Wedding Venues in Sydney: Gardens and Historical Buildings — Sydney Weddings

Wedding Venues in Sydney: Gardens and Historical Buildings


In and around Sydney you’ll find quiet, leafy gardens with ancient trees and manicured lawns. Often, these picturesque settings can be found on the grounds of historic and heritage-listed buildings. For the romantics who adore a little old-world glamour, a garden ceremony followed by an elegant reception is an ideal choice.


The Garden Wedding

There is something undeniably beautiful about marrying under a towering tree. Indeed, a garden wedding suits a variety of wedding styles; casual, bohemian, eco, classic, elegant and traditional. Subsequently, an increasing number of Australian couples are choosing to say “I do” in a green location; the allure of seasonal blooms, a whimsical Oak, Fig or Willow, and an open sky is simply too good to refuse.

The Sydney Botanic Gardens is always a popular choice for those who want to celebrate within the CBD; there is the option of open lawns, specialty gardens or pavilions. Wendy Whitely’s “secret garden” in North Sydney has a mysterious quality to it; it’s lush, brimming with colour and boasts beautiful views of Lavender Bay and the Harbour (just a stone’s throw away). But perhaps some of Sydney’s greatest hidden gardens are on private estates; the gardens that have been lovingly tended to for decades. These gardens are professionally designed and cared for and, importantly, they’re private – you don’t run the risk of having passers-by joining the ceremony. The added benefit of holding your ceremony on the grounds of an estate is that a wet-weather option is always close by!


  • Much like a beach ceremony, if you are marrying in a public reserve or garden you must contact the local council to book the area. You will need to complete a form with your specified date and time and agree to a list of requirements (usually related to the respect of the space and your intention to leave it as you found it). It will also come at a cost and a deposit will be required to secure your booking.
  • Even if you don’t want to hold your reception at a private estate there is still the possibility that you can marry on the grounds (at a cost, of course). Some of Sydney’s most beautiful historical buildings and their gardens are booked up to 12 months in advance so make it a priority on your “to-do” list.
  • Fancy adding a little decoration to your ceremony tree? Why not ask your florist to create flower bombs; balls of fresh blooms that can hang from the branches and add a little colour and whimsy to the scene.

Grand Historical Buildings

Once the homes of Sydney’s elite, historic and heritage-listed buildings are beautiful spaces to celebrate in.  These buildings were constructed on Sydney’s prime real estate hence most offer superb views (and, if located on the water, they offer the perfect excuse for an arrival or departure by boat – how romantic!). Historical buildings offer an abundance of photo opportunities which means you won’t have to travel for your location shoot – a definite plus!

In terms of styling, historical buildings beg for classic and elegant decorations; candles, crystal and arrangements of flowers in your chosen colour scheme. If you want to bring your garden ceremony inside consider adding a tree motif or hand-drawn branches or flowers onto your stationery, in particular the menu and seating plan.

If you’re marrying in the grounds of an historical building why don’t you organise champagne and canapés in the garden? It’s the perfect opportunity to mingle before you have your photos taken. And the finishing touch? – a string quartet! The perfect wedding scene.

{Image: Elizabeth Bay House}

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