Fancy having a wedding steeped in history? Here are 5 Melbourne venues to check out
Como House & Garden
Built in 1847, glamorous Como House combines ‘Australian regency’ with classic Italianate architecture. Aside from being the background of many of our photo shoots and magazine covers, This venue is available for both ceremonies and receptions (whether they be cocktail or dinner).
Opening at the close of the 20s, the Forum Theatre has a special place in Melbourne’s heart. It may be peeling on the outside, but the inside has somehow maintained its grandeur. This one is more suitable for cocktail weddings but can accommodate from 100 people to 1200.
Home to two families over a hundred years, Ripponlea was only passed onto the National Trust in 1972. Since then, the public has been able to enjoy this urban mansion and pristine gardens. Whether it’s for your ceremony or reception (or both), Ripponlea offers a remarkable backdrop and can host intimate or large groups.
So it may not be heritage listed but if you’re after a historical venue, then what better to start with than a castle? Overnewton Castle was built in 1849 and started off simple – just a single story bluestone colonial-style homestead. Next thing you know, it has 35 rooms, including 7 bedrooms, a library, a billiards room and 2 kitchens. If you pick this spot, your wedding package includes exclusive use of the venue and gardens (meaning quite a few stunning photography locations)and a professional wedding co-ordinator, amongst other things.
Also not heritage listed is Montsalvat, Australia’s oldest artists’ colony. The original owner, Justus Jörgensen, was actually the architect and first live-in artist. He took inspiration from Italy, Spain, France and England to build Montsalvat. Aside from an epic Great Hall and an outdoor pool to take gorgeous photographs, there’s the intimate and romantic bluestone chapel to get married in.
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