There’s just something about weddings that produces a smile from even the most jaded individuals. Maybe it’s the overwhelming feel of love in the air. Maybe it’s the chance to score some free cake.
Whatever the reason, weddings are, deservedly, one of the best days of your life.
The perfect wedding venue, then, has to reflect that atmosphere of lovey-dovey good times while also delivering some top quality scenery and eats. Unfortunately not all venues are made equal and while Brisbane has some pretty top shelf options, there are still those that insiders know take the, err, cake.
We’ve put together our picks of Brisbane's best wedding venues. All you have to do is convince your chosen soulmate to agree with you. Easy-peasy.
Featuring elegant Georgian architecture, a private riverside terrace perfect for saying ‘I do’ and your very own red carpet, Customs House is the ultimate choice in luxe, old-world glamour. Ceremonies take place framed against the backdrop of the Brisbane River before guests are ushered inside for a reception that would make Mr Darcy weep with joy. This wedding venue doesn’t get any classier, guys. Guest sizes can range from 10 people to 300 people, so you can have the wedding of your dreams no matter how big the fam is.
Moda Restaurant offers a boutique reception experience inspired by the sights and flavours of Catalan Spain. We’re talking wooden furniture, lush green surrounds and enough candlelight to top the best treat-yo-self night you’ve ever had. Moda’s wedding package also includes a tailored menu, complete with matching wines (of course), crafted by Chef Javier Codina. Moda is perfect for those of you dreaming of a rustic wedding but dreading the trip to the country. Plus, it’s a handy substitute for your childhood dream wedding on the walls of a castle in Spain.
Brisbane's arty 'jewel in the crown', QAGOMA offers stunning event spaces for wedding receptions. Just because you're having a small wedding, doesn't mean you have to compromise for space. QAGOMA offers a spacious open-air venue with an unforgettable backdrop for photos; the Roof Terrace boasts panoramic views of the Brisbane River and Kurilpa Bridge at night.
Who ever said warehouse weddings were so 2016 had clearly never been to a soiree at Lightspace. This warehouse-come-stunning-wedding-venue is incredibly versatile, featuring rustic industrial chic architecture and a Japanese inspired outdoor terrace. The ceilings are lofty, the lights twinkle aplenty and you can customise the entire space as much or as little as you’d like. Say goodbye to a boring traditional wedding venue and hello to a space that reflects the bright, modern young thang you are. Just don’t forget to shoot us an invite; we love a good wedding as much as the next person.
Eves On The River
Boasting complete waterfront action and uninterrupted views of the Brisbane River, Eves On The River has remained a popular Brisbane wedding venue for a very good reason. The views are truly stunning, with massive windows dappling the interior in good ol’ Brisbane sunlight. Parties with less than 80 guests are also able to choose their own meals from the Eves menu. No more awkward cosying up to the stranger seated next to you just in case you want to swap dinners later. The expert team at Eves are also available to help with the nitty-gritty stuff, like flower placement and photographers. With nearly 100 weddings a year under their belt, you can bet that they certainly know their stuff.
City Botanic Gardens
The City Botanic Gardens is an oldie but a goodie when it comes to potential wedding venues. With nine designated spots for amorous festivities, there is quite literally something for everybody in the search for the perfect outdoor wedding spot. Each spot has its own unique characteristics, like stunning river views, lush green backdrops and the classic rotunda, so it pays to do a little bit of research before locking in your perfect park wedding. Don’t forget to top off the day with arrival via a horse-drawn carriage for that ultimate royal feeling.
One of Kangaroo Point's best kept secrets is the use of Shafston House as an intimate wedding venue. Shafston House is a heritage listed colonial home, set on a beautiful landscape of rolling greens, sandstone terraces and offers open view of the Brisbane River. Waterfront ceremonies in private surrounds is the perfect setting for your intimate wedding.
The Summit Weddings
Dreaming of a ceremony overlooking a twinkling city skyline? Boy does The Summit Restaurant have a treat for you. As if having dinner overlooking the sprawling city centre wasn’t enough, you can also have your ceremony on a balcony with all the glorious views you could ever want. Officially named the highest ceremony in Brisbane, you can’t go much past Mt Coot-tha if scenic views are high on your venue agenda. Plus, you can totally nip down to the botanic gardens for your wedding photos. That sounds like a win-win to us.
One of Brisbane’s hidden wedding gems, the Watermark Hotel offers panoramic views over Roma Street Parkland, cuisine from the talented hands at Venue 551 and a lovely boutique feel. Situated in the perfect location for those intrigued by the idea of a garden ceremony at Roma Street Parkland, the Watermark Hotel also offers accommodation for those late-night revellers amongst your party (plus the lucky couple, of course). Oh and did we mention that you can also totally host your pre-dinner cocktail hour next to the hotel’s very own pool deck, which also happens to come with a private, portable bar. Yes please!
The Landing At Dockside
You might have noticed that riverside locales have been a running theme in this list. Well, The Landing at Dockside takes river views to a whole new, stunning level. We’re talking elegant chandeliers, a massive open-faced pergola and city views that’ll knock your matrimonial socks off. Romance in Brisbane just doesn’t get much better than this. Opt for an evening wedding and watch the metres of fairy lights strung from the roof twinkle in time to the bustling city beyond. Ah, what a life. We might be just a little bit jealous right now.
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