And why would it? A rustic wedding looks ah-mazing in photos and means you can get hands-on with some DIY projects.
It's also pretty easy to find a venue that fits the rustic wedding brief. You just need to look for a couple of key features: exposed timber beams, a scattering of wine barrels, heritage homesteads and fields aplenty. And even if your venue has the most basic bones of a rustic space, dressing it up or down is a cinch. Cue the hessian table runners... and maybe some vintage bunting too. We've found 11 venues with the goods to deliver the wedding of your (Pinterest) dreams. There are working farms and estates; lush lawns perfect for croquet or giant Jenga; and timber barns and renovated sheds.
Old Broadwater Farm
sits on a five-acre property in Busselton, Western Australia. On the farm there are pretty cottage gardens with English roses and lavender, peppermint and jacaranda trees, old limestone buildings and on-site accommodation. You can take your pick of ceremony locations – our hot tip is to swap vows underneath one of the flowering archways. There are a tractor-load of options for your reception too: a relaxed picnic-style event on the lawn, an oh-so-trendy communal table, cocktails in the courtyard or a lavish celebration in the marquee. Yep, we’d find it tricky choosing just one too. Old Broadwater Farm can provide plenty of kit you need for the big day, including feature lighting, crockery, chairs, tables and glassware, and also happens to be one of the only venues in the area that allows couples to self-cater their beverages and not charge corkage.
Taking out the gong for being one of Tasmania’s oldest farming properties is Brickendon Estate
in Longford, near Launceston. The estate is neighbours with Woolmers Estate and together the two have been listed as a World Heritage Site. The sprawling grounds have historic buildings, a farming village with livestock and six cottages available for hire. The estate doesn’t disappoint in the wedding stakes, either. Indoor ceremonies can be held in the gothic chapel, which has a steep pitched roof, stained-glass windows and pine pews. The gardens surrounding the chapel are great for lawn games, while the Sussex barn is your go-to for receptions. It’s a truly versatile space with high ceilings, timber slats, candle lanterns and vintage memorabilia from the estate. It looks pretty great dressed up with hemp and wooden wine barrels, too.
is a space that fits both the rustic and coastal venue bill. The estate, located on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, overlooks wheat and barley fields, but also has access to a private beach. The impeccably manicured lawn is great for ceremonies and post-service cocktails and canapés. Terindah Estate’s shed has all the trademarks of a dream rustic wedding space: floor-to-ceiling windows (because you won’t want to tear yourself away from that view), large doors to welcome in sea breezes, wooden furniture, two adjoining courtyards and a mezzanine level. There are exposed wooden beams too, which can be used to suspend chandeliers, bare lightbulbs or striking floral installations. As you might expect, the food and wine at Terindah is just as good as its outlook. The menus feature local, seasonal produce and ingredients from the Estate’s own garden.
This restored barn in South Australia's McLaren Vale region sits on a three-acre property dotted with century-old gum trees and natural bush gardens. Barn 1890
is a relatively new kid on the wedding venue block, which means couples who wed at this historic stone barn will earn bragging rights and Instagram fodder in one go. Like any good rustic venue should, Barn 1890 has a corrugated iron roof and exposed beams. The outdoor patio area is the perfect space to mingle with guests and spend an hour or two sipping pre-dinner drinks. You could also set up old-school games – bocce, croquet and quoits – on the lawn. The inside space can be set up to accommodate both seated and standing receptions, and the mezzanine level is a great spot for a band or DJ. When the party winds down, your bed won't be too far away thanks to self-contained cottages also on site.
The ‘ooh’s and ‘ahh’s from your guests are a sure thing with a wedding at Montsalvat
, a venue in surburban Melbourne. Montsalvat is a working artists’ community and the 12-acre property is scattered with galleries, stone-clad buildings, mudbrick cottages and the impressive Great Hall. A ceremony somewhere on the grounds is hard to go past (we challenge anyone not to be won over by these pretty acres) but the wet weather options – the Upper Gallery or bluestone Chapel – are just as photogenic. For one-of-a-kind wedding snaps, make for Montsalvat’s Ornamental Pool. There is a range of wedding packages available to loved-up couples, including multiple options for cocktail celebrations and seated receptions.
The Hunter Valley is synonymous with rustic wedding venues, and The Barn Adam’s Peak is no different. This privately-owned property sits on 100 acres in Broke, with stunning views over neighbouring mountains, valleys and vineyards. The purpose-built ceremony area has been dubbed The Green and looks great dotted with classic white chairs or rug-draped straw bales. It’s also next to the Sundowner Deck, which makes an eye-bogglingly beautiful perch to watch the sun set. For receptions, The Shed is your go-to. It can be gussied up to suit any theme, so it's a great option for couples wanting to put their own spin on a rustic blank canvas. There's an adjoining covered deck that can be used as a lounge space or for extra tables if your guest list grows. There is also a purpose-built rustic bar area.
sits on the banks of Mary River on the Sunshine Coast. On its 93 acres, the privately owned property has rolling hills, a private lake and two separate halls for your reception. There are indoor and outdoor options for your ceremony, too. Kenilworth Homestead will suit couples keen on a weekend-long celebration, and even those ready to self-style their own venue. You won’t just have access to the main wedding spaces, though. When you book your wedding at Kenilworth Homestead, you’ll have the opportunity to hire the four spacious King Spa Rooms. You won’t have to feel guilty about guests missing out either, because the property has additional bunkhouse-style accommodation that can sleep up to 86 – perfect if you have out-of-towners on the guest list or those with dance-weary feet. There are even options for camping.
Having a rustic wedding doesn’t mean you have trek to some far-flung location. Roombas @ Mt Aitken
is proof of that. The original 1970s building was constructed from blue stone taken from the streets of Port Melbourne. The venue is family-run and ticks every rustic wedding checkbox we can think of: a cellar brimming with Grange wine boxes, wooden beams from 1884, a wrought-iron gazebo and gardens with photo ops aplenty. The grounds are great for saying your ‘I do’s and once the formalities are over, you and your main squeeze can take off on a photo tour, leaving guests to graze on top-notch pre-dinner drinks and canapés. There are packages to suit both seated and cocktail events. The basic packages are hip-pocket friendly too, so every couple can have their Pinterest-perfect wedding without breaking the budget.
is a country estate and working cattle property that has doubled as a gorgeous rustic wedding venue since 1996. And with more than 200 acres at your fingertips, it’s fair to say you won't have any curious strangers photo-bombing your perfectly rustic photo opportunities (because there are a lot). There are spaces to suit both intimate and lavish nuptials. Start your celebration by swapping vows under the Moreton Bay fig tree, and moving to the cottage garden for drinks and mingling. If you’re celebrating with just close family and friends, the original homestead can be arranged to accommodate smaller receptions. Those who’ve invited family, friends, plus a few Facebook connections, can make for the old dairy and its pavilion, which can cater for larger groups of up to 250. A garden marquee can be set up next to the dairy for parties of 450. These spaces are all exposed floors, open sides and wooden beams and pylons.
A rustic theme and vineyard backdrop go together like champagne and strawberries, so it’s little wonder that Penny’s Hill
in McLaren Vale makes an appearance in this rustic venue collection. It even made the cut for a Buzzfeed
winery wrap-up. Penny’s Hill’s grounds make a magazine-worthy setting for your ceremony; you can take the rustic get-up one step further by swapping traditional pews or chairs for covered hay bales. The venue has a handful of wedding spaces available: the Gedney Room, the neighbouring Drew’s Verandah, The Stables and The BBQ Inn. For maximum rustic feels, lock in The Stables. This newly renovated space boasts a sawdust floor and timber beams practically made for strands of fairy lights. It’s fit for both long communal tables and traditional floor plans. The stripped-back vibes of The Stables are part of its charm, so keep any decorations or table settings understated. "But what about a d-floor?" we hear you ask. Fret not, you can have one set up outside.