Finding an amazing wedding venue that ticks all the boxes is no easy feat! As wedding photographers, we’ve seen hundreds of different wedding venues around Sydney. The good news is, if you’re planning a wedding in Sydney, there are so many amazing places to choose from! We’ve made a list of some of our favourite wedding venues in Sydney to help narrow down the choices for you, and to get you started on one of your first major decisions when planning your wedding (p.s the next choice should be your photographer ;). We’ve broken down the list by type of reception venue; Beach/Waterfront, Garden, and Urban/City.
Beach and Waterfront Wedding Venues:
This classy venue offers beautiful iconic harbour views and is centrally located in North Sydney, just over the harbour bridge from the city. The cuisine is equally lovely, with a modern italian flair. For a seated dinner, the restaurant can hold up to 120 people, with up to 150 for a cocktail reception. Options for photography around Aqua Dining are fantastic; with the harbour bridge, Luna park, Wendy Whitely’s Secret Garden and the Rocks all nearby, you can choose the perfect spot to capture beautiful images.
We love this quaint venue on Sydney’s lower North Shore. It has a cottage-like, away from it all feel. Located in Ashton Park, Mosman, you can pretend you’re in the countryside, but from the Athol Hall Lawn ceremony space and the wrap around porch, you can see the harbour bridge across the water! The rustic interior is very charming, and the open space allows you to adapt the decor to your taste. With seating for 130 guests, the space can allow for the perfect number of guests for a medium sized wedding. The park-like setting, as well as the tiny harbourside beach along the edge of the property, provides the perfect backdrop for wedding photos without having to drive anywhere, leaving you more time to spend with your guests.
This charming sandstone restaurant is a lovely choice for a wedding venue. Dating back to the 1830s, it has plenty of old-world charm, with pretty views of landscaped gardens and the Parramatta River. Though not a traditional wedding venue, since the dining rooms are split up instead of being one big open space, the interior is quaint and allows to you use minimal decorations. If you’re having a small and cozy winter wedding, this would be a perfect venue.
Set directly on the stunning Balmoral Beach on Sydney’s lower north shore, Bathers’ Pavilion is a classy, yet relaxed venue for a beachside wedding. The balcony overlooking the beach is the perfect spot for canapés, while the modern indoor space allows a blank canvas for your wedding theme. We love photographing at Balmoral beach for the lovely views, pretty white sand and the nearby Lawry Plunkett Reserve which offers a bush setting to add variety to your wedding images.
The perfect venue for DIY fans, this cost effective, open plan space allows you to add your own personal touch. Attached to the main hall is a large deck overlooking Bayview, on Sydney's Northern Beaches. The entire venue is BYO, meaning you supply your own catering, drinks and decor. Nearby photography options include a plethora of beaches, such as Mona Vale and Turimetta beaches.
Another beachside beauty, located on Manly Beach, in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. This venue offers a relaxed yet elegant Hamptons-style setting, with large alfresco areas overlooking the beach. Manly is also a great spot for carrying the party on into the wee hours with lots of pubs and late night bars nearby. Manly, Shelly and Little Manly beaches also offer beautiful options for wedding photographs.
Located in Woolwich on the lower north shore, Deckhouse is a larger waterfront venue with seating capacity for up to 240 guests. Surrounded by floor to ceiling glass, this wedding venue offers panoramic views overlooking Sydney Harbour. It is also situated in Clarkes Point Reserve, a large waterfront park, and nearby to historic buildings and docks, which make for really interesting photography locations.
If you’re looking for a stylish, heritage, waterfront wedding venue for a large wedding (up to 680 people!), then Doltone House in Pyrmont is definitely worth a look. With a huge timber deck overlooking the harbour, as well as several different function rooms to suit your needs, this venue is a unique choice for your wedding day.
Ideally situated in Watsons’ Bay, directly on Sydney harbour, Dunbar house offers a beautiful heritage house for your wedding.
This classic (and classy) venue is one of our favourites on the lower north shore. We’ve photographed countless weddings here and always find each event to be unique and beautiful. Ceremonies can take place in various areas, such as the lawn overlooking the harbour and city, in the outdoor courtyard or even on the stunning balcony. The timeless feel and intimate location of Gunners Barracks Tea Rooms makes you feel far away from it all. The national park setting, harbour views and historical buildings make it the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs.
One of the ultimate luxuries on the Northern Beaches is a fine dinner at Jonah’s, so imagine having your wedding there! This amazing venue overlooks the pristine Whale Beach, giving you the feel of a tropical getaway with all the class and delicious food Sydney has to offer. You can opt for an intimate reception of up to 48 people on the terrace, or hire out the whole restaurant, which seats up to 122 guests. Nearby bushland offers lush backdrops for photographs, not to mention the plentiful beaches and scenic piers within a short drive. If you’re particularly adventurous, you could even climb up to the Palm Beach lighthouse for some unforgettable wedding images!
A classic Northern beaches wedding venue, Long Reef Golf Club is a relaxed and pretty place for a wedding. With views of the beach and up to the headland, DIY options and a fun, beachy atmosphere, this venue offers a great and affordable option to chilled out brides and grooms.
This new surf life saving club offers a modern space, with high ceilings and a wall of glass overlooking Narrabeen Beach. Perfect for DIY weddings and low key receptions, this venue is central to the northern beaches, allowing for many amazing options for ceremony locations and bridal party photographs.
With endless scenic backdrops for wedding ceremonies and multiple historic rooms for receptions, Q Station in Manly is a unique and beautiful location for a wedding. You can opt to arrive by ferry or car, and although the location seems secluded, its location on the harbour is very easily accessible. The history of the site, along with very pretty natural surrounds makes it an excellent option for both small and large weddings.
This pretty restaurant is housed in a heritage listed military building overlooking Clifton Gardens Beach and the harbour. We’ve dined here several times and the food is fantastic, and the atmosphere is fantastic. The large, covered terrace offers a lovely open air venue for a semi-formal wedding. With the beach and gardens within walking distance, there are endless options for bridal photographs.
A classic waterfront wedding venue, The Royal Motor Yacht Club and the Beachouse Restaurant in Point Piper offers lovely views over the marina, a pretty, hamptons beach style theme and a large function space. The location is excellent as well, with proximity to Sydney CBD and all the pretty sights of the Eastern Suburbs.
Another harbour-front stunner, this modern restaurant offers amazing food, panoramic harbour views and fun options for photography, such as Luna Park and Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden. A very classy option to showcase Sydney’s beauty and iconic landmarks and impress overseas guests!
Classy, modern and elegant, Sergeant’s Mess is a fantastic waterfront wedding venue. It is surrounded by military history and natural bushland on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. We love the options for wedding ceremonies nearby, such as Clifton Gardens, Bradley’s Head or right on the terrace beside the restaurant.
You can’t get much more waterfront than this venue! The Island is a floating, beach club style venue in the middle of Sydney harbour, with views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. With DJ equipment on board, and room for up to 250 people, you can host an amazing party here! There’s even a little sea pool in the harbour so guests can take a dip after all the dancing they’ll be doing.
A quintessentially cool beach venue, we love Watson’s Bay Hotel for weddings! There’s something so relaxed and easygoing about Watson’s Bay, with Camp Cove nearby for beach photographs and the wharf area for glimpses back to the city. The venue itself is lovely, with a hamptons beach feel and fantastic food.
Sydney CBD and Urban Wedding Venues:
For something a little quirky, laidback and cute, Daisy’s Milkbar is a great choice! With retro styling, yummy snack food and, of course, milkshakes, this tiny venue can offer something unique for an inner city wedding. Located in Petersham, in Sydney’s Inner West, there are lots of options for urban wedding photographs.
The food is SO good here! For foodie couples hosting a smaller wedding, One Penny Red is an awesome choice. The restaurant is located in the old Summer Hill post office, so it has a vintage feel, with large windows and classic architectural detailing. The restaurant can host 20-50 guests for a (delicious) sit down dinner.
Nick and I love this place, and in fact always stay here when we need a mini-staycation away from the kiddies. It’s got a great mix of modern and vintage, being located on the 100 year old Wooloomooloo wharf, and has great photography options both inside and out. The Royal Botanic gardens are nearby, as well as the harbour for those water views. This amazingly cool hotel offers 4 different function spaces to cater to weddings large and small. And if you decide to stay overnight, they’ve got an awesome buffet breakfast in the morning! Score!
We hope that you found some great ideas for your wedding venue from this list. We’d love to help you with the next big decision in your wedding planning journey - photography! Please get in touch and let’s have a chat about your exciting plans.
Nick and Lindsey :)