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The Perfect Wedding Locations in Sydney

Perfect Wedding Locations In Sydney

Looking to tie the knot in one of Australia’s most beautiful cities? Or, perhaps you just like gawking over photos of wedding venues… either way, you’ll want to save these perfect wedding locations in Sydney for your special day!

Being wedding photographers ourselves, we have had the pleasure of seeing great wedding photography locations of both wedding receptions and wedding ceremonies across Sydney CBD and surrounds. From an outdoor wedding ceremony, an intimate wedding, a ceremony at the Opera House, a wedding reception at the Royal Botanic Gardens, and even the golf course used as a wedding venue! - we’ve been lucky enough to see it all. Here, we’ve gathered some of the most beautiful wedding ceremonies where you can have your wedding reception or wedding ceremony in Sydney! Get out your pen and paper… you’ll want to remember these picture perfect locations.

Browse through our top wedding venues in Sydney and find which of these wedding venues speaks to you and your fiance. Just be warned… you can only pick one!

bride and groom kissing at Appin House in Sydney

Appin House

20 minutes from coastal Wollongong and 1 hour from Sydney, nestled amongst the Australian bushland you’ll find the wholesome and homely Appin House wedding venue.

Built, owned and operated by the husband and wife duo Ernie and Patricia, the couple designed Appin House for the sole purpose of providing a luxurious and charming wedding venue to greater Sydney and the Illawarra region. They dreamily drew up sketches of Appin House in the early ‘90s not realising these dreams were going to become reality. In 2000, their application was approved and the construction of Appin House commenced in the historic town.

wedding reception at Appin House in Sydney

Once you see photos of Appin House, you’re instantly delighted by its old world charm and welcoming warmth. There’s 2.5 acres of lush landscaped gardens that are exclusive to you on your big day and make for gorgeous backdrops for your photos. Rich greenery, rustic props and plenty of fauna - it’s a wedding photographer's dream. Plus, this Sydney wedding venue holds all the less glamorous (but essential) bits you need for a wedding venue: ample parking, a fully catered kitchen and - most importantly - a well-stocked bar.

For when you want everything to be perfect, Appin House is a unique wedding venue that is guaranteed to make your dreams come true. Combining beauty with convenience, you’ll be relieved you booked your wedding ceremony and wedding reception with Appin House.

wedding ceremony at Bigola Surf Lifesaving Club

Bigola Surf Life Saving Club

Say “I do” with the stunning backdrop of Bigola beach at the Bigola Surf Life Saving Club.

If you and your fiance are a couple of beach bums, then this will be a tempting wedding venue for you both. Located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, the wedding venue takes advantage of the stunning natural landscape to make the space into something truly magical. From the stone pathway leading you to an outdoor grassed courtyard, the breathtaking blue ocean welcoming you as you walk down the aisle and the lush green hillside that borders the beach - it’s a unique and magnificent spot for numerous reasons.

The Surf Life Saving Club aren’t new to hosting weddings either, offering a wide range of handy (and aesthetic) wedding packages to make sure your wedding ceremony will run smoothly and your wedding reception is a night to remember.  We recommend browsing their Hirer Information doc or contacting their team for more information. The club offers tailored wedding packages for all needs.

wedding at Bigola Surf Lifesaving Club

Once you’ve tied the knot, take a walk down to the beach for some lovely portraits with your other half. You’ll be overwhelmed with choices for your wedding photography that are just within walking distance of your wedding ceremony. Even walking down the steps to the beach offers such a beautiful entryway! If you’re a sucker for natural beauty (like us!) this venue is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

If you're looking to book your wedding day at Bigola Surf Life Saving Club, rest assured this will be an unforgettable wedding venue that will make your day magical (and also provide beautiful wedding photos!)

candid photo of bride and groom after wedding at Lauriston House

Lauriston House

Elegant, grand and sensational - these words first come to mind when describing Sydney’s iconic and award winning villa Lauriston House
. As soon as you lay your eyes on the venue, you’ll agree.

Lauriston House is one of the most historic wedding venues found in Sydney, with a history dating back to the late 1800s. Although the wedding venue dates back a few centuries, they’ve maintained and refurbished where necessary to hold onto each room’s lavish interior and old world charm. When you just so much as take a step through the front door you’ll be marvelled by the wonderful details each room holds. Ornate chandeliers hang from the ceiling, big open fireplaces warm the room, a grand ballroom dancefloor invites and unique Victorian details are spotted throughout each detail. There's even a private bridal room and private dining room. This an opulent wedding venue that will make you feel like royalty.

Whether you're looking for an intimate wedding venues, unique and elegant venues or you're simply wanting to make your dream wedding come to reality - Lauriston House will accomodate. If you’re looking for a second opinion too, check out what people have been saying about Lauriston House here! Spoiler alert: there’s only glowing reviews of this spectacular location.

photo of bride and groom after wedding at Lauriston House in Sydney

Once you and your partner have walked down the isle, take a stroll down to the romantic gardens that make for a fairytale-like setting for photos! Be blown away by an archway of white roses, a Victorian-esque courtyard and professionally styled gardens. The whole wedding venue is rich in photo-worthy opportunities… making for a wonderful wedding photo album to look back on in years to come!

For more information, refer to their website for their bespoke wedding packages.

wedding at Panorama House in Wollongong

Panorama House & Photos at Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse

It’s hard to find a better view than the stunning backdrop at Panorama House. Looking over the whole of Illawarra, it’s one of the most popular wedding venues for those who are a sucker for a romantic view! Just imagine reciting your vowels to your loved one with the extraordinary view of the city as a backdrop! A magical memory that would be everlasting...  just imagine the wedding photography!

If you’re considering booking at Panorama House, the wedding venue offers several wedding packages to accommodate to all requirements. Whether you’re looking to book your wedding ceremony, wedding reception or you have specific dining requests - they are able to make your wishlist come true. Panorama House offers options for a sit down dinner, cocktail menu and other wedding packages to meet your needs. What’s guaranteed with each of the wedding packages is the remarkable panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean - it’s so stunning, you might even get distracted from your new hubby/wifey!

sunset photos of bride and groom at Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse

It’s such a special treat photographing this Sydney wedding venue! Not only is there the classic white gazebo looking over the view of Illawarra (where the wedding ceremony is held), but there’s several nearby spots to take you and your other half for wedding photography. The Wollongong Harbour and Breakwater Lighthouse are our personal favourites. With the ocean waves crashing, the sun setting and the magnificent lighthouse in the background - it’s a wedding venue rich in natural beauty. Other wedding photography locations within walking distance include the Sandon Point Beach, Botanical Gardens or even on the Panorama House grounds! Your wedding album will be full to the brim of romantic shots of you and your partner.

Deanna and Dean after wedding at Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse

Decisions, decisions!

Now that you’ve discovered some of Sydney’s best wedding venues… It's time to make a decision on where you'll host your wedding ceremony and wedding reception!

If you’re struggling to choose, have a good think about the kind of experience you want to offer your wedding guests and what would make your dream wedding venue! It's also important to consider what season you’re booking your wedding venue in, how many wedding guests you’ll be inviting, the demographic of your wedding guests and the sentimental value you and your partner hold with the wedding venue. It’s important to make sure your wedding venue ticks all of the boxes. If you want an intimate wedding venue, a garden wedding or an entire wedding weekend - there's plenty of wedding venues in Sydney for you.

If you have any further questions about wedding venues in Sydney, we highly recommend contacting the experienced wedding event managers recommended by your chosen wedding venue.

Looking for a wedding photographer?

If you’re looking to book a wedding photographer for your wedding reception or wedding ceremony - we know some people….

Here at Emot, it just so happens we specialise in capturing wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions. Weddings require experienced photographers to make sure each moment is captured in a way that's respectful, doesn't take away from the intimate moment and also produces an exceptional end picture. It's quite the task and not all photographers are up for the challenge. However, here at Emot, we are experts in wedding ceremonies, intimate events and snapping those fun-filled moments at the wedding reception venue. Talk with our team today to find out more on the wedding packages we offer for your wedding reception and wedding ceremony.

We hope you've found this blog helpful and you have discovered some of the best wedding venues in Sydney. We’re very excited for you and your partner and wish you all the best in your wedding planning!

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