Perth's best Wedding venues
Perth's best wedding venues
The question's been popped, champagne was poured and now it's time to start the planning. Where to celebrate your nuptials with all your friends and family is the next big question. I've photographed weddings at some of the best venues in Perth and WA, so whether it's by the water, a city or country wedding, a small intimate wedding, or something a little bit quirky, this list of my favourite venues might just help you narrow it down. And if you're planning a backyard wedding then scroll down to the end for some some inspiration.
I've categorised them as follows:
1. Fremantle 2. By the River or Sea; 3. City Weddings; 4. The Hills; 5. Swan Valley; 6. Down South; 7. Destination WA; 8. Backyard Weddings
1. Fremantle Weddings
What's not to love about a Freo wedding. Colourful streets with a distinctly urban feel to meander through, giving a plethora of choices for photo locations, relaxed vibes, beautiful old buildings and cool art galleries whilst taking in mesmorising sunsets over Bather's Beach. If you're looking for a Fremantle wedding then you'll be spoiled for choice. Here are some of my favourite:
Moore and Moore
For the lovers of art and all things quirky, this venue is the perfect find. The Moores Building is a heritage art gallery in Fremantle and works well as a summer and winter venue for sit down and cocktail style funtions. The food is sumptuous with the catering and organising done through the Moore and Moore Cafe, which is located on the ground floor of the gallery and the outside courtyard (couples supply their own alcohol, which can be a saving).
Moore and Moore's delightful courtyard looks beautiful under the strings of fairy lights surrounded by the old limestone Fremantle walls.The front two rooms and the corridor of the Moores Building, which is filled with funky artefacts are used after 9pm and comfortably caters for guests to mingle and dance in.
This is a perfect summer venue with the outside deck taking in sweeping views of the harbour while serving as an excellent dance floor. Not to mention all the cool maritime exhibits in the museum that guests are able to take in. The Australia II Gallery downstairs, which sits beneath the suspended winning yacht of The America's Cup is also available for ceremonies and pre dinner drinks and canapes.
Kidogo Art House
Continuing with the art theme, the Kidogo Art House is a smaller art gallery space that is ideal for ceremonies and also caters for receptions. The large single room in the historic limestone building is right on Bathers Beach, offering beautiful sunset ocean views from the outside deck for post ceremony canapes and champers.
Ceremonies can also be held on the outside deck, but bear in mind the Fremantle Doctor usually arrives at about 3pm, making it a tad windy and could knock your hair do about a bit. For art lovers this one is hard to resist.
Click on the couples names below to see weddings at the Kidogo Art House photographed by Michelle Kiddie Photography:
Little Creatures Brewery
Ah, the iconic brewery of Western Australia! While most of us have wiled away an afternoon sipping on the refreshing pale ale at Fremantle's Little Creatures Brewery at some point, not everyone knows about The Deck with its waterfront glassed function rooms the brewery keeps tucked away at the back and to the side of its main hub. There are two large rooms interlinked (one for dancing, one for eating, or however you want it to work for you) both filled with vintage quirky sofas and lamps and rugs to give it a warm cosy feel, and boasting sweet views of the harbour (at sunset the light floods the room - a photographer's dream light!), this venue is made for the laid back couple who like to party.
A few other Fremantle Wedding venues to consider
New off the block is Stackwood Hall, which I'm booked to photograph later this year. A warehouse style, it is a blank canvas to make it your own and enables you to provide your own catering and alcohol. Another I'm booked to photograph this year and am SUPER excited about is the historic and beautifully restored The Guildhall in North Fremantle. It oozes charm and originality. Others worth looking at (but I haven't photographed at ) are Char Char Bull and Blue HQ if you like the idea of habourside views, and Bather's Beach House if it's beach side and ocean views that take your fancy.
2. Perth wedding venues by the water
If it's water views that you have your heart set on then lucky for us we live in a city surrounded by rivers and sea with an abundance of excellent restaurants and venues to choose from. For the Fremantle options with views listed above there is the Kidogo Art House, the Maritime Museum, Char Char Bull and Blue HQ. In North Fremantle there's the delightful Bib and Tucker right at Leighton Beach - I'll be photographing a wedding there at the end of this year, I can't wait. For some more waters wside venues all of the ones listed below are worth checking out.
I have photographed weddings both upstairs and downstairs at Matilda Bay Restaurant but there's something special about the Catalina Room downstairs when you can hear the boats bopping gently on the river while relaxing on the lounges under a string of fairy lights in the idyllic courtyard. It's perfect for cocktail receptions (up to 100 people) with a flexible floor plan that can be extended beyond the courtyard onto the lawn .
Ceremonies are often held next to the Catalina Room on the lawn, with the beautiful back drop of the river. It's a venue best suited for summer weddings as the alfresco ambience is lost if you have to squash into the room to hide from the rain or the cold.
Click on the names of couples listed here to view weddings photographed by Michelle Kiddie Photography at the Catalina Room;
South of Perth Yacht Club
There's a few function rooms to choose from at the South of Perth Yacht Club but it's the club's Beachside Marquee that takes the cake. Overlooking the river with its own private beach (which provides a perfect spot for a ceremony if you are searching for a wedding in the one location) and the city lights twinkling over the river in the evening, it's the perfect spot for the couple who want a laid back vibe with a beachy feel (but usually without the wind due to its sheltered location) .
It works well as both sit down or cocktail style receptions under the marquee, with draped fabric hanging from the ceiling, and lounges on the deck and lawn games on the grass for guests to hang out.
Click on the link here to view a South of Perth Yacht Club Beachside Marquee wedding:
The Indiana, Cottesloe
Inside the iconic Indiana, finishings evoke colonial beachside ambience of a bygone era as the palm trees sway out the front and the bifold windows flung open to let in the smell and sounds of the Indian Ocean below, it oozes atmosphere. With different levels and annexes for the bar and dance floor and dining, and a chill out space for the bridal party, guests can't help but feel like they're treated to something seriously special here.
WA Rowing Club
If you want an intimate city wedding with river views then your search might end here. The upstairs room of the West Australian Rowing Club features rowing memorabilia adorning the walls (think rowing paddles and that kind of thing) but not in an overbearing kind of way.
The wooden floors and sash windows in this historic weatherboard building give the room a cosy, homely feeling and in the summer the doors throw open for guests to linger on the wrap around balcony, which is great for taking in the views and letting in the breeze. Although the club doesn't do the catering themselves the bonus is you get to choose so you end up with exactly the kind of food that you want.
Click on the link here to view a wedding at The West Australian Rowing Club;
Perched over the water on the leafy banks of the river in Peppermint Grove, where a selection of luxurious boats gently sway beside the restaurant's private jetty, is the stunning Mosmons. Guests are in for a luxurious evening as they take in the breathtaking views with sunset canapes and cocktails on the jetty before dinner. Ceremonies can also be held in Mosmon's garden beside the river. Click here to view weddings at Mosmons: Melissa and Mike; Carmela and Mick
Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club
With its wrap around deck offering panoramic views of the Swan River, the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club is a drawcard for those couples who want water views, in a venue well experienced in providing a top notch service for medium to large weddings. Click here to view a wedding at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club: Hayley and Joel.
On the banks of the Swan River in Guildford, the river narrows to just a few metres connecting the neighbouring vineyards to the historic Woodbridge House. Clients have told me they have LOVED the food this talented crew whip up and it makes a perfect venue for cocktail style receptions. If it does happen to be threatening rain then there's plenty of room for a marquee to go up without squashing the atmosphere.
The Boatshed boasts some of the best views of the river and city, with golden hues at sunset giving way to the twinkling lights of the city reflecting on the water as darkness descends. Ceremonies can be held adjacent to the Boatshed on the grass lawn for ease and convenience. Click here to view some Boatshed Weddings: Hannah and Kieran; Kate and Matt; Shannon and Kenrick;
The Old Brewery
Right on the river with views of the city and tucked in front of the foot of Kings Park, the Swan Brewery ticks a lot of boxes with a perfect location and excellent function room. Guests can meander out on to the jetty on balmy summer evenings to take in the views. Click on these links to check out weddings at The Old Brewery: Jen and Derek; Carolanne and Lee
3. Perth CDB weddings
Lamonts Bishop House
One of my all time favourites is this stunning Georgian House with stretches of lawn and shaded gardens hidden in the heart of the Perth CBD. Renowned for Lamonts excellent cuisine and wine, Lamonts Bishop House ticks so many boxes - ceremony and reception all in one place; large or intimate weddings; long table dinners under a canope of fairy lights or cocktail style catering. Click on the couple's names here to get a taste of weddings at Bishops Lamonts: Michelle and Wesley; Rachael and Todd; Amy and Travis; Jo and Rob
Some other Perth CBD weddings to consider
There are some exciting new wedding venues worth taking a peek at if you're looking at hosting your wedding in the Perth CBD. The lawn space in Cathedral Square nestled beside the stunning buildings of the Como Treasury and St George's Cathedral is the newest open air wedding space. Or you could choose just to have your ceremony there and head to the State Buildings instead for your reception with Perth's renowned top notch and super cool Petition, Long Chim or Post to choose from, all in the exquisite restored heritage buildings. Just around the corner is the beautifully restored Victorian Gothic Style Perth Town Hall which is best suited to large weddings and is sure to impress with its stained glass and soaring cathedral ceilings. On St George's Terrace is the beautiful Terrace Hotel with its distinctly European charm catering to small and medium sized weddings (and who can go past their luxurious boutique rooms to immerse yourself at the end of the night). And for a more rustic barn style wedding Perth City Farm in East Perth offers a huge blank canvas to style your wedding reception just as you want it (and a 2am exit time gives loads of time on the dance floor!). Or for a truly unique and modern wedding you can't go past the Flour Factory with its roof top space for intimate weddings, or the top floor of this charming historic building and its exposed beams and wooden floors can take up to 120 guests seated or cocktail. If you're the arty type then you'll love the Art Gallery of WA where guests are surrounded by stunning sculptures and artwork. The gallery boasts a cool roof top space as well as an intimate indoor theaterette space accommodating 90 desk.
4. Perth Hills
There's something a little magical about the perth hills. With winding roads, lush greenery, the sprinkling of vineyards and the sound of horses neighing, it's a country feel but only a short trek from the city. With more and more wedding venues popping onto the market, it's well kept secret won't stay that way for long. I'm looking forward to photographing a wedding at the Core Cider House this year as well, and will no doubt be adding it to the list here soon.
Oh if there's one thing that will blow you away at Brookside Winery - aside from the picturesque vineyards stretching down the rolling green hills to meet the large shady trees and a babbling brook - is the food. Oh the food! Go there for a lingering lunch one day and you'll understand.
This venue is great for couples who want the ceremony and reception all in one place. The ceremony garden for is stunning and there are a couple of beautiful spaces in the grounds for pre-dinner canapés before guests head to the shed style restaurant with quirky artefacts and instant atmosphere for feast they will never forget.
Click on the couple's names here to view weddings photographed by Michelle Kiddie Photography at Brookside Winery:
This is a true darling of the Perth hills. It has everything you could possibly want for your wedding day in the one spot. From the purpose built gorgeous cabana for your ceremony, to long tables set up under the rustic undercover outdoor setting for the reception with a dance floor under the stars and fairy lights.
Hidden away amongst the winding lush green hills, you don't need transport to take you for photos as the scenery and soft diffused end of day light amongst the forest and bushland is beyond perfection. Darlington Estate Winery provides a setting that is charming, intimate and beautiful.
Links to weddings at Darlington Estate Winery: Veronique and Tom
The beauty about Sitella, aside from its sweeping views of the vineyards from its deck, is the ease of having ceremony and reception all in one stunning location. No need for car hire as you won't be going anywhere outside of Sitella's grounds once you arrive. To view some more weddings photographed by Michelle Kiddie Photography click on the couple's names here: Jyoti and Will; Ali and Owen; Jess and Alex
With rustic charm, stone walls and corrugated roof, Chapel Farm has a distinct country feel to it. There's also the added bonus of accommodation on site with about 5 or 6 cute little self contained villas so you don't have to travel far at the end of the night.
Click here to view a wedding at Chapel Farm: Matt and Claire
The spacious lawn overlooking the vineyards makes this the Riverbank Estate an idyllic, child friendly location. The ceremonies are usually held on the lawn while the reception can be held as either cocktail style or sit down with tables on the verandah. Check out a wedding at Riverbank Estate here: Bronte and Robin
With low mood lighting and wine barrells lining the walls, the Oak Room or under ground cellar at Sandalford Winery will quite simply will take your breath away when they are set up in the evening for a wedding. Check out some weddings photographed by Michelle Kiddie Photography by clicking on these links.
Upper Reach Winery
The Upper Reach Winery is perfect for smaller weddings offering a sturnning vista over the vineyards for ceremonies. Guests can linger on the lawn taking in the sunset before strolling over to the delightfully charming and intimate restaurant for the evening.
Click here to view a wedding at Upper Reach Winery:
6. Down South
It's hard to go past the beautiful regions of Margaret River and Yallingup Down South. Wine, food, beaches, rolling green hills dotted with vineyards, what's not to love? As beautiful in the winter with roaring log fires as it is in summer, the hardest thing is deciding which winery for a wedding - there are so many to choose from and all of them with vineyards and grounds to have everything in the one spot. Here are a few that I have shot at:
Wise Winery in Eagle Bay is one of my most favourite wineries down south, mostly for its spectacular views. I always feel like I am somewhere in the Mediterranean when I come here. As with most wineries down south it caters for ceremonies as well, with its large lawns below the elevated restaurant.
The grounds at Voyager Estate in Margaret River make this venue rather special (not to mention their superb wines). The views of vineyards stretch into the horizon while the extensive grounds feature stunning European gardens and Rose gardens. With mouth watering food and a warm ambience in the restaurant the Voyager Estate has extensive experience in delivering a highly personalised service for weddings. Click here for a wedding at Voyager: Eleanor and Andrew.
Also in Margaret River is Xanadu Winery with its large and impressive glass and high vaulted ceiling restaurant. Canapes and lawn games can be played in the gardens after the nuptials and there is flexibility to cater for small or large wedding parties up to 180 guests.
Click here to view a wedding at Xanadu Estate: Carlie and Nick
7. Destination weddings in Western Australia
There are so many beautiful destinations for weddings outside of Perth if you (and your guests!) are prepared to travel. The great thing about designation weddings is the wonderful holiday feeling everyone gets when they come, as they will most likely come for more than an night.
Rottnest Island Weddings
The closest destination wedding to Perth is Rottnest Island even though it's over the seas with a 30 minute boat ride. Childhood memories of quokkas and sandcastles and bike riding between the calm turquoise bays makes Rotto a destination wedding filled with nostalgia and beauty. From the waterfront venues at the Hotel Rottnest and Aristos restaurant to the intimate pool side setting at the Karma Resort Lodge, the iconic island has a selection stunning of reception venues.
There are two quaint historic churches for those who want a religious ceremony while the selection of beaches for a civil ceremony is endless. Aside from finding the odd Quokka lurking around the dance floor, a Rotto wedding will make guests feel like they are on holiday, and will most likely stay for a night or two to make the most of the celebrations!
I have shot a number of weddings in Exmouth and each time I am there I am blown away by the majestic scenery. Since the completion of the Novotel Hotel nearly a decade ago it has become a more popular destination for weddings - accommodating guests as well being the most popular reception venue. For the ceremony location however the choices are endless
I have loved photographing weddings at the picture perfect Turquoise Bay, up at the Lighthouse with its stunning 360 degree views of the ocean and Cape Range National Park.
8. Backyard Wedding Inspiration
So you're lucky enough to have a garden big enough to squeeze everyone in. It might require a fair bit more work (but a good wedding planner could help you a lot here) but you'll have your wedding set up just the way you want it, and you'll get to party with your guests without a curfew (unless the neighbours complain!). I just love photographing backyard weddings, there is something so insanely beautiful and intimate about them.