So it’s time to get hitched, but after attending one-too-many classic chapel weddings, you’re itching for a location that will set your big day apart from the rest.
We're not gonna lie, venue hunting can be tough - finding one that's within budget, available on your preferred date and suits your theme can seem as impossible as escaping a cake and flowers vortex on Pinterest. The process is made even tougher by the fact you can probably cross about 20 places off your 'potentials' list thanks to your friends/relatives/colleagues who've already got married there. So if you're looking for a unique place to say "I do", why not go really unique? To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of 10 quirky venues that will earn you some serious wedding cred.
The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo (Melbourne, VIC)
If you’re dreaming of a retro wedding with Elvis as your celebrant, this Vegas-inspired chapel will have you happily hitched before you can say “blue suede shoes”. Hidden in a secret location in the heart of Melbourne's CBD, the rustic warehouse is open 24 hours to perform creative ceremonies for modern-day lovers.
Wellington Caves (near Mudgee, NSW)
Want your venue to really stand out? The Wellington Caves might be just the place, with soft lighting and an impressive 15-metre high ‘altar’ rock.
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Scienceworks (Melbourne, VIC)
For lovers of science (or just The Big Bang Theory), tie the knot surrounded by some of Melbourne’s coolest exhibitions. When it comes to the setting for your vows, choose from their outdoor courtyard or the 19th century pumping station. You guys + Scienceworks = happiness.
Cell Block Theatre (Sydney, NSW)
For a hauntingly good time, why not say your vows in an old jail? Once the women's wing of the Old Darlinghurst Gaol, the Cell Block Theatre is truly atmospheric with its sandstone walls and narrow barred windows. This restored prison is sure to get your guests talking.
Boomerang Farm (Mudgeeraba, QLD)
If you never grew out of your childhood love of tree houses (don’t worry, we didn’t either) you’ll be hard pressed to find a better location than Boomerang Farm in the Gold Coast hinterland. From rustic buildings to treetop walks and manicured lawns, you've got 200 acres of land to play with - the only limit is your imagination.
Taronga Centre (Sydney, NSW)
Animal lovers will be in their natural habitat with a wedding at Taronga Zoo. With views of Sydney Harbour and wildlife galore, this is a picture-perfect venue that’s just a little bit wild.
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Mount Stromlo Observatory (Canberra, ACT)
Art deco meets rustic meets cool sky stuff at this unique location in the nation's capital. Spectacular mountain views at sunset, picturesque ruins on rolling hills… if you’ve never thought of getting hitched at an observatory, we seriously suggest you do!
Luna Park (Sydney, NSW)
Embrace your fun side with an unforgettable theme park wedding. Luna Park not only offers playful photo opps among the rides, but also has a surprisingly large selection of venues to choose from - all with breathtaking views, naturally.
State Library of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW)
If you fancy yourself a bit of a bookworm, then tying the knot in a library might be for you. With stunning architecture and walls lined with classics, the State Library of New South Wales has both inviting warmth and a sense of grandeur.
Ayers Rock Resort (Yulara, Northern Territory)
No, that’s not a green screen backdrop behind you – it’s Uluru. Exchanging vows smack-bang in the red centre definitely ticks the box for couples seeking an anything-but-humdrum venue. There are open-air reception spaces that look out to Australia's most famous rock and menus that take influence from traditional bush tucker.
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