Sometimes you need to go big, you need to be bold and you need to indulge every firework-and-fluffy-dress whim you have. And when is there a better time to do that than your wedding?
If you ask us, there's no occasion like getting hitched to justify throwing an extravagant bash, especially when you have a venue that can pull off such a lavish affair. So we went out to find the best of the best: nine downright opulent wedding venues that have the goods to give you and your main squeeze a wedding that won't be forgotten anytime soon. Whether you want crystal chandeliers, a fairy light-dotted marquee or the whole shebang, these venues will deliver. Don't be surprised if one look at these luxe boltholes has Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" playing on repeat in your head...
Only 10 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, this venue is as fancy as the suburb it sits in. Lincoln of Toorak
is a big player in Melbourne’s wedding game, offering a resplendent foyer, grand ballroom and a menu that’s just as indulgent as the interiors are lavish. The venue boasts two bridal suites and panoramic views of the city cityscape. The ballroom can be partitioned into two spaces: on one side, you and your main squeeze can swap vows and simply mosey on over to your reception on the other side. Opulence and practicality? Yes, please.
It’s a wedding venue, café and just straight-up lovely, so it’s no surprise Dunbar House
offers a stunning space for couples wanting something a bit swish for their big day. The house is both elegant and understated, making it a beautiful backdrop for Instagram snaps and professional photos. Ceremonies can be held on the lower lawn, which has views of the harbour, under the lofty boughs of the old fig tree. Pre-dinner drinks and nibbles can be enjoyed on the al fresco Harbour Terrace, before you and your guests move inside for your reception in the grand dining room.
Chat to any couple who planned a destination wedding and they’ll probably tell you it’s not all smooth sailing. So why would you try and get all your guests to Europe, when there’s a slice of provincial France on the Bellarine Peninsula? Enter Campbell Point House
, a wedding venue that will have you feeling a little like Marie Antoinette and a whole lot of fancy. The extravagant chateau is pretty much as close as you could get to a postcard: there’s a grass tennis court, infinity pool, private beach, five ensuite bedrooms, a conservatory and a limestone pool house. Sigh.
When it comes to modern, opulent weddings, Pier One Sydney Harbour
has got the goods – big time. These swanky waterfront digs have a view set to make jaws drop and reception spaces kitted out with the wrap-around glass windows to enjoy them. If you fancy, you can make your grand arrival by boat (but seriously, why wouldn’t you?) and then take off on your photography tour around the harbour.
It’s decadent. It’s brimming with old-world grandeur. It’s the Plaza Ballroom
, and this is where opulence and elegance meet. You’ll find the Ballroom at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, and trust us when we say it’s spectacular. There’s a sweeping staircase, twinkling vintage chandeliers and elaborate Rococo architecture. The team at the Ballroom have also won a gong for ‘Venue Caterer of the Year’ at the Restaurant and Catering Awards, so there’ll be MasterChef
-worthy fare waiting for you after your bridal waltz.
Because nothing says extravagance quite like a castle-like country manor, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Abbey of the Roses
. This 120-year old venue is heavy on the Disney princess feels and is only a two-hour drive from Brisbane’s CBD. Take your pick of the Abbey’s on-site chapel or outdoor gazebo for your ceremony, and then let your guests graze on canapés and cocktails on the sprawling lawns. Inside, the Abbey boasts a parlour where you and your 'maids can get your glam on before the ceremony.
Perched on the banks of the Swan River in Perth, Caversham House
has luxe weddings sorted. The venue offers three spaces for your ceremony, including the Garden House, which sits on the lawn of the main house and boasts French doors and diamond chandeliers, and the Colonnade, back-dropped by manicured gardens, a water feature and soaring gum trees. To be close to the water, say your ‘I do’s at the Hidden Gardens on the foreshore of the river, which are dotted with terrace gardens, a four-storey waterfall, hand-carved statues and a private jetty.
Ever had an inkling that you’d love a big fairytale wedding? If you have, chances are you’ve probably heard of Curzon Hall in Sydney. This sandstone venue is a favourite with couples wanting to go all out on their big day, and it’s easy to see why. Curzon Hall has seven event spaces with room for up to 450 of your nearest and dearest - and let’s not forget the cedar staircase, cathedral ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Outside, there are three manicured gardens.
Even though Mount Lofty House is only 15 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD, you’ll feel like you’re in another world. The estate overlooks the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills and is a venue guaranteed to make spectacular first impressions. Mount Lofty House sits on 18 acres that come complete with two working vineyards, tennis court, swimming pool, croquet and bocce lawns, billiard room, and a volleyball and badminton court. There’s also the Stables Day Spa, which is the place to indulge before you walk down the aisle – and, honestly, it’s probably where you’ll want to head after the reception too.