9 Amazing Canberra Wedding Venues

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Canberra Wedding Venues

Are you recently engaged and looking for an awesome Canberra wedding venue? Hey, I’m Adam and I am a Canberra wedding photographer who has photographed heaps of stunning weddings all around the Canberra region. I’ve shot something like 600 weddings over around 12 years so I’ve seen my fair share.

Canberra, our nation’s capital, is located about 3 hours drive from Sydney, and according to Canberra . com . au it is Australia’s most liveable city. If you actually live there, you probably know that your government job doesn’t pay you enough and that it is one of the most expensive cities in Australia to live in. Sorry, that’s all I know about Canberra.

But there are some pretty awesome wedding venues that you have to check out. There are also a number of wedding venues that call themselves Canberra wedding venues, but they are technically in NSW. This is because they are right on the border and couples that use them are all Canberrans.

Here is my list of the best Canberra wedding venues. Some of these venues I have photographed weddings at, and some are on my bucket list of places I would love to photograph.

1. Ginninderry Homestead

From the moment you enter Ginninderry Park through the charming picket entrance and meander down the avenue of pines until the Homestead appears, your heart will swoon over the incredible scenery that surrounds you. From the tree-lined drive to the undulating countryside Ginninderry Homestead is what dreams are made of.

A 70-acre estate of pure enchantment with beautifully trimmed gardens, this charming Georgian-style architecture offers sleeping accommodation for up to 8 people. 

The serenity of the Grand Reception centre is nothing short of heavenly, boasting tall ceilings with gorgeous chandeliers, and spectacular views of the estate.  In case that wasn’t enough—the courtyard includes trickling fountains and artistic statues to portray a relaxing ambiance.

The food here is absolutely delicious and they can cater for up to 12 people 

This stunning Homestead is surrounded by views of the charming creek, rolling hills, and the faraway mountain ranges and offers a variety of backdrops for your photographer to curate you a most unforgettable fairy tale wedding.

There is no finer place to host your special day than Ginninderry Park offering luxe, privacy, seclusion, and accessibility

Address:  468 Parkwood Road (via Macgregor ACT, Wallaroo

2. Poachers Pantry

Nestled in the hills not far from Canberra is Poachers Pantry. It is a picturesque plot of land that has a magnificent Golden elm planted in the centre of the property where the Homestead is situated. 

The food here is organically grown and handpicked on-site and most delicious. 

Poachers are a rustic perfection for a country wedding and your ceremony would look great under the magnificent elm tree, in the Homestead lawn.  The Kitchen is a delightful place for your Reception and can cater to 65 guests.  If you expect a larger crowd, a marquee can be erected to accommodate 250 guests.  An intimate Reception can also be held in the Smokehouse Restaurant that also doubles up as a wet weather option if the weather misbehaves.

A most unforgettable wedding is guaranteed at Poachers with great food, fine wood, friendly company, and lots of laughter, tears, and jobs to accompany it all.

Address: 431 Nanima Rd, Springrange

3. Old Parliament House

There are many amazing locations in Canberra to have your wedding but nothing will surpass the credentials of one of the most iconic and heritage-listed venues around.  Old Parliament House is regarded as one of the best wedding venues in Canberra.  This building is centrally located and is surrounded by fragrant rose gardens and has seen many happy couples take their vows here. 

The venues here are exceptionally impressive and versatile and ideal for all styles of weddings, from small intimate to large grand receptions.

The Senate Courtyard, a very sublime location that is suggestive of a secret garden that has a very romantic built-in pergola.  It is the perfect place to say your vows. 

Old Parliament House can accommodate from 10 to 400 guests.

Address: 18 King George Terrace, Parkes ACT

4. Lake George Winery

Located 700m above sea level, along the mysterious northern shores of Lake George, Lake George Winery is family-owned and operated and a beautiful Canberra wedding venue.

There are two main locations where you can have your wedding ceremony. The Oak Tree and The Rockery. For your wedding reception, there are also two options, the Dining Room which can cater to 150 guests. Or the Private Cellar, which is the formal dining room area.

Address: Federal Hwy, Lake George NSW


6. National Gallery of Australia

Having your wedding at the iconic National Gallery of Australia is one that you will not regret. Located in the heart of the capital of Australia, the Gallery offers you a wonderful experience. It is a world-class function space set in a culturally rich and diverse location with views of the sublime Lake Burley Griffin. 

You have a choice of four unique wedding venues. The first and foremost is the heritage-listed Sculpture Garden with its vast gardens, casuarina forests, secluded sitting nooks and corners, shady pathways, and grassy knolls are hidden throughout.

The Angel of the North has views of the lake’s surrounds and the Carillon and provides a perfect natural chapel. It is the most popular location as it has a long or short bridal walk available.

The Beach area is located near the Sculpture Garden Restaurant and makes a perfect backdrop for your ceremonial shoot.

The Gandel Hall, a multi-purpose space that is sure to impress everyone will serve as a Reception space. It can cater from 350 to 900 guests.

Address: Parkes Pl E, Parkes ACT

7. The Boat House

The Boat House is one of Canberra’s most picturesque wedding venues. It’s directly on the water’s edge on Lake Burley Griffin’s gorgeous beaches. This is a multi-award-winning fine dining establishment with a magical ambiance. This Canberra restaurant and wedding venue has been operating for the last 14 years which is a testament to how good they are.

Situated in enchanting private parkland, you have the option to have a wedding ceremony with Lake Burley Griffin as your backdrop.

There are three private dining room options for your wedding, which will depend on the size of your wedding. With a warm and welcoming ambiance, wonderful food, and amazing location, this Canberra wedding venue should be high up on your list of venues to check out.

Address: Grevillea Park, Menindee Drive, Barton ACT

8. National Arboretum

Lovers of nature and couples who love a natural outdoor setting will love the National Arboretum. The National Arboretum is a botanical garden devoted to growing trees for conservation, scientific research or educational purposes. And it is also a wonderful Canberra wedding venue.

There are over 44,000 of the most diverse plant species and the Arboretum is really in its infancy. The plants and trees are only just starting to take off.

The Margaret Whitlam Pavilion is a remarkable, architecturally designed venue that features a chic design with arching walls, elusive lighting, and a towering ceiling, perfect for weddings of up to 138 guests.

The Gallery of Gardens is a series of seven gardens, each with its own story and design, with spectacular spaces for guests to enjoy. These spaces can cater for weddings of all sizes.  

The Village Centre, an award-winning architecturally design building featuring soaring ceilings inspired by the fronds of the nearby Chilean wine palm forest is filled with natural light, with widths of glass windows giving endless panoramic views across Lake Burley Griffin and Canberra. The National Arboretum can accommodate up to 900 guests.

Address: Forest Dr, Molonglo Valley ACT

9. The Chapel at Gold Creek

The Chapel at Gold Creek is a purpose-built, non-denominational chapel that is beautiful, unique, and still quite modern. It is nestled amidst the gorgeous and established gardens and looks great as a backdrop to wedding photos.

It is a really good option for couples that are looking for an indoor wedding ceremony in a beautiful location. Being non-denominational means that you can bring in your own celebrant, Minister, or Priest to conduct your ceremony. Unlike a church, where you have to use the Priest from the church. This gives you the freedom to have a religious or non-religious ceremony.

Gold Creek Chapel can seat up to 120 wedding guests. 

Address:  17 O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls ACT

10. Tuggeranong Homestead

Just 20 minutes from the airport and CBD, you will find Tuggeranong Homestead. A heritage-listed country property that is also a wonderful Canberra wedding venue.

Tuggeranong Homestead is set on 70 acres of private countryside and it has a long Australian history. From the ancient Aboriginal stone artefacts that have been found at Tuggeranong homestead. To the stone barn on the property that was built by the convicts back in the 1830s.

You can have your wedding ceremony in an outdoor paved garden area made out of sandstone. And for your wedding reception, the machinery shed will serve you well with a rustic indoor area where you and your guests can party the night away.  The shed, when affixed to an outdoor marquee will accommodate 150 guests.

Address: 51 Johnson Dr, Richardson ACT 2905

11. Bushfield Farm

Located on 187 acres near Gundaroo, Bushfield Farm is a long-established, working sheep farm. The Farm is at the end of a rural drive filled with a rustic timber fence, an old truck, and sheep-filled paddocks, grazing horses and cattle, and wildlife.

Bushfield Farm offers a variety of function spaces for you to choose the perfect spot for your wedding. The rustic shearing shed, on the large covered deck overlooking the dam. Or under the canopy of elm trees.

Another awesome aspect of Bushfield Farm is that you can bring your own pet or even horse to your wedding. And I always say, that if you consider your pet to be part of your family, then bring them to your wedding day.

So if you are looking for a country wedding venue, then you should check out Bushfield Farm. They can cater to weddings of up to 200 people and the venue looks awesome.

10. Petrichor Farm

This Canberra wedding venue looks like a photographer’s dream. I haven’t shot there, but it is on my bucket list. The owners here are both actually wedding photographers themselves. And I met Daz once at an AIPP event, 10 or so years ago. And I remember he was a really nice guy. These guys have both been shooting weddings for 15 years and know exactly what couples want for their wedding. And who better to design a wedding venue, than a wedding photographer.

This farm has been lovingly restored with so much attention to detail. It is surrounded by some amazing views and epic landscapes. You could potentially get some seriously awesome photos at this place as well as having an incredible wedding experience. This looks like a pretty awesome Canberra wedding venue.

Address:  89 Haskins Way, GUNDAROO, New South Wales

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How to Choose the Perfect Canberra Wedding Venue

Choosing the right wedding venue in Canberra sets the tone for your big day and creates a memorable experience for you and your guests. The venue will also influence many other aspects of your wedding such as the budget, guest list, style, theme, and logistics. Therefore, it is crucial to select a venue that meets your specific needs and expectations.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Canberra Wedding Venue

Budget: Your budget is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a wedding venue. You should determine your budget before you start your search and look for venues that fit within your financial constraints. This will help you avoid overspending and narrow your options to those that are more realistic and feasible for you. When determining your budget, take into consideration not just the cost of the venue itself, but also the cost of other associated expenses such as catering, decorations, and vendor fees.

Guest List: The size of your guest list will impact your venue choice. You need to determine how many guests you plan to invite and find a venue that can accommodate your desired number. You should also consider the layout of the venue and the seating arrangements to ensure that everyone is comfortable and has enough space. If you have a large guest list, consider venues that offer both indoor and outdoor spaces to provide a variety of options for your guests.

Style and Theme: The style and theme of your wedding should match the venue you choose. If you have a specific style or theme in mind, look for a venue that will complement it. For example, if you want a romantic and intimate wedding, a historic venue may be a good choice. If you are planning a more relaxed and casual wedding, an outdoor venue might be a better fit. Consider the architecture, lighting, and overall ambiance of the venue to ensure that it aligns with your desired style and theme.

Availability: When choosing a wedding venue, it is important to check the availability of the date you have in mind. This will help you avoid disappointment and ensure that you have the venue you want on your preferred date. You should also consider the time of year and other factors that may affect the availability of the venue, such as holidays or peak wedding season. If your preferred date is not available, consider alternative dates that are close to your preferred date or look for another venue that fits your needs.

Location: The location of your wedding venue will impact your guests’ experience, as well as your own. Consider the distance from your ceremony location, as well as from local transportation options and accommodations for your guests. You should also consider the local weather patterns and the type of setting you prefer, such as a city or a rural location. Choose a location that is easy for your guests to reach and provides a memorable and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Amenities: The amenities offered by your wedding venue can have a big impact on the overall experience of your guests. Consider what is important to you and your guests, such as parking, restrooms, and access to nearby restaurants or entertainment. Some venues may also offer additional services, such as lighting, music, or photography, which can be a convenient and cost-effective option. Be sure to ask about the venue’s policies regarding outside vendors and their requirements for setup and cleanup.

Catering: Catering is an important part of your wedding and can be influenced by the venue you choose. Some venues may offer on-site catering, while others may require you to bring in your own food and drinks. If the venue does not offer catering, you should consider hiring a caterer and ask about the venue’s requirements for outside vendors. Look for a venue that can accommodate your desired type of cuisine and provide adequate space for serving and dining.

Parking and Accessibility: Parking and accessibility are important considerations for your guests’ comfort and convenience. Check to see if the venue provides ample parking for your guests and if there are any restrictions or additional fees for parking. If the venue is not easily accessible for guests with disabilities, consider alternative options that are more inclusive and accommodating. Additionally, you should also consider the distance from the venue to the ceremony location and if transportation is needed for your guests. Providing a shuttle service or arranging for transportation can help ensure that your guests arrive on time and safely.

Customer Service and Support: The level of customer service and support you receive from the venue is important, as you will be relying on the venue staff to help you plan and execute your wedding day. Look for a venue with a professional and experienced team that is responsive, friendly, and willing to assist you in any way they can. Make sure to also ask about their policies for setup and cleanup, as well as their contingency plans for unexpected weather conditions or other events.

Decorations and Design: The decorations and design of your venue will have a big impact on the overall look and feel of your wedding. Consider the type of decorations and design elements that are allowed and what is included with the venue rental. Some venues may have strict rules about decorations, while others may offer more flexibility. Look for a venue that will accommodate your desired level of customization and design, whether it be simple or elaborate.

Types of Canberra Wedding Venues

Outdoor Canberra Wedding Venues

Outdoor Canberra wedding venues offer a natural and picturesque setting for your wedding. This type of venue is ideal for couples who want an outdoor ceremony or reception. Outdoor venues can include gardens, parks, vineyards, or beaches. When choosing an outdoor venue, consider the local weather conditions and the time of year to ensure that you have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. Additionally, consider the availability of power, restrooms, and other necessary amenities.

Canberra Hotel & Resort Wedding Venues

Hotels and resorts wedding venues in Canberra are a popular choice for couples who want an all-in-one wedding experience. This type of venue offers a range of services, including accommodations, catering, and event spaces. Hotel and resort venues can range from luxurious, five-star properties to more budget-friendly options. When choosing a hotel or resort venue, consider the type of experience you want for yourself and your guests, as well as your budget and guest list.

Historic and Heritage Canberra Wedding Venues

Historic and heritage Canberra wedding venues offer a unique and memorable setting for your wedding. This type of venue can include museums, castles, and historic homes. When choosing a historic or heritage venue, consider the level of customization and design that is allowed, as well as the venue’s restrictions and policies. These venues may also have additional fees for preservation and restoration, so be sure to consider these costs when determining your budget.

Canberra Industrial & Warehouse Wedding Venues

Industrial and warehouse Canberra wedding venues offer a modern and chic setting for your wedding. This type of venue is ideal for couples who want a contemporary and edgy look for their wedding. Industrial and warehouse venues can include factories, loft spaces, or old warehouses. When choosing an industrial or warehouse venue, consider the type of decorations and design elements you want, as well as the available amenities and accessibility.

Barn & Rustic Venues in Canberra

Barn and rustic venues in Canberra offer a charming and relaxed setting for your wedding. This type of venue is ideal for couples who want a down-to-earth and countryside feel for their wedding. Barn and rustic venues can include farms, ranches, or old country inns. When choosing a barn or rustic venue, consider the type of activities and events you want to have at your wedding, as well as the availability of power and other necessary amenities.

These are some of the common types of Canberra wedding venues to consider. When choosing a venue, consider your desired style and theme, guest list, budget, and any other important factors that are relevant to your wedding day. By taking the time to research and compare your options, you can find a venue that will provide you with the perfect setting for your dream wedding.

Steps to Find the Right Canberra Wedding Venue

Determine Your Budget. One of the first steps in finding the right Canberra wedding venue is to determine your budget. This will help you narrow down your options and eliminate any venues that are outside of your price range. Be sure to also consider any additional costs, such as taxes, gratuities, and other fees that may be associated with the venue rental.

Choose a Date. Once you have determined your budget, choose a date for your wedding. This will help you determine the availability of the venues you are interested in, as well as the cost of the venue rental. Some venues may also offer special pricing or discounts for certain dates, so be sure to ask about these options.

Create a Guest. List Create a rough estimate of the number of guests you expect to attend your wedding. This will help you determine the size of the venue you will need and the type of accommodations that are required for your guests.

Research and Compare Venues. Begin your research by searching for Canberra wedding venues online and through recommendations from friends and family. Create a list of the venues that you are interested in and compare their services, pricing, and availability. Schedule appointments to visit the venues in person, take a tour of the facilities, and ask questions to get a better understanding of what each venue has to offer.

Ask for Recommendations. Reach out to friends, family, and other couples who have recently gotten married in Canberra. Ask them about their experience with their venue and get recommendations on any other venues they may have considered.

Make Your Decision. Once you have visited the venues, compared the options, and gathered all of the necessary information, make your decision and book your venue. Be sure to also review and sign a contract with the venue that outlines all of the details and agreements for your wedding day.

By following these steps, you can find the right Canberra wedding venue for your special day. Remember to take your time, do your research, and choose a venue that fits your budget, style, and needs. With the right venue, you can create the perfect setting for your dream wedding and make lasting memories with your loved ones.

Final Thoughts on Choosing a Canberra Wedding Venue

In conclusion, choosing the right Canberra wedding venue is a critical aspect of planning your wedding. It sets the tone for your special day and creates a lasting memory for you and your guests. When choosing a venue, consider your budget, the date of your wedding, the number of guests you expect to attend, and your personal style. Research and compare different venues and ask for recommendations to find the right fit for your needs.

It is important to remember that the most important aspect of choosing a Canberra wedding venue is finding a place that feels right for you and your partner. Don’t compromise on your vision or settle for a venue that doesn’t meet your needs or expectations. Choose a venue that aligns with your values, style, and budget, and that creates the perfect setting for your special day.

Finally, it is important to book your Canberra wedding venue as early as possible to ensure that you get the date and venue of your choice. With the popularity of weddings in Canberra, many venues book up quickly, so it is best to plan ahead to avoid disappointment. Booking early also gives you more time to focus on other important aspects of your wedding planning, such as finding vendors, choosing a dress, and finalizing details with your venue.

In conclusion, choosing the right Canberra wedding venue is a critical step in creating a memorable and enjoyable wedding experience. By following these guidelines and taking the time to find the right venue, you can ensure that your wedding day is everything you have always dreamed of.

Hey, I’m Adam. An Australian wedding photographer who loves to shoot fun, relaxed couples in a natural and candid way.

I shoot weddings all over Australia, so if you are engaged and looking for a photographer, please check out my work. If you can see yourself in these photos, feel free to get in contact to check my availability. Thanks :)