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Canberra’s most iconic wedding destination throws open its doors

Beatrice Smith

Old Parliament House, the grand dame of Canberra weddings, is hosting a special day for engaged couples.

Canberra has many wedding locations, but few boast the credentials of one of our most iconic buildings—Old Parliament House (OPH). Heritage listed, centrally located and surrounded by fragrant rose gardens, the historic venue has hosted weddings since the 1990s, and this April will open its doors to couples looking to say ‘I do’.

Offering packages for up to 350+ guests, OPH’s Wedding Open Day on Sunday 15 April will include a showcase of vendors such as photographers, DJs, stylists and photo booth operators and a wine tasting in the Members’ Bar.

“Old Parliament House sets the stage for a wedding with wow-factor. Its unique and versatile venue spaces are perfect for every type of wedding from small, intimate affairs to large, grand weddings,” says Rebecca Mountain, Event Sales Manager at OPH.

A wedding in the Senate Courtyard.

“The Senate Courtyard is an idyllic location to hold your wedding ceremony. Reminiscent of a secret garden it has a built-in pergola, a perfect backdrop to exchange vows,” says Rebecca, adding that “charm, character and memorability” are three things the location is best known for.

“We offer a complete wedding experience—from getting ready in the dedicated bridal room with their bridesmaids, to a romantic ceremony in the Senate Courtyard, a stunning reception in the Members’ Dining Rooms and finally bidding your guests farewell from the magnificent Queen Victoria Bridges—the entrance designed especially for the Queen to use when she visited Parliament,” says Rebecca.


The Members’ Dining Room

As one of Canberra’s only heritage-listed venues, couples have a variety of historic locations to choose from when planning their big day, whether they’re seeking intimate cocktail reception or enough space for a generous guest list.

“The Members’ Dining Room is a perfect choice for elegant receptions with high ceilings, original timber lamps and spectacular views towards Parliament House. This space provides plenty of grandeur and ambience,” says Rebecca.

The Members’ Bar

“Alternatively, the Members’ Bar features a bar and baby grand piano, which offers a secluded vintage feel perfect for pre-dinner drinks or an intimate cocktail party.”

The venue’s catering options also take their cue from the history of the building, with wedding guests able to indulge in a Menzies’ Martini (made from the original recipe created by former Prime Minister Robert Menzies). These cheeky references to the past are paired with a thoroughly modern menu, freshly prepared by Head Chef Roulan Habi who Rebecca explains has cooked for Beyoncé, Kings of Leon and the UAE Royal family, to name a few. Lucky for those couples who want to feel like royalty on their wedding day.

The Open Day is a great opportunity for couples to explore the venue and its possibilities with their loved ones.

“Our experienced Wedding Coordinators will be available for appointments throughout the day to share their expertise,” says Rebecca. “And of course there will be a number of special offers for those who book their wedding at Old Parliament House.”

The best part about the Open Day, however, is that it’s all free. All you have to do is reserve your free tickets via Eventbrite.

the essentials

What: Old Parliament House Wedding Open Day
When: Sunday 15 April from 10am-4pm
Where: Old Parliament House Members’ Dining Rooms, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes.
Cost: Free entry, register your place now via Eventbrite

For further questions and queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the Restaurant Associates team by telephone on 02 6261 7200, or by email at [email protected].

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Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author