It’s fair to say that we Aussies enjoy a tipple. And what better excuse than a wedding to celebrate the wealth of wines and craft beers this fine country has to offer? If you’re particular about what your guests are sipping (or want to save a few precious pennies) then a BYO venue is an excellent option. The team at WedShed have rounded up some of their top BYO wedding venues from across Australia, so grab a drink and read on…
Providence Gully / Goldfields, VIC
Having cleared out the barn for a family wedding, the owners at Providence Gully realised they had an incredible venue on their hands! A blank canvas with beautiful indoor and outdoor options, this quiet spot in Victoria’s Goldfields allows couples to personalise their day with their own choice of caterer, styling, entertainment and so on. With Castlemaine, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs within a stone’s throw, there are plenty of local accommodation options.
Kenilworth Homestead / QLD
For the perfect weekend wedding Kenilworth Homestead provides bunkhouse accommodation for up to 100 guests, as well as a two beautiful blank canvas halls for the creatively inclined. With plenty of on-site facilities, simply let your imagination (and cocktail-bar) run wild.
Waldara / Blue Mountains, NSW
A working cattle farm with five acres of manicured gardens, Waldara is sitting pretty in a league of its own. With luxury on-site accommodation and a bunch of perfect ceremony spots to boot, this BYO wedding venue is a place you’ll remember for all the right reasons.
Kidogo Arthouse / Fremantle, WA
Kidogo’s trump card is without a doubt its proximity to the Indian Ocean. A historic, limestone building with an adjoining deck, you can watch the watery world go by while sipping champagne and rubbing shoulders with all your favourite people. Now that’s something we can get behind.
Gather & Tailor / Melbourne, VIC
Located in Melbourne’s west, Gather & Tailor houses two warehouse spaces which can be hired together or individually, depending on the size of your wedding. For those who want to do it all themselves, BYO alcohol and catering is available, or let the team arrange it for you.
Coronation Hall / Somerset, QLD
The historical Coronation Hall is located about an hour outside Brisbane and is quickly climbing its way up some metaphorical food chain. With high timber ceilings, plenty of space to bust out The Macarena and of course the option to bring your own booze, what’s not to love?
Wirraway Park / Bathurst NSW
For something completely different, Wirraway Park is situated on a working Horse Stud. The Sails Arena is the only one of its kind in Australia and is wet weather-proof. The perfect indoor-outdoor venue that’s large enough to host all your wedding needs.
Heartwood / Glenaroua, VIC
Regardless of whether you’re planning a cocktail party or an intimate sit-down dinner, Heartwood has a suitable space. The olive grove, woolshed and open paddock all pack a punch with stunning views and the option to bring in all the refreshments required.
Sandridge Estate, TAS
Take a step back in time at Sandridge Estate on Tasmania’s North West Coast. Previously a working farm, the 500 acre property has maintained the original working stockyards and old tin storage shed to create an authentic, all-Australian experience.
Ten22 / Adelaide, SA
While industrial warehouse spaces seem to be popping up left, right and centre, what sets Ten22 apart is that it requires little additional styling. Just organise enough alcohol to keep your guests well hydrated, give your partner a celebratory high-five (just because) and let the countdown begin!
Wharncliffe Mill Bush Retreat / Margaret River, WA
If the idea of going bush floats your boat, then a BYO wedding at Wharnciffe Mill Bush Retreat is something to seriously consider. A family-run site nestled in the heart of the Margaret River, there are more accommodation options than you can poke a stick at, plus everything you need to create an epic outdoor wedding (including fire pits and free WiFi).
Lot 19 Art Space / Castlemaine VIC
Lot 19 is a unique events venue and arts space on the Castlemaine fringe, just 5 minutes drive from the train station. This expansive property exudes character and heartfelt charm, cleverly using recycled materials and bountiful garden spaces to make your heart truly feel at home.
A rare inner city BYO venue, Glasshaus Inside ticks a lot of boxes for the modern couple. A chic industrial setting with abundant natural light, the space would be incredible even without the lush wall-to-wall living greenery.
Uraidla Show Hall / Adelaide Hills, SA
Located in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, the Uraidla Show Hall offers a unique, rustic setting just 20 minutes from the CBD. With great indoor and outdoor spaces and a commercial-sized kitchen, the heritage building is the perfect blank canvas setting to bring in your own caterer, and of course, your favourite Adelaide Hills tipples.
The Yard at the Lock Up / Newcastle, NSW
Once Newcastle’s police station, the heritage listed Lock Up has been reimagined as a contemporary arts space that now doubles as a truly unique wedding venue. Great acoustics and the cosy size of the space also make it suitable for intimate live music.
Byron View Farm / Byron Bay, NSW
A 100-year-old farmhouse overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Byron View Farm is one way to live out your Martha Stewart dreams. A fully self-contained venue boasting white, French windows, a wrap-around veranda and gorgeous country surrounds, this is paradise found.
Howqua Valley Views / VIC
Five hundred acres of sprawling green hills set the tone for the idyllic Howqua Valley Views, located next to the Howqua River. With a tonne of activities on offer (fishing, bushwalking, trail bike riding, horse riding) it’s not uncommon for the festivities to continue well beyond the wedding day itself.
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