Congratulations, you’re engaged! (or expecting you might be soon)
Now you’re here to look for the best wedding venues in Perth, as you know that finding the perfect wedding venue is first on your planning list. Choosing a venue is usually the thing that locks in your date, and a lot of popular places book quite far in advance so you want to get in as soon as you can.
BEFORE you go venue hunting, here are some things to consider…
What kind of feel do we want? Which kinds of places do we like to be?
Do you feel happiest amdist the inner city, or in nature? Perhaps you want to be surrounded by trees or perfer igh rise buildings, maybe you don’t care and just want a great atmosphere for your guests.
How far from home do we want to be?
Having a wedding out in the Swan Valley or down south is a magical idea to a lot of couples, but it’s important to consider how far away you actually are willing to drive. If you want to get ready in the city, have your ceremony on the coast, and then your reception in the hills, there’s going to be a lot of driving involved. The further away your venue is, the more your guests will also have to drive (and not drink and party).
How many people are we inviting?
Please be encouraged to invite the people you want present on your day, rather than who you feel you are supposed to invite. Having unwelcome or negative guests can hugely affect your day.
Do we want a sit-down or cocktail reception?
Both have their benefits. It’s a good idea to think on your favourite weddings you’ve been to or ask friends that have been married.
What time of year will we have it?
If you’re planning on a summer wedding, go check out all those outdoor venues. If you’re choosing winter or the rainy months, you’re better off considering indoor venues.
How much do we want to style our venue?
If you already have a vision for how you want your day to look in terms of details and decor, your chosen venue needs to be able to accommodate and accent that vision effortlessly. If your heart set on hanging floral installs, then your venue will need to have an appropriate ceiling to hang from.
How do we want our venue to look in photos?
If bright well lit photos are throughout your entire pinterest board, a dark and moody venue isn’t going to create those results.
Do we want to have both the ceremony and reception at the same place?
This is always easier for all involved. If you’re concerned about guests hanging around that are invited to the ceremony only, talk to your wedding planner about ways to avoid/manage this.
Do we want to do DIY and/or BYO?
There are a few amazing DIY and BYO venues throughout Perth. If you choose this option, I strongly recommend a planner and stylist. DIY places a lot of stress on the couple and often the family as well. having someone who knows exactly what they’re doing will not only save you time and stress but also usually money.
After considering these points, check out this selection of Perth wedding venues to see if any fit what you are imagining.
POSTAL HALL AT STATE BUILDINGS
As one of the most exquisite heritage buildings in Perth, State Buildings is the perfect venue for complete elegance and a luxurious old world feel. There are a number of restaurant venue options through the State Buildings, but the Postal Hall is the centre grandstage for that long table dinner you’ve dreamed of.
WILDFLOWER AT STATE BUILDINGS
Another option inside State Buildings is the upstairs restaurant, Wildflower. You can have your ceremony in the outlook area, allowing you to view the cityscape through its glass windows, and your reception in the main area.
LAMONT’S BISHOPS HOUSE
Lamonts sits tucked away in the city centre as the perfect little Italy amongst the high rise buildings in the background. This venue has a few different sections so you can hold both your ceremony and your reception here. There’s options for a long table dinner in the Rose Garden or a marquee out the back. They have their own delicious wines to serve and some seriously amazing food.
A New York style bar for intimate wedding receptions. Endless choices of wines and cocktails.
A grand heritage hall renovated to perfection for that grand elegant ballroom feel. Montgomery Hall provides the perfect blank slate with a luxurious touch.
THE OLD PICKLE FACTORY
An industrial warehouse venue in the city with a large open space ready to dress however you want.
The large white interior and beautiful arches of this restored heritage building make it the perfect venue for a classic European wedding or even a retro jazz style reception. You can hold both your ceremony and reception here and style the blank canvas to your heart’s content.
The University of Western Australia is a beautiful venue for both ceremony and reception. The Sunken Gardens provides trees and a beautiful garden for ceremonies, while a marquee long table dinner can be held in the courtyard.
MARQUEE ON MATILDA BAY FORESHORE OR YACHT CLUB
A marquee reception means you can hold your reception in a number of picturesque waterfront locations, such as Matilda Bay or Nedlands Yacht Club. You can create any atmosphere you want in your own little world.
CORE CIDER HOUSE
This beautiful orchard venue has different sides to display all year round. In Autumn the harvest is ready so the trees are full with fruit, while in Spring everything is fresh and green and blossoming with flowers. You can have a late afternoon ceremony in the open area hidden away in the orchard followed by a long table dinner under the stars. Your guests will enjoy the variety of delicious ciders and food the venue offers. This venue is a personal favourite of mine and never fails to jaw drop with it’s beauty and charm.
Wanted to get married in Spain but you’re in Perth? This is your place.
There are lots of different ceremony and reception options at this beautiful venue.
FREMANTLE & THE COAST
A blank slate warehouse with white walls and an outdoor yard for drinks under the stars.
COTTESLOE CIVIC CENTRE
Walking through these gardens and grand stone staircases will take you straight to Europe.
A Fremantle wedding venue perfect for the cozy intimate wedding receptions.
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