How many times have you been to the same wedding venue? Or been a guest at an event that is almost identical (read: same same) to the wedding you went to last month?
You’ve been to the Hunter Valley; gotten sand between your toes on a beach; and trudged up the stairs of a city high-rise in your best stilettos. Now, for your nuptials, you want to break away from the pack and Mudgee has a host of wedding venues where you can do just that.
If you’re lusting after an out-of-the-box space and have a groom harbouring not-so-secret Batman fantasies, Wellington Caves is the venue for you. There’s even an aptly named Cathedral Cave with a 15-metre high altar.
Wild Oats Pavilion
Named after the award-winning yacht, Wild Oats Pavilion sits on a plot of the Robert Oatley vineyard. Take a turn in the vines for wedding photography worthy of the pages of a glossy magazine; receptions are hosted in a rustic space complete with oversized wine barrels and exposed timber beams.
Bishops Court Estate
Have you ever dreamed of swanning around your very own grand manor house? Us too. And now you can (for at least a weekend) at Bishops Court Estate. A brick-clad Chapel moonlights as an intimate dining space, and the luxe onsite suites mean it’s only a short wander from cutting shapes on the dance floor to bed.
If you’re keen to not lift a perfectly manicured finger, make for Parklands Resort. Think a design-your-own wedding package, lake-side ceremony spaces, a white polished gazebo and a dedicated wedding coordinator. As if it couldn’t get better (hint: it does), Parklands Resort can organise a welcome barbecue for you and your guests, and a goodbye brunch the morning after.
What happens when you mix top-shelf produce and a cracking chef with a postcard-perfect outlook? Pipeclay Pumphouse. Menus here are created around what was picked from the veggie patch that morning; Pipeclay even boasts its own range of produce – pancetta, coppa, truffled salami, prosciutto – that continues the restaurants paddock-to-plate philosophy. We recommend leaving tight trousers or bodycon frocks at home.
We’re starting off with a warning for this venue: don’t be surprised if you find yourself making an excuse for why you need to stay at Vinegrove just a bit longer. There are twinkling fairy lights in the vines, hanging rice paper lanterns, an outdoor fire pit, manicured gardens and a bespoke bridal service on offer. The Vinegrove Home is also made available for couples to share with family and friends.
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