We're calling it: if these venues were people, they'd be supermodels. And if you're thinking that all models are same-same, so these places must be too, get ready to think again.
Each of these venues is completely different to one another, just like the world's top supermodels aren't all cut from the same, incredibly gorgeous, cloth - even though we know how hard it is to tell them apart when they're clad in veils, face jewellery or masks (because, farshun). With that in mind, we've paired up top runway-stompers with their perfect engagement venue match. From venues that are definitely one-of-a-kind to the tried-and-tested, the only question that remains is... are you a Cara or a Kendall?
Oh, come on. A woolshed-come-pub? The only way to up the Australiana ante would be if its waitstaff served Vegemite sandwiches wearing Akubras. So, of course it had to be Miranda. And like Miranda, the Woolshed Pub
in Melbourne is a blend of laid-back and luxe. There are two spaces for functions: downstairs has polished concrete floors, old cargo doors and an open fireplace; upstairs has an outdoor balcony, original wooden flooring and views over Victoria Harbour. You’ll never look at your local pub the same way.
Like Gigi, Alto
in Melbourne’s CBD is a new kid on the block that’s been quick to attract a flock of admirers. The space sits on the top floor of the GPO building and has floor-to-ceiling glass windows, an outdoor terrace and a copper-clad bar. And just like Gigi can pull off almost everything – have you seen
that face? – Alto can too, from suspended floral installations and long communal tables to a chic cocktail set-up.
Sure, Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf at Pyrmont Point in Sydney may not have its own reality TV empire but it is part of a family with a reputation for throwing a serious bash, so you know they've got the goods to deliver. With a harbourfront perch and versatile floor plan, you can pick and choose which space of the wharf fits with you. To mimic true KUWTK style, opt for the Doltone Loft, a sprawling space split over three levels that comes kitted out with polished wooden floors, a mammoth marble bar and white-gold mosaic tiles. There’s also a private entrance for your VIP friends, naturally.
Enter the 'It' space, which is the venue everyone wants to see and be seen at (in real life or on Instagram - they both count). So who else could Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
be but Cara? One look at this Sydney drawcard and you can understand why it’s so popular: the Hamptons-inspired aesthetic, top-notch nosh and a top deck complete with private bar, retractable roof and million-dollar views. There are 31 suites available too, because, trust us, you'll definitely want to stay.
When you can be called only by your first name and people still know exactly who you are, that's a pretty good sign that you've arrived. So, in the same style as Cher, Madonna, Prince and Gisele, meet Stones... or Stones of the Yarra Valley
if we're being formal. There are two restaurants, the famous rough-rendered Dairy and on-site accommodation. Don't be surprised if you end up booking in your nuptials too.
Kate might be famous for having a face and bod that looks good in anything (and we mean anything), but Lightspace
in Brisbane is the ultimate blank canvas in the engagement venue stakes. This former smash repairs shop has lofty ceilings, an industrial aesthetic - think polished concrete floors, air-conditioning tubes and exposed beams - and a Japanese-inspired outdoor terrace.
No, you haven’t walked onto a Brazilian beach, but with its wooden deck, palm trees, AstroTurf and pink flamingoes - relax, they’re just sculptures - the Calypso Terrace and Pool Deck at QT Gold Coast
wouldn’t look out of place in Ipanema. The terrace is the perfect perch to soak up the balmy Queensland weather (just pretend you’re in Rio), and is decorated with pops of bold colour and custom furniture.
You might be tempted to look around for Karlie’s BFF Taylor when you arrive at Wolf Lane
, a New York City-style loft complete with exposed brick work and a warehouse layout. The welcoming space is tucked down an alleyway in the heart of Perth’s CBD and is as warm and friendly as it is cool and cute. Vintage furniture and plush comfy chairs are scattered throughout the Lounge and Mezzanine, while a fairytale-inspired mural stretches across one wall. Take your cues from Karlie’s sweet tooth by opting for an old-fashioned popcorn cart, fairy-floss station or Alice in Wonderland
themed lolly station - or, you know, all three.
Cookie-cutter would be the last word we'd use to describe MONA
(Museum of Old and New Art) in Tasmania. Here, there are more event spaces than you can point a paintbrush at. There’s the Void, a dramatic area with art to one side and a sandstone wall to the other; the Organ Room, a light-filled space that overlooks the Derwent River; Eros and Thanatos, the two main rooms that can combine forces to become one gargantuan room; and, if you want to celebrate like an A-lister, there's MR-I, a camouflage printed catamaran.
A slice of the English countryside in Adelaide, Carrick Hill
is your chance to play lady of the manor. Inside, the home is all oak panelling, antiques and art from the collection of the original tenants. The English rose look is just as pretty outside too: the formal gardens have flower beds, orchards and manicured lawns that make the perfect setting for an oh-so-swish garden party - Pimms optional.