Make your wedding that much more memorable by incorporating your beloved city in your celebrations. Melbourne has many unique venues and talents to take your nuptials to the next level.
Do a special photo shoot – be it before or after your big day – that represents your relationship. For example, if you and your partner met at school, you could take snapshots at a local school. Collingwood Children’s Farm has been known to make an adorable setting for a schoolyard-style shoot. Show your quirky side!
Get Hitched At Luna Park
This is one way to really show your connection to the city and at the same time let your personality shine through. 100 years old this year, Luna Park in St Kilda would set the scene for a spectacular wedding. With an ancient roller coaster, carnival lights and Port Phillip Bay as your backdrop, your big day would not only be memorable, but light-hearted.
Nice Day For A Wet Wedding
Melbourne Aquarium has five function spaces on offer including the famous fish bowl, in which guests are surrounded by swimming sharks and stingrays.
Commission An Artist
The many markets around Melbourne host a vast array of local artists’ wares. Take a tour of them, and if you see any art that catches your eye, why not ask the artist if they could custom-make something unique for your wedding? The Rose Street Artists Market in Fitzroy is a good place to start! Melbourne crafter Shagpile has been known to custom-make her recycled vintage button creations for grooms’ boutonnières with delightful results.
Include An Interesting Landmark
Fitzroy Gardens also makes for a stunning wedding venue, with The Temple of the Winds and The Old Bandstand providing eye-catching monuments for your ceremony and photos. The paved and secluded Boy On The Turtle pond area also makes for an unusual but delightful setting.
Are you and your partner art lovers? The National Gallery of Victoria’s Great Hall would frame your nuptials elegantly, with an incredible stained-glass ceiling. Otherwise, the Windmill Gardens in Plumpton creates a Danish-style ambience with waterfalls, a jetty and a rustic windmill. For a regal spectacle, the majestic Thornbury Theatre is king, with gold-accented, 7-metre-high ceilings and a marbled entrance. But if you want your day to be more cruisey, the Lady Cutler Melbourne Show Boat would also make for a fun setting.
Get A Local Personality Involved
3RRR DJ Jon von Goes has been known to have wedding parties in stitches with his creative deliveries as a civil celebrant, or as it says on his website, “a legitimate languid lecturer of love”.
Ducks And A Victorian Dream
Ballara Receptions in Eltham can greet your guests with a chiming bell tower, a lake and a family of ducks. Get married on three acres of manicured gardens, or inside their Gothic-style chapel. How memorable would that be?