budgets. Talk to your partner and decide on how much you’d like to spend on a venue – use your Bridebook ‘budget calculator’ to guide you as to how much to spend on your venue based on your budget.
How about having an intimate ceremony at the top of a windmill with Rayleigh Windmill‘s venue hire from £200? Being on a budget can be beautiful!