As specialist wedding musicians we get see all the most popular and spectacular wedding ceremony locations around Melbourne and its surrounds. Here are our favourites:
Riva is a stunning venue tucked behind St Kilda Marina, and its outdoor area fronts on St Kilda Beach itself. On a sunny day in spring or autumn, with the sea breeze blowing in through the palms, it’s simply paradise. There is enough space on their astroturf lawn for even the biggest wedding ceremony, and the venue even hosts festivals there over Summer. There is power on site, easy access (limos can drive right up onto the foreshore), and ample parking. The venue’s staff are helpful, friendly, and professional.
We often find that bridal processions don’t go for as long as they really should, because the bridal party doesn’t have far enough to walk. This isn’t a problem at Lindenderry - your guests will see you coming from a mile away! The traditional gardens, vineyards, and hilly backdrop make a stunning setting. Power is provided at the ceremony area, and Lindenderry’s helpful staff are on hand to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include this little gem - it’s easily the most popular wedding ceremony spot in Melbourne (we’ve even done marriage proposals there). For that reason book it well in advance. It’s perfect for smaller, more intimate wedding ceremonies, and you can move out onto the nearby lawn afterwards for drinks prior to the function. Plenty of shade even in the height of summer. The only downside of this spot is that there is no power, but because it’s an enclosed space with little ambient noise we have found that being heard isn’t a problem for either the celebrant or ourselves.
If you want a country-style wedding without leaving Melbourne, this is the venue for you. Ceremonies are usually held at The Paddock, which backs onto the Yarra River, with a view of the Stables and the horses. Your guests may also be joined by a peacock or two. Vehicle access via the front gate can be a little bit difficult, so make sure you let your wedding suppliers know in advance and provide them with a map. There is no power at The Paddock so your celebrant and musicians will usually need to bring portable amplification. Pre-dinner drinks are usually held in the Paddock as well.
Nestled among large trees and looking out over the Yarra Ranges and vineyards, the Chapel at Stones is perfect for an old-world, traditional religious or secular wedding ceremony. Amazing acoustics inside - if you’ve booked a string quartet or acoustic singer/guitarist it will sound stunning. Pre-dinner drinks and canapés are usually held in the adjacent Dairy.