Where to have your ceremony? Think about the time of the year & the weather, about the needs of your guests, and most importantly, what places are special to you both and suit the style of your wedding!

Once you have decided to get married, after you have booked your celebrant, the most important decision you have to make is where you want to have your ceremony and your reception.
For a small wedding, some people like a home wedding, or a local park or beach. Parks and reserves are booked through your local council Local Council Directory and are suitable for small or large weddings.  It is possible to book a room in a restaurant or function centre.  Many larger weddings are best held at a function centre as they are set up to help to ensure that your reception goes smoothly. Some function centres have gardens that make a lovely setting for your wedding and it means that you and your guests don't have to travel from the ceremony to the reception.  It also means that your guests can have a chat and a drink while the couple are having photographs taken after the ceremony. It's all individual and remember that it's your wedding!  Some couples choose to marry at a place that has special meaning in their relationship. There are a number of non-denominational chapels in Sydney which may be used for civil weddings. Whatever your choice, give it some thought, have a look at a few places, consider the time of the year with relationship to the weather.  Good luck in your search!

Here are some ceremony and reception venues that I have experience of and found to be well worth considering.
CITY & SYDNEY HARBOUR
Observatory Hill, the highest place in the city of Sydney -  Observatory Hill
Botanic Gardens, Sydney city -  
Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
This link will take you to maps of the various venues in the Royal Botanic Gardens Maps of Botanic Gardens
Hickson Road Reserve, 
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority  ph. 02 9240 8500 
The Amora Jamison Hotel - centrally located for your ceremony and reception Sydney Amora Hotel
Mitchell Wing, State Library of NSW -  State Library
Customs House, Circular Quay
Customs House
The Observatory Hotel in the historic Rocks The Observatory Hotel
Museum of Contemporary Art - Circular Quay  
M.C.A.
Royal Automobile Club, Circular Quay 
R.A.C.A. 
Hyde Park Barracks, elegant Georgian building
Hyde Park Barracks
Tearooms, Queen Victoria Building (QVB) The Tearoom
Chinese Gardens of Friendship, Darling Harbour Chinese Gardens
Cruising Vessel, "Sydney Glass Island" - Sydney Glass Island
Bradfield Park, Kirribilli foreshore -  wonderful Harbour views North Sydney Council
Waterfront Restaurant, The Rocks - The Water Front
WatersEdge Restaurant, Pier One, The Rocks - WatersEdge
Quay Restaurant top end restaurant at The Rocks Overseas Passenger Terminal building - Quay
Luxury Sydney Harbour Cruises - wedding specialists Luxury Sydney Harbour Cruises
Luxury Yachts  Luxury Yacht
Captain Cook Cruises - Captain Cook Cruises MV Sydney Crystal
Morpheus Cruises offer unique Sydney Harbour cruises  -Morpheus Cruises
Wedding ceremony sites managed by the Sydney Harbour Trust - worth  a browse Sydney Harbour Trust
Clark Island -  Sydney Harbour National Park Clark Island
Shark Island - Sydney Harbour National Park Shark Island
Sydney Harbour National Park - all suitable venues
Sydney Harbour National Park

NORTHERN BEACHES
On north head at Manly with the historic, restored buildins  -Q STATION
There are many lovely little beaches and reserves in theManly areaManly Council Weddings

Shelly Beach, Manly or Little Manly Reserve- Manly Council

Manly Golf Club - an elegant venue Manly Golf Club
North Head, Manly - spectacular Harbour views National Parks
Manly Skiff Club -  on the harbour Manly Skiff Club
Manly Yacht Club -  a waterfront venue Manly Yacht Club MYC
Delwood Beach, Manly, Fairlight Beach or Clontarf Reserve  - Manly Council
Manly Wine ceremony and reception options at Manly Beach Manly Wine
Beaches & Reserves Collaroy, Freshwater, Narrabeen, etc. - Warringah Council

Miramare Gardens at Terrey Hills garden weddings and elegant reception venue 
Miramare Gardens
The Falls,  Oxford Falls - beautiful garden setting   The Falls Retreat
The Peace Park, Oxford Falls for a small wedding -
Warringah Council
Long Reef Golf Club - a beautiful beachside setting Long Reef Golf Club
Mona Vale Golf Club - views of Mona Vale headland and beach Mona Vale Golf Club
Cromer Golf Club -  beautiful venue for your ceremony & reception Cromer Golf Club
Terrey Hills Golf Club - an elegant club in a bushland setting Terrey Hills Golf
Bayview Golf Club - near Pittwater Bayview Golf Club
Bilgola North Headland (A.J. Small Lookout) or Turimetta Headland Pittwater Council
Avalon Beach Surf Club - Avalon Beach SLSC
Jonah's Restaurant, Whale Beach elegant with stunning views-
Jonah's at Whale Beach
Moby Dicks overlooking Whale Beach Moby Dicks
The Bible Garden on Palm Beach headland  -  Bible Garden
Lucinda Park on Pittwater at Palm Beach - Pittwater Council
Governor Philip Park, Palm Beach - Pittwater Council
McCarrs Creek Reserve, Church Point - Pittwater Council
Royal Motor Yacht Club - Newport Royal Motor Yacht Club Newport
Newport Mirage waterfront venue for your ceremony & reception Newport Mirage
NORTH SHORE
Bathers Pavilion, Balmoral Bathers Pavilion
Bradley's Head - natural amphitheatre - contact Sydney Harbour National Park

Rocky Point Island, Balmoral Beach - Mosman Council
Gunners' Barracks - Mosman - spectacular harbour views  Gunners' Barracks
Sergeants' Mess, Chowder Bay (Mosman)
Sergeants' Mess
The Taronga Centre - at the Zoo Taronga Centre
Mosman Art Gallery & Community Centre  Mosman Art Gallery

Mosman Rowing Club - a Harbour venue for a small wedding Mosman Rowing Club
North Sydney Council for parks in the area 02 9936 8100 North Sydney Council

Other venues in North Sydney area are Copes Lookout at Kirribilli, Blues Point Reserve, North Sydney
Berry Island Reserve for a small, casual wedding Berry Island North Sydney Council
The Kirribilli Club - have your ceremony in Clark Park, Lavender Bay & your reception The Kirribilli Club
Wendy's Secret Garden, Lavender Bay contact North Sydney Council
Willoughby Council 02 9777 7799 Willoughby Council
Wahroonga Park- a lovely garden setting  Ku-Ring-Gai Council
Lilian Fraser Garden, Pennant Hills  contact Hornsby Council or 0434 658 261
The Epping Club - an elegant, professionally run venue for your ceremony and reception The Epping Club
Lisgar Gardens, Hornsby's hidden secret - Hornsby Council
Ku-ring-gai Council 02 9424 0700 
Ku-Ring-Gai Council
Wahroonga Park has a rotunda among lovely gardens Ku-ring-gai Council

Avondale Golf Club, Pymble, set in Ku-ring-gai National Park 
Avondale Golf Club
Mandalay Function Centre at Lane Cove for a garden wedding & your reception Mandalay

Eryldene House at Gordon - beautiful old gardens Eryldene
EASTERN SUBURBS
McKell Park, Darling Point -  Woollahra Council McKell Park
Nielsen Park - Woollahra Council

Strickland House (grounds) Vaucluse -
Woollahra Council
Elizabeth Bay House Elizabeth Bay House

Gap Bluff Centre, Watsons Bay - email Gap.Bluff@npws.nsw.gov.au

Nurses Chapel, Little Bay -  
Chapel at Little Bay bookings
Vaucluse House  Vaucluse House
A list of Sydney Function Centres  - Function Centres
Centennial Park,  rose garden or column garden recommended Centennial Park
Stamford Plaza Hotel, Mascot near the airport
Stamford Plaza
INNER WEST
Cabarita Park, Federation Pavilion
Canada Bay Council
Rodd Park, Drummoyne   Canada Bay Council
Dobroyd Aquatic Club (in Rodd Park)  Dobroyd Aquatic Club
Pioneer Memorial Park, Norton Street, Leichhardt  -
Leichhardt Council 
Mort Bay Park, Birchgrove
Leichhardt Council

Bicentennial Park, Homebush Bicentennial Park
The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Glebe  The Boathouse
Eden Gardens & Garden Centre, North Ryde  -
Eden Gardens
Banjo Paterson Cottage, Gladesville
Banjo Patterson Cottage
Banjo Paterson Park Ryde Council

Curzon Hall for a castle wedding  -  Marsfield  
Curzon Hall
WESTERN SUBURBS & NORTH WEST & HILLS DISTRICT  Cropley House in Baulkam Hills  Cropley House
Nurragingy Reserve in Doonside, beautiful bushland setting with the award winning Coleby Centre for your reception.

Parramatta Park, Rumsey Rose Garden is a lovely setting but there are many spots Parramatta Park Trust
Old Government House Parramatta Park Lachlan's Restaurant in Old Government House
Elizabeth Farm 1830's house & gardens in Parramatta Elizabeth Farm

Oatlands House, Oatlands, near DundasOatlands House
The Epping Club - elegant ceremony & reception venueThe Epping Club
Auburn Botanical Gardens - the main gardens or the Japanese Gardens
Auburn Council
Weir Reserve, beautiful garden setting on the banks of the Nepean River
Penrith Council
Twin Creeks Golf Club, Luddenham  Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club

Glenleigh Estate, Mulgoa Road, Penrith Glenleigh
Mulgoa Valley Receptions - a rural setting for your ceremony and receptions Mulgoa Valley Receptions

BLUE MOUNTAINS

Chapel Hill, Berambing near Bilpin, chapel & reception room Chapel Hill Retreat

The Turpentine Tree  on Bell's Line of Road, Kurrajong Heights The Turpentine Tree

Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens, Bilpin- cool climate gardens  Mount Tomah

Yester Grange - Wentworth Falls - spectacular mountain setting
Yester Grange
Solitary restaurant Leura cliff top views Solitary

Everglades Gardens, Leura - beautiful Sorensen gardens 
Everglades Gardens
The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba - period charm & elegance Carrington Hotel

Mountain Heritage Receptions - Katoomba  -
Mountain Heritage
Scenic World at Katoomba offers a rainforest venue for your ceremony Scenic World Weddings 
Wentworth Falls Lake - serene & beautiful setting Blue Mountains Council

Allview Escape
Allview Escape - Blackheath, breathtaking escarpment views -
Evans Lookout Blackheath - contact National Parks
Blue Mountains National Park
Loxley on Bellbird Hill, Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong Loxley
Jenolan Caves - An awe inspiring venue.  -Weddings at Jenolan Caves
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS

The Briars at Bowral - beautiful gardens & restaurant The Briars at Bowral Weddings

Stunning vineyard setting for your wedding in Bowral
Centennial Vineyards
Peppers Manor House at Sutton Forest for an elegant venue
Peppers Manor House, Sutton Forest  
Peppers Craigieburn in Bowral "old world charm"  
Peppers Craigieburn at Bowral
Milton Park Country House 
Milton Park
Summerlees Estate in beautiful Sutton Forest
Summerlees

OTHER WAYS TO FIND YOUR VENUE
This website also lists many attractive wedding venues in and around Sydney.     WEDDING VENUES

  vaucluse eastern suburbs sydney 

Strickland House, Vaucluse               

 

 

                                                                                               Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay, Sydney

                                                        

 Cremorne Point Sydney harbour jonahs whale beach

Cremorne Point                                                                      The view from Jonah's Restaurant, Palm Beach

balmoral beach  

Rocky Point Island, Balmoral Beach                                          North Bilgola Headland

 

strickland house                       sydney harbour        

Helen & Jason leave Strickland House after their wedding                 Cremorne Point reserve, Sydney Harbour

 

North Head, Manly

       

Carlotta's Arch, Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains          Evens Lookout, Blackheath, Blue Mountains

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese Gardens, Darling Harbour, Sydney


                                                                                                                                  Centennial Park


                                                                                                       

Lion Gate Lodge garden, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Cathedral Chamber, Lucas Cave, Jenolan Caves

                                                                                                                                  Temple of Baal, Jenolan Caves

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