As wedding ceremony musicians we get to see many spectacular wedding ceremony locations in Melbourne and throughout Victoria. Here are our favourites.
Montsalvat is best known as an artists’ colony in Eltham, but it’s also one of Melbourne’s most unique wedding venues. It’s positively bursting with old world charm. It’s also a photographer’s dream, with a huge number of evocative set pieces for your wedding pics. If holding your ceremony in the Upper Gallery there’s a piano on site and plenty of room for seating; for smaller weddings consider the more intimate Bluestone Chapel. Montsalvat is a must-see.
We love seaside weddings. There’s something about the fresh sea air and the crash of the waves that puts everyone in a holiday mood. The view from All Smiles on the famous back beach at Sorrento is something else. We’ve been lucky with perfect weather at all the weddings that we’ve done here, but if it’s not you can get married inside the venue itself, which also has ocean views.
The historical gardens behind The Cosmo in Trentham are a hidden gem. Have your small wedding in this peaceful spot with its winding paths and old trees. Canapes are usually held there after the ceremony and group photos are done, after which it’s just a short walk down to the quaint stables for the reception.
Yarra Valley Estate in Dixon’s Creek has a unique open chapel that has proved popular with our couples. Surrounded by towering gum trees and singing birds, it’s a peaceful spot for your ceremony. Being fairly enclosed, wind is never a problem. It’s great for footage as your photographer and videographer can peer through the openings and get some interesting angles, and there’s plenty of seating for your guests, as well as power on site. A long red carpet completes the look. Above all the staff at the venue are super helpful and friendly.
Told you we liked beach weddings. Cape Kitchen on Phillip Island backs right onto the ocean, providing a stunning backdrop to your wedding ceremony. There are plenty of opportunities for dramatic coastline photos, especially towards sunset. A backup plan being a must for any outdoor ceremony, if the weather turns bad there’s plenty of space in the open, well-lit venue to get hitched.
The forest surrounding Tatra in Mount Dandenong makes is a beautiful backdrop for a wedding ceremony. Processions begin in a stately rotunda on a hill. A path leads down to another rotunda, this one of wrought iron, where couples are married. If weather is inclement, there’s a purpose-built chapel back up the hill, which has plenty of room, as well as a piano for your musician.