There are two types of rustic wedding venues: the DIY kind and the ones that already have everything you need to nail the rustic look. Luckily for you, Mudgee has both.
Here, you can take your pick from marquees in far-flung fields, cavernous sheds overlooking lakes and estates with vines for days. So, which do you choose? That depends on what you're looking for in a venue. If you get your kicks from arts and crafts, you might want a space you can fill with handmade decorations or knick-knacks from a market. For those that don't know a hot glue gun from a loop stitch, a venue that already comes with oak barrels, open fireplaces and plenty of timber accents might be just your thing.
With that in mind, here are five Mudgee venues that have rustic ambience by the tractor-load and definitely deserve prime position on your Pinterest board.
We hope you've stretched... your creative muscles, that is, because you will definitely need them with Domayn Events. They'll create your wedding space from scratch, meaning that everything from the bridal table runner to the antique chairs and corrugated iron backdrop is under your control. If you want a marquee filled with hay bales, Domayn can do that (they actually already have). If you want an al fresco dance floor and hemp EVERYTHING, they can do that too. The result? A one-of-a-kind venue that nails your rustic wedding theme and will leave your guests seriously impressed.
Because what rustic wedding is complete without a dozen oversized wine barrels? Wild Oats Pavilion has a whole room of them. With kit that reads like a rustic wedding checklist, you can rest easy knowing that your theme has been nailed – and you don't have to lift a finger. For a space sans barrels, you can get a similar effect from the exposed timber beams, wooden floorboards and high ceiling in the room upstairs.
Truth-bomb time: having to give out the obligatory invitation happens - to your mum’s best friend’s daughter who you've never really liked; the boyfriend of your second cousin who holds his cutlery like a caveman; and the work friend (from two jobs ago) who just happens to be in the area at the time of your wedding. Enter Burnbrae Wines, a venue with an old pepper tree, on-site accommodation and, most importantly, plenty of space for you to sneakily escape the grasps of your overbearing mother-in-law.
When a property is owned and styled by interior designers and event decorators, it’s a sure thing your guests will arrive in a flurry of "ooh"s and "wow"s. The Vinegrove sits at the chicer end of the rustic spectrum, so there are still the usual suspects – open outdoor fire, wine barrels and acres of vineyards – but there’s also a custom-built bar, sculptural gardens and 50-metre walk lined with vines and silver birch.
You know you’ve done (read: nailed) rustic when you tie the knot in a lakeside timber pergola, have the run of a vineyard for your photos and host a reception in the barrel-dotted shed. The high ceilings at di Lusso are perfect for stringing handmade (by you or Etsy) bunting and fairy lights. All you need to do is pop your mason jars on long communal tables, take a snap (no filter required) and watch your Instagram 'likes' skyrocket.