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Venue spotlight: Something a little different

Emily Allen

Keen for a wedding where you can see, touch and feel the history of the venue? 

We’ve found 10 venues where you can see the passage of time and style your wedding around an established space accordingly.

Rosebud and Bell’s Heritage Cottages

RosebudandBells

Rosebud and Bell’s Cottages are two quaint 1860s pioneer wooden slab cottages – authentic on the outside whilst having brand new inclusions on the inside. From the outside, the property appears to be like any other on the quiet residential street in Cook, but pulling into the gravel driveway you soon see it is far from this.

The cottages are surrounded by beautiful, manicured gardens and the property also backs onto neighbouring paddocks with horses, easily mistaken for being in a quiet, rural location.

Rosebud and Bell’s is best suited for smaller, self-catered ceremonies of around 50 guests and for $1,500 you will have private use of the cottages, gardens and two nights accommodation.

10 Skinner Street, Cook | 0410 513 156 | [email protected] | Website

Lanyon Homestead

CreditL Thorson Photography

CreditL Thorson Photography

Lanyon Homestead offers stunning gardens and views in a unique location. Just 30 minutes south of the city, this heritage site extends along the Murrumbidgee River and provides a tranquil rural setting to celebrate your event with those who are special to you. The historic precinct features structures that date from the 1830s, and you won’t be disappointed with photography opportunities!

There are number of settings available for wedding ceremonies in the grounds, featuring backdrops of the mountain ranges and open paddocks surrounding the property, as well as the historic Homestead or beautiful gardens.

Lanyon Homestead can accommodate intimate weddings up to 150 guests, and the Lanyon Café can provide varied styles of catering including canapé or formal meals, for a more relaxed event, buffet, or even a picnic style celebration. They have even had some beautiful morning ceremonies followed by a high tea, and are very happy to work in with the style of event the bride and groom imagine.

Pricing is tailored to your specific needs and starts from $750 for wedding ceremonies.

Tharwa Drive, Tharwa |02 6237 6500 | [email protected] | Website

The Old Stone House

Credit: Bianca Juliet Photography

Credit: Bianca Juliet Photography

The Old Stone House sits on one acre of established gardens. The main structure of the garden is reminiscent of a traditional English cottage with rows of roses, an avenue of rose arbors and sprawling, emerald lawns. The boundaries are lined with Cyprus pines and 135-year-old elm trees making the property a private retreat.

The Old Stone House offers a unique opportunity for those wanting to host a relaxed and elegant garden wedding. Ceremony and reception options are flexible and can be customised to suit the needs of each couple. Whether your dream wedding is a brunch for 20, a sit down meal for 80 or drinks and canapés for 200 they’ve got you covered.

Prices start from $1,600 for ceremony only and from $3,700 for ceremony and reception.

41 Molonglo Street, Bungendore | 02 6238 1888 | [email protected] | Website

The Scented Rose Gardens and Tea House

Image: thescentedrosegardenandteahouse.com.au

Image: thescentedrosegardenandteahouse.com.au

The Scented Rose Garden and Teahouse is open seasonally between the months of September – March and is less than half an hour from Canberra’s CBD.

They offer a beautiful and private garden setting for ceremonies and daytime wedding receptions in the form of sit down or cocktail receptions, with a capacity of 80 guests.

A variety of cocktail and high tea style wedding menus and packages are available starting at $55 per guest, and you will be treated to a garden filled with many David Austin roses and seasonal flowers. You may even spot a miniature pony, a fancy chicken or a kangaroo and its baby joey!

1725 Bungendore Road, Bywong | 02 6236 9596| [email protected] | Website

GaranVale Woolshed

Credit: Anthea and Lyndon Photography

Credit: Anthea and Lyndon Photography

GaranVale is a fully licensed function center that caters for up to 150 guests. If you love Italian cuisine, warm and friendly atmospheres and relaxed vibes, then this is the venue for you!

A 15 minutes walk or 5 minute drive from Braidwood’s town centre, the 3 to 4-acre farmlet offers you a complete package with the option of ceremonies being able to be held on the grounds, too. Up to 60 car spaces are available in various locations including accessible options.

Prices start at $60 per head with alcohol packages tailored to your needs.

248 Little River Rd, Braidwood | (02) 4842 2804 | [email protected] | Website

Mona Farm and Historic Home

Mona

Mona is a premier rural wedding and luxury accommodation venue. With immaculate, award winning gardens surrounding gracious historical buildings, Mona offers the perfect backdrop for your special day. Accommodation packages for up to 18 guests plus the bride and groom start at just $3,700 and include exclusive use of the grounds for photographs, and Mona offer a variety of cocktail and reception packages starting from $65 per person for a garden cocktail party through to individually designed gourmet options in the garden or renovated woolshed. They have two specials available at the moment;

A winter gourmet truffle menu starting at $85 per head, and mention this editorial when booking your wedding and get two nights free accommodation for your first wedding anniversary.

140 Little River Road, (Mongarlowe Rd), Braidwood | 0498 688 433 | [email protected] | Website

Gold Creek Station

Credit: Silque Photography

Credit: Silque Photography

Gold Creek Station is a family owned and operated pastoral and entertainment property boasting rustic country charm.

Set in the quiet countryside of Hall, the owners pride themselves on getting to know their couples, and making sure guests don’t go hungry with their wholesome country meals.

Couples are able to host their ceremony and reception on the property, and packages include set-up the day prior ensuring you have as much time on your wedding day as possible.

Since the fire that tore through the function centre in 2015, the owners searched the country for the right second-hand building materials for the newly and custom built space, with the jewel being an 1800’s hand-painted lead light front door.

The function centre caters for up to 150 guests with sit down packages starting from $125 + booking fee, and the option for ceremony services also. Casual, non-sit down packages start at $95 per head.

Victoria Street, Hall | 0427767799 | [email protected] | Website

Backyard, blank canvas venue or public space wedding

Looking to have a low-key wedding in your backyard, local park or gardens or blank canvas venue?

My Sweet Alice

My Sweet Alice

Alice is a beautiful, bespoke, vintage caravan which can pop-up at your wedding with espresso coffee, loose leaf teas, beer, wine, and bubbles. Sweet and savoury homemade treats, as well as cheese and fresh fruit platters, are also on offer making My Sweet Alice the perfect way to keep your guests entertained while you are having your wedding photos taken, or as a casual alternative to a reception. There are a number of packages available, starting from $920. You can even add lawn games!

0439 857 713 | [email protected] | Website

CaraVan Morrison

Credit: Corinna and Dylan Photography

Credit: Corinna and Dylan Photography

CaraVan Morrison (feature image) is a mobile bar specialising in weddings and events. Their service includes Vintage Van hire, full set of glassware, RSA certified staff, drinks menu planning, cocktails, tap beers, espresso machine and sourcing of alcohol through wholesalers. One ease of their service is that anything you don’t drink can be returned, so you’ll never end up paying for stock you didn’t use!

CaraVan Morrison’s prices are very tailored depending on the event, and start at $800 | 0431 487 418 | [email protected] | Website

Juniper Bar and Cocktails

Credit: Lean TImms

Credit: Lean Timms

Juniper is a pop up bartending service designed to cater unique drinks packages tailored to you and your event, and is perfect for those wanting something a little different on their wedding day! Specializing in house-made sodas and cocktails, they develop a series of syrups utilising local produce. From lavender from a lavender farm, to freshly roasted coffee from Barrio.

With a simple, elegant and clean look, Juniper was designed to set up and pack down in on itself easily and quickly, is versatile and can be set up indoors or outdoors.

Canberra has a large number of varying empty spaces, venues and open areas that are crying out to be utilised and loved. Because of this, Juniper has been designed to either set up as one large bar or alternatively can be split into two to cope with a smaller or larger guest list or venue.

Packages start at $40 per guest which includes professional staff, appropriate liquor licensing, barware, glassware, non-alcoholic beverage dispensers, quality alcohol, garnishes, set up, pack down and clean up.

0452 303 050 | [email protected] | Website

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Emily Allen

Emily is an arts administrator with a BA in Journalism and Creative Writing and a Diploma of Music Industry (Business). By day, she works at the ANU's School of Music, and by night she is a contributing writer, the Communications Coordinator and Secretary for MusicACT and the Marketing Coordinator for the Canberra Fringe Festival. More about the Author

  • Michele Bolitho

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eadb63837b2d5f2fe20222ea34c2f99c9eedc13fca54a8e85427e07cfe22113d.jpg Hi
    Many thanks for all this helpful information. I’m a celebrant and I’ll put a link on my blog ‘Michele the Celebrant’ at http://www.celebrantcanberra.com.au. I also recommend Crisp Gardens and Galleries on the Hume Highway in Bowning as a memorable and unique venue for a country wedding, large or small.

    I have a beautiful peaceful romantic garden in Weston, where hundreds of couples have entered by the garden gate as singles, and left as newlyweds. (Pure magic!)

    My garden was in the Australian Open Garden scheme many years ago as The Heart Garden. (There’s a large garden bed in the shape of a heart.) I’ve kept the name, and when couples marry in my garden, they have ‘The Heart Garden Weston ACT’ on their marriage certificates 🙂

    I hold ‘beautifully simple, simply beautiful’ small weddings in the garden on weekdays. I invite couples to bring up to about 10 guests, and children are welcome. If the bride and groom bring bubbly, I put out the crystal glasses.

    The garden looks glorious in autumn, with many deciduous trees and vines. It’s lovely at any time of year (and there’s a room with windows to the garden on three walls, for days that the weather’s not so human-friendly).

    Simple weddings (of any size, at any place, on any day, at any time) are now my specialty as we have no Registry Office weddings in the ACT.

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