As far as we’re concerned, there’s never a bad time to escape to the country. And that includes your wedding.
Imagine a vineyard-toting marquee; a ceremony housed in a heritage barn and a reception underneath the stars (or fairy lights). If that dose of inspiration has you itching for the Google search bar, hit pause: we’ve already done the hard work for you and have shortlisted 10 beautiful country wedding venues. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself reaching for your plaid shirt and faded denim jeans.
For a modern venue smack-bang in a Melbournian oenophile's favourite playground, the Yarra Valley, look towards Vue on Halcyon
. There are uninterrupted views of rolling, vine-dotted hills and the opportunity for an outdoor, lawn-toting ceremony. If you prefer the indoors, the spanking-new chapel is for you. With soaring ceilings, timber trusses and timber-lined interior, the chapel is an elegant and contemporary space.
A gourmet institution in Victoria, the Lake House
’s European cuisine and world-class wine cellar make for a foodie’s dream reception. We recommend leaving tight trousers at home. Opt for an al fresco ceremony by the idyllic lake – the photos will stun for years to come – before moving indoors to the Terrace Room, complete with luxe wrought iron chandeliers, open fireplace and ample room for a dance floor.
Capacity: 14 to 300 seated
What happens when you mix spectacular mountain views, a 19th century homestead and 70-acres of impeccable gardens? The Mt Sturgeon Estate
. for those that don’t want to lift a (perfectly manicured) finger? The Hotel has that covered too with their dedicated wedding coordinators and kitchen crew. From degustation to picnics and barbecues, the team at the Hotel can make it happen. Sound good? We think so too.
Capacity: 120 seated
With its sweeping views over the Yarra Valley, Historic Barn and sleek architecture, Yering Station
is a one-stop gastronomic wedding venue. The elegant Wine Bar serves up fare from three-course meals to sumptuous seven-course feasts. If you’re seeking an intimate celebration, the stone-clad Devaux Private Dining Room makes for a cosy, romantic affair.
Capacity: 16 to 150 seated
You’d be forgiven for never wanting to leave Stones of the Yarra Valley
– even after your guests have long gone. Here, expect to find a rough-rendered chapel boasting soaring ceilings and stained-glass windows; a dairy-come-reception space where guests can enjoy drinks and canapés; and a Tuscan-inspired farmhouse boasting boutique accommodation. If vintage fittings, lofty tree boughs and oh-so-romantic everything are up your street, your wedding venue search stops now.
Capacity: 40 to 180
Estate-grown produce meets sprawling vineyards at Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove. Ceremonies held on The Lawn overlook the vines and olive grove; large receptions can make for Montalto Resturant and small gatherings can see out the Private Dining Room. For a quirky photography opportunity, couples can head for the Montalto Sculpture Park, which features more than 20 works scattered through the grounds.
Capacity: 100 seated
The Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park is nestled in 10 acres of formal English garden, and is a vintage-minded bride’s delight. With a handful of gorgeous wedding plots on offer – the Pavilion, the Library, the Theatre or al fresco in the gardens – the hardest choice you’ll have to make is choosing just one space. The Spa, helmed by nimble-knuckles therapists, is a heavenly place for brides and bridesmaids (and grooms too) before the big day. And, if you want to retreat there after it’s all over, that’s perfectly fine too.
Capacity: 140 seated
Ever dreamed of exchanging vows with your husband-to-be (read: prince charming) in your own castle? Make for Kryal Castle
, where a fairytale no longer remains fiction. A greeting by the Royal Piper or Yeoman is followed by a ceremony in the picturesque Chapel. Intimate receptions can be held in the Knights of the Round Table room or larger celebrations can make for the Abbey. For those with 300 guests, a themed marquee is set up on the Arena.
Capacity: 300 seated
From its hilltop perch, the Convent Gallery Daylesford has postcard-perfect vistas. Ceremonies are held in the historic chapel or soaring glass conservatory; green-thumbs will love the six acres of lush gardens. And if you’re guests are keen to continue cutting shapes in the reception, the famed Altar Bar boasts quirky décor, exotic cocktails and a boutique wine-list. Prepare to kick on until the wee hours.
Capacity: 140 seated
If you want an Australian bush wedding, Boyd Baker House
will deliver. This architectural beauty is perfect if you're seeking a setting that's different from those other country weddings you've been to. The house is decked out with pieces by Australian artists and comes complete with a centre courtyard and the famed school room. The 34-acre property is also home to a handful of other wedding spaces, including the Roy Grounds library and Dower House.
Capacity: up to 16 overnight guests