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The 23 Best All-In-One Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venues In Sydney

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What is an “All in one” wedding venue? To explain for those new to weddings (which is pretty much all of you reading this), it is simply a wedding venue that you can have your wedding ceremony and reception all in the one very convenient location.

Why is this the best thing ever? Because it makes your already super and crazy stressful day so much easier as you save a lot of time moving between locations and trying to move all of your guests between different locations (it’s much easier for them too and they will thank you for it!) 

You and your guests simply will arrive at one location, have the best time and you won’t ever have to leave until the very end. That is really the best thing ever in my opinion and just makes your your day so much easier and stress free. 

If you’re looking to do a destination wedding to places such as the Hunter Valley, Southern Highlands then finding a venue that has accommodation on site is the icing on the cake! Then no one has to drive anywhere and everyone can stumble home to their bed afterwards! 

If you have decide to book a Sydney wedding venue that does not have a ceremony location on site, you would have to deal with another vendor, arrange logistics to get from there to the photo location and to reception, add a few hours of travel time and what you’ll have is a lot more stress!

So let’s get on with the The 23 Best All-In-One Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venues In Sydney.

Ottimo House

A bit of a gem for who want a country- like feel that you do not need to travel hours on end for, Ottimo House is a very popular Sydney wedding venue for good reason. It is rustic, charming and you can have your ceremony and reception all in the one location.

The old building you see as you pull in was an old woodshed where they used to shear thousands of sheep back in the day. What they left behind was a room perfect for that rustic country themed wedding that everyone just loves.

There’s room for about 450 guests there and it also allows for external caterers to suit cultural weddings.
Ottimo House also has two other rooms you can book. The Mahogany is simple, modern and fits 250 people, and the newest and smallest room is the Rosewood that looks like a horse stable and can fit 120 people. 

What I love about weddings here is that you can also have your ceremony in the amphitheatre, location photos and reception all in the one place. 

The best thing is, you get to make use of a golf buggy to take you up the hill for those magnificent sunset photos at the end of your day. 

I’ve personally photographed over 10 wedding here and I happen to be one of their preferred suppliers. If you’re having your wedding here let me know and you’ll get a nice bonus from me.

Gledswood Homestead

A Sydney wedding venue that is a blast from the past, it was built in the 1810 and still has all of its old world convict day charm today. Think stone walled cottages, beautiful gardens and rustic barn reception rooms that look amazing.

One of my favourite places for a wedding on the outskirts of the Sydney metro area without being too far away, Gledswood Homestead is a historic property located in the Macarthur region of Sydney. 

On the grounds there is a magnificent Homestead (circa 1810) which is original to this day and looks amazing in photos. The venue is surrounded by elegant gardens perfect and has a lot of character and charm all year round. 

What is great is that you can have your wedding ceremony, photography location and reception right in the same place. Super easy!

I’ve photographed many weddings here and I also happen to be one of their preferred suppliers!

Centennial Homestead/Centennial Parklands

Right in the heart of Sydney’s favourite park, Centennial Homestead pretty much located in the middle of Centennial Parklands, making it a crowd favourite for those getting married in Sydney wanting to have their ceremony, photography and reception in beautiful natural setting

One of my personal favourite wedding photography locations in Sydney, Centennial Parklands really does have it all. You can choose between ten Beautiful ceremony locations that offer something unique and special, a reception venue not far away and photography spots all over the place. 

Centennial Homestead has two rooms to choose from, the Wysteria which fits 300 seated and the Kitchen which is a smaller 120 person room.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney – Lion Gate Lodge

A hidden gem inside the Royal Botanic Garden, Lion Gate Lodge is perfect for a smaller, more intimate wedding ceremony and reception if you want to take advantage of the natural garden setting during the daytime. It’s private, cozy and cute as a button. 

A little hidden venue inside a very public garden, Lion Gate Lodge is set in a quiet little pocket of the Royal Botanic Gardens. It has a private entrance and is secluded enough that you won’t have those pesky tourists peeking in and trying to get a glimpse of that wedding dress of yours!

Lion Gate Lodge has a nice sized grassy area so you can setup tables and chairs with ease and there’s a paved area for you to put whatever you like there. Everything is BYO in this venue including the catering so you can do whatever you like with the space. Great for DIY weddings!

The best thing is, the whole garden is right there next to you so the photo opportunities are endless.

Royal Botanic Garden – Botanic House 

Botanic House offers world-class dining experience by a world class chef, Luke Nguyen Nestled in the heart of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden. Often overlooked by the masses, if you’re after something unique that will impress your guests this is the place for you. 

What more could you ask for when it comes to looking for a wedding venue. Beautiful surrounds, a national garden that is Sydney all over and a fine dining experience that will impress everyone. 

The space has been designed to take full advantage of the venue’s unique location and breath-taking garden surrounds, with expansive open plan design streaming with natural light and an outdoor terrace with stunning harbour glimpses.

You can also choose to have your wedding ceremony in any part of the Royal Botanic Garden, making it super convenient for you and your guests. 

My personal favourite for wedding ceremony at the Royal Botanic Garden is the Palm House. Built in 1876, The Palm House is the oldest glasshouse in New South Wales. Flooded with natural light, the Palm House is great rain, hail or shine and still looks amazing even as a wet weather backup.

Pilu at Freshwater

For those wanting a intimate event for your nearest and dearest, Pilu has it all. Food by renowned chef Giovanni Pilu, a wine list to match and a view of one of Sydney’s iconic beaches. 

Pilu at Freshwater is renowned for its award-winning food and it’s million dollar views. Located on Freshwater Beach in Sydney’s northern beaches, it’s certainly a venue to shortlist if amazing views and really great food are high on the priority. 

The venue is right there on the beach so you can quickly duck out for some portraits barefoot, and you can even have your ceremony in the terrace garden courtyard if you have a small enough headcount. 

The food is nothing short of amazing as you’d expect from a two hatted restaurant. 

Watsons Bay Boutique

A retractable roof makes this sheltered space with multi-million dollar views of the Sydney harbour perfect for couples who like to have fun.

What’s better than that view of one of Sydney’s most famous bays with the sun setting behind it? Not a whole lot, but imagine having your Sydney wedding right here…damn!!

The food is heavily inspired by Italian family “share” style which I really found was so awesome. Think hearty platters of food generous in portion and you have plenty of variety to choose from. 

And best of all, all of your guests can stay right on site so they can turn your wedding into a mini getaway! There’s not many places in Sydney that you can walk out of your door and the wedding is right there (no excuses if you’re late unfortunately).

Ceremony spots are at the nearby Robertson Park (right across the road), Gibsons Beach or Camp Cove, all within 5 minutes of the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Museum of Contemporary Art

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For those who want a classy wedding day experience, then look no further than the Museum of Contemporary Art. 

Located on the most famous tourist places in all of Sydney, the Museum of Contemporary Art certainly is not a place you would consider at first glance for a wedding in Sydney. 

But deep beneath it all there’s some pretty epic spaces that transforms the art museum into a pretty special wedding venue that’s unique and funky in nature, and pretty special too.

I particularly love the rooftop terrace (Harbourside Room) as it has sweeping million dollar views of the entire harbour. You can also have your ceremony with that view behind you on the private terrace deck and have your reception in the same building afterwards.

NSW Art Gallery 

Simple, elegant and utterly exquisite. Housed in one of the most beautiful art galleries in the world, it’s a pretty unique space in Sydney’s wedding scene.

Not only is it a magical space to have your wedding, the venue is first and foremost a damn good restaurant headed up by Matt Moran, one of Sydney’s most famous chefs and restauranteurs. 

What that means is you’re in for a treat if you decide to have your Sydney wedding here. 

The food is splendidly wonderful as expected as too is the selection of wine available. 

NOTE: One of the best things to note is that you have exclusive access to have your bridal party photos inside the Art Gallery after it closes (fist pump)

Grounds of Alexandria

What does the Grounds of Alexandria have to do with Four and Twenty meat pies? 

It’s all in the past, but the site used to be a giant pie factory in its day, but how cool is it to be able to be married in a world famous Sydney dining institution?

Probably one of Sydney’s most famous brunch spots that somehow every time you go there you bump into someone you know, The Grounds of Alexandria is a pretty cool place to be on a Sunday morning. 

It’s also a pretty cool place to spend the best Saturday evening of your life (i.e. your wedding night)

I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph three Sydney weddings there each time in a different venue. They’ve got spaces for really intimate elopement style weddings (Lock Inn), middle sized ones (The Atrium and Rostery) and even bigger ones (The Garden). Each of the spaces are perfectly themed and has heaps of elegance and character. 

The Garden is probably my favourite place in the whole venue. You don’t need to spend huge dollars on styling to make the venue look good as it already looks AMAZING in the first place. 

If you’re looking for something truly unique in a super chilled out setting with great food and wine then definitely put The Grounds of Alexandria on your list.

Pier One Sydney

Imagine getting married under one of the world’s most iconic structures. Picture that for a moment…

Then open your eyes, and you’ll see this magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge right there in front of you. That’s what it feels like to have your Sydney wedding right here. Personally I don’t think there’s a better view if you love the city you live in.

At Pier One Sydney Harbour you can choose from two premium harbourside wedding ceremony locations, both with water views. An outdoor wedding ceremony on the pier directly harbourside, or tie the knot in the marquee under the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge in the Bridge Marquee.

Just a short walk around the venue you’ve got some really great wedding photography locations in Sydney such as the Opera House, the finger wharf, Observatory Hill and the Rocks.

Gunners Barracks

One of Sydney’s most famous wedding venues with a world class location, Gunners’ Barracks was constructed in 1873. It was so well built in fact, it’s still standing in the same spot today then it was 200 odd years ago.

No one fired any cannons at it, and the walls are still very much intact. Good news is, now that they don’t use it as a fort anymore, small intimate Sydney weddings and high tea are now their specialty. 

One of the drawcards of the venue is that view of the entire Sydney harbour and why it is always such a popular place for weddings in Sydney. 

I particularly love the sandstone courtyard where you can have your wedding ceremony in complete privacy or you could have it ontop of Georges Lookout overlooking the entire Chowder Bay. 

Sergeants Mess

Overlooking Chowder Bay, Sergeants’ Mess is set in one of Sydney’s most breathtaking locations amongst native bushland, it has some pretty spectacular views of Sydney Harbour. It is completely private so you won’t have any onlookers passing by and taking a peak at your wedding.

You can have your wedding ceremony in the amphitheatre which allows your guests to have a great view of your ceremony wherever they seat themselves, and afterwards they can simply walk up the stairs to the reception room. How easy is that?

Burnt orange Mosman

burnt orange Mosman weddings

Housed in a historic sandstone mansion in Mosman, Burnt Orange is a boutique venue that will set your wedding apart.

With two uniquely beautiful spaces and a range of packages available, we can host weddings for up to 200 people for a seated dinner or up to 250 people for a cocktail event with roaming drinks and canapes. For a smaller more intimate wedding, our Signals Room is a stunning location with an outdoor sandstone terrace overlooking the harbour. For larger weddings, our premier space the Balcony offers sweeping views over Middle Head and Chowder Bay. ​With our secluded location and bushland surrounds, it’s hard to believe how close we are to Sydney’s CBD.

Q Station Manly

I honestly had no idea you could get married inside a former Quarantine Station, but now you can!

Q Station is a pretty unique Sydney wedding venue that has history, character and heritage all built in. Despite its dark past, that’s well and truly gone now so what remains is a pretty special place if you are looking for something different.

You have some amazing outdoor locations for your wedding ceremony, options include The Headland, The Wharf, The Glasshouse or The Woodlands and they are all accessible via the personal chauffeurs who drive you around the station, and it also has wet weather backup options in case the weather turns nasty. ( a real bonus!)

Being a historic venue, you have so many great wedding photo opportunities around including the wharf during sunset (as pictured above) and the old buildings around.

For reception you have a number of historic rooms which you can choose from depending on how large your party is.

William Inglis Hotel Warwick Farm

For those who live in South West Sydney and for whatever reason do not want to stray too much further than home but have a stylish and sophisticated wedding venue, make sure you check out the William Inglis Hotel at the Warwick Farm racecourse. It is a brand new, purpose built venue that houses a really Big Barn, nestled amongst the Riverside Stables garden.

It has a gorgeous old world feel with the feeling you’re in the country that has plenty of room for up to 500 guests. 

You can have your ceremony in its garden courtyard and photography amongst the stables and grounds of the racecourse as well as the pool terrace overlooking the entire venue.

Audley Dance Hall

Set amidst native bushland with views over the Hacking River, Audley Dance Hall is a pretty chilled out and relaxed wedding venue overlooking the river and parklands within the Royal National Park. 

The heritage listed and tastefully refurbished Dance Hall overlooks the grounds of Audley and the Hacking River from the full length, wide, sloping verandah. 

The heritage listed Dance Hall can accommodate up to 200 seated guests and you can have your ceremony anywhere you like inside the national park as well as a super convenient location for photography nearby. 

Audley Dance Hall offers six locations to choose from for wedding ceremony, all with stunning views of the 2nd oldest National Park, and you even get the wildlife taking a sticky beak!

National Art School

Little did I know there was a women’s jail right in the heart of inner city Darlinghurst. It’s not a jail anymore, but they left behind a nice unique wedding space that you can make it your own. 

You can see the old cell blocks that were in place and if you’re after something old and rustic this place has it in spades. 

You get the whole place to yourself including the National Art School campus to run around and take photos in. You can also do your own catering and DIY everything. 

It will give the song Jailhouse rock new meaning if you get married here! Sorry bad joke

Deckhouse Woolwich

Deckhouse is a little hidden gem that I’ve grown very fond of over the years which has beautiful parkland setting and waterfront surroundings. You can have your wedding ceremony in nearby Clark Park, a short stroll away or right in front of the venue.

It has room for up to 450 guests but you can also have smaller weddings here too so there’s something for everyone. Plus the food service is pretty amazing being part of the Dedes Group of venues.

In terms of wedding photography, there’s plenty of great spots nearby. My personal favourite is the old wharf next to the venue nearby the water. It’s pretty special!

Taronga Events at Taronga Zoo

What’s better than exotic animals on your wedding day? I don’t mean a particular guest that you know is a bit rowdy, but to have your Sydney wedding ceremony and reception in amongst the world’s best zoos at Taronga.

The pick of the ceremony locations has to be the Bird Amphitheatre, which boasts a pretty epic view of the entire Sydney Harbour, but it also has its own seating so you won’t have to worry about that (saving you $$$).

Best part of the whole zoo wedding experience has to be the private buggy photo tour around the zoo after it closes, so you choose if you want the giraffes, meerkats or elephants photobombing your wedding photos (not a bad thing I reckon!)

There are 3 rooms to choose from for reception to suit a larger crowd with interrupted views of the entire city in the evening, and the food and wine is pretty awesome to match. Guests can also stay at the Wildlife Retreat right next door so you can simply crash into your bed and wake up with the sounds of the kookaburras the next morning.

Zest Mosman 

Despite the location being tucked inside a boat club, The Boathouse at the Spit is slightly tucked away on one of Sydney’s busiest road but once you’re inside you’ll forget about all of that pretty quickly! 

Located right in Middle Harbour, The Boathouse has a warm feel to it that makes you feel right at home with a touch of luxury to go with it. What I was most impressed with was the attention to detail and quality of food and service that your guests will experience. 

What was certainly unique was the canapé stations that a chef prepares right in front of you. How does a dumpling and noodle station where you get a freshly made bowl to start off with, followed by some freshly shucked oysters. It really did taste as good as it looked, and it really was a highlight of the evening amongst guests.

If you thought that was impressive, just wait till you receive your main course. 

Right across the road is Spit West Reserve which faces “West” which means it has a pretty epic sunset perfect for taking last minute photos before having the night of your life. 

If food is your thing, then definitely look into this venue for your Sydney wedding. 

Olio at Kensington Street

Why have your wedding at a boring, dull reception hall when you can have it at a proper restaurant with food that’s just really really good and will certainly impress your guests

Olio Kensington Street is situated in The Old Rum Store. I love the old school warehouse feel that it has and the exposed brick and large glass windows really make this venue very hip indeed!

The food is very Sicilian in nature, and award winning chef Lino Sauro will make sure you and your guests will be transported back to Sicily on your wedding day.

NSW State Library

Did you know you can have your wedding ceremony and reception inside the NSW State Library? Most likely you have not, but something that is quite different that’s for sure. 

Inside the very original Mitchell Building houses several rooms suitable for smaller Sydney wedding ceremonies under 100 persons. More recently I photographed in the Friends and gallery rooms. It’s got a lot of old world charm and character. 

You can also access one of the rooms that is normally closed to the public, the Shakespeare room where it feels like an old English library room complete with a statue of the old man himself, William Shakespeare.

My Final Thoughts on Sydney Wedding Venues

So there you have it, here are my top 23 Best All-In-One Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venues In Sydney. I am a firm believer in making things really easy and simple on your wedding day, and if you have not found your wedding venue yet then I hope one of these Sydney wedding venues will be yours on your wedding day.

If you have any questions about your wedding photos, I’m here to help! I’m glad to offer any suggestions or tips. I can’t wait to help you and your family take epic and beautiful photos on your big day.

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  1. Aimee says:

    So many amazing looking venues Kevin! What a great resource.

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