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11 venues to wow your hipster guests

Wedding Venues
Sure, you've decided to get hitched - but where? Your venue is one of the first pieces of your wedding planning puzzle and it's where first impressions are made.
To make your venue hunt easier, we've rustled up 11 places where cracking first impressions are pretty much guaranteed. These are the venues that will make your guests say, "Remember [insert your name here]’s wedding? How amazing was that?" We've found digs that will knock the socks off any of your almond milk-drinking, bicycle-riding hipster friends, who will dole out serious cool points for finding a wedding venue that's a little bit different. And if that wasn't tempting enough, these venues are also ridiculously photogenic, so when you and your nearest and dearest upload happy snaps to Facebook and Instagram, you know your followers are in for a treat. Stand by for a whole lotta likes.  

For Las Vegas feels without the airfare...

Wedding venues 1000 Pound Bend
If it's a different kind of wedding venue you want, that's exactly what you'll get at 1000 £ Bend in Melbourne's CBD. The space is unpretentious and nails the shabby-chic aesthetic, which means you're free to put your stamp on it, whether it be with handmade bunting, long communal tables or room to cut some serious shapes. 1000 £ Bend is also attached to the Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo, a newbie on the wedding scene that's decked out like a Vegas chapel. You can get married there any time of the day or night, so you can exchange your vows (Elvis impersonator, optional) in the Church before moseying over to your hella cool reception. Take that, hipsters. 

For some New York, New York...

Wedding venues Loft West End
Loft West End in Brisbane makes for a New York loft style aesthetic, with its low hanging lights, sprawling couches and blue-tiled bar. You've got four event spaces to choose from: the Bar Lounge, which is all cute, cosy and intimate; the Deck, a reserved area next to the cocktail bar that overlooks the Boundary Street precinct; the Library, which can host larger celebrations; and the Gallery for even longer guest lists. And to really raise eyebrows (in a good way, of course), go for gold by hiring the whole space and watch the hipster jaws drop.

For a blank canvas that already has artwork...

Wedding Venues Published ArtHouse
Published ArtHouse boasts museum-worthy art of a different kind: graffiti artists have turned their hands, and skills, to dressing the walls of this spacious venue with one-of-a-kind pieces. And that means you've taken your warehouse wedding up a level. The venue sits smack-bang in Adelaide's CBD and lives in the bones of a former publisher's house, so no prizes for guessing where this bolthole gets its name. The grit of the graffiti makes the perfect contrast to sprawling communal tables, a neutral colour palette, small floral centrepieces and twinkling fairylights - but that's just a suggestion. 

For your own slice of paradise...

Wedding Venues Secret Garden Byron Bay
When your wedding venue is a lush garden, dotted with sculptures and a vintage school bus painted by Australian artist David Bromley, you know you've set out to impress. And that's exactly what will happen at Secret Garden Byron Bay. Here, there are two locations for you and your main squeeze to swap vows: a raised platform in the middle of the garden or an undercover pavilion. If you're keen to hang around after the last glass of champagne has been served, Secret Garden Byron Bay also has two accommodation options: the Artist Studio and the Boat Shed. Alternatively, you can splash out and hire the entire Compound, complete with Swedish hot tub, wood-fired pizza oven and the vintage Airstream caravan.

For the nature lovers...

Wedding Venues Shamba Malaika
You'll find Shamba Malaika in Currumbin Valley on the Gold Coast, neighboured by more trees and greenery than you could poke a stick (or twig, whatever) at. For couples seeking care-free, easy-breezy nuptials, this venue could be just the one for you. On the 150-acre farm there are freshwater streams, rockpools, bamboo groves and fields of wildflowers. To make the most of this stunning backdrop, arrange for an oversized, open-air tipi or marquee.

For old-world heritage...

Wedding Venues Shene Estate
The Barn on Shene Estate in Tasmania may well be one of the best-kept venue secrets around, but we're spilling the beans. Built by convicts in the mid-19th century, the Barn boasts rustic wooden floorboards, stone walls and, of course, imposing barn doors. Put simply, Shene Estate puts the 'barn' in beautiful barn wedding. For an intimate canapé reception, the Stables - the now home of Hobart Polo Club - has a cavernous fireplace and everything you need to tick 'rustic feels' off your wedding wish list. 

For upping your wedding game...

Wedding Venues Studio Neon
With its mix of brightly coloured furniture, warehouse finishings and cooler-than-cool atmosphere, Studio Neon in Sydney is as cosmopolitan as wedding venues come. Studio Neon blends industrial, retro and contemporary influences to make one killer wedding space. The studio is a dreamy choice for couples seeking something that's both out of the ordinary and won't be forgotten by your guests any time soon. For your wedding here, you can tell your guests they won't be needing Ludwig, Mayfair or any other Instagram filters. 

For artistic grandeur...

Wedding Venues Substation
What. A. Stunner. That's what you can expect your guests to say once their peepers get a glimpse of The Substation, a red brick building in Melbourne that can't be missed. The Substation has three wedding spaces available and the goods to accommodate both your ceremony and reception. The Performance Floor is a flexible space with wooden floors, soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. For couples with artistic inclinations, the gallery is home to seven exhibition spaces and can suit both sit-down and cocktail receptions. The Studio comes with exposed steel beams, sliding mirror doors and arched windows. 

For bright colours and upcycling...

Wedding Venues Urban Coe-op
We're pretty confident when we say you've never seen a demolition warehouse that looks this good. Meet Urban Coe-Op in Perth, a diverse events space that creatives will love. The venue has been transformed from derelict and dusty into an artsy haven that's been influenced by the bohemian vibes of San Francisco. With your wedding at the Coe-Op, you can use an outside catering company or, for a fee, just bring in your own - because everyone knows homemade is the best. 

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For everything rustic...

Wedding venues Heartwood
Where do we start with the rustic wedding perfection that is Heartwood in Glenaroua? Maybe with the four spaces you can choose from and no, that's not a typo - we said four. There's the Chapman Hill Olive Grove, the Wool Shed, Open Paddock and The Hut. Then there's the kit of props and furniture you can hire too - think pieces handcrafted from recycled timber that will make your hipster guests giddy with glee. Our fave is the horse box bar because, amazing.

For a venue with its own forest...

Wedding Venues Stonebarn
An exclusive hire venue on a trufflerie? Even peeps who aren't getting married will find it tough to not love Stonebarn, a lodge in Pemberton. A wedding at Stonebarn will see you have sole use of the entire 160-acre property, which has a lake, river frontage and even an antique bath plonked in the forest - don't worry, you get the hot water to fill it too. You'll be able to choose from a smattering of location options, from the dining room and the verandah to a gazebo or anywhere else on the property that takes your fancy. And let's not forget the on-site accommodation: six suites complete with claw-foot bathtubs and four-poster beds.


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