Unless you're having an unplugged wedding, it's safe to say at least one of your big day snaps will wind up on Instagram...
Whether it's on your own feed, on your photographer's profile or a selfie snapped by your bridesmaids, nowadays it's pretty hard to escape the Instagram upload. That's not necessarily something you have to stress about though, because having your guests post their own candid snaps is a great way of curating a collection of shots that your photographer may have missed. So, if you know your day is going to be splashed all over social media, locking in a venue that can hold its own on Instagram could definitely come in handy (plus, it'll look amazing in your professional snaps). We've rounded up 11 venues that have Instagram-approved good looks and, because there are no style guidelines when it comes to Insta, trust us when we say we've found a venue for every taste, from grand country estates in the country to an industrial laneway and even art galleries.
What belongs on Instagram more than a castle? That’s what we thought. Overnewton Castle
in Melbourne will make every dream you’ve ever had of having a fairytale wedding come true – and then some. This stone-clad castle sits on four acres of manicured English gardens and gives you the option of having the estate all to yourself. Yep, if you don’t want to share this one, you don’t have to (bonus: no uninvited photobombers showing up in your happy snaps!). Couples looking for an alfresco service can hold their service in the lush gardens or in the original wrought-iron gazebo; there’s also a non-denominational chapel available. So what happens when it's time to leave? Well, you don’t have to, because Overnewton Castle has three onsite accommodations: a cottage; the renovated Loft; and the converted Stables. Choices, choices.
It’s easy to forget you’re in Fremantle rather than a palm tree-dotted tropical island when you catch your first glimpse at the stretch of Indian Ocean behind Kidogo Art House
. Why? It’s just that good (and that blue). There’s more to Kidogo than its view though: this limestone heritage-listed building houses two popular art galleries – the White Gallery and the Large Gallery – and is a venue where you can throw an event as laidback as a barefoot beach barbecue or a super chic intimate dinner. Plus, Kidogo Arthouse is within easy walking distance of Fremantle’s city centre, hotels and guesthouses.
The Barn at Marybank
in Adelaide used to house sheep, dairy cows and horses, but an immaculate restoration has taken it from stable-chic to a bonafide beauty. The Barn now has two levels: the ground floor has been opened up to accommodate intimate weddings and features white washed walls, a fireplace and original fittings; upstairs offers self-contained accommodation. Ceremonies can be held in the Barn, but we’re pretty sure you’ll find it hard to go past having your service on the lush lawn (hint: there are gorgeous views of Black Hill). Once you’ve swapped your ‘I do’s, your guests will be treated drinks and canapés on the Terrace before moving indoors for a seated or standing reception.
We can’t think of many other venues where you’d feel more inspired to up your Instagram game than an art gallery, especially when there are #nofilter angles everywhere you look. McClelland Gallery Sculpture Park and Gallery is a venue fit for both novice gallery-goers and seasoned art aficionados. The park is located in Langwarrin, a stone’s throw from the Mornington Peninsula in Melbourne, and sits on 16 hectares of bushland and manicured gardens. The grounds are dotted with more than 100 artworks from local and international artists, meaning there are more options for your ceremony location than you could poke a paintbrush at. The Café, the venue’s main reception space, is just as impressive with its marble flooring, huge bay windows and views across the property; the Café can accommodate both sit-down and cocktail receptions.
One look at the views from QT Falls Creek
and you’ll understand why this resort makes our list – you’ll also be able to scope out just where you want to pose to make the most of them. You don’t have to be a snow bunny to get hitched here; the resort looks good any time of year and is the perfect fit for couples wanting a venue that’s as unique as they are. The Mountain View Terrace should be your go-to if you’re seeking a ceremony backdropped by those soaring peaks, and the Alpine Room is the place to host your reception. If you’re looking to keep the celebration going into the wee hours, you can even move the party down to the Stingray, the resort’s bar, where you’ll have exclusive use of the space. And when your feet are weary from cutting shapes all night, rest easy knowing that your plush apartment isn’t far away.
We can almost hear the awe-struck sighs your guests will utter when they walk into your reception at Melbourne’s The George Ballroom
. This heritage event space has had a snazzy renovation (think hand-painted ceilings and walls) and is located on the first floor of The George Hotel in St Kilda. If ever you’ve wanted to celebrate your freshly-minted married status in a venue that has the historic-come-sophisticated feels down-pat, the ballroom is for you; as well as the main ballroom, there’s a small side parlour too. On-trend long tables and traditional round tables both work in the main space, which can accommodation 150 guests for a seated reception or 200 for a cocktail party. The George Ballroom is operated exclusively by Damm Fine Food.
We’re calling it: having your nuptials at Distribution Lane
in Perth is a one-way ticket to boosting your big day cred. The space is a new fish in the wedding venue pool (we’ll just pretend that’s a thing) and trust us when we say it’s made an all-mighty splash. The venue lives in the bones of a heritage building and boasts a laneway (surprise, surprise), open-air courtyard and speakeasy-style basement. It’s a unique space that has the understated cool look nailed. The multiple areas make Distribution Lane a one-stop shop; have your ceremony outside before moving indoors to the dark, masculine space.
If we listed all the ways Waverley Estate
makes an Instagram-worthy wedding venue on our fingers, we’d quickly run out of digits. There’s its convenient Fleurieu Peninsula location (Port Elliot, to be exact); then you have the fact that it sits on four acres of grounds and is flanked by soaring gum trees, olive groves and petit verdot vines. Need more convincing? There’s also beautifully appointed accommodation: the bluestone house – snag this one for you and your leading ladies – plus the stables, loft and school house. The lawn is the best place to swap vows and a marquee can be set up on the tennis court. Before you tuck into your reception catering though, try to squeeze in a quick trip to the beach (Horseshoe Bay is only a few minutes away) with your wedding photographer.
Just 90 minutes from Sydney in MacDonald Valley is St. Joseph’s Guesthouse
, a converted church-come-wedding venue where how your wedding looks is totally up to you. Here you really get the chance to flex your styling muscles. Your wedding weekend (yes, a whole weekend) will typically kick off on the Thursday when you arrive onsite; Friday is for setting up and putting your finishing touches together; Saturday is the Big Day; and Sunday is spent winding down and cleaning up. There’s accommodation for 10 people, so you can get your whole crew in on the action too. The ground floor of the church is used for indoor receptions, but there’s also an outdoor deck and lawn available too.
sits on the banks of North West Bay in Tasmania and is a top-notch venue for couples wanting an intimate and elegant celebration. With its European villa vibes you and your photographer (and guests) will be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to take your happy snaps; pick from a waterfront perch, the Provincial-inspired courtyards, the wisteria-wrapped courtyard or the green lawns. The hotel is located on the edge of the Huon Valley, which, if you ask us, is all the reason you need to arrive a few days early and explore this foodie region; if you’re feeling social, you could also invite some of your nearest and dearest to tag along.
What happens when two heritage homesteads meet 25 acres of the prettiest Central Coast property you’ll see today? Fernbank Farm
. This wedding venue even comes complete with three Clydesdale horses – Leo, Lola and Lulu – that can pull one of the property’s fancy-pants carriages (one carriage is the same kind the Queen rides in). Fernbank Farm is a one-hour drive north of Sydney and has all the kit you’d need to make your big day one for the books. There are a selection of ceremony locations, from the farm’s sparkling lake and the gorgeous gardens to underneath the steel arbour or fig trees; a marquee is available too. When it comes to where to stay you’ll have two options: the Main House, a stately pile with four bedrooms, private deck and swimming pool; or The Cottage, the former milking sheds with contemporary interiors and sun-blessed alfresco dining areas.